Guest Post by Trusst Lingerie: A Fairytale Ending?

Deborah from Trusst Lingerie contacted me a few weeks about to let me know about Trusst’s innovative bra. Trusst focuses on creating beautiful and comfortable bras for a wide range of sizes. Check out their website, where you can find more information and see some of their products modeled on people of many shapes and sizes! Trusst’s Kickstarter campaign launches on April 22nd (today), and I’m excited to see where things go from here! Their guest post is below:

One thing that will always be a constant when you have a larger bust is the quest for the perfect bra. This lifelong adventure will take you through twists and turns, throw you many curveballs and hopefully have a happy ending: your bra in shining armor.

Stories like these only exist in fairy tales. A perfect bra is a once in a lifetime experience it seems. You find that one style that somehow makes your bust look amazing and then before you know it, the bra is worn out and the brand discontinued the style and you’re on this quest all over again.

How cliché is that – we’re waiting to find the perfect bra, hoping it’ll come across our paths and make our lives complete. It’s 2015 and this antiquated fairy tale thinking just won’t cut it. Why do we have to wait for what we want? Why can’t we take some imitative and get exactly the bra we deserve?

That’s what we did at Trusst. Fed up with the way bras are, we wrote a new story for our storybook. The quest we’re on now is a little different. We’re not trying to find the perfect bra, we’re trying to make the perfect bra.

We started with everything we hated about current bras: their lack of support, the poking, the pinching, the lack of style options once you hit a certain cup size. We pulled out our sketch pads, our engineering and design oriented minds, and worked until something made sense.  We went through iteration after iteration, long night after long night until the one day we made a breakthrough.

So how does our story end? For us, its just beginning. We’re launching our Kickstarter April 22nd and after that, who knows what’s around the next bend. Follow our story for yourself, as we write a new chapter in bra history.

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Review of Samanta’s Aurora in gray (style A922)

A little while ago, Samanta Lingerie contacted me about receiving a bra to review. After discussing the different styles, I decided to go for A922, the deepest (and also most full-coverage) of their styles. I had fallen in love with the Aurora in gray, which comes in the A922 style, and was available in a 70J. I was sent this gorgeous bra (and the matching bottoms in a size medium) and was absolutely delighted:

The bra:

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The briefs:

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Fit: I wasn’t quite sure what size to select, but the 70J wasn’t too far off. The band is a little looser than I’d like, but since it’s a 2-book band, I wouldn’t be comfortable in a 65. The cups might be a tiny bit larger than my breasts, but the top of the cup cuts in a tiny bit. (I generally have this issue with non-halfcup bras.) If the band were wider (4+ hooks), I would have preferred a 65K. The panties were totally fine in a size medium (I’m generally a small/medium in panties).

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Comfort: The fabric was a little scratchier than I was expecting it to be (more like tulle than mesh), but it felt just fine while I wore it. (Edit: I haven’t yet washed it, but I’ve been told that the bra gets much softer after being washed.)

Looks: Goodness, this bra is gorgeous. I’ve been referring to it as my “fairy princess bra”. I’d be happier with it if it were lower-cut, but I selected it knowing that it was the most full-coverage style. I’m willing to compromise for gorgeous fabric. But seriously, I’d love to see more low-coverage styles available in higher cup sizes! The panties are gorgeous. Nothing more to say there.

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Shape: It gave me a more “natural” look than my other bras, but I definitely felt like it did a good job of holding my boobs up. Not quite as pointy as some others, but not ultra-rounded.

Overall: This is a gorgeous bra, and is definitely deeper than most G+ cup bras (helpful for those of us who need deeper cups). The attention to detail is striking. I’m always happy to see beautiful and well-made large cup bras!

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Book Report: a Review of Liz Kuba’s “How to Find a Bra That Fits”

A little while back, Liz Kuba reached out to me and asked if I’d like a copy of her book to review. I agreed, the book arrived, and my life promptly got crazy (had to move quite suddenly, lost my job, fell down a flight of stairs, etc)… and the book sat for a bit, unreviewed. But since digital copies of “How to Find a Bra That Fits” are FREE on Smashwords during the month of April, now isn’t a terrible time for me to finally post this review.

My first thought was something along the lines of “A book… on how to find a bra that fits? How on earth do you find enough content to fill a book?” But, rest assured, it’s a quick and engaging read! It’s 46 short pages, and light enough to read in one sitting. I’d personally prefer to read this sort of thing as a pdf (you can download the pdf on Smashwords) or blog post(s), but I know that there are people out there who strongly prefer physical books. This would also be a fantastic book to have lying around in a bra boutique.

