Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Trying on Victoria's Secret 30 band bras in store

Victoria's Secret is the oft-maligned lingerie retail giant that we all love to diss. Infamous for their narrow-minded standards of model selection and size offerings, I declined to step foot into their stores for years. On A Bra That Fits I heard that they had expanded their 30 band bras to A-D cups and that sizes 30A-D were finally available in store! Being naturally curious, I decided to take a peek. Before I hopped in my car, I first called a nearby store to confirm they had 30 bands in stock. The manager said that some stores do and some stores do not, so it's always good to call ahead and figure out which ones have them. Thus, she recommended that I go to a different nearby store which did carry the 30 bands. Lesson learned? Always do your research beforehand.

When I arrived at the store, I saw a fairly large selection of 30A-D bras. Unfortunately, the vast majority were in 30A-C. There was a small bucket full of 30D bras so that is what I chose to try: 

First up is the Very Sexy Push-Up Bra in 30D. Band fits great, not too tight, not too loose. The cups ran true to size too. Nothing to complain about in the shape, all around a solid bra, but nothing special to say about it either. 

Next up is the Body by Victoria Perfect Shape Bra in 30D. As Body by Victoria is the Victoria's Secret default line of bras, I was expecting an "almost universal" fit. Unfortunately this was not the case. The band is great, not too loose, not too tight, but the cup shape leaves much to be desired. The top edges of the cups cut into my flesh somewhat. Thereby, I declare this bra not a great fit for tall rooted shapes. If you have short roots this may fit you.

Finally, we have the Dream Angels Demi Bra in 30D. This was the best of the bunch. The band was not too loose, not too tight, and the cup shape fit just right. If you want a good comparison, think of this bra as a version of the b.tempt'd Ciao Bella only better in every single way. The Dream Angels Demi provides a similar amount of coverage, but the underwire doesn't go up nearly as high at the gore. It's more comfortable for someone with low bodyfat and thus sensitive to prominent underwires at the gore. The cups on this bra are also set somewhat closer than the Ciao Bella, so great news for close-spaced and average-spaced people. Finally, the top edges of the cups do not dig into one's flesh! Great news for those of us who may be tall rooted or FOT. 

Conclusion: Although Victoria's Secret has been the subject of the bra fitting community's scorn, they have been making improvements in their size range and fit. For many years VS bras have had bands that ran way too large; it seems that with these new 30 band bras they are true to size in the band. The Very Sexy Push-Up provides a "near-universal fit", the Body by Victoria Perfect Shape may be a good choice for people with tall roots, and the Dream Angel Demi is a good choice for people who like the b.tempt'd Ciao Bella but have issues with the high underwires at the gore and far-apart cup spacing.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Adore Me Retail Store Review

Adore Me has is a digital native lingerie brand that is going brick and mortar! Founded in 2012, it offers women a large variety of bras online in band sizes 30-46, cup sizes A-G. When I heard that their physical store was opening, I had to take a look inside. 

When I first walked in, I was greeted by multiple salespeople. They had 5 employees working but few customers. 

Their selection of bras in-store is not that great. Although they had a plethora of bras in 32-34, A-E, they only had a few 30 band bras and only in B-C cups. I still recommend shopping with Adore Me online but their retail store leaves much to be desired. 

Thursday, 31 May 2018

H&M now carries swimwear in sizes 30B-D!

It's swimwear season, and cup-sized bikini tops are everywhere. What to do when it feels like most main street retailers are only carrying matrix sized (32A-38D) bikini tops? Shop at H&M

H&M isn't exactly known for having a large selection of sizes for customers, but as of late they have gotten a lot better at including curvy people in their regular clothing and people with small ribcages in their swimwear selection. This season H&M is carrying bikini tops in 30B-30D!!! This is a good start and I hope they expand their offerings in these sizes (right now only select styles come in this size range). If you need 30 band bikini tops in cup letters A or DD+ I highly recommend that you contact H&M, tell them they are doing a great job carrying sizes 30B-D, and that they'd do even better if they offered 30A and 30DD+. 

If you do wear sizes 30B-30D, check out my picks for Summer 2018:

Super Push-up Bikini Top, $19.99. Classic halter style.

Super Push-up Balconette Bikini Top, $24.99. Comes with detachable straps: wear it as a spaghetti strap top or a strapless style. Lovely in basic black.

