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Best Bras: Our 2013 Favorites

Many of these favorite are now on sale online and in store.

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Left to right, top to bottom:

1. Timpa
2. Chantelle
3. Beautiful Bottoms
4. Hopeless Lingerie
5. Chantelle
6. Mimi Holliday
7. Elle Macpherson Intimates
8. Huit
9. Cosabella
10. Calvin Klein
11. Elle Macpherson Intimates
12. Calvin Klein
13. Blush Lingerie
14. OnGossamer
15. Stella McCartney
16. Wacoal
17. Chantelle
18. Marlies Dekkers
19. Stella McCartney
20. Chantelle
21. Natori
22. Zinke
23. Natori
24. Eberjey
25. Huit

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Spring time is the Best time

 

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Lingerie lovelies

Untitled-1 copy1. Chantelle Paris Paris Push Up Bra and Tanga (shop online here)
2. Beautiful Bottoms Sunset Front Tie Bralet and Knicker (shop online here)
3. Beautiful Bottoms Tropic Padded Wired Bra and Knicker (ship online here)
4. Eberjey Delirious Bralet and French Panty (shop online here)
5. Chantelle Rive Gauche Push Up and Shorty (shop online here)
6. Eberjey Anouk Bralet and Culotte (shop online here)

 

 

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A few of our favorites…The Instagram edition

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, what better time to highlight some of our most beautiful pieces.

Plus we love instagramming everything in sight.

Enjoy!

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Four things to keep in mind when buying a t-shirt bra

 

Full disclosure:  This post was brought on by recent pictures of Miley Cyrus sporting a braless look under what is quite possibly the worst thing one could go braless while wearing,  a WHITE BURNOUT T-SHIRT.

While I’m all about freedom and white burnouts, I couldn’t help but mentally run through a list of bras that I KNOW would make her ensemble look better and save her the embarrassment of ending up on the Huffington Post with her boobs hanging out.

Clearly getting the perfect t-shirt bra can be a little bit tricky, so I’ve compiled a couple of tips to help you make this purchase with confidence.

1. Get the silhouette right

Like bodies, T-shirt bras are NOT created the same.  Certain silhouettes work better on certain bodies.   How firm or soft your breast tissue is, where your breasts are placed on your chest, and your torso length and size all factor into what style of bra fits you best.

Chantelle’s Rive Gauche T-shirt bra is an excellent choice for ladies who find that a straight across, demi silhouette  suits their body best.

LeMystere’s Linguine T-shirt bra works well for ladies with breasts set farther apart or who prefer a fuller coverage option with a deep V center.

2. Make sure you’re getting the right fit.

T-shirt bras take a lot of wear and tear.  When you’re trying on bras, be sure to hook your bra on the outermost hook and to adjust the straps to about half way on your back.  As the bra stretches you’ll be able to move your band in two times and to tighten your straps.

Read a more about fit here.

If you’re having a hard time figuring out what styles works best PLEASE ask the lingerie experts.  We are here to help.  We like to help.  Seriously.

3. Don’t be afraid of pretty t-shirt bras!

T-shirt bras don’t have to be boring and there’s nothing wrong with a bit of lace or detailing on a t-shirt bra as long as it lays flat underneath your t-shirts.

So, always check by trying on a t-shirt on over any potential purchases.  You may be pleasantly surprised and end up with a functional bra that’s also fun to wear.

Marie Jo L’Aventure TOM T-shirt Bra features detailing on the straps, but before you write it off, try it on with a shirt.  You’ll see that the detailing is totally invisible, leaving you with a t-shirt bra that makes you feel pretty.

Marlies Dekkers Dame de Paris Balcony Bra features sexy, strappy detailing that doesn’t show in the least underneath t-shirts.

4. Know when enough’s enough.

If your t-shirt bras take the brunt of your daily wear, they’ll need to be replaced more often.  If your band is on the inner most hook and your straps have been tightened the whole way,  it’s time to repurchase.   If your cup is gapping or pulling away from your body at the center gore it’s time to repurchase (and probably to be refit).

Again, don’t underestimate the power (and convenience) of having a lingerie lady jump into the fitting room with you.  You’ll feel more confident about your size and with making the investment.

And if you’re buying online, give us a call or shoot us an email with any questions or concerns you have.  We’ll work through the process with you and make sure you end up with the perfect t-shirt bra.

Miley, take note.

 

Looking for other suggestions?

