Full Coverage Reading Roundup for D Cups and Up

Today I finished going through every Hourglassy post from 2012 as part of my blog housekeeping and organizing, and I was surprised to realize how much I enjoyed the reading roundups that I began in 2012 but let fizzle out last February. They took a lot of time to write, but as I reviewed them, I found links to some pretty useful information that I’d forgotten. Now that we’ve just had a holiday where I could catch up on my reading, I find myself with more useful information that I want to share with you. If this keeps happening, I’ll revive the roundup!


I’ve just given our blog roll some much needed updating . . . deleting links to non-existent blogs and moving blogs that haven’t posted anything since last fall to the “less active” section. But I didn’t only weed and prune. I’ve also added three new blogs that you’ll really enjoy:


It’s not perfect, but the Ewa Michalak Nina Top is the best sleep/house bra that Curvy Wordy has found so far. If you’re on a quest for one, be sure to visit the links to all her past sleep bra tries that are located at the bottom of her post.

Speaking of sleep bras, there’s a new brand that will be at Curve this weekend called Nightlift. The bras cost $98 and only go to a DDD cup (32-42 bands), but I’m fascinated by the cradle concept designed to support breasts while sleeping on one’s back or side.

nightliftI’m dying of curiosity to try one, but a sleep bra has never been at the top of my wish list because my breasts don’t get in the way of my sleeping, or I would sister size to a 34 or 36DDD. They’re being marketed as a way to prevent sagging and wrinkles, but that doesn’t motivate me, either. However, I do like the idea of a bra to wear under certain nightgowns that would look better with a firmer bustline, especially if I could fall asleep comfortably in it since there are no underwires.

Right now there aren’t a lot of reviews out there, but here are a few links I found through the company’s website and tweets:

  • Glamour Fashion Blog (It’s not your imagination that the bra rides up in back in the pictures on the website–this writer noticed it on herself as well. I guess that’s okay as long as it doesn’t mean the band is so loose that the cups can’t contain all of the tissue.)
  • The Gloss
  • Smarty Panties


Kris Line will also be at Curve this weekend. I’m always tempted by their bras on Zulily, but I can’t risk ordering the wrong size since all sales are final. Those of you who live in Florida can visit La Bella Intimates to try Kris Line in person, but for the rest of us there’s finally an online optionLa Bella Intimates has launched its ecommerce site where you can find the Fortuna and Brilliant styles in most cup and band sizes. As of this writing, I couldn’t find the return policy anywhere on the website, but when I called the store today, they told me that you have 14 days to return a purchase for store credit.

That’s probably good protection from shoppers who might buy a bra to find their size and then return it to buy for less from Zulily. Otherwise, I can’t see La Bella being able to compete.


On the subject of competition, here is the sign I saw on Linda’s wall last week while I waited for a friend who wanted my help with a fitting. This is Linda’s way of discouraging shoppers from using her fitting services but purchasing elsewhere.lindas bra fitting feeYikes! I had told my friend to meet me there for two reasons: (1) she wanted a cami bra, and Linda’s website said they had one by Natori; and (2) it was on the way to the Completely Bare lingerie popup shop. But if I had known about the fee, I never would have suggested it.

“Was it on the website?” I asked one of the women behind the front desk.

“Yes,” she said. I got out my smartphone, and sure enough, there it was–buried in the FAQ’s section.

“I’ve been coming to Linda’s for years, and I’m on the mailing list,” I said. “Was there a newsletter announcement?”

“No,” she answered. “The mailing list is only for the online store.”

Once my friend arrived, I explained the situation, and she was fine with taking the risk. Fortunately, she liked a Simone Perele Caressence in 34F. For my part, I was shocked at the low selection. Linda’s no longer carries Fantasie, and the fitter tried to push an Anita sports bra on my friend because they had sold out of the Panache.


We’re getting excited for Curve this Sunday. Invest in Your Chest has whet our appetites with their preview of Curvy Kate’s new Scantily line and other pictures on Twitter. Sweet Nothings also has us excited about the six new full bust lingerie brands that she reported on today, although none seem to be coming to Curve. As usual, if there’s anything you want us to look for or ask, please let us know!

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


“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.”