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When it comes to finding the perfect bra, bloggers can be a fantastic source of inspiration and information. And did you know that there are a handful of blogs out there dedicated to all things full-bust lingerie?

If you’re wondering about how a particular piece fits for example, a blog review of it will likely be much more in-depth – and include more photos – than any comments or ratings you’ll find on the product page. And if you can find a blogger whose bra size and body type are similar to your own, following them is a great way to discover new lingerie styles that could work well for you.

But there’s more to lingerie blogs than just reviews. They’re also a great place to turn for advice on everything from how to measure your bra size, to how to care for your new purchases. Think of them like an online lingerie magazine, only better – because you can often actually chat to the author if you’ve got questions!

Intrigued? Below are five full-busted bloggers to follow for lingerie content. These aren’t all the full-bust lingerie bloggers out there, but I think they’re some of the best and so a good place to begin reading.

Comics Girls Need Bras

parfait dalis bralette

Photo/Read More: Mini Review: Parfait Dalis Bralette Review (32G & Small)

Canadian blogger Wen is one of my very favourite bloggers, and I especially recommend following her if you wear a small band size and a G+ cup size. She publishes regular reviews that incorporate plenty of high-quality images, giving you an idea of how pieces fit from every angle.

Although primarily focussed on reviews, you’ll also find such gems here as helpful solutions for asymmetrical breasts. Plus she writes an ongoing series about how to incorporate lingerie into different outerwear looks.


Take a peek: Mini Review: Parfait Dalis Bralette Review (32G & Small)


Big Cup Little Cup

parfait charlotte bra

Photo/Read More: Big & Little Cup Review: Parfait Affinitas Charlotte Floral Shimmer: 30GG & 30D

This unique lingerie blog is written by UK-based duo Sian and Charlie. Don’t let the name fool you – they are actually both D+ wearers, with Sian (the ‘Big Cup’) being a G+. So wherever you are on the full-bust cup size spectrum, if you wear a small band size you can find reviews relevant to you.

In fact, one of my favourite things about this blog is that they sometimes both review the same bra. It really helps to highlight the design differences between the D+ and G+ sizes!

You’ll also find content from here on everything from the latest lingerie trends to where to donate your old bras, to various aspects of bra fit.


Take a peek: Big & Little Cup Review: Parfait Affinitas Charlotte Floral Shimmer: 30GG & 30D


Fuller Figure Fuller Bust

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Photographer: Katherine McMorran

Photo/Read More: Voodoo Vixen x Unique Vintage

George is a funny, down-to-earth blogger who’s based in the UK and writes about both fashion and lingerie for plus sized people with full busts. Especially G+. Although she’s not a retro-fashion blogger specifically, she does have a penchant for pin-up styling, so you’ll find plenty of corset content (and fabulous gowns!) alongside all the bras.

If you’re new to learning about bra fitting, she also has some helpful introductory posts explaining things such as why cup letters are meaningless without an accompanying band size. Expect a humorous and no-nonsense approach to learning about lingerie.


Take a peek: A Review Of The ‘Charlotte’ Parfait By Affinitas Set


Curvy Girl Thin

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Photo/Read More: Plus Size Essentials: The Bralette

Also hailing from the UK, Charli is another plus-sized, full-busted blogger whose fashion and lingerie content comes with a large splash of body positivity. She wears a G+ cup too, and a usually 36 band size.

Alongside regular reviews, you’ll also find musings on self care and body confidence, a guide to taking great lingerie selfies, and much more.


Take a peek: A Curvy Girl’s Lingerie Essentials – The Vintage Inspired Bra


Sweet Nothings

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Photographer: Sylvie Rosokoff

Photo/Read More: Review: Playful Promises Adira Harness Bra and Kendalle Waspie

Last but definitely not least is US-based, G+ cup-wearing Sweets, another of my very favourite bloggers. Her witty writing style is fun to read, and her photographs are always excellent – especially the elaborate, one-woman editorials that she puts out a few times per year.

Sweet Nothings features lingerie at pretty much every price point, and is about a 50/50 mix of lingerie reviews and other content. Click ‘Lingerie 101‘ to find a list of posts perfect for beginners, from caring for your lingerie to building a lingerie wardrobe.


Take a peek: Review: Parfait Danielle Longline Bra and Shortie


That concludes the list, but of course, you’ve also got the Parfait blog right here which is simply overflowing with full-bust focussed content!

Who are your favourite full-busted bloggers that share lingerie advice? Let us know in the comments section below.


