A Plea for Longline Bras

Today I’m wearing my super crazy awesome Mala dress from Urkye over a pair of black tights, because the weather has finally become fall (the high is only 77 degrees today!), with my PL Mak from Ewa Michalak underneath. As much as I’m loving this outfit, one thing has become very clear to me as I begin wearing tights regularly again… I need a longline bra.

Seriously, this tights-cutting-in-at-the-waist-and-bra-line-slightly-above thing is just not cutting it for me. I desperately am wishing I were wearing a longline bra right now, so that my little underboob fat pouch isn’t just chilling out there for everyone to see. I wouldn’t really mind usually, but the tights line is really emphasizing it, and I can’t help but fantasize about a longline bra in my size to solve my situation.

I do have shapewear with a higher rise to smooth it out, but let’s be honest… the spandex-all-the-way-up-to-your-neck look is not always the most attractive.

Also, how is it that large cupped girls are the last to get longlines? We clearly are the ones who would benefit most from the extra support of a wide band! As it is, we get a wider band and more hooks than smaller cups, but none of the cute fashion of a longline. What’s up with that?

I know there are a few longline bras for higher cup sizes on the horizon (I believe from Curvy Kate (maybe?), and upcoming brand Edwards & Millers), but seriously, Bra Gods, give me more longlines! And not just fashion ones, continuity ones as well! Because to me, the most appealing part of a longline is that sexy-but-secretly-shapewear thing.

So… get on it, guys.

Clothing Review: Made In Preston Aztec Bralet

Basically as soon as Made In Preston started to release their promo photos, I got very excited for their lines. I love a lot of pieces from the other full bust brands (Urkye, BiuBiu, Pepperberry, etc.), but I’m only 20 years old and it often feels like those retailers are aimed at a slightly older customer, with longer skirts and button down shirts and solid colors. Everyone needs basics, and I love the clothes I have from there, but it made me sad to see the fashionable colors and prints and shapes that the girls who fit into straight sizes around me were wearing that I knew I could never fit into. Enter Made In Preston!

So, when By Baby’s Rules offered to give me the Aztec Bralet that didn’t work quite right on her, I jumped at the chance! And, spoiler alert, I love it! (Make sure to read her brand overview for Made In Preston as well!)

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By Baby’s Rules received this in an 8 Fab, and I’m usually a size 10, so it’s not a perfect fit, but there’s no way I’m giving it up! It’s just a little small around my stomach, so although I love crop tops, I won’t be showing my belly in this one. I found plenty of other ways to wear it!

Fit wise, this top would be perfect on someone who was a usual size 8 UK (so a size 4 US). The waist would fit best on someone who was 26″-27″, I’d guess, and I’m usually around 28″. The cups on this are pretty generous though! I’d say that right now I’m in the 30HH/J-28J/JJ range (as opposed to my previous 28JJ/K), and although this fits me well, I think someone who was a 28K could still wear this comfortably, assuming they were alright with showing off a little boob. The best part about the cups are the wires! I was so nervous that the wires would be in line width wise with other UK brands, which are far too wide for me, but they actually are quite narrow, and fit similarly to the wires on my Ewa Michalak PL Mak. This makes me have a LOT of hope for Made In Preston’s future lingerie line! Hopefully my boobs will keep shrinking so that I can fit into that line when it comes out, because it seems like they are going to have wires that fit me well! I think that if I were purchasing another bralet top for myself (which I will be if I get the funds), my ideal size would be a 10 Foxy, or maybe a 12 Foxy (since when things show my stomach I like to purchase them on the larger side).

The only issues I have with this top are issues that I have with almost every bra, due to being high set and close set. The gore is too wide for me, but it still tacks alright in the middle, and doesn’t cause any real issues. The straps are predictably slightly too long for me! In the pictures I have the triangular part that connects to the single strap pinned short, because although it really adds to the look of the top, it made the straps too long for me. Here’s what the straps look like on me when they’re not pinned:rsz_1fxcam_1377145005301

Even when they aren’t pinned, one half of the triangle sits mostly under my arm and isn’t visible from the front, though I’m not sure why. Since this wasn’t something I bought for myself (and therefore not the perfect size), I’m going to assume that this is a product of a slightly too small top.

