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Figleaves US

One of the great things about the world of lingerie on the internet is how it’s allowed us to see designs and buy directly from small brands all over the world – this has been a fantastic boost for smaller designers who are just starting out and can’t convince boutiques to invest in large amounts of stock. Likewise, it’s made it easier for women outside the A-G matrix to find beautiful bras that fit.

Avocado Lingerie is based in Poland – like many other Eastern European brands like Ewa Michalak and Comexim, it’s highly unlikely we’d have access to the quality and ranges they offer without the current digital marketplace. The brand originally made bras from C-K cups, but started a small collection more recently with some bras running in A-C as well. They use fabrics such as Swiss tulle and French lace to create supportive, practical bras that work in both the larger and smaller sizes.

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Figleaves US

‘Empowering’ has turned into an advertising buzzword – if you look at the advertising landscape over the last few years, you’ll see that self love and empowerment have been hugely monetised, whether the brands are selling soap or designer clothing. I find it troubling that so many things are said to give women power when essentially they’re just trying to separate women from their money without ultimately bettering their situation or women’s rights in general.

With that in mind, I always try to be critical of things that claim to empower women. While there are obvious things like easy and cheap (or free) access to birth control or equal representation in politics and within boardrooms, empowerment can be more subtle and offer the confidence for individual women to reach their full potential. The question is whether lingerie can claim to do either of these things.

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idsarrieri collection 2016

ID Sarrieri is 16 years old this year – founded in Paris, the brand stands out through its use of sensual shapes, hand-made details, and beautiful fabrics. Their use of chantilly lace, silk mousseline, jacquard, and embroidered laces are what luxury and couture lingerie are all about.

If you’ve been following my instagram account, you’ll know that the Fall/Winter collection is pretty much all firmly on my wishlist. Here are my favourite designs.

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allundonelingerie

When putting together the big list of bra brands and 12 brands for larger cups  a lot of women told me that they struggled to find bras that offered larger bust sizes combined with a small back measurement. In some cases, even if the brand offered both separately they would only offer the DD+ bras in larger back sizes.

These are 5 more brands that offer DD+ sizes in a 30 back or smaller. The default measurement I looked for was 30F, since that would get rid of everybody who stopped at a 32 back or only offered DD or E cups in a 32 or smaller.

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