32J with a Wedding on Sunday: WHAT TO WEAR?

A reader in NYC wears a 10/12 on the bottom and a 32J on top. She’s attending a formal (but not black tie) wedding on Sunday night and has nothing to wear. Can we relate? Unfortunately, yes! I’ve just sent around a Tweet asking for help, but I thought it’d be a good idea to check with you as well. Besides, my Yes to Dresses for D Cups and Up needs some updating for the 2014 wedding season! Did I already tell you that October is the most popular wedding month according to my own wedding photographer?

I sent her links to Holly’s amazing Shelli Segal gown from last year, proof that we MUST be willing to try things on because we just never know. If I were in her shoes (or bra!), I’d visit the dress departments of Macy’s, Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom, and I’d begin with David Meister and Tadashi by Shoji because they have great knits. My worse comes to worst solution would be a black knit dress with amazing accessories.

Here’s what others have suggested so far.

Sweets from SweetNothingsNYC: Bettie Page, on Bowery street. The “Alika” style is fantastic– hugs the waist, fits the boobs.

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Leah: If she’s looking for pinup-style offerings (like Bettie Page), there’s also Enz’s on 2nd Ave and St. Mark’s and Slapback on Metropolitan Ave next to the BQE in Williamsburg.

@Tanya_Elena via Pinterest: Find a dressy shirt she already owns and go out and get a long ballgown style skirt to go with.

What last-minute dress options can you add? (And what would you suggest if she had weeks to find a dress?)

Corporate Curves Report: Citywear on a Hot Holiday

So the holiday is over and I’m back at work after suffering one of the worst flus I’ve ever had. This week I’m still thinking of my wonderful holiday in Portugal and will be sharing my city outfits I selected for my riding holiday.

I spent most of the days at a mountain village by a river, but we did three city excursions with our rental Fiat Panda (the slowest car ever!). Also we were unable to use our navigator, so the city days were quite adventurous on the back roads of the Portuguese countryside. We had planned all our visits, so I was able to plan what to bring with me for the week-long holiday. Our first city destination was Aveiro, by the Atlantic coast, where I wore a dress that I bought on my latest trip to NYC.

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In the High Middle Ages capital of Portugal, Coimbra, I wore this Esprit top and GAP shorts.

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And on our final day we toured around the current capital of Portugal, Lisbon. I chose my Michael Kors dress and Nine West jacket for this cooler day.

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My wardrobe choices this summer have been very naval, and blue has become my new favorite color after realizing how it compliments my very pale pinkish skintone. I seem to wear a lot more color during the summer. I wonder if this is a worldwide phenomena or just me…?

 

Taking a Big Bust Bra Break: Going Underwireless

What’s your Holy Grail big bust item for lounging around the house? By the time my Bravissimo pyjama tops “with integrated support” arrived a couple of weeks ago, they were going to be my Holy Grail wardrobe solution. I was going to walk to the corner store, take out the garbage, and work at home in them, all the while feeling lifted, supported, and carefree.

Of course when an item of clothing reaches that status, it’s hard to measure up, and sadly, these tops didn’t. As you can see from the two photos on the left, the tops aren’t bad. They’re just not amazing. I didn’t like the shape that the blue top gave me, and I didn’t like the foam padding in either of them. I guess I was expecting something a little more like a sports bra. front of lounge tops

It took ordering tops from across the Atlantic to figure out a solution available from the bra stores in my own town. Trying these tops made me wonder two things:

  1. Why limit myself to foam wireless bras when I hate foam cups? and
  2. Why limit myself to wearing the top that the wireless bra is connected to?

In other words, why not find a wire-free, foam-free bra that I can wear under any top? So when I was in Magic Corsets the other day, I asked to try a wireless bra and was given the Goddess Keira (style 6093) in 36G. That’s what you see on the right in the photos above and below.

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I could immediately fasten the Keira on its tightest hook, so I asked to try a 34 instead. They didn’t have it in the Keira, but they had a 34G in another Goddess style that was okay, but not as comfortable. Since my goal in a wireless is comfort, I decided to keep the Keira, and it’s been great. However, it isn’t perfect either. I’ll go into more detail below.

