Off the Rack ~ Spring/Summer 2017 Curve Expo Part III: Claudette, Tutti Rouge, & Passionata

Part 3 of Curve coming up. This time I’m sharing Claudette, Tutti Rouge, and Passionata.

Claudette

For the last few seasons, I’ve looked at Claudette’s offerings and my initial response is that the items look insane and useless. But then the reps start showing it off, I look at the model photos, I feel the fabrics…and it all starts to seem so cool and innovative. This year was no exception, with Claudette continuing to introduce more loungewear that could almost double as clubwear or even gymwear in some cases. Claudette is the only big-bust lingerie company I saw embracing the athleisure trend.

“The Cat’s Pajamas” is a whole new collection of sleepwear made of super soft rayon modal mixed with fishnet. It looks super comfortable. Check it out:

A romper with pockets? Adorable.

A romper with pockets? Adorable.

The romper (or “playsuit,” as they call it) features a fishnet racerback complete with cutout.

The romper (or “playsuit,” as they call it) features a fishnet racerback complete with cutout.

The short robe comes includes a fishnet-lined hood.

The short robe comes includes a fishnet-lined hood.

My photo is not doing this set justice, but the top is a little tube top with a one-shoulder outer fishnet layer. The pants are drop crotch with fishnet side panels. I can totally see them being worn as streetwear.

My photo is not doing this set justice, but the top is a little tube top with a one-shoulder outer fishnet layer. The pants are drop crotch with fishnet side panels. I can totally see them being worn as streetwear.

Finally, there’s a pj set with shorts and a button up top that’s all fishnet in back.

Finally, there’s a pj set with shorts and a button up top that’s all fishnet in back.

Moving on to more lingerie-esque items…

Last season’s bodysuit is back in a new colorway. The previous ones should be hitting stores very soon. Apparently lots of stores ordered them, so I guess retailers are expecting them to sell well!

Last season’s bodysuit is back in a new colorway. The previous ones should be hitting stores very soon. Apparently lots of stores ordered them, so I guess retailers are expecting them to sell well!

Here’s what I’m excited for: Claudette’s first bralette! Unlike most bralettes, these ones have hook-and-eye closure bands in back. That means no yanking it over your head and shoulders then pulling a muscle trying to get it back off later! In the lookbook, there’s a 36E model wearing the bralette in a large, and it looks really fabulous.

Here’s what I’m excited for: Claudette’s first bralette! Unlike most bralettes, these ones have hook-and-eye closure bands in back. That means no yanking it over your head and shoulders then pulling a muscle trying to get it back off later! In the lookbook, there’s a 36E model wearing the bralette in a large, and it looks really fabulous.

Here’s the piece I was really thrown by at first: a one-strap microfiber bodysuit with a sheer mesh panel over the stomach. To be honest, I still don’t entirely understand how or where you’d wear this piece.

Here’s the piece I was really thrown by at first: a one-strap microfiber bodysuit with a sheer mesh panel over the stomach. To be honest, I still don’t entirely understand how or where you’d wear this piece.

The low-back suspender camisoles with mesh panels lining the armholes, fully adjustable straps, and interior shelf bra seem a little more useful. The description says: “The perfect way to wear stockings without the bumps created by a suspender belt.” Good point!

The low-back suspender camisoles with mesh panels lining the armholes, fully adjustable straps, and interior shelf bra seem a little more useful. The description says: “The perfect way to wear stockings without the bumps created by a suspender belt.” Good point!

There’s also a traditional chemise in the microfiber, again with mesh panels lining the armholes, fully adjustable straps, and interior shelf bra, plus another strip of mesh at the bottom hem. This fabric was a dream—super soft and slinky. The chemise would make a great slip or a comfy at-home option during the hottest days of summer.

There’s also a traditional chemise in the microfiber, again with mesh panels lining the armholes, fully adjustable straps, and interior shelf bra, plus another strip of mesh at the bottom hem. This fabric was a dream—super soft and slinky. The chemise would make a great slip or a comfy at-home option during the hottest days of summer.

Finally, some bras!

The new Dessous colors are gorgeous, as usual. Here are “Tea for Two” (top) and “East Hampton.”

The new Dessous colors are gorgeous, as usual. Here are “Tea for Two” (top) and “East Hampton.”

“Little Edie” (left) and “Grey Gardens.” In case it’s not obvious, the color names this season were inspired by the story of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and Edith Bouvier Beale, two reclusive relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who lived in squalor in an old East Hampton mansion, and were chronicled in a 1975 documentary and a 2009 HBO film.