Featured image lingerie:
Casey Plunge Molded Bra 2801 | Casey Boyshort 2805 in Ruby Wine

When it comes to finding your perfect bra, there’s more to consider than just which size to buy. Bras come in a huge range of varieties, and the style of bra can greatly affect how well it fits and how it looks on you.

To help you find your ideal match, the most common cup types you’ll see in stores today are listed below. Note that this is a guide to cup shapes specifically, not an exhaustive list of every bra style ever. There are also things like padding level to take into account – from unlined to ultra-push-up, that definitely changes the fit too!

Full Cup Bra

full cup bra

Enora Minimizer Bra P5272 | Enora Bikini P5273 in Raspberry

full-cup bra is designed to cover all, or at least most, of the breast. With a high gore (the bit between the cups) and lots of fabric, these bras offer an enhanced level of support and are therefore ideal for full-bust sizes. They also tend to create a smooth line under clothes.

However, if your breasts are shallow at the top you may find that full-cup bras gape or wrinkle here, even if you’re filling out the bottom half of the cup just fine. They’re also the most likely to peek out from under low or wide-cut necklines.

Half Cup Bra / Demi Cup Bra

demi cup bra

Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 | Charlotte Bikini 6905 in Blossom Print

These two terms are used more or less interchangeably. As the name suggests, they’re designed to cover about half the breast – in real terms, that means they typically stop around 1-2 inches above nipple height.

Demi cup bras work for a wide range of breast shapes, and depending on their construction, can still offer plenty of support for larger cup sizes. But with the added benefit of being able to be worn with lower necklines!

Balconette Bra

balconette bra

Estelle Balconet Bra P52312 | Estelle Bikini P5233 in Black

A balconette bra is actually a type of demi cup. You’ll recognise it because it’s shaped like a balcony – the tops of the cups are likely to be cut more horizontally, rather than sloping diagonally upwards. It may also be a tad lower, only just covering the nipple.

A balconette bra typically has widely-set straps – this combined with the low cut makes it ideal for wearing under square and scoop necklines. However, if you have narrow shoulders you may find that the straps of a balconette bra regularly slip off.

Balconette bras are better suited to those with shallow or full-on-bottom breasts. If you have a lot of upper fullness you may find that the cups are cut too low to prevent you spilling out of them, especially when leaning forwards!


Related: Which Breast Shape Do You Have?


Plunge Bra

plunge bra

Vanna Plunge Padded Bra P5701 | Vanna Hipster P5705 in Black/Gray

plunge bra is easy to spot thanks to its characteristic shape – the cups slope sharply downwards, creating a V neckline, and the gore that joins the cups is less tall than usual.

Plunge bras will suit most people, except perhaps those with very soft breast tissue that can spill out of the open centre. They’re the perfect choice when you’re wearing an extra low-cut neckline and don’t want your bra to be visible.

Triangle Bra

triangle bra

Ciara Bralette P5711 | Ciara Bikini P5713 in Surf

Another easily-recognizable style, this one gets its name from the fact that the cup’s sides converge into a point where the strap attaches, creating a triangular shape. Many triangle bras are wireless bralettes, but wired ones exist too.

Being more open at the outer side of the breast than the other cup shapes on this list, triangle bras tend to be less supportive than wired bras and aren’t able to push breast tissue front-and-centre. Triangle bras with minimal fabric are generally better suited to small bust sizes, and won’t create a rounded or projected shape.

Quarter Cup Bras, Cupless Bras, and Other Bra Styles

quarter cup bra

 

Both of these bra styles expose the nipple, so they’re generally reserved for boudoir wear. Although quarter cup bras are sometimes called cupless too, and both styles get called ‘open cup’, there are two distinct looks to choose from. Quarter cup bras will always have some cup fabric at the base of the breast, but a truly cupless bra has none.

A cupless bra, of course, offers zero support. It is simply there to frame the breast. A quarter cup can offer a little lift since it does support the breast from below to an extent, but it’s not intended to be a supportive style either. So long as you are happy with that, quarter cup and cupless bras work for any breast size and shape!

Other cup shapes are much more rare, and often found in vintage lingerie – such as overwire bras and bullet bras. If you come across another bra style name, it’s probably referring to something other than the cup shape.

For example, it may refer to the strap style (e.g. strapless bras, racerback bras, and multiway bras), the level of lining or padding (e.g. contour bras, t-shirt bras, and push-up bras), or a specific function or design feature (e.g. minimiser bras, nursing bras, and longline bras). All of these will also have a shape from the list above, such as a push-up plunge or a contour demi-cup.

