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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Jun 012013
 

Bella Petite Lingerie chemise

It’s my pleasure to review this gorgeous chemise by Bella Petite Lingerie, a new company from U.S. entrepreneur and fellow itty-bitty-committee member Stephanie Ballard. This month, we are offering a giveaway of the winner’s choice between the chemise and babydoll styles.

I got the Bella Petite sheer nylon chemise in lavender with gray lace cups and black adjustable straps. It’s also available in a delicate light pink (shown here) or white.

By far, the best thing about this chemise is the fit. I’ve never had a slinky little nightwear piece that fit me this well in the cups.

Clearly, Stephanie understands the needs of petite women like us. Being small-busted herself, she has come up with a rather brilliant and unique design for this garment. It’s got sliding triangle cups in soft lace, with an elastic underbust so you can adjust it to get just the look and feel you want.

I got a size Small and was a little surprised to note that my breasts filled the cups completely. I could possibly have even gone a size up (to a Medium). As a 34A/32B, I rarely have that experience with lingerie — so this is a happy first. I usually go to bed in a ratty t-shirt, so an elegant nightgown like this is definitely not what I’m used to. Not that I’m complaining.

Best of all, the chemise and babydoll from Bella Petite are available in sizes XXS and XS… perfect for my very petite readers who have mostly given up on finding anything like this in stores that doesn’t gap, wrinkle or droop. Follow the size chart on the Bella Petite website to find your fit; in my experience it is reliable.

If you’d like to enter to win a Bella Petite Lingerie chemise or babydoll, follow the instructions after the jump.

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May 202013
 

Affinitas Rosie lingerie set

As promised, here is my review of the Affinitas Intimates Jennifer set that we are giving away this month (see previous post for details and instructions on how to enter).

One of my favorite things about this set is the color scheme. It’s even prettier in real life, and this shade of teal is flattering on almost any skin tone. Second favorite thing: it’s very breathable, and I imagine it would be easy to wear all day even in hot summer weather.

This is a push-up bra, and the style is somewhere between a plunge and a demi-cup. If you’re sensitive to wires and/or don’t like a lot of padding, this is probably not the set you want from Affinitas; fortunately they do have a non-wired alternative called Rosie (shown at right), which is also really pretty and looks ultra-comfy.

The 34A in Jennifer fits me very well and gives a nice tasteful hint of cleavage, without shoving my boobs up to my neck or squishing them together too much. In the words of my fiance, my bust “needs more guidance than lift” (yes, that’s a direct quote).

Who knows what would happen without such guidance? The girls might stray down the wrong path. They might run wild… it could be utter madness! So I appreciate what the Jennifer bra does for me.

I especially like it that the cups are not set too close together, so I don’t end up feeling like my boobs are being squeezed in a vise. The push-up padding is angled up and out to the sides from the center gore, which gently pushes things inward and doesn’t create that awkward “shelf” effect.

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May 082013
 

Bikini top by Seafolly

Seafolly Festival Sliding Triangle Top

I just got this bikini top by Seafolly and it fits me perfectly. No sagging, no wrinkles, and no problematic shifting of the ties when I lift my arms.

Lots of you have written to me asking for advice on swimwear in XS or 32/34 AA/A, and I’ve had relatively few recommendations for the size AAs among you. Maybe it’s because they’re Australian, I don’t know; but this company seems to have excellent sizing in petite bikini tops for small busts. I ordered a size 2, but having tried it on I think I could even have gotten away with a size 4.

It has the usual removable pads, which aren’t too thick so I like to leave them in to keep the headlights under cover. It’s a sliding top, so you can adjust the ties to your bust width and fiddle with it until it fits. It stays in place nicely so far, though I’ve only tried in the pool… not sure what’s going to happen when I get in the ocean.

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Jun 132012
 

Mary Phelps Jacob revolutionized the undergarment world in 1913 when she combined two silk handkerchiefs and some string to create the first “modern” brassiere. Since then, countless designers, manufacturers, and retailers have claimed to revolutionize Ms. Jacob’s invention. From synthetic fabrics and underwires to retail hanging racks and personal fittings, the bra experience is still evolving and is still a long way from perfect. Today, a handful of new tech-savvy lingerie startups aim to take your bra experience one step closer to perfection.

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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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Feb 142012
 

Love... petite-style!

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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Feb 012012
 

Petite racerback bra by Lula Lu.

Wear the straps classic or cross-back.

When I first saw the convertible racerback by petite lingerie label Lula Lu, I had no idea what a miracle it would turn out to be. It’s a practical, no-frills bra that is designed for everyday wear, not as a beautiful boudoir piece.

The magic happened when I put it on, glanced at myself in the mirror and nearly gasped in surprise: it fit… perfectly. Like Cinderella’s glass slipper, but on my very own barely-there boobs. OMFG, hell YES (this is what Cinderella says in some version of the story, I’m sure).

I spent the next ten minutes posing in various model-like positions, feeling gorgeous and sexy. The whole time, no matter how I twisted and turned and stretched my arms in every possible direction, the bra did not shift or gap. It stayed right where it was supposed to be, like a loyal friend.

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Jan 162012
 

Felina Bra, Style 4975 I got the Felina Victoria balconette contour bra from my boyfriend for Christmas, and it’s a winner. Unfortunately, it also seems to have been discontinued… that figures. Why must this happen with so many of the bras I love? Can’t a curve-challenged chick get a break? The good news: I did find this bra still available and on sale in sizes 32A and 32B.

It’s a lovely, elegant demi-cup style with lightweight underwires that don’t come up too far at the sides — perfect if you’ve got a short torso and perky, high-set breasts. (Yes, that would be me). The balcony cut means the cups are set a bit farther apart than they are on other Felina bras, which I like; it makes for a much more comfortable fit.

Find out where to buy this style after the jump.
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