Big Bust Swimsuits: Taking the Empreinte TZ Out for a Swim

You already know how much I admire Empreinte bras, but I had never tried their swimwear until the company sent me a review sample for my trip to Hawaii. Since we’re entering spring break season, now is the perfect time to tell you all about a suit that I expect to wear for many years to come. Please note that all opinions are my own.

Empreinte gave me a one-piece in the TZ style, which is extremely popular with their large-busted customers. One reason is the high back which, while it isn’t adjustable, acts like a firm bra band and contributes to the suit’s support.

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Since I was wearing a 32F in their bras at the time, that’s the size they sent me. However, since I slightly pillowed over the top of their Erin in 32F at the time, I was very nervous that the cups of the swimsuit would be too small and I’d have to leave it behind. Not to worry–the cups fit perfectly! [Read more…]

Off the Rack ~ How to Buy Trashy Diva on a Budget

Last week, I briefly mentioned buying Trashy Diva dresses on a budget. This week, I’m doing a whole post on how to find and buy second-hand and less costly items from this very boob-friendly brand.

First up, the original retail prices. Most TD dresses in rayon or cotton hover around $165, with separates coming in around slightly above half that. Stretch rayon items cost a little more (presumably the fabric is more expensive at wholesale), running about $185 for a dress and again slightly more than half that for separates. Naturally, prices vary depending on how much fabric a garment requires.

Trashy Diva shoppers who want the security of buying from a reputable retailer with the option for returns can stick to Trashy Diva and other conventional online retailers. On the TD site, start out with the sale section, which gets updated every couple months. Keep in mind that discounts of 50% or more are final sale.

TD also has the occasional coupon for 50% off all sale items, or a percent off a specific non-sale print. Sign up for their email newsletter and/or become a fan on Facebook to be notified whenever there is a coupon.

Another way to save a little cash is [Read more…]

Pop In to My Bust-Friendly Pop Up Shop in Two Weeks!

As I’ve juggled blogging and busty shirt making, I always thought the business side of things that I’ve procrastinated on would fall easily into place once I spent a little less time on Hourglassy. I was so wrong. Even the smallest project is like beginning an advanced course that I have no background in and am expected to teach myself! My latest project is my most ambitious yet–I’m having a Campbell & Kate pop up shop in Manhattan for four days at the beginning of April.

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My model naturally fits a size 4M in Campbell & Kate, but a super boost bra plus enhancers helped her fill out this 4L shirt.

If a woman sends me her measurements, bra and pants size, I’m pretty good at fitting her into a shirt she loves wearing, but it’s been my dream to be able to meet with women in person. Now that’s going to happen at Of Mercer, a woman-owned boutique that specializes in desk-to-dinner clothing for professional women and likes to support other female entrepreneurs with their space. (If you visit their website, don’t be deceived–several of their dresses can fit women who wear up to a G cup, and they have a great single-button blazer that works well on busty women.)

I would love for you to stop by the pop up shop, even if you don’t plan on purchasing a shirt. Connecting with Hourglassy readers really keeps me going, and there’s more to do than try my shirts.

I can’t wait to see you there. And please invite your busty friends!

 

Off the Rack ~ Trashy Diva Roundup Part II: Winter Edition

After my last roundup of dresses from Trashy Diva, I’ve swapped a few and purchased a few more, so it’s time for another round! This time, I’m showing five winter options from the vintage reproduction brand. Really, they’re “mini” dresses, so they’re just as good for summer, but I wear them more in winter than my longer ones since they work well with tights and boots.

This time, I’m also going to list what the size chart says the measurements are, and will note if something feels smaller than the chart would suggest.

Once again, for fit assistance I’m 5’6” with a looooong torso and short legs. My figure is 37”-29”-41” and I’m between sizes for bras, at 28G/GG – 30FF/G. In the photos below, I’m wearing an Ewa Michalak PL bra in size 65G (30G).

Finally, I want to make a note about price. Trashy Diva is not cheap. These dresses are definitely an indulgence. However, I get many of mine second-hand through eBay and Facebook swap/sell groups, or wait until there’s a sale. So it is possible to be a TD fan on a budget. If the cost puts you off, I would suggest signing up for TD’s mailing list to be notified of sales, saving an eBay search for the brand, and checking sales apps often (such as Poshmark, Vinted, and Mercari). It’s common to find dresses from past years, but sometimes you can even find ones from the current season at a discount, after the original buyer removed the tags only to later decide it doesn’t fit or suit her.

1. Dolores Mini

Print name: Venice Nights
Fabric: Stretch rayon
Size: 8
Side zipper, half-length sleeves with puff shoulders, pockets
Measurements: Bust 37”, waist 29.5”

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