Lady Bits, the Twins, Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s), whatever you call them, these babies come in all shapes and sizes and no pair is the same! Even if you measure to fit a certain size cup and band, I’m sure you ladies are well aware that doesn’t mean every single style is the right style for you. So to stop you from rifling through every bra under the sun, see what criteria you fit into below to find out what bra profiles will suit your unique lady lumps.
1. ITTY BITTIES
HAPPY BRA SHOPPING!
The flower trend is still blooming in various iterations from small-scale ditsies to bold urban inspired tropicals. This theme is fun and optimistic ushering vibrant colour and pattern into the next season.
Baring more skin is inevitable with the approaching summer season, but we're seeing more new subtle and unexpected ways of this. With eye-catching bows, intricate strapping and cheeky cut-out details adorning the backs of garments, hit that row machine ASAP because soon everybody's going to be checking out that backside girl!
Gone are the days when pastels were reserved for spring and summer. Designers hit a sweet spot with macaron-inspired pastel shades that aren’t reserved for girlie looks. Keep the look fresh with colour blocking or sheer layers.
Lace treatments have spliced their way into the next season. Lace inserts seamlessly harmonise with small-scale florals and broderie anglaise, adding a weightless element to the mix.
Not for the faint of heart, this trend is almost anti-fashion; thank you Gucci! A concoction of bold pieces styled together to create a unique fashion statement. Dare to wear but remember it should be fun, lively and experimental.
Is your bra fitting you properly? Here are our top tips to keep your tits tops!
1 . You're wearing the wrong size
Sounds obvious, right? But it’s more common than you think… cue the professional bra fitting! With a bit of help, you’ll be sure to get a personalized, perfect fit.
2 .Your bra band isn’t sitting right
If the back of your bra is loose and riding up it’s a sure sign your band size is too big. On the flipside, if your band is digging in you’re going to need a bigger back size.
3 . Your boobs don’t fit in
If you’re spilling out the front and sides then you’re lacking capacity because the cup size is too small. Simply size up!
4 . Your boobs STILL don’t fit
If your bra cup is loose or gaping over your natural bust, it’s time to size down. You want your girls to be flush with the cups, not swimming in them.
5 . #BraStrapProblems
If you can feel your straps digging in or sliding off your shoulders, use the sliders to increase or decrease the length – easy!
6 . Your centre front isn't sitting flush
The centre front of your bra should be sitting flat against your sternum. This stabilizes your bra and keeps the girls in check.
7 . Your underwire just won't sit right
When you slide your bra on, be sure to lift-and-position each breast into the cup, allowing the underwire to sit flush against your rib cage. This will give you comfortable support and a more flattering fit.
8 . The Golden Oldie!
We all have THAT bra. You know the one – you have had her for years, she’s looking a bit sad, the elastic a bit baggy… maybe a hole or two…. It can be hard to say goodbye, but if you want the perfect fit, you’ll need a bra in perfect condition to match!
Are your boobs ruined forever after bubs?
With Mother's day just around the corner, we delve into one of those lesser-talked about 'joys' of motherhood! We asked, Sydney-based photographer, fitness trainer and Mom - Claudine Newton, for her uncensored comments about how her bust changed after breastfeeding. SO! What has changed...
WHAT SIZE WERE YOU PRE-BABY?
WHAT KINDS OF BRAS WERE YOU WEARING?
Just a plain padded t-shirt bra, and a sports bra with a crop top over the top when I trained.
HOW DID THAT CHANGE AFTER BREASTFEEDING?
I definitely felt my breasts go up and down like a yo-yo while I was feeding baby. The ‘fullness’ on the top part of my breast tissue decreased post breast-feeding, so I guess that ‘lift’ and ‘round’ look I once had disappeared unfortunately.
DID YOU START WEARING A DIFFERENT SIZE?
I now sit between a 10C and 10D, so they have shrunk!
WERE YOU ABLE TO WEAR THE SAME STYLES OF BRAS? WHAT REPLACED THE OLD?
I can wear the same styles, however my breasts definitely don’t look the same in the bra anymore. I need a little more support to keep them up high!
HOW DID YOU FEEL AFTER YOUR BODY WENT THROUGH THESE CHANGES?
I took it in my stride, it’s expected once you have had a baby and breast-fed that things are going to be different.
You have to work hard to get your ‘body’ back (if that’s what you want to do and can do). With the depletion of your milk supply plus weight loss your boobies can look a bit ‘sad’ by the end of it all, but your little bundle is so worth it.
I think it’s also a time that women don’t feel particularly ‘sexy’ (at least I didn’t).
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR NOW IN A BRA?
Definitely that upper breast support and something that gives me a nice full look again.
IS IT HARD TO FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?
It is! Generally I don’t think I know anything about where to begin when finding the right bra for me.
I think women really do need a fitter to help them and make the suggestions otherwise we just keep going for the same styles and don’t explore other options that could be better.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS OR ADVICE FOR WOMEN WHO MIGHT BE GOING THROUGH THESE CHANGES OR ABOUT TO?
It takes time for everything to adjust so be patient.
I’d definitely recommend getting a wonderful fitter to help find some new pieces for your wardrobe and help you feel amazing.
BIG SHOUT OUT TO ALL OUR PALINDROME MAMAS! WE LOVE YOU!
I have designed lingerie for a while now, over the years many of my collections would be highlighted by a delicate, airy bralette offered as my fashionable sacrificial lamb. Yes, there was a time when I would show Buyers a new range and my token bralette would get baulked at with comments like “It’s too fringe” or “we can’t sell that!” Oh how times have changed, seems like we (and Buyers) can’t get enough of the ‘fringe’ bra that has become a mainstay in our top drawers.
We’re convinced the bralette is here to stay & here are 5 great reasons why:
1. SO DAMN COMFORTABLE!
Gone are the days of going home at the end of a long day and tearing off my bra. Less structure, light and breathable the bralette is just effortless to wear.
4. IT’S LIBERATING
Highly restrictive and ideal beauty standards of the previous decades are becoming more relaxed with more natural beauty looks, carefree athleisure wear and the rise of flat shoes is a symbol of the times. Cue the bralette.
5. SPACE SAVING GENIUS
I love folding a bralette and storing it into my lingerie drawer or lingerie bag to be packed into a suitcase, I marvel at how ergonomic they are at space saving
We Run This Motha!
Beyoncé empowers women who want to have it all: the career, the family, the killer threads with the bank account to match. There’s undeniable power in her confidence as she flies the flag for female empowerment with a persona that has inspired a generation of women.
“Girls, we run this motha, yeah!”
The Way We Wore
We love this French Fashion Designer for her modernity, her timeless designs, little black dresses and trademark suits. Chanel was raised in an orphanage where she learnt to sew, it was these humble beginnings which gave her craftmanship and a great sense of drive and intuition. Her designs were revolutionary in the early 1900’s, she borrowed elements of menswear and made a point of emancipating women by emphasizing comfort over the constraints of the fashions of the day leading women to say goodbye to the days of laced corsets and other confining garments.
The Power of Speech
A true heroine who defied the Taliban as a young girl in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. For her activism, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala’s book, "I Am Malala," has become an international bestseller.
On her 16th birthday just 9 months after being shot, Malala gave a speech at the UN where she highlighted her focus on women's rights, education urging world leaders to change their policies.
Becoming is Better Than Being
Finding resources for self-development is empowering and always on our radar. Author Carol Dweck releases a compelling idea that we either have a growth or a fixed mindset whenever we look at a situation. A growth mindset perceives room for improvement. A fixed mindset sees a situation as an inevitability.
Carol states we should leave room for the possibility, the way we behaved in the past is not who we are allowing us the ability to grow. To find out more read: Mindset, The New Psychology Of Success.
Grand Slam Dame
BILLIE JEAN KING
This American former world no. 1 professional tennis player is an advocate for gender equality and has long been a pioneer for equality and social justice. In 1973, at age 29, she won the ‘ The Battle of The Sexes’ tennis match against the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs. The match set a record for the largest tennis audience and the largest purse awarded up to that time. She pushed relentlessly for the rights of women players, helped to form a separate women’s tour, and obtained financial backing from commercial sponsors.
WANT TO GET INSIDE THE VALENTINE'S DAY DATES OF TEAM PALINDROME?
Some people think Valentine’s Day is a commercialised day created by consumer brands. We’re of the ‘so what’ opinion. A day that gives you the right to be overly affectionate with your loved one, wear lingerie and clothes with red hearts and where flowers are being delivered left, right and centre is a good result no matter what the catalyst!
BOWL THEM OVER
Marie- Creative Director:
I consider Valentine’s Day a bit of fun whether you choose to enjoy it alone, with your besties or your lover it’s a reminder to love and live! This year I am planning to go tenpin bowling with my man, a glass of champagne in one hand and bowling ball in the other, of course I’ll be wearing a sexy new Palindrome set on the night although this isn’t restricted to V-Day, beautiful lingerie is something I gift myself with every day.
This V-Day we’re starting by meeting near the water and taking a stroll whilst eating gelato. We move on to the art gallery for a great exhibition, there’s a game my partner & I play where we can spend a hypothetical $10 million to choose artworks for our home. Afterward we’ll take a Sydney ferry towards home and stop off for our favourite local Mexican for a meal and spicy margaritas before heading back to our sofa to snuggle with our puppies on the sofa for Netflix and chill.
THE HELPLESS ROMANTIC
For me the perfect V-day date is simple - dinner with my partner accompanied by a bottle of vino, and a heartfelt card. Who doesn't like to be told how wonderful they are?!
SMOOCHES & POOCHES
My ideal night is with my gal pals, it would be a date with our pets for a meal at the outdoor noodle markets. Usually my dog has pretty good instincts and will let me know whether the person is keeper or not so if I did have a date this year the dog would still be my sidekick!
Suzy- Operations Manager:
My theme for Valentine’s Day this year is ‘FUN’. My partner and I are having a retro inspired night starting with a session of roller skating followed by dinner at our favourite old skool diner for a burger and shake.
IT'S HALLOWEEN QUEEN & WE WANTED TO SHARE OUR FAVOURITE SASSY LITTLE WITCHES BREW!
170gm Lime Jelly
2 cups boiling water
3 cups chilled pineapple juice
2 litres chilled lemon-lime soft drink
2 cups chilled vodka (optional)
1. Pour the jelly into a bowl. Pour in the boiling water and stir until completely dissolved.
2. Stir in the the pineapple juice, soft drink & vodka.
3.Let it CHILL.
Just add wicked lingerie.
Your best fitting non-padded bra, preferably less than a year old.
How to Measure
Some of the greatest reasons for purchasing online are the convenience, price comparisons, you get to do it privately and of course the choice of styles is vast. Whilst we love the afore mentioned buying intimates online can be intimidating for most of us, but don’t get your knickers in a knot; here are the top tips that will have you online lingerie shopping like a seasoned pro.
Get a professional lingerie fitting, you need to know your CORRECT size. If you really can’t get to a fitter there are several online tools that guide you through a self-fit from fit calculator to bra size charts, but honestly there is no substitute for an expert fitter and is highly recommended.
Sizes can vary between brands so it is equally important to know your measurements; (diaphragm & over bust measurement- not over padding please!) so that you can refer to the measurement chart of each brand for a more accurate guide.
If you’re wearing a brand that ticks all the boxes on style and fit it’s a safe bet to buy from them online. Most companies develop new styles based on proven shapes in their catalogue so most of the hard work has been done if you’re already customer and repeat purchasing the brand you love.
At Palindrome; we have developed a fit system to assist online shoppers by identifying our best bra cup shapes with a name (a Palindromic girl’s name) making it easy to shop your favourites with the identi-FIT™ system.
It has really become a sport for me, the act of trying on in store and when I’m ready i.e. snuggled up in my jammies on a Sunday night proceed to purchase, as though I’m revelling in the joy of prolonging the buying process. The message here is that if you have the opportunity to try on lingerie in store there’s a confidence boost to proceed to check out.
It’s pretty common to see customers purchase several different sizes of the same style and return all but the correct fitting style, just be sure to look at the returns policy before buying to ensure there’s no issue sending things back especially on sale items.
We all fall prey to the sale bug, the high of getting a bargain is just too hard to resist but let me just say that lingerie is not the thing to snap up in sales if the size and fit aren’t right for you.Fundamentally, your lingerie should support, contour or enhance your figure and in turn making you feel amazing so if the sale items aren’t offering you adequate functionality swipe that bra and cute panties to the left!
Reading about fabric care, washing instructions and material compositions isn't the most joyous part of online shopping but the information is essential to determine whether you'll be satisfied with your new purchase or not.
You may not be able to tell from a photograph if an item has a garment lining which may be integral to the fit or is made of a particular material, furthermore if your new undies require dry cleaning you might want to know up front!
Author- Marie Savvas
Palindrome Founder & Creative Director