This top makes a great going out top, but it also could be dressed down. I’ll be wearing it in the fall and winter with stretchy black pants and a sweater, like this, for a dressed down look:

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While brainstorming outfit ideas for this top, I began to wonder if the longline band meant that it would be supportive enough to wear strapless…

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Success!! By tucking the straps in and padding out the cups a little bit with my Ewa Michalak push up pads, I can wear this as a strapless top! I never would’ve imagined that I could wear something like this, but it actually does a great job keeping my boobs up and where they should be, even without the straps. This just goes to show that the rest of the full bust retailers (both lingerie and clothing) are really missing out by not making longline bras and tops in the larger sizes! We really benefit from that extra support, and it makes things like this possible!

This item was vaguely gifted to me (since it was gifted to By Baby’s Rules, who then gifted it to me), but all these thoughts are my own! This top really has blown my mind, and when I get the money I will be seeking out the Africa Bralet as well, which I imagine would be the better choice for ladies who always struggle with too long straps, since it is a halter neck. And when I just went to the website to grab the link for that top, I saw that they have also added this super gorgeous Hot Pink Bralet! I’m seriously obsessed with these tops, and if they keep adding more then I am going to go broke from buying them.

 

 

Do You Have High Set Breasts?

Hi guys!! I know it’s been forever and a day since I last had a real post, but here I am, and hopefully things will get a bit more regular now that I’m getting on a more regular school/sleep/work schedule!

I know I’ve referred to my breasts as being high set before, and so have a lot of other bloggers, but I don’t think anyone’s ever actually described why they think of their breasts as high set. So this post is just about why I think of my breasts as being high set on my chest, and what problems result from that.

paintOkay, so that really poorly done paint drawing above is my attempt at drawing what my boobs look like braless (even though their shape is pretty different than the drawing, the placement is pretty accurate). As you can see, my naked breast’s apex is already at/slightly above  where bra fitters say your apex should sit while in a properly fitted bra (generally agreed upon as halfway between your shoulder and elbow). The bottom of my root sits even higher, my root ends only about 3″ below my armpits.

So, as you may imagine, this leads to a lot of bra fit issues. Mostly commonly, I deal with having to tighten my straps a lot to get anything resembling lift. Because my boobs are so high set, most bras just sort of shape them into a not-pointy-or-un-bra-ed-looking shape, but don’t lift them higher than they actually sit naturally. I also have to tighten the straps a lot to even just get the wires to sit under my root at all. Having to wear my straps tightly means that if something says “half adjustable” I will most likely just not buy it. No point really, it almost definitely will not give me any lift at all.

Also, this means that I have to be careful about wires and wings that are even the slightest bit tall. Really, I need the shortest wires available. The only brands I’ve found that has wires short enough for me to be comfortable in them are Comexim and Kris Line. Ewa Michalak’s wires were comfortable in smaller sizes, but in larger sizes they got too tall (and they would argue that that’s because my cup is too big, but in the smaller sizes I quadboob if I tighten the straps enough to get any lift, so… yeah, there will probably be a post about that in the near future :D It’s a whole ‘nother topic). A lot of women loooooove a wider band, because it tends to be more comfortable, but for me a wider band means armpit chafing hell :/

This also means that cups are almost always too tall on me, or higher coverage than you’d expect. Since my root starts so high, the underwires have to sit that high, and the rest of the bra covers the corresponding area. This is the most annoying part for me, since, as I’ve said many times on this blog, my ideal bra is lowest coverage possible. I’m looking into Comexim for my next bra purchase (who knows when that’ll be though, I’m super poor), and when I do eventually order from them again, I will be getting lowered cups and lowered gore! I’m pretty excited about that.

So, if you often experience these problems (full coverage cups, having to super-tighten your straps to get any lift, wires always poking your armpits), then you might have high set breasts! These things can all also be symptoms of trying to compensate for too-big cups though, so do what I did: try wearing your bra around with the straps loosened as much as possible for a day (just pad out any extra space in the bra) and see how it goes! Even better would be to use a bra that is usually too small if you tighten the straps to your usual level, so that you don’t need to pad anything out.

