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The Best Undergarments for Your Prom Dress

By Linda The Bra Lady on April 15th, 2013 in Bra Challenge, Bra Fitting, Linda's Quick Tips, Trend Watch


Oh, I remember my teenage prom years. How I wish I had a Bra Lady like myself to help my classmates and I with our prom undergarments. But now it’s Prom Season 2013, and you’ve got me! I’m here to help you shop the latest prom dress trends, and figure out the best bra, underwear, slips and shapewear to wear underneath them. I did some online shopping at Macys.com and found gorgeous prom dress examples. From short strapless prom dresses, to long backless prom gowns – Linda the Bra Lady has the bras for it! Read on for examples for teen girls of all sizes, and fashionistas of all tastes. Happy prom dress shopping! (more…)

Two Newlywed Bra Divas Share Their Wedding Undergarment Advice

By Linda The Bra Lady on April 1st, 2013 in Bra Challenge, Linda's Quick Tips, Meet the Fitters, Plus Size Fashion

I’m such a proud Bra Diva momma! I work hard to train my bra fitters to be experts in their field, and I’m always proud when they use that knowledge to help the women in my stores or online. But I’m even more proud when I see them living what they preach, and of course, so excited for them when they get married! Last year, two of my top Bra Divas took the plunge and married the special men in their lives. And these beautiful brides have agreed to share their bridal gown and undergarment shopping secrets with the rest of us. Believe me, they’ve helped enough brides in the past that they were well prepared for this adventure – but nothing beats real life experience.


Now these two Divas are prepared to share their insider tips on choosing the best undergarments for your wedding day!



Bras Divas Kim and Britney are two savvy and experienced bra fitters. These two newlyweds have very different body types and personal style, though. I’m excited for their unique takes on shopping for two very different wedding gowns. (more…)

Going Undercover: Wearing Lace Under Winter Clothing

By Linda the Bra Lady on November 18th, 2011 in Bra Challenge, Linda's Quick Tips

American women often cringe at the thought of “showing their bra”. This includes letting the shape, detail, or color of a bra show through their clothing. I understand wanting that “invisible” look, especially in warmer months when we are wearing less clothing. But, it’s ok to let a little show! Not convinced? Then start off slow. Winter is the time for lots of thick sweaters and layers of dark clothing. Here are some ways to start wearing lace bras under your clothes – without letting anyone else know!

What lumps and bumps? Embroidered styles like the Panache Cleo (to the left) or Bonnie are often overlooked by shoppers who wear thin t-shirts. They are attracted to the fun color and sassy style, but afraid that the “lumps and bumps” will show through their tops. Never fear! Bulky sweaters and warm layers will hide any decorative detail. You could wear a Be-dazzled bra under a thick wool sweater, for crying out loud! So don’t sweat it. Wear something cute under that bulky top!

Go color crazy: Speaking of color, Winter is the perfect time to try a fun, funky color! In cooler months, clothing is thinner, and generally lighter in color. It’s best to stock up on nudes and neutrals to keep clothes looking their best. (Read my post on finding your perfect nude). But the winter months and the layers of darker clothing that come with it, are the perfect season to have a little fun under it all. On a bleak winter morning knowing that you’re dressed in a hot pink bra can brighten your day!

“Seams” ok to me: While smooth bras give a sleek look under tight clothing, seams in a bra give a more forward look. It’s that seam that brings breasts in from the side and that shapes breast tissue. Many women hate the “line” that seams leave under their clothing. Truthfully, I like a smooth look. But, I’d rather have someone see a seam (I mean, it’s not really a secret that I’m wearing a bra) and have a lifted shape, rather than no seams and blobby boobs. Just sayin’. There are many fabulous smooth bras out there, but I encourage you to give seamed bras, like the Elomi Caitlyn (to the right) or Panache Tango II a try. And if you’re shy about showing seams, winter is your opportunity to give them a shot!

Luxe lace: Even in the US, lace bras are a sexy staple. A luxurious lace bra has the power to turn your day from “just ok” to “wowie zowie”! Some lace styles are smooth or flat enough to wear under tighter tops, but many women fear that delicate lace doesn’t give enough support. Come on, did you think I would let you wear a bra that doesn’t support? Please! For petite breasts, I love the Timpa Duet bra. And for fuller breasts, a bra like the Chantelle Pont Des Arts bra has built-in shape and support.

Itches in the stitches: Many women tell me that they just hate the way lace feels on their delicate skin. Did you know that this itchiness is usually not caused by the lace itself? Brand new bras have a lot of starch and sizing on them to make them look crisp and appealing on the hanger. Trust me, it bothers me too! But, if you give your bras a good soak in some gentle wash (I love LeBlanc wash for this!) and wash out that itchy stuff, you’ll be left with soft and cozy lace. Usually an hour soak will do the trick. If you’re super sensitive, leave it overnight. From then on out, you’ll have no worries. Trust me!

