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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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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Jan 132012

Itty Bitty Bra - Wire-Free ConvertibleOne of the top brands for petite lingerie in the United States, Itty Bitty Bra, has come out with a new convertible model. This is great news for those of us who struggle with slipping straps.

The IBB convertible strap bra is a wire-free style with triangle-shaped contoured cups and a narrow band. It closes in back with a single row of hooks (like the classic Itty Bitty Signature Bra). The straps are detachable and can be worn cross-back, halter-style or classic.

The description of this bra on the IBB website does not mention the fact that it is a wire-free style. I would have preferred an underwire, because with the narrow band and only one row of hooks in back, there isn’t much support.

If you’re between band sizes, definitely order the smaller size — otherwise it will ride up (a common problem with wire-free bras). Sizes come in Extra Small (32), Small (34), Medium (36), and Large (38). Cup sizes are all AA/A; I would not recommend this bra for B cups.

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Sep 272010

Starting tomorrow (9/28) at 11 AM EST, Natori intimates will be on sale at Beyond the Rack. Unlike other major designer lingerie labels, with Natori it is possible to find stylish and sexy bras for A cup breasts. But what really sets this brand apart is that small-busted women actually seem happy with the way Natori bras fit.

Size A bras are all over the map. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried on a 32A that seemed more like a flattened 32C — as if the manufacturers thought all they had to do was stomp on the cups to get the curves out. Instant size A? Not so much.

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Sep 222010

Listen up, lovelies: this is the first post in my new “Small Bras, Big Help” series.

Since I’ve had so many excellent tips from readers lately, I figured some of you might be interested in a challenge… sort of like a scavenger hunt for petite lingerie on the internet. And yes, there will be rewards.
Flat-chested women unite!
Your mission for the first Big Help, should you choose to accept it:

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