A bra that really customizes the lift and support by cup size, is Maidenform’s Custom Lift Tailored T-Shirt Bra #9729 Srp. $33.00. This bra features smooth, satin fabric that feels luxe and soft. It lies flat and smooth even under clinging knits, and it is available both in basic colors, and some fashion-forward ones (e.g. comes black/pink; prints; leopard dots). It’s really comfy, too. But what makes it so fantastic is the way it has just the right amount of customized padding for each cup size so you get a great look and support, no matter what your size. The A cup is the most heavily padded, B’s are lightly padded, C cups have a little less, and D cups don’t have much padding — just a little bit for lift. The fabric is 80% nylon, 20% lycra, elastalane, and the back lining is 84% polyester and 16% lycrca elastalane. This the first bra I have ever tried that fit perfectly and felt comfortable, right off the plastic hangar. It didn’t pucker or cling to even a very soft knit tunic, and made me look great! There is a wide range of sizes from a 32B and 34A to 38D.
For a truly great, everyday bra, you can’t beat Maidenform’s Decadence T-Shirt $34.00 #7499. This bra is available in sizes 34–38D. It is a basic bra, but it’s no “mom bra” either. It is dressed up with a contrasting trim in the”X” of the bra in latte with ivory, and black with latte There’s also a graphite with blue dust and a black graphite floral pattern.The straps are also trimmed in the same, contrasting color as the “X,” and they’re slightly wider than usual, so they won’t dig into the skin on your shoulders. A nicely finished, two hook closure also helps to make this bra feel like a designer bra costing double.
Another bra I that’s really great it you are a full-figured woman is the Lilyette Full Support Custom Fit lace bra #969 $34.00. Some full support bras are utilitarian, but this one is actually pretty. It has a lacy overlay to make it luxe and feminine, instead of merely providing a utilitarian product. Slightly wider, lightly padded straps have the look of fine lingerie. You can get it in fashion colors like chocolate truffle with pink whisper trim, heather plum with black trim, black with beige, or beige with pearl. The sizes range from 36C to 40DDD! Like the Maidenform Custom Lift bra I mentioned above, this one offers custom support, based on cup size The larger the cup, the more support is built into the side, to keep breasts from sagging. So while a C cup has enhanced support, by the time you get to DDD you are getting the absolute support that’s necessary! The bra feels soft, with cups that are 58% nylon, 31% polyester, and 11% elastane, with a black that’s 80% nylon and 20% elastane, You get a nice shape, thanks the right amount of support, without compromising on feel or looks. If you are over a D cup, this is a must-have.
Flexees call themselves “undies on a mission” to offer control and shape to your body under even the clingiest knits. Everyone needs a little body shaping help now and then, even those who are a Size “O.” Believe it! But not all body shapers are crated the same. Some are so downright uncomfortable you can’t wait to go home and literally, tear them off your body. Flexees, however, offer different levels of support, and are wearable without serious agitation! They range in size: small (dresses 4-6) medium large, XL, 2XL (some styles up to 4XL)
My favorite too to “tone” your bottom half, making everything from slightly see-through pants, to a clingy dress, smoother,is the Flexees 3017 Fat free Dressing Boy Short $26.00 It’s silky body of 87% nylon and 21% elastane and gusset lining of 100% cotton makes it look and feel just like luxe lingerie, but stretch supplex hip panels and a soft, hidden, microfiber liner, smooths and shapes your midsection. It comes in black and white, and will be your favorite, go-to piece when you need just a little extra to keep things smooth and in shape. Tummy pooch be-gone! Unlike Bridget Jones (remember when she wore “big” underwear and then was afraid to have anyone see it)?, this piece will make you look sleek and chic without looking dowdy.
To smooth the top half of your body, there’s a really nice camisole that does more than just look good and provide an underlay for sheer tops: Flexees #3266 Fat-Free Dressing Tank Top $36.00 secretly slims and shapes, and smooths, and provides coverage in M, L, XL and 2XL. If you’re not too big on top, you don’t need a bra with this one. There are no hooks to dig into skin. The hidden microfiber liner shapes your midsection–and no one will be the wiser. Another plus — the top is longer than most, so it won’t roll up. You can wear this under your clothes, or just wear it as a camisole. It’s a must-have. It comes in black or white, blue, pink or candy apple red (87% nylon, 21% elastane with 13% elastane, 82% nylon and 18% lycra elastane in the inner lining).
Thinking you might over-indulge a bit this holiday season? Two pieces by Flexees give you more control in that midsection where all the trouble (candy, cocktails, and canapes) sits, but you can still wear your own bra with them. The first gives you everyday slimming under sweater dresses and knits: 5056 Weightless Power Singlet $54.00 will give you slimming dividends every season. It’s Made with a body of 59% nylon, 41% elastane, and a gusset lining that’s 100% cotton, and comes in black and body beige. The all in one has thigh-length, boy short legs that feel as silky as the boy short. Step into it and pull it all the way up right over your own bra. The fabric is lightweight and translucent, so it disappears under clothes–great if you’re wearing something just a bit too sheer to be on it’s own. The bodysuit feels light and silky and feels comfy, but the midsection is doubled for control, and even helps to smooth back roll. In sizes S, M, L, And XL, it’s a perfect, everyday shaping piece.
For those times when you really need to suck it all in, take inches off #2541 Wear Your Own Bra (W.Y.O.B.) Slip $54.00 is a firm control full slip with a camisole top. It has the power to control from bra line to mid-thigh. The two-ply midsection has the power to push tummy pooch, in, but there’s no elastic on the legs or on the half slip overlay,, so you don’t feel like you’re wearing a vice . It is available in small, medium, large, XL and 2XL. No serious body shaper feels like you’re wearing sweats, or a nightgown, but as serious shapers go, this one is comfortable enough. For special occasions, it may be a lifesaver– it does it job very well.
These items are widely available in your favorite retail and department stores, but if you’d like more information or want to order them online, visit the Maidenform Web Site.
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