Off the Rack ~ My First Miss Candyfloss Wiggle Dress, the “Sabine-Katalin”

Recently, I tried my very first wiggle-style dress from Miss Candyfloss, so it’s time for another review. Due to the wiggle shape, this time I’m assessing the fit at both the top and bottom halves of the hourglass.

The dress is called “Sabine-Katalin,” and comes in a vibrant turquoise with mint green accents with a removable mint belt. It’s made of 63% polyester, 32% viscose, and 5% elastane, resulting in a soft and moderately thick fabric that’s (yet again) machine-washable.

This dress features MCF’s signature pleated bust (and darts too! I never noticed them before), but with a mini-peplum and a folded over collar. There are darts up the back for shaping, and a pair of seams up the front and back of the skirt, plus a small slit in the back of the skirt for ease of movement.

With my measurements of 37”-29”-41”, I took a medium. At 5’6” tall, it just covers my knees.

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First thing I have to comment on is the gorgeous, vibrant color. Sometimes, MCF’s items look a lot brighter online and quite a bit duller in real life. One dress I tried recently looked like a super saturated royal blue online, but when I received it, it was more of a dusty cornflower blue. I was disappointed enough that I sent it back for a refund.

But the Sabine-Katalin dress looks exactly the same in real life as it does online, much to my pleasure:

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As for fit, the bust is totally accommodating, as usual. The underbust seam rests just slightly on breast tissue, but it’s nearly invisible. And the pleats expand to fit a range of bust sizes. There’s also a decent amount of stretch, so I’ve no doubt that a much bigger bustline than mine would look fabulous in it.

As for the bottom half, I think I look very straight-figured in these photos, but I actually have a 12” difference between my waist and hips. Since most pants and wiggle skirts are designed for a difference of 10” or less, I have quite a difficult time finding tighter bottoms that fit right.

But I have no such issue here! The hips are listed as fitting up to 40.2” on the size chart, and they feel totally comfortable and fit just the way I like—snug, but not so tight that they create the “strum strum” look across the front, and easy to walk in. I’ve tried other stretchy pencil skirts that looked good when I first put them on, only to ride up with every step, and end up as a bunched up miniskirt. But this skirt is the right fabric content and level of tightness that it doesn’t ride up.

I do have to admit that I had a little trouble with underwear. There’s a tiny bit of visible panty-lines, but not enough to bother me. However, the back zipper stops under the collar instead of reaching all the way to the top edge, so you have to pull it over your head instead of stepping into it; and when I pull the dress down, it tends to pull my underwear down with it. I have to reach behind me and pull them back into place before zipping it up. I run into the same issue when I pull the skirt up and down while using the restroom.

I’m sure a different type of underwear might help. I’m wearing lace-waist hip huggers. Perhaps higher-waisted panties with a tighter waistband would ameliorate the issue.

Lastly, this dress may not be the best choice if you’re self-conscious about your belly. In these photos, I’m totally sucking in my stomach, because otherwise the flat front panel of the high-waisted skirt highlights it pretty strongly. Shapewear would probably take care of it, but who wants to deal with that on a hot day??

 

Sad News in the Big Bust Clothing World

By now you’ve probably heard: DD Atelier has announced that it will be closing. Olga Promptova’s unwavering commitment to full-busted women raised the bar with amazing quality and design. I don’t see anyone on the horizon who can provide the same breadth of styles at such reasonable price points. With that in mind, you’re going to want to buy everything you love on her website immediately because you know that once the sale prices nosedive, the most popular sizes will be gone.

I’m away on vacation this week so am not able to write more, but I think you will appreciate these tributes from new bloggers Classy as FF and Just Curvy Things.

To cheer you up, here’s a photo of the bra tree at Snowbird, where we’re skiing this week.

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Off the Rack ~ Reviewing the Freya Freestyle Crop Top

This week I’m reviewing the new Freya Freestyle soft crop top. The Freya Fancies bralette (my review here) gives enough support for what it is, but it’s so difficult to get over my shoulders that I barely ever use it. So I’m still on the hunt for a bralette that gives enough support that I’m comfortable walking the dog or going to the corner store in it, yet it’s easy to get on and off.