 

 

Size Variance At Victoria’s Secret

Size Variance at Victoria’s Secret

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN-LVey97H8

My Bra Confessions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLFQQY_-y8M

I know most of y’all have seen these videos before, but I’m changing things around on my YouTube channel to try to attract fewer creepers (seriously so many gross people there), so I’m making my videos unlisted. This means they can only be viewed with a link, which is why I’m being redundant by posting old videos here! So there’s nothing new here if you’ve watched these videos before :)

Sorry guys…

Hello everyone, I’m still alive!!

Just wanted to apologize about my lengthy absence – I recently got a job, was taking a summer class, AND my best friend moved across the country (so I was spending as much time with him as possible) and as a result, blogging fell to the wayside. 

On top of all that busy-ness, there’s the added issue of my ever changing bra size. My boobs seem to have shrunk some, and my band size seems to have grow (? all while losing weight? I don’t know, it’s confusing), so it’s been hard for me to talk candidly about bras and boobs and bra issues when I don’t even know what my issues are anymore!! (Extra apologies to the ladies at Balkonetka who I abandoned in the midst of receiving excellent advice for this reason!)

I do have a few posts on the horizon though, now that my friend has moved away and my class has ended. So hopefully you’ll be seeing new content up before this Friday!

 

For those curious about Comexim

So, since Ewa Michalak announced today that they would no longer be making below a 65 band (no idea if this is temporary or not, obviously I’m hoping temporary!), I’ve seen a lot of questions going around about Comexim, wondering if they could take Ewa’s place for custom band sizes.

I haven’t personally tried ordering anything custom from them, but I’ve read of them creating a higher center gore, lowering cup height (I might do that one next time I order from them!), and even making 26 bands. I haven’t seen the direct evidence for any of these customizations other than the higher gore, but to me it seems that it’s worth asking.

So, if you’re interested in Comexim, how do you determine what size to buy in them, and how do you order?

The way that I determined my size in Comexim was by taking my UK size, 28JJ, and realizing that a JJ cup is the 14th cup. Then I counted 14 cups down on Comexim’s chart, and (keeping my usual band size) came to the conclusion that I would need a 60N.

And then I ignored this conclusion and bought a 65L because I really wanted the Carmen and it didn’t come in a 60N. But after trying it, I know that 60N would definitely be my correct size in Comexim!

Ordering was pretty easy for me, though I have heard stories of other women who have a hard time getting their emails answered. I initially emailed them asking if they could ship to the US, because I wasn’t able to check out through the website due to my address. They said yes, but that I’d have to order through email, and then would pay through Paypal. I told them what I would like, and they sent a Paypal invoice. My only complaint with the ordering process is that after I paid, it took two weeks for my items just to leave the warehouse. I’m not sure why, or if this is the standard for them, but I had already received the Urkye order that I made on the same day before the Comexim order even shipped.

Comexim doesn’t have an English speaking customer service person, as far as I’m aware, so use simple language that Google translate will be able to work out for you! Keep things short and sweet for simplicity’s sake. However, even with the language barrier, I have never received any emails that came across as harsh or rude from them.

How does Comexim compare to Ewa Michalak?

I would say the bands fit similarly true to size, with the occasional variance that you find in all brands. The wires are about half an inch narrower than Ewa Michalak’s CH style, and a quarter inch narrower than my PL. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it can really make a huge difference once the bra is on (as seen in my post about “Strapgate”). The straps are set much narrower than either Ewa Michalak bra, which I greatly appreciated when first trying them on.

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Side by side comparison, showing difference in wire width and cup height under the arm.

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Comparison of straps from the front.

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The shape Comexim gives me is not quite as round as Ewa Michalak, but still very nice and I actually probably prefer it to the perfectly round look. The projection is similar to the PL from Ewa Michalak, but is definitely less than the CH (as illustrated in the picture below). When looking at the picture, remember that the PL is two whole cup sizes larger than my Comexim bra, and the CH is one cup size bigger, so that will definitely have in affect on the perceived projection. If the bras were in the same size, I would venture to say that Comexim might have more projection than the PL, but since they are not quite the same, it’s impossible to say for sure.

