My Favorite Lounge Bras!

It has been a little while since I’ve written, but I wanted to share some eBay finds.

Let me start by explaining what I mean by lounge bra. When I look for a lounge bra, I want something wireless with great support. Usually these end up being wireless, foam push-up bras, which are actually perfect for lounging in. They give great support and lift, and because they are wireless, they’re super soft and comfy to lay around in–or even sleep in.

I discovered this type of bra by accident, but after having a couple I found I absolutely loved them. They’re also great for summer when you want to avoid sweating in a wire bra, because the wires can start to rust and can get a very distinct metallic smell.

Another great thing about these bras is you can find them on eBay at a very low price! (These bras are all under $20, and some even come with matching panties!) The downside is that they can be really tricky to search for! The listings don’t always say whether they are wireless, sometimes they don’t have enough pictures to give you an idea what the product actually is, and sometimes a bra can look like it’s wireless and then when it arrives you find out it isn’t.

That is why I have listed my five favorite lounge bras with links to the product I ordered. This way, you don’t have to go through the bother of trying to figure it out yourself. Okay, here are my favorites (in no particular order)! Oh, and P.S. I don’t get any benefit from promoting these items. I just like sharing great products with others! Typically, the sizes offered by these brands are 32-38, A-C cups.

Smooth Seamless Bra: Great for T-Shirts

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Thoughts: This bra is fantastic for wearing under t-shirts or delicate tops. It’s seamless and very smooth, and it also comes in several cute patterns: Swiss dot, hearts, or leopard print, with a couple of different colors as well. The band is nice and wide with three rows, giving a really good fit and good support. The padding also gives really good support and is so soft! I love this bra. I actually bought two in different colors: pink with hearts and navy with Swiss dots.

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Sizing: All of the sizes on these products will run relatively small, as they are Chinese or Japanese products. This is really good if you have a hard time finding bras with a small enough band to fit snugly and give proper support. In Western sizes, I wear a 28DD, and a lot of 28’s still don’t give a very snug fit. A 32 for this bra was perfect! I still wear it on the tightest column, but it gives a very supportive fit. The cup conversion will be the same as it would be for Western band sizes, i.e. 28DD->30D->32C. I bought a 32C, and the cup was perfect.

Seamless Bra with Lace: Also Great for T-Shirts, but With A Little Extra Cuteness

s-l16001Thoughts: Like with the previous seamless bra, this is also a great t-shirt bra, though I would probably not recommend as much for delicate tops. The lace and bow detailing may show through! That being said, the lace and bow detailing are part of what make it adorable. Like the previous bra, the band is wide with three rows. The type of padding is also essentially the same in terms of shape, making this another bra that gives really nice supportive lift while keeping you free to roll around on the couch as much as you want without concern for pokey wires.

tb2m5a0asik-ebjszfsxxbxzpxa_161087090Sizing: The band size on this actually runs smaller than other bras I have bought from China. This pretty much never happens to me, but I was actually wearing this bra on the second from the tightest column as the tightest was, well, too tight. The cups also run a little shallow: I was spilling out like crazy in the 32C. That being said, I think that is the way it’s designed, so it wasn’t a fit issue. However, if you want a smooth silhouette, you don’t want to be spilling out of your bra. I reordered this bra in a 34C.

Lacey T-Shirt Bra: Doesn’t Look Like a Lounge Bra At All!

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Thoughts: This bra is really cute and has just enough lace on it to make it cuter than just a t-shirt bra. Because the lace is on the side of the cups, wearing this with a t-shirt is still okay, but the contrasting lace and center bow just makes it a really nice bra that doesn’t really look like a lounge bra at all! This bra has a smaller band that isn’t nearly as supportive as the first two, but is still a decent width (I have certainly seen much more narrow bands). The padding on this bra is also not super push-up, so if you’re just looking for something comfortable to wear that won’t necessarily give you a push-up effect, this bra is for you!

tb2ghz-pxxxxxcgxxxxxxxxxxxx_161087090tb2a-m9pxxxxxctxxxxxxxxxxxx_161087090Sizing: This bra runs about the same size as the first one. I ordered a 32C, and it fits fine. It isn’t the most snug fitting band, so the support isn’t amazing. This will probably be less of a problem for people with a wider rib cage than mine (in other words, everyone).

