Dress To Impress – Instalment 9 – Sexy Bras

Good Morning Everyone – Sunday again – This is properly the day we don’t wear a bra – oh, it feels so good – but it does not help our breast muscles – it allows them to relax – the last thing we want – so let us look at some sexy bras which will reshape us.

This bra is from Soma Intimates

The idea of improving or supporting the breasts goes back a long way. Greek women wore a kind of band around the chest. It served its purpose but did not flatter the bustline. When the corset came, engulfing the whole figure, breasts looked sexy and provocative but women were not always comfortable. Today we’re lucky because we can look sexy and be comfortable at the same time. In choosing a bra for:

A VERY SMALL BUST – MAKING IT LOOK BIGGER:

• A bra with pre-shaped cups (which is formed to look like a well-shaped bust).
• A slightly padded bra, the type that is padded all over. It feels like several layers of material without any rubber inside.
• A bra that is padded only on the lower part of the cup. The padding is like a small pillow supporting the breasts.
• A bra with an underwire. This always helps to push the breasts up and gives them a fuller look.

SHOWING CLEAVAGE.

With a very small bust it is difficult, if not impossible, to create a cleavage. However, you can tum this into an advantage by not wearing a bra and having a decolletage down to your waist (if you are brave enough.) It will look sexy and you will arouse the curiosity of everyone who sees you.

A SMALL BUST   –  MAKING IT LOOK BIGGER:

• An underwire bra will do for this type of bust what a padded bra does for a very small bust. It will give support and push it up enough to give a fuller look.
• A push-up bra. Remember the one Warner brought out in 1969? It was sexy, exposing part of the breasts and at the same time giving an illusion of volume. The straps must be on the outside of the cup to create a fuller look by really lifting the breasts.
• A bra with moulded cups, if you want your bust to look round but not pointy. (If you want a pointed look buy bras with seams and darts in the cups.)

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: A word of caution: If you want your bust to look bigger or more seductive, stay away from the soft no-bra looks. The moulded ones give the same general effect as the no-bra look, but they will make your look sexier.

SHOWING A CLEAVAGE:

• A push-up bra that pushes the breasts both up and together gives the best effect.
• A demi-bra is another style for a provocative look. It leaves the upper part of the breasts exposed, plus showing a cleavage.

A MEDIUM-SIZE BUST  – MAKING IT LOOK BIGGER:

• An underwire bra will push up the breasts giving a fuller look.
• A push-up style—again, be sure the straps are on the outside.
•A no-bra can be worn best by this size. It gives a very natural, full look and can be very sexy under knits. Often, however, the nipples can be seen through the soft material. If you don’t want this effect, put plasters over the nipples.

SHOWING A CLEAVAGE:

A push-up bra that is cut away in the middle, exposing the breasts. If you have a natural cleavage and want to show it, don’t wear bras with moulded full cups; instead wear lacy ones open at the middle.

• If you want to wear a plunging neckline without showing your cleavage,
choose a bra with cups far apart and connected by only a small piece of elastic. It will separate the breasts and allow you to be sexy without being obvious.

NOTE: For these sizes many styles have the closure in front. this is not only more comfortable when getting dressed, but also more gracious when getting undressed. If you have a choice and are not sacrificing the style and shape you want, choose a bra that fasten in front.

A BIG BUST  -MAKING IT LOOK SMALLER:
• A minimiser bra. This type of bra will reduce the breasts up to one size. It does this by pulling the breasts apart rather than pushing them together.
• A bra with round cups, not pointed ones. The pointed type adds volume to a large bust.
An underwire bra with moulded round cups. It separates the breasts and gives a youthful look.

NOTE: A word of caution” Pay special attention to the straps of your bras. they must be adjusted so as not pull your breast up too high, but high enough to avoid sagging. How they feel is not the only factor here; see how you look with your outer garment on. A sagging look may often result if the elastic straps are worn out. A drooping bust looks heavy and not at all sensual. Remember that a firm, upstanding shape will improve your image one hundred percent.

A bra that does not pull the breasts up too high. To avoid this be sure the straps are in the middle of the cup, over the nipple.

  • TO REDUCE CLEAVAGE:
    A bra that has space between the cups to separate them.

NOTE: The proper was to try on a bra, whatever size you are, is to close it and then bend forward and down. this will place your breasts well into the cups.

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There are hundreds and hundreds of bras out there and I find it very confusing, especially in department stores where often there is nobody to get you another size when you stand undressed in a fitting room. Therefore, I find it easier to go to a specialty store – you will find them by going on-line – the staff is always helpful, assuring you that you got the bra that is best for you.

