Fitting In – Boat Drinks . . . .

Channeling Jimmy Buffett this week.

Boat drinks.
Waitress, I need two more boat drinks.
Then I’m headin’ south ‘fore my dream shrinks.
I gotta go where it’s warm.

I’m escaping the dreadfully cold Northeast winter via cruise ship and getting the chance to wear the swimsuits I picked up last year from Lion’s Lair in Islamorada.

ElomiSwim

The Elomi swim bra is usable as a first piece when paired with a tankini or on its own as a solid bikini. I use a rash guard when swimming and snorkeling, so I don’t bother with the extra layer of a tankini. I became a bikini devotee when I first found cup-sized swimwear and will snap up any I can find in my size. I like having a few in different colors as the bikini tops make great foundation layer under strappy sundresses or as pieces I’m comfortable to have peeking out under something low cut.

Clearly, I’m not the only full-busted consumer. From the Wacoal Holdings consolidated business statement:

With respect to Wacoal Eveden Limited (from January 1, 2013 to September 30, 2013), we continued to make efforts to expand our market share and improve profitability by exploiting our strengths in fuller bust bras in the United Kingdom, certain European markets, North America and Australia whilst strengthening our group synergies. Fantasie brand sales in particular saw strong growth in all markets due to its high quality and competitive price points. In addition, sales of our brand products for the fuller figure, Elomi, and all swimwear brands showed favorable performance in both the United States and Europe as a result of our successful efforts in strengthening product development and general economic Improvement.

Next week — I’ll show you the dresses I’ve paired with these bikinis.

In the meantime, I’ve gotta go where it’s warm.

Two Kickstarter Picks for Big Bust Chicks

Do you remember how much I loved Keira Cameron’s protector uniform on Continuum? To refresh your memory: princess seams + zipper front = flattering options for both large- and small-busted women.

big bust could wear continuum protector uniform

Now there’s a designer on Kickstarter who wants to bring this style from fantasy to realitykatracksuit

The “KaTracksuit” would come in long or short sleeves and either velour or cotton/lycra fabric. Unfortunately, there are only three days left to get from $526 to the designer’s goal of $40,000, so it looks like the KaTracksuit is going to stay in the realm of science fiction for now.

The second Kickstarter option looks like it could really happena new full-bust clothing designer has 35 backers so far and is $3440 closer to her $10,000 goal, with 28 days left to reach it.

bustees

 The designer is starting with beachwear for now, including bikinis for U.S. cup sizes D-K and band sizes 28-40. If you pledge $100, you might even be able to wear one to the beach this August. I’m impressed with the designer’s plan, especially that she plans to test “the fit of each style on fit models of different sizes within our size range to ensure the reliability of our fit guide.”

 

 

 

 

Back soon!

We’re having back end technical issues with the blog, so look for a double feature from Best Breast Forward and Off the Rack tomorrow instead. Meanwhile, I’m going to use this as an opportunity to share my FAVORITE swimsuit from Curve, coming from Cleo by Panache A/W 2014–way too long to wait!

cleo nautical one piece

cleo nautical bikini tops

Meet the Lucille. The one-piece bandeau swimsuit and the padded bandeau bikini top will each come in 28-38 D-G. The non-padded balconnet will come in 28-38 D-J.

Mini Big Bust Roundup

Inspiration hasn’t hit me, so instead of writing my own post, I’m going to share others that have caught my eye.

Need to feel affirmed as you start this new week? Then start with Weirdly Shaped’s thinspiration (“thinspo”) alternative. My favorite message: “There is no such thing as perfection, but you *are* so very special.” I actually felt my shoulders relax when I read it the first time. Be warned–this post’s glowing review of the Panache sports bra will make you want to buy one and live in it.

Thank you to everyone who answered our survey for the bras to add to Wellfitting‘s spring 2014 collection. These were your top choices.

comexim finalists georgia arizona illinois

If you’re thinking about ordering a Comexim bra, be sure to read Dressing Curves’ Comexim roundup.

If you’re in the market for a black blazer, you’ll want to check out Curvy Wordy’s super helpful review of the Urkye blazer.

And if you’re one of the lucky ones in the market for a swimsuit right now, Venusia Glow has written about the Panache Savannah and Cleo Lucille. [Even if you're not in the market, you may want to stock up on the Panache swimwear on Zulily right now! Here's my referral code, and here's a link to the sale itself.]

Finally, Invest in Your Chest is back with more useful information, this time about how to tell if your bra band is too tight. I may be guilty of straining hooks–do you think any straining is bad, or is it a matter of degree?

One more post that excited me–Laura’s review of her Angela Friedman custom overbust corset. SO beautiful!