May 182012

Wacoal 75830 push-up bra, black.

Wacoal 75830: yay or no way?

I’m always excited when Wacoal introduces a new bra to their excellent Petites line. It was pretty much the highlight of my week when I discovered I could wear a 32B in these!

However, their latest mini boulder-holder looks quite different from the other bras in the petite collection. I haven’t ordered one yet because I’m not sure what’s going on with this thing.

Like most of the Wacoal petite bras, it’s a push-up. The cups resemble Mickey Mouse ears, and that center gore looks like it would sit right on top of my jutting breastbone.

I’d end up with a big old blue-violet bruise in the middle of my chest by the end of the day… not so pretty.

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Jul 312011

As many of you know, I work individually with women who are sick to death of feeling confused and overwhelmed by the tricky task of bra shopping. For each woman seeking help, my main goals are:

  1. Get her questions answered.
  2. Take the pressure off by offering reassurance, respect and encouragement.
  3. Provide her with at least one bra that fits well, is comfortable enough to wear regularly, and makes her feel beautiful.

By the time I connect with my clients, many have already spent quite a bit of time and effort searching for the right bra. These are smart, savvy women who have done enough research that they end up teaching me new things about bras and lingerie, even as they reach out for my assistance. I am gradually building a substantial knowledge base that continues to grow every time I take on a new client.

That’s why I don’t consider myself a bra expert. I think I’m more of an enthusiast. It feels wonderful to me when I am able to help other size AA/A/B women like myself discover lingerie that truly fits and flatters the small-breasted figure, whether petite or average. Once you feel comfortable in your own skin and start to really see how beautiful you are in your skivvies, I feel like I’ve done my job right.

The Oprah Phenomenon

Thanks to Oprah, it is now widely understood that a professional bra fitting is usually required in order to get the correct size. I certainly appreciate Oprah’s efforts to educate America about bras, and I share her belief in the value of expert assistance. However, the fitting process doesn’t always work the way it is supposed to.

What follows is an example, used with the client’s permission, of how and why professional bra fittings can fail.

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Oct 202010

I got a handful of emails after my last post about the latest bra from the Wacoal Petites collection. You know, the beautiful one that comes in ivory and purple? I’ve yet to try it, but I know several of the other styles in this line very well. They don’t all fit exactly the same, so I figured maybe it would be helpful to provide some information about each of the individual Wacoal Petite bras I’m familiar with.

All of these are current styles, available as of October 2010 in the Itty Bitty AA-List store. I’ll update this post in the future if any are discontinued, but hopefully I won’t need to (hear that, Wacoal? No more getting rid of our favorites, please).

Wacoal Embrace Lace Petite, sizes from 30 AA Delicate embroidered lace flowers at the center gore and sides make the Wacoal Petites 75891 a sexy, sophisticated choice for special occasions.

This is an underwire push-up bra with removable cotton pads. Sizing is about average for the collection, meaning it runs smaller in both the band and cups like most petite bras. I take a 32AA in this style.

The cups are molded with significant padding already built in, so if you prefer non-padded styles you will certainly want to take out the cotton push-up pads.

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Oct 052010

Wacoal 73562 Petite Contour BraThe latest from Wacoal’s collection of bras for petites is a demi plunge contour bra. The structure of this style is simple: it is not a push-up. The cups are lightly padded with a single layer of stretch foam.

This lovely Wacoal petite bra flatters small breasts (cup size AA – B) instead of hiding them beneath bulky mounds of padding. The molded contour cups feature a delicate sheer lace overlay with floral embroidery… so so pretty.

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