The right panties and coordinating your lingerie wardrobe will be next Sunday’s topic.

Until then – Never forget –A Smile Changes Everything!

Brigitte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BRAS – HOW TO BUY THE RIGHT ONE!

Hello Everyone

The idea of improving or supporting the breasts goes back a long way. Greek women wore a kind of band around the chest. It served its purpose but did not give a sensual look. When the corset came. engulfing the whole figure, breasts looked sexy and provocative but women were not always comfortable. Today we’re lucky because we can look sexy and be comfortable at the same time, providing we find the right bra. I recently read that over 80% of women do not buy the right size or shape. Here are some tips to help you.

IF YOU HAVE A SMALL BUST – HOW TO MAKE IT LOOK BIGGER

– a slightly padded bra, the type that is padded all over. It feels like several layers of material without any rubber inside

– a bra that is padded only on the lower part of the cup. The padding is like a small pillow supporting the breasts.

– a bra with a underwire. This always helps to push the breasts up and give a fuller look

– a push-up bra. Some of you might remember the one Warner brought out in 1969. It was sexy, exposing part of the breast and a the same time giving an illusion of volume. and they are still around today. The straps must be on the outside of the cup to create a fuller look by really lifting the breasts.  

– a bra with molded cups, if you want your bust to look round not pointy. If you want a pointed look buy bras with seams and darts in the cups.

NOTE: A word of caution. If you want your bust to look bigger or more seductive, stay away from the soft n0-bra looks. The molded ones give the same general effect as the no-bra look, but they will give you a better shape.

SHOWING A CLEAVAGE 

a push-up bra that pushes the breasts both up and together gives the best effect

                                                           

– demi-cup bra is another style for a provocative look. It leaves the upper part of the breasts exposed, plus showing a cleavage.

– a push-up bra that is cut away in the middle, exposing the breasts. If you have a natural cleavage and want to show it, don’t wear bras with molded full cups; instead wear lacy ones open at the middle.

– and if you want to wear a plunging neckline without showing your cleavage, choose a bra with cups far apart and connected by only a small piece of elastic. It will separate the breasts and allow you to be sexy without being obvious.

Many styles in a small or medium size have the closure in front. This is not only more comfortable when getting dressed, but also moe gracious when getting undressed. If you have a choice and are not sacrificing the style and shape you want, choose a bra that fastens in the front.

MAKING A BIG BUST LOOK SMALLER

– a minimizer bra will reduce the breasts up to one size. It does this by pulling the breasts apart rather than pushing them together.

– a bra with round cups, not pointed ones. The pointed type adds volume to a large bust

– an underwire bra with molded round cups. It separated the breasts and gives a youthful look

– a bra that does not pull the breasts up too high. To avoid this be sure the straps are in the middle of the cup, over the nipples.

NOTES: A word of caution here – pay special attention to the straps of your bras. They must be adjusted so as not to pull your breasts up too high, but high enough to avoid sagging. How they feel is not the only factor here; see how you look with your outer garment on. Yes, when you try on bras and you think you found the right one, put your t-shirt or sweater on and see how it looks. This is very helpful, because a pretty bra might not look so pretty under a garment – so check it out.

A sagging look can often result if the elastic straps are worn out. A drooping bust looks heavy and not at all sensual. Remember that a firm, upstanding shape will improve your image one hundred percent.

And if the back of your bra is riding up, it means that you are wearing the wrong size.

And when buying a bra, do get the matching panties right away. Better yet, get two pairs, as they wear out faster than bras.

I know from experience that finding the right bra is not an easy task – the number of bras that await us in any department store is so overwhelming. My reaction is  ‘how can I possibly find what is right for me among the hundreds and hundreds of bras.’ To overcome this taunting task, try a specialty store. There are more and more of them, and that might be because more and more women  appreciate the help of an expert.

May your future purchases be a little easier and until the next time

                      STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                      Brigitte

LINGERIE NOW AND THEN -FROM MY BOOK ‘DRESS TO IMPRESS’

Hello Everyone

Before we go shopping for bras, which will be the next time, let us look how underwear became what it is today.

Underwear as we understand it did not come into existence until the later Middle Ages. Most underpinnings started as outerwear and than went underneath, usually because they became more functional. The most elementary of early garments for both sexes was the loincloth, a forerunner of what is known to us as the brief. The corset started as an outer garment as early as the twelfth century, but not until three centuries later did it become an undergarment used by women and men to improve on nature by artificially shaping the body and influencing the look of fashion for many years.

Another original function of underwear was to protect outerwear – often made from elaborate and costly fabrics which could not easily be washes – and no dry cleaning was available in the 18th century and before. Undergarments were therefore, made from cotton or linen, which was easy to wash.

