You may already know Tina through the blog she used to write about work-appropriate clothing for full-busted women. I loved seeing her outfit posts and reading about the issues she faced as a full-busted woman in a male-dominated industry. When outside demands (like her full-time job) got in the way of daily posts, I asked if she would consider writing a weekly post for Hourglassy. Happily, she said yes!
Meet me, a late 70â€™s born 30-something woman from Helsinki, Finland â€“ the land of design, Nokia, Angry Birds, Formula 1 drivers, 187,888 lakes, four distinct seasons and, according to the Programme for International Student Assessment, the best educational system in the world. I work at a market-leading machinery company as a Business Intelligence development manager. I feel blessed to be able to work in such a multicultural global company, but it’s not the most feminine industry or department, so I with my 34GG bust and womanly looks struggle with a work wardrobe (well, casual wardrobe as well but not as much). Like Leah, I too adore my boobs and never have thought about getting a reduction or felt I suffered from them, but I only discovered well-fitting bras and how a bra should fit some five years ago.
Currently Iâ€™m UK size 14-16 but am on a health mission, so hopefully by Christmas Iâ€™ll be fitter and as a result a few clothing sizes smaller (and can fit into FF/G bras so that I can wear all those fabulous Marlies Dekkers and Parfait bras!). My current favorites are Freya and Kris Line. Iâ€™m pro any size or shape as long as people are happy and healthy in their bodies!
Iâ€™ve never had any major hang-ups with my body and the weight piled up slowly during my late twenties, but I accepted my figure as it grew. I am lucky enough to have long legs and a fairly proportioned body, but still I did not have any friends with a similar bust so was alone with trying to hunt down clothes or bras that would fit. I had to pass on all fitted or tailored clothes in stores and felt bummed out about that â€“ my bust simply could not fit into them! Only stretchy clothes would fit + flowy tunics â€“ those totally hid my figure. Then I started searching online for information, stores, any tips or hints for someone my shape. There wasnâ€™t much to find, but I did discover Bravissimo, which at the time sold both clothes and underwear. Now itâ€™s divided into Bravissimo and Pepperberry, their clothing brand. I became an active follower of their Facebook page and got to know some wonderful women all over the world that were a similar shape. I felt right at home. That led to blogging for a while, which led to getting to know Hourglassy and then Darlene.
My style is slightly conservative in the cleavage department. In general I donâ€™t really feel that comfortable with showing a lot of it. I wear a lot of dresses and in the summer sandals and as soon as itâ€™s cold enough I get my boot collection out. If I were to describe my style in three words it would be classic, rock, smart casual (if that counts as one word)–a varied combination of the three. So I am not the most traditional wearer of office clothing, and I often like to play with busty clothing rules and that can divide opinions. But I always want my clothes office appropriate. Dresses, boots, accessories and jackets/coats are my obsessions.
I am thrilled that Darlene asked me to be a guest columnist on Hourglassy â€“ happy if my columns can maybe be of some help to a fellow busty woman. What you can expect to read from me is ramble + reviews about mainly office suitable clothes and occasional bra talk about the brands I wear â€“ both come with accessories. ;)Â I will also share some general thoughts about being a busty woman in a corporate environment and how cultural differences play a role in all this–all the things that come with corporate curves!