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Sorry for the blurry picture – hastily taken by my phone camera!

As of right now, Comexim does offer fewer shape variations than Ewa Michalak, but for those in need of 26 bands, they might be the new only option. And with theoretical customizations such as increased center gore height and lowered cup height, hopefully everyone can find a Comexim that works for them. And who knows, in the future, as their business grows, we may see more than just padded plunges coming from Comexim as well. Until then, as long as their padded plunges look like this, I’m not complaining!

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All this being said, Comexim is not a “magic brand” just as Ewa Michalak is not a “magic brand”. No one brand will be able to fit everyone perfectly! But for those who are now sized out of Ewa Michalak, and are in need of narrow wires, Comexim is a definite option (also, their 60/28 bands are returnable :) ).

Some thoughts on “Strapgate”

So, here’s the thing. After being told that my bras fit dreadfully by Ewa Michalak (it’s on their facebook page, I wasn’t able to figure out how to link directly to the discussion!), I’ve been seriously freaking out about it. Do my bras actually fit horribly because the wires are in my armpits? Well, here are some of the things I’ve been thinking about it.

1. If my ribcage measures 28″, and the width of the two cups combined is ~14″ (as in my CH Karmelki), the of course the wires are going to wrap around my ribcage.

2. I don’t know if I’m just like wearing bras wrong or something, because apparently some people can wear looser bands, but a 30 literally rides up my back and needs to be adjusted all day. I know some bands sit more slanted than others, but if a band CONSTANTLY moves and needs adjustment… I cannot wear that band.

3. Cups are not graded down with band size. You cannot take the cups from a 36GG and stick them on a 28JJ and then assume that the wires will not wrap around the 28″ girl’s ribcage. That’s just not logical.

4. I’m further cemented in believing that I’m not wearing the wrong size by the fact that other bras in this size do not have this wide-wire problem. My Comexim bra is a 65L, equivalent to 30HH. In it, I would need a 60N, or 28JJ. The band, however, stretches the same amount as my PL Mak, and less than the CH Karmelki. The wires on this are not too wide. Polish girls on Balkonetka (who Ewa says are wearing her bras correctly) are also wearing the same size in Ewa Michalak and Comexim. The difference in fit between my Comexim Carmen and my Ewa Michalak bras is a matter of style of the bra, not a matter of me wearing the wrong size.

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Me in Comexim Carmen

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Me in CH Karmelki

5. I’m literally wearing one band size smaller than the calculator suggested me, in a model that has a stretchy band. They said that my cups had to be smaller. Even before alterations I spilled over the top of the bra even with the straps loosened. It’s just another bra that is too shallow and too wide for my breast shape, but in my size you work with what is available to you (since not much is available at all).

I’ve been reading a Polish forum for the last couple of days because I noticed my blog was getting hits from it, and in it they basically talk about how +0 is crazy and how can we not notice that we’re wearing too tight bands and how can we breathe and a whole bunch of other stuff. Apparently, Poland went through a tight band/+0 “phase” and is now back to +2/+4. They agree with Ewa Michalak that our bands are too tight, and it really makes me wonder how they expect my bra to stay on when this 60 band already moves around all day? Also I wonder how they think we could be wearing bands that were uncomfortable for us. Maybe some women do, but I would sacrifice boob security for comfort any day! Also, if I were going to be wearing the wrong size, why the hell would I choose such a hard size to find?!

I feel like these women who are saying that we (or me specifically, in this instance) are wearing the wrong bra size are not taking something into consideration: I got to this size through trial and error. I didn’t follow some calculator, or anything, I just followed my instincts until I found what was comfortable.

I was in an uncomfortable 34DD, and got fitted to a 30FF. During this time I often would wear 32DDD’s because they were easier to find, but this band size rode up and caused my neck and shoulders to ache. As I lost a little weight and my breasts grew, I found that a 30 band was now allowing my shoulders and back to ache, so I went down to a 28 band, and sized up in the cups until I was no longer pillowing out of the top. Did this result in too wide wires in almost all bras? Yes. Would I rather have too wide wires and wire distortion than a too loose band or cups that I’m falling out of the top of? Yes. 

