Sleeping Busty Beauty: Help from a Shelf

For all our mockery of those flimsy little shelf bras inside mainstream camisoles and nightgowns, guess what? They can help!

Here’s a Fleur’t nightie that I found the same day as the Deco. It’s size M/L, and the shelf just fit over the expanse of my bosom. If I could have been guaranteed that it would stay put and not ride up while sleeping or putting dishes in the dishwasher, I would have kept this one, even though it cost over $70.

fleurt chemiseThe snugness of the shelf is actually causing a little lift and compression, and I really like the way I look in this nightgown (technically, it was labeled as a “nightshirt”). The fabric was high quality, and the bright pink with the lace along the neckline helped it meet my “pretty and feminine” criteria.

I’d heard good things about Fleur’t from the owner of La Bella Intimates in Winter Park, Florida (she said that American customers prefer the more relaxed fit that it gives, compared to the formfitting Kris Line loungewear), and reader Tracy commented last Monday that her own Fleur’t chemise is pretty near perfect. I’m jealous that she found it at Marshall’s for only $20!

Not all Fleur’t gowns are created equal, unfortunately. This sleepshirt was gone the next time I returned to Town Shop, and none of the other Fleur’t pieces in stock had shelf bras. When shopping online, product descriptions won’t always tell you if there’s a shelf bra. But if there is, it’s well worth giving the piece a try. I wonder if I would have felt more secure in the shelf bra of this sleepshirt in a size L/L? (Neiman Marcus has it in this size in blue; they also have Tracy’s chemise in “fire coral”, which I love).

Although I liked the way I looked in this sleepshirt, I didn’t realize the difference the shelf made . . . until I continued my search for more mainstream options online. I’ve heard others rave about Josie Natori, and this Shangri-la scoopneck gown was exactly what I thought I was looking for.

natori shangrila gown

Sadly, this gown doesn’t do me any favors. The deep back, which is wonderful, doesn’t allow for a shelf bra. But comparing these pictures with those of the Fleur’t sleepshirt above, I realize there’s a lot of Waistline Boob going on, and it’s not only because I’m bra-less. It’s also because the scoopneck simply isn’t scooped enough for me, causing my bosom to be grouped with my waist instead of my neckline.

natori chemise

I found a Josie by Natori chemise that had a shelf bra and was only $38, so I included it in the same order. I liked the little ruching at the center, and I adored the watermelon color and pretty lace, but the shelf bra was the laughable kind we know so well.

josie chemiseHaving tried DD+ specific sleepwear, specialty boutiques, and online stores, I next decided to try a department store clearance rack because you never know what you’ll find there. Four years ago, I found my now-deceased Hanro nightgown for only $15 in the Lord & Taylor clearance racks, so I had to take a chance on being lucky there again.

Hourglassy talk of the week

Monday

Sleeping Busty Beauty: DD+ Chemises from Freya Lounge and Figleaves Midnight Grace

Tuesday

Corporate Curves Report: Scandic Big Bust Clothing Discovery – SAND

Wednesday

Sleeping Busty Beauty: Deco Delight Chemise from Freya Lounge

Thursday

 

Off the Rack ~ Comparing Fantasie Rebecca & Fantasie Molded Smoothing T-Shirt Bra

I’ve read and been told so many good things about the spacer fabric Fantasie “Rebecca” bra, so when a used one came up for sale in one of my online swap groups, I jumped at the chance to try it at a discounted price.

Fantasie’s “Smoothing Molded T-Shirt” bra (aka Model 4510) has been my go-to tee shirt bra for several years, but I have to admit it is a little heavy and stiff, especially in summer. Spacer fabric, on the other hand, is a super lightweight, breathable, thin, foam-like fabric. Here’s a closeup shot (courtesy sourcing.alibaba.com):

spacer fabric

And here’s a diagram of how it stays so cool (courtesy LookChina.com):

spacer fabric diagram

Click image to see larger.

Rebecca is a pretty standard shape: triangular, seamless cups with an average-height gore. It also has some pretty geometric embroidery on the front side of the band and the front of the straps, which keeps it from being totally boring. The wings are a double-layer of mesh where they meet the underwire, and then thick, solid fabric from that point to the ends where you find the hook and eye. Its “nude” is a bit more pink or peach-toned than the comparatively brown t-shirt bra.

