Corporate Curves Report: Filippa K, Tiger of Sweden and Andiata review

Last week I wrote about my picks and reactions to a Buzzfeed list of 25 awesome places to shop in your late twenties and early thirties. I also asked about our lovely readers’ interest in Scandic brands and as promised to readers LunaLou and Olga, here starts my series on exploring the Scandic clothing brands, or on occasion, some European ones in general.

I’ve long ago given up on hope of fitting the off the rack clothing from these brands that I’m now revisiting to see if anything has changed. So off I went of Friday afternoon to a local department store ready to explore the world of shirts, tops and jackets. I had some luck with Filippa K last winter when I bought a gorgeous raw wool classic coat from that brand so my initial hope lay with that brand.

I was in the search of tailored tops with no give, buttons etc. The kind that us busty women usually have absolutely no luck with. I can’t say that the results of my search were great, but nor were my expectations high. That is why I was thrilled to find on brand that was an exception to the rule – it’s a Danish brand but I will write about that next week!

Filippa K

Surprisingly it was harder to find the kinds of tailored tops from the current selection so I ended up trying their button front shirt. It seemed to have enough shoulder room so at least that should not be an issue. The sizing was S-XL. This shirt was an epic fail as I suspected.

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Then their XL size jacket. I was almost angry when I put it on. I mean the shirt at least buttoned up and issue was gaping buttons, but this? Seriously!!!

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No words, just nothing, nope.

Tiger of Sweden

This brand, which I really like, was the one I expected to be the worst fit but it actually was better than Filippa K. Their button front shirt I did leave on the rack as there would’ve been absolutely no way that it would have buttoned over my bosom. But they had an interesting mock wrap top with a v-neck that I kind of liked, so I took that with me to the fitting room.

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The pants are also by Tiger of Sweden. This top was a nice surprise as it’s my size without considering my broad shoulders. I usually have to go to size EU44 for my shoulders alone + the bust, but below shoulders and bust a EU42 is the correct size. If you want something with clear waist definition, then this top doesn’t do the job, but all around an ok fit.

Then the jacket. It wasn’t an epic fail but not the best fit either.

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The buttons are a little too high, but those can always be moved, but it was a little bit too tight for my big frame. Quality was superb. This is the biggest size they make, EU44.

Andiata

While this brand is a little Ann Taylor feeling for me in the sense that I don’t quite feel I’m ready for their overall look, I did decide to try it on as I know it’s superb quality and it looked like it’s a more generous fit. The size I normally take seemed too big.

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I selected this top because of the leather detail on the front as well as the v-neck. I normally would not fit into size EU40, and this was too tight around my shoulders, and I had to wiggle my way out of it. EU 42 would’ve been a better fit. However, the bust wasn’t the issue so that was good news!

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This was the best fit out of the two button jackets I tried on, and this is a EU42. I suspect EU44 would’ve fitted nicely after some re-positioning in the button department. This was only a tad too tight, but hey, I never can fit my shoulders in a tailored jacket in size EU42. Will need to revisit their basic black jackets and possibly invest in one.

There were plenty of clothes in the autumn collections that were not tailored, so I actually think there were quite a few pieces that could’ve worked with bigger busts as well. I will need to go test my theory soon! Also another trip for dress reviews is in the plans. It was hard to resist temptation as there were so many dresses that I would’ve wanted to try on. I suspect I’ll have better luck with dresses than I had with tops.

Next week I’m focusing solely on one brand that I got excited about and tried a lot of pieces to see just how bust friendly their line is. SAND you next week ;)

 

 

Busty Swimsuits to Look Forward to in 2015

Goodbye Summer 2014! Here are some of the amazing swimsuits to come in 2015. There’s also my recent Miss Mandalay report.

 Kris Line

Just because this print is beautiful.

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When I saw this color-blocked tankini, I begged the designer for a matching rash guard.

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Ocean Drive. 30-40 D-K.

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Ocean Drive padded plunge bikini. 30-40 D-J. There’s also a halterneck bikini in the chameleon shade that you see on the bottom (30 D-J, 32 D-HH, 34 D-H, 36 D-GG, 38 D-G). Available in April.

Cleo

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My camera died and I had to use my cellphone for this tiny photo of the models having fun posing at the end of a long day.

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Like the Cindy this year, you know this new padded longline called the Cassie is going to sell out fast. 28-38 D-H.

