Monthly Archives: March 2012

With a beautiful wedding dress comes great responsibility- finding the right bra!

You have finally got the wedding dress you’ve been dreaming of since you were a little girl… but now you have all these questions going through your head like “what if my dress falls down?” or “do I even wear a bra?” or “To corset or not to corset?” Stop worrying, the brayola girls have your back! We have a few hints and tips to consider when looking for the perfect bra for your special day! We know if you’re fully equipped with the right underwear it can transform your figure, lift your bust and enhance the fit of your dress!

So to begin, you can’t do anything without knowing the shape of your dress. Understanding where it sits is crucial! Take someone with you to look at the back of the dress the last thing you want is a bra strap peeking out over the top of your dress!

So if your dress is…

Strapless (like Joanna Garcia- wearing  Monique Lhuillier)

Joanna Garcia

This classic style is probably the most problematic. We hear a lot of “i’m scared my dress will slip down, or i’ll be pulling my dress up all day!” Whether you have a small bust or large one, this is a common problem. The solution, not surprisingly, is getting a good strapless bra!

If you are looking for a bra that will support and enhance your bust, we would recommend the Wacoal’s Red Carpet Strapless Bra. This bra has a everything you want in a stapless bra if you are an A cup or H (as they have the full figured version here). The cups, also come with a contour push up, giving you great shape! Contour cups are great for shaping whilst supporting the girls in all the right places. The Wacoal bra also has a special mobilon strip around the neckline and bottom of the bra (so it’s not going anywhere!)

If you have a sweetheart neckline you may need to get more of a plunging bra. If thats the case, Dominique Deep Plunge Strapless Bra is your bra! Beautiful frill, surrounding the outer cups. This is just an all round easy bra! 

 

Bigger busted? Looking for a waist cinching basque and that that will keep your girls in place?We know the perfect bra for you! Dominque All Lace Long Line Bustier Bra. We’ve spoken to  women who are D-F cups who have sworn by this bra  telling us how comfortable this bra was(although always go a size up!) so we are happy to recommend it :)

Dominique Bustier

 

 

Backless (like Postia de Rossi wearing  Zac Posen)

Portia de Rossi

Backless is such a beautiful style which many women (especially if you have a large bust) think they can’t do! There are solutions (and really good ones!) if you do want support.

 

One of our favorites is another from the Wacoal Red Carpet range, this time their Longline  bra. It is just as supportive as their strapless bras but comes with a V shaped low back, perfect for your back to be beautifully displayed! It’s seamless,so it does not show through most gowns, it contours the bodice, and it claims to be very comfortable!

 

If your dress is not as low as Portia’s we would suggest looking at the Felina Essentials Seamless Hidden Wire Bustier Bra. This backless, strapless bustier bra features push up padding for cleavage and cushioned boning for a slimming effect. Perfect for any low back dress care free.

Felina Bustier

 

Other solutions to look at when wearing a backless dress, (especially if you don’t want to go braless) is the Natural Combo Bra . It has skin friendly silicone adhesive which claims to last up to 50 wearings, and goes up to a 38D cups. Our only warning with this (and any adhesive bra) would be to take it on a test run first! The last thing you want on your big day is to get into an “unsticky” situation!! 

 

 

Choosing the right bra for the perfect dress is a big decision, and it has to be the right one, so here’s a little recap, plus some extra handy hints to get you started….

1. Check how low the back is on your dress (even if you don’t think it’s low- make sure someone  double checks for you)
2.  Whichever type of bra  you choose, whether it’s a longline, strapless or adhesive; is comfortable to wear (wear it for a day or so just to make sure!)
3. Take your bra to ALL of your fittings it is so vital, and you want to know what the dress will look like on the big day :)
4. Check the fabric of your dress. If you can see your lace bra through the material make sure you choose a seamless bra!
5. The best advice for any bride make sure your bra fits. A badly fit bra will have an effect of how the dress looks. Make sure you get a bra fitting especially for the wedding, as a lot of bridal brands come in different sizes!

Can you help any Brides To Be? We would love to hear what you wore on your wedding day? Have any bra disasters or bra wonders? Or maybe you are a bride to be and don’t know what to wear? No question is too small :)

Love the brayola team
xoxo

Good things come in small packages

The girls at brayola appreciate more than anyone, that boobs/bras come in different shapes and sizes! We understand that it is difficult to find a bra you love, if you’re a 34AA or a 34F. The assumption is that all small breasted women want to look larger, but that is not always the case. Not every woman wants more padding than breast, or told she needs to maximize her cleavage, or have to buy her bras in a shop where teenage girls are bustling over which t-shirt bra to get! We’re here to help! We believe you should appreciate whatever size you are and be able to buy whatever style bra you want, no matter what size you are. So to celebrate this….

