Size Conversions…UK, US, European

Well, day one of searching for 38+ band bras (let’s be more specific, I’ve been searching mostly for 46-52 bands because there are actually a great number of 38-42 sizes available) has led to a bit of frustration. And I understand sizing pretty well, I must say. I got to thinking how confusing shopping for a bra would be to a woman, say a US size 46G, with all of these stores only carrying bras to a 38 or 40 band (Nordy’s does have a couple of 44s), and only carrying a US G (Macy’s). So I decided to post a conversion chart for you all 🙂

Now you can go ahead and pretty much disregard the first column, I found this particular chart on fullbeauty.com but by no means recommend fitting yourself. In the larger sizes especially, it usually doesn’t work. It is a very, very rough guideline.

  • The US column are brands like Soma, Wacoal, Lilyette, Bali, Vanity Fair, Natori, Betsey Johnson (just to name a few).
  • European sizing would be Chantelle (among others)
  • UK sizing includes Eveden (Fantasie, Freya, Elomi, Goddess) and Panache (among others)

Did you notice which Lingerie giant was missing among this list? Victoria’s Secret maybe? What is so appalling about VS is that because of their brilliant marketing and astonishing success, they don’t have to help their customer. They don’t have to offer customer service in any form, really, because they are so well branded that women just want to walk out with that pink striped bag, not caring less about how its pricey contents actually fit, wash, or wear. Hmph. So, we will just leave VS with a ? for now as far as how it converts on the chart (it just doesn’t).

Hopefully you aren’t wearing VS and find this chart useful. If you are wearing a VS bra, you should get in contact with me so that I can double check your fit, free of charge 🙂

Also, just as a little announcement for Washington/Oregon: I NEED FIT MODELS!! If you are pretty darn sure you are a 38+ band, or a A or AA cup, I will buy you one bra if I can use your critiques and pics (no tummy, no head, just a pic of the bra and how it fits so you can stay anonymous). Please get in touch with me if you are interested! I am pretty sure I can get you a bra that is cuter AND more comfortable than the one you are wearing right now (unless you were helped by a fit specialist in the last year).
Good night everyone, and thanks for reading!

A Quest for the Best…

So, I started this blog for all women, but specifically two kinds of women: the very petite breasted ladies and very full breasted ladies. Don’t worry ‘average’ sized ladies, I’ll show you love too. I after all, am a 34D=can shop anywhere. For the next week I will be focusing on the 38+ band customer. This is the customer I see turned away the most at stores (with the As and AAs running a close second), and this is the customer I want to serve first (again, with the As and AAs a close second). Which is difficult, considering the industry has not covered this market well, but I am up to the challenge 🙂

These next few weeks I will be tackling the issue in two ways:

Reviews:
I just ordered a bra from Empriente a few days ago for my 46G “fit model” (more like gracious guinea pig, being patient with me trying to find her adequate bras). I will be doing a review when it comes, as I am very interested to see what $170 buys me in bra land!

Research:

I plan on providing retailers that carry this merchandise (unfortunately, most if not all of them will be online so you can count on me ordering from these sites and reviewing my experience as well as the product with you).

If anybody has any questions related to this topic while I am conducting my investigation, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know! I want to help:)

Excited to see what the results are!

Love, Sarah

Transformation Tuesday

So, I will not be posting transformations every single week, but when I have good ones, I will be sure to share:)
I had the pleasure of fitting an awesome lady a couple of weeks ago, who was so delighted in her newfound size that she had to text me a week later letting me know how wonderful she felt in her new bras!

Before. Wearing an old VS bra, around a 36-38D. Did I mention she has quite the personality?! (note her disgruntled expression)
After. I fit her into a 38FF/G (depending on brand). Look how much thinner she looks! Not to mention, her improved posture and beaming smile. She now is the proud owner of Freya’s Piper Longline bra,  and Cleo’s Marcie and Meg.
It makes my week when I can help someone feel better about themselves! Just remember: you deserve it. You deserve to be comfortable in a bra all day long and look amazing in it.
Have a great day!
Love, Sarah

Recreational Bras Part III: Sexy time;)

Photo: Jasmine by Panache

Hey there! So, sexy bras are kind of a no brainer, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to share my favs out there right now. Pretty much, at this point in your lingerie journey, you have been fit (right?), so as long as it is your size and you feel sexy in it, you’re right on the money!