“How to Find a Bra That Fits” is definitely written for someone with little to no knowledge of how bras should fits… so pretty much everyone who hasn’t devoted weird amounts of time to untangling this complicated subject. (I suspect that it won’t be a life-changing read for bra-fit bloggers like myself, but we’re certainly not the audience for which the book was written.) The book tackles such subjects as: the American bra industry, bra anatomy, size naming conventions, sister-sizes, signs of ill-fit, how to measure for a bra, trying on bras, bra care, and bra myths. If someone had given me a copy of this back in middle school, it would have saved me years of pain, frustration, and embarrassment. The text is approachable, amusing, engaging, and, most importantly, simple enough not to completely overwhelm the reader.

Unlike some more militant bra-fitting guides, “How to Find a Bra That Fits” does a fantastic job of acknowledging that every bra-fitting and bra-care “rule” has its exceptions. I did wish that Liz’s examples hadn’t all been of women who use “she/her” pronouns, since many bra-wearing people (myself included) don’t identify as female or see bras as a gendered thing, but I was happy to see that the book acknowledge transwomen.

Overall, I think this is a really helpful book for those just starting to learn about bra and bra-fitting.

Paperback copies of “How to Find a Bra That Fits” are $8.99 and kindle copies are $0.99 on Amazon. During April 2015, the book is free on Smashwords!

Why I suck at getting rid of bras I don’t wear

I’ve admitted this before: I have way more bras than I need.

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(This is drawer 1 of 2. There are underwear/garter belts in there, too… but still. Eek. I can remember when I thought it was weird to own more than 1 or 2 bras at a time.)

There’s always the (semi-legit) excuse of “but my size fluctuates!”. That’s enough reason to keep at least a few bras in a few extra sizes.

But I have a few more excuses:

“I spent too much on that to sell it!” – Even if I’m lucky enough to get back what I spent on a NWT bra, I invariably lose money to PayPal fees and shipping. It adds up.

“But it’s GORGEOUS and I’ll never find another one like it!” – Often true, but goddamnit, I have too many bras that I never wear!

“But I lusted after this for months/years… I can’t just get rid of it now!” – Remember that 36DD Chantelle bra that I did major crazy bra-surgery on just because I had spent ages trying to track it down and ended up having to find a French vendor to special-order one for me? Yeah… I’m not a quitter. And I never impulse-buy bras. It takes me months (or more) of thinking to go after one I like, so by the time I get my hands on it, I’m pretty dedicated.

“I’m planning on wearing it, but it’s such a nice set… I don’t want to wear it out/mess it up” – Come on, really? You don’t buy things to keep them in a glass display case, do you?

“Oh, I’d totally wear that, but (insert problem here)” – Ugh. If everything in my bra drawer could magically turn into a longline with narrow wires, most of these issues would be solved. Considering just getting a few coordinating fabrics and seeing if I can make this happen. It’s a big investment, but it’d make a lot of currently-unwearable bras wearable again.

Those are my most common excuses. I did a clear-out recently, and picked 2 more bras to list… but I should have found more like 5-7. I have 3 bras on the way at the moment. Two are replacements for ones I’ve worn enough to break (which seems like a smart plan, since I know I’ll wear them), and one is a Comexim Longline, which I’m SUPER excited about (fingers crossed that it will fit!). I’ll do another clear-out once they arrive… but as you can see, I’m pretty clingy.

The Airing of Grievances (Happy belated Festivus!)

As a full-bust blogger, I’ve tried my very best to cheer on new brands that offer D+ styles. I’ve tried to write about new companies so people will hear about them, to offer advice, and to support them when I do have the funds to buy a full-priced bra. But when “fresh, innovative!” new companies are popping up left and right offering the same 28-40 D-G/GG range in bras that are poorly scaled and “bust-friendly” clothing companies are making clothing that just looks… large all over, I get tired of it.

We have enough brands that offer terribly scaled 28-40 D-G/GG bras. And to be frank, D-G/GG cups barely even scrape the lower end of the actual “full-bust” range. If you’re going to do 28-40 D-G/GG, do it well. Don’t just make the same crappy bras that every other brand offers.

