Archive for the ‘Plus Size Fashion’ Category

Elila Turns Ten

By Linda's Online on July 24th, 2014 in Brand Profiles, Lingerie News, Plus Size Fashion

One of our favorite brands at Linda’s is a foundations company called Elila. This bra brand makes one of our most popular bras in our online shop, and a whole host of supportive, well fitting, best selling bras at the Linda’s shop. This company fits bra sizes 34-54 and B-N cups. WOW! “I felt there was a definite void in the market for well-made basic supportive everyday garments for full figure women. That’s where we started.” states Ellen Jacobson, owner of Elila. This year, they turn 10 years old! How fabulous!

Here are a few reasons why we love Elila:

  1. Their owner, Ellen Jacobson, dreams up and designs the Elila collections just a few blocks from our Murray Hill store in NYC

  2. Elila items are made with firm elastic and sturdy construction – they are quality bras that really support

  3. Their longline strapless bras are a Godsend for full busted brides

  4. The Jacquard soft cup bra is affordable, comfortable AND fits up to N cup

  5. COLORS galore!

  6. A vast size range from 34-54, B-N cup

Ellen Jacobson says: “Our biggest product developers are our customers; women around the world who know what feels right and what doesn’t…and what they can’t seem to find in the market. Elila is a result of this feedback and the work of a talented creative team that has never been afraid to challenge the norm.”

Have you tried Elila yet? Here’s a sneak peek at their recent photoshoot, captured by our very own Bra Diva Kim (who you may recognize from our Braducational Video series.) Let’s celebrate ten wonderful years of this fabulous foundations brand!

Shop Elila at Linda’s and and maybe you’ll make an Elila bra a staple in your wardrobe!



Bra Problem Solved: “Quad Boob” – Braducational Video

By Linda's Online on September 9th, 2013 in Bra Fitting, Braducational Video, Linda's Quick Tips, Plus Size Fashion

Hi I’m Kim from Linda’s! People say two heads are better than one…but believe me, four boobs are NOT  better than two! “Quad boob”  is our term for a bump that spills out from the top or side of your bra, making it look like you have four breasts instead of the usual two. This embarrassing effect can even show under your shirts. Yikes! Here are our expert tips on how to go from 4 to 2!


Bra Problem Solved: Desire for Smaller Breasts – Braducational Video

By Linda's Online on August 30th, 2013 in Bra Fitting, Braducational Video, Plus Size Fashion

Hi! I’m Kim from Linda’s. We help women of all cup sizes, including up to an N cup! For those with a full bust, sometimes, you don’t want your chest to be the center of attention. Don’t worry – I’ve got a few ways to make your chest appear smaller without resorting to surgery.


Two Newlywed Bra Divas Share Their Wedding Undergarment Advice

By Linda's Online 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…)

Fitter Favorites: The Panache Andorra

By Linda's Online on August 8th, 2012 in Bra Fitting, Meet the Fitters, Plus Size Fashion

Many times my fabulous bra fitters get asked “what bra are YOU wearing?” or “well, what’s your favorite bra?”. And though my girls always help you find the best bra for you, they love to share their favorite styles as well! I mean, after working with bras and boobs for so long, how could they not have a few personal favorites? First up: Kia! Kia is a great fitter with a lot of sass. She knows how to help you and she knows how to work those curves. Kia is a fan of Panache bras because they offer serious support in 34J without sacrificing on style. That’s right, she’s a 34J.  Take a look at how fabulous she looks, and read below to find out which amazing styles she is wearing!


Braducation tips: what’s a “normal” cup size for teens?

By Linda's Online on July 17th, 2012 in Just Sayin', Linda's Quick Tips, Petite Fashion, Plus Size Fashion

School is just around the corner! It’s a great time to check in with your daughters and the young women in your life. Have things changed over the summer? And I don’t mean does she have a tan and great memories from camp. I mean, has her breast size changed? I know – this can be a pretty uncomfortable topic. I wrote a fabulous post (in my humble opinion) on helping your daughter buy her first bra, but what happens when she outgrows those bras? And more importantly, what happens if the little girl that you’ve raised suddenly has a more womanly figure … and is totally uncomfortable having it?

Below are my tips on the importance of “braducating” your daughter on what a normal cup size is and how you can help create a positive image of her changing body so she won’t spent her mornings taping down her breasts like Roberta in Now and Then.


April Bra of the Month: Elila Strapless Longline Bra 6421

By Linda the Bra Lady on April 19th, 2012 in Linda's Bra of the Month, Linda's Quick Tips, Plus Size Fashion

It’s that time again! Each month I choose a well deserving basic bra style that is made well, fits well, and has real “staying power”. In a word: Fabulous. April’s bra is perfect for prom and wedding season. Whether you’re a blushing bride who needs a bustier to create a glamorous shape or a full busted teen who wants to shimmy on the dance floor – the new and improved Elila 6421 is the perfect bra for you! Plus, it can be worn with or without straps.

