Wednesday, Thursday, and Lingerie Advice Sought!

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A view of DC streets this morning – glad I take public transportation!

I know I have been a slacker the past two days regarding photos. Yesterday was my Lands End sailor shirt with my Gap denim trousers, my brown croco sandals from Sofft, and a turquoise necklace from Tarjay. Not bad, but nothing awesome.

Today was actually photo-worthy, but the morning was utter insanity. If you live in the DC area, you probably experienced the insane rainstorm – Metro stations flooded, trees went down, rain was coming sideways. The sky was as dark as night. I am wearing my black Jones New York tee shirt dress, my Duo boots (perfect for such weather since the only Wellies I find decent are Hunterir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B001B688P6 and they don’t fit over my calves). I put my really big H&M scarf on, my silver cuff and a long silver chain. I was letting my hair air dry, but then the storm came in and I had to go get the dogs from outside and never fully got my hair or makeup done before it was time to head out. Hair is a bit… rained on and makeup is mascara and lip gloss from my purse. Think I need to carry a bit more in my cosmetic bag from now on…

Anyway, I wanted to ask you readers about lingerie. As my body has been slimming down and I am nursing Emerson less, I am seeing a major need for new lingerie. We’re talking the whole shebang – undies, bras, control garments.

I would be horrified if anyone had a peek into my current lingerie drawer. I have three nursing bras from Anita And all are well worn and sad), three of my beloved Chantelle Senso bras – two nude, one black. All three have been repaired by me to stick back in a wayward underwire, and all three are a bit too large (they are lightly padded so if you poke it, it will now dent because I don’t fill it like I used to). I have two Spanx Higher Power – one nude, one black but they are looking very well worn. As for panties, I will admit I have a few pairs of Granny Panties (hi-cut cotton briefs), some lacy boyshorts from discount places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls, and two pairs of moisture-wicking black bike shorts that I wear under sundresses – they prevent chub rub and prevent VPL.

Anyway, I need a lingerie overhaul. Right now since my body is still transforming, I think I only want to invest in undies, maybe one control garment, and one bra. When I remove some more weight, I will invest in a bit more. But I was wondering what are your faves? What works well for large yet well nursed breasts, and a curvy figure with a very soft lower tummy? I figure it can help me narrow down the search. I know I will need to be re-fitted and plan to include that with my shopping trip. I thank you in advance and will be sure to report my findings!


  1. August 20, 2010 / 11:47 am

    Enjoy your days off, sweetie, & good luck with the shopping!

    Now that I am a stay at home mom again, I REALLY need a wardrobe revamp. All my pretty dresses & amazing heels are lying woebegone in my closet, staring at me accusingly while I wear the same cropped yoga pants & flipflops every day!

  2. August 18, 2010 / 4:08 pm

    You guys are FANTASTIC!

    And yes Patty, I love Second Base camisoles and have written about them often at and worn them here. Utterly brilliant!

    I have off this Friday and Monday and plan on hitting an actual mall, not online shop and lingerie is on the must-buy list!

  3. Patty
    August 18, 2010 / 4:05 pm

    I am very curvy and wear a size 38D (I went up from 36D after I had my two kids, which is not uncommon–be sure to get re-sized when you’re done nursing). I swear by Wacoal bras. Now, I know they are expensive, but worth every penny with fit and wear. Try them on and compare! For us busty gals, they work well. Also: did I read about Second Base “half camisoles” on your website? I think I did. I love these camis that are just designed to slip over your bra and end underneath the bra–to “fill in” a low cut top and come in variety of colors. So much better than wearing a full cami if you just need the coverage at your bust. Google and take a look. I love them.

  4. August 18, 2010 / 11:56 am

    The only kind of underwear I have ever found that don’t ride up is the jockey no pantyline.. I love them and that is all I wear. Have a drawer full of pretty undies, but these are the only ones I love.
    I also want to give you kudos for nursing Emerson. You will never regret it and always have those sweet memories.
    I just cannot tolerate shapewear. I feel like I am in a straightjacket.I don’t like any bras, so I can’t help you there.

  5. August 18, 2010 / 6:52 am

    I’ve been enjoying the strapless/convertible bra I bought earlier this summer from Lane Bryant! and I also looooveee their underwear.

  6. FashionAddict
    August 17, 2010 / 4:30 am

    Oh my goodness! You stay safe, missy, and out of the flood.

  7. August 16, 2010 / 8:15 pm

    The Spanx brand doesn’t work for me. I’ve tried everything, and my favorite bike style short is the el cheapo L’eggs brand. It never rolls.

    For serious shapewear, I have several Rago open bottom girdles. They make me feel amazing.
    For a cotton half slip for hot weather, ShopNational online.

    I have never found a pair of boy shorts that doesn’t give me a horrible wedgie.

  8. August 15, 2010 / 9:26 pm

    I love Panache Balcony Bras, the style is Tango. I am an F-cup and these are my very favorite.

    Freya, the Rio style, are my second favorite.

  9. August 15, 2010 / 7:04 pm

    Just stumbled upon your blog, and I really like it! Keep up the great blogging x

  10. August 13, 2010 / 8:25 pm

    I never buy actual Spanx (don’t like the weave). I prefer a variety of what I call “Spanx-alikes”. My favorite are Hanes Go Figure Smooth Illusions Mid Thigh Smoother:

    I like these because I have “big legs” and they have no leg band at the thigh to make me look like I am wearing a tourniquet under my skirt! At around $10 each, these can pretty much substitute for daily underwear.

    Alternatively, for about the same price, there is also Hanes Smooth Illusions Moderate Control Mid Thigh Smoother:

    These probably are a bit firmer, but because of the extra tummy control panel, I would beware of what Sal at Already Pretty calls “segmented worm syndrome”!

  11. Anonymous
    August 13, 2010 / 1:36 pm

    Allie, please do tell where you got the tshirt dress? I have seen these on people a good bit and they look so cute!


  12. Anonymous
    August 12, 2010 / 11:49 pm

    I’m not sure what size you are, but I LOVE Cacique Bras from Lane Bryant. They hold up very well, wash well and I nurse in mine, as well. Never cared for nursing bras. I find the fit to be very consistent and flattering. Lots of different styles and patterns.

  13. Anonymous
    August 12, 2010 / 11:02 pm

    Allie, Try the Shimera boyshorts from Nordstrom, they are awesome, stretchy, no VPL and don’t dig in or roll up.

    For bras, if you are bottom-heavy and don’t fill out the tops of bras, balcony bras from Fantasie might work.


  14. August 12, 2010 / 8:07 pm

    I had pretty much written off Victoria’s Secret, but I recently got a Body by Victoria convertible bra there that I love. It can be a supportive strapless or a regular bra (also a halter, though I haven’t tried it that way). It is awesome.
    As far as undies go, I buy all of mine at Aerie, although it does make me feel a bit pervy to go in there. The cotton boy shorts are so comfy, and they get the husband seal of approval.

  15. August 12, 2010 / 7:46 pm

    I Highly recommend getting a pair of Spanx… they wash well and are great for control. I like the “bike shorts” type ones… I always wear them under dresses. Also really like the control tanks – I know Kohls has them but I can’t remember the brand. I have one in black and one in nude.
    As far as undies… I boy the boy short ones from Target.

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