Today, I wanted to feature four brands that I feel embody the changes that we’ve seen in the past several years. All of these brands combine high quality materials and construction , customer focused design and a distinct point of view that breaks through the often mundane look that plus size and full bust lingerie lines have. All of these brands are worth your time and money in 2016. All of these bra brands are a great way to vote with your money, if you can manage to do it.
Sophia Bra in Ivory by Katherine Hamilton Intimates
Katherine Hamilton Intimates:
We’re going to start today with the two newcomers to full bust and plus size lingerie scene. Katherine Hamilton Intimates is currently in their first season, but boosts more experience than most new lingerie companies. Katy, the founder and designer, was also the brains behind Bosom Galore.
Katherine Hamilton Intimates uses luxury fabrics to create wearable lingerie that is inspired by vintage French lingerie. Each bra is designed to be high quality, work on a variety of different body types and to incorporate luxury materials in smart and supportive ways. When the design process began, the brand was immediately faced with the choice between luxurious design and a realistic price point.
“Larger breasts require larger bras which consist of more material. When these materials are expensive, such as silk and French lace, this dramatically affects the retail price. We don’t however wish to compromise on our fabrics as they contribute dramatically to the comfort and aesthetics of our products. We have therefore considered how we use some of our most expensive materials in our designs. For example, our Sophia features a silk quarter cup, as opposed to a larger silk full cup. This design that not only reduces the quantity of silk used in the garment but also showcases the beauty of our French lace of which the full cup is composed.”
Curvy Emelie Bra with Detachable Babydoll Skirt by Buttress & Snatch
Buttress & Snatch:
We’ve seen a lot of full bust brands jumping on the bondage inspired bandwagon, but incredibly few channeling old fashioned burlesque and vintage nostalgia. Buttress & Snatch has taken the plunge into expanded sizing and now offers band sizes 28 – 42 and cup sizes D through J. This line is bold, artistic and made for those of us who feel like lingerie should be as sweet as spun sugar.
“I think that knickers are so often designed as an afterthought when they should be every bit as thrilling as a bra.” says Rachel, owner and head designer of Buttress & Snatch. As a result the plus size and curvy pieces are modeling off of 1960’s girdle style knickers to create a traditional hourglass shape, but are also designed to be revealing and sexy.
Buttress & Snatch, much like Katherine Hamilton Intimates, creates a supportive yet luxurious feeling bra through the mixing of fabric types. In the case of Buttress & Snatch, it’s old vintage UK made cotton prints mixed with more modern and supportive fabrics.
All Undone isn’t a newcomer to the world of full bust luxury lingerie, but their aesthetic continues to evolve and impress me. While I loved their early silk laden minimalist creations, I’m also digging their more recent Madonna inspired pieces like the Evie Bra. Their current size range incorporates band sizes 28 – 34 and cup sizes DD – GG.
“Our current line, particularly our new full-cup bra collection – The Evie, was very much inspired by Madonna in her Blond Ambition era as well as the clean lines of 1990’s runway looks with the original supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford who owned them. These outspoken women, who fully aware of their sexuality, proved great muses. This is reflected in our use of open meshes with supremely seductive silks and chunky gold making practical yet a luxurious collection. Our Evie thong was designed to be wearable both low and more of the on-trend high-cut style.”
Viola in Almond by Harlow & Fox
Harlow & Fox:
Harlow & Fox has demonstrated over the past few seasons that they have both style and staying power. They’re also one of the few lingerie companies going out of their way to make older lingerie consumers feel special, which makes them extremely unusual. Harlow & Fox carries pieces that range from band sizes 30 to 80 and from D to G cups. Harlow & Fox has always made elegant pieces in classic styles, with an emphasis on high end luxury fabrics and finishes.