By HOLLY JACKSON
I feel like if there is one thing everyone who works with Ellen Lewis knows about her, it is this: she absolutely loves horses. She’s crazy about them! I’m scared of horses and have never tried riding one, but I’ve been told by multiple people that horseback riding is a great test of a sports bra. Given this, it isn’t surprising that Ellen owns a ton of sports bras and wears them a lot. She’s become a personal expert on the subject and I take her thoughts seriously.
Ellen recently got the chance to try out one of the newer releases from Prima Donna: the Myla Sports Bra. Prima Donna applies the same quality to their sports bras as they do their regular bras, which are legendary and have a cult following among women who wear larger cup sizes. Their Sweater High Impact Underwire Sports Bra is already a favorite of women who love high impact sports, so lots of customers will be excited about the limited edition release of the Myla alongside the Sweater bra.
Both bras feature all the things most customers already love from Prima Donna, like encapsulated cups and wires and moisture wicking materials that keep people cool. Even the hook and eye closure is cushioned for comfort! The underband is designed for both support and comfort. While the Sweater bra comes in more basic colors, the Myla comes in a trendy greyscale galaxy print that would look great in an exercise class. The bra comes in sizes B – G, 32 – 40 bands and will have a matching work out pant for those who want to make a fashionable matching workout ensemble.
Ellen has already worn this bra riding and loves it! “I wore the limited edition Myla bra riding this morning. It was great! No bounce, no digging in, and very comfortable. This particular bra is very cool to the touch. It’s a yes for me as I live in sports bras here in Mexico!” she says.
It’s great that Prima Donna is adding to their high quality sports bra line up and providing more options for women who already love the Sweater bra. It’s another winning piece from a brand that sets standards for quality and design for women who wear larger cup sizes.
By HOLLY JACKSON
The weather here on the Eastern Shore has been gorgeous, my puppy is turning one year old this month, and my first real autumn in nearly a decade has felt really celebratory. I love the ability to take long walks in the country with my dog, do my work out on my porch with a cup of coffee in the sunlight and actually wear flannel shirts un-ironically. Thanks to my Evelyn & Bobbie discovery, I’ve been doing all of this in one bra.
I’m usually pretty skeptical about bralettes, especially bralettes that claim to offer support rather than just fashionable looks. The Defy Bra does more than just claim to offer a lounge level of support – it claims that it can replace an underwire bra even in larger cup sizes! I’ve worn mine for almost two weeks now and I’ve found while I wouldn’t wear the Defy Bra to a black tie dinner, it does do everything it claims.
The Defy Bra is based on the patented EB Core™ sling, which essentially acts as an underwire without an underwire. Wide straps create comfortable support and flat bonded seams give the bra a minimalist look without feeling unfashionable. This bra does have a bit of a learning curve: you need to pull the band down when it rides up during the first wear or two so it molds to your body. This is even explained at point of purchase. After that, it will stay in place perfectly.
The Defy Bra has a great size chart but also is generously sized. I wear an XL in the Defy and a 34HH in UK sizes and it works out really well. I’m not the only one who loved it though! Ellen also got to try it and also sung its praises. “This bra is fabulous! It’s aptly named Defy: it definitely defies the odds of a bralette targeted for a large busted woman. I am 2X Holly’s age and gravity has taken its toll. Just like Holly said, this bra lives up to its name. I wore it all day (under a t-shirt) including during a family dinner party at home. It was supportive, incredibly soft and comfortable.” she says.
Evelyn & Bobbie deserves extra praise for designing a marketing campaign that is diverse and demonstrates the wide range of body types that this bra works on. It’s simple, stylish, and shows the product off well. I’ve already seen some of my favorite lingerie retailers saying they stock this bra and it has sold out already, so I suspect we’ll be seeing lots more from Evelyn & Bobbie in the future.
By HOLLY JACKSON
I realized a few days ago that for the first time in nearly a decade, I will get to experience autumn again! My move is finally over, so I’ve exchanged my office view of the Garden District in New Orleans for a gorgeous view full of trees from the 1800’s and a beautiful vista over a cornfield. I can’t wait to see what happens to the colors in my yard soon! My excitement about experiencing actual seasons has my mind on prints – and Hanky Panky clearly agrees with me.
