Crazy for Cleo

I have never really tried many Panache bras. Before now, my only venture had been the Panache Melody in a 30JJ…

Melody 30JJ

…Which was a complete failure. It ran huge in the cups, was more like a 34 back and the underwires were far too wide and painful. I’m now thinking it was mislabelled, and it still sits unworn in a drawer. At any rate, it completely put me off Panache. I didn’t even consider Cleo, which stops at a J, until I absolutely fell in love with the Alexa. When I was told it runs oddly large in the cups, there was no way I couldn’t try it…  Continue reading

My Curvy Kate sets

Curvy Kate is an amazing brand I’ve admired for a long time. Their body positive nature, their use of everyday women as models, and their dedication to making beautiful, girly lingerie for the fuller-busted woman – a lot of brands could learn from them. So today, I thought I would write about a few of my experiences with their lingerie…

Black Ivory Angel Full

The first Curvy Kate set I’ve owned is the Angel in Black/Ivory in a 28K with size 10 shorts, which I won in a Brastop competition. The set is also available with a thong brief instead of shorts, and a (gorgeous!) suspender belt. Continue reading

Bra fitting at M&S

Today, after a visit to Bravissimo, I decided to nip into Manchester’s M&S. I initially planned on just trying on a 36G to show how poor a fit the +4/5 method gives..

Hand indicating where the wire needs to be

Hand indicating where the wire needs to be

Green lines showing roughly where the band should start and end on me

Green lines showing roughly where the band should start and end on me

Which it obviously does. With my measurements of around 30/43, I usually wear a very comfortable, very supportive 30JJ. Today, measuring closer to 31, M&S suggests I wear a 36 band. Pictured is a 36G, the size suggested by House of Fraser. All of the obvious signs of a poor fit are there: the wires are not flat against my ribcage, I have “double boob” at the top, the band rides up, and the wires are sitting on breast tissue at the side.

I was going to leave it there, until I saw an empty appointment slot, in just 20 minutes. Having been told that the fitters have been re-trained, I booked it and grabbed myself a 38F to be fitted from. Continue reading

Going dotty for Bravissimo’s Dotty Spot

I was recently my 19th birthday, which for me means I have rather a few new bras and clothes to write about, the first of which is the Bravissimo Dotty Spot.

I have previously tried out this bra in Bravissimo, which I wrote about here, and wrote it off for being too pointy. Well…turns out I’m a very weak person, and I can’t continue to resist a retro-styled polka-dot bra, even an overly pointy one.

30JJ Black front

After owning the Alana for a while I have been getting used to a having slightly pointier profile, and not seeing much else of interest, I decided to take the plunge and get the Dotty Spot, in both colours, in a 30JJ. Continue reading

My bra size revelation (the perils of +4!)

For my entire bra-wearing life, from the age of 9 or 10, I wore a 34 back. My mum put me straight in a 34A, then a 34C by the age of 12, a 34DD at 13, then a 34F at 14, and I carried wearing a 34F/FF from then on. That is, until about a bit over a year ago, when my breasts decided to start growing again, to the point where they were barely in the cups anymore. Despite it being clear that I needed to go up about 3-4 cupsizes to perhaps a 34H, I put this off. The main reason? The +4/5 method. Continue reading