And don’t forget about my Fitting Support Tab! On every product page I list helpful fitting advice and style sizing. For instance, this bra fits very snug in the band. I always suggest starting with one back size up from your typical band size, which means you’ll have to adjust the cup size down to remain the same. Ex: If you wear a 34H, try the 36G. Have more questions? You can always ask my Bra Divas who are trained to help give you the best possible fitting advice via phone, chat or email.


Linda’s “Lifted and Separated” Bras!

By Linda the Bra Lady on March 14th, 2012 in Linda's Quick Tips, Petite Fashion, Plus Size Fashion, Trend Watch

I always tell women, “I can only tell you how your bra fits. YOU can tell me how it feels, and how it looks.” Looks are such a complicated thing – they are very personal! And just like our hair, our clothes and our bodies, every woman wants their breasts to look a certain way. There are, however, popular looks. And one of the most popular in my shops? Lifted and separated! Here are three of my favorite bras to give D-N cups this look. And, for those with a more petite bust who want to create curves – shop new additions to The Little Bra Company!

Click below to discover…

Free Shipping Goddess Alice Elomi Caitlyn Panache Tango II The Little Bra Company Image Map

Star Style: What Do They Wear Under There?

By Linda the Bra Lady on December 20th, 2011 in Bra Fitting, Linda's Quick Tips, Petite Fashion, Plus Size Fashion, Trend Watch

Celebrities seem to have it all: looks, money, fashion… but you don’t have to star in the latest blockbuster movie to look just as fabulous. Believe it or not, it’s all about wearing the right underpinnings. Trust me, we’ve all seen enough wardrobe malfunctions and terrible outfits on fabulous celebrities. It isn’t the money and fame that makes them look so good – it’s a darn good stylist and quality underpinnings. While I may not know exactly what Angelina or Jennifer has on under her dress, I can share my tried and true products that can help you get the same look. Here are a few of my favorite celebrity outfits and my secrets to just what they may be wearing under there…

Celebrity Style: Super high cut slit in sheer chiffon fabric

What to wear under there: A seamless skin-colored panty like the Commando Girl Short. It tricks the eye into thinking that they just might get a peek at something personal, but keeps you covered just in case it’s a windy day. Recommended for: Ladies who love their legs and thighs (or at least one of them). They’ll be on display.

Celebrity Style: V-neck dress down to there!

What to wear under there: If you have perky breasts, you can just use a little double-sided Hollywood Fashion Tape to keep the dress from falling away from your bust. You may also want to use some nipple covers like Low Beams or Nipsticks to keep the outline of your nipples from peeking through the dress material. Lastly, the Braza Bra is made of two separate bra stickers with no connection in the middle so it won’t show. Recommended for: Women with perky or petite breasts who don’t need a super supportive bra or whose breast shape is less full in the center of their chest.

Celebrity Style: Classic white button down blouse

What to wear under there: This look may seem effortless, but it can actually be a bit tricky for some women to wear. A minimizer bra (like this one from Wacoal) disperses breast tissue from the middle of the body, decreasing your chances of puckering buttons. Also, a little Hollywood Fashion Tape may keep the button placate in place. Hint: If you are very full busted with a tiny waist, consider getting a larger shirt altered to fit your slim waist or buying ready made shirts from brands like Campbell and Kate. Recommended for: The classic woman whose breasts look fab in a minimizer.

Celebrity Style: Sleek and expecting

What to wear under there: Moms to be don’t have to limit their wardrobe to over-sized sacks. Pair a slim fitting dress with a pair of Spanx Power Mama Maternity Shapewear or Panythose. You’ll get sleek hips and thighs while still leaving room for your baby bump! And don’t forget to wear the right size bra. Expectant mothers and their bodies go through a lot of changes. Check in for a re-fitting as your bust and belly grows. Recommended for: Pregnant women who still want to rock their wardrobe.

Celebrity Style: Seriously sheer dress

What to wear under there: Woah! For a totally see-through dress you have two choices: You can try to fool them and wear something seamless and nude (like the Commando line of thongs and Girlshorts) or cover up under there. Try a nude slip underneath for a layer of protection, or pair the dress with a black slip for a monochromatic look. Trust me, the mini length and gorgeous lace detail will still get you the attention that you deserve without having to showcase too much. Recommended for: Women who don’t mind almost baring it all!

Celebrity Style: Full figured and one shouldered

What to wear under there: Va-va-voom! To look this red-hot when you have a full bust to support, make sure you wear a serious strapless bra. Two of my favorites for the truly full-busted are from Fantasie and Panache. To accentuate those curves, pair that strapless with a fabulous pair of Spanx or a Squeem. Want it all together? Try a longline bra. Even then, I say wear some fabulous shapewear for a seamless hourglass look. Recommended for: The woman who proudly sports a full cup and dangerous curves.

Celebrity Style: Royal frocks with a lady-like touch

What to wear under there: Nothing says lady-like more than hosiery. Maybe you want to wear a neutral shade to hide a few flaws (c’mon, don’t pretend you don’t have a few veins here or there). I suggest a pair that’s doing double duty like Spanx hosiery! They’ll shape your bum and give you sexy legs. And for a bit more fun, try an opaque pair or go even crazier with a young and exciting print from Commando (bonus: they have a dig free waistband!). Recommended for: Sheers and solids for the fashionista who still wants to remain a lady and bold prints for the girl who can’t wait to rock the runway.

