Off the Rack ~ Curve Expo Spring/Summer 2018 Part II: Elomi, Fantasie, & Freya

After four weeks of weddings and working overtime, I’m finally back to blogging! And I’m continuing my coverage of Curve Spring/Summer 2018. This week, I’m covering the Eveden family, which is Freya, Fantasie, and Elomi (well, and Huit, but that’s the small-bust label, so it’s not included here).

I rarely write about Elomi, since it’s Eveden’s “full-figure” brand so I can’t assess the fit. But there are several very nice pieces this season that I want to highlight. Plus, the Eveden rep actually told us Elomi is the biggest label in the brand family.

How stunning is this “Sachi” cage bra?

How stunning is this “Sachi” cage bra?

I didn’t snap a photo of the back, but this “Matilda” bra has a J-hook.

I didn’t snap a photo of the back, but this “Matilda” was one of several bras with a J-hook.

The “Amelia” spacer bra has proper interior side-slings to pull in your profile, then stretch lace to cover it up and look pretty instead of strictly utilitarian.

The “Amelia” spacer bra has proper interior side-slings to pull in your profile, then stretch lace to cover it up and look pretty instead of strictly utilitarian.

“Morgan’s” cobalt animal print with just a pop of pink is a sophisticated take on leopard.

“Morgan’s” cobalt animal print with just a pop of pink is a sophisticated take on leopard.

I also love the modern monochrome floral print of the “Kim” bra.

I also love the modern monochrome floral print of the “Kim” bra.

I was quite impressed with this range of nudes on display. I don’t know what bra style this is, though, since it’s not in the new lookbook.

I was quite impressed with this range of nudes on display. I don’t know what bra style this is, though, since it’s not in the new lookbook.

Next up, we have Fantasie. To be honest, I was a bit bored by this collection, though there were a couple stand-out pieces that really stood out.

I adore the vintage styling of “Charlotte.”

I adore the vintage styling of “Charlotte.”

How cute are these high-waisted bottoms? And the antique-y rose print is just lovely.

How cute are these high-waisted bottoms? And the antique-y rose print is just lovely.

The sheer, vertical-seamed “Sienna” in bright cobalt looks more like a Huit-style piece to me—in the best possible way!

The sheer, vertical-seamed “Sienna” in bright cobalt looks more like a Huit-style piece to me—in the best possible way!

“Aimee’s” dainty, neutral leopard-print is the subtlest animal print I’ve ever seen—and the gold and ivory lace is a beautiful complement.

“Aimee’s” dainty, neutral leopard-print is the subtlest animal print I’ve ever seen—and the gold and ivory lace is a beautiful complement.

Lastly, we have my old favorite, Freya. Lots of good stuff here, as usual!

I adore the brightly-colored embroidered dots on “Deamcatcher,” but the dainty keyhole and the navy (not black) base of crisscrossing geometric lines make it even better.

I adore the brightly-colored embroidered dots on “Deamcatcher,” but the dainty keyhole and the navy (not black) base of crisscrossing geometric lines make it even better.

“Chi” is a new molded-cup bra based on the Idol shape, which I’m told is even more projected than the Deco.

“Chi” is a new molded-cup bra based on the Idol shape, which I’m told is even more projected than the Deco.

“Chi” also comes in a non-wired nursing bra.

“Chi” also comes in a non-wired nursing bra.

Here’s the original “Idol,” in a gorgeous cobalt blue.

Here’s the original “Idol,” in a gorgeous cobalt blue.

The “Epic” molded sports bra is now offered in black with a hint of orange.

The “Epic” molded sports bra is now offered in black with a hint of orange.

But I’m way more excited for the addition of Freya Sport shorts and leggings with a zipper pocket!

But I’m way more excited for the addition of Freya Sport shorts and leggings with a zipper pocket!

The “Soiree Lace” collection features modern geometric lace that was so soft, we could not stop petting it.

The “Soiree Lace” collection features modern geometric lace that was so soft, we could not stop petting it.

“Soiree Lace” high apex bra and briefs.

“Soiree Lace” high apex bra and briefs.

“Soiree Lace” padded plunge bra and shorts.

“Soiree Lace” padded plunge bra and shorts.

The “Soiree Lace” underwire bralette has a standard band with two rows of hooks-and-eyes beneath a non-opening scoop back.

The “Soiree Lace” underwire bralette has a standard band with two rows of hooks-and-eyes beneath a non-opening scoop back.

Loving this collection’s sky blue additions, such as this “Summer Haze” padded half-cup bra.

Loving this collection’s sky blue additions, such as this “Summer Haze” padded half-cup bra.

I adore the new aquamarine “Fancies” colorway.

And the new aquamarine “Fancies” colorway.

“Daisy Lace” isn’t exactly taking a risk with its color, but I love the art deco triangular decoration at the gore.

“Daisy Lace” isn’t exactly taking a risk with its color, but I love the art deco triangular decoration at the gore.