I was incredibly excited to see that not only is Hanky Panky featuring several of their exclusive prints in plus-size thongs, but they’ve even created a full matching set for their Autumn Bloom print recently! Anyone who follows my writing knows that I have frequently stated that I will buy any print that Hanky Panky comes out with in plus-sizes and that I wish they would release more. This may be the season that puts my wallet to the test!
The Autumn Bloom Print comes in both a Plus Size Bralette, a Plus Size Retro Thong and V-Kini so those of us who have been craving more matching sets from Hanky Panky can indulge. The print features a floral print in a range of gorgeous peach, copper and green shades that both feels like fall and stands out from the usual range of autumn focused prints.
If you’re willing to do some more mixing and matching, the graphic Block Out print also comes in a Plus Size Retro Thong. It’s a fun and easy to wear print that would work with most basic bras and reminds me of the intricate ceramic tiles that you see in Greece or Turkey. I can see this being a great add on for stores who are looking for fun yet basic pieces for their customers to indulge in.
I am a sucker for a great rose print, so I love that the Kensington Rose print comes in both a Plus Size Retro Thong and a Retro V-Kini for those who want even more coverage. Hanky Panky also offers a classic leopard print version of both of these cuts for those of us who believe that leopard print is basically a neutral at this point in the fashion world.
By HOLLY JACKSON
I’ve spent the last few days getting ready to move next month, which at this stage mostly involves sorting through my stuff and deciding if I really love each item enough to pay to move it. Once I sorted through my lingerie I realized that I, like most women, tend to wear the same bras over and over again. Not unexpectedly, these bras tend to be both high quality and all purpose. I was reminded again that if you wear a luxury basic bra enough then it becomes pretty cost effective!
The EVERY WOMAN collection by Prima Donna expands their line of quality basics to include a full range of skin tones. While Prima Donna isn’t the first line to do this, they are one of the highest quality lines to offer this sort of skin tone range combined with a large cup size product line. One of the most common complaints of curvier women is that they can’t buy high quality clothes and lingerie, so I’m thrilled to see more companies stepping in to fill that gap.
While this collection is smaller, it’s optimally designed to include something for everyone. Lots of people have really strong opinions about t-shirt bras and their details! I love that the EVERY WOMAN collection offers both a seamless non padded bra, a strapless and a spacer option, as people tend to prefer one style over the other strongly. The strapless that can also convert to a regular bra and a multi-way bra is really clever and would be the perfect all purpose bra for summer! These styles are like a second skin on the body, a much sought after feeling for a woman with larger breasts. (30-44, B-H cups)
I write a lot about inclusivity in the industry and I’m also thrilled to see it done well. I love how this line includes a diverse range of skin tones as well as a diverse range of curvy bodies. There aren’t a lot of choices out there for customers who are looking for both options, so it’s lovely to see Prima Donna coming out with such a high quality lingerie line for them.
By HOLLY JACKSON
I’ve been more than a little obsessed with lightweight bras recently! They used to be incredibly hard to find in larger cup sizes so I always assumed I’d never be able to try one. In my eyes, the mesh plunge bra was pretty much the perfect summertime basic – if only someone made one in a wider size range.
While the new Maya Bra by Parfait doesn’t quite come up to my personal bra size it still sports a wide size range that is going to make lots of customers extremely happy. It’s available in sizes 34-44C, 32-44D to G, and 32-40GG and H. The mesh fabric combined with the classic plunge cut is timeless.
Parfait Lingerie’s new season is designed around the idea of products that channel old Hollywood glamour with new and modern materials suited to the current lingerie consumer. A bra doesn’t have to be fussy to be striking, as Parfait Lingerie demonstrates with Maya. In many ways, this bra is the equivalent of a great red lipstick: You can wear it with any outfit and it just makes it a little bit better.
The Maya Bra is designed with a rigid sling in the inner cup to help create a smooth and lifted look. The bandless style design is of the type that has been popular recently, since it helps create a smooth line around the customer’s back and ribcage. Concealed side boning creates yet another layer to help smooth out the look, making the Maya Bra invisible under clothes.
We tend to think of red bras as something to wear during the holidays, but I think they’re a treat no matter what time of year it is. The Maya Bra is a great modern example of a classic silhouette done right in a color that never goes out of style.