Jun 272013
 

Aima Dora Lotus

Aima Dora Lotus

Last week I received the delightful lace Lotus set by Aima Dora, a lingerie company based on the island of Mauritius. Aima Dora’s 2013 collection has a classic elegance that is unmistakably French, but what really makes this lingerie unique is the tropical influence evident in its playful details and contemporary color palette.

Lotus is a lightly lined wire-free bra and tanga panty in soft neutral colors (mine is a delicate rose-beige). Its design is sleek and wearable, with small touches — scalloped edges and a simple bow at the center — that add feminine charm. The fine lace feels lovely against my skin.

The bra has light boning at the sides and closes in back with two rows and three columns of hooks. I got a size 90A/B, which is the European equivalent of a US 34A/B. It’s a nice fit, with the cups set far enough apart that I can wear it comfortably all day.

The band is wide enough to provide significant support, especially with the side boning. It’s a little bit loose in the size 90, but I often have that problem with 34 bands; this one works well enough on the tightest setting, and I wouldn’t want to go down to a 32 because it might be too small.

The cups fit very well in the 90/34 A/B — they’re a full A or small B, which is perfect for me. This is a soft-cup style with plenty of stretch, but there is some structure from vertical seams down the center of each cup. The seams don’t show underneath clothing.

Aima Dora lingerie is not yet available in the United States, but hopefully this will change soon. Check out their Facebook page for more photos and updates.

Jun 012013
 

Bella Petite Lingerie chemise

It’s my pleasure to review this gorgeous chemise by Bella Petite Lingerie, a new company from U.S. entrepreneur and fellow itty-bitty-committee member Stephanie Ballard. This month, we are offering a giveaway of the winner’s choice between the chemise and babydoll styles.

I got the Bella Petite sheer nylon chemise in lavender with gray lace cups and black adjustable straps. It’s also available in a delicate light pink (shown here) or white.

By far, the best thing about this chemise is the fit. I’ve never had a slinky little nightwear piece that fit me this well in the cups.

Clearly, Stephanie understands the needs of petite women like us. Being small-busted herself, she has come up with a rather brilliant and unique design for this garment. It’s got sliding triangle cups in soft lace, with an elastic underbust so you can adjust it to get just the look and feel you want.

I got a size Small and was a little surprised to note that my breasts filled the cups completely. I could possibly have even gone a size up (to a Medium). As a 34A/32B, I rarely have that experience with lingerie — so this is a happy first. I usually go to bed in a ratty t-shirt, so an elegant nightgown like this is definitely not what I’m used to. Not that I’m complaining.

Best of all, the chemise and babydoll from Bella Petite are available in sizes XXS and XS… perfect for my very petite readers who have mostly given up on finding anything like this in stores that doesn’t gap, wrinkle or droop. Follow the size chart on the Bella Petite website to find your fit; in my experience it is reliable.

If you’d like to enter to win a Bella Petite Lingerie chemise or babydoll, follow the instructions after the jump.

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May 202013
 

Affinitas Rosie lingerie set

As promised, here is my review of the Affinitas Intimates Jennifer set that we are giving away this month (see previous post for details and instructions on how to enter).

One of my favorite things about this set is the color scheme. It’s even prettier in real life, and this shade of teal is flattering on almost any skin tone. Second favorite thing: it’s very breathable, and I imagine it would be easy to wear all day even in hot summer weather.

This is a push-up bra, and the style is somewhere between a plunge and a demi-cup. If you’re sensitive to wires and/or don’t like a lot of padding, this is probably not the set you want from Affinitas; fortunately they do have a non-wired alternative called Rosie (shown at right), which is also really pretty and looks ultra-comfy.

The 34A in Jennifer fits me very well and gives a nice tasteful hint of cleavage, without shoving my boobs up to my neck or squishing them together too much. In the words of my fiance, my bust “needs more guidance than lift” (yes, that’s a direct quote).

Who knows what would happen without such guidance? The girls might stray down the wrong path. They might run wild… it could be utter madness! So I appreciate what the Jennifer bra does for me.

I especially like it that the cups are not set too close together, so I don’t end up feeling like my boobs are being squeezed in a vise. The push-up padding is angled up and out to the sides from the center gore, which gently pushes things inward and doesn’t create that awkward “shelf” effect.

