Loungewear Layering for Big Busts with BreastNest and Bra:30

It won’t work when it gets hot, but for now I only want to wear my Bra:30 tank with the BreastNest underneath (the BreastNest was also reviewed by Mia.). The Bra:30 stabilizes my breasts and keeps them from going too East-West, and it hides the hideous BreastNest. Meanwhile, the BreastNest wraps everything in super softness and prevents sweaty skin-on-skin contact.  It’s a perfect functional combination. If both companies would work together to create a summer-friendly version, I’d wear it year-round.

breastnest tucked in under bra30

As you can see from the photo below, the longer Bra:30 Tummy Tucker would be better for hiding the untucked BreastNest.

breastnest under bra30 front
There’s no lift, but there’s plenty of comfort and security.

breastnest under bra30 side

breastnest under bra30 back

Always on the hunt for yet another large bust lounge option, my ears perked up at Curve last month when Kim Caldwell (32D bra fitter extraordinaire, formerly of Linda’s, now of Hurray Kimmay) mentioned Peach Uplifting tops. I haven’t been able to try them yet, but I’d love it if the spaghetti strap cami worked for me.  Of course I’m skeptical of any sizing that doesn’t take cup size into consideration, but Bra:30 and BreastNest pleasantly surprised me, so I’m going to hope for good things from this product.

peach uplifting spaghetti cami

peach uplift v neck

 

uplift v neck tee

uplift three fourth sleeve tee

Deep Enough for D+ Cups: Wireless Sleepwear

Recently Sally over at Already Pretty wrote that she can now “look at a dress online and tell if the Designated Boob Room is too big”. I had to smile because I’ve discovered that I can now look at a nightgown on a rack and tell if the Designated Boob Room is just right.

It happened at the local closeout store on my walk home from the gym. I did a doubletake when I saw this wine-colored nightgown. Its Designated Boob Room looked like a two-bedroom apartment next to a bunch of studios!

big bust room in Promise nightgown

Clockwise from top left, measuring from the beginning of the strap to the base of each Designated Boob Room without stretching the fabric: black floral is 6″, polka dot triangle is 8.5″ (super stretchy fabric, so worth trying!), leopard top is 5.75″, and black triangle is 6.5″. The Designated Boob Room in the wine nightie measures 9.75″!

I took a size large back to the freezing dressing room where I found it to be slightly too spacious. Since it only cost $10 and I didn’t feel like undressing again, I took a risk and brought the medium home. Voila!

big bust friendly nightgown from PromiseThis little chemise has big things going for it.

  • The fabric has very little stretch. Instead, the designer relied on the construction (princess seams) to accommodate a woman’s chest.
  • The Designated Boob Room is lined with rigid netting, so my breasts are corralled to the center instead of being allowed to follow their natural course of splaying out to the sides.
  • The high armholes and modest V-neck don’t let anything spill out, but it still looks pretty rather than industrial.

A Spanish company called Promise made this nightgown. Unfortunately, I don’t find my style anywhere on their website, so it may be a one-off rather than a continuity style.

However, I’m not going to flaunt my find without giving you some options of your own! I did another doubletake when I saw this Tia Lynn model at Curve.

tia lyn model first glimpse

She wears a 36GG bra and is wearing the Signature chemise in crimson (available in August 2015) under a lace robe from iCollection. She told me that she wears a size 2 in Tia Lynn for her bust, and a size 1 for everywhere else. As you can probably tell, she’s also wearing a bra beneath this chemise. I would want to wear a bra under this style as well (which is why I can’t wait to try the Nightlift sample that is supposed to be on its way–more on that soon, I hope!). With a bra, I’d also want to wear the bolero that goes with the chemise or the “nightshirt” version alone.

I’m behind the curve when it comes to knowing about this curve-friendly designer whose name really is Tia Lyn. Her line has been around for ten years, and she even owns a bra-fitting boutique in Madison, Wisconsin called Contours Lingerie that gets good reviews on Yelp from women who understand fit. Her lingerie line uses an American F cup as its median size and is designed to support up to an American H cup (but see my link to Erica’s good UK HH experience below!). It comes in sizes S, M, L, 1, 2 and 3.

Although I liked what the model was wearing, I was more excited about the chemise and camisole from the Core line. Because princess seams.

tia lyn core chemise

And a banded back with hook-and-eye closure. Note the triangles of lace above the rear band–these are for the woman who feel self-conscious about bulge in this area.

tia lyn core chemise back

tia lyn cami

There’s even a bralet in this line!