Panache

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Panache Britt. The padded bandeau comes with detachable straps, and in GG-H it has cross back wings with a swan hook fastening. That’s a removable bow on the high waisted pants! 30-38 D-H.

Curvy Kate

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The Luau Love–they simply turned their highly anticipated strapless into a bandeau! It also comes in the flamingo (pink) color you see in the padded bikini below. Black available this December, flamingo available beginning in February. 28-30 D-J, 32 D-HH, 34 D-H, 36 D-GG, 38 D-G.

Luau Love profile

They tested their strapless on a trampoline, and when their 30GG model did a cartwheel in it, everything stayed in place. They also tested the swimwear with cannonballs and back flips!

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Padded bikini. 30-40 D-K. There’s also a tankini.

Empreinte

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I realize this is a simple black one-piece, and Empreinte swimwear only goes to an F. But I’m impressed that the internal soft bra lining works all by itself without relying on the outside fabric for any support or compression. They’ve also made the seams of the lining super flat so that they don’t show through.

Plunge.

Plunge.

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Empreinte balconet bikini top.

Curvy Kate

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Cocoloco bandeau. Available beginning in February. 28-30 D-J, 32 D-HH, 34 D-H, 36 D-GG, 38 D-G. (There’s also a padded plunge bikini, 28-40 D-J).

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Shockwave halterneck tankini. 28-30 D-J, 32 D-HH, 34 D-H, 36 D-GG, 38 D-G. April. (Also padded bikini 30-40 D-K and halterneck bikini same sizes as tankini.)

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Some of the prints that caught my eye.

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Their ombre tankini that is their most popular design in the upcoming season.

Hourglassy talk of the week

Monday

Curve-Testing Two Roland Mouret Dresses at Banana Republic

August 25, 2014 By 

Since Katy Perry’s go-to designer is Roland Mouret, I had to go to to Banana Republic to see how curve-friendly his dresses would be on me. I immediately gravitated to the “strappy sheath” in chroma pink. On the hanger, the boob room looked promising, and I knew the wide straps would conceal bra straps.

I’ve been able to fit size 8 and 10 in some brands recently, but not in this line. Good thing I’d also taken a size 12 to  the dressing room. It was super fitted and hard to zip up past the narrowest point in back, but once on, I loved how the thick, stretchy woven fabric held me in.

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Tuesday

Corporate Curves Report: Awesome Places To Shop In Your Late Twenties And Early Thirties?

August 26, 2014 By 

Many of the places mentioned were new to me, so I browsed most of them online. My clothes are mostly from Wallis, Pepperberry, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s–the latter mentioned also on this list as “perfect for when you are trying to emphasize quality over quantity in your wardrobe”.

Here are my reactions to my picks from the list.

(Also, if there are Nordic readers or our lovely readers in general who would be interested in a review for bust friendliness of our common brands like Gina Tricot, VILA, Filippa K, Tiger of Sweden, Andiata, Gerry Weber, InWear or even Marimekko, just let me know via Hourglassy email or in the comment section! Would be happy to help out there.)

Arizia

Arizia coat

 

Wednesday

Continuing My Fight Against Full Bust Frumpiness

August 27, 2014 By 

If you read my experiment with skirt length and top tightness last June, you probably felt like I had a long way to go in my fight against frump. So did I, and I found the comments on that post to be super helpful. As a result, I’ve spent more time in the petites department, where I found this Lauren Ralph Lauren polka dot faux wrap top in size Petite Large. Although I liked Malica’s suggestion to change the shape at the bottom of my denim skirt, it was simpler to have my skirt taken in by two inches at the waist.

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Thursday

Best Breasts Forward ~ Cleo, My Love

August 28, 2014 By  

As most of you know, I’ve pretty much been a one bra kinda girl for the past three years.  The Panache Andorra has treated me well.  She has supported me through thick sweaters and thin t-shirts, and I have returned her affection far too often by being too rough with her and putting my man-thumbs through her lace.

It is primarily for this reason that I’ve been searching for a bra that does not have a full lace cup.  In the past I haven’t had any luck in my search.  I happen to believe that it is much harder to find a bra that does not have a full lace cup that can hold “full on top breasts”.

Cleo Alexa

Cleo Alexa

 

Friday

Off the Rack ~ Trashy Diva Doris Dress Reviewed

August 29, 2014 By 

 

Yet another Trashy Diva purchase this week. I bought this on eBay some time ago. It’s called the Doris dress. Mine is made of cotton, which is no longer available on the TD website, but the Doris Middy is available in two different rayon prints (cherries and turquoise floral). I’ve been told that the Doris Middy is just a little shorter than the plain Doris, but longer than the Doll Mini.

