Full Disclosure: Expert bra-shopping tips from Empreinte for the full-busted woman.

Lilly Rose full-cup bra by Empreinte

Lilly Rose full-cup bra by Empreinte

I recently wrote a post offering bra-shopping tips for small-breasted women and it was a huge success. I’m very grateful that women found the information helpful and was inspired to do a similar post with the full-busted woman in mind. This led me to approach a brand that I consider the Bentley of bras: Empreinte. This 66-year-old French brand has a rich history of corsetry design dedicated to the luscious figures of full-busted women who have cup sizes in the range of 30 to 46 from C to H. As a chesty woman myself, I’m a big fan of Empreinte. Their quality, style and craftsmanship have never let me down, quite literally. And boy, are they gorgeous bras! No expense is spared by the Empreinte design team when they develop each season’s styles. If you love moulded lace, satin and tulle, this is the brand for you. Their bras are like works of art and they were recognized for their creativity in 2011 by the trade show Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris, which voted the brand Designer of the Year. Empreinte’s spokeswoman Séverine Maisonnasse responded to my request for tips on how a full-busted woman should go about selecting the perfect bra for her size. She explained how Empreinte bras are distinguished by certain features:

1. The cups are made with rigid fabric to ensure optimal support and comfort.

2. Large cup sizes depend on strong bra straps to support a full figure and full bustline. For this reason, Empreinte’s bra straps have a low degree of elasticity.

3. Empreinte uses a full, closed underwire in the underside of each bra. A closed underwire is extremely slimming and slenderizing. Empreinte’s underwires are thicker and more sturdy than standard bras, ensuring they lie flat on the body and do not twist.

4. The specific fabric used for the back of the bras doesn’t stretch out of shape and therefore ensures a very supportive fit.

When shopping for a bra, there are certain steps a full-busted woman can take to ensure she chooses the best one for her:

1. Consult with a professional fit specialist to determine your correct bra size. The right bra size can make you look and feel slimmer. It will enhance your appearance.

2. Check your posture. A bra providing good support can improve your posture. Heavy breasts can cause bad posture and back problems. Straps with less elasticity and good support provided by the back of the bra, help keep shoulders straight to improve your posture. This also helps you feel more confident and comfortable.

3. Make sure that the centerpiece of the bra is correctly in place and lies against the skin.

4. In the right bra, your breasts are perfectly positioned. Look to see that the sides are flat and the bump is in the middle for a feminine look. The nipples should be positioned in the middle of the cup.

5. Check that the straps don’t dig into your shoulders, they should be wide, comfortable and supportive.

6. The wires have to fit well on the body. Move around a bit to make sure they don’t dig into you.

7. Make sure that the back of the bra is parallel to the floor to ensure that the size of the bra is not too big or too small.

At ThePinkSlip.com, we carry a wide range of Empreinte styles to cater to all the needs of the full-busted woman.

Full Coverage

The Maud Full Cup bra is a beautiful molded full cup bra in guipure lace and sheer embroidered tulle. The upper panel of the Maud Demi Bra rests beautifully with scalloped edges and corseted lace ties woven throughout. It’s designed with three-part cups that offer full coverage. Empreinte bra cups tend to run larger than most, so I recommend buying a size down if you are in between sizes.

Maud full-cup bra by Empreinte

Maud full-cup bra by Empreinte

Demi Cup

The Daisy Low Neck bra is a three-part, lightly lined underwire demi bra in sheer tulle embroidery and daisy printed satin. This bra is truly feminine with satin bows and straps, and soft scalloped lace edging. The three-part cup design helps push breast from the side, to center and lift comfortably with slightly more breast revealed at the top.

Daisy Low Neck Demi bra by Empreinte

Daisy Low Neck Demi bra by Empreinte

Fashion

The Lilly Rose full cup bra features an elegant chantilly lace floral design across a three-part molded cup, with two-tone fabric on the bottom and sheer embroidered mesh along the top. This bra provides full coverage and eliminates cleavage with a high cut unpadded cup, providing a natural round shape that is sheer and sexy. The fabric of the cups is non-stretch for optimal support and comfort. Also features a leotard back that stays in place, restricted stretch straps to enhance comfort and an elastic underband for superior support. Button accent at center panel. Seamless sides ensure a smooth look under clothing.

