When I was in Orlando last week, I got to meet with Ashlyn Cole just ahead of her official launch of the Bustite website!
She was wearing three of the building blocks of her collection:
- Her Active Blazer is a combination cardigan-blazer that’s meant to be worn open. True to her love of neutrals, it comes in black and tan. She plans to offer a more structured blazer next year.
- The Fuller Bust Cross Cami has multiple thoughtful details, from the adjustable gold sliders, to the hidden hook-and-eye closure just inside the neckline, to the wrap tie detail at the waist. The cross straps in back not only look elegant, they’re designed to give a woman with a petite frame a full range of motion without ever having to worry about her straps sliding off her shoulders.
- You can wear the cross cami by itself for going out, or you can wear it to work under the Active Blazer and over the Snake Bandeau*as Ashlyn is styling it with here.
In case you can’t tell by now, the Bustite line is guided by three principles: simple, sexy, versatile. Before meeting her, I wasn’t excited about “sexy” because that’s so easy for someone with big boobs to achieve, but after seeing her pieces in person, I was impressed that she accomplished it through her use of satin and optional plunging necklines. Ashlyn is targeting 25-35 year olds with her affordable pieces, but I feel like her clothing will look elegant on women of any age.
Of course the very best inclusive feature of Bustite is its size chart. I was thrilled when Ashlyn told me that my 33″ waist and 41″ chest should have no problem fitting a size L, and Camille’s 28.5″ waist and 35″ chest should easily fit a size S. She explained that her size chart is larger in general to allow for enough ease in her no-stretch fabrics. This means an XL is between an XL and 1X, and an L is between an L and an XL. Bravo to Bustite for not assuming all petites stop at size 12.
Petite and busty readers, what piece are YOU most excited about?
*Unlike the “Bustite Exclusive” pieces that Ashlyn has designed herself, the snake bandeau, lace bandeau, ruffled peplum top and lace top are pieces that Ashlyn has sourced from other vendors.