I first saw this dress long after it was gone from the TD site and absolutely fell in love. I saved a search for it on eBay and, lo and behold, one day about a month ago it popped up in my size in a nice dark red.

The skirt is impressively full without a petticoat, but the breeze is hiding that a bit here.

The skirt is impressively full without a petticoat, but the breeze is hiding that a bit here.

Off the Rack ~ Trashy Diva Doris Dress Reviewed

Yet another Trashy Diva purchase this week. I bought this on eBay some time ago. It’s called the Doris dress. Mine is made of cotton, which is no longer available on the TD website, but the Doris Middy is available in two different rayon prints (cherries and turquoise floral). I’ve been told that the Doris Middy is just a little shorter than the plain Doris, but longer than the Doll Mini.

I first saw this dress long after it was gone from the TD site and absolutely fell in love. I saved a search for it on eBay and, lo and behold, one day about a month ago it popped up in my size in a nice dark red. Since it arrived at my door, I’ve worn it numerous times. Please note that it’s darker in real life than it looks in these sunny-day photos. And since it was such a nice day, instead of my usual nighttime shot in the apartment with unflattering lighting, you actually get to see my face in these shots!

The skirt is impressively full without a petticoat, but the breeze is hiding that a bit here.

The skirt is impressively full without a petticoat, but the breeze is hiding that a bit here.

I love that the straps are thick enough to wear a regular bra.

I love that the straps are thick enough to wear a regular bra.

This back shot gives a good idea of the skirt’s natural fullness. As with the Doll Mini, the back is exactly the same as the front.

This back shot gives a good idea of the skirt’s natural fullness. As with the Doll Mini, the back is exactly the same as the front.

You gotta love a dress with pockets! These are big enough to fit my entire hand, but not deep enough that I’d feel safe carrying my phone in them without worry that it would slip out.

You gotta love a dress with pockets! These are big enough to fit my entire hand, but not deep enough that I’d feel safe carrying my phone in them without worry that it would slip out.

The skirt is fully lined with another thin layer of red cotton, which helps give it fullness.

The skirt is fully lined with another thin layer of red cotton, which helps give it fullness.

As usual, the bodice is super flattering on a big bust. However...

As usual, the bodice is super flattering on a big bust. However

Unlike the Doll Mini, the top seam of the waistband comes up a little too high. It’s resting on breast tissue instead of staying firmly under my boobs.

Unlike the Doll Mini, the top seam of the waistband comes up a little too high. It’s resting on breast tissue instead of staying firmly under my boobs.

In this photo, my fingers are right where my bra’s underwire stops. (It’s a Comexim “Eris” in 60J.) This photo is a little more color-accurate, by the way.

In this photo, my fingers are right where my bra’s underwire stops. (It’s a Comexim “Eris” in 60J.) This photo is a little more color-accurate, by the way.

Some other notes about this dress: It is 100% cotton with no stretch, so if you ever come across one, make sure you follow the size chart. It’s no longer on the TD website, but I found a cached version, so here it is:

size chart

You’ll notice it’s similar to the Doris Middy size charts, but the waist runs a touch smaller.

Additionally, the invisible zipper, as usual, is a little hard to pull past the seams. The armpit is also sewn together at the top of the zipper. This made it really hard to get on and off, so I unsewed it and added a hook and eye instead. You can just see the white hook peeking out in the last photo above.

The cotton is super light and airy, perfect for a hot day. Just be careful because a gust of wind will give you a serious Marilyn Monroe moment. I have to hold down the skirt when entering the subway because the trains tend to bring in huge gusts of hot air and I really don’t want to be flashing my underwear.

Lastly, I just have to show off my new Miss L Fire “Bel-Aire” pumps that I got on sale from ModCloth:

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I’ve read it in several places and I have to agree, it’s like Miss L Fire shoes are made for Trashy Diva dresses! They match perfectly in style and there are tons of colors to go with any TD dress. These ones are also surprisingly comfortable thanks to the chunky heel and sizable front platform. And I love the attention to detail—the buckle and the bow are the same shade of blue. There are quite a few heavily discounted pairs on Amazon.com, and Miss L Fire’s own site has a sizeable sale section.