Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Gilly Hicks carries 30 bands! Affordable bras online, A-C cups

While the Gilly Hicks brand is now gone from the brick-and-mortar retail scene, it still has a considerable online presence. Sister brand to preppy staple Abercrombie & Fitch, Gilly Hicks is its "cheeky cousin". For the first few years of its existence, Gilly Hicks only sold 32-36 bands, AA-DD cups. However, since the brand has gone completely online, Gilly Hicks has started to offer bras in 30 bands, although in limited cup sizes (A-C). This is a good development from them especially since they are competing with other mainstream brands targeted towards young women (Aerie, VS Pink). The styles come in demi and plunge, and the plunge bras come in synthetic, cotton, and lace materials. Colors are bright and girly, as should be expected. The best part about all of this is that all of the bras are $15 for the holiday season. Even the regular prices were $30 and under. Gilly Hicks is a great brand for young women who love girly, bright, and pastel colors, need a 30 band in cups A-C, and are on a strict budget.

Here are some of my favorites:

Friday, 12 December 2014

Gossard Beau Plunge - A Review

Review of Gossard Beau Plunge Bra

After trying on several styles in Betsey Johnson and b.tempt'd, I decided to branch out and try a 30 band bra in a different brand. Gossard and Parfait both came to mind. After a fellow member of the bra-fitting community contacted me about swapping bras, I decided to switch out my ill-fitting Panache Zara in 28DD for a Gossard Beau Plunge in 30D. The Panache Zara 28DD felt like it was really a 28E or 28F. The wires were too wide and although I filled out the cup at the top, there was empty fabric at the bottom of the cup.

Band Size: Excellent. It is a firm 30 band that stretches to 29.5". It would be good for anyone who is in between 28 and 30 bands.

Cup Size: The 30D bra's cups run true to size.

Cup Shape: This bra is better than most. It has medium wires and the projection is average. After I scooped and swooped I filled out the cup. 

Cup Spacing and Centre Gore: Good. The gore is low as it is a plunge bra. It has good cup separation for my far-apart spaced breasts

Verdict: This is 88% a good bra. Go for this bra if you have medium roots, far-apart spaced breasts, are slightly shallow, and have even fullness. I look forward to buying other bras of similar cut in the future.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Diversity in Lingerie: Nubian Skin bras for diverse skin tones and sizes

Last time I blogged about the Diversity in Lingerie campaign, I informed you about how the lingerie industry likes to call lighter skin tones "Nude" while completely ignoring the fact that most women in the world have darker skin tones than that. Nubian Skin, a UK lingerie and hosiery company, comes to our rescue. Currently they have bras, panties, and hosiery four shades: (from darkest to lightest) Berry, Cinnamon, Caramel, and Cafe au Lait. These shades fit a variety of darker and medium skin toned women and are a wonderful development. You can check out their skin tone chart here for help on deciding which color to order.

And if that wasn't exciting enough, Nubian Skin also sells bras that are outside the bra matrix! While they do sell bras in 32-36 bands, B-DD cups, they also sell 30 band bras in B-DD cups. This is a huge improvement on the now-defunct MySkins, who only produced bra-matrix sizes. 

I only wish that Nubian Skin would produce a few more shades in their lingerie coloring. Four non-light shades are a good start, but it would be nice to see one or two more shades that are lighter than Cafe au Lait, perhaps one with a yellow based hue.