At the CFDA Awards earlier this week, model Carmen Kass showed some serious skin in a backless Michael Kors dress. She couldn’t get away with a regular bra with this cut, and this got us to thinking: What do you wear underneath dresses with open backs? Keep reading for your best backless bra options. Keep reading »
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About a year ago, I wore a black wrap dress to a job interview. As I prepared to leave the house, I silently congratulated myself on the appropriateness of the outfit, noting the mid-knee length and the tailored but not too tight skirt. So when I looked down an hour later, midway through a sentence about computer programming, and noticed the dress’ high V had turned into a very, very low V from which the girls were threatening to break loose, I was a tad stunned. I got the job but didn’t appreciate the unsolicited help and vowed never to be the victim of wrap dress unraveling again. To help me on my mission, I’ve enlisted the service of Wacoal’s Center Stage cami bra. That built-in lace placket has changed my wardrobe’s life. Keep reading »
The other day, I was explaining to my aunt and grandmother why I’d never buy a white bra and prefer to purchase mostly black underwear. A white bra is noticeable under both white and black tops because of my skin tone, so I’ve learned the hard way that black bras are my friends, and the same goes for black panties. Why don’t I buy nude underwear, you might ask? Well, nude typically refers to one flesh tone that usually doesn’t come close to matching my skin — or most women’s for that matter. That’s why I was so excited to hear about MySkins, a line of lingerie available in 20 colors meant to match a variety of skin tones. Picking your nude is easy. All you have to do is either print a MySkins Skin Tone Color Card (or send away for one by mail), pick the best match, then choose between three bra and panty styles. Now you’ll get noticed for your outfit and not your visible underwear. [MySkins] Keep reading »
As a sometimes-proud member of the itty bitty titty committee, it’s really difficult for me to imagine needing a K cup bra, let alone a KK cup. I’m in the minority, however, as the average size of women’s breasts has increased over the years, as a result of weight gain, cosmetic surgery, and other unknown factors. With an increase in bust size comes demand for correct support. British retail chain Debenhams is answering the call with the help of luxury brand Panache, which makes the Harmony Bra. Debenhams makes a great profit from its range of bra sizes available in D cup and above, so it makes sense that the shop would decide to carry the KK cup Harmony Bra at its Oxford Street location in London. This bra, which has been nicknamed “wind socks” for its 20-inch cups, is available in black, white, and nude for £25 (about $38), which sounds like a steal since bras this size were previously only available through special order. Unfortunately, women in the U.S. who need this size will either have to travel to London or wait till they cross the pond, because all the KK bras are sold out online. [Daily Mail via Impact Lab] Keep reading »
It’s a sad fact, but breasts aren’t exactly symmetrical. Most of us have nearly matching pairs, but some women have two completely different cup sizes, forcing them to wear a bra to fit the larger breast and accommodate for the smaller breast with padding or a prosthetic. However, Fruit of the Loom and Amazon have come up with an ingenious idea that I can’t believe no one thought of before. Fruit of the Loom is now producing “Pick Your Perfect Pair,” a collection of right cup and left cup bra halves that come in polka dots and standard black and white. Each piece is only $5, and the bra halves clip together in the front and back. This sounds like a godsend for women with slight differences in breast size, like a C and a D. But if one boob is an A and the other is a C, I bet some will still resort to stuffing to make them more equally sized. [Racked] Keep reading »
What’s a girl to do when you go out drinking sans purse and pockets? Your ID and phone sure aren’t walking themselves to the bar. If you’re anything like CJ and her well-endowed friends, you let your bra do double duty as both rack support and small-item storage.
From reader responses, it looks like CJ’s not the only one with a “chest of wonders.” You guys shared the crazy things you’ve had nestled in your cleavage, whether on accident or on purpose. Read more … Keep reading »
It’s no secret that Americans are getting fatter each decade (obesity rates have doubled since 1980), but the news isn’t all bad. The upside to our bigger waistlines? Bigger bustlines to go with them! In fact, in the last ten years, the median bra size in the U.S. has grown from 36C to 36DD! And thanks to Oprah and her Bra Fit Interventions, more women than ever are getting sized and wearing the correct bra, which in this age of big boobs, means the full-figured bra business is booming (sales of bigger bras increased 7.4 percent from 2008 to 2009). The only problem is that supply has yet to keep up with demand. Says Susan Nethero, who runs a lingerie shop called Intimacy: “Full-figure bras have sold far faster and larger than average-size bras. Full-busted sales have grown by at least 10 percent over the past year, and 74 percent of my bra business is now with cup sizes larger than DD. I wish there were more. We are not getting enough new [full-figured] product.” That roar you just heard is the sound of curve-loving men (and women) everywhere cheering their hearts out. [via NYmag.com] Keep reading »
Oh la la … French first lady Carla Bruni has stirred up a bit of controversy after she went visibly braless to a state dinner. Clearly, there are certain outfits that just don’t allow for a bra, or require some extremely crafty lingerie, but Bruni’s choice—a simple Roland Mouret dress, a long-sleeved number with a high neckline—didn’t exactly fall into that category.
Is the problem here that she’s “too old” to be going braless? Or is it an issue because she’s associated with a political figure? Have these critics forgotten that some of the most famous photographs of Carla are her nude photo shoots? What do you think—does it matter who and how old you are to clearly go commando up top? [TimesOnline.co.uk] Keep reading »