I love black and white chevron striped swimwear because it reminds me of the first Barbie. This is the “Making Waves” set.

I’m always a fan of black and white chevron striped swimwear because it reminds me of the first Barbie doll. This is the “Making Waves” set.

“Making Waves” also comes in a cute high-neck crop top (only up to FF cups, though).

“Making Waves” also comes in a cute high-neck crop top (only up to FF cups, though).

The crocheted “Sundance” collection is still going strong, with “deep ocean” and hot pink being added as fashion colors.

The crocheted “Sundance” collection is still going strong, with “deep ocean” and hot pink being added as fashion colors.

Freya is really into the macramé look this season.

Freya Swim is really into the macramé look this season.

A Macramé halter bikini.

A Macramé halter bikini.

The Macramé bandeau can be worn two ways…

The Macramé bandeau can be worn two ways…

The Macramé bandeau in its second iteration.

And the second bandeau iteration.

I love the rainbow/zebra/butterfly print of “Hot in Havana,” but yeesh those strappy bottoms are awfully tough to pull off.

I love the rainbow/zebra/butterfly print of “Hot in Havana,” but yeesh those strappy bottoms look awfully tough to pull off.

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Off the Rack ~ Curve Expo Spring/Summer 2018 Part I: Fortnight and Impish Lee

It’s time for the semi-annual Curve Show roundup! For Spring/Summer 2018, I mostly checked in with our usual favorites, but I also stumbled upon a couple brands I’ve not covered before, which I’ll be sharing in this post.

First up, some great news from Fortnight! A couple years ago, I had the opportunity to try one of their Luna bralettes on a trip to Portland, Maine, but the largest size was still one cup too small for me. When I emailed Fortnight later, they told me there had been so much consumer demand for larger cups that they were planning on introducing bigger cups—and with the SS18 collection, they finally have! The “Luna” longline will be available in G-cups.

Unfortunately, that’s an American G, which is only a UK FF, and the new G cups will only be available for 30 and 32 bands. But at least it’s some progress. Perhaps if it sells well enough, they’ll keep expanding.

The Fortnight reps I spoke with were very excited to explain that the brand wasn’t created with a specific body niche in mind, so every item is engineered to its individual size. As such, the gore height will vary depending on the size, going higher with larger cups, and some sizes will include interior side-slings for more support. Additionally, they’ve added sizes XL and XXL to all their slips and bodysuits (which previously only came in S, M, L).

For all the extended sizes, plus-size model Candace Huffine (who’s on the May 2017 cover of Elle magazine) collaborated with Fortnight to ensure great fit, and she features prominently in the new collection’s marketing materials. She also helped design the inkblot leopard print that runs through the collection (see below). Here are the two new Luna colorways, which are pretty yet still true to Fortnight’s minimalist, slightly androgynous aesthetic:

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Next up is Impish Lee, a brand I’ve seen making its way through the blogosphere but never paid that close attention to. Started as an Etsy shop by sisters Kali and Noelle, Impish Lee has expanded to an amazingly designed website and are now seeking brick-and-mortar distribution (hence why they were at Curve). [Read more…]

Off the Rack ~ Sugar Candy Everyday Fuller Bust Seamless Bra

Yesterday, Darlene reviewed the Sugar Candy bra in size Medium. Today, I’m reviewing it in XS and Small. Click here to start with Darlene’s post.

Just like Darlene, I was initially a bit skeptical of the Sugar Candy bra’s claims. But also like her, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I love it!

I’m currently wearing UK 28GG or 30G in most brands, which the Sugar Candy size chart puts at size XS. But I was doubtful that the smallest possible size would really be right for me, so they sent me two sizes to try.

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Turns out I was correct, and the XS was significantly too small, with quad-boob, escaping tissue at the armpits, and a very low neckline.

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Off the Rack ~ Introducing Alisa Nicole Swimwear

This week I’m reviewing a start-up swimwear brand called Alisa Nicole Swimwear. Founder Alisa recently reached out to Darlene and me, only to realize that we all live in New York City, making it super easy and convenient for Darlene and me to try a few pieces of her swim collection without dealing with postage or shipping things back-and-forth. The three of us had brunch last weekend, followed by a try-on session.

Darlene, Alisa, and me.

Darlene, Alisa, and me.

First, some background on Alisa Nicole Swimwear: Alisa used to live in Sydney, Australia. As a busty woman and avid surfer, she couldn’t find any swimwear that suited her shape and gave the right support—so naturally she started making her own!

Here’s Alisa surfing in Australia while wearing her “Aphrodite” one-piece.

Here’s Alisa surfing in Australia while wearing her “Aphrodite” one-piece.

While Alisa reached out to us with the pitch of a busty swim brand, during our meetup she explained that she actually wants to avoid pigeon-holing her company into that niche. Rather, she designed her product to fit a range of bust sizes. I was a little skeptical of this claim at first (aren’t we all?), but check out this photo of Alisa (left) and her much less busty model (right) rocking the exact same swimsuit: [Read more…]