It’s time to face the lace. Treat yourself this winter to a gorgeous and great fitting lace bra and find out how fabulous you can feel!

Happy winter!

 

 

Undergarments For Your Halloween Costume

By Linda the Bra Lady on October 24th, 2011 in Bra Challenge, Just Sayin', Trend Watch

It’s almost Halloween!  Some people love going all out and wearing a festive outfit, while others are happy to tote the kids around and eat a fun-sized candy bar here and there. And, for some women, it’s an excuse to wear a barely there outfit, put on a pair of ears, and strut around as some kind of animal. I get it, it can be fun! Sexy, scary or sweet, it’s all the same to me. Because regardless of what kind of costume you plan to wear, you better make sure you have the right undergarments! Bras, slips, and even bustiers are all right here at Linda’s!

The Faux Lace-up Top: So many halloween costumes for women have a lace-up top- the pirate wench and the bar maid always make an appearance at parties. But, don’t rely on those faux laces to actually give you a sexy shape. Most halloween costumes come in S,M,L sizes and won’t really hug your curves the way you want them to. To create a sexy waist, slip a Sqeem Firm Compression Vest underneath it all for the structure and support you really want!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Busty Bustier: Don’t trust the bustier provided with your costume to give you the support that you want? You’re not alone! Try a bustier like the Panache Harlequin Tiffany Basque, or other style, to keep you lifted. So many costumes can start with this perfect foundation piece- it’s supportive enough to serve as an undergarment, and classy enough to be worn on its own as a top. Underneath, or on its own, it will make for a fun night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The All White Costume: Lots of costumes are all white and may look great on the dance floor under the black light- but oooooh boy, that polka dot panty or printed bra will show right through! Anyone thinking of going the Angel or Princess Leia route should stick to nude colored basics underneath. Think about it, that $20 costume from the drugstore won’t come with an opaque lining. So, take precautions and wear a Commando Slip and a nude colored basic bra. Need more help? Find your best nude with this handy guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Short Skirt: Got a great pair of gams? Show them off with one of those popular tutu-style skirts on so many halloween costumes! Afraid that the poofy skirt will show off a little too much? No problem! Cover up with a pair of opaque boyshorts, or have some fun with the Honeydew Ruffle Rumba shorts! They are just the right combination of sass and coverage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Halter/Strapless Top: Want to wear a Cinderella gown or Marilyn Monroe halter dress? Don’t spend your whole night trying to keep your bra from falling down- not cute, and not comfortable. Take your measurements and pop them into my Bra Calculator. Then, try a good strapless bra! They each come with straps so you can wear them as a halter, racerback, one shoulder, or even put clear straps on one. Besides, the holiday parties don’t stop at halloween. Keep your strapless on hand for the Christmas and Hanunkkah season, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

Breast Cancer and Your Bra

By Linda the Bra Lady on October 17th, 2011 in Bra Challenge, Bra Fitting

In this internet age, there is a lot of information out there. But, it’s hard to keep the latest studies and information straight. When it comes to your bras, I’ve got you covered! More than 20 years ago, I had a true ah-ha moment when the American Cancer Society invited me to a class on bra and prosthesis fitting. I realized that not only were my friend and I in the wrong size bra, but that almost every woman was wearing the wrong size bra! It was then that I started focusing on fitting women for their undergarments, and not just selling pretty lingerie. And while my expertise and range of sizes has grown and grown, I have never forgotten where it all began. And since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought I would debunk some myths and answer some of your most pressing questions regarding your body, your bra, and breast cancer.

Do Underwire bras cause breast cancer? In one word: NO! This is one myth that I have been trying to debunk for years, now. Unfortunately, an unreliable study spread a rumor about underwires causing cancer, and the myth has stuck around. According to an article in the NY Times, “There is no scientifically credible evidence of this…and the proposed mechanism — that bras prevent elimination of toxins by blocking lymph flow — is not in line with scientific concepts of how breast cancer develops.” I do believe, however, that stuffing your breasts into a bra that doesn’t fit, or letting them slip and slide all over the place in a dead bra, isn’t so great for your breast tissue. So cancer prevention aside, keep your breasts happy and wear the right size!

Where can I get information on breast cancer prevention? With all of the information floating around out there, I would stick to trusted sources like the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and other online sites from trusted hospitals like Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai Medical, and the NYU Medical Center. You can trust centers like these to provide a lot of prevention, treatment, and care information. Also, ask your doctor for great insights into preventing breast cancer!

Are all mastectomy bras matronly and boring? No way! I carry some gorgeous options! Have you seen some of the styles from the Anita Care line? They are very attractive! There’s no reason to sacrifice style after your surgery. Additionally, if you decide to opt for reconstruction, you have even more options. And, as always, the most important part about your bra- mastectomy or not- is wearing the right size. 

