Full Bust Clothing Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales!!!

You know what I’m thankful for? Having enough full bust companies out there to make it worth publishing a sales roundup for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! (Thanks for the idea, Kelly at Bitter Lollipop.) Check for updates as I hear back from other companies.

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DD Atelier logo

The DD Atelier 20% Birthday sale with promo code BIRTHDAY is going on for the entire month of November. Special offers for Black Friday will be posted online on Thursday night, and special offers for Cyber Monday will be posted online on Sunday night.


More Front Room logo

On Friday, November 27th the entire More Front Room store will be 40% off with free shipping on orders over CAD$99 (usually $250) with promo code BLACK40.

Subscribers to our email list will get early access to the sale starting Wednesday, November 25, with a special promo code.


exclusively kristen logo
From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, receive 25% off the Signature One and Only Shirt with code LYLBH0VLF30M (good from 12:01 am, Nov. 27, to 11:59 pm Nov. 30).
Exclusively Kristen white button front


Bolero logo

You can receive 20% off at Bolero with code HOLIDAY20 now through December 25!

Bolero Erica Dress

The Erica dress has just been reduced from $170.00 to $140.00. Adding the HOLIDAY20 code at checkout makes for an even more spectacular deal.Also reduced:  Jenna dress from $185.00 to $150.00 and the Hanky dress from $130 to $120.





What Full Bust Women in the Know Need to Know about More Front Room

There are two types of busty women: (1) the busty lady who thinks that baggy clothes are the only way to fit her boobs; and (2) the busty lady who knows she doesn’t have to hide her waist because we have some pretty great options out there.

When I studied the More Front Room website, it seemed geared towards reaching the first group, which made me wonder how much we could expect from this new brand. Fortunately, founder Melanie Love is firmly in the second group, as I discovered in a two-hour phone call with her that flew by last Friday.

The first thing I wanted to understand was why, with so many big bust clothing options now available to us, her About page said that she’d had “a hard time finding work-appropriate tops that kept my full bust under wraps and still looked good”? It turns out that Melanie’s bra size is 30JJ, and Pepperberry’s Super Curvy is simply too small for her. Her underbust measures 28/29.5″, her waist measures 31/32″, and her bust measures 42.5/43+”.

She’s the fit model for her own brand. This is GREAT news for H+ readers who are tired of explaining that no, they can’t simply shop at Lane Bryant. The full bust clothing industry finally has a company that begins with a JJ cup instead of considering it as a possible add-on later.

Next, I wondered about the quality. The high prices indicate that it should be good, but it’s impossible to assess from a website. I wrote Melanie ahead of our call to see if she would send review samples, and I was thrilled when she said yes. The favorite pieces that I posted last week arrived last night.

Sure enough, the fabrics for the shell, peplum and dress have the weight, hand and drape that you would expect for the price. The silk charmeuse blouse feels feather-soft without being flimsy.

However, as I suspected, it isn’t only the fabric that makes these garments special. Melanie has paid attention to little details that she hasn’t enumerated on the website.

more front room striped shell

The silk cowl neck can be tucked in for a more minimalist look. The same silk is used for binding along the neckline and inside the armholes–both places that no one else sees. And the armholes are high enough that there is absolutely no underarm bra showing.

more front room shell seam binding

Silk binding along the back center seams. I LOVE the back vent zipper detail. This is a very fitted top to try to slip over your head.

more front room hidden placket extra buttons

Is there anything worse than the pulling that ruins the line of a hidden placket? Even when a blouse has enough fabric to accommodate a large bust (and this one does), there can still be pulling. I admire the extra buttons placed at the bust line to avoid this.

Two-button cuff.

Two-button cuff.

more front room silk sleeve rolled up

Even if you roll up the sleeves, the satin interior keeps it looking classy.

more front room silk sleeve seam binding

More binding on the seams to keep the rolled-up sleeves looking nice.

more front room blue peplum

Melanie has worn her own peplum top for six months, and Still. No. Pilling. There’s also NO WRINKLING. The actual color is slightly deeper than this picture.

more front room dress front top

Also absolutely no wrinkling.

more front room dress back

The lining is super smoothing without being Spanx-like constricting.

Melanie’s criteria for any design is its versatility. As she put it, “If I won’t pack it in a carry-on for a business trip, I won’t produce it.” She wants customers to be able to repurpose and remix each piece in order to obtain the best cost per wear. Pieces that she adds in the future will build on her current separates.

Finally, about the fit. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering about a size chart that goes from XXS to XL without an additional metric for bust. Short answer: each size is designed to fit the largest cup size but also meant to look good on smaller cup sizes.

I currently measure 41″ at my bust and 32″ at my waist, so Melanie sent me size S in each of the samples. The dress and shell fit perfectly, but the peplum and silk blouse felt slightly large. She’s sending them to me in XS to compare. Once they arrive, I’ll take photos and post a more complete report on the fit. Until then, if you’re at the larger end of the cup size spectrum, you should feel confident in the size chart. If you’re at the smaller end, you may want to consider sizing down.


Here’s a sneak preview of the scoop neck lace tees that will be added to the More Front Room website soon. The neckline binding is velvet and the lining is Spandex.

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The lining is a beige-ish blush.

