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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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 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.
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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.

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.

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Apr 182012
 
"Fleur" bikini by Panache

Here are a few great links to visit for the latest in lingerie: news, deals and more.

Starting tomorrow (April 19), Figleaves is offering free shipping on all orders. Enter code: SHIPPING at checkout. This promotion lasts through April 23.

Figleaves is one of my favorite places to shop for bras online. They carry lots of brands you can’t find in stores, and the sizes start at 28AA. Check out the Double Boost gel bra by After Eden — available sizes include 30 – 36 AA, A and B. This is a very pretty, well-made push-up bra with smooth cups. I love the fact that it looks natural and doesn’t show through my clothes, even while providing a substantial boost in size (in the 32A, I look like a full 32B).

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Apr 142012
 
Aerie Mia lace trim braThe lovely Mallory K. is with us once again to review the latest bra from American Eagle Aerie: the Mia, a convertible push-up style. Those of you who have been looking for a strapless bra with some padding should certainly give Mia a try. If you wear a size AA, you may need to order it from the company website, as many Aerie stores don’t carry anything under an A cup. Fortunately, the Mia is currently 40% off with free shipping! Have fun. And now, over to Mallory.

I am very excited to tell you a bit about Aerie’s new bra from firsthand experience.

The Mia is a multi-way push-up bra that mixes all the best elements of the Emma and Abigail. Mia features convertible straps that can go 8 different ways: classic, strapless, racer back, halter, v-front halter, v-front classic, 1 cross-strap, and 1 shoulder. Like the Emma, Mia also has removable air pads which give you a “Whoa” level of push (the second-heaviest level of padding that Aerie offers).

My previous favorite bra at Aerie – and the only one I used to be able to wear – was the Abigail. Then we launched the Mia a couple weeks ago. I didn’t think I was going to like it because of the air pads. But I tried it on so I would be able to give customers a good idea of how it fits. This bra fits snug. When I tried on the 32AA (the sister size to my ideal 30A), I actually got that dreaded double-bubble I constantly warn customers about! I don’t think I can accurately convey the ecstasy I felt. I haven’t spilled out of a cup my entire life!

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Apr 072012
 

Kira push-up bra by Lula Lu PetitesFor the month of April 2012, we have a beautiful new bra by Lula Lu Petites to give away to one lucky 32AA Bra reader. This bra is available in size AAA, AA and A cups only. Band sizes: 32, 34, and 36.

The Kira push-up style comes in dark purple (shown at left) and black. It has delicate lace trim and pretty embroidery details. The lace is smooth enough that it doesn’t look lumpy under clothing.

The cups have removable push-up pads, and it closes in back with two rows and three columns of hooks. Kira has double stretch spaghetti straps that adjust in back. The straps are fairly wide-set, but the twinned elastic style helps them stay put.

I wear a 32A in this style. It runs a bit wider across the front than Lula Lu’s petite racerback bra, which has a front clasp; in that bra, I find the 34AA fits well on me. It’s only a slight difference, and for the most part I have found that Lula Lu bras run true to size. Check out their bra fitting page to find your best fit.

The giveaway entry period will end on April 30. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow Lula Lu Petites on Facebook.
  2. Post on the 32aa Bra Facebook page to say you want to enter the contest.
  3. Email me via the contact page and let me know you have completed the above steps.

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Mar 042012
 

Enter to win a Panache Atlantis bra at 32aaBra.com!

March 2012 Giveaway: Panache Atlantis Bra

Here is our March 2012 giveaway item: the Panache Atlantis wire-free Enhance push-up bra. Wendy and I both tried this one, and we found it to run true to size in the band and a bit small in the cup. It has substantial push-up padding, but the look is still very sleek and streamlined. Side stays help to keep the band anchored in place, and the smooth cups work well under t-shirts. It has a back closure with two rows of hooks for a secure fit. If you are between cup sizes, we recommend ordering up. Available sizes: 30A, 30B, 32-34-36 AA/A/B/C/D, 38 B/C.

To enter, post a comment on our Facebook page and then email me at info@32aabra.com to make sure I record your entry. One winner will be selected at random on March 31, 2012.