“Little Edie” (left) and “Grey Gardens.” In case it’s not obvious, the color names this season were inspired by the story of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and Edith Bouvier Beale, two reclusive relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who lived in squalor in an old East Hampton mansion, and were chronicled in a 1975 documentary and a 2009 HBO film.

Claudette is also introducing their first molded tee shirt bra, with a plunge shape, made of microfiber, and available in black and two nude shades (“Sunkissed,” seen here, and “Blondie”).

Claudette is also introducing their first molded tee shirt bra, with a plunge shape, made of microfiber, and available in black and two nude shades (“Sunkissed,” seen here, and “Blondie”).

The new Fishnet bra color is this “Blondie” with black trim.

The new Fishnet bra color is this “Blondie” with black trim.

Finally, I just had to snap a shot of the Dessous bra next to the custom M&M’s Claudette was handing out—the M&M’s and the cupcake wrapper match the new Dessous colors perfectly!

Finally, I just had to snap a shot of the Dessous bra next to the custom M&M’s Claudette was handing out—the M&M’s and the cupcake wrapper match the new Dessous colors perfectly!

 

Tutti Rouge

As usual, Tutti Rouge is back with great colors and a new signature print. They also told me they’re working on lowering their price points by sourcing better fabrics and working with their factories to keep expenses down.

Love all these citrus colors up next to each other!

Love all these citrus colors up next to each other!

Amelia is a new shape, a padded demi bra featuring a mix of spot mesh and floral eyelash lace. Sizes 28-38 D-HH.

Amelia is a new shape, a padded demi bra featuring a mix of spot mesh and floral eyelash lace. Sizes 28-38 D-HH.

Chloe is also new, a half-padded balconette with elongated lace on the band to mimic a longline, again mixing mesh and lace. Sizes 28-38 D-HH.

Chloe is also new, a half-padded balconette with elongated lace on the band to mimic a longline, again mixing mesh and lace. Sizes 28-38 D-HH.

The interior of Chloe, so you can see the padding.

The interior of Chloe, so you can see the padding.

Pixie is a non-padded three part cup with satin on the lower half and lace for the upper section. This season’s signature print features birds, flowers, and little bees wearing hot pink boots. Very cute! Sizes 28-38 D-HH.

Pixie is a non-padded three part cup with satin on the lower half and lace for the upper section. This season’s signature print features birds, flowers, and little bees wearing hot pink boots. Very cute! Sizes 28-38 D-HH.

Pixie also features a bit of lace on the back.

Pixie also features a bit of lace on the back.

And we have another new cut with Sukki, a half-padded balconette with detachable caging straps (which are hidden in this photo, of course). Sizes 28-38 D-HH.

And we have another new cut with Sukki, a half-padded balconette with detachable caging straps (which are hidden in this photo, of course). Sizes 28-38 D-HH.

The new Nichole colors include creamsicle leopard print and a pale solid tan.

The new Nichole colors include creamsicle leopard print and a pale solid tan.

Tutti Rouge has also introduced “Halto,” a little device meant to keep halter strap swimwear from digging into your neck.

Tutti Rouge has also introduced “Halto,” a little device meant to keep halter strap swimwear from digging into your neck.

Halto instructions. I wish they’d had a photo of this in action, but Tutti doesn’t make swimwear. Maybe it’s a hint that they’ll develop some one day??

Halto instructions. I wish they’d had a photo of this in action, but Tutti doesn’t make swimwear. Maybe it’s a hint that they’ll develop some one day??

 

Passionata

I was sad to hear the Passionata rep tell us that they’ve been adapting their aesthetic for American audiences since entering the market. They said European markets like big details and American shoppers like things more simple without any show-through with clothing. It really shows in their latest offerings, with none of the bright colors that drew me to the brand several years ago.

However, they did introduce one item that was absolutely genius—a medium impact sports bra with tons of adjustments! It comes in sizes Small (about a 34B) through XL (about 34G). Check this beauty out:

The straps can be worn cross-back or conventional, and each has seven points of adjustment.

The straps can be worn cross-back or conventional, and each has seven points of adjustment.

There are no hooks and eyes to dig in or rub. The back is flat, and then it opens on the sides. There are then seven points of adjustment on each side of the band.

There are no hooks and eyes to dig in or rub. The back is flat, and then it opens on the sides. There are then seven points of adjustment on each side of the band.

