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!

Off the Rack ~ ModCloth’s Enticing Evening Half-Slip Reviewed

This week I’m reviewing something that isn’t boob-related, but is related to a lot of the clothing I’ve talked about here on Hourglassy.

I think it’s probably pretty clear at this point that I’m a total clotheshorse. I do try to keep things at least moderately reasonable (does taking up two-thirds of my shared closet instead of three-quarters count?), by getting rid of things I truly don’t wear or just don’t totally love when I get something new. Lately I’ve been trying to stretch my existing pieces instead of buying only slightly different ones.

To that end, this winter I’ve been wearing a lot of my full-skirted summer dresses with a sweater or cardigan over it and thick tights, so it basically looks like a skirt. However, all these lightweight frocks tend to stick to my tights and bunch up around my crotch when I walk. It’s really annoying and super unflattering . . . not to mention that I’m nervous I’ll be flashing people without realizing it as I walk the city.

Easy solution, right? Just get a slip! But I was also hoping to find one that would have a tiny bit of volume, like a mini petticoat. I don’t have the space for a real petticoat, and also wouldn’t know what color or length to get since my skirts are all different colors and lengths themselves.

Then ModCloth had a sale recently, and it included a mini slip with two ruffles of tulle at the base. Perfect! It’s called the “Enticing Evening Half Slip.” It comes in white, black, and bronze, though the white and black look like they have longer ruffles.

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Unfortunately, I don’t really think it makes any difference in terms of volume, but it certainly does the trick to keep my skirt from bunching up and getting stuck. Here’s the outfit I wore with it today. Also please take note of my “biker” hoodie. I’ll be doing a little biker jacket roundup soon, having just ordered another one to add to my collection a couple days ago.

This is the Heart of Haute constellation-print circle skirt that you may remember from a previous review [http://hourglassy.com/2014/11/off-the-rack-heart-of-haute-separates/].

This is the Heart of Haute constellation-print circle skirt that you may remember from a previous review.

On the left, the skirt with the slip under it, on the right without the slip:

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I see absolutely no difference in volume. I think a skirt would have to be feather-weight and practically sheer to get any volume.

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The front of the slip.

The front of the slip.

The back of the slip.

The back of the slip.

I vacillate between sizes medium and large depending on brand and fabric. In this case, there were several reviews of the white and black versions that said ladies with similar measurements as mine (29” waist, 41” hips) took a large. The waist is elastic and gathered, so there’s tons of space for waist variations, but I’m glad I went with a large so that it’s not super tight across my butt and hips. I want to be able to walk unconstrained.

Even though ModCloth says the 100% polyester fabric does not provide stretch, in truth it does. However, the upper layer of tulle doesn’t stretch at all since it’s sewn with a straight stitch. The bottom layer is sewn with a serger since it’s also the bottom edge of the under-fabric, so it does stretch there. Laid flat, the size large is about 21 inches across at the un-stretchy top layer of tulle. The waistband is just under 13 inches across.

Lots of room in the elastic waist!

Lots of room in the elastic waist!

The slip is just under 18 inches long, so it’s not quite short enough for super mini skirts, but it’s perfect for all my above-the-knee pieces. The elastic also means I can wear it lower for slightly longer skirts or higher up my torso for shorter ones.

As for the fabric, it’s silky and smooth, but hardly luxurious. It reminds me of the cheap character nightgowns I wore as a little kid. The tulle is not scratchy and looks and feels more like the power mesh you find on bras than true tulle, which is usually quite stiff. So I think that’s a good thing. It’s also machine-washable.

 

Best Breasts Forward ~ Review: The BreastNest

It’s always been difficult for me to find loungewear. As a 32J, it is hard to find a top that doesn’t require a bra and is at the same time supportive. This week I had the opportunity to try Darlene’s size medium BreastNest

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The first thing you’ll notice about it is the way it looks before you put it on. Let’s be honest, on a hanger it looks like saggy, deflated boobs.

Who cares?! Try it on anyway!

You’ve got to put yourself into it, first the under portion which is like the band of the average stretchy sports bra, and then the outer cups.

I will admit that they definitely got the fabric right. It is so soft and comfy with just the right squeeze. I don’t feel the weight of my bust on my shoulders or back. The BreastNest is like a bra in that it does define the under bust as well.

I knew going in that this wasn’t made to fit my J cups, but I will say that it comes pretty doggone close. The under bra fits, but the cups are too small. If I went up a size, my fear is that even if the cups fit, my breasts would fall out because it would be too loose around my 32 inch under bust.

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There is one thing that would keep me from wearing it and that is a matter of personal preference. Because of the way it fits in the cup, I feel uncomfortable wearing it around my teenage son. The way it fits the curve of my side and under bust is almost sexy, the way a bra would be. There are women on the website that claim to wear it in public, but I could NEVER do that. I don’t walk around my son with just a bra on, and when he came home I put a T-shirt on over the BreastNest. If I didn’t have a teen son in the house, I’d definitely wear it even though it isn’t a perfect fit.

For those of you in the H cup and below range, I’d recommend the BreastNest as a great loungewear/sleepwear option.

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.

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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.)

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

breastnest inside detail

An interior view of the cups. No raw edges.