Push-up Bikini Top, $19.99. Another great halter style, has a seersucker look to it.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Holiday Giveaway!!!

I'm cleaning out my lingerie closet and doing a holiday giveaway!! I have 2 bras listed on Bratabase for giveaway. Click the link of the bra(s) you are interested in and you will be taken to the listing on Bratabase. Shipping is $3.

In addition, I have a set of 5 NEW WITH TAGS panties from La Senza to give away. If you would like them, please leave a comment with your paypal email address and I will send you a private email asking for your mailing address and $3 for shipping.

30D - Gossard Superboost

30D - Gossard Superboost Cosmetix - TRANSFERRED to intrtwngld

XS - La Senza Cheekie Panties, Set of 5 - TRANSFERRED to mlolee

Happy holidays!! <3 <3 <3

Friday, 1 December 2017

Sew Your Own Bra, Part II: Simplicity releases the 8560 pattern, sizes 30A-44G

Back in February, Simplicity released the 8339 pattern, a bra sewing pattern that comes in sizes 30A-44G. Now it is December and they have followed up another sports bra pattern in the same size range: the 8560. I'm liking the thicker shoulder straps on this one and the different chest/back detailing.

One thing to note is that as Simplicity is a US brand, they use inconsistent sizing nomenclature. Both this pattern and the 8339 have sizing that goes like: A, B, C, D, DD, E, F, and G so their G cup corresponds to a UK FF cup. If I had more time I would totally sew this bra in 30D. Sew both patterns and lemme know how they turn out!

Saturday, 25 November 2017

On Gossamer Cotton Mesh Unlined - A Review

Review of On Gossamer Cotton Mesh Unlined bra

My Betsey Johnson Stocking Stripe finally broke...the underwire popped out of its channel so I had to throw it away. I decided to take a chance and buy a new bra so here comes the On Gossamer Cotton Mesh Unlined in 30D! This is my first blog review of an On Gossamer bra and I am very happy with the results...

Band Size: Band stretches out to 32". Doesn't feel too loose or too tight. Feels perfect.

Cup Size: Great. This bra runs true to size in overall cup volume. 

Cup Shape: Great for right boob, alright for left boob. My left boob is slightly smaller than my right boob so while right boob looked perfect in this bra, there was just a tad bit of wrinkling in the left cup of this bra. My right boob has more bottom fullness and immediate projection than my left boob. This bra is made for people who have tall roots and average projection.

Cup Spacing and Center Gore: Great. The wires are flexible so they conform to my shape and spacing.

Color: Great. Can't go wrong with basic white.

Verdict: This bra gets an 100% rating. Even though there was a tad bit too much projection in the left cup, it is not On Gossamer's fault. I simply have slightly asymmetrical boobs and that's ok! It's so comfortable in every way. 

Friday, 29 September 2017

Betsey Johnson Textured Mesh Plunge Push-up - A Review

Review of Betsey Johnson Textured Mesh Plunge Push-up bra

I don't often review push-up bras as most of them are uncomfortable. You may remember that back in 2015 I reviewed the Gossard Superboost Cosmetix, a bra that looked nice in the photo but didn't fit right on me. Over time I feel that the fit has gotten worse. The band did not stretch out over time at all, and maybe I have gotten bigger. I feel that I cannot fit into bras where the band stretches out to 28" or 29" even though my own snug underbust measurement is 28". I need 30" or a little bit more. It has been a very long time since I last reviewed a Betsey Johnson bra but this one in 30D looked perfect for me.. 

Band Size: Typical Betsey Johnson bra, so good. It's a 30 band that stretches out to a comfortable 30.5".

Cup Size: Great. This bra runs true to size in overall cup volume. 

Cup Shape: Good. This bra is like typical Betsey Johnson bras: good for shallow and broad rooted types. I do wish it had more of a push-up effect though.

Cup Spacing and Center Gore: Great. Gore is .5" which is very low. Cup spacing is 1" which is fine.

Color: Unfortunately it doesn't look like in the photo. I figured that the textured mesh part would be cream, ivory, almost white, but it's more like a peachy pink. 

Verdict: This bra gets almost a 100% rating. I do wish it there was more of a push-up effect and that the color was true to the photograph but it fits perfectly and I can wear it all day and it remains comfortable.