Hello dear readers – you may be surprised to see that today’s post is a bra review, after what seems like forever since I posted my last one. Thankfully, it’s a good’un and one of the nicest bras I’ve seen from Freya Lingerie in quite a while – in the form of Freya Tropics. I roped in a pal to help me with this one as she has recently changed bra size and is somewhat of a Freya Deco junkie so I wanted to help her try something else.
It goes without saying that some of the main focuses of this blog are the ‘problems’ faced by larger busted women when shopping for lingerie. This is a problem that I as a 30FF know all too well, and that women with even bigger boobs know even better. What’s worth noting, however, are the problems faced by smaller busted women. Many are just as troubled by poor fitting services, resulting in badly fitted bras, but are made to feel like bra fitting ‘isn’t as important’ for smaller boobs. I’m here today to contest that.
Contrary Kiwi’s Emma is a real inspiration to me as her blog so completely her own, and she injects so much of her lifestyle and personality into it (something I’m really keen to work on for Invest In Your Chest!). She’s got some great ‘outfit of the days’ which show off her wicked individual style, and sh shares her bra fitting woes, tips and tricks with with her funny, sensitive, raw and honest posts. I particularly love (and identify with!) her post on the philosophy of using Photoshop.
US lingerie retailer Bare Necessities hosted their first UStream bra webinar which aimed to teach women how to fit themselves from home, and educate them about the signs of a good fitting bra. Whilst it felt a little like an Eveden commercial (I can’t think of a single brand mentioned other than Freya, Fantasie, Elomi and Huit – all brands which fall under the Eveden Group), I felt it was a pretty sound explanation of not only how to reach your ‘correct’ bra size but also the whys and wherefores of what makes something a good fit.
I have a list of favourite bra bloggers as long as my arm, but Butterly Collection’s is by far one of my favourites. With such a positive message coming out of every post and a wealth of information, I always make sure I stop by and follow her Twitter like a hawk! I’ve been following Claire Dumican (now Syrenne!) and her store Butterfly Collection for a while now and actually interviewed her back in October 2011. It’s been great to see her business grow since then and I always forward Canadian readers her way as I know they’ll be in good hands!
Hello and welcome back to Follow Fridays! 2012 was an incredible year in lingerie blogging, and for me the appearance of Fussy Busty was one of the biggest cherries on the 2012 cake. Her new perspective of being a larger plus sized, fuller figured and fuller busted woman is very unique, so her blog caters particularly well to that body type. For the rest of us, it’s still an excellently provoking, informative and often very funny blog. A great read
Next up in today’s Follow Fridays interview series is the delightful June from Braless in Brasil – one of my go-to blogs for bra problem solving, in-depth information and intellectual opinions on the world of bras – yes, there really is such a thing. June’s blog really is wealth of information. Each of her posts are jam-packed full of text, but it’s always well worth reading and I always learn something every time I stop by. Plus, June is currently pregnant so her recent extra twist of maternity information is really worth checking out if you’re expecting.
I’m no fitting expert and have never claimed to be, but I’ve tried on a LOT of bras on both myself and other women and have developed quite an eye for what makes a ‘good’ bra for me and a lot of other women, and what doesn’t. I have recently had a huge clear out of my lingerie wardrobe, first getting rid of the ones which are clearly not my size or that I’d fallen out of love with, but secondly I made myself try on everything that was left (admittedly still quite a fair pile – oops!) and only kept those that truly FELT amazing.
It’s fairly well documented on this blog that I’m pretty obsessed with lingerie (duh!). But it’s not all about pretty bows and eyelash lace – it’s so much more than that. I’m 100% in the ‘the perfect bra can change your life’ camp, and I’ll unashamedly and unapologetically chat all day long (or for two whole years to the interweb to anyone willing to read) about it. One of the founding posts which helped chisel and shape this blog into what it is today was my High Street Fitting Challenge. Written on the 18th October, 2010, it’s to this day one of my most popular and talked about blog posts. And here’s why I think that is. Most women in the UK – and across the World for that matter – hear about how important it is to go get fitted into your bras. We hear, probably every time we enter Marks & Spencer for our weekly dose of Percy Pigs, that ‘80% of women are wearing the wrong sized bra’. But what about those of us who are ‘getting fitted’ but still not completely happy with how their lingerie fits and feels?