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.

Continue reading »

Dec 192012
 

Bra and Cheeky Boyshort Set, by Honeydew Intimates

Hate ruffles? These are soft, sleek and barely there.

I love rich, opulent colors for winter lingerie. My favorite recent purchase in this category is from the petite-friendly brand Honeydew Intimates.

This tutu mesh cheeky panty and ruffled bralette set is delicate and romantic, but not too sweet in the sophisticated and luscious plum/gray/black option. I love how the layers lie flat enough so that I don’t look too much like a cupcake. Best of all, it’s incredibly soft and lightweight.

Matching lingerie sets are the perfect thing to add to your wish list, and this one boasts sex appeal, quality and comfort all in one beautiful little package.

Honeydew has always been great at combining great style, flattering fit and dreamy-comfy fabrics. What’s not to love?

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.

Continue reading »

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.

Continue reading »

Nov 272012
 

I know it’s been a while since I posted here. Please don’t ever think it’s because I don’t care about you all, because I absolutely do. The thing is, I’ve had trouble trying to figure out how to present myself since my body has changed. Whoever thought it would be such a difficult thing to explain why I am no longer a 32AA? And yet, it has been quite a struggle for me to get used to my physical self at a different size.

I guess I never imagined that I would ever have issues with my weight, apart from having been aware that most people thought I was too thin. Now, I find myself facing the opposite problem: I am, for the first time in my life, in the higher range of what is considered “average” weight for my height and bone structure.
Continue reading »

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.

Continue reading »

Jul 142012
 

Breathable lace bralette by Cosabella.

I do not like to wear underwire bras during the summer. In cooler weather, I like the support and shaping that wires provide, but when it’s ninety degrees in the shade… no thanks.

What is it, exactly, that the world fears will happen if our breasts are left to their own devices… without a harness or a gag? Are our womanly parts really so threatening that the lingerie market can’t even stand to acknowledge us? How sad. They’d profit more if they could adopt a more open-minded perspective.

I think my top choice for staying cool and dry is cotton. However, there are drawbacks to this sturdy natural fabric. For one thing, it doesn’t stretch or flex very well.

A bra made of rayon or nylon/spandex microfiber can be just as comfortable and cool, as long as it is lightweight and free of foam lining. One example is the Cosabella “Never Say Never Sweetie” lace bralette, shown at top left.

Continue reading »

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.

Jun 242012
 

Dolce & Gabbana Petite Bra

Amber thinks it looks black; I think it looks purple. It's dark brown.


I’m excited to introduce Amber M., our guest author this month. She discovered this Dolce & Gabbana bra with no help whatsoever from me, and she’s been kind enough to review it so that all of you looking for bras on the small side of an AA cup can check out this brand.
-Amanda, Editor
32aaBra.com

Amber:

I have never in my life had an easy time finding clothes that fit properly. I’m built…I don’t really want to say “weird,” because I like how I’m built, it’s just that clothing stores don’t seem to like how I’m built. I’m too tall and gangly, too short in the torso, too long in the arm, and so on. Mostly, through a lot of trial and error, I’ve been able to negotiate truces with several stores that seem to carry at least a few things that fit me well despite my proportional oddities, but not a single truce has been made when it comes to covering my practically non-existent bust.

Which brings me to the crux of the matter. I am not really a petite woman, but my breasts certainly are. I measure at a perfectly comfortable 34 band size, but the “AA” part of my measurement often leads me astray as I’m not actually quite that big. I’ve tried a lot of cup sizes: 34AA, 34A, 32A, 32AA. Some of these work…mostly. But far more often than not, they are not-quite-right: they gap, they slide up, they hang open, they don’t fit. So when I find a bra that fits in the cups and fits perfectly…well, I don’t even know how to react because really, it’s never happened before. Until now.

Continue reading »

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.

Continue reading »