Yes, that means there are a ton of possible combinations, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed or confused by the sheer breadth of bra styles that are out there. But the plus side is that somewhere, there’s exactly the bra style for you.

Have any questions about bra cup styles? Ask away in the comments!


Related: How To Find The Right Bra For Your Breast Shape


different bra styles

Briana Padded Bra P5671 | Briana Bikini P5673 in Black Floral

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 | Charlotte Bikini 6905 in Blossom Print

Bras are made up of lots of different parts, and there are certain features or components that you’ll only find on a particular style of bras. One of those is side supports.

There are two types of side support a bra may have, and some of them use both. The first is a ‘side sling’, a piece of fabric at the outer edge of the cup, which stretches from the base up to the apex (where the strap and cup meet). It might be overlaid and incorporated into the design, or it might be hidden away inside the bra.

The other type of side support is a narrow panel that is actually a part of the cup itself, joined by a seam. Like a sling, you’ll find it at the outer cup edge, and it will run the full height of the cup and join the strap. The side panels may be made from the same fabric as the rest of the cup, or they may be reinforced via a sturdier fabric choice or an added lining.

Sometimes, a sweep of satin or lace up the sides of the cups is purely decorative – so look carefully at how the bra is constructed. The Charlotte Padded BraMariela Unlined Wire Bra, and Tess Unlined Wire Bra are all examples of bras with supportive side support panels built into the cups.

What do side supports in a bra do?

So what’s the point of these added pieces at either side? As their name suggests, it’s all to do with support. They strengthen the outer edges of the cups, so that the bra can better push your breast tissue front-and-centre. You’ll get less of a wide, splayed shape (sometimes called ‘East and West’), and one that’s more projected. In other words, your bust will stick out a bit more when viewed from the side, and from the front it will look narrower.

As an added benefit, side supports also help to stop your breast tissue spilling out the sides of your cup, at the underarm.


Related: A Guide To The Different Parts Of A Bra And What They Do


side support bra

Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 in Dusty Rose/Black

Which bras have side supports?

Since their main intention is to add support, you’ll most likely find side supports in bras made for full-bust sizes. Usually, they’re added to unlined, seamed-cup styles. You almost certainly won’t find them on low-support styles such as bralettes.

Many minimiser bras also make use of side support features, because they have that narrowing effect that can make you appear slimmer.

And you might also find them on a plunge bra – even one for smaller cup sizes – that’s designed to create cleavage. Since side slings move the breast tissue inwards, they may be used in combination with side padding to push the breast towards the centre.

Who are side support bras designed for?

Many full-busted people find that they get all the support they need without side slings or side support panels. However, it may be worth looking out for bras with side supports if you:

  • Have wide-set breasts and would like them to be more centered
  • Constantly find your breast tissue spilling out of the cups towards your armpit (though note that this could be a sign you need a larger cup size)
  • Want more lift and a ‘sturdier’ feeling than your current bras are offering

If in doubt, head to your nearest boutique and try some side-support bras on to see the difference for yourself!


Related: Bra Shopping Guide: Tips For Buying New Bras


best side support bra

Tess Unlined Wire Bra P5022 in Charcoal

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Tess Unlined Wire Bra P5022 in Charcoal

Have you ever worn a longline bra? After many years of not getting much attention, there’s lately been a resurgence in popularity of this retro-esque bra shape. That’s probably thanks to the bralette trend, which includes as many long, crop-top inspired pieces as it does ones with a flimsy, ultra-narrow band.

Longline bras don’t have to be wireless though, and you can easily get your hands on one that’s wired, moulded, or even push-up padded.

Here are some benefits of a long line bra, that a standard bra just doesn’t have:

Enhanced support

You’ve heard that most of the support in a bra should come from the band right? So it follows that more band = more support. Though, disclaimer, this doesn’t apply to every longline bra. It depends on how that band is structured.

A longline bra with a band that ‘grips’ the body provides a lot of added support. And even more so if that band is boned, like on the Sandrine, for added sturdiness. However, if the added length is simply a frill of loose fabric or a thin, super-stretchy lace, it won’t have the same effect. A longline, just like a regular-width band, should feel relatively firm and snug if it’s to be able to do its job of supporting properly.

Smoothing and shaping

If you have a soft ribcage, bra bands will have a tendency to cut in more on you, creating ‘back bulge’ above and below the band. If this bothers you, you might have tried to remedy the situation by wearing a larger band size – but as explained above, a looser band means less support.

Instead, a better idea is to wear a wider band, which distributes the weight of your bust over a larger surface area and so cuts in less. And a longline is the ultimate wide band! You’ll get a smoother silhouette under tight and fitted clothing, and the longest of longlines may even cinch your waist a little. Think of them as a lightweight and pretty kind of shapewear.