Here’s a closeup of the band at the side where it opens and closes and its length can be adjusted. You simply place the hook into the slot of your choice. So clever!

Here’s a closeup of the band at the side where it opens and closes and its length can be adjusted. You simply place the hook into the slot of your choice. So clever!

Next up is Passionata’s bralette, which they described as “sporty but feminine.” Again it offers Small to XL, and again they say XL can fit about 34G…but I’m a little skeptical with that deep plunge.

Next up is Passionata’s bralette, which they described as “sporty but feminine.” Again it offers Small to XL, and again they say XL can fit about 34G…but I’m a little skeptical with that deep plunge.

Love the bralette’s back, though!

Love the bralette’s back, though!

Brooklyn is their best-selling bra in the US. It features lightly padded cups, a super deep plunge, and offers sizes starting at 30-band and going up to a European G-cup (which is a UK F).

Brooklyn is their best-selling bra in the US. It features lightly padded cups, a super deep plunge, and offers sizes starting at 30-band and going up to a European G-cup (which is a UK F).

Finally, we have this surprisingly well-fitting sexy little number. Charmeuse only comes up to European E cups, but I was told this model is a 34F and it still works for her! I was really impressed by the lift she’s getting from such a dainty bra in a technically too-small cup. Plus, Passionata told me they’ll be adding F-cups with the next manufacturing run in March 2017.

Finally, we have this surprisingly well-fitting sexy little number. Charmeuse only comes up to European E cups, but I was told this model is a 34F and it still works for her! I was really impressed by the lift she’s getting from such a dainty bra in a technically too-small cup. Plus, Passionata told me they’ll be adding F-cups with the next manufacturing run in March 2017.

 

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Off the Rack ~ Spring/Summer 2017 Curve Expo Part II: Curvy Kate

Last week I showed you Panache’s new offerings. This week I’m focusing on Curvy Kate. Everything featured here will be released during spring/summer 2017 (generally January through June).

CK’s latest collection is more juvenile and cute. There is lots of neon, especially neon pink, with a few pops of blue, as well as influences we were told include kitsch, fun, and surf. They’ve also expanded their molded options in response to demand from US customers.

New style Vegas really fulfills that kitsch influence, with a fun flamingo and floral print. (28-40 D-K, 42-44 D-G)

New style Vegas really fulfills that kitsch influence, with a fun flamingo and floral print. (28-40 D-K, 42-44 D-G)

The Daily Dream in “Aqua” is light and refreshing, one of many seafoam-colored options I saw this season. (28-40 D-K, 42-44 D-G)

The Daily Dream in “Aqua” is light and refreshing, one of many seafoam-colored options I saw this season. (28-40 D-K, 42-44 D-G)

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Off the Rack ~ Spring/Summer 2017 Curve Expo Part I: Panache

For this season’s Curve Expo, I’m going to do fewer brands in each post, starting with Panache. Over the next few weeks, I’ll cover more brands, but I’m going to try to keep these posts a little more brief than usual, only showcasing what I consider the highlights. Everything here will be released throughout January – June 2017.

As usual with Panache, there are plenty of new prints and colors, as well as new designs that are based on classic Panache shapes. In particular, there are some great, modern florals, and lovely swimwear prints.

Clara comes in fabulous colors and sizes 30-38 D-J. This shade is “Royal Blue.”

Clara comes in fabulous colors and sizes 30-38 D-J. This shade is “Royal Blue.”

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Off the Rack ~ Reviewing a DD Atelier Tee Shirt

The Curve Expo was this past weekend, but I’ve been just ridiculously busy all week and am in no position to organize all my photos and my thoughts just yet. Please check back next Friday for the first of at least two, if not three, posts about what I saw and enjoyed at Curve.

In the meantime, here’s a quick review of a tee shirt from big bust retailer DD Atelier:

At the end of each season, DD lists whatever is left over from the season at sale prices. Sizes are, of course, limited, and most of the time the items I like are already sold out in my size. But I happened to look at the sale section the same day I decided I wanted a striped tee shirt to wear with a particular skirt, and lo and behold DD had one in my size!

DD Atelier uses three bust sizes labeled D, F, and G, and waist sizes 65, 70, 75, 80, 85. My measurements of 37” bust and 29” waist falls into size 80D, though I did try a dress several years ago in 75F and it fit fine in the waist. Since this tee shirt is stretchy and I wanted it to fit more tightly, I went with 75 D/F (stretch knits have only two bust sizes of D/F and F/G).

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