So if there are any +2/+4 followers out there who are wondering if I’ve tried wearing a looser band and smaller cups, the answer is yes, and it was painful, which is why I wear the size I wear now.

That’s all I’m going to say for now, just because it’s really late and I should go to sleep, but I have all this ranting in my mind that I needed to get out, and it’s been a while since I’d posted anything :) More posts in the future inspired by “Strapgate” will be coming, including one where I try the size that theoretically should make things work for me – a 65H. 

Updates!

Hey guys! Just some quick updates, since I haven’t been around a ton lately.

I’m moving from my apartment to a house today, which means that I don’t know when I’ll have internet again to post :( Makes me wish I’d written that post I was considering starting last night, but alas, I had a migraine and did not. I’ll still be able to check my emails, facebook, and twitter though, because I still have my phone, but no new posts until the internet gets sorted out. I imagine it should only be a week or so though.

I do have some new reviews in the works! I got the Cleo Meg on eBay in a 30J, and the Cleo George (verrrryyyyy old model) in a 28J, so I have reviews for those coming up. I may also do a quick review of the button up dress (yes, button up!!!) that I found at TJ Maxx, though due to the nature of TJ Maxx I’d probably just have to link other things that might work in it’s place, since that specific dress won’t be able to be found everywhere. 

Aside from reviews, I have a few ideas for other posts, but nothing super concrete yet… Hopefully I’ll do another vlog soon, because I love those, but after a semi-creepy response to the two videos I made in bras I’m trying to keep them clothed, which makes video reviews for bras kind of impossible!

Anyway, that’s pretty much all the updates I have… Au revoir! I’ll be back soon!

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My baby Neal, with both a foot and an arm behind his head

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My little niece, just born May 24th! Lacey Nicole :)

The Modesty Panel: A Word Vomit Post of Thoughts

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As y’all may have noticed, this week the Bosom Bloggers have been all about The Modesty Panel. I didn’t originally intend on participating because I didn’t feel like I had that much to say. I still don’t think I have that much to say, especially that hasn’t been said already by the other awesome bloggers involved (listed below), but I thought I’d make a quick bullet list of the thoughts I’ve been having while reading over everyone’s posts and giving thought to the subject.

1. Why is the word modest when used towards men almost never about their clothing, but for women it almost always is? When a man is being modest, it means that he’s humble about his accomplishments. When a woman is modest, she’s humble about… her… body? Is a woman’s body an accomplishment? I suppose sometimes it is, if a woman has worked hard to achieve her “dream body”, but in my case I know for sure that I could  never think of my body as an “accomplishment” haha. I’ve done nothing to “earn”  my body.

2. Why is it that, although I dress preeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetty immodestly (it’s not immodest to me, but to others it would be), I’ve never been talked about or given looks like the other women who have written posts have described? Is it because of the high humidity and heat of the Deep South? Is it because I am fairly slim, so I’m not “offending anyone”? Maybe it’s because I sort of “own it” and would be the first to describe the way I dress as “a little slutty”. Am I just oblivious do it? I kind of think it’s the last one haha. Even though I dress quite revealingly, I never seem to get “she’s dressed so slutty”, I just get “wow her boobs are huge”. Which still isn’t an appropriate comment to make, but it never feels judgmental as much as surprised or flabbergasted at my breast size.

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The prom dress that earned a million and a half boob comments.

3. Now that I’ve said that, I guess that actually I have had other people insinuate I’m being immodest… it’s just that it’s always been friends so I haven’t noticed that much, or really been offended. But, I now remember, in high school my best friend (who’s a “32A”, I measured her to be closer to be a shallow 28D/DD/E, but she’s not unhappy so I don’t push it on her) would always say to me, “If I’m a straight girl and I’m getting distracted by your boobs, your shirt is too low cut.” I was never offended, and thought it was kind of funny. But I guess that is sort of her way of saying I was being immodest. Or I have another friend who’s a “32C” who constantly points out my visible bra… yeah, sorry, my bra is almost always going to be visible, especially on the sides. That’s just how it works. I’m not upset about it, so you shouldn’t be either. But she always approached it like she was telling me my fly was down or something. Like it was something I should be embarrassed about. Newsflash: everyone already knows I’m wearing a bra, whether it’s visible or not.

