Merry Christmas!

This morning, we’re unexpectedly in Wake Forest, NC with my niece and her new husband before we continue our drive to FL in time for Christmas dinner at my aunt’s house. Do you know the impatience you sometimes feel between Christmas events, like waiting for someone to wake up so you can open presents, waiting for them to get dressed so you can open presents, or waiting for breakfast to be over so you can open presents? We won’t experience any of that. Just breakfast and a devotional, then 9.5 hours of driving and audiobooks.

Like many others, we’re taking the next week off, which means irregular posts on this blog. However, I’m reading a fun book that I discovered through hiddenfeet.com called Stacked: A 32DDD Reports from the Front, by Susan Seligson. You can expect lots of quotes and observations from this book in the week ahead! (Nothing after the jump.)

What to Do If You’re 32

Yes, Virginia, there is a bra size larger than 32DD. More important, there are companies who manufacture them. For help finding the best 32 band bras with fuller cups, I turned to Monica from The Wizard of Bras, the same resource for that great chart I posted last week. You can find each of her recommendations–and more–here.

I. Seamless, Everyday Options

According to Monica, “the most comfortable by far is the Anita, but it only goes to an H cup.” (You know you’re in good hands when a fitter cautions you that a brand only goes to an H cup!)

For a lower cut style, she steers her customers to the Panache 3376 (lined) or the Fantasie 4520 (not lined). Each of these goes a cup higher than the Anita.

II. Lacy or Pretty Everyday Options

The Panache 3251 goes up to a K cup. I own and like this bra. You can find my review of it here.
Monica also recommends the Freya 3510. I don’t have this bra, but I’m thinking I might have to get it. I have a lacy special occasion bra by Freya that I love.

If you haven’t already noticed, there’s one more great thing about these bras. They also fit a 30 band size! The Freya and Panache even go down to a 28.

Now that you know the options available for 32E’s and higher, you might want to add these pretty bras to your Christmas wish list!

A Perfect T-Shirt

Last week, Ask Teri of the WSJ reiterated that V-necks look great on us, so when I found this V-neck t-shirt at Talbots, I bought two: first, because I can never have enough classic tees that can be dressed up; and second, because the second shirt was 50% off. I’ve written here and here about my search for the perfect tee (looking at that first entry, I can’t believe I didn’t buy the items on my wish list back in April!).

So far, this shirt doesn’t suffer from the Strum Strum Factor, but I’ll let you know if that’s still true after I wear it to dinner tonight. Another good feature: the V-neck isn’t too deep. When I wore an earlier sleeveless version of this t-shirt last week, my cleavage got a lot of attention. That won’t be happening with this version.

This shirt doesn’t come in white, but if you’re lucky, you’ll find your size in black, ruby or blue. Talbots also has a versatile paisley version if you’re tired of solids.

Chunky Necklaces and the Full-Breasted Woman

Here’s the “Ask Teri” question and answer from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal:

Q: I am a woman who is large-chested but otherwise svelte. I prefer V-neck sweaters and avoid shirts with bold prints and chest pockets. Still, I love the chunky-jewelry trend. How can I incorporate this style, if at all? And what style/length necklace do you think is best for me?

A: The chunky-jewelry trend will work for you if you stay away from chokers or shorter necklaces and opt for midsize baubles. Choose styles with chunks of crystal or transparent smoky, faceted beads on a necklace that is about 24 inches long or more. The clear beads will look lighter than stone or wood, and they will recede. Long pendants on thin leather or silk cords will also allow you to carry off chunky trinkets. Long gold mesh chains with links about the size of a quarter are another option.

You’re right that your best silhouettes are V-necks—including wrap dresses that stay closed. Add variety with asymmetrical V-neck styles and portrait necklines—along with baby-doll styles that don’t have too much gathering. Steer clear of surface embellishments that add bulk above the waist, including bows, ruffles, oversized buttons or too much ruching. With shirts, avoid gaping buttons by picking shirts that are loose or have a bit of stretch. And, of course, a great-fitting bra is fundamental for women of all sizes.

My reactions after the jump.

First, I wonder why chokers and shorter necklaces are off limits? I’ve seen them work well on women who are large-chested but tall and with long necks. Even for short women, it seems that a choker would draw attention up from the bust to the neck and face. On the other hand, a choker can also bifurcate a busty woman at the neck and have the similar effect as a boatneck by running parallel to her bustline.

Second, why even go for the bulky look if you must limit yourself to clear beads that appear to recede?

Third, what is your opinion of the recommendation to wear “baby-doll styles that don’t have too much gathering”? I look pregnant in baby-doll styles. On the other hand, the DD cup woman ahead of me in line for the Thomas Pink giveaway wore a jacket (double-breasted, no less!) with an empire waist that looked great.

Finally, I want to consider jewelry further in future posts. It seems that as soon as I have a rule for what does and doesn’t work, I see someone breaking my rule and looking great.