Wearing More Front Room in Real Life

The timing couldn’t be more perfect for me to wear my altered More Front Room pieces for the very first time this week because the company is having an amazing semi-annual clearance sale. All I could think as I wore my peplum top and silk blouse was, “You’d have to be crazy to let this sale pass you by.” $47.60 for the peplum top is a steal. (Yesterday there was a glitch on the company website and I thought I’d missed my chance to show you these pictures before the sale ended. Nothing like a second chance!) As a reminder, here’s my post with pics of how it looked before I had the sleeves shortened and the waistline raised. I like how the bootcut jeans balance the peplum. I would have liked the waistline slightly higher, but I lost that battle with my seamstress.

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Next the silk blouse as I wore it on Sunday. If there’s any chance you will ever need or want a silk blouse, then you need to stock up on this right now.

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The sleeve length is perfect compared to how they looked before my seamstress raised the cuffs.

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Raising the cuffs means a shorter sleeve placket, but I’m fine with it. I was super pleased that the cuffs could be reattached to the shortened sleeves without any loss of detail.

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My seamstress raised the buttons so the rolled sleeves stop at my elbows, although shortening the tab may have been another option. At first I thought I preferred the rolled sleeves, but I really like the elegance of the full-length sleeves.

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As you can see, I have a very corporate, conservative style with this blouse (my husband said I looked like I was going back to the law firm). Since the length is quite long on me, next time I’ll try wearing it untucked over leggings.

Off the Rack ~ CurvExpo Winter 2014: The New “Nude”

This past Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday was the winter CurvExpo in New York. On the two days I attended, I caught up with the usual suspects (Eveden, Panache, Parfait, etc.) and also kept an eye out for newcomers. Unfortunately, newcomers are few and far between at most of these shows, but I did find a couple brands that piqued my interest (though my two favorite finds were panty companies, not bras).

Since the new offerings from our old favorites are, in my view, the least interesting of my coverage, I’m going to spend this post, and the next one or two, discussing other things. Come back in two or three weeks for the Official Image Dump.

This week I want to highlight companies that are doing “nude” right, whether intentionally or otherwise. That is, they’re offering bras and/or panties in colors that work as a nude on more skin tones than lily-white ladies like me—with bonus points for companies who avoid using the word “nude” at all. Unfortunately, this list is woefully short.

First up is one of my favorite brands, Love Claudette (from whom you’ll see more in that future post). In addition to avoiding the word “nude” and having a tan continuity color (“American Tan”) that’s slightly darker and warmer beige than you usually see, the Spring/Summer 2014 collection is adding this new “Fishnet” bra in what they call “Goldie”:

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Additionally, while the color itself is hardly revolutionary, the new pale almond shade appearing as a Dessous longline and the new Bardot lace plunge bra is called “Blondie.” I love replacing the word “nude” with food terms. My only qualm is that there’s no chocolately “Brownie” color!

Next up is Hanky Panky. You may remember my glowing review of their “Bare” seamless underwear, but at the time it was only available in tan, black, or magenta.

Well no longer! It’s now offered in Marshmallow (white), Vanilla (pale pink), Toffee (golden dark tan), Mahogany (dark brown), and Granite (grey). I’m in love with the fact that they named the white shade “marshmallow.” I’ve also found that the original “nude” is actually a bit too dark on my skin tone and can show through very light, tight clothing (especially after I stupidly washed it with some darker colors and it absorbed a touch of dye), so I’m looking forward to getting a couple vanilla pairs for myself instead.

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That Toffee color, though, is so delicious that I might need to get one of those as well. I’m really on a gold kick after seeing it among a bunch of companies at Curve.

And as long as we’re on the topic of Hanky Panky, check out the fun colors they’re adding:

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They’ve also expanded the Bare collection to include wide-strap camisoles, bralettes, and boy-short panties:

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The cami and boy-shorts. Love how long the camisole is, though I’m not sure of its purpose. Can’t wait to try the boy-shorts, though!