Empreinte Lilly Rose Bra

Empreinte Lilly Rose Bra

Plunge neckline T-shirt bra

The Melody Plunge t-shirt bra is sexy and versatile. With convertible straps and a deep plunging neckline, this unique bra boasts amazing full cup support and coverage. The molded cups offer a round, soft shape in semi-sheer fabric coverage with a stunning floral motif.

Melody Plunge t-shirt bra by Empreinte

Melody Plunge t-shirt bra by Empreinte

Treat yourself to any one of Empreinte’s gorgeous premium bras and I guarantee you’ll never settle for less again. You deserve it!

XOXO,

Margo

Wardrobe Wednesday: Why every woman should have at least three t-shirt bras in her lingerie collection.

hanging t-shirt bra

If you’re like me, you’re probably welcoming the New Year with a few updates to your closet, if not a total overhaul. A few pieces in your wardrobe that are starting to look dated (re-e-e-ally dated, in some cases) are finally getting evicted to make room for some brand new garments that will freshen up your look. When you make changes to your garment options, it’s good to do likewise with your intimate apparel. Intimates are like makeup; they provide the finishing touch to your look by playing up your best assets and camouflaging wherever necessary. With this in mind, I’m introducing a series of posts, called Wardrobe Wednesday, that in the coming weeks will examine every category of intimate apparel that should be represented in a woman’s lingerie assortment. Today I’m starting with a style that is a true worker bee in the world of lingerie: the t-shirt bra. Thank goodness for the t-shirt bra. It lets us shine in all sorts of fabulous body-conforming fashions while it quietly supports and smooths out our silhouette with its molded cups and thin lining that prevents show-through underneath our clothes. T-shirt bras come in extra handy during the warm-weather months when we’re not wearing as many layers of clothes, but they’re a great everyday basic to have year-round, too. I recommend women own at least three of them in black, white and nude. Style-wise, there are options as well. The four categories that should be included in your wardrobe include the pretty fashion bra, the extra comfy demi-cup bra, the full coverage bra and a deep-plunge style for wearing under low-neckline tops.

The Pretty Bra

Simone Perele is a brand that I consider a great choice for affordable luxury bras. The Simone Perele Romance 3D Molded Bra is an elegant underwire contour bra made with lightweight 3D spacer foam which hugs your curves and accentuates cleavage without adding any extra volume. Seamless microfiber and stretch tulle offers comfort and a custom fit, with intricate guipure floral detail for design.

Romance 3D Molded Cup by Simone Perele

Romance 3D Molded Cup by Simone Perele

The Extra Comfy Bra 

The Andora 3D Molded bra is a flawless t-shirt demi bra featuring seamless 3D lightweight woven fabric that hugs your natural curves. Made of spacer foam, a superior knit that creates air between the top and bottom layers for breathability. Contour underwire cups accentuate cleavage without adding extra volume. Exceptional support up to an F cup. Chic styling with guipure lace and embroidery. Embroidered tulle at center and on front of straps.

Andora 3D molded t-shirt bra by Simone Perele

Andora 3D molded t-shirt bra by Simone Perele

Full Coverage with plunge neckline

The breakthrough Caressence 3D Plunge bra is made with Aloe Vera infused lace for the ultimate everyday contour t-shirt bra. Aloe Vera-infused lace is ultra-soft against the skin (ideal for sensitive skin) and lasts the lifetime of the bra. Made with seamless lightweight 3D woven fabric, this must-have underwire cup bra is smooth and comfortable while delivering a beautiful silhouette. Elastic along top and bottom of sheer lace sides offers a custom fit. Plunge cut highlights cleavage without adding volume. Lace-trimmed elastic straps taper into elastic straps that adjust in the back with metal hardware for the perfect fit. 1-hook back closure provides a less bulky look under clothes.