First, here’s a closeup of the integrated bras in the Bravissimo pyjama tops. Interestingly, the blue one actually seems to fit better! Although I prefer the rounded shape that I get in the pink top, I look like I’m drooping over the band in the photo below because of the extra space in the cups . Both tops are in 34GG-H, but the 34F-G may have been better for me in the pink.

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I’m wondering if the integration of the band into the back of the blue racerback gives it more strength to help the cups keep their shape. The pink band simply stretches around the back like a tankini top. Both have three columns of three rows of hooks, which is nice (although one of the hooks has already come off the blue one). By the way, I could fasten each on their tightest hooks immediately, so I’m glad I didn’t order a 36 band.

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In case you’re curious, here is what the backs look like. I was afraid I’d look too squishy around the armholes of the racerback, but I think it looks fine.

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Finally, here’s what I’ve learned about wearing a wire-free bra. Number one, I am the worst bra shopper in the world because I tripped up once again on American/UK sizing. But I do have an excuse–I had just been trying 36G Freyas and Fantasies in the store, so I assumed when the fitter gave me a 36G Goddess, it was the same thing. After all, Eveden owns Goddess, Freya, Fantasie and Elomi. But I was wrong. Take a look at the size tag that I only studied after removing the price tag.

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This explains the side boobs that aren’t fully encapsulated by the cups and the lack of anything close to tacking by the center gore (although I never expect anything wireless to fully tack unless it’s a Cameo or Jeunique) . Given these details, plus the fact that the band isn’t tight, it’s pretty amazing how lifted I look, isn’t it?

I’m a lot more shaped and supported in the Goddess than when I go braless, and that’s the point. After wearing an underwire all day, I’m ready for a break at around 7 p.m., but I’m not ready to walk around the house without a bra. I just don’t like the look. I like the way I look and feel in the Goddess.

On the other hand, the Goddess Keira isn’t an all-day bra, even if I’m only working around the house. After a few hours, the band starts to stretch out, causing the gross feeling I get when a bra band is too loose and everything starts sliding around.

It looks like I have a new bra routine: underwires during the day, and wireless before bed. However, I know better than to think this is the routine for everyone. I had dinner with a master bra fitter last week who said her underwire bra is the last thing she takes off before going to bed, and that if your bra isn’t comfortable all day, then you may not be wearing the right size. I’ve heard this from others as well. I also know that wireless options are limited to non-existent for women with large cups and 32- bands. What have you found?

Off the Rack ~ Review of Gossard Super Egoboost Strapless

After three weeks of absence thanks to the move from hell (though aren’t they all?), I’ve got a stable of items to review. This week I’ll start out with the follow-up to my recent review of the Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless.

After Wonderbra’s innovative offering failed to work out, I ordered Gossard’s Super Egoboost Strapless from Amazon UK. It says on Amazon that it costs £20.80 – £39.95 depending on size, but for some reason the nude 30G that I ordered was only £17.33 when I added it to my cart. That made up for the awfully high shipping cost of £9.79 (about $15 US), for a total of about $44 US. Considering that the suggested retail price is $69, that’s positively a steal! And if it didn’t fit, I figured I’d be able to easily recoup my money by selling it online.

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Unfortunately, it does not fit. I’ve tried Gossard bras in the past, and find them to fit much like Parfait—one cup and one band size small. As such, I ordered 30G. But the band was so outrageously tight that I literally could not close it. I had my boyfriend close it for me so I could at least assess the cups, and those fit much like the Deco—very round and uplifted, but a touch too shallow on me, leading the cups to fold over a little at the bottom.

Despite the band being unwearable, the bra still created some impressive cleavage—about halfway between the Deco and the Wonderbra Ultimate. Like the Wonderbra, this one has a rather thick band, almost like a longline, which I like since it helps it stay smooth instead of pinching in on the top and bottom edge where the elastic and silicon are located. Gossard’s fabric is not as thick as Wonderbra, though, so it still has a little of that pinchy edge feeling that Wonderbra lacks.

I’d like to try a 32FF, but don’t really want to order from overseas again just to try it out, especially since the cups weren’t a significant improvement over the Deco’s. Perhaps if I sell the 30G at cost . . . .