Posts Tagged ‘It’s not you- it’s your bra’

A dressing room at Faire Frou Frou in Studio City, California.  Photograph by MakingMagique.com

What a Good Fitting Experience Should Be Like

or How I Will Run the First American Bravissimo, Because Obviously They’d Just Let an Internet Stranger Run the First Overseas Expansion of their Baby There has been a lot of internet chatter lately about the new Lifetime series Double Divas, which purports to educate American women about good fit, bra sizes, and breast health, […] Read more…

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The Body Public: Talking About Lingerie

Since I started writing Sweet Nothings, I’ve found myself thinking and talking about lingerie more than I ever imagined I would.  I’ve learned a ton over the last 7 months, and I want to share it with everyone I meet.  Unfortunately, this means EVERYONE.  It is embarrassingly, horrifyingly easy to set me off on a dissertation.  I […] Read more…

Busty Girl Comics illustrates the competitive mindset for us.  How lovely are both of these women?  Very.

Congratulations, We All Win

Bra sizes are not a competition. I cringe when I see how quickly a comment thread on a “celebrity bra size” article or a bust-related post on Facebook can devolve into an “I have it worse than you” contest. An article will appear suggesting, say, some curve-friendly button-down shirts. Commenters will immediately chime in that they […] Read more…

"Deco" molded plunge bra, available in blacke and beige as well as seasonal colors.  Sizes 28-38 B-GG (some exceptions).

Brand Introduction: Freya

For those of us who know our bra sizes better than our social security numbers, Freya is nothing new, but for many women, particularly in North America, who are just getting to know their full-bust sizes, Freya’s is the first friendly face they’ll meet.  While Freya may not be for everyone, I want to share […] Read more…

Rant for a Monday

So the always-on-the-alert Georgina at Fuller Figure Fuller Bust recently brought a ground-breaking piece of investigative journalism to my attention (sarcasm alert).  Read it.  It’ll take you like 30 seconds, and probably only kill 5 brain cells. You’re back? Hoooooooooookay.  Y’all.  I’m trying to be calm and measured in my response to this.  But can […] Read more…

Is there a font for baffled irritation?  I'd like it, please.

“Universal Cup Size”: You’re Doing It Wrong

I remember timidly exploring the world of online lingerie shopping shortly after moving to New York.  I Googled my size at the time: 34DDD, according to Nordstrom.  Even though I soon found websites like HerRoom, FreshPair, Figleaves, and Bare Necessities, knowing my size wasn’t much of a help.  Some of these places didn’t seem to […] Read more…

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Curveturiere Preview

On Monday night I had the privilege of attending a cocktail preview party for the new intimates line Curveturiere! I was delighted and a little star-struck to go to my first press event, but I had such a lovely time speaking with the founders, Mary Pifko and Kelly Moore, having some bubbly, meeting buyers and […] Read more…

Be sure the check out the "Life in Big Boobs" page on the Butterfly Collection website for more body-positive pick-me-ups.

Virtual Bra Fitting: Butterfly Collection

Claire Dumican, the owner of Butterfly Collection, an online lingerie shop based in Canada, and creator of the amazing cup size comparison chart I highlighted a while ago, recently posted a really beautiful article on her blog about the shop’s Skype bra-fitting services. I have to admit, when I first heard about the service, I […] Read more…

Skirted Thong (1X-4X) and Strappy Stretch Lace Bra (38-44, no cup sizes specified), stay-up stockings (1X-6X).  This seriously looks like a shot from Agent Provocateur, at a fraction of the cost.  Very pretty!

Suggestions for the Full-Figure Lingerie Shopper

There is SO MUCH lingerie on the internet.  In many ways, it’s thrilling and empowering: the industry is really booming, brands are really listening to customer feedback and paying attention to fashion trends, and new brands are emerging all the time that cater to specific shapes and sizes of women.  It feels great to know […] Read more…

How Not to Shop, with Sweets

Wow.  So, I keep telling y’all to stand your ground in lingerie shops and demand your size or demand pretty things in your size, and I just went into a boutique on my lunch break and totally bombed. Very Nice Store Representative: Can I help you find anything today? Sweets: No thanks I’m just browsing? […] Read more…

Book balancing . . . doesn't seem to lead to particularly good posture, actually.

Posture

I feel like talking about “Posture” is a bit prim and old-fashioned, like “Let’s all go to finishing school and work on our hope chests and wait for gentlemen callers,” you know?  Plus we’re all bent over computers and smartphones and co-sleeping with our laptops anyway, so why fight the inevitable?  Well, for a couple […] Read more…

Mark Darcy agrees with me.

Fighting

I have a confession to make.  I’ve told you that when I hear women around me talk negatively about their bodies, I speak up and tell them why I think they’re lovely, just as they are.  I do not comment on weight gained or lost by myself or by other people.  I do not cast judgment on […] Read more…

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Recommended Reading: Busted! By Ali Cudby

If I had to choose a gift for a teenage girl (or her mom), I’d be that awkward friend who gave her this book. Y’all, it’s so great.  It really is.  It’s short, sweet, matter-of-fact, and astoundingly comprehensive on the subject of boobs and bras. Ali Cudby is the founder and CEO of FabFoundations™, a bra-fitting […] Read more…

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Beating the Heat: All-or-Mostly Cotton Bras

I got a request from a dear friend for an all-or-mostly-cotton shopping guide, and seriously, could the timing be any better?  In four days New York has gone from 65 degrees to 95, and the city is just one giant concrete-and-skyscraper heat-trapping hell-hole.  Sometimes.  Not always.  But I am not alone in wishing that more subway-riders […] Read more…

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