The weather is getting colder... the leaves on the trees are changing... we're pulling out scarves and boots and sweaters... we're eating comfort food and drinking hot chocolate... and all of a sudden, it's the season for parties and egg nog and candy canes and getting dressed up! Now, what's a girl to do about the pesky bra (and bra strap) issues that most dresses seem to have?
First, the strapless option. Strapless bras are great if you're wearing a strapless dress or a dress with complicated straps. They come with detachable straps so you can do a cross-back, racer-back or halter-neck option. We have reviews of two of the best strapless bras in another article here.
Second, the Deco is a great option for a dress that's fitted and smooth, and/or plunging. It has the added benefits of comfort and the fact that you might already have one in your dresser! The new Deco Vibe has the added benefit of a built-in J-hook so you can racerback it if your outfit needs it.
Third, the traditional LBD is popular for the Christmas and New Year's season, especially with some added sparkle! You can easily be subtle with a black dress and a black bra, especially if it's a pretty lacy bra with a great shape like Envy.
You might have a bra in mind for your party outfit, but it might need a bit of 'tweaking' before it's perfect. Try these:
You might be wondering how we came to choose Topaz Lingerie for our company. What does “Topaz” have to do with it?
Well, Topaz is a mineral and a gem, it's tougher than it looks (hardness of 8 on the mineral hardness scale), it comes in all shapes, colours and sizes, and it has what geologists call “perfect cleavage”! It seemed to be the perfect way to describe our customers at Topaz Lingerie.
If you're like me, there are two times a year where I take a cautious look at my strapless bras after ignoring them for six months: around Christmas and New Year's parties, and when the weather starts getting warm -- like around now. I say a cautious look because strapless bras are notoriously uncomfortable (sometimes downright painful!) and unsupportive, but can be a necessary evil if you want to try a spaghetti strap or strapless style. So what's a girl to do in order to look good and be comfortable at the same time?
My first suggestion is to buy a strapless bra with a tight strap -- maybe even buy a band size down, if you can. Normal bras should gain most of their support from the band, but strapless bras gain all of their support from the band, so you need a very supportive band! A strapless bra with boning helps with the support too!
We have two strapless bras on our website, and they're both pretty amazing in their own ways, depending on what you're looking for.
First, the Porcelain Strapless Bra. It's moulded, seamless, plunging, and comes in black and nude -- pretty much invisible under most tops! It also feels thin and light, which pairs well with a light, summery dress. Many dresses and tops that call for a strapless bra also call for a plunge style, so this bra fits the bill nicely. The only one downside is that the shape is not as 'lifted' as the average bra with straps. It does come with detachable straps, so you have the option of using the multi-way straps, if your outfit permits.
Second, the Deco Longline Strapless Bra. Again, this bra is moulded and seamless, with black and ivory options. And when we talk about the band providing support, this bra goes above and beyond -- the longline style is long enough to have five hooks, thus cinching you in and providing incredible lift for a strapless bra. It definitely feels heavy duty, like you can subject it to anything and it'll still hold up. It also has the tried-and-true Deco shape, which so many of you might already know and love! The downside of this bra, as least for me, is that after about four hours, it got uncomfortable. Given the track record of most strapless bras, though, that's not bad!
Is it warm enough for you to start thinking about strapless bra season? Are you dreading it? Check out these options for your next outfit and let me know what you think!
It seems like in our culture, the 'DD' bra size is seen as 'huge' or 'desirable'. This statement in itself doesn't make sense, because a DD measurement is simply saying that the chest measurement is five inches larger than the rib cage measurement. It doesn't actually have anything to do with breast size. For a bra measurement, the same cup size will be assigned a different letter, depending on the band size. For example:
28DD = 30D = 32C = 34B = 36A
The cups in all of these bras will look the same; the band will just be a different length. This often means that women with small rib cages will have the most difficulty finding bras that fit because the average store doesn't carry an abundance of 28 and 30 band sizes, irrespective of cup size -- but that's another issue.
We have had customers go through the fit guide and find that instead of being a B cup, they turn out to be a DD cup, and they contact us because they're sure a mistake has been made -- their breasts aren't DDs! But when they try on the new size, they realize the difference it makes in fit and support.
So if you're on our website for the first time and think you might be here by accident because there's no way you're a D cup or larger, give us a chance. Ignore the myth and go through the fit guide -- you might be surprised at the result!
If you’re like me, you love winter clothing. I love knee-high boots and wool skirts and beautiful, colourful scarves. But I love when the sun comes out and the weather starts getting warmer. The only issue with summer is that it also comes with the need to wear the dreaded swimsuit! In the winter, it’s easy to camouflage the parts of my body that I don’t like or that I don’t want on display…in a bikini, though, it’s a bit harder. Those small triangles of material that most stores call a bikini top just make me want to run, screaming, from every beach in sight!
So how do you maintain that classy, confident persona that you have in the winter when you’re on the beach? Is it even possible? Helen Mirren, at 63, knows what she’s doing, wearing a bikini that’s supportive. And to think most of us put an age limit on bikinis!
Choosing a swimsuit is like choosing any other article of clothing: it’s about knowing your shape and buying what fits, not just what might happen to be your size. For example:
If your stomach is your problem area but you want to wear a bikini: try a folded or ruched bikini bottom
If you want to show off your shoulders, opt for a halter style swimsuit
If you’re hiding scars on your torso, check out tankini options
If you want your bust to look fabulous but not look like it’s spilling out of your swimsuit, wear something supportive!
The great thing about the swimwear that we carry is that they’re made by the same companies that make the lingerie that you love, so you can be sure that they know what they’re doing when it comes to support and fit! But these companies also have style, so they've created swimwear that’s cute, in some gorgeous colours, and some have ruffles or detachable straps, and various options for bottom styles. We carry options that fit not only your size and your shape but also your style, so you can be classy and confident, even on the beach!
And as always, if you’re looking for something that isn't on the website, please contact us and we can special order something for you, at no additional cost.
You’ve likely heard the stats – 70, 80, 90% of women aren’t wearing the right bra size. It’s probably because that most of the stores that are telling us this stat are misinforming us about how to be properly fitted into a bra. Go over to our fit guide to find out more about how to determine your size.
But as with any other article of clothing, you might fit a specific size in one brand, and it fits you perfectly, whereas there could be other brands that you try in five different sizes and nothing seems to work. So along with size, shape and style is more important than you might think! Are you narrow in the centre? Try a plunge bra. Are you full in the top? Try a full-cup bra. Do you find that there’s extra fabric in the centre of the cups, even if the rest fits right? Buy Freya or Fantasie. Are you more pointy than rounded? Try Panache or Cleo. Often, you’ll find that you’ll have better luck sticking with brands with similar shapes. If you’re stuck, or if you’ve tried so many styles and brands that you’re ready to give up, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We might be able to offer you a new suggestion.