Wardrobe Wednesday: Why a pretty and supportive push-up bra can be an uplifting experience.

Push-Up BraFor the second installment of my bra wardrobe-building series for the New Year, I want to focus on the push-up bra. I like to think of push-ups in the same way I do about a hot pair of high-heeled shoes. They may not be the most comfortable garment to wear, but, let’s face it, they give us a highly desirable effect. You know what they say, we pay a price for glamour. It’s also about  how we feel about ourselves. What girl doesn’t want a little help now and then? Push-up bras produce different levels of enhancement. Depending on our personal taste, a push-up can give us a nice lift that supports and flatters us in a fitted top or dress or make us a strong contender for a part-time gig at the local Hooters. My point is that push-ups are like makeup for the bustline. Construction is important. On average, no two push-up bras are built the same way so it’s good to try out a few styles from different brands to find out which one offers the best fit for you. I have three brands that I like to recommend to customers depending on their needs.

The Little Bra Company

For small-breasted women, The Mercedes bra is a sophisticated petite demi push-up with medium padded contoured smooth cups for subtle lift and support, and hints of feminine lace detail. More side coverage offers attractive looking rounded lift. Perfect for scoop neck and lower cut tops. Although you still get the cleavage and push-up known from The Little Bra Company bras, the cups are slightly roomier with more elastic in the band. Please consider a size that is closer to your general bra size. This bra does not fit as snug as the other styles from The Little Bra Company.

The Little Bra Company Mercedes push-up bra

The Little Bra Company Mercedes push-up bra

Simone Perele

Simone Perele is a brand to turn to for a romantic take on most bras. The Amour Push Up Racerback bra features luxurious lace, romantic details, and a flattering fit. It’s designed with contour cups and progressive padding that enhance and lift. Embroidered flowers accent the wide-set straps and center gore.

Amour push-up bra by Simone Perele

Amour push-up bra by Simone Perele

OnGossamer

OnGossamer has a trio of push-ups that offer variety in degree of uplift and neckline.

The Bump it Up push-up is one of the brand’s best-selling bras with seamless superfine mesh and a graduated push-up pad to create cleavage that bumps you up one whole cup size. You can twist the bra at the center for even more lift.

OnGossamer Bump it Up push-up

OnGossamer Bump it Up push-up

OnGossamer’s Sleek & Lace Scoop Neck push-up  has their deepest plunging neckline with cleverly angled cups and graduated push-up pads for maximum cleavage. It’s beautiful in silky, sleek fabric and a stretch lace back that adds the perfect touch of femininity.

OnGossamer Sleek & Lace Scoop Neck push-up

OnGossamer Sleek & Lace Scoop Neck push-up

If you’re wearing something without straps, OnGossamer’s superfine Mesh Strapless Push-Up bra overlays a push-up strapless pad to create a seamless look. It has lightweight silicone edging on the back to avoid slipping and is highly versatile with convertible straps.

OnGossamer Strapless Bra

OnGossamer Strapless Bra

As you build that new lingerie wardrobe for the New Year, don’t forget to include a push-up or two. They’re the perfect pick-me-up in more ways than one!

XOXO,

Margo

Expert Advice: Tips for finding the perfect bra for the small-breasted woman from Emily Lau, founder of The Little Bra Company

Emily Lau, founder of The Little Bra Company

I recently wrote a post about fashion bras for small-breasted women and wanted to explore the topic more deeply so I turned to an expert whom I really admire: Emily Lau, the founder of The Little Bra Company. Emily is a self-described late bloomer who wore ill-fitting bras for years until she worked with design experts to create the perfect-fitting bra for her petite body. She tested the design on some of her friends and got amazing feedback. In 2007, she launched The Little Bra Company and now it’s a go-to brand for women with small breasts who want bras that not only support them but make them feel feminine and sexy. Emily shared some valuable tips with me for MARGO’S MUST HAVES.

Margo Andros: Emily, tell me what distinguishes your bras for petite women?

Emily Lau: “The Little Bra” refers to both the fit and bust size. We specialize in hard-to-find smaller band and cup sizes including 28-38A, 28-34B, and 28-34C cups, The Little Bra Company’s bras are designed and cut on a petite scale to fit the smaller figure better. Although there are other push-up bras on the market, TLBC bras are designed to fit a smaller body type, giving her a better-fitting and more natural-looking curve. 

Margo: Who is your target customer?

Emily: She’s the woman who may be “little” up top, but still wants a bra that gives her lift and makes her feel feminine. When I get to personally fit my customers, it’s always so exciting to see their reactions. I get hugs and high-fives from women who thought they could never have cleavage. They tell me that they have never had a bra that fit the way a TLBC bra fits and they love them because it makes them feel pretty!

