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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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!