Things I currently love:

Rose Black Banded Underwired Bra by Goddess 36DDD-46I

 

Cleo’s Natasha 28D-38J

All over lace soft cup bra by Glamorise 36C-50H

Maud Demi cup by Empriente. 30E-46F

That’s it for now!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Love, Sarah

Recreational Bras Part I: SPORT

The bras we are talking about today are the bras that women don’t think about buying until the day that they realize they need it. I know too many women who rush around the day of someone’s wedding, if not their own, looking for dress undergarments, a strapless being first on their list (yes, you guessed it, strapless is Part II of this series). I  know too many women who layer crappy, cheap sports bras in an effort to make them more supportive and have more hold power. You do know it is very important to be able to breathe while working out, don’t you? That’s why you have me 😉

Sports Bras

The perfect sports bra should:

1. Be either a racerback or have the capability to convert into one, to give your shoulders more range of motion in certain activities and to disperse weight to your liking.

2. Be very supportive. If you are D+ in cup size, this absolutely means having an underwire. The underwire should be of superior comfort. Most brands do this be lining the wire with a gel strip. Wacoal actually puts the underwire on the outside of their sports bra.  Seams are great too!

3. Be breathable and sweat wicking. Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions about the fabric content/fiber blend. Microfiber blends are great, and if you can see panels of the bra that look more like a stretch mesh, this usually means it has maximum breathe-ability. Many brands also patent their own “sweat wicking” fabrics under different names.

Currently, my favorite sports bras are:

Natori Sport. 32B-40DDD/E

Panache Sport. 28DD-40GG (B and H cups available in certain sizes)

Wacoal Sports bra. 32C-40H

Freya sport. 28D-38H

These bras are all of superior quality. Natori’s Sport Bra has been featured on The Doctors, while Panache Sport has been featured in O Magazine. Wacoal uses Naturexx fabric, while Freya uses COOLMAX® (both moisture wicking).

Hopefully you found this useful!
You now have no excuse to not own a wonderful sports bra for your more active moments:)

Love, Sarah

Tshirt and Every day Bras: Fact Vs. Fiction

Good Evening!

Tonight I will be covering the first of your 5 must have bra styles: tshirt (basic, everyday) bras! There are a few misconceptions about what to shop for when looking for this kind of bra, starting with:

1. I need to own a white bra to wear under white shirts. Wrong! You can if you would like, I suppose, but white on white actually enhances itself instead of blending in. Choosing a skin toned bra makes much more sense when wearing a white (or any color but fairly translucent) shirt, doesn’t it? That should make your bra shopping a little easier already, because many manufacturers don’t make their styles in white every season! It tends to be a summer thing, if at all. The white trend is much bigger across the pond.

2. I can’t wear a lace bra for my everyday bra because the seams will show. Okay, while this isn’t completely wrong, it is wrong most of the time for current fashion trends. To this statement I usually reply with “Is everything you own a skin tight white tshirt?” Because if the answer is no, which I hope it is, you can wear lace bras. When layering, you cannot see seams. When wearing jackets or sweaters, you cannot see seams. When wearing dark colors, black, or even certain prints, you cannot see seams. Make sense? My last post did say that you need two everyday bras, so maybe you would feel most comfortable having one be a molded cup tshirt bra and the other being a cut & sewn lace.

3. I can’t wear a thin bra (whether it is lace, lycra, cotton) because I have prominent nipples. Wrong! You now can! Wacoal has this wonderful little thing called No Peeks. Slip inside any bra, and you’re good to go! Rumor has it that this is what the lingerie models wear in catalog shoots. Haven’t you ever wondered why all of the bras look molded, and then you go shopping to find most of them aren’t? Tricky, tricky.

This last one isn’t really a myth, but more just a defiant statement: I don’t wear lace bras, they’re too old. Wrong, wrong, wrong!! I mainly get this from very young customers (15-25), but it still isn’t true! Lace bras are the SEXIEST, ask any man. So when did sexy become a synonym with old? Never. The truth is, sexiness aside, cut & sewn bras are the most supportive bras available because of the seams. In fact, the more seams, the more support. It’s like steel beams in a skyscraper, you’re going to want that skyscraper to have quite a few if you are in it, right?  I guarantee once you try one on, you will understand what I am talking about. A cut & sewn bra in the right size has this uncanny ability to make you not only look perky, but ten pounds lighter! It is wonderful.

I hope that you have learned a little something tonight! Before I sign off I would like to share a few of my favorite everyday bras in stores now:)

NatoriBody Double, 32c-38DDD 

Wacoal Basic Beauty, 32D-44G

Panache‘s Andorra, 32DD-42J

Chantelle’s Rive Gauche, 32C-44H

Next Up…Sports and strapless bras!

Goodnight:)

Sarah