Suddenly there are all these developments in D-cup-and-up dressing! We can’t wait to try the clothing from these new bust-friendly companies.
Has Alice been eavesdropping on all our fruitless full-bust searches for a blazer that will button over our big boobs? Her site offers not one, but TWO options: the Amanda tuxedo jacket in black and the tailored Ale jacket in blue. The sophistication of these pieces is representative of the rest of her collection.
I asked Alice what motivated her to create a full-bust fashion label in the birthplace of Bravissimo. She told me, “I have a great deal of respect for Bravissimo and think they are an inspiration in terms of what they have achieved and how they have pioneered the full-bust clothing market here. I think they have a particular customer base in the UK and I am targeting a different one whose needs are not met by Bravissimo. I believe there is room and demand for both! Our styles, cuts, fabrics and price points are very different. I have asked my customers about other brands they like and none really wear Bravissimo clothes (lingerie is a different story). My intention is to offer sophisticated, high quality clothes, perhaps even to women that don’t want to predominantly identify as ‘busty’ or curvy, but want to feel comfortable, elegant, powerful and free.”
She’s taken a very practical approach to fit. Because “most women go up 1 or 2 dress sizes to fit their bust”, she provides “an additional 1.5 size capacity on the bust area”. Women who wear DD-H cup sizes have been giving her great feedback on the fit. Her use of “fabrics with good drape and either elastane or mechanical stretch” give flexibility for different body shapes.
When you visit the Taideux website, it immediately gives off a younger vibe and energy. That’s because three years ago its 25-year-old founder Ade went through a sudden growth spurt from 32E to 32GG and “increasingly struggled to find wedding guest dresses and clothes in general that were made for my new figure. When I did find options, they were too mature and didn’t suit my style so I often had to tailor my clothes.”
Given this, she decided to start Taideux “using all of my savings from working for 3 years as a Technology Consultant since graduating from university. It’s been very hard work trying to do this with a full time and intense job but I work with some amazing freelancers who have years of experience in the fashion industry.”
Her first 10-piece collection launches this summer and will be a mix of casual and formal tops and dresses. Barely over a week ago she began accepting pre-orders for two dresses and a blouse that will ship on June 21. I know I’m not her target demographic, but I can totally envision myself in her white Giselle maxi dress this summer!
Like Alice Fawke, TaiDeux sizing includes extra room in the bust area. For example, a Taideux garment measures 102cm around the bust, while a standard UK size 12 measures 93cm around. The current range is UK sizes 8-14 and will expand to more sizes (including more bust sizes) as the company grows.
This brand new company launched just last week, carrying everything from nightwear and lingerie to dresses, blouses, jumpsuits and bottoms. What sets it apart is the fully integrated bras in their clothing. According to a company spokeswoman, the model in this wrap dress is only depending on the integral bra. No more flashing or pinning.
With summer heating up, the idea of the lace interior support in this silk cami is way more appealing that a strapless bra.
You can read all about founder Louise Palmer’s inspiration for her company on their about page.
Sizing appears to be EU, so it looks like it only goes up to a UK E cup at this time. Although sizing appears to be EU, the company spokeswoman has confirmed that Velvet Architect tops and dresses fit women who wear an F cup in British sizing. Hooray!
I have no idea how I discovered this Russian company with a DDAtelier aesthetic, and no one has replied to my email asking for more information, but they seem be right on track with the right fit for slim women with a high bust-to-waist ratio. They also have some fresh styles that we haven’t seen offered to women with fuller busts before.
The website states: “Our store delivers in Moscow, as well as other cities of Russia and the world. The exact cost and delivery times are calculated individually, depending on the point of departure and delivery method.”
If you have time to sit down with Google Translate to do some sleuthing, it could well be worth the effort. If only there were an equivalent way to translate their fascinating YouTube videos!
When a size 2 woman asked for clothing ideas for busty petites on Big Boob Problems recently, she only got three replies, and none of them very helpful. Finally, there’s someone ready to tackle the very specific proportions of the petite woman (under 5’4″) who has a large bust.
While studying Fashion Marketing and Management and Fashion Merchandising, founder Ashley Nicole “struggled finding clothing that fit my petite and busty frame and knew that I wanted to start my line after graduation. I started designing key pieces that I loved but found difficulty wearing or finding in my size. Originally my intentions were just on a petite line but one of the biggest issues I found in petite clothing was the restricting chest. The petite market was already very scarce and now I was struggling [with] a whole new fit issue. Fast forward two years after graduating and Bustite was born!”
Current plans are to launch in the fall with a price point of $45-$95. There will be two lines. Bustite Exclusive is designed in the United States and will be produced here in small quantities. Sized from XS-XL, the tops will have more room at the bust to allow for larger cup sizes. .
The second line will consist of pieces from select vendors or made under Bustite private label. “While not designed in house with an expanded chest, these style have carefully been selected to flatter a petite and busty frame” and will generally come in sizes S-L.
Finally, Ashley told me that Bustite will offer “contemporary clothing that is simple, sexy, and versatile. Cuts are very clean and simple, and we are very inspired by nature so we will have a fairly neutral color palette. Our pieces could be described as youthful and sophisticated.”
I’ve had my eye on this South Carolina startup for a while now, so when founder Kimberley Walton reached out to me ahead of her iFundwomen launch, I was excited to talk to her over the phone. It now looks like she has decided to end her campaign early, but she’s worth keeping on your radar.
Kimberley has created a supportive nightgown that can be worn as a sundress without having to stop and put on a bra after you roll out of bed. The wireless cups are created from a spacer fabric that allows for cooling ventilation, and it continues around the back, aiding in support. The outer fabric is scuba-like, and the prints she’s chosen remind me of Bolero. Here she’s modeling her 2X sample (the final version will be tea-length).
Bust Boutique / Alisha Maraki
Bust Boutique launched in Australia in 2018 and follows the Saint Bustier model of sourcing bust-friendly clothing from other labels. Founder Alisha Yates helps customers figure out what will fit by sharing her own sizing experiences on Instagram, and she measures each garment by hand in her studio to “take the guess work out of choosing your size. “
On August 28, she’ll debut her own bust-friendly label called Alisha Maraki at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival in Brisbane. She offers dual sizing: 8-18 in regular sizes and B8-B18 with more bust room. Here’s a preview of one of her dresses in size B8 on @confessions_of_a_gcup at their recent Big Boobie Bash.
Which one of these newcomers are YOU most excited about??