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.
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Veneto's portrait celebrates small breasts.
Next time you get thoroughly sick of not seeing any bodies that look remotely like yours in fashion magazines or on television, look to fine art for a reality check. I know next to nothing about the visual arts, but to me this image looks more real than any photograph I’ve ever seen on the cover of a women’s magazine.
I heart you.
Valentine’s Day is almost as big a deal as Christmas when you sell (or market, or write about) bras and lingerie. I feel like it has been February 14, 2012 for the past two months. To be perfectly honest, I’m sick to death of it.
But please don’t think this means I don’t love you guys. Hence the impossibly cute picture of little animals cuddling. If this photo doesn’t make you feel all warm inside, you probably have no soul. (But please don’t think this means I… right. Let’s move on, shall we?)
Whether you celebrate the Hallmark holiday or not, have fun. Don’t forget to get yourself a present! Then, come see us over at 32aa Bra’s Facebook page and tell us what you got.
Can’t think of anything you want? Lame. (No, not really. I’m just jealous because I never have this problem.) Here’s an idea: Aerie bras are on sale for 40 percent off today. Take this opportunity to try the new Maddie, their latest push-up. You’ll find a quick review of the Aerie Maddie bra after the jump.
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Is Rooney Mara making small sexy again? - Photo via Wmagazine.com
In a recent Slate Magazine column, Simon Doonan cites Rooney Mara’s Dragon Tattoo nude scenes as evidence suggesting the wispy waif look of ’60s “cool girls like Twiggy, Ali McGraw, [and] Mia Farrow” could make a comeback soon. And even though he additionally cites European health scares caused by leaky implants, he fails to definitively predict the answer to his own sub-headline “Could small breasts make a comeback?”
Jacqueline Burt, blogger for Café Mom’s “The Stir”, also looks to Ms. Mara, but points out her off-screen glamour as she walked the red carpet of the Golden Globe awards along with other small-busted celebs Claire Danes, Charlize Theron, and Evan Rachel Wood. Burt suggests the rejection of cosmetic surgery by more and more movie stars is indicative of a return to the glamorous flapper style of the jazz age. Continue reading »
I’m pleased to announce our Zee Bra giveaway contest winner, Col! She will receive a brand new Zee Bra by Lynn Saussy. Col’s honest, body-positive and unapologetically feminist entry essay and illustration are featured below. I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. -Amanda
32AA is beautiful!
I hate bras. Okay, well I don’t HATE bras. But I hate that I have to feel required to wear one. It’s like no one has ever seen a breast before. Yes, my nipples stick out when I don’t wear one, that doesn’t mean you have to stare at them, or judge me. Pretty sure you have nipples too!
Yea, okay, once in a while it feels nice to give my boobies some shape so they can fill out a dress a bit better (and by fill out, I mean as much as a 32AA breast can “fill out”). But in my perfect world, women would be walking around topless, free of restrictions, free of groping and ogling and unnecessary judgment.
My entire childhood was plagued by the fact that I was flat-chested. I didn’t grow my tiny little bumps until I was well into high school. Middle school was miserable! I would hide my chest by wearing oversized sweaters, even in the summer.
While other girls were talking about their time of the month, I was still waiting for my period. While other girls were talking about which bras they wore, I was just starting to wear little-kid training bras that were really just tiny sports bras – a flat piece of fabric across my chest. Then when I finally grew some, I couldn’t even be happy about it! I still couldn’t wear real bras; I still had to somehow hide my nipples with baggy clothes.
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While I am (arguably) adorable, that is not a command. Adore Me is the latest website to toss its hat garter into the ring of private sale sites. It’s not a flash- or sample-sale site, though, where you have to jump on the deal right away or you lose it. Rather, they offer a personalized selection of bra/panty sets, tights and stockings, and an “accessory” section which consists of less-than-practical evening wear. Overall, the site has a lot of potential. There are some great features, but there are also plenty of pitfalls. We’ll nit-pick the hell out the site but first let’s take a look at how it works. Continue reading »
Powerless over lingerie.
This week I’m honored to be talking to Treacle, the charismatic author of one of the best lingerie blogs in the world: The Lingerie Addict
If you have yet to experience The Lingerie Addiction Phenomenon, be warned: Treacle’s giddy obsession with lingerie, while tongue-in-cheek, is contagious. I think I might have no choice but to give the Cosabella giraffe-print bra another chance.
Interview text (C) by Treacle and Amanda, June 2011. All rights reserved.
Let’s talk about your obsession with leopard print lingerie. What do you love about it?
I love that it’s such a fun and classic print, but just a little bit naughty at the same time. Anne Bancroft and Vanity Fair made leopard print lingerie famous in the 60′s, and it hasn’t really gone out of style since.
What’s your current favorite leopard piece?
My favorite leopard print piece is a vintage Vanity Fair catsuit I bought just a few weeks ago. I don’t have any pictures of it yet, but I’m hoping to get a few during my next photo shoot.
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It seems that if you are smaller than a B cup and breastfeeding a baby, you are out of luck when it comes to bras. Allison (size 34AA) has two kids, so she knows this firsthand.
What follows is Allison’s account of Mission: Size Impossible.
I went into all the specialty maternity stores to find nursing bras, and they ALL started at B. They went up to ridiculous sizes like DDD and G, even a K, for goodness sake.
But really, they couldn’t carry an A? I asked the saleslady, and she said she had never seen one anywhere, and my best bet would be to check online. I went to the department stores; same dilemma.
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Size on the tag: 32A. The tag lied.
I’m not very photogenic, unless you think ghouls are attractive. There are maybe three pictures of me on the internet in which I don’t look dead.
In this case, the leopard print bra wasn’t helping.
I was mostly wearing 32AAs at the time, but a representative of the Felina and Jezebel lingerie brands assured me that this bra “fits very nice on skinny girls who don’t have much to work with.”
Uh huh…. no it doesn’t. Huge gaps in the cups, and the band gave me bruises.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: ow. my ribs.
Don’t write off Felina completely, though, because they do have some halfway decent bras that are not padded up to your neck and will not try to suffocate you.
But if you come across a pink leopard Felina push-up, keep your distance. Walk away. Do not mess with dangerous animals.