Apr 132014
 

Cotton nursing bra by Medela

Medela sleep bra

Hey everyone! I figure it’s time for another post on nursing bras, because guess what… I’m 27 weeks pregnant. So far my breasts have grown about one cup and maybe half a band size, so that I’m now in a 34B. Underwires are uncomfortable these days, so I’m mostly wearing Wacoal bralettes and Lynn Saussy’s wonderful wire-free Zee Bra.

According to HerRoom’s maternity and nursing bra fitting guidelines, most women need to go up an additional cup size once their milk comes in after giving birth; that means I should be buying 34C nursing bras.

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Oct 092013
 

This past holiday season, American Eagle Outfitters Inc.’s Marketing Coordinator for Social Media contacted me after finding my 32aabra review of Aerie sports bras. She told me that they are fans of 32aabra at the American Eagle headquarters, and graciously sent me merchandise from Aerie’s limited edition holiday line to review. Incidentally, I have not been able to complete the review until now due to personal reasons. I am nevertheless honored to publish my review of the beautiful merchandise that I received from my Aerie (Faerie) Godmother.

I received four bra and panty sets, as well as additional panties that I will also review. The particular bra styles that I received are Emma and Maddie, both classified as “Woah” according to the Aerie push-up scale. I received two Emmas and two Maddies, but as all of the bras look very different from one another in spite of sharing the same fit prototypes, I have given them additional titles for clarity. I received all bras in size 32AA, and all underwear in size XS. (For reference, my go-to bra is the Little Bra Company’s Angela in size 30A.)

As you will see, I fully unleashed my creative juices in this review, which I prelude with a Spenserian sonnet (rhyme scheme abab bcbc cdcd ee, iambic pentameter). I really had fun writing this sonnet, and if you’re a literary nerd like me, feel free to dissect my verse form (I went a little rogue with the iambic pentameter in some lines).

And for those of you who just want to get on to the review already—I’m warning you, it is rather long by virtue of my having so much cool merchandise to review, so if you’re a tl;dr sort of reader, you can also scroll down to read the recap at the end of the review.

Without further ado, I introduce you to my sonnet about Aerie Godmother and the Aerie Faeries. Aerie Godmother, seeing that I have not bought myself anything pretty in a very long time, compassionately commissioned the Aerie Faeries to create these brilliant limited edition bra and panty sets and to deliver them to little me.

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Jun 102013
 

The Little Bra Company, one of our favorite petite lingerie brands, has come out with three new bra styles for Spring/Summer 2013: Esther, Eva and Charlotte. My co-authors and I each tried one of these and we are all very impressed. TLBC bras are designed on a petite scale, so the A cup will also fit all but the smallest size AAs. If you normally wear standard-size bras, we recommend ordering up a size in either the band or the cup in TLBC for the best fit.

Style: Esther
Reviewer: Renee
Size: 30A

Esther is a deep-plunge push-up underwire t-shirt bra with smooth, sorbet-colored cups. Nude lace accents the bottom of the cups and comprises the bra’s band, which has a back closure with two rows and three columns of hooks. A delicate lace bow and three small pearls adorn the center gore.

With its feminine accents, I would describe Esther as a more romantic version of Angela, The Little Bra Company’s best-selling t-shirt bra. I have been wearing Angela daily for the past two years or so. The Angela style features smooth, close-set cups with contoured push-up padding which provides tasteful lift for the petite figure.

Esther’s cups have the same silhouette and lift as Angela, but this bra is actually more comfortable. I attribute this added level of comfort to Esther’s lace band, which is approximately half an inch wider (vertically) than Angela’s band. The soft lace makes Esther’s band gentle on the skin, and the added width makes for a more secure fit. I wore Esther for about an hour doing various chores around the house, and I did not feel the need to adjust the bra.

I like smooth-cup bras for the sleek silhouette they provide, and I like lace bras because they are comfortable. With its smooth cups and lace band, Esther represents the best of both worlds. Although the cups are a rich pink, they are not particularly conspicuous through sheer clothing. Esther’s straps are very elastic and adjustable, so I have no issues regarding their staying in place on my small shoulders.

With proper care, I foresee Esther lasting me a couple of years. I also see myself wearing it regularly, since it is very comfortable and suitable even for sheer tops. And I love pearls and lace — so I’ll feel pretty while wearing it!

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May 082013
 

Bikini top by Seafolly

Seafolly Festival Sliding Triangle Top

I just got this bikini top by Seafolly and it fits me perfectly. No sagging, no wrinkles, and no problematic shifting of the ties when I lift my arms.

Lots of you have written to me asking for advice on swimwear in XS or 32/34 AA/A, and I’ve had relatively few recommendations for the size AAs among you. Maybe it’s because they’re Australian, I don’t know; but this company seems to have excellent sizing in petite bikini tops for small busts. I ordered a size 2, but having tried it on I think I could even have gotten away with a size 4.

It has the usual removable pads, which aren’t too thick so I like to leave them in to keep the headlights under cover. It’s a sliding top, so you can adjust the ties to your bust width and fiddle with it until it fits. It stays in place nicely so far, though I’ve only tried in the pool… not sure what’s going to happen when I get in the ocean.