By 1900 underwear was being made from silk,satin, and lace and was becoming seductive and a fashion in itself. As such, it now had a name of its own – lingerie.

It took the form of negligees, peignoirs, corsets (the Gibson Girl S-shape corset of 1904), combinations, drawers. and petticoats.

       The first corsets were made from wood, bone and iron. Warner Brothers even made one that claimed to be rust- proof.

Underwear followed and adapted to the fashion trends of outerwear. In 1907 the French designer Paul Poiret banished the curved S-shaped figure by bringing into fashion a more natural shape, and with it the brassiere was born. In 1913 came a new concept of the brassiere, when the American Mary Philips Jacobs (later known as Caresse Crosby) brought out a new soft, short model that separated the breasts.

By the way, the terminology used to describe underwear has undergone constant change. Lingerie became known as undies in the 1920’s, and petticoats became petties. Brassiere was shortened to “bra” in the 1930’s.  Drawers became step-ins, then pants or panties; only after 1950 were they called briefs.

The discovery of nylon by Du Pont in 1938 is the most important invention in the history of underwear. Its attractiveness and low-cost allowed underwear to be less expensive, and therefore available to women of all classes.

Elastic fabrics began to affect corsetry in the early 1920’s when shop catalogues referred to “corsets of porous elastic.” They were further improved by new machinery that came into use in the 1950s, when fully elasticized foundation garments were made and introduced to the popular market.

With the youth explosion of the 1960s, underwear took a dramatic turn. The miniskirt had a lot to do with the disappearance of the girdle, regarded for many years as a must for a good figure. Tights and pantyhose replaced stocking, and made garter belts and girdles unnecessary. Underwear was losing it attraction. More and more women wore only a bra and tights or pantyhose.

The see-through fashions that appeared in the 1960s and Rudi Gernreich’s no-bra bra, introduced in 1963, minimized the concept of underwear even further. The molded seamless flesh-colored concept took over. Women now wore underwear that was nearly invisible….and so were they.This type of lingerie does not enhance any woman’s sex appeal. It might be necessary under certain clothes, such as knits, but I am sure that every woman has clothes in her wardrobe that will allow for a more exciting image than the flesh-color look. Fortunately for us, designers today give us plenty of choices.

Lingerie is a good way to start changing your image to be more seductive. Knowing that you look sexy in your underwear will affect your attitude and give you courage to try more sexy looking clothes.

Note: In a survey in which men were asked what the biggest turn-off is when it comes to underwear – 99% answered PANTYHOSE.  So maybe when you go out on a date try hose and a  garter belt!

Until the next time

                      STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                          Brigitte

FASHION TIDBIT

Who is the Bustiest?

          According to a recent study – commissioned by Triumph International Underwear company, British women have the biggest busts – now who would have thought that?

           The survey, conducted by GFK, a German market research firm, found that the average British bra size is a DD cup. The survey was conducted in 7 countries (1000 per country) and further found out that Continental Europe and Asian women wear a B cup, and American woman wear a C cup.

A GOOD REASON TO SHOP YOUR OWN CLOSET

   Hello Everyone

          I am interrupting my 20 Steps to tell you about a new arrival in  department and chain stores – BEDBUGS. They are no longer only in beds, they have come a long way, they are now living in stores. We have to fear meeting them in sweaters or, yes, underwear. Victoria Secret encountered a problem. Of course, they took immediate action to solve it. And Abercrombie & Fitch closed one of their stores for two days, and many other retailers are trying to nip the problem in the bud by taking preventive measures.

       I must admit my heart goes out to these retailers. They have not asked or done anything to deserve the visit of bedbugs. I remember a time when they were in beds. I even remember that when I was a child, to the horror of my mother, we found some in our beds. And I don’t remember an exterminate coming, but I can still see my mother turning our beds over and under every morning and evening to find them – and then they were gone!

          Well, that was then, and this  is now. Now bedbugs have found new ways to attack us. I am not squeamish, but I would not like to worry about having a visitor in the seams of my new bra. So what is there to do? To tell you the truth, I don’t know!  Maybe I will wait to go shopping again until this problem has been solved and the stores give us the green light!

          In the meantime, let’s look at our wardrobes and maybe by putting things together differently we can live with what we have until the coast is clear.

         Of course, if you don’t live in New York City, and the bedbugs have not come to your town, this will not throw a curve ball into your shopping spree.  But for the unfortunate women of Manhattan, we have to be patient. Instead of inviting bedbugs into our home by going shopping – let’s wait.

         I will continue with the 20 Steps next week

         Until then

          STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST