VS Winter Wardrobe Roundup Part I

So here are some quick reviews of some of the VS items I’ve gotten this fall/winter:

Body by Victoria Perfect Shape Bra

Overall Rating
5 out of 5
Fit Rating:  True To Size
True To Size
 Body by Victoria Perfect Shape Bra by Victoria's Secret

Supersoft, with the sexy lift of a push-up and the coverage you want. A new, unbelievably soft fabric meets lighter, allover Memory Fit padding for extra support. Double-lined sides give the sleekest shape, with a smoothing u-shaped back for maximum coverage and comfort.

I had seen so many rave reviews of the Perfect Shape bra for so long that I really wanted to try it, but they didn’t offer it in DDD sizes until recently. The first week they were available, I bought my first Perfect Shape bra. I was prepared for disappointment. There are a lot of styles that are made for smaller breasts that just don’t translate well to larger sizes, and since it had taken them awhile to get these in DDD sizes, I thought that might be the case. But the idea of a full coverage bra with the lift of a push-up was so tantalizing that I couldn’t help but hope that it would live up to the hype.

It absolutely did, and exceeded all my expectations. Since it’s full coverage, overspill isn’t a constant battle like it is with demi push-ups. It lifts and shapes, with amazing support, and is playfully feminine without giving up any functionality.

The padding is substantial (what you’d expect in a push-up), and that might be a turn-off for some who might be concerned about adding to an already large bustline, but I’ve found that the structure of the bra holding everything firmly in place actually acts like a bit of a minimizer (without the discomfort), and so I end up with the exact bust measurement that I have with a lightly lined bra. It’s really quite extraordinary.

As far as comfort goes, this bra is a dream. I find it to be one of the most comfortable bras I own, which is why I went ahead and purchased a second—this time in black orchid (pictured above), which is such a rich color, just beautiful. I absolutely recommend this bra to larger busted women looking for a bra that shapes, lifts, and doesn’t compromise  on comfort and functionality.

Oversized Hooded Fleece Tunic

Overall Rating
5 out of 5
Fit Rating:  True To Size
True To Size
Oversized Hooded Fleece Tunic by Victoria's Secret

Have it all—the length of a tunic and the comfort of a hoodie—in soft fleece.

This hoodie has it all, and is exactly what an oversized pullover hoodie should be: soft, slouchy chic without looking dumpy, soft fleece to snuggle into, a beautifully draped hood, and rich color (I got the black orchid) that is stylish, especially with a pair of leggings, to wear out and about or cuddled up with your favorite book.
I actually got a size up from my usual, since I like to layer clothing on colder days instead of wearing a few bulky layers and a coat, and it’s perfect. This hoodie is absolutely true to size, meaning that if you order your normal size, you will get a slightly oversized garment. If you want more slouch (like the model pictured), I’d recommend going a size up. If you don’t like any slouch, you should probably look at one of the regular hoodies VS has.

 Waffle Boatneck Sweater

Overall Rating
5 out of 5
Fit Rating:  True To Size
True To Size
Waffle Boatneck Sweater by Victoria's Secret

Textured but still so soft, this cotton sweater is inspired by a classic thermal. A shirttail hem echoes its sleek boatneck for a look that’s simply polished.

I wasn’t at all certain that I would like this sweater, but after reading the reviews, I decided to give it a try. The very first thing I noticed was the beautiful, rich color. The second thing was the softness. It definitely has a luxurious feel.

It fit perfectly, and is true to size for this style of sweater. As the description states, it has a relaxed fit, and the curved hem allows the sweater to drape in a way that doesn’t look at all boxy. I do wear a DDD to G cup bra, so that might aid the drape factor. If you are larger busted, I really don’t think boxiness will be an issue for you, especially if you order the right size for you.

I don’t like cropped sweaters or those that hit just right at the waistband and ride up whenever you bend over, so there aren’t a lot of options for VS sweaters this year. This sweater is definitely long enough that I feel completely comfortable; it grazes my hip bones at the sides and curves down to cover the zipper on jeans in front and the back pockets in back. It isn’t long enough to wear with leggings, but I didn’t expect it to be. It’s long enough to keep the chilly drafts out, and short enough to look great with a variety of jeans, pants, looks super cute with sweatpants (I usually wear the Boyfriend Pant or Bootcut Fleece Pant) for chilly days when you’re just lounging around, and it would look cute with a flirty skirt and tights for those who like that kind of thing.

The softness of the sweater means that I don’t have to worry about wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt beneath, which is good since I often feel too hot in the winter when businesses have the heater cranked up too high, so I like wearing short-sleeved T-shirts under my sweaters. (Side note: the Daily Tunic/Off-the-Shoulder Tunic tees are perfect for wearing under boatneck sweaters). It also helps reduce the number of times my sweaters need to be laundered, so they last longer. My daughter likes to wear it with a button-front shirt beneath, and it looks wonderful.

In a nutshell, this is a wonderfully soft, warm, surprisingly versatile sweater with a good weight to it, and it’s not overpriced. Grab one for yourself before they’re gone!

That’s all for now! I’ll be back soon with more reviews of the good, the bad, and the strange purchases I made for this fall/winter.