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Jan 152013
 

“If you don’t like what is being said, then change the conversation.”
–Don Draper

UK designer Megan Leung does’t like what is being said to women, so she is changing the conversation with her new label Meg at Midnight. Inspired by a friend who felt it was “embarrassing wearing a training bra and frustrating wearing an adult bra,” Ms. Leung saw a niche that was not properly being filled. Where other brands pack on the padding to disguise an inadequacy, Meg at Midnight celebrates the small with sexy, sheer, and pad-free pieces specifically designed to accentuate the slight figure.

Ms. Leung says: “Meg at Midnight is a designer intimatewear specializing in, but not limited to, the smaller busted woman. Our garments are carefully structured to fit and flatter rather than enhance small breasts. This is done by using a specific underwire (which makes the bras look more “grown up” as compared to a soft bra that often looks like a training bra). The materials as we use at the moment are delicate, which would not be ideal for supporting bigger and heavier busts.”

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Jan 042013
 

I’m totally excited right now because Mallory K., our petite contact at Aerie, has just shared some very helpful information on which of the newest Aerie bras are likely to fit best on us Itty Bitty Bra Committee members.


Both the Aerie Scarlet and Harper bras run small in the cups, I’ve found.

I prefer the Scarlet. She has the adjustable front cleavage, and the shape of the cup is actually a lot like the Emma – only not nearly as pointy! It gives a nice roundish shape.

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Dec 162012
 

If your breasts are set wide apart, you may find that the cups of many bras are too close together to fit you properly even when you have the correct size. This is especially true for those of us who wear an AA, A or B-cup bra. If the cup is too narrow at the sides, it won’t be a good choice even though your measurements may indicate that it should fit.

I hear this complaint often from the women I work with as a fitter, so every now and then I like to offer suggestions on brands and styles for this type of figure. But how do you know if you fall into this category? Wide-set breasts are more than two finger-widths apart, according to lingerie expert Tomima Edmark. You may have noticed that you are cleavage-challenged (don’t worry, I’m in the same boat), or that you can’t find an underwired bra that feels comfortable.

If that sounds familiar, check out the following resource (after the jump) for a better fit.

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Nov 282012
 

Model featured in the A-B cup section of Women's Health bra article.

I do not look like this.

Recently I discovered that one of the first web pages returned in a search for “32B” was an article from Women’s Health Magazine called The Best Bras for Your Size. The piece claims to offer information on the best-fitting bras for women across the spectrum, from size AA to DD+.

I have no doubt that author Kara Wahlgren means well, but her advice has obvious limitations: she mentions only one style that comes in cup sizes above G (the beautiful Arabella plunge bra by Freya). The vast majority of the bras Wahlgren recommends won’t fit anyone larger than a DD cup. Since the article fails to meet the needs of hard-to-fit women on the curvy end of the spectrum, I was skeptical about how useful Wahlgren’s suggestions would be for those of us seeking petite lingerie and/or small cup sizes.

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Sep 212012
 

Finding a sports bra that is flattering rather than flattening persists as a challenge for the petite and those endowed with a delicate décolletage.

Aerie Low Impact Padded Sports Bra

 

Some months ago I scoured stores for affordable, tiny sports bras (affordable and tiny? Sounds like an oxymoron). I navigated deep waters in Old Navy, Target, T.J. Maxx, and Marshalls, struggling to stay afloat in sports bras cut on a non-petite scale. A bralette/training bra contraption in the children’s section at Walmart hugged my tiny rib cage well; but after examining myself from all possible angles in the fitting room, I left feeling defeated.

 

 

During my exodus to the Walmart parking lot, I lamented that I would likely have to succumb to looking like a prepubescent eight year old in my adult ballet class. I experienced an epiphany, however, as the Florida sunshine infused my brain with rays of hope: “Aerie carries sports bras!”

While the smallest band size that Aerie offers in push-up styles is too large for me, I hoped XXS in sports bras might fit. I ordered three of Aerie’s Low Impact Sports Bras, which feature removable padding and adjustable straps.

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Jul 072012
 

Hi everyone! I know I’m usually against us adults having to shop for bras made for girls or juniors. But, sometimes I need to make an exception. I’m sure you’ll understand once you see this pretty new design out from CK, apparently in a new line for girls and petites. Check it out here:

Calvin Klein Girl Mixalot Bra

Calvin Klein Demi Petite Push-Up Bras

Since it is available only in full cup sizes but with a different title than what was previously Calvin Klein Petites, I will assume this will not be the same bra as was previously sold under Calvin Klein Petites or as Calvin Klein Girl.

I will confirm this in a follow-up comment if and when I hear back from a rep for Calvin Klein.

If these are sized like Calvin Klein Girl, a 34A will fit some 32As. Here is the size AA guide:

34A fits 34AA, 34A, 36AAA.


32A fits 34AA, 32AA, 34AAA or 32AAA.


36A fits 36AAA, 36AA or 34AA.