Related: 3 Beautiful Lingerie Sets You’ll Want To Wear Everyday


longline lace bra

More space to show off lace!

Or satin, or whatever other fabric type it’s made out of. Longline bras can look ultra-pretty when they’re made from something like lace or an eye-catching print, simply because there’s more of it visible. Why settle for having a beautiful fabric on the cups only, when you could have it extending half-way down your torso too?

Versatility as outerwear

Because longline bras cover more of your body than a standard-length one, they look less lingerie-like (because they’re not what we’re used to picturing when we think ‘bras’), and provide added modesty. Both of which make them perfect for styling a lingerie-as-outerwear look.

I recently wrote about how to incorporate a bralette into your outfit, and many of the ideas can be applied to longline wired bras too. How about wearing one peeking out from below a fitted blazer for example, or as a crop top with high-waist jeans?

I would love to know why you like longline bras – or if not, why you don’t! Let me know in the comments section below.


Related: Where To Buy Longline Bras


longline plunge bra

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured lingerie:
Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra P5351 | Sandrine Hipster P5355 in Burgundy

Spend any significant amount of time reading about bras online, and you’ll probably come across something that says they’re bad for you. Most commonly, it’s said that bras – especially underwired ones – can lead to pain, sagging, and even cancer. Those include some pretty shocking claims, but are they really true?

Do bras cause cancer?

Let’s start with the big one – can wearing a bra increase your risk of cancer? The research overwhelmingly says no.

This myth most likely originated from a 1995 book called Dressed To Kill, which theorized that bras constrict lymphatic vessels, leading to a build-up of fluid and toxins within the breast. However, this study was never peer-reviewed and has been widely contested by other researchers.

The American Cancer Society, for example, says that “[it has been] suggested that bras cause breast cancer by obstructing lymph flow. There is no good scientific or clinical basis for this claim, and a 2014 study of more than 1,500 women found no association between wearing a bra and breast cancer risk.” In fact, the National Institutes of Health did not even find a detectable increase in breast cancer among women who’d had their underarm lymph nodes surgically removed.

What about underwires specifically? A study on whether a correlation exists between bras and breast cancer shared the finding that underwire bras do not cause cancer. And that same 2014 study mentioned above concluded that “No aspect of bra wearing, including bra cup size, recency, average number of hours/day worn, wearing a bra with an underwire, or age first began regularly wearing a bra, was associated with risks of [cancer]”.


Related: Should I Try A Wireless Bra?


Do bras cause sagging?

This one is particularly controversial because the arguments go both ways. Some people say that wearing a bra will speed up sagging because the bra is supporting the breast instead of the muscles, and so those muscles weaken through lack of use.

On the other hand, some people claim that not wearing a bra causes sagging because the weight of the unsupported breast stretches out the ligaments and other breast tissue. Both sides of the debate can’t be right. They could both be wrong though.

To date, three studies have found a link between bra-wearing and sagging. However, two of them had incredibly small sample sizes (11 and 33 women), which are hardly statistically significant. The third, though it focused on 320 women, has never actually been published and so is viewed with a lot of skepticism.

That last study was conducted by Jean-Denis Rouillon, who himself later noted that his results were only preliminary and also stated that if you’ve been wearing bras for decades, giving them up now won’t make any difference.

Overall, research has only conclusively proven a link between sagging and these factors: advanced age, pregnancy (not breastfeeding), smoking, obesity, significant weight loss, and genetics. So while bras may not prevent sagging, they may not cause it either.

Do bras cause pain?

Let’s talk about underwires first, because I’ve often read that they’re a common cause of pain. I’ll be honest though, it’s usually coming from a brand that’s selling wireless bras or ones with some kind of new, underwire alternative. In other words, somewhere that stands to benefit from persuading you that wire-free is always better.

There is however some truth to what they’re saying. After all, those memes about the bliss of taking your bra off would not be so popular if everyone found bras highly comfortable! But underwires shouldn’t be painful, and for many women they are not.

The problem comes when you are wearing a bra that’s wrong for you. Maybe the underwire is too small and sitting on top of your breast tissue. Or maybe it’s the wrong shape for your body, so it’s poking in at one end. Yes, underwires can be painful, but simply swapping to a different bra style or size almost always solves the problem.

What about the rest of the bra? Can wearing a bra cause other aches and pains? Again, the answer is that while it can, it shouldn’t. It won’t if it’s well-made and the correct fit. Most often it’s the band that’s the problem – too tight and it can chafe, too loose and it won’t be supporting you properly which can lead to back and shoulder pain, especially if you have a heavy bust.

