Monday, November 25, 2013

Bust-Friendly LBDs for the Party Season

Whether you have an intimate gathering with a few friends or a huge office party to attend a Little Black Dress is a versatile party staple. I still find it really hard full-bust shopping in Canada but I've been scouring some of the options out there for you and come up with some pieces that are full bust friendly.

A few caveats; not every style will work for every full bust but I hope you find some inspiration. Secondly, I know lots of people love the retro/pin-up look so if you're looking for that style I recommend checking out Holly at The Full Figure Chest and Georgina at Fuller Figure Fuller Bust because they have retro down! Finally, I'm not knowledgeable in plus size fashion so the options below range in size from 00 to 14. There are amazing plus size bloggers out there and The Curvy Fashionista has done a plus size party dress round up to die for!

Top Shop at The Bay - Sleeveless Texture Dress $72.00
The asymmetrical neckline and rouched body are what make this piece bust-friendly. This dress can be jazzed up with a colourful or sparkly belt and some killer heels. Sizes 2-12

H&M Canada - Draped Dress $34.95 CAD
Don't let anyone tell you that big boobs can't wear higher necklines. The horizontal draping on this dress is very bust flattering. An epic necklace and/or belt are essential and I would add a colourful clutch bag for a bit of attitude. Sizes extra small to large.
Dorothy Perkins at The Bay, Stencil Print Flare Dress, $37.00
An LBD doesn't mean you can't add a little flare into the mix. Prints are a bust's friend and this is a particularly stylish, wintery print. For those of you unfamiliar with Dorothy Perkins, their fabrics are very friendly (stretch for fit) and they wash and wear well. Keep the accessories simple and elegant with some immaculate black or fawn shoes. Sizes 2-14

Dorothy Perkins at The Bay, Teal Floral Pu Ponte Dress, $50.00
On the similar lines as the dress above, your LBD can branch out into some colour. The pattern blocking and pattern makes this a very curve friendly dress. I love the faux leather trimming. I would team this dress with metallic accessories. Sizes 4-14
Dorothy Perkins at The Bay, Black/Silver Lurex Tube Dress, $67.00
This mid-sleeve dress fits a multitude of body shapes thanks to the stretch fabric and the deep scoop neckline is very accommodating for large breasts. I would definitely add a belt to add definition. Sizes 4-14.

Aritzia, Wilfred Lison Dress, $165.00
I know this will be out of many people's price range but I had to include it because the fit is lovely. I'm a sucker for a 3/4 length sleeve and the faux leather trimmed v-neck is stunning. You can go bonkers on accessories or let the style do the talking in this dress, it's very versatile. Sizes 00-10,default,pd.html?dwvar_49934_color=1274

I hope these options give you some ideas for adding an LBD to your party wardrobe. Despite not having full-bust specific brands in Canada you can find some styles that work well. The fabrics are crucial and a body that has some rouching will always help! Let me know in the comments section if you've found a full bust party dress! xx

Monday, November 18, 2013

How to Tailor Your Bra fit with Accessories

In an ideal world bras would fit us perfectly from the first time we put them on. In reality many of us need to tailor our bra fit by using accessories or by making minor alterations so that we get a fit that's right for our bodies. Bras fit so close to your body and have to do such a specific job that there's less room for error which is why it's a good idea to know which accessories are out there to help you get the best fit.

You can find bra extenders that are 1 hook to 10 hooks deep
Bra Extenders
These are easily the most popular and convenient accessory we sell. A bra extender gives you more band length by hooking some extra fabric to your band at the hook and eye fastening (extenders are readily available in 1, 2, 3 and 4 rows of hooks to suit different bras). Having a little more band length is particularly useful when you're breaking in a bra.

Shown here in a contrasting colour for effect, you can buy extenders that closely match your bra tone
Rather than buying a 34 band that fits but could quickly stretch out on your 33 ribcage, using a bra extender on a 32 band gives you the wiggle room of a 34. Once the band has stretched a little (new bras stretch in the first 3 weeks) then you can remove the extender and wear your 32 band in total comfort. This isn't just comfortable it also prolongs the length of time you can wear a bra before it stretches out completely.

