Corporate Curves Report: High Street Shirt versus Campbell & Kate Shirt

Well hello again to you all. This week I planned to deviate a bit from the recent US shopping trip reviews with a review of this spring’s grunge style, but let’s get back to that next week. The reason for this sudden change of plans was the Campbell & Kate parcel waiting for me when I got home today, and I just had to try it on immediately to compare it to the high street shirt I had been wearing.

The high street shirt from Seppälä – a Finnish chain store. It sort of fit without peekaboo gaping, but it’s obvious that it’s too tight around the bosom.

Easy to guess which was a better fit–the Campbell & Kate shirt of course! The high street spring trend coral shirt was a very decent fit for what the shirt is, especially it being from a Nordic high street store which tend to be bigger around the bust and roomier around the shoulders. That is because statistically the Nordics are a busty and tall region on the world map. I’m only 5’4″ myself, though, only an inch taller than Darlene.

Campbell & Kate shirt, fits like a glove! Material is soft and nice and has enough elasticity to make it comfortable to wear. Personally like it most when buttoned all the way up! Dress pants are by NYDJ and the jacket is the Nine West one that you’ve seen in the past weeks.

Please excuse the bra. I was only trying the shirt on after work! I’m not wearing it outside like this. 🙂 I’m so happy to finally add a comfortable and well-fitting classic white shirt to my wardrobe and to start styling it. I have tons of styling ideas buzzing in my head and would love to hear your favorite ways of wearing a classic white shirt–with jeans and casual shoes to lunch on a Saturday or strictly to the office?

A note from Darlene: I promise I didn’t put Tina up to writing this post, and she paid for her own shirt, but of course I’m thrilled that it looks so amazing on her and that she wanted to write about it. You can see two more photos of her wearing a C&K shirt last October on FB (front view and side view), including shirt and bra size information. Don’t worry about hurting my feelings if you have any critical observations to make in the comments. Personally, I can’t wait to see how else she wears it.


Giveaway Alert!

We haven’t done one of these in a long time, but next Monday we’re having two!

  1. For readers up to a G cup, look for a chance to win a Parfait bra and panty set. Leah and Lelaina reviewed the Fiona last Friday (30F and 30G), and Leah reviews the Arabella this Friday.
  2. For H+ readers, look for the opportunity to win Norma Loehr’s outstanding new book, Demystifying Bra Fitting and Construction. As of this posting, there were no reviews on Amazon, but you’ll be able to read Leila’s review for Hourglassy on Wednesday!

Big Busts and Sleeve Length Choice

Let’s face it–when a busty woman finds a top that fits her large chest, has a flattering neckline, drapes the way it’s supposed to, and comes in a color she loves, she may be willing to overlook sleeve length. I do all the time (case in point: the floral dress with cap sleeves that I purchased from JCP last month).

Sometimes, however, we have the luxury of sleeve options. When you do have that luxury, keep in mind another lesson I learned from Amy Herzog’s Knit to Flatter workshop: The ending of your sleeve acts as an arrow to that point on your body.  In my case,

  • short sleeves point to my bust,
  • elbow-length sleeves point to my waist,
  • 3/4 sleeves point to my high hip, and
  • long sleeves point to my hips.

large chest flattering sleeve length

In the pictures above, I really like the elbow-length sleeves because I feel like the they make me look more hourglassy even though I don’t have a super-pronounced waist. (For a different perspective, read Already Pretty’s thoughts on elbow-length sleeves in her post on sleeve lengths.) I believe this is one reason the Elise dress from Saint Bustier has looked amazing on every full-busted woman I’ve seen wearing it.

It almost goes without saying, but sleeves that end at the bust can place a simple black top squarely in “look at me” territory, as I discovered in 2010. In that post, I noted that I preferred waist-length sleeves to hip-length sleeves because they made for a “less cluttered look” on someone with my 5’3″ height.

large chest spotlighted via cap sleeves

A large bust is only one of the factors that goes into determining the best sleeve length for you. In the comments to last week’s waistline/neckline post, Wide Curves wrote,

“The other phenomena I noticed, since I am so short waisted, is I can only wear very short vertical(ish) sleeves or 3/4 sleeves that fall below my elbow. Everything else makes my chest/shoulders into a giant “box” and visually places my bust on my hips-especially if the sleeve ends around my bust.”

What factors determine your own sleeve-length preferences?

Abreast Abroad: Review of the Parfait ‘Fiona’ in 30F

Getting my Parfait bra set in the mail was extremely exciting!  I wear a 28FF in Freya, but because Parfait sizes run from 30D-40G, they sent me a 30F and a 30G to get as close to my size as possible.  I didn’t even try the 30G because the 30F was surprisingly roomy.  So I gave Leah the 30G, and you can read her review and see pictures of it in her post.

First of all, the Fiona is really beautiful.  I chose this style with its creme shade and relatively simple pattern because that is what appeals to me.  It’s important to me that I can wear my bras with all my clothes and that they are comfortable and offer proper support.  Prettiness is an added a bonus.  Besides being pretty, the quality of the make and material of this Parfait is really obvious.  The small details are great.

I was also very impressed with the Parfait in terms of comfort.  I wore it all day yesterday and felt wonderful.  The band was snug on the loosest hook, but it didn’t dig into my ribs or back at all.  I had to adjust the straps a bit, but they rested in the perfect spot near the edge of my shoulder without falling off or irritating my arm.

Below you can see some pictures of me wearing the bra under a regular shirt and two different dresses.

This is the t-shirt that I wore the whole day and it highlights the main issue I had with the Parfait bra.   There was a significant crease on the top of the cups.  We tried the band at all levels of tightness and the crease didn’t really change.  When the band was at its tightest, there was also a little tissue spilling out and making a mound.  Sometimes the crease wasn’t too noticeable and didn’t create lines in my shirt, but with certain posture it could definitely be seen

This is the dress that I wore yesterday.  I had the options of wearing it with a completely beige bra, wearing it with an undershirt, or letting my more patterned bras show through.  I think that I would wear the Fiona bra with this dress, though the dark brown lace is visible in the picture.

This is another dress I wear pretty often and I really like it with the Fiona bra.  My plain beige bra is visible, as this dress is pretty low-cut, and my other bras show more cleavage than I prefer.  The Fiona didn’t show much cleavage at all and the bra itself stayed hidden.