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 102013

The Little Bra Company, one of our favorite petite lingerie brands, has come out with three new bra styles for Spring/Summer 2013: Esther, Eva and Charlotte. My co-authors and I each tried one of these and we are all very impressed. TLBC bras are designed on a petite scale, so the A cup will also fit all but the smallest size AAs. If you normally wear standard-size bras, we recommend ordering up a size in either the band or the cup in TLBC for the best fit.

Style: Esther
Reviewer: Renee
Size: 30A

Esther is a deep-plunge push-up underwire t-shirt bra with smooth, sorbet-colored cups. Nude lace accents the bottom of the cups and comprises the bra’s band, which has a back closure with two rows and three columns of hooks. A delicate lace bow and three small pearls adorn the center gore.

With its feminine accents, I would describe Esther as a more romantic version of Angela, The Little Bra Company’s best-selling t-shirt bra. I have been wearing Angela daily for the past two years or so. The Angela style features smooth, close-set cups with contoured push-up padding which provides tasteful lift for the petite figure.

Esther’s cups have the same silhouette and lift as Angela, but this bra is actually more comfortable. I attribute this added level of comfort to Esther’s lace band, which is approximately half an inch wider (vertically) than Angela’s band. The soft lace makes Esther’s band gentle on the skin, and the added width makes for a more secure fit. I wore Esther for about an hour doing various chores around the house, and I did not feel the need to adjust the bra.

I like smooth-cup bras for the sleek silhouette they provide, and I like lace bras because they are comfortable. With its smooth cups and lace band, Esther represents the best of both worlds. Although the cups are a rich pink, they are not particularly conspicuous through sheer clothing. Esther’s straps are very elastic and adjustable, so I have no issues regarding their staying in place on my small shoulders.

With proper care, I foresee Esther lasting me a couple of years. I also see myself wearing it regularly, since it is very comfortable and suitable even for sheer tops. And I love pearls and lace — so I’ll feel pretty while wearing it!

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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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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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Jan 062012

Affinitas Chemise - Silver Our friend Jennifer at Magnifique has generously offered us this gorgeous Affinitas Jasmin chemise and hipster lingerie set to give away to one lucky reader of 32AA Bra.

To enter:

  1. Follow Magnifique and 32AA Bra on Facebook.
  2. Contact Amanda to let us know you are following us and Magnifique. Please include a link to your Facebook profile so we can confirm this.

That’s it! Entries will be accepted until January 31, 2012. The winner will be chosen at random and notified on February 1, 2012.

Affinitas Intimates Jasmin Lingerie Set Giveaway More about the Jasmin set: Affinitas is a stylish, fun brand that makes bras starting at a size 30A and lingerie from size extra small. The Jasmin lace chemise and hipster set is available in sizes XS (0-2; underbust = 32), S (4-6; underbust = 34), M (8-10; underbust = 36), L (12-14; underbust = 38) and XL (16-18; underbust = 40). If you need one size in the chemise and a different size in the hipster, this is fine; just be sure to let us know which size you want in each if you win. Color: silver only (as shown).

Good luck!

Dec 032011

Blush Lingerie - Dreamgirl push-up bra set

Pure romance.

This is a review of the Dreamgirl push-up bra, by Blush Lingerie. I learned about this company from Avec L’amour, an online intimates boutique with a special category for bras that fit well on small-breasted women. The owner, Lisa, is one of my best resources for information about size and fit — especially for AA and nearly A bras.

She’s the one who recommended I try the Natori Feathers, to which I am now completely addicted. An elegant, sophisticated piece, the Feathers bra fits me perfectly in a 32A — with no gaps in the cups. The Dreamgirl push-up, another of Lisa’s favorites (available for purchase at aveclamour.com), has a similar fit: perfect for the nearly A or fuller AA woman who tends to have trouble filling out standard A-cup bras.

In fact, I would even say this style runs a bit smaller in the cups than the Natori Feathers — but perhaps this is because I’m not used to push-ups. It certainly does its job, as far as providing lift and a bit of a boost in size.

The padding is substantial, but when I’m wearing the bra it does not look fake and does not create a significant change in the lines of my natural silhouette. I think that’s because the cups are spaced fairly wide, so you don’t look or feel squeezed (the all-too-common phenomenon I like to call “boob-smash”).

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Nov 112011

A beautifully designed bra.

Kaori’s Closet is a cute little Japanese lingerie store located in the Soho neighborhood of New York City. Recently, I had a lovely shopping experience at this cozy boutique.

The predominant aesthetic is delicate and very feminine. Kaori’s features bras and lingerie from Japan, but they also carry a few brands that we might be more familar with, including Elle MacPherson and Timpa.

Japanese lingerie tends to run quite small compared to the standard US sizing, which is ideal for those of us who require petite bras.

Petite bra from Japanese lingerie boutique Kaori's Closet.

My favorite bra of the bunch!

Colorful lace and frills are everywhere at Kaori’s Closet. I like this look, but I wasn’t completely sold until I tried on a few of their beautiful bras. The sales associate put on white gloves to measure me, brought several styles for me to try, and helped adjust and fit me into each bra. The service here is fantastic!

My best fit is a Japanese size C65, which is equivalent to our 30C. I ended up taking home four bras from the Japanese brand Narue, all of which make me look and feel amazing.

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Jun 262011

In this post I will be reviewing a beautiful purple nightgown by Honeydew Intimates.

Size Small, 95% Rayon, 5% Spandex

This nightgown is absolutely beautiful.

Yes, I am partial to purple, as it has been my favorite color since I was 7 years old and realized that pink was overrated.

But this nightgown truly exudes royalty and sophistication.

It hits right above my knee. The fabric is very soft and perfect for  summer nights (which is nearly every night as I live in Florida!)

With its lace straps and cute bow in the middle, I feel so feminine when wearing it.

It has adjustable straps which I wear on the smallest option–being so small-chested, it supports me perfectly and provides a very nice shape.

It’s vital that I mention the hook and eye closure feature of this nightgown. I wear it on the smallest hook and it is very comfortable.

I am so grateful that the nightgown has this option! My petite frame normally drowns in anything that is labeled size “small,” and many times even “extra small.”

This nightgown, however, was made for me. (That’s how I feel when I wear it!)

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