Demi-Coverage Reading Roundup for D Cups and Up

This was my first bra, except mine was beige.

When I was searching for a picture of it, I found this fun reflection on boobs by a mid-life blogger. When you read it, be sure to check out the comments for more stories that you may relate to. Also see  if you can relate to this first-bra memoir that won third prize in a writing contest, although hopefully none of you can relate to having a mother like hers.

CurvyHK tells us when underwires are likely to trigger the TSA alarms. While you’re on her blog, enjoy the story behind one of her most treasured compliments, and be sure to check out the emergency compliment resource she’s found for us (my favorites so far: “You think of the funniest names for wi-fi connections,” and “Your cousins refer to you as ‘the cool cousin.'”

Katie frequently contributes thoughtful comments to Hourglassy, but when I read her own blog I have NO IDEA how she finds the time. Recently she wrote about a topic that’s near and dear to my heart: planning a wardrobe for the early professional years. I like how she contemplates the cost factor for sewing her own things–this is a woman who leans in if I’ve ever met one–and other factors (such as how to add interest or how flattering, comfortable and professional trump trendy).

So far there are only two posts up on the new blog Wide Curves, but I like how the writer sets out her mail order methodology for finding bras in her size. It’s similar to what I do, but I never thought to formalize it. Despite all the negatives that she lists for this method, she’s been able to make some important sizing discoveries by using it, and my guess is she’ll be able to order fewer bras at a time going forward (unless it’s a new brand she hasn’t tried before or is a brand known for being inconsistent). Do you take the same approach as she does?

Imogen Lamport has another super helpful post about necklace scale and bust size.

If Leah’s review last Friday got you excited about Comexin, so will Linda’s guest review of unpadded Comexin bras over at Braless in Brasil.

Finally, I continue to do a lot of thinking about “Look at me” dressing, and a guest teenage writer has added another dimension to consider with her post on Already Pretty about Style and Privilege. If you read it, also be sure to read commenter Vildy’s perspective from across the river, and the writer’s follow-up comment. I also believe that there’s a lot that we women with large busts can relate to about N’s experience that has nothing to do with neighborhood.

Demi Coverage Reading Roundup For D Cups and Up

Every link in today’s roundup has to do with clothing:

  • Good news about DDAtelier: Domestic Outlet liked the skirt she ordered to go with her jacket so much that she’s going to order another one . . . in her correct size. Be sure to check out her post about sizing before you place your own order. And if you’re a US size 0/2, she’ll sell you her original purchase for just $60.
  • Finally, there was great excitement on Twitter and FB when Urkye posted a jacket on their sewing blog! What a great style for showing the waist and fitting the bust even when it’s buttoned–it would be fabulous if they would add this to their collection.

Late addition! Check out Azzy Makes’s discovery of Knit to Flatter. I read this post two Sundays ago and was so excited that I tweeted about it all morning. I only just watched the video tonight, and I now have a girl crush on Amy.

Full-Coverage Reading Roundup for D Cups and Up

Thought-provoking.

“Where objectifying women is normal – on Page 3, in no-feelings-no-pleasure porn, in red-lit windows – it’s not just the women taking part who become objects. It’s all of us. We are all abstract, disposable, controllable, passive, there for someone else’s pleasure.”

“Bullies . . . look for someone they can humiliate who is not very likely to fight back.

“But, and this is crucial, that does not mean that being insulted is your fault because you appear weak. It’s not that you are too fat, too black, too queer or simply too provocative. This also means, and that’s really important to understand and accept in all consequences, you cannot avoid being insulted by keeping your head down and following some secret rules.”

Spring cleaning your bra drawer.

“Used bras vary in value depending on their condition. Barring any damage from use, you can determine the bra’s quality (how heavily used it is) from the tag.”

“Thus I consider it my duty to give away semi-used bras because I read a lot about young students or others who could get some months’ use out of a bra I’ve worn some and have grown out of/never really fit into. Maybe it’s presumptuous, but I would have taken someone up on that offer when I was a student, especially when I was still trying to find my size!”

 Corsets and shapewear in real life.

How-to’s, reviews and musings.

“. . . the break-in period for bras . . . why it occurs and what you can do to alleviate the discomfort.”

“[F]orget wearing an ornate bra under thin knits without layering—a fabulous technique which adds visual interest to outfits and allows you to branch out beyond the basics.”