One major thing we do need is H+ cups and sub-28 bands. Just fyi, when the few small-band H+ cup bras that are available all have wires that wrap around our backs, it barely even counts. Oh, and if you’re going to make H+ cup bras, maybe consider actually making a few longlines, which give SO. MUCH. MORE. SUPPORT. than standard bands… which is what we need. Why the hell are there no H+ cup longlines?

And clothing… oh god, clothing. (See Bras I Hate and Love’s post on this issue.) Do you know how many places I can go and find a cowl-neck shirt or sweater? Or how plentiful cheap stretchy spandex/jersey dresses and tops are? And if I wanted to wear a top/dress that I have to wear with a belt to get any waist-definition, I’d just get it at Marshall’s or TJMaxx. I’m so sick of seeing made-for-the-busty clothing companies build their collections on cop-outs. You know what we need more of? Well-tailored button-downs, non-stretch dresses with actual waists, winter coats that button…

I’m just so frustrated. I’m sick of cheering on every new and misguided company that tosses around the terms “full-bust” and “bust-friendly”. I want to see a brand actually listen to what we need and want. I’m not naming names, I’m not keeping a public shit-list… but I’m not going to cheerlead companies that aren’t clearly listening to the needs and wants of their target audience.

‘Twas the night before the night before Christmas…

… and Hanukkah was almost over.

Well, to be fair, I don’t really actually celebrate anything, but I do sort of get sucked into the “it’s cold as balls, so let’s get glitzy and eat a lot and give people nice stuff” mood.

Here’s another lust-list, this time with some Holiday glitz:

Naomi collection (yeah, the whole damn thing) from Edge O’ Beyond – $582 for bra, panty, thong, and suspender; $762 if you buy 2 of the gold-plated chains to go with it

 

(I didn’t include the eye mask in my pricing, since they are really not my thing.) This set is breathtaking. It’s also only available up to a 34E (or 36DD), which is heartbreaking. If I had money to spend on this, I’d totally buy a 34E and try to alter it to make it work. But even if they made a 30H, it’s obviously way out of my price range.

Comexim Sharon – $45 for the set

Sharon is a gorgeous half-cup soft cup bra- I don’t think I’ve seen this style at Comexim before. It looks like this set comes in a pretty limited size range, with a 65H being the largest volume available. Anna is pretty awesome about custom orders, though, so you might be able to get this in a larger cup.

Figleaves Tease Silk and Lace set in burgundy – $177 for bra, suspender belt, and either thong or panties.

Again, not including the eye mask because ugh. Anyway, I’m a sucker for lace, and burgundy is one of my favorite colours. Plus, the textures of this set would be divine. Available up to a G cup, though it looks like many sizes are already sold out.

Panache Clara in gold – retail $94, currently on sale for $59.60

While I respect Panache, I don’t normally think of their bras as *beautiful*. The Clara in this gold/black colourway is definitely unusual for Panache, and seems more like something from Fauve (maybe also Masquerade?). It’s available in 30-38 D-J, making it the only thing on this list so far that might actually fit my boobs. From my experience, Panache bands run tight, so this might work for those who need 28 bands.

Black Clair de Lune Robe by Angela Friedman – $265 (also comes in ivory, $295)

Sexy, simple, and downright gorgeous. I might be tempted to wear this over an evening gown or really fancy cocktail dress.

And I’ve saved the best for last:

Amoralle Magnum Almond Robe – Currently $1,179

I woke up a few months ago with a sudden and unexplained love of luxury robes. I do not have this kind of money. Stop it, brain. (But seriously, if you buy me this robe, I will love you so much.)

So yeah, there’s my list. Not everything on it would fit me, and my bank account is not nearly full enough for my tastes… but I’m certainly allowed to drool on my laptop.

Happy Holidays, if you’re celebrating, and just general happiness if you’re not!

 

Brief update

I haven’t posted in ages.

This year, it’s not because I don’t have housing (thankfully, that is settled). But I’ve been working the job from Hell (the one that has me standing for 10 hrs at a time and is killing my back). It’s left me exhausted beyond belief… too exhausted to apply to grad programs or do anything for myself… and it’s made me feel physically gross. I haven’t wanted to wear anything nice or well-fitted… and anything non-longline has been murder on my sensitive ribs.

I am in the process of quitting the Hell-job, though, which means that I will have time an energy again. Yay! I might even want to put on real clothes (I have a small pile of things to review for y’all)!

So, I haven’t forgotten about the blog… I’ve just had life get in the way again. But I’m excited to be back soon!