Margo: Can a woman with an A-cup get cleavage with your bras?

Emily:  I find that smaller-breasted women often resign themselves to wearing camisole bras or nothing at all.  They don’t even try wearing a padded bra. They just assume that they have nothing to push up, so why try. Since my bras are fitted for their specific body type, the padding does its job properly, giving them a comfortable fit and a bit of cleavage too.

Margo: Do you serve women with a AA cup?

Emily: Since our bras are designed and cut smaller in the cup and band already, we currently do not have AA cups in our collection. However, we do have a lot of AA customers who fit into our A-cups, especially in style E005-Angela and E004C-Lucia.

Margo: What are the important steps small-breasted women should take when shopping for bras?

Emily: I always give women five tips…

  1. Do the Scoop. Petite women often feel that because of their slighter frame this step is not necessary, which is not true. Doing the scoop is essential no matter your size. It allows you to find the perfect placement in the cup and gives you the best shape possible.
  2. Find out whether you have a wide-set or close-set chest. This is important because some cups are set close together and others farther apart. The shape of your frame will help you find your perfect style and size.
  3. Make sure your straps are adjusted and your band is parallel with the ground across your back, on the first hook. The first hook is very important because a band can stretch up to two inches with wear so you want to give yourself some sizing flexibility from the get-go.
  4. Look for contour padding, which allows for a natural shape and lift. It will complement a petite figure and allow for the perfect comfort, support and style.
  5. Find your favorite style. Half the battle in shopping for bras is feeling comfortable and confident in them. Finding a style that you feel good in, as well as flatters your form, is the key to enjoying bra shopping and wearing. Whether it’s a deep-plunge, demi-cup, wireless or one of the many other options, find what suits you and enjoy!

Margo: Thanks for sharing your expertise with us, Emily.

Emily: My pleasure. Thanks for having me, Margo. Congratulations on the blog!

So there you have it, straight from the woman who revolutionized the market with her personal mission to serve the small-chested woman. The Pink Slip is a big fan of The Little Bra Company and we carry a range of styles that satisfy your various fashion and fit needs.  Here are some of my favorites.

Mercedes push-up bra

Mercedes Push-Up

The Mercedes bra is a sophisticated petite demi push-up with medium padded contoured smooth cups for subtle lift and support, and hints of feminine lace detail. It has more side coverage to offer an attractive, rounded lift.  Perfect for scoop neck and lower cut tops. Although you still get the cleavage and push-up The Little Bra Company is known for, the cups are slightly roomier with more elastic in the band.

Isis convertible bra

Isis Convertible Bra 

Isis is an elegant and smooth push-up bra, with heavily padded demi-contoured cups to offer petite figures a boosted bustline. It also features a pretty tear-drop center detail in the front and has a flattering ballet back for ultimate comfort and support. The convertible straps allow you to wear the bra in multiple ways including racerback or halter.

Yvonne t-shirt bra

Yvonne T-Shirt Bra

Named Best T-Shirt Bra for Petites by Real Simple Magazine, Yvonne is sure to please with its amazing seamless look and 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 and was designed for the petite customer who has slightly wider-set breasts.

Remember Emily’s great tips and find the bras that are perfect for you.

XOXO,

Margo

Petite Chic: How to brighten the holiday season wearing the prettiest bras designed for small-breasted women.

Kate Hudson is sleek and sexy in Glee.

Is there anything Kate Hudson can’t do? She acts, models for Ann Taylor and Almay and boy, can she sing and dance. Clearly having inherited her mom Goldie Hawn’s awesome talent, Kate is everywhere these days. She graced the cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s October issue and is currently vamping things up as a sexy dance teacher on “Glee.” What’s especially great about Kate is that she has reached the heights in Hollywood without caving in to the pressure to fit into a cookie-cutter standard of beauty. In a town filled with gorgeous women, many of them surgically enhanced, Kate stands out with her bubbly personality, kewpie doll beauty and lithe dancer’s body. She hasn’t let having a modest bosom hold her back and tackles both romantic comedy and sexy roles with equal relish. When it comes to bras, small-breasted women everywhere can enjoy freedom of choice if they know which brands to turn to for their special needs. Although this isn’t a post about fitting a smaller chest (which I plan to cover soon in a future post), I want to discuss the style options available to the petite woman. With the holidays just around the corner, fashion bras are a good option for a gift idea and there are several styles in the market that offer varying degrees of support and shaping. The common denominator is that they’re super cute, especially in lace.