The only time I’ve had someone talk about my clothing in a way that actually felt judgmental is when I was talking about dressing a curvy figure with a group of girls. One of them has a figure that’s very similar to mine, but she dresses in baggy t-shirts and jeans all the time, and as a result “looks like a potato” (her words, not mine!!). She’s always complimented my figure, but I always point out that really she has the same figure, she just doesn’t dress to show it off like I do. On this occasion, she was showing the girls a rather short, rather low cut, tight fitting dress she had (AND LOOKED AMAZING IN), and I was saying that if she wanted to show off her figure she should just dress like that all the time. The other girls all disagreed, saying that it wasn’t appropriate for something like going to class, but I said I would totally wear it to class, and just throw a cardigan over it, following it up with “I guess I do dress a little slutty though” in a joking manner. But a religious girl in the group immediately fired back, “Yeah, you kinda do.” I have to admit, I was a little offended. It’s sort of like how it’s okay for you to fight with your siblings and call them names, but if someone else did you’d be really upset? I don’t know. But that’s the only time I’ve ever felt really judged, even if I maybe invited the criticism with my “joke”.

4. Whooooaaaaa never mind again. How am I blocking all of this stuff out?! I just remembered another time that I got judged for being “immodest”. I worked at Chick-fil-A for a long time, 3.5-4 years, and at one point was in line to get promoted to Team Leader. I had a meeting with a manager before the promotion was final so that she could give suggestions on things I could approve (that all the managers had discussed in a prior meeting), and one of them was the way I dressed off the clock!! I’d regularly come in to pick up my check in a tank top and shorts, and she suggested that I start keeping a t-shirt in the car to put on over my tank top to cover up more. So it wasn’t even a matter of not being dressed professionally, it was a matter of too much skin! A t-shirt is not exactly professional attire either, and this was just a fast food job. And customers couldn’t even see me when I came in the back door to go straight to the office to pick up my check… Yuck, how did I forget that incident? The idea of all the managers sitting in a circle, talking about how revealingly I dressed (and most of them were men, there was only one woman manager at the time) really skeeved me out.

5. Why is modesty connected to self respect? Why do I have to cover up my body to respect it? Maybe I respect its need to not be covered in fabric when it’s 100+ degrees and 90% humidity outside. So don’t complain about my tank top and shorts, thank you very much.

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Standard summer outfit, believe it or not is for comfort. Excuse the hair, I was NOT kidding about the super high humidity :P

6. Why do people always act like girls who dress immodestly are doing it for male attention (which is a very heteronormative view, regardless of how wrong it is on other levels)? Seriously. Even if I’m going someplace where there are only going to be my close guy friends that I’ve known since middle school, I’ll probably be wearing a short skirt and v-neck top. Or in my apartment, where I’m dressed to impress literally no one but myself, do you know what I wear? Underwear! Literally just my underwear haha, not even a bra unless it starts to get uncomfortable without one. At all girls sleepovers, I wear short pajama shorts and a tank top. The way I dress is not to get the attention of sexual partners.

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Literally at an all girls sleepover.

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Literally at my grandparent’s house with only family around. GASP! VISIBLE BRA AND SHORTS!

Basically, the way I feel about modesty is: my body is not open to suggestions, and that includes what I put on it. People are always going to have their own personal ideas of how others should dress, act, etc., and I know I make snap judgments about people all the time. But I don’t let them control how I treat anyone, and I definitely do not vocalize them unless the person in question asks my opinion. Also this post came out really long, seems like I had more to say than I thought I did!

Seriously, I do. not. care. what you think about what I’m wearing. I mean, my profile picture on Facebook is me in a bikini. Even the cartoon version of me I dressed in a low-cute, tight dress. So judge me all you want, but keep it to yourself!

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Actual profile picture in which I do not give a fuck who sees me in even less coverage than my underwear.