If your bra is causing you discomfort, it’s worth booking a bra-fitting and mentioning your specific problem to your fitter so they can help to find the best solution.


Related: Revealed: Here’s What Happens At A Bra Fitting


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Have you heard any other ‘facts’ about bras or underwires and want to know if they’re true? Let us know in the comments below. 

The bralette trend is here to stay. This light, unstructured version of a bra has swept its way across the lingerie industry and into women’s drawers everywhere, offering a more relaxed alternative that even full-busted people can wear.

It’s a great choice for lazy days at home and for sleeping in at night, but bralettes are not just homewear. You can absolutely wear them out and about, and they’re especially perfect for those occasions when what you’re craving most is comfort. But more than that, bralettes can actually be a fashion statement.

We tend to want to keep our bras hidden away below our clothes, but bralettes are different. Their popularity as ‘festival wear’ has trickled down into streetwear, and made it perfectly acceptable to wear one visibly. They’ve become something of a hybrid garment, sitting somewhere between underwear and outerwear.

So just how do you wear a bralette as part of your outfit, in a way that looks intentional and not like a wardrobe malfunction?

Here are 7 styling ideas:

what to wear with a bralette

Adriana Lace Bralette P5482 | Adriana Bikini P5483 in Pearl White

With a backless or low-sided top

Forget faffing about with stick-on bras or low-back band extenders. Just wear a lacy bralette and show your bra band off with pride! It’s even possible to find pull-on bralettes without the usual fastening at the back, though note that these super-stretchy styles offer the least support.

Lace bralettes are also a great pairing for a sleeves top or dress with low arm holes, showing off a flash of pretty fabric at either side.

With a low-cut neckline

Similarly, bralettes work great for lower necklines. They can be a more modest alternative to a plunge bra, or a prettier replacement for a camisole. Bonus points if there’s some strapping detail above the cup that you can show off too.

Under a sheer top

Here’s another way bralettes can replace camisoles. They’ll provide coverage where you need it, but without sticking out from below the top’s hemline like a cami can. If you’re daring, pair a chic bralette with a sheer mesh or chiffon top to really flaunt it. For a subtler take on the look, wear it under lace or open-knit fabric.

Under a blazer

A lacy camisole and fitted blazer is a classic combination. Why not mix things up and, you guessed it, replace that cami with a bralette again. It’s a fabulous night-out look that celebs love!


Related: Everything You Need To Know About Bralettes


how to style a bralette

Adriana Lace Bralette P5482 | Adriana Bikini P5483 in Black

Over a t-shirt

Hey, you’re not just limited to wearing bralettes under things. Layering it over a basic top will show it off in all its stylish glory, while still allowing you to stay fully covered-up and even wear another bra below for support should you wish. Yes, this option is a bit out-there and only for the boldest of fashionistas, but I promise it’s an actual trend. And it can look rather cute.

With the straps on show

Many bralettes are actually designed to be seen. They’re made with fancy, lacy straps, or ones that have a criss-cross or T shape at the back. So why not pair a particularly decadent bralette strap with an off-the-shoulder sweater? Or go one step further and wear it with something strapless?

As a crop top

Last but not least, why not just pretend your bralette is actually a crop top? After all, that’s kind of what it is. Longline bralettes and high neck bralettes are especially popular for wearing like this since they provide some added coverage and look less like a traditional bra. I’m particularly a fan of pairing one with a high-waisted skirt or jeans.

Not feeling quite brave enough to rock your bralette all by itself? You can also wear it in that other popular way that crop tops get styled – under dungarees.

How do you style your bralettes? Share your favorite way to style your bralettes in the comments section below!


Related: How Should A Bralette Fit?


how to wear a bralette under clothes

Adriana Lace Bralette P5482 | Adriana Bikini P5483 in Sky Blue

We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

how to wear a bralette without padding

Adriana Lace Bralette P5482 in Pearl White, Black, Sky Blue

Featured image lingerie:
Adriana Lace Bralette P5482 in Pearl White, Black, Sky Blue

I don’t know about you, but I love packing for a trip away. Planning my outfits requires thinking about where we’ll be, and that gets me extra excited about going before we’ve even left the house. Trying to whittle everything down so that it fits into my suitcase however – sometimes, I even travel just with hand-luggage – is a lot less fun.

It has at least taught me how to travel with a capsule lingerie wardrobe. And how to cram everything into the bag without my delicates getting damaged.