Like I said, I’m way behind the curve on this because Erica gave a great roundup of it last year on her Sophisticated Pair blog. Perhaps I tuned out when I heard “plus size” (Tia Lynn is a two time winner of the international CILA awards for the Best Plus Size Collection), but I’m glad Erica didn’t because she wears a UK HH cup and reviewed the chemise and camisole in size medium.

Finally, the model said that she LOVES wearing the Tia Lynn lounge top. It’s super comfortable, and I think you can tell there’s enough Designated Boob Room!

tia lyn lounge top

Freya is another brand with full-bust-friendly sleepwear. Leah mentioned that we were able to visit the Eveden showroom after Curve, and she’s going to give you a giant report on Friday. We each gravitated to different pieces, and I have a weakness for Freya chemises. Here is the Minx chemise in leopard with powder blue lace. It’s a Spring/Summer 2015 fashion style that is scheduled to ship in May; in Fall/Winter 2015, it will come out in an orange (“Tabasco”) animal print with black lace.

freya filmy chemise

From the bows at the base of the straps to the bottom of the triangle, this size small chemise measures 7.75″ without any stretching. I was told that it should fit a 32F fine. I don’t know how the M and L measure here, but I’ll try to find out for you and add an update. As you can see below, there is no hook-and-eye closure in back.

freya filmy chemise back

Looking through the Spring/Summer 2015 lookbook, I don’t know how I missed all the other chemise options from Freya. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t think any of them would fit me pre-32FF, and only the Sweet Dreams and Deco Delight from Freya Lounge are sized for a Medium Bust (B-DD) and Fuller Bust (E-G). They’re also a lot harder to find in stores! However, if you’re looking for one, here are the styles currently available with links to online sources:

And even though this post is about wireless options, I really like the streamlined look of these Freya babydolls with molded underwires–no puffy gathers coming from around the band.

Since I’m always on the lookout for big-bust-friendly chemises and other sleepwear, I’m sure this won’t be the last you’ll read about this subject here.  Here are some of my finds in 2014:

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!

First

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:

Second

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

Third

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.

Fourth

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.

Finally

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!

Full Bust Finds: BreastNest Review

Last November I finally ordered my own BreastNest after Holly intrigued me with her review two years ago. Truth be told, when I studied Holly’s review and the photos on the BreastNest website, it didn’t look like something I would wear out of the house, but I hoped it would be different in person. Unfortunately, once it arrived, I didn’t think I could wear it inside the house either–I couldn’t get over the “breast sacks” that hung from the garment’s chest.

Something changed last week. After weeks on the shelf, I put the camisole on following an afternoon of errands, and I felt a giant sense of “Aaaaaaaaah”. I’d been wearing my Panache sports tank on the middle hook all day and didn’t realize how tight it was until I felt the soft contrast of the BreastNest.

I’ll never wear it out of the house, but I’ve now changed my mind about wearing it inside. I spent an hour in front of my computer in it and really appreciated its protection from skin-on-skin contact. Much as I love my Bra:30, it has nothing to protect me from under-boob sweat once gravity runs its course–the only solution is to hike the girls up and start again. I also like that the BreastNest prevents between-boob sweat.

As for support, there isn’t any, and that’s fine for just sitting in front of the computer or lounging on the couch. However, I’d be thrilled if the company could find a way to hide the “sacks” and add a little bounce-resistant compression. Then I would be willing to answer the door in it. In the meantime, since we’re having such a cold winter, I’m tempted to try the BreastNest under my Bra:30 for the best of both worlds.

The $58 price is a sacrifice for me, but I respect the high quality materials and workmanship that have gone into this product. The stitching feels very secure, and the multiple seams make this much more than a simple tee shirt. The fabric is Lenzing Modal, a bamboo fabric that is environmentally friendly because of the way the manufacturer treats the waste water used to soften the wood fibers. (I’m otherwise skeptical when anyone claims their garment is “green” because it is made with bamboo fabric. Bamboo fabric is the same as rayon, created with highly toxic chemicals that must be disposed of, which is why it is usually manufactured in third world countries with lax environmental laws.) The camisoles are made in the United States, and some of my photos show the careful attention to detail as well as the beautiful finishing inside and out. I’m wearing size medium.

After I tried the BreastNest last week, I mailed it to Mia for her opinion, which she’ll share with you tomorrow.

breastnest front

breastnest side

breastnest back preferred

The shelf bra extends completely around the entire camisole. I like the smoothing effect of the double layer of fabric.

breastnest under detail

I found the depth of the bra “cup” to be just right for me, although if I were larger I may want more. (That isn’t a flaw that you see in the seam that runs along my breast. It’s simply a notch to help the stitchers align the pieces of fabric.)

breastnest intersection outer

All the seams that must meet at the center gore area.

breastnest inside detail

An interior view of the cups. No raw edges.