Next up is newcomer Curvy Couture. I was really impressed with their light shapewear and will discuss them further at a later date, but for now check out these three bras:

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I’m not sure what the proprietary names of these colors are, but I’m going to call them mauvey-tan, beige, and mocha.

Next up, we have a looooooong overdue addition to the extensive Freya Deco family. I think it’s totally ridiculous that in season after season of Deco bras, we’ve seen every color of the rainbow and even some wacky prints (flamingos??), yet it’s taken this long for them to finally add something approximating a brown:

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This is the new Deco Vibe. It’s different from the original Deco in that it has textured straps, textured band, lace trim, binding on the cup edges to keep it from rolling outward, aaaand…

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A J-hook! Oh man I can’t wait for this bra. I love my Decos, but the straps are a wee bit too wide and the cup edge is very much visible under clingy tops thanks to that rolling issue, so it looks like this one will solve all that. This “Mocha” color will be continuity, in addition to Blush and Black. Now they just need to add a dark brown and a caramel, and we’ll be all set.

Lastly, we have lovely newcomer Harlow & Fox. The Hourglassy team was invited to see the entire collection in private, and we were thoroughly impressed. We’ll write about it in depth in a future post, but for now check out the three main colors of their debut collection:

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The Eleanor in “Almond.”

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The Eleanor in “Mink.”

Viola in “Gold.”

Viola in “Gold.”

 

Without even intending, H&F is offering three neutral colors that can function as a “nude” on a variety of skin tones.

As an aside, I got to try on the Viola longline and absolutely fell in love (another gold find!). I must save my pennies (or maybe I’ll get lucky and one of my wedding guests will feel like buying me an extravagant, if slightly impractical, gift later this year). Luckily, we were told that all of these are intended to be continuity pieces. If they sell out, more will be made. So I can take my sweet time saving up!

Full Coverage Reading Roundup for D Cups and Up

First of all, if you’re in the market for a new swimsuit, run, don’t walk, to this Zulily flash sale of Panache bra-sized swimwear. Thanks for the heads up from Stackdd and reader Kel! Many of the suits are down to one-size offerings, but there are several sizes in this black Anna Tankini top that you could use as a tank top far from the pool on a hot day. It’s only $20 (down from $80)!

Since writing about the cap sleeves on my big bust dress find a couple of weeks ago, I especially appreciated these posts about large upper arms:

All Women Have the Right to Bare Their Arms from Sally of AlreadyPretty
Acceptance from Miss Kathryn’s MissTakes (if you’re at work, mute your sound to avoid blasting the SimblyBe ad currently on this site)

Much as I love Busty Girl Comics, I sometimes wince at the issues that she highlights as part of daily busty life when they are often only part of the daily busty life of women who wear ill-fitting bras. It looks like it bothered Never Took Home Ec, too. Take a look at her analysis of nine fixable frustrations of the busty women of Busty Girl Comics.

Finally, here we go again:  Cleavage is Out, Breastbones Are In! I’ll probably jump into the fray soon with a post about how ridiculous it is for any particular body part to be “in” or “out” of fashion, but frankly, I wonder if Hourglassy readers find this discussion almost as passé as I do? I say “almost” passé because I still love looking at what designers bring out each season, and I’m always transfixed by images of beautiful models such as the ones in this piece, cleavage-less or not, and I yearn to look like them. I keep in mind, however, that much of what is shown on runways never makes it to stores without serious adaptations for the woman on the street, and we’re already accustomed to most of those adaptations failing to take the D cup and up market into account. But what do you think–is it even possible to smash and tape ourselves so that we could wear one of these garments? Perhaps the first Chanel “boob triangle”?

Come to our party this Sunday!

I always meet amazing people at Dirty Dolls events, and you will, too. There’s no pressure to buy, but of course you’ll be tempted–especially by my Campbell & Kate shirts!

And be sure to take advantage of the Dirty Dolls’ Twelve Days of Dolling sale–their amazing shaper was only $22.50 yesterday. Unheard of. Check their tweets to see what’s on sale today.