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Cartoon Robin: heavy on the make up, light on the clothing ;) haha

 Other bloggers who have written better thought out, less stream-of-conscious-no-point posts for the Modesty Panel (linked ones are already written):

Bras and Body Image

Boosaurus

Braless in Brazil

By Baby’s Rules

Contrary Kiwi

Hourglassy (they have a few other posts as well, not sure how to title them all as links here though!)

Miss Underpinnings

Red Hair and Girly Flair

Sophia Jenner

A Sophisticated Pair

That Bra Does Not Fit Her

The Tit Rambler

Fussy Busty – Nicole

Fussy Busty – Amy

Undiegamer

Weirdly Shaped and Well Photographed

Clothing Review: Urkye Mala Czerwona

Hey y’all! Exam week is over, and that means plenty of time to devote to blogging :) My first post of the summer will be a review of the GORGEOUS Mala dress from Urkye! Urkye is a Polish company that makes clothing designed for boobs, so you can buy the size for your waist, and then indicate your bustiness, similar to Pepperberry, BiuBiu, or any other company designing clothes for boobs. Urkye has “bust levels” of o, oo, ooo, or o/oo, oo/ooo for stretchy clothing.

Under the dress I’m wearing my 28K PL Mak, because I figured Polish bras should be worn under Polish dresses. I tried it on with a British bra underneath, and it looked good then too, but I feel like the bust is cut for the projection of a Polish bra.

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This was my first purchase from any full bust clothing company, and I have to say, I’m hooked! The dress is made of a stretchy material, and before buying it I probably would’ve said, “Why would I buy stretchy clothing cut for curves, when I can squeeze into the clothing at the mall?” but it really does make a difference! Mostly in that the armholes don’t stretch, and weird excess fabric doesn’t get bunched up at my waist! It’s really worth it, and I definitely will be buying more of my clothing, including stretchy casual things, from full bust companies.

My measurements at the time were 40″-28″-40″, which put me at sort of an awkward place on the Urkye charts. My waist was in between sizes 36 and 38, but my boobs were at the very very top end of the 38ooo. I decided that since it was a stretchy dress, I would size down to get a tight fit on the waist, and went with the 36oo/ooo. And I’m glad I did! Honestly, I could’ve taken a 34 in the waist, but then the hips and boobs would’ve been too small. If you’re thinking about sizing down in this dress, I would go for it. I also wouldn’t worry if your bust measurement is a bit off the charts, as mine were, and I still had plenty of room.

The dress was surprisingly flattering. I expected to need to wear shapewear with this every time I wore it, but in the pictures in this post, I am shapewear free, and as you can see it is surprisingly flattering for such a fitted garment!

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Not the best picture of my posture or face in the world… oh well :P

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View from the back- very curve hugging, definitely not enough space in the butt to go down a size!

It’s a very versatile dress too. It could easily be sexy-ed up for a date by wearing a cleavage enhancing bra underneath, or made professional with a blazer and modest heels. It could even be layered with a turtleneck under it for colder weather or worn casually with sandals (once I hem it! :P )! There are a ton of options for this dress, which I love.

The one thing that I don’t love about this dress, but that I expected when I ordered it, is that it’s too long for me. I’m only 5’3″, and as such, longer dresses kind of make me look stumpy unless I’m wearing heels. But when do I wear heels in real life? Almost never. Really only when I’m going out dancing or on a fancy date, and for both of those occasions I’d still want a shorter dress. So I’m going to hem this dress, and this is what it looks like when it’s a length I like (more like mid thigh):

Shortened!

Shortened!

Shortening this dress does eliminate some of it’s versatility, because it would no longer be appropriate for an office or fancier setting, but for where I am in life right now and where I would wear this dress, this makes way more sense for my life! I would only be wearing this in casual settings, or settings where I’m playing up sex appeal, so shorter is better for both of those.

The best part of having something that is designed for busty women is that for once in my life my bra ISN’T SHOWING THROUGH THE ARMHOLES OF SOMETHING SLEEVELESS! Do you guys know how hard that is to come by?! I think you must, if you’re wearing a properly fitted bra and ever try to buy sleeveless clothing.

Overall, I am insanely pleased with this dress, and even after shipping from Poland it was a little less than $50, so not completely unreasonable for something that actually, you know, fits boobs.