Archive for July, 2012
July 30, 2012
To celebrate her 40th birthday recently, Sofia Vergara chose the beaches of Mexico where she wore an unbeachy get up for the occassion. While most fashion critics were distracted by the golden rod design on the crotch area of her dress, I was
distracted by her cleavage.
I can't help it, but I'm in the business. My guess is that all men and most women would think it's fabulous. I on the other hand look at it and say “her bathing suit top is too small!” Yes, I get that she's trying to create sexy cleavage but this is yet another great example of celebrities and others giving women false information about how a properly-fitting bra should look. Specifically her center cleavage. Her inverted “V” shape is a neon sign that she lacks breast support, and that her breasts are about 2″ lower than they should be. And, to get this look, I know that she is in a cup si
ze that is 1 to 2 cup sizes too small – the right size would have her supported and her girls sitting higher and rounder.
If your boobs look like this in your bras – then it's time to re-evaluate your size. You might want to think about going down in band size and up in 2 cup sizes for a better, more flattering fit. Make sure your bra's center panel sits flat against your chest and that your cups don't gap.
Take it from me, the difference between a good fit and a bad fit is amazing. You'll feel and look better instantly when you slip into your correct size. Sophia, you are amazingly beautiful, and you carry off this look with style and flare. But, do your fellow female friends a favor and wear the right size next time and
teach women what a well-sized bra (and swimsuit) can look like and do, for even your amazing figure.
Posted by TE at 10:05am
July 27, 2012
Just when I thought I had my lingerie history down, an earth shattering discovery is made. For decades, historians believed the beginning of any bra-like garments first appeared in the 1800's. Then, in the 1930's, the first patented bra styles that we would relate to today were created a few decades later. Well, it's as if the Dead Sea Scrolls of lingerie have been discovered!
Back in 2008 (but just last week revealed) 4 linen bras were discovered in an Austrian castle that date back 600 years! Yes, not the 1800's but now the 1400's! Who would've thought, women in the Middle Ages were wearing bras long before the corset? With this discovery comes the curious realization that bras were a
item, disappeared and were replaced by corsets, only
to return again.
One of the most interesting aspects of these unearthed bras is the similarities in construction to the bra styles we wear today. Archeologists say they look like modern bras with cups, straps – and even lace. Other lingerie items were found too. Linen panties that look like a string bikini bathing suit bottom were also discovered among the finds. But historians says these underwear styles were worn by men as a symbol of their dominance. On that front, times have certainly changed. But, it's nice to know that women as far back as the 15th century were looking for breast support and a way to keep the girls contained. Yes, everything old is new again… especially with bras.
Posted by TE at 6:41am
July 16, 2012
We all have body issues. And yes, we can be our own worst critic. But, before throwing your hands up – know there are solutions, tips and tricks to help you look your best. One of the easiest ways to instantly look slimmer and more youthful is by wearing the correct bra size and style for your body type.
Women are built in all shapes and sizes, making it a challenge to fit into cookie cutter bra styles that
just don't fit correctly. Most women with an average figure and average bra size can have success in several types of bra styles.
One body type that can be more challenged in the bra-finding department is curvy petites: women under 5'4 and with cup sizes D and larger. In my years of research, reading reviews and asking around the bra industry, I've learned a few tips to help you curvy petites find comfortable and supportive solutions.
The Problem: Many bras with larger cup sizes have wider-set straps that are built to give great support but might not always be the best fit for smaller frames.
The Solution: Look for bras with center pull straps – where the strap front is sewn just above the cup center and aligns with your breast apex (nipple). This will help keep straps in place and provide a better fit.
The Problem: Bras with larger cup sizes tend to sit high under the arm. This is designed to give women more side coverage but for smaller women, this can be uncomfortable.
The solution: Find bra styles with a lower rise on the side of the cup to keep it from digging in.
The Problem: Smaller band sizes like 28 and 30 are not offered by many manufacturers
so many of you petite curvy gals often turn to your 'sister size' – this is one band size larger and one cup size smaller – to get the bra you like. But, this is never a good idea. It's always best to wear your true size.
The Solution: If you have to size up in the band, look for bras with bands that are made of lace. These will fit slightly more snug
in a supportive way and will not stretch as fast. Bras with fewer back hook-and-eye adjustments might be more conducive to women who are smaller around. Less hook and eyes can also mean a short band width.
Finally, if you have chronic problems with your underwires poking you under your arm, look for balconette, demi and plunge bras – these styles tend to have shorter underwires.
Some brands at HerRoom such as Fantasie, Freya and Panache all carry small band sizes with larger cups. Styles shown above are the Chantelle Rive Gauche Full Coverage T-Shirt Bra, Natori Calais Sweetheart Memory Contour Bra and Calvin Klein Seductive Comfort Customized Lift With Lace Bra.
Are you curvy and petite? What are your favorite bra solutions?
Posted by TE at 5:30am
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