An adjustable strap holder like this is looped through your straps to give you more security.
Bra Strap Holders
This accessory holds your straps together so that they don't slip off your shoulders. The most common cause of straps falling off your shoulders is your band being too big. However, some women have such narrow or sloping shoulders that they find most conventional styles to have straps set too far apart.
Stretchy bra strap holders move with you so that you have a more flexible fit.
Bra strap holders come in lots of different styles from plastic discs that make your bra into a racer back to the elastic ones we carry that stretch with you as you move so you don't feel constricted.

Straps Pads give you some extra cushioning between your shoulders and your straps

Bra Strap Pads
If you're a regular reader then you should know by now that if your straps dig into your shoulders then you should check that your band isn't too big. When your band is too big it stops doing the work to support your breasts and the weight gets transferred to your straps which begin to dig into your shoulders.
For women with very heavy breasts or sensitive shoulders (trapped nerves for example) strap pads are great.
Having said that, some women have extremely heavy breasts and no matter how fitted your band is a lot of weight still rests on your straps. Other women have sensitive nerves in their necks and shoulders and find that some extra cushioning makes them much more comfortable. Bra strap pads attach to your straps and sit underneath them to give you some extra comfort.

Related Article: Top 3 bra alterations for tailoring your bra fit

There are lots of other bra accessories out there like pads and cookies to slip into one cup to even out cup size and bra liners that sit between you and your bra band to stop the irritation of sweat. If you have an issue that you find happens with every bra you try on then it's worth contacting our support team to see if there an accessory or style suggestion that could transform your fit xx

Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Why Some Bras Squeak

Some women will be only too aware of the frustration of a squeaky bra and lots of you will never have encountered one. For those of you who are plagued by the squeaky bra I'm going to explain why it happens and what you can do to stop the squeak.

The squeaking is caused by the underwire rubbing against the the tube of material it is sewn inside when you move around. The material tube has been pulled too tightly and has come into contact with the wire which causes friction and squeaks.

In a perfectly fitting bra the wire and it's material tube housing don't come into close contact, or at least not under a lot of tension. The reason the material tube is pulled tightly against the wire is to do with the shape of your torso and the shape of the bra wires.

Rounded Torso
If you have a round torso then you need a bra with wires that can wrap around the shape of your body. Most bra wires are pretty flat but flexible enough to accommodate the curve of an average torso. If your torso is more curved than your wires can accommodate then the material around the wires gets pulled extra tight as the wires are under more pressure to curve further than they're designed for.

Narrow Torso
If you try on a bra that is expecting to lie relatively flat against about 14 inches of torso but you have a narrow torso (again, most likely you have a round torso) then the wire are having to wrap around your body sooner and more dramatically than they were expecting. This causes the material tube to get over stretched, come into contact with the wires and squeak.

This is why some women regularly find their bras squeak and some women never experience it. Don't despair though ladies there is lots you can learn about the squeak so you can banish it from your life. Here are my top tips for getting rid of the squeak:

1) Look for styles with narrower wires (and/or more flexible wires) - the less wire that has to bend around your torso the less likely you are to hear the squeak.

2) If you love a bra but find it squeaks then you can try one band size up and one cup size down (assuming the cup volume was right for you on the squeaky bra). If this compromises your lift or band support too much then it's not a viable solution but sometimes this will alleviate the squeaky problem.

3) Spend some time with your new squeaky bra to curve the wires so that they are shaped more like your torso. Bra wires are tough so you can get yourself a tennis ball and start to mold the wires to be more curved.

4) New bras are very rigid so you might find that after soaking it for 20 minutes and letting it air dry that the squeak is lessened. It's still going to take a few wears to mold the bra to your shape and the squeak will happen until the bra forms to your body more.

It's best if you can find bras that don't squeak to begin with (and this means finding brands and styles that suit your torso shape). However, if you fall in love with a squeaky bra then bending the wires, softening the material and breaking it in a little could be rewarded with months of squeak-free wearing. If you need help figuring out your size or shape then our free size consultations are a great place to start xx