Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bras 101: The Grown-Up Girls Guide To Fit & Style

Buying a bra is right up there with finding the perfect pair of denim and swimwear shopping.  Actually, it may be the most painful of all three.  Who wants to drop $100+ on the only part of your outfit no one will ever see?  Something to consider, though: the undergarments you wear are the first thing others notice.  Think about it. Layered underneath, these are the very pieces creating your desired silhouette...

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Vintage Warner's Bra Ad.
Shouldn't your lingerie wardrobe get at least a little attention?
We think so too!

Before you go anywhere, head on over to Linda, the Bra Lady for a little schooling on determining your size.  I am sure you're sure, but she is the expert.  All Set? Okay. Here are my top choices on places (LA, NYC, anywhere) to visit and why they will work:

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Jenette Bras - the alphabet starts at 'D'.
First, for my LA readers, Nordstrom is always a good starting-off point.  With about a million different styles, brands and colors, you are bound to run into something you like.  Also, there is almost always a bra fitting expert available that will make you feel right at ease.  Curves for days?  Check out Jenette Bras for the 'overdeveloped and underserved'.  Beautifully-designed and made to accentuate the best of you.  For those looking to add a little more oomph, your next stop is The Little Bra Company. Launched by a woman who could never find a feminine fit for her petite frame, here, you have found your perfect match.

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Kiki de Montparnasse - in all its glory.
For those of you who call NYC home, visit the largest online retailer of designer intimate apparel in-store at the Bare Necessities Uptown location.  Saks is my New York department store of choice.  A quick hop, skip and a jump will take you to Brooklyn's Iris Lingerie where you will find the best of the best.  With custom-fit options from the designer who created Oprah's favorite bra and has over 30 years of experience, you can begin to thank your lucky stars now.  And, finally.  Reigning as the Rolls-Royce of underthings, Kiki de Montparnasse makes SoHo proud. Luxuriously opulent lingerie that could make any Monday feel like a Saturday night, this is the stuff dreams are made of.
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The Etoile bra by True & Co.
True & Co online promises to find your 'bra IQ' in a few simple steps.  Choose 3 from their curated list, they'll add 2 and ship to you.  Try out for a week, keep what you like, ship the rest back for free.  Shouldn't all relationships be this easy?  Soma Intimates specializes in the Sensuous Sides bra which specifically alleviates unsightly lumps and bumps (aka: side fat).  'Nuff said. Add-ons, such as clear bra strapsbra converting clips, and breast lift tape are best found at Hollywood Fashion Secrets.

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Breast Oasis - women helping women in need.
Annnnnd once you get your new bra wardrobe under wraps, look into donating any of your gently (or not at all) used bras to charitable non-profit, Breast Oasis, who distributes certified, clean bras to women and girls in need.

Where do you go for your perfect under-pinnings?  Is it time for a bra intervention? We can tackle it together!  Give me a call and let's talk this thing out.

Mx

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