This category is becoming incredibly competitive, especially now that more international brands are making their way into the United States. Pleasure State VIP won this based on their unwavering commitment to truly high fashion lingerie in the D-G range. From ballet inspired pieces to sultry bras like this, the brand took the center stage in all the right ways. Luckily, they’re now available at ASOS for those of us who have been pining over their designs for years.
Evollove (also owned by Bendon) and Claudette are both doing incredible work and deserve mentions here as well. Claudette is focusing heavily on expanding their designs and size range over the next few years, and Evollove has put out stunning pieces at very nice price points all year. Again, thank ASOS for Evollove being so widely available in the United States.
It’s still sort of a wasteland at the more extreme end up the up size scale, but retailers like Bravissimo are leading the charge to change that. In addition to carrying a dizzying selection of bras, Bravissimo’s own line has been a standout in the larger cup sizes. Whether it’s the comfortable and cute Alana expanding to an L cup or their plunges up to a J cup, Bravissimo is the place to locate that perfect bra that you can’t find anywhere else.
Panache remains a strong contender and makes some bras that will always have a place in my underwear drawer. I wish they would expand the Cleo range into larger cup sizes, but they’re a solid presence and seem to be working on creating some gorgeous new designs for next year. Ewa Michalak has reduced the size range they stock (although they will still make your size if you special order it) as well as their lingerie that comes in anything except solid colors. On top of added processing fees for international orders, it’s made ordering from them less of a joy. On the flip side, they’ve added an international social media presence this year, so I’m hoping great things will be coming during 2013!
There are lots of speciality lines and retailers for full bust clothing now, and in my eyes none are perfect. However, Urkye takes it this year for their lovely basics at reasonable prices and really flattering fit. Biu Biu deserves an honorable mention here, as well as the tried and true Pepperberry. If you’re new to these lines, I tend to divide them by age group. Urkye feels the youngest, while Biu Biu is slightly older and Pepperberry seems a little too old to me sometimes. Prices also rise accordingly, I find.
Knickerocker has been so popular around here (also, don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway) that I feel like everyone can agree on this win. With new designs coming out all the time, Knickerocker is thriving. Reasonable price points mean that handmade undies are affordable for almost everyone, and Nic’s sassy girl chic aesthetic never gets old.
La Lilouche is now offering a larger range of loungewear sizes in her amazing designs that are influenced by India, and Amuse-Bouche is still my favorite place to get a pair of panties that could double as artwork. They’re both a splurge, but worth every penny.
I could make an entire wardrobe out of Pinup Girl Clothing and Trashy Diva dresses, and may in fact put that on my goal list for 2013. Each company creates gorgeous dresses that work amazingly well on busty women. If you’re new to these lines, start with the stretch bengaline pieces from Pinup Girl Clothing and the Sadie-based dresses from Trashy Diva. Each are perfectly designed to accentuate your waist while making your boobs look ladylike yet amazing. Pinup Girl Clothing currently stocks pieces up to a 4X while Trashy Diva goes up to a size 18 in many pieces, so plus size girls can work these dresses too.
The Collectif dresses in the Delores Doll shape continue to sell out for good reason. Their small runs of unique patterns and forgiving bustline make them a staple for any full busted woman who can get her hands on one!
Les Queues Des Sardines continues to produce cheerful and chic tights that are cool enough to be the centerpiece of any outfit. They are also well made and last forever, which makes the price easier to bear.
Erica M makes both stockings and thigh highs for when you’re feeling racy in an art deco kind of way, and the paper plane stockings from Hose Tights are on my must have list for 2013.
Naked Princess continues to create unbelievably soft loungewear pieces that work with a wide variety of sizes, and is showing full busted soft bras for their spring line. I am thrilled to see a luxury loungewear company make this kind of commitment to the full busted market and really hope that they follow through with it.
La Lilouche makes great special occasion loungewear and my favorite silk robe on the market, and the Priscilla Jade Hera robe in it’s candy shop colorways was one of the best buys of this past year.
Bijte is a small but revolutionary brand out of New York that caught my attention a few months ago, and has become a fast favorite with other full bust bloggers as well. Their quality materials, traditional European design sense, and innovative wire-free support system makes them the best splurge on the market currently. I can’t wait to try more of their pieces.
Beaujais produced a strong collection this year in the D-G category, and offers complete gift sets that are a great option to show someone just how much you love them. Don’t be fooled by Louise Ferdinand’s laid back approach to the classics – their pieces are glamorous and high quality.
This was a tough choice, as both of these lines are fabulous for women who are both busty and plus sized. Eliza Parker makes the best basics around: if you need a dress you can wash and wear over and over, dress up or down, and pack in a suitcase then you should check out Eliza Parker. Their dresses are always elegant, boob friendly, and can be worn so many different ways.
IGIGI is a gorgeously fashion forward line with incredibly impressive offerings. Whether you need a bold sequined skirt or a sweater dress for work, they make them with style to spare. Their items seem to be a little bit more hit or miss with regards to boob room, which is why they came in a very close second.
What brands and bras made your best of list? Have I left anyone out? What do you think of my picks? Let me know in the comments.