Lace Overlay Bra: Cute With Moderate Support

s-l16002Thoughts: This bra is cute to look at, but the design is a little odd. I love the look of the bra, but the fit is just not really what I was going for. It is shaped very differently from the other bras. If you want something that’s less of a push-up bra and gives a more toned-down look, this bra is probably perfect for you. The contrast bows also give it a very cutesy touch! This may not be the perfect t-shirt bra as it has lace overlay, but it is still great for support and very cute!

tb2d3blpb0kpufjy0fjxxcbbvxa_161087090Sizing: The width of this bra’s band is a little bit wider than the previous bra, but not as wide as the first two. 32C was a really good fit for me, with a really nice snug band. The cups seemed a little bit shallow, but it’s honestly hard to tell with the straps in the middle of the cups.

Floral and Lace: Super Padding

s-l500Thoughts: If you’re wanting something with a lot of padding, this is a great bra. It also has a very wide band (the widest of all of these bras). The design is very cute, and it is very supportive. For me, personally, the amount of padding is actually excessive. It makes me really self-conscious wearing this. However, the padding is very soft, and this is also a great bra for just hanging around in!

2536573264_1310376075Sizing: Again, I ordered a 32C for this, but the band was still not quite as snug as I would like for good support. The padding, however, gives really good support, and I didn’t have any problems with the cups, even with the amount of padding.

Tips For Finding Bras Like These

When you’re doing your own online search for wireless bras, there is one thing most of them have in common.

As you can see, four out of the five bras I recommended have pictures on the item page that show the bra rolled up, which is obviously impossible if the bra has wire in it. If there’s a bra you’re eying and the product page has an image of the bra rolled up, you know it’s at least wireless. Determining the amount of padding it has will be trickier, but this is a good starting point.

I hope you found some cute bras through this post!

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Finally Options for Girls Who Wear Bras Smaller than a 32!

It took me years to realize a 32 band was still too big. When I did realize it, though, I quickly found that options didn’t exist for petite girls. Luckily, over the past three years, I’ve found lots more options emerging for girls who wear a 28 or 30 band size. It gets better! They’re no longer available in only A or B cups either, and there are adorable varieties out there, too. There are lots of 28A-E+ options now, and I want to share them with you.

European Brands

It’s a little surprising to me that Europe has better selections in terms of bras. Even the UK has a lot more brands that carry 28’s in a variety of cup sizes. Think Freya (longline bras), Curvy Kate, Panache, Fauve (also has some longline bras). Doing a Google search will bring up mostly UK websites that sell these brands, but most of them will ship them to the US. Most UK shops also have very reasonable shipping rates: $5.00-7.50 for shipment if orders are under a certain amount–you pay this much for shipping within the US! Here are a few shops you can start with:
Fig Leaves
Uplifted Lingerie
Boux Avenue
Bravissimo

Asian Options

I say Asian options, because China has a tendency to unbrand a lot of clothing they sell. I’ve bought so many bras from Chinese merchants online, and 90% of them have no brand name on the tag. That doesn’t mean they aren’t good bras, and they’re actually some of the best bras I’ve bought. The quality is usually quite good, especially for the price. You can’t beat the cost for a bra and panty set. Be forewarned, though, a lot of them are padded, some very heavily and most with additional removable padding. My favorite place lately is AliExpress. You can find a wider variety of bra styles and sizes on AliExpress than eBay. You get the same buyer protection with AliExpress, too, and they even require you to send an “item received” notification, so they know when you get your stuff! It’s great! Search for your European size when using AliExpress. Cup sizes are usually pretty close to American cup sizes. I don’t recommend using the size filters on the side, though. They don’t work very well and won’t show you all of the bras that come in the size you’re searching for, which is usually part of the keyword search in the title of the item.