REBECCA-NUDE-UNDERWIRED-SPACER-MOULDED-BRA-2024-HIGH-WAIST-SMOOTHING-BRIEF-2028

The t-shirt bra has a little bit more of a balconette shape, with cups that don’t come up as high on the sides. Gore height is about the same. This time, though, the wings are completely made of the solid fabric, which I absolutely love. It doesn’t stretch out nearly as fast or as much as mesh and gives a smoother line. The bow in the gore is also smaller and flat, so it tends not to peek out if I’m wearing a top that’s a little low cut for this particular bra.

SMOOTHING-NUDE-UNDERWIRED-MOULDED-TSHIRT-BRA-4510-SMOOTHING-THONG-4570

I was pretty excited when I got the Rebecca. It really is extremely light, smooth, and soft. I also enjoyed squishing the spacer fabric between my fingers. It feels cool and bounces right back.

However, its gentleness comes with a price. Rebecca gives me the worst spread-out shape. My boobs are so in front of my arms that they get in the way when I swing my arms forward and back. It’s so annoying and not something I’ve ever experienced before. Just look at the front comparison of the Rebecca (first photo) and t-shirt bra (second). Pay close attention to my arm on the left:

IMG_0390

IMG_0391

Both of these are size 30FF, by the way. From the side, the Rebecca shape was okay, but I still prefer my t-shirt bra. The t-shirt bra just has a little more uplift, especially from the underside of the breast:

Rebecca

Rebecca

T-shirt bra

T-shirt bra

I will definitely not be keeping the Rebecca bra and will be sticking with my t-shirt bras. Even though the t-shirt bra is a 30 band and I definitely need a 28 in Eveden brands, it still works really well. I own two of them that I’ve been wearing on the tightest setting for a little over two years, and they’re still tight enough and give amazing support. I believe it’s because the fabric wings don’t stretch out much. Plus, you can almost always find new ones on eBay for quite cheap. I paid $30 for one and $35 for the other.

Rebecca is available up to 30-34 H, 36GG, 38G, and 40FF. The molded t-shirt bra goes up to 30-34 H, 36GG, 38G, and 40F.

 

Best Breasts Forward ~ “Sexy” Halloween?

Some may think that it’s a little early for costume discussions, but my five-year-old has been talking about this year’s Halloween costume since November 1, 2013.

When it comes to costumes for adult women, there are many options.

There’s the sexy nurse…

image

The sexy cop

image

For those history buffs, there’s the sexy Native American…

image

Or the sexy pilgrim.

image

Feeling patriotic? You can be a sexy soldier.

image

I’ll admit, when I was 18-21 I wore similar, off the rack costumes. I was pretty slim and my breasts hadn’t yet come to their full fruition. But now that I’m in the “bustiest of the busty” range, these costumes tend to look more “slutty” than “sexy” and as a 37 year old woman my idea of what’s sexy has changed. Even if I was willing to wear one, it wouldn’t fit because they aren’t made for the busty bust.

So where does this leave us? I’m not the full on bunny rabbit type of girl.

image

 

I still would like to use Halloween as an opportunity to look my over-the-top best. I find that it’s easier to create a costume that has elaborate hair and/or makeup paired with an outfit consisting of jazzed up everyday clothing. Here are a few of my recent favorites.

The Lichtenstein Gal

imageimageimage

You have to be meticulous with this makeup. When it’s done well, it’s awesome, but when it’s wrong, it looks like a bad case of measles.

Betty Boop

image

Being Betty Boop is all about the hair and makeup. For us large busted ladies, it offers endless clothing options. Your favorite little black (or little red) dress? A glittery floor length, hip hugging gown? Cigarette pants?

I’d wear my PUG Ava dress in black.

image

Day of the Dead

imageimageimageimageimageimage

I’ve been obsessing over this costume for years! As soon as I get the invite to a grand Halloween Ball/Party I will go as this. I adore the makeup, elaborate headpieces and period costuming including corsetry.

I’d love to see what my busty readers have/are wearing for Halloween!