Friday Roundup: Sleep Bras, Scientific Discoveries and More!

I’ve been swimming several times in the past few weeks and this comic almost actually happened to me. I’m bizarrely thrilled to see that other people also worry about having fish accidentally trapped in their cleavage as well.

This week has been one of those slow and hot summer weeks where it’s hard to get anything done. All of this lazing around indoors means that I’ve started to think wistfully about sleep and lounge bras, which I know lots of other bloggers are looking for as well. I ran across this option on Etsy earlier this week and I wonder how it would work for larger cup sizes. I contacted the store owner about it, but didn’t get much information from her. Apparently she’s booked for custom work until next month! I do love that it’s quite pretty: so many sleep bras are pointy and ugly. My only gripe is the price. $70 for a non-returnable bra that may not work seems like a big gamble. Alternatively, I keep looking at Rhonda Shear’s Pin Up Leisure Bra line. It’s carried by a ton of reputable places and gets good reviews. I just don’t know how it works for H-K cups.  Has anyone else tried anything like this?

“Bedroom Hymns” is available this week from La Lilouche! I’ve been waiting for this collection forever and will be definitely picking up some of it. I’ve fallen in love with these high waisted briefs and must have them. I love that La Lilouche is offering thongs, bikini panties and high waisted briefs this season as options. I also love the subtle beading on these. I’m a total sucker for detail work on things like this. My only regret is that I won’t have a perfectly matching bra to pair them with, but I suppose we can’t have everything we want.

There were a bunch of interesting articles on bra and clothing related things this week, mostly on Jezebel. Here you can read about twin sisters who both decided to have breast reductions and why, and here is another article about how scientists have found some genes that may determine breast size (and your risk of getting breast cancer). In this article, the author muses on why she can’t seem to get rid of all of the clothing that doesn’t flatter her or fit properly. This week the Jezebel commenters have taught me that many people don’t understand how women with larger breast can move or stand up without falling over, which both offends me and cracks me up. I’m also freaked out by how many of the commentators express an interest in breast reduction surgery. I’m not knocking anyone’s personal choices, but I’m alarmed that some women see it as the only option. A bra that fits well can fix a lot of issues and your cup size can always creep back up after surgery anyway.

Urkye is another new full bust friendly clothing company that has just started up! They have extremely cute stuff at amazingly low prices, so I may have to give them a try. Sadly, this dress is mostly sold out in my size.

This rant about bra fitting argues that the whole small band size/large cup size market is basically vanity sizing to make women feel better about themselves. I have nothing constructive to say except that I think there are a lot of 28J women out there who would dispute this statement.

Lastly, a quick business note! I try not to mix fun lingerie stuff and the lingerie copywriting stuff much, but in the next weeks I will be running a series of blogs on copywriting and lingerie marketing. I’ll also be opening up some new retainer client spots at this time, which haven’t been available since April. Retainer clients get individually designed packages, discounts and first priority on my time in exchange for scheduling a set amount of work each month.  I was going to wait to talk about it, but I’ve had a few serious enquiries already and if people have been lurking around waiting I’d rather have them get first dibs. If you’ve been thinking about having someone do regular marketing tasks for you who knows lingerie and fashion, check out my services page and shoot me an email

We’re looking at more heat with no rain in sight this weekend, so say hi in the comments and give me your suggestions to help beat the heat!




  • Reply Angela July 6, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    I can’t tell you how many times, I have had insect or arachnids land in my cleavage

    • Reply hollyj July 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      Ew! I have never had that happen, which I’m grateful for. I do have an issue with crumbs or crackers though.

  • Reply MandaLea July 6, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Hi Holly,

    I have the Rhonda Sheer in a size small. I am a 32 F and it fits me perfectly. It has the right amount of coverage, and is supportive enough that I wear it out on days that I don’t feel like wearing an under-wire. I’d recommend looking for one on ebay if your unsure, that’s where I bought mine and it only cost about 5 bucks.

    Also I super excited for the marketing posts as I am working on my own little lingerie line to launch in the fall!

    • Reply hollyj July 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      Ooh, really interesting to know! Do you think it could accomodate more space for higher cup sizes, or would you have to go up a size and therefore have a looser band?

      The marketing posts will start next week, so stay tuned. I have some fun ideas which will hopefully be useful to people.

      • Reply MandaLea July 8, 2012 at 10:58 AM

        It could, but that depends on how you like your bras to fit, I would try out a small and a medium and send back the one that doesn’t feel quite right.

  • Reply Englandia July 6, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Lovely bra, the sleep bra one you posted, but I read through the entire description on Etsy and she actually does address that it works well up to a C cup and she hears from bustier women that there isn’t enough support;) Hope that saves you $70.

    • Reply hollyj July 6, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      Yeah, I read that in the description too, but I don’t require a ton of support in my sleep bras. Just more than none at all. I do think that it’s a high price for a non-returnable item, so I may try the Rhonda Shear one instead.

  • Reply June July 6, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Oh, I was just looking at that one too! Shame that there’s not much support in it. 🙁 I had been thinking about emailing her too but the price was out of my range. I recently tried Royce Lingerie and it was a major fail. I definitely need something, though, ugh!

  • Reply Claire October 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    I am a 34DD and was looking for a bra to sleep in a couple weeks ago. I found a sort of non-traditional bra that looks more like a shirt. It’s called breastnest, and it’s super comfy. It was $55 and they have a money back guarantee. Might be worth a shot! 🙂

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