Sadly, while Japanese stores carry a greater variety of sizes and adorable styles, most Japanese shops and brands won’t ship outside of Japan. So a great site I recently stumbled across is Shiro Hato. This is a Japanese store in Kyoto, Japan, that sells Japanese lingerie and ships to the US (so far the only one that I know of). They have adorable items in a huge variety of sizes, even more size variety than AliExpress. That being said, the Japanese size chart is quite different from the US. I’ve only just placed my first order with them to see how their sizes match up, but I’ve read several other people who mentioned that the sizing is pretty dramatically different … Shiro Hato has a size chart that you can follow, which is what I did, but I’ll share my experience once I’ve completed the transaction. Shiro Hato also has adorable lingerie. If you’re looking at bras, though, make sure you also look under the junior’s section. There are some cute bras and panties sold separately there.

Options if you have a smaller cup size (A, B, and maybe C): YesStyle is a great place to shop for bras if your cup size is less than a D. They have a huge variety of styles. If you wear a D, you might occasional find something in your size, but I haven’t really seen anything bigger than a D.

I’ll post an update of the bras I receive from Shiro Hato once they’ve arrived and feel free to share any other websites that should be added to this list!

Best Websites to Shop for Feminine Petite Clothes and Japanese Fashion

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As a petite girl, I used to struggle with finding clothes that fit like they were made for my size. For the past eight or so years, though, I’ve been shopping on websites that carry Asian clothing and have found the fit to be supremely better.

Another reason I really like shopping on Asian websites is the clothing styles you can find are a lot more feminine. If simple is more your style, you can find these clothes, too. If you’re looking for something with more frills and lace, you’ve come to the right side.

I still occasionally look around to see what websites are out there that are selling Asian clothing, and especially the Japanese fashion styles that emphasize girliness like hime and lolita style. As such, I’d like to share the ones I know about with anyone else who’s petite frame is making it difficult to find clothes that fit or who are wanting to find something a little more girly than what you currently have.

YesStyle.com is my first go to for almost anything. You can find all sorts of styles on here, whether you’re looking for simple clothes, frilly items, Korean style, Japanese style, or just some basics. They have a huge amount of variety. They also sell some great Asian cosmetic brands like Etude House, Innisfree, and CANMAKE. If you know what brand you’re looking for, they sell Snow White (under Candy Rain), DreamSwing (under Altalena), and bobon21 (under GOGO Girl).

eBay is also a great place to look–if you know how. I mostly use eBay for finding the frilly, girly Japanese styles. Brands like Snow White, DreamSwing, and bobon21 are often available on eBay for competitive prices, and sometimes the selection is slightly better. It’s also a great place to find really cute Japanese style lingerie. Asian lingerie runs small, so it’s a great resource for small framed girls. For example, I normally wear a 28/30 band size, but a 32 band size in Asian lingerie fits me perfectly. There is some variation, but I’ve never bought a 32 band size from an Asian brand that was too big (even if I had to wear it on the tightest hooks).

Another resource is a store called Loliloli Shop on AliExpress. They also carry bobon21, Snow White, and DreamSwing. They also have a huge selection of accessories like socks, tights, and hair accessories. I’ve only ordered once from them, so I’ll have to write a review once I receive my item to share my experience.

If you’re savvy in shopping on Japanese websites, most Rakuten.co.jp shops will ship internationally. You can find Snow White, DreamSwing, and bobon21, as well as lots of other frilly, girly, petite brands. I’ve never ordered through Rakuten Japan, but so far I haven’t needed to either. All the clothes I’ve been looking for are available through shops that are better equipt to deal with international orders and deliveries.

I hope these have been helpful! If you have any resources you want to share, feel free to comment. As I learn about other sites and shops, I will definitely continue to update this blog.