So if you’re jetting off somewhere with limited baggage space, here are my lingerie packing tips for you:

1.  Pack outerwear before underwear

You need to think about the clothes you’re taking first, so that you choose lingerie that works with them. If you just grab any old handful of sets from your lingerie drawer and throw them in, you may end up taking items that don’t get worn – and that’s a waste of space.

2.  Take 2 bottoms per bra

Of course, thongs and briefs should be washed after every wear. But did you know that it’s often fine to wear the same bra multiple times before washing it? The exception is if you’ve gotten sweaty – bear that in mind if your destination is ultra-hot! But otherwise, I would recommend packing 2 bottoms to wear with every bra, essentially cutting the number of bras you need to take with you in half.

3.  Bring a multiway bra

Here’s another way to minimize the number of bras in your suitcase. If your outfits call for a strapless bra, a racer-back bra, and a halter bra, don’t pack them all – just take one convertible style that can do all three!

4.  Consider packing lighter styles

Moulded and padded bras take up significantly more space than bralettes and wired-but-unlined bras. So consider perhaps forgoing the thicker cups altogether. It may even turn out when you’re there that thin or sheer fabric is preferable from a comfort standpoint, if you’re headed someplace hot.


Related: 3 Things To Love About Convertible Bras


5.  Stack moulded bras together

Set on taking a few moulded bras along for the ride? Be sure to protect the cups so that they don’t get crushed, which can permanently deform them. The easiest way to do this is to simply stack them so that the cups from one lay inside the cups from another. Alternatively, use your hosiery or socks to stuff each cup.

6.  Wear the bulkiest set to travel in

Another tip for traveling with bulky lingerie is simply to wear it on the day of travel! And if your bra sets are all similarly-sized? Then I recommend to wear your favourite one – you know, just in case the word happens and your suitcase takes a trip to somewhere else.

7.  Take a 2-in-1 shampoo

No, I don’t mean 2-in-1 as in shampoo and conditioner. I mean shampoo and lingerie wash! You can buy travel-sized sachets of certain lingerie detergents, but in a pinch, you can also hand-wash lingerie with a mild and gentle shampoo. Baby shampoo is ideal. Instead of packing separate bottles of liquids, this lets you travel with just the one and use it to clean your hair and underwear.

8.  Protect lingerie with something thin

You can buy travel cases designed especially for packing bras, but they can add quite a bit of bulk themselves. If it’s just snagging delicate fabrics that you’re worried about, then a fabric bag or even a simple sheet of tissue paper will do the trick.


Related: 5 Lingerie Travel Accessories Every Woman Needs


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Do you have any more tips or tricks for packing lingerie in a suitcase? I’d love to hear them – leave a note in the comments section below.


Featured image lingerie:
Parfait Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 | Parfait Charlotte Bikini 6905 | Parfait Charlotte High Waist Brief 6917 in Bronze, Floral Shimmer, Red/Black, Dusty Rose

Holiday season is almost upon us, and there are plenty of articles around with advice on lingerie shopping for a partner. But what if you’re a girl who’s hoping to treat a friend?

You would think that, as lingerie-wearers ourselves, we’d have a much easier time picking something out for someone else. But if you’ve never seen the inside of your friend’s lingerie drawer, it can actually prove rather tricky to work out what she would like! After all, lingerie is pretty personal.

It does make a gorgeous gift though. So here are some tips to help you get it right!

Subtly bring it up in conversation

You could outright tell your friend you want to buy them some lingerie and ask what they’d like, but it’s always nice to surprise someone right? To get an idea of their underpinnings preferences without being too obvious, casually steer a conversation towards the topic.

For example:

– bring along a magazine that you know has a few bra styles on the style pages and go “oo, this one’s cute, what do you think of it?”

– mention you’ve heard that thongs are on the way out and big knickers are back in style, and gauge her reaction for clues about what she’d rather wear

–  open some product tabs on your phone, say you’re lingerie-shopping for yourself / another friend and can’t decide which is the prettiest option

– say you need some new bras but can’t find anything you like, and ask where she normally gets hers

Try to find out her sizes

Some friends are close enough to know each others’ bra and clothing sizes, but don’t panic if you aren’t. Maybe you can find it out. Avoid peeking at her laundry though – that’s a bit creepy, even if you’re good friends! Try these instead:

– ask her sister, if she has one

– bring up one of those just-for-fun lingerie images where they compare cup sizes to different fruits and ask her which one she is

– tell her you’ve just discovered bra sister sizing and ask if she knew about it – if you’re having a conversation about bra sizes in general, you might get lucky and she’ll just mention hers

No luck? Try the next tip…

Hit up a few lingerie stores together

Going bra-shopping together is the perfect way to kill two birds with one stone! If you end up trying anything on, you should be able to clock which sizes she picks up or asks the shop assistant for.