Chantelle’s Pure Memory Foam T-shirt bra

OnGossamer’s Bump It Up bra

LeMystere’s Camille Soft Cup bra

 

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Red Carpet lingerie inspiration

 

 

Jessica Alba in Gucci

 

 

 

Elle Macpherson in Zac Posen

Jessica Biel in Ellie Saab

 

 

 

Charlize Theron in Dior

Chantelle Icone Shorty in Peony, $50.

 

Chantelle Icone Demi in Peony, $88.

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Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen                                                                                Salma Hayek in Gucci

 

Mimi Holliday Bisou Bisou Bloom Padded Plunge, $86. … Mimi Holliday Bisou Bisou Bloom Bow Thong, $62.

 

 

 

Simone Perele Divine Demi Cup Plunge, $114…………………………………. Simone Perele Divine Bikini, $56.

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Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang

 

 

 

Freida Pinto in Prada

 

Chantelle Fascination Tanga in Linen, $38.

 

Chantelle Fascination Demi in Linen, $88.

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Maria Menounos                                                                                                   Paula Patton in Monique Lhuillier

 

 

Mimi Holliday Meringue Balcony Bra in Coral, $86… Mimi Holliday Meringue Classic Knicker in Coral, $62.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rejuvinating on Vinalhaven

It was a wild summer here at Forty Winks.

Along with our day-to-day duties, there was an engagement (Rachel) , a house purchase (Meredith), buying trips to NYC, weddings, babies, birthdays, family reunions…you name it, this  Summer brought it.

And while these happenings were happy, exciting and GOOD, a little bit of exhaustion crept in and it become glaringly obvious that we needed a real, live weekend away.

So we packed up two cute boys, two even cuter dogs, a bunch of food/beer/wine and headed for Vinalhaven, ME.

With absolutely no cell phone service (iPhone, you can’t haunt us here!) and Atlantic on all sides (yeah, it’s an island) Meredith and I were actually able to relax.  One morning I read on the deck for two hours.  TWO HOURS!

Never without lingerie on our brains, we started comparing the colors we were finding on our walks along the gorgeous shoreline with some of the pieces at Forty Winks right now.   Meredith, our resident photographer, was able to beautifully capture the subtle similarities between the colors and textures of the Maine coast with the stunning lingerie on our racks for Fall.

Enjoy!

 

 

Clo Intimo Fortuna Bralet, in Coral, $56.

Clo Intimo Fortuna Cheeky, in Coral, $38.

 

Marlies Dekkers Space Odyssey Balcony Bra, in Brown, $88.

Marlies Dekkers Space Odyssey Brazilian Short, $48.

 

Mimi Holliday Glace Super Plunge Push Up Bra, in White, $86.

Clo Intimo Fortuna Underwire Bra, in Nude, $52.

 

Chantelle Rive Gauche Demi, in Sapphire and Milk, $80.

 

Zinke Tulsa Bralet, in Lilac, $68.

Zinke Bright Lights Panty, in Lilac, $64.

 

Clo Intimo Fortuma Camisole, in Sage, $92.

 

Elle Macpherson Intimates Dentelle Contour Bra, in Jet/Green, $64.

 

Chantelle Rive Gauche T-Shirt Bra, in Sapphire, $76.

Chantelle Rive Gauche Shorty, in Sapphire, $34.

 

 

 

 

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Best of the Bras…Sale edition

Chantelle Spacer bra in Cobalt Blue

Original price $80….Sale price $60

Convertible, breathable, and  pretty much the perfect summer bra

 

 

Elle Macpherson Intimates Indigo Ray Bra

Original price $58….Sale price $42

An excellent fit with the perfect  Summer-to-Fall  pattern

 

 

Jenna Leigh Malawi Bra

Original price $96…Sale price $72

Lacey and silky and straight up sexy

 

 

Cosabella Never Say Never Push Up Bra

Original price $80…Sale price $60

One of our best sellers in one hot Summer color

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summertime T-shirt bras

Despite my penchant for wearing lacy bras underneath even my thinnest t-shirts,  I can understand the need for a smooth laying, molded cup brassiere that disappears when worn under a lady’s tighter fitting garments.    And while I refuse to stop wearing my lacies, I do acknowledge the time and the place for a simple, well-fitting t-shirt bra.

So it’s lucky that among the new and notables at Forty Winks this week, there are six, that’s right six, new t-shirt bra styles.  All are available at our online store www.shopfortywinks.com or for your perusal here at the shop.

As usual, feel free to contact us with questions about fit.

xoxo

 

We really couldn’t be happier with our first foray into Natori .  They’ve given us simple, wearable, comfortable pieces that work well under just about anything.

