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By HOLLY JACKSON

Sculptress Plus size bras on Lingerie Briefs

I didn’t really appreciate basic bras when I was younger, mostly because I lived in colder climates where your clothing hid your lingerie choices. Now that I live in New Orleans, I’ve quickly learned to appreciate the flexibility that a great basic bra provides. Weather here can vary wildly in the winter, from the 81 degree day we had last week to the 45 degree days we’ve been experiencing this week. When you’re dressing in layers and dealing with warm winter temperatures, basic bras give you the freedom to not have to think about what lingerie you’re going to wear.

As we all know, not all basic bras are built alike. I had the pleasure of trying out several of Sculptresse’s basic line over the past several months, which gave me a greater appreciation for how much attention and care have gone into their designs and creation. When we talk about basic bras, we often focus on lift and shape exclusively. To me, a truly great basic should do more than just lift and shape: it should prioritize comfort at all levels.

Sculptress Plus size bras on Lingerie Briefs

I got to try the Sasha, Candi and the Roxie sets and was glad in the end, because they are all extremely different in terms of fit and feel. The Candi bra is a full cup basic with a subtle polka dot print that feels extremely structured once you get it on, while the Roxie bra is a lace plunge that gives great lift and shape. The Sasha was my favorite, purely for it’s butter soft fabric and easy plunge cut. I’ve been living in it ever since I got it. I struggle with bra fabrics occasionally due to having sensitive skin and the Sasha feels great on.

Sculptress Plus size bras on Lingerie Briefs

What each bra had in common was a real focus on how plus-size bodies really work. There were no elements that dug in when wrapped around more dramatic curves and straps and wires were padded to create a more comfortable level of pressure. Even the plunge bras provided more support for softer tissue, which means that they work well under pretty much any outfit.

Sculptress Plus size bras on Lingerie Briefs

I’ve reached for these bras on a weekly basis since I got them, in many cases choosing them over other basic bras that I’ve relied on for years. The expertise of the Sculptresse team shows in each bra, making this a collection that stands out in all the right ways.


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By HOLLY JACKSON

Bedhead pajamas to size 26 on Lingerie Briefs

I hadn’t contemplated becoming a pajama person until this past summer, when I found myself chasing down a neighbor’s gigantic bulldog (complete with post-vet neck cone) in my front garden while wearing nothing more than a slightly sheer vintage slip. Since I work from home, I often find myself not getting dressed until it’s required to leave my house. However, now that I live in a busy neighborhood, a lot more people see my clothes during the day than they used to. Packages get delivered, friends stop by unexpectedly for coffee or snacks and you occasionally find yourself chasing down a sweet but seriously lost dog. I didn’t think I was going to start getting dressed while I worked, but it did seem like time to upgrade to some socially appropriate loungewear … Read more


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By HOLLY JACKSON

Bra Genie Store sign in New Orleans Louisiana on Lingerie BriefsAs I drove across Lake Pontchatrain a few weeks ago, I was a little nervous. While I greatly appreciated Bra Genie’s invitation to try one of their bra fittings, it’s rare for me to have a good time at a bra fitting. Years of being fitted into ugly bras as a teenager had made me self-conscious about the whole process. At my first “adult” bra fitting, the fitter had immediately touched my stomach and asked how many months pregnant I was – I nearly burst into tears on the spot. Thankfully, I am here to report that that my avoidance of bra fittings may be over, at least if I can have them all at Bra Genie.

Elomi Plus size Sports Bra on Lingerie Briefs

Bra Genie is one of the largest lingerie boutiques in the New Orleans metro area, … Read more


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By HOLLY JACKSON

Prima Donna Eternal Bra and Panty set on Lingerie Briefs

When you work in the lingerie industry, it’s easy to take high quality bras that fit perfectly for granted. We’re all surrounded by the latest and the greatest bra inventions, which means that we tend to forget what great lingerie can do for someone’s confidence and figure. My last two weeks have been full of discoveries regarding Prima Donna and Marie Jo – and how their bras can truly change someone’s outlook on lingerie permanently.

Prima Donna Madison and Deauvill bra and panty sets on Lingerie Briefs

Two weeks ago, Van de Velde and the local Bra Genie boutique got together and graciously invited me out to see the Prima Donna and Marie Jo lines in the flesh. My clients who run lingerie boutiques have raved about these lines for years, but I’d never actually seen any in person. I’ll write more about my … Read more


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By HOLLY JACKSON

Freya Fancies black underwire plunge cup bra & Brazilian panty on Lingerie Briefs

When I was a teenager, going bra shopping was torturous. I was a G cup by the time I was in high school, which meant that finding bras required a special (and frequently humiliating) trip to Nordstrom. I loved seeing all of the pretty options in the lingerie department, but that was never what I got. While I drooled over pretty laces and bows, my mother and the fitter decided that I should be put in full coverage beige t-shirt bras. While it was clear there were lots of possibilities for other people who wanted lingerie that fit and was pretty, they didn’t seem to apply to me.

Lingerie has changed a lot since I was in school, and all for the better. One of the new lines that really emphasizes this … Read more


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By HOLLY JACKSON

Scantilly Peek-a-boo bra on Lingerie Briefs

Scantilly is one of those brands that seems to cross age, size and shape boundaries. Now that they’re carried in a local lingerie store in my area, more and more of my friends have been picking them up. I’ve been amazed at the variety of people who seem to love the brand, from my 40 year old friend who works in advertising and has become a visible bra strap convert to my vintage fashion loving friends. Scantilly’s strong point of view also allows lots of women to embrace their products, whether they are surreptitiously layering it under their outfits or wearing it as bondage inspired fashion. Even I am not immune: I had the distinct pleasure of being able to buy a Scantilly set in a boutique a few blocks away from … Read more


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