Thursday, 27 February 2014

Diversity in Lingerie and MySkins Every Shade Underwear

So I want to begin by telling you about the Diversity in Lingerie campaign. A blogger who lives in Brazil started it to show the lingerie industry that we want to see more diversity in lingerie models. Right now, the lingerie industry mostly uses young, thin, White, able-bodied, cisgendered women. I would like to see more variety in size, age, skin colour, ability level, and gender identity in models featured in ad campaigns.You can use #diversityinlingerie to show manufacturers that you support a more diverse set of models. June of Braless in Brazil.

Luckily, some manufacturers have been listening to us. Enter MySkins, a company that makes 20 shades of "nude" underwear. Don't you hate it when companies use the colour "nude" to represent what they think your skin colour should look like? Very few women in this world have the skin colour that is most often described as "nude". In my opinion, what companies call "nude" is either too light, too dark, or of the wrong hue. Luckily, MySkins' 20 shades of underwear run the gamut from very pale to very dark, and in the medium shades they have pink, yellow, and orange and green undertones.
I love how their advertisement features not just one Model of Colour, but three! They have a Caucasian, a Latina, an African American and an Asian American model in this picture! Other lingerie manufacturers be shamed!

On their site you can order a skin tone chart so that you can figure out which shade matches you best: The best thing about it is that it is free!

One thing that I wish that MySkins would do more is include a higher diversity of sizes when it comes to their products. For their bras they only offer the standard sizes of 32-38, A-D. It would be nice of them to start including petite sizes and plus sizes. 

I will keep you up to date and will share the results of my color chart match when I receive it.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Freya Deco Moulded Strapless - A Review

Review of Freya Deco Moulded Strapless Bra

After getting two padded push-up bras and three every day t-shirt demi bras, I decided that I would buy a strapless convertible bra. I had outgrown my previous strapless convertible bra; it was a Victoria's Secret PINK bra in 32B and it was way too small. As a side note, if you are able to fit into 32A-38DD bra sizes, PINK runs small in the cup. Victoria's Secret regular bras and Aerie bras run more true to size.

Anyways, I went to Zoe & Co because I needed a bra in the right band size. Usually, for smaller busted women (band size 30 or under, cup size A-DD), going up a band size is not a problem. I should be wearing band size 28 but I can also wear band size 30 if I want to. However, DO NOT GO UP IN BAND SIZE WITH A STRAPLESS/CONVERTIBLE BRA! Since the support comes solely from the band, a strapless bra NEEDS to be the smallest band size you can wear. I got a Freya Deco Nude Moulded Strapless bra in 28E.

Band Size: Excellent. This bra runs true to size in the band. The clasp has three rows of hooks, instead of two.

Cup Size: Good. This bra runs slightly small in the cup. If you are wanting to buy this bra, please try your true size and also try one cup size up. I am a 28DD and had to size up to a 28E because the 28DD was slightly small for me.

Cup Shape: Bad. Unlike most Freya bras, this bra was actually made for shallow breasts broad roots. I do not recommend other Freya bras because they are usually for people with projected breasts narrow roots, which is relatively uncommon for women who need petite bra sizes (28A-30DD). I wish is that this bra wasn't so full coverage. The worst thing about the cup shape is that it is way to shallow and way to broad. I am already shallow and broad rooted so I don't see that many women being broader and shallower than me. the 28DD version of this bra has the correct wire breadth but is too shallow. The 28E version of this bra has the correct projection but has way to broad wires.

Cup Spacing and Centre Gore: Good.

Verdict: This is 75% a good bra, but I know that there are better ones out there.

Zoe & Co Retail Store Review

I heard about Zoe & Co through the grapevine. Apparently some of my friends are more clued in than I am as to where the best places to shop are. After listening to people talk and reading good things said about them on the internet, I decided to walk into their store and try them out for myself.

When I first walked in, I was greeted by the salesperson. She directed me to a changing room and immediately brought out a HUGE selection of bras that might fit me (sizes 28DD, 30C and 30D). I was glad I made the trek to this store. Not only was their selection better than any other lingerie store I have been to, the service was the best I have experienced so far. My fitter's name was Alyssa and she was super patient with me.

When I was in the changing room I noticed an Excel chart on the wall that showed how many customers wore each band size and how many wore each cup size. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was not the only one who wore what I previously considered to be "weird sizes". Over a hundred customers wore each of the sizes that I can fit into, and even though over a thousand customers wore the most popular sizes, it was still comforting to see that over a hundred women in my have a similar size as myself.

The only thing that may detract some customers is the price of the bras. However one must consider two things:

  1. If the bras were much less expensive, would the quality be the same? Zoe & Co's bras are super high quality and thus the price somewhat reflects the quality. 
  2. At Zoe & Co you are also paying for the service. Could an online retailer provide anything even comparable to the Zoe & Co level of service? At Zoe & Co you are getting advice from a live person who can see you face to face. You also don't have to pay for shipping or returns like you would at an online retailer. With online retailers you would have to buy three bras in sizes that you hope might fit you, pay for shipping, and if by chance one of the three sizes fit you, you would still have to return the two sizes that did not fit you and pay for return shipping.

I therefore consider the prices to reflect not only the selection and quality of the products, but also the level of service you are getting as well as the lack of need to pay for shipping and returns.

Another thing I would like to see Zoe & Co do in the future is open up more stores in places that have a larger population centre. They currently have two locations, one in Concord NH and one in Westerly RI. Those are not exactly large population centres, and many of their customers have to drive 1-2 hours in order to get to their store. However, I have already mentioned this to their management in an email. I have heard that they are looking to open up a third location near Boston but not in the city. I think this is an excellent idea, as the largest population centre in New England is the area including Worcester, Boston, and all the suburbs in between the two cities. Having a store in the middle of that area would be a good idea.

Verdict: 4.5/5

Friday, 7 February 2014

Petite Outfit: Banana Republic Sweater, Old Navy Tee, and Levi's Jeans

I have always wanted a v-neck sweater that didn't go too low and expose too much skin. When I saw this sweater at the Banana Republic Boxing Day sale I knew I had to have it. It was originally $70 but it was marked down to $23.50. What a deal! It came in all sorts of candy colours, including hot pink, orangey-red, and bright yellow but I decided to stick with the green colour as it seemed sensible yet fun.

Sweater: Banana Republic, size PXS
Long-Sleeved Tee: Old Navy, size PXS
Jeans: Levi's Curve ID Slight Curve, size 25W x 30L

I wore a petite long-sleeved tee under the sweater by Old Navy. has a great selection of petite basics, perfect for layering. As you can see, it is also a v-neck but since it is petite, it does not go too low or expose too much skin.

The jeans are Levi's Curve ID. Levi's Curve ID is my HG jeans because not only do they look at your waist size, they also look at your inseam and waist-hip ratio. If you are a boyish or apple shape with a straight waist and small hips/butt, the Slight Curve cut will fit you the best. If you are a pear or hourglass shape with a tiny waist and big hips/butt, the Bold Curve cut will fit you the best. If you are evenly proportioned with the ideal .7 waist/hips ratio, the Demi Curve cut will fit you the best. Since I am a short person with a boyish shape and I have a flat butt, I chose the Slight Curve in size 25 inseam 30.