In 1994, Brazil solved its hyperinflation problem by introducing an entirely new currency.  Catpaws Cafe proposes doing the same for bra sizing.

“We still want to help you even if you can’t buy because we want you to leave with a positive experience of our shop, and all we ask in return is consideration.  After all, you wouldn’t visit a restaurant on a Saturday night, ask the waiter or waitress about every item on the menu, and then leave without ordering.”

 

 

Demi-Coverage Reading Roundup for D Cups and Up

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that last week was pretty crazy. Wednesday was a family holiday to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday. On Thursday I took my 14.5 year old calico cat Cleo to a specialist vet for a biopsy of the spot that had showed up on her liver during a recent ultrasound. (If you’re a fellow cat lover, you can read more about this at the bottom of today’s post.) In between these two events, my 22-year-old niece moved in with us from Florida! This is very exciting to me because she is my only niece who wears a D+ bra, so I have a LOT of blog post ideas to try out with her.

Now that I’ve given you a roundup of my life, let me give you a roundup of a few big bust items of  interest that have caught my eye this past week.

1. Are fashion magazines finally getting that “big bust” does not automatically mean “fat”? February’s issue of InStyle covers reader shape issues, and two of them focus on boobs!

A few pages later, they use Katy Perry as an example of “curvy” and recommend her “go-to” designer, Roland Mouret.

Since Katy Perry is often spilling out of her dresses, I’m not sure Mouret is actually giving her enough room for her famous curves, but some of his styles are definitely meant to flatter an hourglass shape.

It looks like this dress could even work with a strapless bra.

2. Octavia Spencer

First, isn’t Octavia Spencer an hourglass?

Next to the photos of Katy Perry, InStyle uses Octavia Spencer as an example of plus size and recommends her “go-to” designer, Tadashi Shoji. I agree with the Tadashi Shoji recommendation, but not only for plus-size women. Tadashi Shoji makes enough room for curves and uses fabric and styles that flatter them.

In the advice below her photo, plus-size women are told that “cinching a shirt, cardigan or dress can accentuate the waist and help give the illusion of an hourglass shape.” I may be blind, but from what I see, Octavia doesn’t need to create an illusion of an hourglass shape because she already has one. So maybe it’s one step forward but another one back–there’s acknowledgment that all busty women aren’t plus-size (or augmented); now we need acknowledgment that plus-size women can be hourglassy.

Second, is Octavia Spencer even plus size?

I’m not entirely persuaded. My theory is that it only appears as a possibility because of all the actresses who wear sizes 0-4 around her. Regardless of the label, she impressed me with this Facebook quote about her weight: “I am NOT WORRYING ABOUT MY WEIGHT! I AM NOT TRYING TO CONFORM TO an unrealistic model of beauty. I AM however being proactive in being the healthiest I can be.”

Third, did Octavia Spencer get the breast lift she was talking about after last year’s Oscars?

She’s only 42, so it’s hard to believe she even “needed” one, but if she seriously tried to get a better bra and it let her down, then I can understand the temptation. Below, the photo on the left is from October 2012 and the photo on the right is from this January.

 3. Empreinte

If you’ve ever wondered if a $100+ bra is worth it, check out the Empreinte review by the sister of the Bras I Hate and Love blogger. I didn’t have the same experience, but I’m hoping to give the brand another try someday soon–either when I can fit into their G cups or when I try their H cups.

Ali Cudby was even able to go to the Empreinte L’Atelier Lingerie in Paris this month! It would take a lot of courage for me to venture into their museum-like space, but it would be worth it to be sized there and then have “a rack containing every bra they stock in [my]  size . . . wheeled into the room”!

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More about my cat . . .

The liver spot is likely benign, but a chest x-ray revealed that fluid had filled up Cleo’s chest cavity, decreasing the room for her lungs so that she could barely breathe. When they removed the fluid and gave her an echocardiogram (my cat has seen a cardiologist!), they found another mass somewhere in the chest area, and we’re waiting to see what the lab will be able to discern about it from the fluids sent to them. In the meantime, I’m trying to coax Cleo to eat as much as possible, and anytime she snuggles onto my chest and blocks my view of the computer or newspaper I’m trying to read, I drop everything and just enjoy the vibrations of her purr.