Here’s our Favorite 5 Bras for the Smaller Chest (sexy, comfortable and maximizing!)

1. The Lucia Bra -The Little Bra Company

The Lucia bra, is their bestselling petite push-up bra that is universally flattering for smaller figures. This sexy, deep-plunge push-up bra helps petite women fill out the latest fashions. Finally, natural-looking cleavage in V-neck tops and wrap dresses! The all-over lace bra is feminine and fashionable, but since the lace lays flat on the body, it is functional for every day wear. The contoured cup bra has convertible straps, so it can be worn in multiple ways. Lucia is so popular, she has been featured in InStyle Magazine and the New York Times! We couldn’t love this bra more if we tried :) A little advice, the band sizes come a little bigger than normal so it may be an idea to go down a band size, before you buy!

The Lucia bra

2. Timpa Duet Lace Padded Bra

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The underwire cups of this sexy bra are made of sheer mesh-pattern lace and feature scalloped lace trim. Although Timpa labels this product as an A-cup, we have had lots of feedback from AA women that this is perfect for them! This is a must have if you’re a AA or A cup! Timpa also do this same bra with extra padding which is recommended for the fuller A-cup.

3.Wacoal Petite Push Up Underwire Bra

This t-shirt push-up bra is made especially for the petite woman, which features push-up, underwire cups. The contour cups provide a modesty, support and at the same time give a natural shape to your breasts. Great graduated bump pads along the bottom of the cups gives a natural-looking enhancement!

Wacoal Petite Push Up Underwire bra

4.Yvonne

Named Best T-Shirt Bra for Petites by Real Simple Magazine, Yvonne provides the best of both worlds! You get the amazing seamless look of a t-shirt bra, while having a feminine touch of lace detail along the back and straps. This gorgeous smooth-cup bra has contoured push-up padding for a natural-looking curve for a petite figure. Yvonne has versatile convertible straps. We would describe it as girly meets practical!

Yvonne

5. Calvin Klein: Level 1 Envy Triangle Bra

We adore the Envy (Level 1) sexy collection by Calvin Klein. This triangle bra offers lightweight, minimal coverage with soft, sleek straps. You will also love the rose gold hardware! This no wire bra is super sexy with ultra sheer lace covering the bust, with soft microfiber wings offering all the support you can need. Turn the heat up with this sexy lace triangle bra! Yes please!

Calvin Klein Lace Triangle Bra

Got a small bust? Which style of bra do you love the most!

Let us know!

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Until then, happy bra shopping everyone!

xoxo

How to avoid the uniboob

In case anyone reading this is unaware of what a “uniboob” is, we thought we would educate you with this great definition according to the prestigious urban dictionary:

 “When it looks like you have one massive breast. This usually happens when a girl wears a sports bra or one of those tank tops with the shelf bra”

Another common word used to describe the uniboob is “smooshage”. Unfortunately,  women all over the world worry that their sports bra will make them look like they have a uniboob! No matter how big or small your breasts are, it is a true fact that some sports bras can create this dreaded look!

The not so funny thing about the uniboob look is it can cause serious chaffing and irritation; that’s the last thing you need when working out! Not to mention, the point of a sports bra is to minimize any movement!

So here are our Top 3 Sports Bras that separate, shape and support you.

1.Le Mystere Energie Sports Bra
First off, the girls at brayola love this bra! The Le Mystere Energie Sports Bra gives you everything you would want in a sports bra! It features convertible, padded straps can be worn traditional or criss cross, which gives extra support without the straps ever digging in.  It has smooth molded cups with foam lining to give you the shape and coverage that any girl needs! If that’s not enough, this bra provides inner moisture-wicking fabric and breathable wings, so you stay cool and dry throughout your workout. This bra comes in a size 3C-40G.

 

Elomi Energise Underwire Sports Bra

If you wear a bra size between an DD- J up and are looking to fight the uniboob, try Elomi’s Energise Underwire sports bra. This bra is made from special body wick technology, which helps move moisture away from the body, so you keep nice and dry! With its seamed 3-part cups gives you optimal lift with a totally secure fit! Perfect for full figured and full busted women who want a sports bra with high impact support whilst no black eyes!


3. Freya Underwire Sports Bra
This bra is an all rounder,whether you have a D cup, or if you are FF. You can tell this bra was designed by women! The fabric used is cooling and the firm, flat bottom band anchors the bra in place, so no more pulling your sports bra down. Freya Underwire Sports Bra  lifts, shapes and supports without squishing your boobs together (hence no uniboob!)You can show off your curves in this amazing bra and we promise it will become your best workout friend :)

What’s your worst sports bra experience? Is it the uni boob…or something worse!

Let us know!