Hilarious Photoshop Fail

The Franato Women’s Firm Tummy Waist Control Shaping Tank Top Vest wins the award for most absurd product image on Amazon for the day. Not just for the hilarity of an uber-thin model wearing a body shaper that’s doing the opposite of sculpting her into a more feminine form, but also for the grotesque display of thigh gap that proves that either a) someone went crazy with Photoshop or b) Franato uses non-human models.

Franato Fail

Franato’s major fail on body shaping vest product photo.

Review: The Long & Lean Cardi

Ah, the Long & Lean Cardi by VS. I have this cardi in 5 different colors, and I check every few months to see what new colors they have. It’s a perfect lightweight sweater for early fall, spring, and summer when you’re going into air conditioned buildings, and it’s thin enough that it doesn’t get too hot when you’re out in the sun.

This cardi goes great with office attire, dresses (both for Sunday morning and Friday night), perfect with jeans and shorts, or just a lazy day at home with sweatpants and a tank top underneath. I’ve never had such a versatile piece of clothing.

I get compliments on them all the time, even from men. The ivory color definitely gets the most compliments, but they’re all well worth the price.

 

THE LONG & LEAN CARDI

Chic, sleek and perfect for layering, this wear-everywhere cardigan has a drapey silhouette and year-round versatility.

What the Truth in Advertising Act Means for Consumers

Jezebel reports that Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Democratic Rep. Lois Capps have co-sponsored the Truth in Advertising Act of 2014, H.R. 4341. Representative Capps compares Photoshopped fashion and beauty ads to the now illegal Joe Camel cigarette ads of the past, saying, “Just as with cigarette ads in the past, fashion ads portray a twisted, ideal image for young women. And they’re vulnerable. As sales go up, body image and confidence drops.”

For a quick run-down of what this means (and what they think it means but doesn’t), check out this TYTU segment:

This act is solely concerned with the altering of bodies and faces in advertisements, with an emphasis on publications/websites directed at teenagers. So what does this boil down to?

  • Things such as changing the colors of clothing to get a good representation of what a garment will look like in a different color are not covered anywhere in this bill, though I’ve seen several reporters talk about it. They should probably read the bill itself. It’s one page long. C’mon, people. Try some journalism.
  • It also has nothing to do with front magazine cover images and other published (both digitally and print) images that are not part of an advertisement.

As you all know, I do shop online at Victoria’s Secret for most of my clothing, and whomever they have hired recently is doing a very poor job. Worse than usual, which is saying something. Sometimes the models don’t even look human (belly button in the wrong place, weird shading, too many arms, etc.). And it’s just not necessary. Anyone who has watched the VS Fashion show can clearly see that these women need no Photoshopping. I think it’s insulting to them, and insulting to VS’s customers.

To check out some hilarious VS Photoshopping fails, check out this list of atrocities at Huff Post or, you know, just visit victoriassecret.com. This one’s my current favorite:

Lily Aldridge's belly button migrates north for the summer.

Crochet cover-up top and high-waisted jeans. That’s an odd place for Lily’s belly button to be.

Large-Breasted Mom Ordered to Cover Up by Disney Employee

This story makes me cringe. Not just because it’s unfair, embarrassing, and ludicrous, but because it could have been me. It could have been one of my friends. It could be anyone with large breasts. First, let’s tell the story.

Melissa Behnken and her family decided to celebrate her husband’s return from the U.S. Marine Corps with a trip to Disneyland with their 3 kids. They were having a grand old time until, as she puts it, “This gentleman out of nowhere comes up to me and just says ‘You need to pull your top up.’”

She was wearing a simple black scoopneck that you can buy in any department store, and a style worn by pretty much every woman in America. Because she is well-endowed, her cleavage was showing. Not a grotesque amount, but the same bit of cleavage all large breasted women show when they attempt to wear just about any scoopneck top.

I consciously try to never show cleavage (a personal thing I explained here), but large busted women know that no matter how hard you try, sometimes cleavage just happens. Breasts are not vulgar or indecent. Guys like this park employee need to stop this puritanical nonsense and grow up.

Judge for yourself by watching this video with Melissa’s story and pictures from the family’s Disneyland trip:

http://www.cambio.com/2014/04/17/youll-never-believe-why-this-mom-was-scolded-at-a-disneyland-pa/

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Do We Really Need Antiperspirants for Breasts?

Anyone with large breasts has dealt with breast sweat, and it can get really annoying on hot days. I’ve seen everything from disposable bra inserts that soak up the sweat to actual antiperspirant that you apply under your breasts, much like underarm antiperspirant.

If you sweat a lot, and the problem is out of control, it might not hurt to try it. I actually sweat quite a bit lately, but a quick swipe with an alcohol soaked cottonball generally fixes the problem; the alcohol helps evaporate the moisture (creating an instant cooling effect) and also creates an environment that isn’t conducive to microbial growth.

Cristen from Stuff Mom Never Told You recently covered this, and shared the results of her web research as well as her own thoughts on the whole breast sweat problem.

 

 

The Woman Who Didn’t Invent the Bra

Cristen of Stuff Mom Never Told You is back with another Herstory interview, this time with Mary Phelps Jacob. Jacob is often credited with the creation of the bra, but the reality isn’t quite so clear cut.

Stuff Mom Never Told You is full of witty, interesting, fun, and intelligent content. Cristen covers a wide variety of topics on her channel, and I recommend it to everyone. The focus is on women, but that doesn’t mean that men can’t learn from and enjoy the content.