Holiday Gift Guide: Lingerie Picks for Full Busts

You guys, I can’t even hold it back: New York City is breaking out the holiday decorations ahead of the parade, I’ve got my King’s College Cambridge Christmas Carols on shuffle, and it’s making me feel SO FESTIVE, and now we need to pick out our favorite holiday lingerie.  Yes, yes we do.  My goal is to have all holiday posts published before Black Friday (the last Friday in November), so that we can all take advantage of any pre-December sales and discounts that may pop up.  Let’s kick things off with the category dearest to my heart (as it’s my personal category): full bust lingerie!  I had a TERRIBLE time narrowing down my selections: there are some really outstandingly lovely pieces out there now, so I’ve tried to stick to pieces that either scream “holiday” to me (red, green, shiny, sparkly, etc.), or pieces that I just think are awesome, because this is my list, after all.As a reminder: “full-bust” in the lingerie world GENERALLY refers to what we think of as “average” band sizes (usually 28-38) and any cup size over a D.  I’ve included items that go up to at least a UK G-cup, if not higher.  Without further ado: pretty things!1. “Bronte” by Fauve

Bronte has been a quiet new favorite from Fauve, popping up earlier this year in an unusual, vibrant orange.  Longline bras will always be popular amongst some customers, but I have to admit the orange had the potential to be polarizing.  And then this stunning silver appeared for Autumn/Winter, and it is the most beautiful, Snow Queen-appropriate lingerie I can’t even handle it.

Fauve Bronte Longline Silver

“Bronte” Padded Longline Bra, Thong, and Suspender by Fauve. $112, $45, $56, respectively. Available in sizes 30-38 D-G (UK), XS-XL. Plunge balcony version (no longline) available in sizes 30-38 D-GG.

SEE?  It glimmers.  It gleams.  It takes a lot for me to get super-fired-up about very pale or white lingerie, and I LOVE this.  And if icy loveliness isn’t your thing, there’s also a gorgeous Jade color.

Fauve Bronte Jade

“Bronte” Padded Longline Bra, Thong, and Suspender by Fauve. $112, $45, $56, respectively. Available in sizes 30-38 D-G (UK), XS-XL. Plunge balcony version (no longline) available in sizes 30-38 D-GG.

2.  Babydolls by Cleo, Parfait, and Curvy Kate 

2013 should probably go down in some kind of history as The Year of the Full-Bust Babydoll.  There have been pretty, sexy, sophisticated lingerie options for a while now, from bra to basque, but this year is the first year there have been the sassy, flirty, lingerie-loungewear hybrid pieces widely available to the consumer.  First up is Cleo, who decided (brilliantly, in my opinion) to release their popular “Marcie” bra (my reviews here and here), with its rounded shape and sweet polka dots as a sheer, sexy babydoll.

Cleo Marcie Babydoll

“Marcie” Babydoll in black by Cleo, matching brief. $70-75, $29- respectively. Available in sizes 28-38 D-J (UK), XS-XL.

Next up is Curvy Kate, with “Lola”, based on their lightly padded “Daily Boost” style.  Unlike Marcie, Lola features a full skirt (Marcie is completely open in the back) with pretty satin edging, and (my favorite part) there’s an adorable matching sleep mask!  It’s BEGGING to be wrapped up and given as a gift.  It’s also available from size 28D up to a size 40K, a truly phenomenal size range.

Curvy Kate Lola Babydoll

“Lola” Babydoll, Short, and Eyemask by Curvy Kate. $48-92, $18-35, $14, respectively (Figleaves currently has all items, including the brief and short, on crazy sale). Sizes 28-40 D-K (UK), 8-20 UK (4-16 US).

Parfait by Affinitas has offered some pretty ground-breaking shapes for full-bust figures from day one.  In their initial few seasons they carried multiple basques, camisoles, babydolls, and longline bras for D-G cups, and this year saw them expand three styles up to a K-cup.  One of these is the beautiful “Alexis”, with semi-sheer lace cups (there’s a foam interior side sling) and a very, very soft sheer floating skirt.  As with the Charlotte, I had to size up in the cups for a good fit, but it’s lovely and classic, and the crystal accents at the center gore make it a great special occasion piece.

"Alexis" babydoll by Parfait.  Available in sizes 30-40 D-K (UK), in Black and Ivory.

“Alexis” babydoll by Parfait. Available in sizes 30-40 D-K (UK), in Black and Ivory. $65.

3.  “Sienna” by Panache 

Sienna is one of Panache’s classic styles, and even though it occasionally disappears for a season or two, it usually comes back.  I adore this season’s warm, romantic “Spice” colorway: it’s like rich wine and autumn leaves and mulled cider and all sorts of good things.  I also like that it’s a “basic” bra that goes above and beyond to offer a little extra glamour.

Panache Sienna Bra Short Spice

“Sienna” Bra and Short in Spice by Panache. $62, $24, respectively. 30-38 D-K (UK), Short and Thong 8-20 (UK).

4.  “Charlotte” by Parfait 

As I mentioned in my review on Monday, this bright, cheerful red just screams holiday lingerie to me.   Available up to a K cup at a budget-friendly price point, it’s one of Parfait’s most beloved and unique styles.