Plus, it will give you a really good idea of what designs she is drawn to. Make a mental note of the colours, fabrics and shapes she graviates towards. You could even come back and buy one of the items she clearly loves.

Consider her style, and lifestyle

If none of the above works, you can still use your best stylist skills to guess at what she’d like. Think about the clothing you see her wear – is it minimal? Glam? Sporty? Cute and girly? Take note of whether she wears a lot of low-cut necklines, in which case you may have the most success with a plunge bra.

Don’t forget to take your friend’s lifestyle into account too. If she’s a yoga babe, maybe she’d love a sporty racerback she can show off under a workout top. If she’s a housewife, perhaps a fancy robe to swan about the house in. Speaking of which…

Think beyond just bras and briefs

Remember that there’s more to lingerie than simply bra sets! You could also treat your friend to a robe, a nightdress, pajamas… even little treats like a sleep mask can make a lovely gift.

Plus, non-cupped items are much easier to fit since they are sold by clothing or lettered sizing – solving the problem if you really can’t figure out her bra size.

Keep in mind when she’ll open it

If you’re heading to a lingerie shower where you’ll all be sipping wine, giggling, and opening the presents one by one, then anything probably goes.

But if this is a gift she’ll be popping under her tree until December 25th to open with her kids or parents, I’d definitely advise toning down the sexy!

Prepare to potentially get it wrong

Despite your best efforts, there’s a chance that what you buy won’t fit or be her style. It’s not the end of the world – it’s the thought that counts right? Just make sure you’ve asked for a gift receipt and included it in the parcel. These don’t show the price, but allow your friend to go back to the store herself and exchange for another size or style if needed.

Check the returns policy too, especially if you’re the type of organised person who does their shopping early. Many retailers do offer an extended returns period for items bought in the run up to the holidays, but not all.


Have you ever bought lingerie for, or received it from, a friend? Have any tips to add to this list?


Featured image lingerie:
Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 | Charlotte Bikini 6905 in Red/Black

Have you ever wondered why a bra so often costs more than a t-shirt does, despite using a fraction of the fabric? Well, here’s the thing – bras are super complex! Fabric is just one of many components required to make one. Even a basic, triangle-cupped bralette is typically comprised of over a dozen parts. And a wired bra with some pretty decoration? That could easily have started life as twenty, thirty, maybe even fifty individual pieces.

There’s elastic, there’s metal hardware… And that fabric? We’re not just talking a front piece, a back piece and two sleeves like you need for a simple t-shirt. Just consider the ‘3-part cup’ bra, a popular full-bust style. As the name suggests, you need three pieces of fabric for one cup alone, and more if there’s a lining.

Yes, the pieces are quite small. But for each one you add, you also add construction time. The primary cost of a bra is in labour to sew it – piecing all of that together is fiddly and time-consuming. Start cutting out components to keep your costs down though, and you’ll soon find the bra no longer fits well or offers much in the way of support. Everything’s included for a reason!

The components in a bra

Here’s a list of the basic components that go into an underwired bra, and why each one is needed. Bear in mind that depending on the bra design, many bras contain elements in addition to this list, from decorative bows to padding or boning.

Fabric

To cover and support the bust, and to create the band which is necessary to hold the cups in place. Additional fabrics may be used to create linings, either for comfort reasons or to make parts of the bra stronger and more durable. And more may be used to add pretty lace overlays and trims!

Underwires

Increases support by creating a strong, fixed base for the cup fabric to attach to, and to channel the breast tissue into a particular shape.

Wire casing

Creates a soft barrier between the hard metal underwire and your skin, for comfort.

Elastic

Creates straps that fit well and stay in place, and to make the band do the same.

Rings and sliders 

Allows the strap length to be adjustable, for a better fit.

Hook-and-eye tape

Creates a fastening so you can get the bra on and off easily, and also make that fastening adjustable – again, for an improved fit.


Related: The True Cost Of Buying Cheap Lingerie


The three main parts of a bra

Rather than breaking a bra down into its individual components, you can also look at it as a garment that has three parts – a band, two cups, and two straps. Here’s what they each do – and why it’s still possible to make a functional bra with no straps.

The band

This provides the vast majority of support in a bra – roughly-speaking, 80%. Yep, bras support from below, not from above. If all that weight were being hung from your shoulders, that would not be very comfortable – especially if you have a heavy bust!

