A D+ Dream Blouse: Empire Waist with Gathered Bodice

We were born to wear blouses like the one I saw this woman wearing in church last July.  I tracked her down at the refreshment table, begged for her business card, and proceeded to ask her bra size.  I’ve lost ALL modesty filters, haven’t I?

Fortunately for us, she did not turn an angry red and stomp away.  I think she said she wears a D or DD, which is plausible, but I suspect she could get away with a much smaller band and a larger cup.  She found the blouse, by the Spanish brand Arnau / A&C Camiseros, at Daffy’s, and she’s wearing size small.

Where do I begin with all that is right about this blouse?  After the jump, actually, plus a photo of a knit equivalent that I saw on the subway recently. [Read more…]

A Big Busted Highlight from CurveNY: Aerin Rose Swimsuit Sizing Change

I have tons to share with you from my visits to CurveNY these past two days, and I’ll have even more after my final visit today, but here is one of my most exciting discoveries so far:  Aerin Rose has changed its cup sizing system.

I don’t remember exactly what it used to be. I only remember not finding anything for me after reading excellent reviews by Tammy of her bikini and Marketa of her tankini last August.  Now, however, Aerin Rose has something for me–it’s their first year to offer an F/G cup*, and many of the swimsuits in these sizes are still available online (and on sale!).

Unfortunately, they don’t have any F/G one-pieces, but those are coming–and here’s the best news yet:  the one-pieces are coming in dress size/cup size combinations from 8-24 and D/DD-F/G.  Now I can look forward to wearing a 14F/G next summer (or smaller if I get back to the gym.  However, I just realized that this leaves out those of you who are dress sizes 0-6.  I’m sorry.).

Until this point, I’ve always found shopping for bra-sized one-pieces frustrating because of the assumption that a specific bra size corresponds to only one size in the rest of the body.  Yes, this can be addressed with tankinis, but frankly, I dislike the support from tankinis.  One-pieces hold everything in place much better.

However, Aerin Rose is also coming up with an amazing swim dress that I would consider, and I really like the bottoms to some of their bikinis/tankinis, so I might have to reconsider . . . . Take a look below at what you can look forward to next year (they’ll actually be in stores beginning in November, but most of us won’t be thinking about them until 2012).

Here’s Aerin Rose’s amazing new swim dress offering.  In the left photo, you can see how the bottom is attached to the rest of the suit (hmmm . . . does this mean support that’s similar to that of a one-piece?).  The advantages of a swim dress: kicky style, more coverage, and you can go from beach to bar without having to find your cover-up.
I included this photo because I am ecstatic about a bandeau that offers full coverage of the breasts without any boob bifurcation.  The photo on the right shows how much room there is for larger breasts.  This model wears a 32C bra but is wearing a 34C tankini top.
I love these shirred bottoms.


Here is a one-piece style that they offer every season.

*I misspoke. Evidently Aerin Rose has always offered a G cup, but this is their first time to offer it in a one-piece.

July 25 Curve Cam: Color Blocking and Camisoles

The bodice of this dress is a miracle–it covers her entire breast, and the black band falls exactly where it’s supposed to.  No spillage.  No boob bifurcation. Where did she find it? I never got to ask.  See another interesting approach to color blocking below.

Normally I’m not a fan of camis used to hide cleavage–I find they hide the line of the dress instead (as you’ll see below). But the way the neckline of the cami parallels the neckline of the dress, it almost looks like part of the dress itself.  (I realize that this woman is probably a B cup or less, but the insight applies regardless of size here.)

This dress looked amazing from behind, but the cleavage-hiding cami destroys the neckline in front.  I wonder if a V-necked black cami would be any better . . . .

August 5 Curve Cam!

We’re all guilty of this one, aren’t we? Something doesn’t fit our large breasts at all, but we look GREAT in it so we wear it anyway. Every man’s eyes followed this woman at the front desk of our local public library last Saturday morning.

This is a classic example of the Boob Bifurcation that large-breasted women have to endure from traditionally-sized triangle tops.