Caressence t-shirt bra by Simone Perele

Caressence t-shirt bra by Simone Perele

The Investment Piece

Empreinte offers the Bentley of t-shirt bras. It’s a wise investment piece for the full-busted woman who demands support, style and uncompromising quality. The Melody demi cup seamless bra is extremely well made and beautiful. Featuring Chantilly lace with a geometric floral design over smooth, seamless cups, with demi cups for an open neckline that allows more cleavage and flexibility with your wardrobe. The contour cup conceals and creates a sexy appearance on the body. This t-shirt bra has a round, soft fit, supportive underwire, and sleek ribbon shoulder straps and elegant finish. Sides and back are made of specially designed power net fabric that stabilizes the bra.

Empreinte Melody low-neck demi cup bra

Empreinte Melody low-neck demi cup bra

Take it from me, a great t-shirt bra can be a girl’s best friend.
XOXO,

Margo

 

 

Basic Instinct: Guys, this is what women really want when they get intimate apparel as gifts.

Gift Ideas from PinkSlip.comThere’s a big assumption that when women get underwear as a gift they’re expecting it to be super glam, very expensive stuff. I’m not going to say that most women would turn down the latest luxury set from La Perla, but the surprising reality is that they do respond well to thoughtful gifts that serve practical purposes. So guys, don’t shy away from helping your ladies stock up on their favorite basics this holiday season. This week is Men’s Week at MARGO’S MUST-HAVES and we’re looking at the world of lingerie from a man’s point of view. Hopefully you read my post on Monday about the key questions you should ask yourself before buying your lady intimates as a gift. If not, check it out pronto! If you already have your “Lingerie Facts List” handy, however, you are ready to charge up some serious holiday cheer for your special gal. At this point I want to give you some tips on what works well based on my ten-plus years of lingerie retailing. When I say women like basics I’m not suggesting you buy a bunch of beige panties and wrap a bow around them. What I mean is that they appreciate practical gifts as much as they like the showy ones. The key, my friend, is to strike a good balance between practicality and “fabulosity!” This means a package gift. Instead of going for one over-the-top expensive item, get her a few gifts at different price levels that satisfy both her basic needs and her fashion sense. I’ve counseled men to do this for many years and they never failed to return after the holidays to thank me for steering them in the right direction. My magic formula includes dependable basics, cozy and cute items and one “wow” item. Here are some examples of gift ideas that fit into these categories very nicely.

#1 Dependable Basics.

Hanky Panky V-kini Panty

Hanky Panky V-kini Panty

Hanky Panky V-kini panty

Believe it or not, women don’t just need panties, they love them. Women who like fashion love to collect bottoms in all colors, shapes and styles. Hanky Panky has a loyal fan base that can’t get enough of their cute designs. Known for their epic thong, Hanky Panky created the innovative, and super practical, V-kini, which gives women the flattering look of a thong with the full back coverage of a traditional bikini. You can’t miss with this one, fellas.

Cosabella Cutie Lowrider Thong

Cosabella Cutie Lowrider Thong

Cosabella Cutie Lowrider thong

If you take advantage of Pink Slip’s “Buy 4, Get 1 Free” offer, make sure to include this adorable thong from Cosabella. It has an ultrasoft, wide-stretch lace band with seamless crotch panel that lies softly on the inside thigh for ultimate comfort and is fashionably low rise. It’s not called Cutie for nothing!

#2 Cozy and Cute.

Colette babydoll by Eberjey

Colette babydoll by Eberjey

Colette Babydoll by Eberjey  Designed in stretch-to-flatter sheer honeycomb lace, this romantic chemise flatters all body types by clinging softly and features a full skirt in super-soft fabric. It makes a dream-worthy nightie but works just as well as loungewear. Eberjey is an expert at designing intimates that bring the sexy in subtle ways. The Colette Babydoll has it all.

PJ Salvage Waffle Robe

PJ Salvage Waffle Robe

P.J. Salvage Waffle Robe

When she has a bad day, slipping into this cozy microfiber waffle robe from P.J. Salvage after a relaxing bath is the perfect tonic. Just imagine the two of you cuddling up in front of the TV with a glass of eggnog and a slice of warm apple pie. That’s what I call a classic American comfort moment!

