We’re pretty big fans of the sometimes elusive cleavage at BCLC. While I (Sian) find that most padded or molded bras give me an adequate amount of pushed up and together cleavage, the majority of soft or unlined cups don’t give me this, but one of Charley’s big missions with the blog has been to find a bra that gives her both good fit and cleavage for a smaller bust.
While we both enjoy a good cleavage, we’re also fans of a more natural look for day to day wear too. And we’ve been given some inside information from one of the man counterparts behind this blog (they usually end up playing the role of unwilling photographer, so it’s nice to see they’re taking an interest in the more “news-y” side too!): Ben on Boobs is bringing you:
The Future of Boobies
(He insisted I call it that!)
He spotted the recent headlines on cleavage being on the way out, brought to the forefront by a new collection of Victoria’s Secret bralettes. Rather than the usual super push up bras with all the padding that we normally see in their advertising campaigns, recent images released are showing their models wearing lightweight, unpadded and non-wired bralette styles.
The headlines are proclaiming that they’re alienating their D+ customers due to this move, but I’ve got a little bit of a bone to pick with that one, and I’m sure you all know where I’m going with it!
- First up: D+ customers have always been excluded by Victoria’s Secret – there are the few styles available in DD and DDD, but the vast majority of their styles stick to the A-D range.
- Second: a D cup isn’t what customers think it is! Our post “So you think you know what a D cup looks like?” goes into much more detail on this, but bear in mind that Charley (our Little Cup) usually wears a D cup and she’s the perfect size for bralettes and enjoys wearing this style. In fact, I sometimes wear bralettes, unpadded and non wired, as a 28GG. They’re obviously not ideal for me, but I find them comfortable.
But the reason we’re writing about this is a big yay! We love ALL styles of bras, bralettes, bustiers, bra tops – whatever you want to call them. And to be honest, it’s great to see a natural shape taking precedence in advertising again. I’m sure you all know the whole circular trend thing – looks like the more natural look from decades gone by is coming back again, and we love it. Plus it looks like the bralettes that the Victoria’s Secret models are wearing are actually a better fit for many of them than the bra sized “real” bras – go figure.
So summing up – we like cleavage, we also like the natural look. We think bralettes are really comfy and look super pretty. Not everyone can wear them, but not everyone can wear Victoria’s Secret’s usual bras anyway, especially if they’re sized in the way that we tend to size. It’s great to think that smaller indie brands that tend to be the main designers of bralettes styles – Karolina Laskoswka is writing a brilliant series on this, I really recommend reading the current posts here and here – will be brought more into the forefront with the trend. And let’s hope people take the initiative to branch out to more independent designers to try and find something more unique than buying the same old at high street stores!
But it’s not just VS who are in on this trend – it’s been ramping up more and more lately and VS are a little late to the bandwagon actually. In fact, I bought a couple of cheap bralettes at H&M the other week to take the risk and see if they could work – I’m actually really impressed with how well they’ve fared for my size! We’ve also seen the Freya Fancies soft cup bralette range appearing for a more full busted take on it, which I am still yet to try actually.
So here are a few favourite bralette styles from a few indie and lesser known designers, to give you a bit of choice if the Victoria’s Secret campaign has caught your eye and you’d like to try something different – after all, there are so many gorgeous bralettes out there!
Are you a fan of bralettes? What recommendations do you have for them?