What are my options directly after surgery? Your doctor should recommend what type of bra to wear immediately post-surgery. One commonly prescribed bra is a Surgical Compression bra. This type of bra is designed to apply even pressure on the breasts to promote the healing process. This type of bra may be prescribed to you if are susceptible to lymphoedema. If you do not need a medical-grade compression bra, your doctor may recommend wearing a soft-cup bra, such as a low or medium-impact sports bra. A front closure bra may be easier to put on and off than a bra with a traditional back hook and clasp.

How can I measure myself for a mastectomy/lumpectomy bra and prosthesis? I’ve offered post surgery and mastectomy bras, and prostheses and inserts in my online store for quite some time. Now, my Murray Hill store is stocked full of these products in all sizes and styles! If you’re able to come in for a personal fitting, I always suggest it. If you can’t, here are directions for finding your bra size when one breast is larger than the other, or you’ve had one breast removed all together. This process is easier if you have a friend help ensure that the measuring tape is straight and taut.  Remember: You should always size your bra to the larger breast.

1) Measure your chest directly under your breasts, making a straight line across your back. The measuring tape should be tight, but not cutting into you. This is your Band Size Measurement.
2) Measure the larger of your breasts. To do this, start with the tape measure on your chest wall between the breasts. Go over the fullest part of your breast and halfway around your back, stopping at the spine.
3) Multiply this measurement by two. This is your Cup Size Measurement.
4) Enter these measurements in our Bra Calculator Tool to see your bra size. You can email these measurements to one of my Bra Divas and they can suggest both a bra and prosthesis size, just for you! Please note that bra sizing is not a perfect science, so it may take a little trial and error to find the perfect size.

Find more mastectomy and lumpectomy bra and prosthesis information on my website. And, don’t forget to attend my first ever Care for the Cause Event on Thursday October 27th from 1-9pm! Bring your friends, get a fitting, win prizes, and support a great cause.

Happy BCA Month!

 


 

The Bra, the Boyfriend… and the Uneven Breasts

By Diana on December 1st, 2010 in Bra Challenge, Bra Fitting

My boyfriend recently told me he’d like me to show more cleavage.

“What, are you 80 years old or something?” he asked after I’d opted, yet again, to wear one of my full-coverage empire waist dresses.

“But I hate when people look at my boobs and not my face,” I retaliated.

He looked at me as if I had just spoken in foreign tongues.

“Get over it,” he said.

Best. Bra. Ever.

I decided to take his advice and get over it. For the most part, it was because I’m not 80 – I’m a lot younger. And if now isn’t the time to be ogled, when is? I decided I’d show off my new look at a birthday party we had planned to attend. I already had the dress – a trendy mini with animal print top. For the bra, I opted for the Fashion Forms Convertible U-Plunge Bra. It was the perfect combination of plunge and cleavage – a look I often admire on others but never thought to try for myself. So I bought the bra, tried it on with my dress and after patting myself on the back for a boob job well done, I decided to show my boyfriend the new look.

I was excited to say the least.

“Baby. Oh my GAWD. You’re going to LOVE what I’ve got in store for you. You won’t even be able to handle the cleavage.”

“Okay! Show me,” he said.

I put on my best “sexy face” and sauntered into the living room.

My boyfriend is the type of guy who will actually look at me before he tells me I look nice. I stood there as he looked at me and I continued to stand there as his look turned into confusion.

“They’re crooked,” he said.

Luckily for him I wasn’t in an emotional mood and just asked for him to elaborate.

“I never noticed how much bigger the left one was. They’re just crooked. The left one is sticking out, the right one…isn’t.”

I couldn’t be mad at the guy – he was right. My left breast has always been an overachiever. She has always been a curious gal, peeking out whenever she could to see the world outside the Lycra. The right one – not so much. Righty has always been shy, hiding as if there is danger lurking in every corner. She is a runt but I love her nonetheless.

After finicking with my cleavage and attempting to set the misbehaving children straight, I gave up and plopped on the couch.

“I dare you to find a chick that isn’t crooked,” I told him.

He nodded his head in understanding because it was true. No woman, unless surgically enhanced, has even breasts. Some may have bigger differences than others but at the end of the day, evenness is not standard. And I’m okay with that. I’m okay with that because that’s how it is and I won’t spend time worrying about something so petty. Because let’s be honest, he didn’t even notice until I put it on display.

I ended up wearing another dress – one that agreed more with symmetry. (And one that showed less cleavage.) At the end of the day, no body is perfect and nobody is perfect. Sometimes you just have to play the hand you’re dealt.

And sometimes you don’t. If you have uneven breasts and are interested in a solution, visit our uneven breast solution page. If you’d like to speak to one of our bra specialists, feel free to e-mail us with your questions or call Linda’s expert fit hotline at 1-888-262-4887. We’re here to help you and no question is too small…or uneven!

Uneven Cleavage...that doesn't belong to me