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May 112013
 

Affinitas Jennifer Push-Up Bra Set

Affinitas Intimates Jennifer bra & hipster

This month, one lucky reader will receive a gorgeous Jennifer lingerie set from Affinitas Intimates. The sophisticated and sexy Jennifer bra and hipster set comes in teal satin with black mesh lace overlay, and is available in the following sizes: 32-36 A and 32-38 B, C, D, DD (bra); S-XL (hipster).

The Affinitas Intimates 5511 Jennifer contour push-up is an underwire bra with medium graduated push-up padding built in at the bottom and sides of the cup. This style features a back closure with two rows and three columns of hooks, and breathable stretch mesh nylon sides. The center gore is set low in front to accommodate V-neck tops.

Wendy and I will be reviewing the Jennifer set together as a follow-up to this post, so stay tuned to find out what we think.

The giveaway is open to entries starting today (May 11, 2013) and will close on Friday, May 31, 2013. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow (“like”) Affinitas Intimates on Facebook.
  2. Follow (“like”) 32aaBra on Facebook and respond to the contest announcement on our page to say you want to enter.
  3. Email me via the 32aaBra.com contact page, or post a reply here with your name and email to let me know you have completed the above steps.

Please take a minute to read the entry rules after the jump.
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Mar 262013
 

Wacoal Petite Underwire Contour Bandeau BraHi beauties. I hate to say this, but I am honestly somewhat disappointed with the latest Wacoal Petite bra. I saw the Wacoal 75316 for the first time in a photo on the Wacoal America website, and found myself distinctly underwhelmed. Still, I’m not one to judge a bra by its cover (or its internet image), so I decided to wait to pass judgment until I had seen it and tried it on in real life.

Nice of me, right? Only problem is, in real life it wasn’t much better.

I should clarify: there wasn’t anything horribly wrong with the fit. If you like the look of this bra and want to try it, by all means do that, and please let me know what you think. Maybe it’s amazing and I just haven’t given it the chance it deserves.

It worked fine on me, really, and the sizing was accurate enough. But I still felt let down when I looked in the mirror. This is an unusual thing for me with Wacoal, as typically I love how their bras look and am only disappointed when I can’t get the right fit.

In case you didn’t notice, it’s hard for me to say anything against the style of any bra spawned by my beloved Wacoal… but…

(Gulp.) All right, here it is: I think the Wacoal Petite 75316 bandeau bra is kind of ugly.

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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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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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Jun 132012
 

Mary Phelps Jacob revolutionized the undergarment world in 1913 when she combined two silk handkerchiefs and some string to create the first “modern” brassiere. Since then, countless designers, manufacturers, and retailers have claimed to revolutionize Ms. Jacob’s invention. From synthetic fabrics and underwires to retail hanging racks and personal fittings, the bra experience is still evolving and is still a long way from perfect. Today, a handful of new tech-savvy lingerie startups aim to take your bra experience one step closer to perfection.

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May 182012
 

Wacoal 75830 push-up bra, black.

Wacoal 75830: yay or no way?

I’m always excited when Wacoal introduces a new bra to their excellent Petites line. It was pretty much the highlight of my week when I discovered I could wear a 32B in these!

However, their latest mini boulder-holder looks quite different from the other bras in the petite collection. I haven’t ordered one yet because I’m not sure what’s going on with this thing.

Like most of the Wacoal petite bras, it’s a push-up. The cups resemble Mickey Mouse ears, and that center gore looks like it would sit right on top of my jutting breastbone.

I’d end up with a big old blue-violet bruise in the middle of my chest by the end of the day… not so pretty.


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Apr 042012
 

Wacoal petite contour push-up bra in nude.So, I felt the need to update my Wacoal Petites bra size and fit tips since I discovered that I and one of my recent small-busted clients can both wear a larger cup in these bras than we usually take.

I came to this realization after my client, Karen, measured at a 32B but felt that this size might fit too large in the cups on her. I sent her two styles from the Wacoal Petites line: one 32A and one 32B. It was a pleasant surprise for me to hear Karen was happy with the fit of both bras.

I couldn’t help noticing that Karen’s measurements and my own are quite similar, give or take half an inch. I had been wearing a 32A in one of my favorite Wacoal Petite bras, but it was feeling a little tight even without the removable push-up pads. I decided to go ahead and plunge into a B cup… and I’m glad I did.

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