Full Bust Finds from Big Bust Startups: Exclusively Kristen & More Front Room

First up is a second look at Exclusively Kristen. When I introduced you to Exclusively Kristen in February, I didn’t have a lot to say. Then I had coffee with Kristen in October and learned some important details that I think you should know. The biggest revelation is that even though her website says her button front shirts best fit UK cup sizes DD-F, they’re actually more generous. In the photo below, Kristen is wearing a size 10 shirt, yet underneath she’s wearing a 32G bra. She measures 29″ in the waist and 39″ in the bust. Ideally, she’d like to wear a size 8 shirt in her own brand, but that will happen when she expands her bust size range. Frankly, I think she looks great in the size 10.

Exclusively Kristen white button front

Kristen’s spaghetti-strap tank top is the surprise bestseller for her company. Since the built-in shelf bra doesn’t offer any support, I naively wondered about its appeal.  I should have known from her website, but Kristen patiently set me straight:

  1. It has a higher neckline. We all know what it’s like to wear a cami for cleavage coverage only to find our breasts stretching the neckline lower than we’d like.
  2. The shelf bra is especially deep so there’s no boob bifurcation. And even though there’s no bra-free support, it’s an extra layer against headlights.
  3. The high armholes mean there’s no underarm bra playing peekaboo.

Exclusively Kristen tank

When we got together, Kristen was wearing her Urban Gypsy top and looked amazing in it. However, if you think that Kristen is one of only a few women who can pull off the Urban Gypsy top, you’re probably right–which explains why it’s on clearance. It may not be everyone’s favorite Exclusively Kristen piece, but at least she learned from the experience of producing it. As Kristen told me, “I think I played it too safe in the beginning because I assumed that busty ladies would more . . . appreciate function but now I see that style is more important.”

We had a great time daydreaming about the styles she will produce in upcoming seasons. Kristen is an amazing woman who is working full time, finishing a dissertation, AND starting her own company. She’s also a world traveler. I would love to see the influences of that travel in some of her clothing in the future.


I just added a Canadian newcomer to our Clothing for Big Busts page, and oh how I admire the clever name that founder Melanie Love has given her company! I’ll be writing more about this new brand soon, but here are the pieces that have caught my eye.

more front room silk cowl neck knit shell

She has a striped version of this top that looks really neat–especially with the unusual touch of a silk cowl neck. You can see it on the main page, but I’m not sure why it isn’t an option on the shop page anymore.

more front room peplum top

At first I thought, “Ho hum, peplum.” Then I noticed the half-zip at the neckline and the kick pleat in back. Together with the 3/4 sleeves and blue (also available in black) this looks like it could be really flattering and versatile.

more front room scoop neck sheath dress

You already know how much I love scoop necks and sheaths, and here I love how Melanie executes them in an interesting print “in wearable colours of blush, grey and shades of plum”.

more front room silk blouse

I’ve heard so many busty women long for a silk blouse.



This Season’s Favorite Full Bust Finds from Big Bust Standbys

After confessing to you last week that I’m going through a frumpy phase, I’ve become more obsessed with boots than boobs in my attempt to remedy my shoe situation. I’ve wasted hours looking for the perfect pair (scroll to the end of today’s post to see my favorites) because I’m caught up in the myth that a single item of clothing is the answer to all my problems. Fortunately, reader comments to last week’s post have broadened my perspective, and I want to try pendants, patterned tights, stacked bracelets and grouped brooches–just as soon as I have the right shoes.

High quality boots, like winter coats, are a big ticket item for me. They should last for years, which makes spending $300-$500 on them justified. However, preparing to spend that much money on a single item also makes me giddy–like I’ve just stepped into a department store with a gift card and can choose to get something I need or something I love. If I didn’t have to be so practical and could purchase anything I wanted from big bust friendly stores this season, here are the top two items I would choose.

Perfectionist Dress in Stretch Silk Satin from Saint Bustier

Saint Bustier Perfectionist Dress

I love the lines, the draping, the sheen and the seams of this dress that fits up to a G cup. If I worked in an office during the day and had holiday parties ahead of me in the evenings, I could completely justify spending $275 on it. Lately Saint Bustier has seemed overrun with form-fitting Miranda, Nigella and Paloma dresses and a large contingent of knot-ties and wraps. However, there are a few original options sprinkled in the mix that make it worth visiting again. Do you have any favorites from their current offerings? If so, I’d love for you to share links to them in the comments.

Quilted Leather Jacket from Pepperberry

Pepperberry black leather jacket

Based on the early positive reviews by three customers who wear super curvy, I have a feeling this is a jacket that I’m really going to regret not finding the funds for. Three years ago, Tina wrote about the challenges of finding a bust-friendly leather jacket, especially in a timeless style with a little edge from Pepperberry (I’m sorry that most of the photos in the linked post have been deleted, but Tina’s Pepperberry example at the bottom remains). If this year’s jacket zips over the boobs without flattening the quilting at the bust line, then it’s as good as a new pair of boots.


Speaking of boots, here are the two pairs I’ve fallen in love with.

John Fluevog Sherry Boots

fluevog boots

Ultimately, I decided I need something a little less memorable since I’ll be wearing the same pair over and over again. But even hidden beneath pants, these boots looked amazing.

fluevog boots with pants

Zarah Boots from Apia and AutoGrafNewYork

This pair has the “classic with a twist” look that I’m looking for, and the size 39 that I found at Eneslow were the last available pair in that size in the United States. Not only are these handcrafted Italian boots amazing, but so is the story of the designer behind them.

Apia Zarah Stretch Leather Boots

I was so disappointed to discover that I need a slightly wider toe box than these offer!