Monday, 12 October 2020

La Senza Hello Sugar Up 2 Cup Push Up - A Review

 Review of La Senza Hello Sugar Up 2 Cup Push Up bra

La Senza is probably the most well known and popular lingerie brand in Canada. Although I have owned La Senza bras since I was a teen, this is my very first review of a La Senza bra. For years I was wearing poorly fitting 32B and 34B bras in this brand. But in recent years, they have started carrying 30 band bras. However, in recent years they have been carrying sizes 30A-D. As I have a poorly fitting Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Bombshell Add-2-cups Push-up, I decided to finally buy a La Senza Hello Sugar Up 2 Cup Push Up in 30D to see if it is a good replacement.

Band Size: Good! I like my bands loose. This is a 30 band bra that stretches out to 32.75" 

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

Cup Shape: Good. It works for shallow and broad rooted types. It is very open at the top edge of the cup. Good for tall rooted and/or FOT shapes. Not so good for short rooted and/or FOB shapes.

Cup Spacing and Center Gore: Good. 1" cup separation. It's a little bit closer together spaced than the VS Very Sexy Bombshell. I also like how the gore is very low. 

Color: Great. I like the Rose Tan colour.

Verdict: This bra gets a 100% rating. Although it looks like the cups are gapping at top edges of the cups, that was before I swoop and scooped. Also, I'm holding the tablet awkwardly. Selfies with tablets are hard!

Friday, 6 March 2020

Victoria's Secret Dream Angels Demi - A Review

Review of Victoria's Secret Dream Angels Demi bra

Although Victoria's Secret is the #1 selling brand of bras in the United States, this is my very first review of a Victoria's Secret bra. Why? Because for years, they stubbornly tried to fit everyone into sizes 32A-38E. However, in recent years they have been carrying sizes 30A-D and "G" cup sizes (which are really F cup sizes in UK sizing). Since early 2019 they have been carrying 30A-D sizes in select stores, so I decided to finally buy a 30 band bra after having tried them in store a year ago. I like the Dream Angels and Very Sexy lines so I decided to give it a go with the Dream Angels Demi bra in 30D. 

Band Size: Surprisingly tighter than most Victoria's Secret bras! Victoria's Secret is known for having loose bra bands that stretch out quickly. Normally, if you buy a 32 band bra it'll be 34" when it's new and stretch out to 37" over time. This is a 30 band bra and the band stretched out to only 31". I'm impressed.

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

Cup Shape: Good. It works for slightly to moderately shallow shapes and is very open at the top edges of the cups. Great shape for FOT or tall rooted types.

Cup Spacing and Center Gore: Good. 0.875" cup separation. Great for far apart spaced people, not great for close together spaced people.

Color: Fine. I like plain white.

Verdict: This bra gets a 100% rating. I'm happy that Victoria's Secret has finally started to pay attention to diversity in body sizes and has made a good bra for people with a tall rooted, slightly to moderately shallow shape. 

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!