Towards a Cuter Wardrobe: Candy Rain

If you’re into frilly, girly, princess clothing that’s not quite to the point of himeloli, look no further than Candy Rain. YesStyle sells Candy Rain, but you can find a lot of Candy Rain items on eBay for slightly less. It tends to run a little expensive on YesStyle, but you know you’re getting real Candy Rain items when you order from them. The only downside is that eBay usually has a better selection, but you won’t find the listings under Candy Rain. Instead, you’ll have to search for something slightly more generic like “sweet lolita princess blouse/skirt…” If you live in the UK, you can buy from Cutesy Kink‘s shop or order online. They’re the only UK seller of Candy Rain. There’s also a dedicated princess shop on AliExpress called Loliloli Shop that has a better variety of Candy Rain items than YesStyle with prices and shipping being around the same. They also sell lots of other cute himekei lolita type accessories (including tights, socks, hair accessories, hats), shoes, clothing, and underthings, including clothes from a brand called bobon21 (listed as GOGO Girl on YesStyle).htb1-ye3gxxxxxccaxxxq6xxfxxx4Anyway, Candy Rain has some of the cutest items. They’re good quality, but run quite small. Great for petite ladies who like the Japanese princess look. Most of their clothes are in icy colors (great for neutral or cool undertones) such as lavender, mint, baby pink, and baby blue. I’ve only bought a couple of items from them so far, but they certainly haven’t disappointed! The blouse (pictured above) was £18 or about $25. The gray blazer below I bought for $65.

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These are also some of the most comfortable frilly clothes I’ve tried. No itchy lace, just adorableness. I also really like the colors. A lot of Asian brands tend to use either neutral colors or colors better for people with warm undertones, but Candy Rain uses colors more suited toward cool undertones. I also like that Candy Rain items easily integrate into everyday wear for people who can’t wear lolita outfits to work.

If you look for this brand on Rakuten, it’s listed under the brand name Snow White.

Towards a Cuter Wardrobe: Bra Sets

One of my favorite things to shop for is lingerie. Almost anything frilly, lacy, with ribbons and bows is game. But bras are something most girls can’t live without, so I will limit this post to bra sets.

It took me a long time to find bras I loved. My size is quite difficult to find, which limited my options in terms of styles I could buy, and I really wanted under garments that were as princessy and adorable as my other clothes. Then one day (this was about a year ago now), I was shopping around on my favorite clothing website YesStyle and noticed they were starting to sell some of their bras in a size I could get away with wearing. Band sizes in Asian bras run small, so if you’re a 30 like me, you could get away with getting a 32. It was at this point that I started to search elsewhere online to see if the same bras were available in a wider variety of sizes. I must have spent hours perusing the likes of DHGate and other bulk ordering websites but lucked out and found the same bras on eBay–for less than Yesstyle! Since they were pretty cheap (about $15-25 for a bra and panty set, though this is also very much dependent on sizes available), I took a shot in the dark and ordered a couple (and they were so cute, I couldn’t resist!). I got lucky and found that my usual 30DD size converted quite nicely to Asian 32D and occasionally 32C. I went crazy buying bra sets (including those shown below), as they are usually less than $20 a set on eBay.

Having some of these items for over a year now, I have to also mention that the quality of these items is stunning for the price. The elastic on all the ones I’ve bought so far is still perfect. Another thing I should mention is that they’re pretty much all push-up bras. This took some getting used to, but I actually found they gave better support and were in the end more comfortable. A lot of them are also longline bras, which are the most supportive and the elastic tends to last the longest. All I can say is that I absolutely love these bras!

Sizes most commonly available are 32, 34, and 36 (70, 75, and 80 in Asian sizing) in A and B cups. Some styles come in C cups, and very occasionally will also come in D cups. D cup bras go quickly, though, so if you’re looking for one, you’ll have to look often. As I mentioned before, the band sizes run small, so actually, sizing is probably closer to 30, 32, and 34.

eBay can be hard to search when you’re actually looking for something specific like this. Here are a couple eBay shops I’ve ordered from that sell these bras to get you started:
loveshop708 (I’ve purchased 75% of my bra sets from this shop. They have a good reputation and good selection, especially in terms of sizing) and usa-top. In terms of searching and just looking around, if you look for “lace push up bra,” you’ll find a lot of these types of styles.

If you’re looking for the more girly types (like those shown below), searching will be your best bet. I played around with this for a while on eBay to see what gave the best results, and the phrase I’ve found that pulls up pretty much exclusively this style while still giving a lot of variety and pulling from different shops is “sweet cute girls push up bra set”. This style is usually more limited in size (only A and B cups, 32 and 34 band sizes, sometimes 36), but if you’re lucky enough to be able to wear them, there are lots of cutesy styles out there on both YesStyle and eBay!