PJ Salvage Owls in Autumn PJ

PJ Salvage Owls in Autumn PJ

P.J. Salvage Owls Pajama Set

Make her feel like a teenager again with the beyond-adorable Owls in Autumn flannel pajama set by P.J. Salvage. She’ll look so relaxed and cute in it, I imagine you’ll have quite a fun pajama party! Wink.

#3 The Wow Item.

Empreinte Lilly Rose Bra

Empreinte Lilly Rose Bra

Lilly Rose Full-Cup bra by Empreinte

The wow item has to leave her with her mouth wide open in surprise. It’s a statement piece that is beautiful, highly feminine and will stand out in her lingerie wardrobe. For this holiday season, I really like the Lilly Rose full cup bra by Empreinte. Designed for the full-busted woman, Lilly Rose features an elegant chantilly lace floral design across a three-part molded cup, with two-tone fabric on the bottom and sheer embroidered mesh along the top. In a romantic red and ivory color combination, it’s perfect for the holidays.

Go with any combination of these ideas and I promise you will hit all the right notes during the holiday season.

XOXO,

Margo

Treasure Chest: Three fashionable lingerie brands whose beautiful bra styles for full-busted women are as good as gold.

Empreinte Ophelia Corset

Exploring the topic of bras for large-breasted women is very personal for me. Not only did I sell high-quality bras in large cup sizes for years at my store in Grand Central Station, but I wear them every day so anything I say about the subject is near to my heart, quite literally!  Bras are some of the most technical garments in a woman’s wardrobe. They have many components that work together to support women so when you’re buying one, think of all its parts as a team collaborating to achieve one goal: your comfort. No single component should be doing the lion’s share of the work, mind you, so the best bras for full-busted women are the ones that strike the perfect balance between features so that functionality and comfort are achieved. A sense of style doesn’t hurt, either. Support is crucial, of course, to avoid strain on your back and shoulders so it’s important that the straps are set wide and the fabric on the sides should fit comfortably to keep the bra in place in the back so it doesn’t ride up. However, you don’t want the bra to fit too tightly, so be sure to examine yourself in the rear to conduct a dig test. If your bra leaves red marks on your back then you’re not wearing the right size for you or perhaps you should be trying a different brand. I’ve sold – and worn — some great brands that performed beautifully for me over the years, giving me great support and a long wear life. Two of my most dependable brands, Empreinte and Simone Perele, happen to be French. The lingerie trade in France really understands the needs of the full-busted woman and they support her in very sexy style. The third brand is a hot newcomer that I’m very excited about: Claudette. That said, here are my picks from their beautiful wares that support and flatter women with an ample chest.

Maud Demi Cup Bra by Empreinte

Empreinte Maud Demi Bra 

Empreinte has a rich history of serving the full-busted women with stunning designs and luxurious quality. The brand is the epitome of an investment piece, giving women lasting wear. The Maud Demi Bra is a beautiful molded underwire demi cup bra in guipure lace and sheer embroidered tulle. The upper panel of the Maud Demi Bra rests beautifully with scalloped edges and corseted lace ties woven throughout. Designed with three-part cups, a low neckline and wide-set shoulder straps. The brand’s cups tend to run larger than most, so I recommend buying a size down if you are in between sizes.  If you like corsets, I urge you to try their Ophelia lace style.

Simone Perele Romance Demi Cup Bra

Simone Perele Romance Demi Cup Bra 

I love the elegance of Simone Perele. The Romance Demi Cup Bra is a classic French demi with embroidered floral and lace accents.  It’s sheer and flirty, with microfiber on the sides and back for a comfortable and flattering fit. Romance features elegant double shoulder straps with floral accents and embroidered band. Available in cup sizes up to E, it’s both supportive and pretty.

Dessous Sucre bra by Claudette

Dessous Sucre-Leopard bra by Claudette 

For a lush, pin-up girl look, Claudette is hard to beat. The brand has lots of fun with color and patterns and offers cups up to size G. The Dessous Sucre-Leopard bra is wonderfully girly and retro and provides great coverage and support. The pink trim and center bow are a perfect finishing touch.  You might say it’s spot-on.

These bras so pretty and supportive, I hope you’ll invest in one or more to wear under your holiday party outfits. I promise you’ll feel like a goddess no matter which one you pick.

XOXO,

Margo