The Freestyle crop top is the answer to my prayers! It’s super soft and comfy, gives slightly better support than the Fancies bralette, and has a hook and eye band closure that makes it a breeze to get on and off.

Now that the weather has turned warm and I no longer need a jacket in the morning, I’ve been putting this top on every day under a tee shirt to walk the dog. There are always tons of people out and about in my building and on the sidewalk early in the morning, so I’m just not comfortable going bra-less.

On the front side, the Freestyle top is made of one large piece of mesh that’s gathered on the side seams (instead of at the band), to give three-dimensional volume. Then there are stretchy, somewhat firm panels that cross over and provide additional support.

The back side is a racerback lined in your standard micro-mesh, with a single layer of fabric over top. The shoulders and sides are the same grey stretchy fabric as the front panels, and the center of the back is mesh for breathability.

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I’m wearing a size medium. The Freestyle top uses the same sizing scheme as the Fancies bralettes, so my 28G/GG puts me perfectly in size medium.

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However, I find the neckline awfully low, and the band, which when laid flat stretches from 13” to 19”, a little on the loose side. When I first put it on, I have to aggressively swoop and scoop to make sure my boobs don’t fall under the band (which of course creates more cleavage and makes it look even lower-cut).

That being said, while I wouldn’t go running in this bra (and probably wouldn’t even do yoga in it for fear of falling out), it is sooooooo comfy, and just perfect for walking around the neighborhood early in the morning, or lounging at home on a hot day. It gives enough lift that I don’t have underboob sweat, it breathes beautifully—and it’s just plain cool-looking! Seriously, I’m obsessed with this heather grey-turquoise combination.

A-plus, Freya!!

 

Not Just Another Pretty Lace: Fantasie Rebecca Lace

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Just hanging out talking about bras over brunch on Saturday!

As you know, my company, Campbell & Kate, hosted Bras & Brunch at its pop up shop last Saturday, and Eveden contributed some gorgeous samples for attendees to check out.

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One that you don’t see in the photo above is the Fantasie Rebecca Lace.

fantasie rebecca lace (2)At first glance, the Rebecca lace looks like your typical seamless T-shirt bra, except it has lace along the wings, straps and bridge. In ivory, it’s almost bridal, but it didn’t strike me as very special when I unpacked it. Basically, it seemed like a nice concession to our less adventurous guests.

Velaire Elliot and Jennifer Baker, the two co-founders of My Bra Concierge (more about their start up on our blog soon), had an entirely different reaction. They immediately recognized what was so special about the Rebecca Lace: it has a back-smoothing lace panel. Here’s what that detail looked like in a UK 32E on one of our visitors.

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Whether the lace panel is powerful enough to offer true back smoothing remains to be seen, but it’s a nice idea and makes for a pretty back view.

The shape of the Rebecca isn’t for me, and it didn’t win Leah over either when she compared it to the Fantasie 4510. However, it turns out that this bra is Jennifer Baker’s favorite! She says:

The Rebecca has been a life changing bra for me since it’s one of the first properly fitting bras I was able wear at 30GG. I prefer slight padding, and this bra does the trick. I also love the soft fabric and the slightly fuller coverage provided. The underwire is comfortable, and I get no rubbing from the side support panels like in many other bras, so this is my go-to for an everyday t-shirt bra. Having slightly more breast tissue on top, I find this bra suits my shape very well. I’ve recommended it to many friends, and it appears to fit many shapes and sizes well. But, for ladies who have more projected tissue or more narrow roots (liking Polish brands), you might look elsewhere! I’m looking forward to trying the Rebecca Lace in my size soon!

How about you, readers? Who’s a Rebecca fan, and who has a different go-to seamless bra and why?

Finally, it was wonderful to have Shari Deutsch from The Strap Saver with us as well.

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Spring break and swim season are upon us, so I must highlight the reason that co-founder Beth Lieberman started the company. As a super petite woman, Beth could never find a swimsuit with short enough straps. The Strap Saver solves that problem! If you’ve run into this problem, this is a great solution.