Natori Lace Trim Body Doubles Push Up Bra ($66).  Available here

 

Natori Lace Trim Body Doubles Underwire Bra ($62). Available here

Natori CoolFit Contour Bra in Navy ($66)  Available here

 

Chantelle and LeMystere have been with us since last April.  Meaning they’ve been with us since we opened our doors.

Both lines produce bras that fit a wide range of shapes and sizes and continue to create new and updated looks each season.

 

Chantelle Pure T-shirt Bra with Convertible Straps ($78).  Available here

 

Chantelle Rive Gauche T-back Spacer Bra  ($78).  Available here

LeMystere Linguine T-shirt Bra ($64). Available here

On a side note….after a rather grueling search for a nude that actually matches my fair skin, the Linguine’s peachy nude color has been my personal light-at-the-end of the t-shirt bra tunnel!

 

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What you’ll be wearing this Fall.

Every time I leave NYC, I buy New York Magazine for the train/bus/car ride home.  It’s become a little ritual and one that thoroughly engrosses me for a couple of hours or until Meredith convinces me that I really do want a hot dog from the snack car.

But enough about our train habits.

The issue on newsstands upon leaving Penn Station was the Spring Fashion issue and what really stuck with me (other than my surprise over how much Jessica Simpson makes off of her clothing line) is how closely the lingerie trends at market week, follow the  ready-to-wear styles for Fall/Winter.

Lingerie’s lookin’ good  for this upcoming season.  And because we like to share, I’ve compiled the following overview of what you’ll be wearing underneath your clothes this Fall.

Color! And color blocking!

Favorites like Cosabella, La Fee Verte, and Zinke are showing lots of deep hues and contrast colors.

Cosabella truly does EVERY color imaginable.  For the summer we’ve picked up lots of neons and for the Fall/Winter we’re stocking up on marigold, jade green, and cranberry.

Zinke Pointelle bralet with red and brown color block-esq detailing

La Fee Verte cobalt and silver sleep sets.


Neutrals with a twist

This Spring, Huit perfectly executed neutrals with a twist when they made their Initial bra which takes basic nude to a whole new level of sophisticated minimalism.  Mimi Holliday did the same with their lacy but wearable Amour Shoulder bra in peach and silver.  Both bras, have been happily received as great alternatives to plain old t-shirt bras.

We’re therefore happy to report that this neutral trend will appear again this Fall/Winter with wearable styles from Beautiful Bottoms, Eberjey, a reprise from Mimi, and a whole lot more.

New Brit line Beautiful Bottoms offers sheer silk bras in light, whimsical colors.  Yes. Those are birds.

Eberjey’s Anouk bra now comes in nude!  And goes up to a D cup.

La Fee Verte sets.  Perfect bridal lingerie actually.

Denim inspired Blues

Taking a ride on the blue wagon this Fall are lines like La Fee Verte, Chantelle, and new-comer Between the Sheets.  We’re pretty excited about the blue trend as we’ve found that it looks good on just about all skin tones.

La Fee Verte’s  navy trimmed in cream (or cream trimmed with navy) rompers, robes, bralets, and tap shorts are, as always, hand made in gorgeous silks and laces.  A big thank you to our LFV rep, Andrew, for being a good sport and letting us take a ton of pictures of him.

 

We’re pysched to start carrying Between the Sheets.  This uber flattering chemise will be one of our first pieces from the line.

Chantelle, the ubiquitous French line offers their world famous Rive Gauche collection in two fashion colors each year.  This Fall, we’re happy to report that “Sapphire” (with cream stitching) will be the Fall/Winter color.   Pictures are forthcoming, but we wanted to give all you Rive Gauche devotees the head’s up.  (Pre-order is available).

So if you’re a little nervous about facing the denim trend in a  full on jumpsuit a la J Crew http://bit.ly/h2pftc, rest assured that you can tone it down by going crazy with your blues in lingerie form instead.

 

Meant to be seen pieces…

Sheer tops are everywhere for Fall/Winter and you’ll need beautiful bras to wear underneath all those flowy, see-through ditties…

Want a new favorite to show off?

Enter Marlies Dekkers!  We’re the first store in Massachusetts to carry this line and boy are we excited to get our hands on these bad ass bras.

So there you have it.  A somewhat comprehensive overview of the lingerie trends for Fall and Winter.  We can’t wait for you to see what we’ve ordered.

And we can’t wait to see the pieces that you fall in love with! xo

 

 

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