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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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.

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Oct 202011

Citing major interest and ‘fantastic success’ at the CurveNY and CurveNV trade shows, UK intimate apparel maker Royce Lingerie is exploring the American market. If things pan out and their American presence reflects that of their British market, this will be great news for the stateside petite population. Continue reading »

Jul 032010

I don’t know how the weather is over by you, but here in Boston we are well aware that summer has arrived… and it’s getting out of hand. It’s not the heat I mind so much as the humidity — the sweaty/sticky factor that makes you want to rip all of your clothes off, all the time.

So I’m kind of on a mission to see how little I can get away with wearing out in public. I’m doing the bra-as-crop-top thing on a regular basis, as well as the girl-boxers-as-real-shorts thing. This is a nice advantage of being small-busted: it’s pretty hard for a body like mine to shock anyone, no matter how inappropriate or skimpy my attire.

Anyway. So here’s what I look for in summer bras: breathable fabrics (cotton, mesh nylon, silk); a range of blissful summery colors, from basic solids to playful prints; and simple, lightweight styles with minimal padding and other such nonsense.

That’s why I’m all about these two Aerie bras, soon to be added in the store:

American Eagle Katie Bra, 34AA

Aerie Katie polka dot bra in aqua/orange

American Eagle Cotton Demi Bra, size 32AA

Aerie Hannah Cotton Bra

Both are sold out in size AA on the AE website. The Katie bra is simply delicious in aqua and white, with just a bit of orange lace trim and a delicate, sheer center bow. Hannah in basic navy cotton is a nice alternative to black microfiber for hot weather — it’s a bit softer, more breathable, and less formal.

Apr 292010

If your bra cup size is AA, keep an eye out for my latest petite lingerie on sale this week. I’ll be listing several AE Aerie bras in 32AA and 34AA.  All are current 2010 styles, new with tags and still sealed in American Eagle branded packaging.

American Eagle Aerie Hannah Cotton Denim BraAmerican Eagle AE Aerie Katie Black/Pink Leopard BraAerie Emma Push-Up Removable Pad Bra

Also, I have just one Aerie 32AA Hannah black mesh lace demi left… so if you’ve had your eye on this beauty, this is your last chance to get it! Bid now for a chance to pay just $9.99.

Feb 042010

I picked up two Xhilaration bras at Target the other day, both the same style: a basic cotton/spandex underwire strapless demi. These come with adjustable straps that can be removed or worn criss-crossed in back. Find out how they fit after the jump. Continue reading »

Dec 252009

This mint-green bra in size 32AA is on sale for 73% off retail at Figleaves. It’s a great everyday basic: simple underwire, breathable cotton fabric, lightly lined but not padded. Especially good for teens, but I’ve ordered one for myself; at this price, why not?

It’s also available in a black and white print style. Supplies are limited, as this is a final sale item.