Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Aviana Embroidered Underwire Minimizer Bra

From Aviana comes a stylish, full cup minimizer underwire bra. Band sizes start at 32 and go all the way up to 46. Cup sizes are D, DD (E), DDD (F), G and H. Beautifully embroidered. It retails at $48.00 and we offer it for $44.00. Free U.S. shipping.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Importance of a Bra Fitting

Did you know that 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra?

 As a fit specialist for one of the top 3 brands in the industry, I see women on a daily basis who are fatigued by back and shoulder pain, uncomfortable wires poking into them, bad posture, and breasts that are either sagging to their belly button or divided into four lumps by a bra that doesn't fit. Most women don't even realize that it IS possible to have a bra that fits them so perfectly, they forget they are even wearing one. I used to be one of those women. Shopping for bras was a daunting and grueling task, I never found one that fit, and would end up buying whichever was the least UNcomfortable. Then I was professionally fit for a bra (not at Victoria's Secret) and my life was forever changed.

Most women are in a cup that is too small and band that is too big, ie. a 36B when they need to be in a 32DD. If the underwire of your bra is poking into your breast tissue or you are popping out of the cup, then the cup size is too small. If the band of your bra is on the tightest hook and is riding up your back, it is too big. Your band should be horizontal all the way around your body and your cups should encompass ALL of you, no bulges or poking wires.

Wearing the correct size bra can give you:
  • Better Posture
  • The appearance of a flatter stomach (!!)
  • Reduced back and shoulder pain
  • A perkier chest
  • A more seamless and classy look in clothes
  • CONFIDENCE!
I suggest that everyone get professionally fit either by a local department store (I suggest Nordstrom or Dillard's) or a specialty boutique. However, if you can't make it out- here are some instructions to measure yourself. We have a large selection of sizes and styles available on Brabarella.com!

How to measure yourself to determine your bra size-
Always measure yourself in just your bra, if you are wearing a shirt your measurement may not be accurate.

1. Use a tape measure to measure around the top of your rib cage, just underneath your breasts. Make sure the tape measure is flat and horizontal all the way around. Round up to the nearest even number- Example: If you measure 33 inches around, round up to 34. This will give you your BAND SIZE (32,34,36,38, etc.)

2. Next you need to determine your cup size. Take the tape measure around your back and measure in the middle of your chest, just over your nipples. This is where it gets tricky! You're going to have to do some math to figure out your cup size. Take the number that you got from step 1 and SUBTRACT it from the number that you get in step 2. Use the chart below to determine your cup size (every inch of difference represents one cup)


Difference
1
2
3
4
5
6
7       8
Cup Size
A
B
C
D
DD
DDD
G       H


EXAMPLE: You measure 33 inches in step 1 --> 34 band
                     You measure 37 inches in step 2
                               37-33= 4 inches
                     So your bra size (roughly) is a 34D!

Remember, this is an art not a science, so it is not guaranteed to be your exact size and all brands and styles run differently. 

What's most important is your comfort. The center of your bra should lie flat against your chest and the underwires should hit just before your armpit, clearing all of your breast tissue.

If you have any questions or need help in your fitting, please let us know!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Arianne Stacy Chemise

Valentine's Day is fast approaching. This would make a great gift for your loved one, or for yourself! The Arianne Stacy is an opaque, jacquard lace knockout chemise. Check it out at Brabarella Lingerie:
Arianne Stacy Chemise

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

and a Happy New Year

     We're entering our 10th year at Little Pink Dress/Brabarella. Last year was a good one, although it was hectic due to our move back to Hyannis. It's good to be home and permanent again. We lost a couple of oldies this past year, as Crown Foundations and Round the Clock passed into history, but we also added some great new lines, including Stockings & Romance, Dominique and MeMoi.
       We  want to express our appreciation to Ray at UPS; and Kristin, Kathy, Nancy and Buzzy at the Centerville Post Office. They've made life a lot easier for us.....also all of our sales reps and vendors, Thank-you! And of course our models, new and old.
    What's ahead? We're always looking for classic/retro -but functional intimate apparel, and we have found quite a bit! You'll be seeing unique new lines popping up during the first quarter here. As for our vintage site - Little Pink Dress, we apologize for the lack of updates (by far customers' biggest complaint), but Brabarella  always has to be the priority. That being said, we have the inventory and will have the time at some point to consistently update. Same goes for the models and album sections, which will be revamped.
      Of course our biggest thanks go to our loyal customers. We're a small retailer, so repeat customers are crucial to our success. We wouldn't be in business without you!
       Finally, feedback....we really appreciate feedback, good or bad. Tell us how we're doing, what we can do better, what you're looking for that we don't have, or whatever else you have to say. The best way to contact us in either through this blog, or email us at: brabarella@gmail.com.