So here are some quick reviews of some of the VS items I’ve gotten this fall/winter:
Body by Victoria Perfect Shape Bra
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
Waffle Boatneck Sweater
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.