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 »
I am dying to get my hands on one of these new shoe bras. I’m not sure how much support I’ll get, but I feel like they may come in handy if I ever meet a guy who has lost his shoes. Check out actress Louise Bourgoin modeling the sexy lopsided look for GQ France after the jump. (These are going to be huge at Victoria’s Secret — I’m sure of it.) Keep reading »
The pronounced shoulder is definitely here for another season, but that doesn’t mean we all can go out and splurge on a Helmut Lang blazer. Fortunately, shoulder pad bras are also available this season for those that have a commitment phobia when it comes to flighty fashion trends. These bras will give the favorite pieces in your closet a more structured look, but won’t break the bank. The shoulder pad bra above only costs $15! I’m still on the fence about the strong shoulder trend because I think my shoulders are too wide as it is, but I wonder what other non-celebs think. Do you want a shoulder pad bra? Keep reading »
The Daily Mail reports that conical bras, made popular by ’50s icons Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell and then again by Madonna in the ’80s, are making a big comeback. Not only did the bras make appearances on recent catwalk collections, sales have had a huge increase, with some styles selling as much as 33 percent more than this time last year. The economy, of course, is being credited for the resurgence of the pointy bra, just as it is for shorter skirts, red lipstick, bigger hair, and just about any other cyclical fashion trend that’s reappeared in the last year or so. A spokesperson for a department store in London said: “Throughout the last century the trend for feminine pointy shaped bras experienced a renaissance following times of a toughened economy, marking a return of unabashed femininity as women seek to have more fun with fashion as a form of escapism.” What, no mention of “Mad Men”? Personally, I think Joan Holloway and the other ladies of the hit TV show may have a greater impact on the sales of nostalgic lingerie than the economy; how about you? And would you wear a conical bra yourself? [Daily Mail]
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Crazy expensive, bejeweled bras are nothing new. Heidi Klum freakin’ wears one in every Victoria’s Secret runway show. But why should Heidi have all the spendy chest candy to herself? Here’s something different and dedicated to a great cause: Luxury lingerie company Di Murini has developed a Swarovski-studded mastectomy bra that weighs in at $1,931.58, with 50 percent of the profits going to the charity Against Breast Cancer. It’s a pretty cool addition to all the Breast Cancer Awareness Month fund-raising products, no? [Lussorian]
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Over on Slate, a male reader wrote to Dear Prudence, asking whether it was normal that his girlfriend of six months has been wearing the same bra every day for two weeks. Was she unhygienic, or simply a normal gal? Prudie responded, saying she polled some of the cleanest women she knows and they wash their bras at most once a week.
We did a little research on the topic, and while it’s pretty easy to find information about how you should be washing your bras (preferably by hand in cold water, air-dried), how often isn’t something that has been spelled out or set in stone. Keep reading »
The empire that is Jessica Simpson keeps expanding. (Sigh.) From her humble music roots, she’s moved on to hair extensions, shoes, bikinis and now plus-sized bras. Simpson latest launch is designed exclusively for girls with fuller busts (good news for those of you who complained about this dilemma!). The bras will be part of a larger line (heh) of lingerie that Simpson plans to debut in stores this fall and will include matching underwear, regular-sized bras and sleepwear. The entire range will be available in various prints and fabrics from seersucker to Moroccan-inspired patterns. Interested or over it already? [The Thread] Keep reading »
Marilyn Monroe’s old underwear is going up for auction this weekend and her bra alone is expected to fetch up to £2,000 (about $3,285). And you thought your bras were expensive! This is no ordinary bra though, of course. In addition to being worn by one of the most famous and arguably sexiest women of all time, it is considered to be a sort of early “Wonderbra” with all sorts of special pockets, cups, straps and ribbons that helped give the illusion that Marilyn was even bustier than she really was. Auctioneer Richard Davie said: “The bra looks very complicated at first glance and it actually has four cups inside it – sort of like an early Wonderbra. There’s an inner cup which it almost hidden, which would support her chest as normal. But then there’s an another larger cup about an inch further out, to give the impression she had a bigger chest.” Keep reading »