Best Breasts Forward ~ Our Favorite Things

With Christmas (and my birthday) just around the corner, I’ve got my mind on gifts. Not just gifts to give busty ladies on my lists but what I’d like to receive.

This is a time I really need help from my bust conscious readers. Y’all are my best sources for information and opinions so I’m looking forward to hearing what’s on your wish lists.

Besides sleeved scarves and hot aprons, what would you like to have under your tree on Christmas morning?

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Congratulations to Katherine P! And a giant THANK YOU to everyone who thoughtfully wrote about how to stand out. Readers, you’ll be so inspired when I begin to post their answers next week.

Full Bust Finds: 2 Coats from Surprising Sources

When you think of bust-friendly clothing chains, I bet Club Monaco is far from the top of your list. But the Cadin coat is surprisingly accommodating. I first tried it in my usual size large but found it so roomy that I ventured into a size medium. The smaller size was better for me proportionally and had plenty of space for my boobs with room to spare for bulky layers.

busty friendly cadin coat club monacoIt felt very Audrey Hepburn-ish, and it could be dressed up or down. When I saw it last week, it was marked down to $175, so it’s worth checking your local store if you’re in the market for a bust-friendly coat that’s simple, elegant and original. I’m regretting that I didn’t photograph myself in it–and that I didn’t buy it!

Around this time last year, I showed you an Anthropologie coat fail on me. This morning, I found an Anthropologie coat win in their Fiona style. The size 10 actually buttoned completely without any gapping at my bust! Even more amazing, there’s no distortion of the plaid pattern from any pulling across my chest (while standing naturally)!

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You can’t see it on their website, and it doesn’t even show up in my pictures, but they combine a princess seam with a bust dart–a winning combination for D cups and up.

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Although I prefer the ease of zippers, the buttons on this coat were extremely easy and quick to fasten.  This coat is almost too good to be true–a flattering fitted shape in a unique color that fits a 32FF when completely buttoned– so of course there’s a caveat. When I added my cotton knit jacket beneath it, it became tighter at the armholes and pulled slightly at the bust. Because of this, if I were to purchase this coat, I would probably buy it in size 12, which wasn’t on the racks for me to try.

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If you’ve found a great full-bust-friendly coat this fall, I’d love to hear about it; and if you’re searching for one, you may one to try the two I’ve written about here.

Off the Rack ~ Pin-Up Tops from The Oblong Box Shop

This week I’m reviewing an item from a super cute online store I just discovered called “The Oblong Box.” I really like the shop’s message, and their house brand clothes are very reasonably priced and come in a wide range of sizes. From their “About Me” section:

Named after the vintage horror film featuring a story by Edgar Allen Poe . . . my love of horror films spawned my shop but my love for all women and their beautiful shapes is what was ultimately born from it. The Oblong Box Shop means coffin . . . but it also means odd shaped box . . . no two girls are the same size so why only make clothes in 3 sizes?

So great! The discovery started when I stumbled across a Heart of Haute dress on the site for 30% off and only my size left in stock (lucky!). I’ve had my eye on the Midnight Peacock Monique dress (review to come) ever since it was released but have been reticent to pay $99 for it. I additionally had a 10% coupon for the shop, so I looked around to see what else they offered and found their section of “pin-up tops”—stretchy, strappy, ruched sweetheart tops that come in tons of bright colors and sizes from Small to 2X.

Most of the tops feature criss-cross straps in the front, but some have regular straps, which I much prefer. I think the crossed ones look like they’re choking the models! (Actually, I just now read the full description, and it turns out you can wear them crossed in front or back. In back sounds nice!)

The criss-crossed tops are ruched in front and back, while the regular straps are ruched just on the front panel. I ended up buying the regular-strapped bright cobalt blue and the teal-like peacock:

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The bust has light foam padding inside it (the criss-cross ones do not, though), which for smaller-chested ladies will probably serve as an okay bra replacement. In my case, it’s hardly enough support, but it does maintain a nice, round profile and means there’s no visible nipple and you can wear textured bras (lace or significant seams) without it showing through. The sweetheart neckline and twisted top are also supremely flattering.

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It’s quite boobalicious. In these photos, I’m wearing an Ewa Michalak CHP-style bra, but when I wore it with my Ewa S-style, which gives more push-up both upward and toward the center, it was practically indecent.

Made of a swimsuit-like 96% polyester / 4% spandex blend, it’s also very tight and clingy. Since my measurements (37”-29”-41”) fall exactly in the size Medium, it’s obviously supposed to fit this way. But you can really see where my bra is pinching in and I’m not crazy about how my tummy looks. So I might size up to a Large if I buy more of these.

The other issue is that the straps are set very wide. My Ewa has the widest straps of all my bras, and it’s still visible, especially in back. If you click on the photos to view them full-size, you’ll be able to see it. I guess it’s minor enough that I don’t really care, but I wish the straps were just a tiny bit further in or were a bit thicker. I can’t even imagine trying to match up a bra to the criss-cross straps! I guess it’d have to be a strapless.

Of course, my favorite way to wear these tops is with high-waisted bottoms. Here it is in peacock paired with my Freddie’s 1940s Button Pants:

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So perfect! I guess that’s one bonus of the top being so tight—it slides under high-waisted garments super smoothly.