Towards a Cuter Wardrobe: Poetic License

Shoes. I’m so particular about my shoes. They have to be cute with something interesting on them, but at the same time I don’t want them to outshine my outfit. I love heels, but the heels must be delicate: not too high and not too chunky, but still sturdy so I don’t feel like I’m walking on toothpicks. Most shoes that meet these requirements are inspired by retro shoes. Meet:

・゚:*Poetic License*:・゚

This is a brand I recently stumbled across on ModCloth. You can purchase directly from the Poetic License website, or other stores online (Amazon included).

These are the two shoes I bought. I love the big ribbons, the scalloping, and the vibrant colors on these shoes. As of yet, I haven’t worn them enough to be able to review them on comfort, but I can say that the heel is perfect: delicate while still being stable. The designs are quite colorful and these should could be the focal point for an outfit. That being said, I feel like they have the potential to outshine a cute dress or skirt, but it can still work. These shoes are good quality, but I would have liked to have had more cushioning on the insole. You can find these at a wide variety of prices. The blue-laced shoes were $79, while the lavender-laced shoes were $140.

Poetic License has a pretty wide variety of styles, so I definitely recommend visiting their website or shopping around a little.

Towards a Cuter Wardrobe: DreamSwing

Shamefully, I haven’t written in a while. Things were quite busy for me, but it didn’t stop me on my quest toward a wardrobe that I felt expressed my style better. This has for years been my personal mission, and my style is unique and not unique at the same time. It uses the cute, lacey, girly elements of Japanese style (think himeloli, princess, and Victorian styles) and retro styles from the 50’s (full skirts, suspender belts and stockings, polka dot patterns).
As such, over the years, I’ve gathered resources to find items that match my personal taste. I want to share some of the brands and websites I’ve discovered in the past year and share some of the items I’ve bought. So this post series is sort of a mixture of resource sharing and product review. Let’s get started, shall we?

・゚:*DreamSwing*:・゚

My favorite place to go for most clothes is still YesStyle.com. They’ve started selling some lolita-wear, though none of the high-end brands like Angelic Pretty or Baby, The Stars Shine Bright. I still lean more toward everyday frilly-wear than full-out lolita clothing. One of my favorite brands is called DreamSwing, or Altalena on YesStyle. It’s a more princess style, but is less elaborate than lolita, making it more suitable for everyday wear. They offer sizes S-L, so unlike a lot of other brands on YesStyle, the clothes fit better. That being said, pay careful attention to the sizing, because it still runs small. If you’re petite like me, that’s great! I like this brand because the quality is very good, and I think the pricing is reasonable. The skirts and dresses are also good lengths (I’m 150cm/4’11”, and they cover about 2/3’s of my thigh, a little more with some items).

l_g0051445118I’ve bought two dresses, a skirt, and a blouse from this brand. They’re my favorite items. First, I bought this skirt. It’s a beautiful pattern with icy colors (I prefer icy colors over dusty pastels, they just work better for my skin tone). It fits great, and sadly, I avoid wearing it so as not to ruin it! It has built-in shorts, which is great for summers and windy days and if you’re planning to ride your bike. The material is very light. I’ve gotten lots of compliments on this skirt! I bought it on sale for £24 (about $37).

l_g0056873220Next, I bought this blouse. I love this blouse. It’s as cute in person as it is in the pictures. It’s well made and fits nicely. Like most women, I do have some difficulty with blouses fitting well in the chest area (puckering at the buttons), and I still get that with this blouse. I bought it in a small, and it fits great everywhere except the chest still puckers a little. Oh, well. It’s still adorable. I ordered this for about $32.

Later, I bought these two items. I’ve never had such heavy dresses! These are truly fall/winter dresses. They’re heavy and cozy and adorable. Who doesn’t like being cozy and adorable at the same time? They’re both fully lined and have invisible zippers on the side. They both have some stretch, but it isn’t as generous as one would expect on knitted items, so be careful with the sizing. Each dress is about $50.

You can also find DreamSwing items on Rakuten.