So the job of the bra band is to distribute a lot of that weight around your ribcage. It also provides a firm, non-slip base to anchor the cups to, which is why it’s important that your bra band fits relatively snugly.

The cups

The cups do support some of the weight of your breasts. However, primarily, their job is to ‘shape’ them. Maybe you want your chest to be smooth and round. Or maybe you prefer it perky and pointed. Some bras are even designed to flatten.

It’s all down to the cup design, from the direction the seams are sewn in to the type of underwire, padding or molding used (or lack thereof). Remember: just because you want lots of lift and a bra gives you a more relaxed and natural shape, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad fit – it might just not be designed to create the shape you want.

The straps

With the band doing most of the heavy-lifting and the cups also helping out, the straps actually only do a fraction of the support work. That’s why strapless bras are able to exist that still offer shape and lift! Mostly, the straps help to stabilise the bra, holding it in place if you twist or lean forwards.

In bras with cups made from unstiffened fabric, they also help to pull the upper edge flush against your skin, so it doesn’t wrinkle or flop over.

Hopefully this article has given you a newfound respect for these fashionable feats of engineering! Did you know that bras were made up of so many parts?


Related: How Should A Bra Fit?


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 | Charlotte Bikini 6905 in Red/Black

If you’ve read even just a handful of articles about bra fit, you’ve probably run across the statement that 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. That hasn’t actually been proven by a statistically-significant research study. But, as any bra fitter can tell you, there are many women out there wearing bra sizes that aren’t ideal.

There are various signs that your bra is poorly-fitting. Some are obvious, such as aches and pains; a well-made, well-fitting bra should never be uncomfortable. Others are harder to spot, such as a band that’s riding up – you may not notice that one if you don’t dress in front of a mirror.

If you have no clue whether you’re in the right or wrong size, it ‘s worth considering a professional bra fitting. But if you’re pressed for time, feeling nervous (hint: this list of things to expect may help calm your worries), or don’t live nearby to a good boutique, you can also do a DIY bra-fit check at home. Plus use these tips to evaluate the fit of a bra yourself in the changing room!

Bras are made up of typically dozens of different components, but they all come together to create three main ‘parts’ – the cups, the band, and the straps.

Here’s how each of them should fit:

The Band

Turn to the side in front of a mirror. The band should continue horizontally across your back, not curve up in the middle. If it is riding up, that’s a sign you need a smaller band size. Check also that it’s not too tight. Lift your arms up, twist side to side, bend over… you should be able to do all of this comfortably and with ease.

If you have a lot of soft tissue around your ribcage, it’s perfectly normal to get ‘rolls’ above and below the band. It’s not a sign that it’s overly-tight if it’s still comfortable to wear. But if it bothers you aesthetically, choosing a bra with a wider band will help smooth things out.


Related: How Tight Should Your Bra Band Be?


The Cups

There are three fit aspects to check here. First, check the wires (if the bra has them). They should lie in the curve just below where your breast begins. Ensure the wire isn’t sitting on top of your breast tissue by leaning forwards, reaching into the cup and pulling your breast upwards.

It’s important to make sure your breast is fully inside the cup before moving onto the next step, which is checking that the cups’ upper edges lay flush against your skin. If there’s a gap, you’re not filling them out fully and should try a smaller size. If they dig in, creating a bump rather than a smooth contour, there’s not enough room and you should try a size up instead.

Finally, check the gore. It’s the area between the cups, sometimes a part of the band but other times a separate piece of fabric. This should also be lying flat against your skin. If there’s a gap between it and your sternum – that’s also a sign you need a larger cup size.

The Straps

If you’re trying on a new bra, expect to have to adjust the straps a little. You may also need to adjust them on a bra you already own since they can work themselves loose over time. They should be comfortably snug, neither loose nor digging in.

If they’re fully shortened yet still slipping off your shoulders, it’s most likely that the band is too big and is riding up (meaning the straps are not anchored in place sufficiently low down on your back).

But if you need to pull them painfully tight in order to achieve sufficient lift, this could also mean the band size is too big (because it’s not providing enough support). Straps can also dig in simply be because they’re too narrow – strap cushions or switching to a bra with wider straps can help.

Found your perfect bra fit? Great! Just remember that it’s the correct size for that bra only. It’s totally normal for your size to vary between brands, or even between different styles by the same brand; two 34Es can fit quite differently. But now that you know how to check if a bra fits well, you’ll be able to find your perfect size in all of them!


Related: Why Do My Bra Straps Dig Into My Shoulders?


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Matilda Contour Plunge Padded Bra P5311 in Bisque
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