Lucia bra by The Little Bra Company

Lucia push-up by The Little Bra Company

For the woman looking for a boost, I recommend Lucia by The Little Bra Company, the specialist in intimates for petite women. LBC’s band size is cut smaller than other lingerie brands to accommodate petite figures. This pretty lace bra flatters smaller figures with a sexy, deep plunge. The lace extends past the contour cups along the shoulder straps and lays flat on the body, making it great for every day wear. It has a cute bow accent at the center and elastic straps that adjust in the back with brasstone metal hardware.

Cosabella Sweetie Bralet

Never Say Never Sweetie bralet by Cosabella

The designers at Italian brand Cosabella are masters at color and they bring their magic to the small-framed woman with the Sweetie bralet from their Never Say Never collection.  It’s wireless, but supportive at the same time, designed with Lycra stretch, which eliminates the need for a hook closure. I suggest you collect Sweetie in all of Cosabella’s great colors. Never Say Never, indeed!

Hanky Panky Lace Bralette

 

Hanky Panky Lace Bralette

Hanky Panky goes for the gold with this adorable bralette designed in a sweet sheer lace. It’s super comfy, offers light support and is designed to easily slip over the head, so it has no back closure. Pair it with one of Hanky Panky’s famous thongs and you’re set!

My Daily Bra by Samantha Chang

 

 

 

My Daily Bra by Samantha Chang 

This romantic style is signature Samantha Chang: highly feminine yet minimalist in its elegance. Sporting a V-neck plunge that’s sweetly sexy, the bra is wireless and supports with lined cups, adjustable straps and a back hook closure. You’ll feel eminently girly in its soft lace design.

OnGossamer Bump it Up push-up

 

 

 

Bump it Up push-up bra by OnGossamer

The Bump it Up push-up bra is well-named. It’s OnGossamer’s best-selling bra with seamless superfine mesh and a graduated push-up pad to create cleavage that bumps you up one whole cup size. Twist the bra at the center for even more lift!  It has a back hook-and-eye closure and adjustable straps.

You can’t go wrong with any of these great fashion bras for petites. Treat yourself to one or more of these cute bras and go out dressed in holiday style to work what you’ve got, just like the wonderful Kate Hudson.

XOXO,

Margo

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Boudoir Noir: How to look bewitchingly sexy in black lingerie on Halloween and after!

It’s no secret that Halloween is a fun holiday that gets the creative juices flowing.  Few things are more stimulating than putting on a wig, changing up the makeup and reminding your significant other (or a potential one) that there are many tantalizing layers to you. Pink Slip offers a woman many lingerie options to cast an alluring spell on her date long after the parades and parties are done. When it comes to bringing the sexy on Halloween night, we say paint it black. Bras and panties have an aura of dangerous sensuality in black and, let’s face it, who wants to play it safe on Halloween? It’s a night to let loose and slip into a new character. To help move things along, we perused our fabulous collections to pick four different looks offering scarily sexy oomph.

Dessous by Claudette

A Sheer Pleasure
For the large-busted woman who is fearlessly provocative, we recommend Claudette, a glamorous new brand with a generous size range reaching up to G cup. Claudette is doing wonderful things with mesh in their Dessous collection. It’s available in a range of neons but for Halloween our bets are on black. They have a full coverage bra and panty set that rocks a European allure in black. The panty has functional benefits with covered elastic along the waist and leg openings for a custom fit and elasticized back seam running down the middle for derriere definition.

Colette by Eberjey

 

My Sweet Colette
Our pick for a romantic twist to the holiday is Colette by Eberjey. This sweet and sexy brand specializes in what its founders call “girly-sexy-comfy” style, and we love them for it. Try their wireless Colette bralet in sheer honeycomb lace for light support and soft lining for extra comfort.  Gorgeous for a special occasion but it’s even better to feel special in the Colette bralet everyday! This style also has a matching boyshort.

Romance Demi Cup bra by Simone Perele

 

A Romantic Notion
Add a French flair to your look with the Romance Demi Cup Bra by Simone Perele. This flirtatious style works the sexy sheer effect embellished with floral accents and an embroidered band.  We love the spagetti straps, for those times when your top just happens to slip off the shoulder…OOPS! Pair it with the very feminine matching Boyshortand you cannot go wrong.

Lucia by The Little Bra Company

Lovely Lucia
The Little Bra Company, a specialist in lingerie for petite women, is big on romantic appeal with this sweet and sexy lacy look named Lucia, which flatters your shape in a beautiful floral embroidery with scalloped edges. The coordinating boyshort sits low on the hips for a very modern look – and so comfortable!

We hope you like our suggestions for a hot Halloween night, whatever your personal style.  Now go out, have fun and work your magic!

XOXO,
Margo