Celebrity Style: Backless and Fabulous

What to wear under there: When you don’t have a bra band to keep things up (believe it or not, the band is the most important for support) you have to go “sticky”. Try using adhesive and seamless styles like the Nu Bra, Braza Bra and the new Fashion Forms Body Sculpting Backless bra. Tip: only apply to skin when it’s dry and free of lotions or oils. Also, don’t expect this bra to stay up if you’re going to run a marathon. Lots of physical activity and sweat can cause it to slip. Otherwise, you’re in the clear. Recommended for: Women with firmer or petite breasts who need a little help shaping their bust but want to show off a dynamite back.

Shine like a star!


Top 10 Bras of 2010

By Linda the Bra Lady on December 21st, 2010 in Contests & Promos, Linda's Favorites, Petite Fashion, Plus Size Fashion

Let’s take a look back at this year in lingerie! I’m always on the lookout for fabulous new bras, and 2010 didn’t disappoint. This year, we’ve added fantastic new brands like the Little Bra Company and Josie by Natori, plus new styles from customer favorites like Panache, Chantelle, Wacoal and more. Here are some new bras that are getting rave reviews from our customers.

Panache Andorra Full Cup Bra

Panache always hits it out of the park, and their new Andorra bra is no exception. This sheer lace bra has a delicate and feminine look, but it’s anything but fragile. The cups support and shape all the way from 28D to 40J.

See Panache Andorra Full Cup Bra

Simone Perele Romance Push Up Convertible Bra

Sensual yet surprisingly practical, the Simone Perele Romance Push Up is a smart splurge. The demi cup bra has smooth cups with removable air pads and convertible straps that work wonders with your wardrobe. Chic embroidery accents add that distinctive Simone Perele touch.

See Simone Perele Romance Push Up Bra

Shock Absorber Run Racerback Sports Bra

This year, sports bra brand Shock Absorber introduced a whole line of fantastic new sports bras. All are great, but my favorite has to be the Shock Absorber Run Sports Bra. This style is scientifically designed to reduce the breast movement caused by running and jogging from 30A to 38F. A stylish sporty look only adds to the appeal.

See Shock Absorber Run Sports Bra

Natori Sheer Scroll Convertible Bra

Sexy styles meets everyday with this fab plunge bra. The low-cut cups and sheer lace add a little spice, but the Natori Sheer Scroll is still comfortable enough for everyday. I recommend this bra to lots of petite women for its grown-up style that doesn’t rely on extra padding. It even has convertible straps for extra versatility.

See Natori Sheer Scroll Convertible Bra

Wacoal Simple Shaping Minimizer Bra

I didn’t think there could be a better minimizer bra that the original Wacoal Slimline Minimizer, but those bra fitting masters have done it again! The new Wacoal Simple Shaping Minimizer Bra has a beautiful smooth shape that doesn’t flatten you out. With the power to reduce the bust by two full sizes, this will be your go-to bra to prevent button-popping tops.

See Wacoal Simple Shaping Minimizer Bra

Chantelle Pont des Arts Three-Part Bra

A perfect fit speaks for itself, and the supportive and flattering Chantelle Pont des Arts is a winner. This lace bra has full coverage with a lacy French look. If you liked the discontinued Chantelle Legende Full Cup Bra, the Pont des Arts makes a great replacement.

See Chantelle Pont des Arts Three-Part Bra

Elila Jacquard Soft Cup Bra

This best-selling plus size bra jumped to the top of the list when they introduced N cups! Available up to size 50N, the Elila Jacquard Soft Cup Bra is a wonderful choice for both comfort and support. Elila also introduced this bra in Lilac for a fun, colorful style

See Elila Jacquard Soft Cup Bra

The Little Bra Company Isis Convertible Bra

This amazing push up bra creates cleavage like no other! The Little Bra Company Isis Bra is designed especially for petites, with band sizes as small as 28. While all Little Bra Co. bras are fab, the Isis is our top padded pick.

See The Little Bra Company Isis Convertible Bra

Lunaire Barbados Mesh Demi Bra

For fabulous style at a great price, you just can’t beat Lunaire. The Barbados Mesh Demi bra comes in five different fabrics and is just sheer enough to add a little
sass. Better yet, this style is available up to DDD cups.

See Lunaire Barbados Mesh Demi Bra

Linda the Bra Lady Gift Certificate

Okay, I’m cheating a little with the last one. But a Linda’s Gift Certificate is the best way to give your loved one a bra that will fit her perfectly and make her feel fabulous. Gift certificates are available for both the website and our New York store.

See Linda the Bra Lady Gift Certificates

To celebrate our Top 10 Bras of 2010, we’re giving one lucky Linda’s fan the bra of her choice. Just post your favorite Linda’s purchase on my Facebook page to enter!

Good luck!