Charlotte Parfait Padded Bra bikini brief

“Charlotte” padded bra and bikini in red by Parfait. Available in sizes 28-40 D-K (UK cup sizes). Matching bikini brief and high-waist brief in sizes XS-2XL

5.  “Addicted” by Pour Moi? 

Pour Moi? has really been making me sit up and take notice this year, and the “Addicted” collection, available up to a UK G-cup, is truly a jaw-dropper.  There simply isn’t another brand out there offering a style this strappy and this straight-up sexy for fuller busts.  A friend of mine has tried this and recommends sizing up in the band and cup if you’re between sizes, and offers the caveat that it’s not really going to be the most supportive bra around, on account of the style.  But it’s just so straight up HOT.  I love this set, and I can’t wait to see what Pour Moi? does next!

Pour Moi Addicted Half-Cup Bra G-String Suspender

“Addicted” Half-Cup Bra, G-String, and Suspender. $44, $19, $25, respectively. Strappy brief also available. Available in sizes 30 E-G, 32-40 B-G (UK), 8-18, XS-XL.

The lookbook image is also super steamy:

Pour Moi Addicted Half-Cup Bra

“Addicted” Half-Cup Bra, G-String, and Suspender. $44, $19, $25, respectively. Strappy brief also available. Available in sizes 30 E-G, 32-40 B-G (UK), 8-18, XS-XL.

6.  “Tease” by Figleaves Boudoir 

Speaking of having an amazing year, have y’all been keeping up with what Figleaves has been up to?  First the expansion of the Midnight Grace clothing line, then the launch of their Erotique boutiqe featuring some totally gorgeous, more risque lingerie pieces and boudoir accessories, and now some really exceptional holiday offerings from their in-house higher-end brand.   This feels almost like Figleaves’ answer to the powerhouse that is the Mimi Holliday Bisou Bisou collection, and it’s in EMERALD GREEN.  Everyone loves emerald green lingerie.  I mean, I assume, because look how beautiful:

Figleaves Boudoir Tease

“Tease” Silk and Lace Demi Bra, Brief, and Suspender (eye mask and thong also available) by Figleaves Boudoir. $75, $50, $53, respectively. Available in sizes 30-36 B-G (UK), 8-16, S-L

7.  “Amelie” in Navy/Black by Miss Mandalay

One of my favorite indie brands, one of my favorite bras, and one of my favorite color combos.  Perfection.

Miss Mandalay Amelie black navy

“Amelie” in black/navy by Miss Mandalay. Available in sizes 28-38 C-H

8.  “Viola” longline bra and side-tie brief by Harlow & Fox

I know the price on this beauty may not make this appropriate for everyone, but what an absolute stunner.  Made entirely in the UK from the finest silk and Leavers lace, the whole collection gleams in silver, gold, and pearl, but this set is a real standout.  The back closes with eight rows of hooks-and-eyes, and the briefs tie with oversized, luxurious silk ribbons.  An absolutely magical set from an amazing debut collection.

Viola Longline Bra and Side-Tie Brief

“Viola” Longline Bra and Side Tie Brief by Harlow & Fox. £189.00 and £105.00, respectively. Available in sizes 30-38 DD-G (UK), S, M, L.

9. Bonus item: Panache Sport in Red

It’s maybe not the frilliest or floofiest, but this bra has seriously changed the way I feel about exercise, and it’s now available in festive red.

Panache Sport sports bra red

Panache Sport in Red, $65-68. Available in sizes 28 DD-H, 30 D-H, 32 C-H, 34-38 B-H, 40 D-GG

Did any of these make it to your list?  I’ll have some favorite picks for fuller figures, smaller-to-average busts, and some miscellaneous, no-sizes-required lingerie items in posts next week.  Have a great weekend!

0 comment on Holiday Gift Guide: Lingerie Picks for Full Busts

  1. Laurie
    November 22, 2013 at 8:40 am (9 years ago)

    Maybe I’m missing it but where do you buy the Panache Sienna bra and shorts? I would love to dance in that, it’s SO my EC 🙂

    On another note…are you still in Joy’s Tuesday nite class? I was there the other nite and missed you!

    • Sweets
      November 22, 2013 at 9:23 am (9 years ago)

      Hi hi! You totally didn’t miss it– I forgot to link the picture! Panache Sienna is available at Bare Necessities, Figleaves, Breakout Bras, and as a special order through A Sophisticated Pair. I’ll link the picture to Breakout Bras now. Thank you for catching that!

      I had to freeze my S Factor membership through the end of the year (oh money, you come and you go), but I hope to be back in 2014! xoxoxo

  2. Amber
    November 22, 2013 at 10:51 am (9 years ago)

    We have identical taste! Lingerie twinsies? I LOVE ALL of these. I have a few of them too (Charlotte, Marcie, Alexis) but I literally want every single item in this post. Gorgeous full bust picks!

    • Sweets
      November 22, 2013 at 11:12 am (9 years ago)

      We must be twinsies! There is some seriously stunning lingerie out there right now– I love it all too!

  3. Julia Lambert
    December 1, 2013 at 12:24 am (9 years ago)

    Welp, that Addicted by Pour Moi bra is going to have to be mine one day. There’s nothing to be done about it. And that green silk bra? Oh my, gorgeous.

    • Sweets
      December 1, 2013 at 12:28 am (9 years ago)

      Get it get it get it get it you look so pretty in it I am peer pressuring you into getting it is it working?


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