Sad News in the Big Bust Clothing World

By now you’ve probably heard: DD Atelier has announced that it will be closing. Olga Promptova’s unwavering commitment to full-busted women raised the bar with amazing quality and design. I don’t see anyone on the horizon who can provide the same breadth of styles at such reasonable price points. With that in mind, you’re going to want to buy everything you love on her website immediately because you know that once the sale prices nosedive, the most popular sizes will be gone.

I’m away on vacation this week so am not able to write more, but I think you will appreciate these tributes from new bloggers Classy as FF and Just Curvy Things.

To cheer you up, here’s a photo of the bra tree at Snowbird, where we’re skiing this week.

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Not Just Another Pretty Lace: Fantasie Rebecca Lace

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Just hanging out talking about bras over brunch on Saturday!

As you know, my company, Campbell & Kate, hosted Bras & Brunch at its pop up shop last Saturday, and Eveden contributed some gorgeous samples for attendees to check out.

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One that you don’t see in the photo above is the Fantasie Rebecca Lace.

fantasie rebecca lace (2)At first glance, the Rebecca lace looks like your typical seamless T-shirt bra, except it has lace along the wings, straps and bridge. In ivory, it’s almost bridal, but it didn’t strike me as very special when I unpacked it. Basically, it seemed like a nice concession to our less adventurous guests.

Velaire Elliot and Jennifer Baker, the two co-founders of My Bra Concierge (more about their start up on our blog soon), had an entirely different reaction. They immediately recognized what was so special about the Rebecca Lace: it has a back-smoothing lace panel. Here’s what that detail looked like in a UK 32E on one of our visitors.

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Whether the lace panel is powerful enough to offer true back smoothing remains to be seen, but it’s a nice idea and makes for a pretty back view.

The shape of the Rebecca isn’t for me, and it didn’t win Leah over either when she compared it to the Fantasie 4510. However, it turns out that this bra is Jennifer Baker’s favorite! She says:

The Rebecca has been a life changing bra for me since it’s one of the first properly fitting bras I was able wear at 30GG. I prefer slight padding, and this bra does the trick. I also love the soft fabric and the slightly fuller coverage provided. The underwire is comfortable, and I get no rubbing from the side support panels like in many other bras, so this is my go-to for an everyday t-shirt bra. Having slightly more breast tissue on top, I find this bra suits my shape very well. I’ve recommended it to many friends, and it appears to fit many shapes and sizes well. But, for ladies who have more projected tissue or more narrow roots (liking Polish brands), you might look elsewhere! I’m looking forward to trying the Rebecca Lace in my size soon!

How about you, readers? Who’s a Rebecca fan, and who has a different go-to seamless bra and why?

Finally, it was wonderful to have Shari Deutsch from The Strap Saver with us as well.

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Spring break and swim season are upon us, so I must highlight the reason that co-founder Beth Lieberman started the company. As a super petite woman, Beth could never find a swimsuit with short enough straps. The Strap Saver solves that problem! If you’ve run into this problem, this is a great solution.

Leah at the Launch

Sorry there’s no Off the Rack this week. I kidnapped Leah to my pop up shop launch last night, and Miss Non-Corporate finally tried on my shirts. She loved the way the 6M fit. For reference, her waist measured 31″ and her bust measured 37″, and she’s wearing an amazing Avocado Comexim bra under the shirt.

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Can’t Break My Addiction to Beautiful Bras for Big Busts . . . Yielding to Temptation from Aubade

Now that Aubade goes up to a G cup, their booth is on my must-see list at Curve, and this polka dot and tulle confection that is the Extrait de Flirt was my hands down favorite at February’s show.

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