Music, Martinis, and Made In Preston: A Busty Girl Clothing Review

As if being a curvy girl isn’t enough, the clothing conundrums that accompany the figure can be downright tiresome.

Business casual tops with buttons that pull.

Jeans with gaping waistbands.

“If it fits great here, it doesn’t fit here, here, or here.”

It can be a nightmare but not all is lost, ladies! Never fear.

I was recently contacted by the lovely Nikki over at Made In Preston. Made In Preston is a British designed-and-manufactured company that offers gorgeously on-trend dresses, swimwear, and lingerie that is designed with a busty girl’s frame in mind. They realized what many high-street stores have not: that style goes far beyond a “DD”.

While it is already impressive that MiP offers lingerie and swimwear ranging in size from 26-38 DD-J, what’s even more fascinating about their line is their unique method of sizing. Each dress is available in sizes UK6-16 (US4-12), but let’s take it one step further:

“FIT … The same fit as you’d buy on the high street
FOXY … A little bit of extra room in the bust
FAB … A lot of extra room in the bust”
The magic is in the silhouette! Each Made in Preston item is offered in three shapes “Fit”, “Foxy”,or “Fab”. Ladies without the need for too much extra space in the bust could order a __”Fit”, and find little difference than on the high-street. But go with a “Fab”? You J-cup ladies may find this shape to be just what you’re looking for!
But how does Made In Preston shape up? I was given the opportunity to try out their Polka Dot Bodycon Dress in a 12Foxy (US10). As a 32G, I am not quite into “Fab” territory, and I found that the bust area of the “Foxy” silhouette was practically perfect. I trialed my dress for a concert in the city. Here’s how she fared:
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Made In Preston Polka Dot Bodycon Dress £32.00

 

Construction: Upon pulling my dress out of the parcel, I noticed right away that the construction of the dress was lovely. The stitching was strong and secure, there were no loose threads, and the seams were even. It was quite stretchy, and the only issue that I had was that the fabric itself was noticeably sheer and lightweight. Personally, this was not an issue for me. I wouldn’t hesitate to wear this with appropriately skin-toned lingerie on a hot summer day, or with a shaping slip underneath on other occasions.

Fit: When I was first discussing sizing with Miss Made In Preston herself, I was clueless. Quite simply, I sent her my bra size and my measurements (currently 40″/31″/44″, 32G), and she waved her magic wand. Just five days later, my dress was in my hot little hands! The 12 Foxy that landed in my mailbox–and subsequently onto my body!– was nearly spot on in both size and shape. My chest fit wonderfully into the bust portion of the dress without gaping or stretching (another busty-girl woe). The waist of the dress was the tiniest bit big, but not noticeably so. A quick trip to the seamstress for some tightening would give me the va-va-voom that I prefer in my wiggle dresses.

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At the concert, the dress was comfortable for equal parts dancing (Uh Huh Her, yes!) and sipping strong martinis in the mezzanine. The fabric is stretchy and breathable, and moved easily with each shimmy to the music. I did not find myself adjusting my clothing all night long, which is a definite “gold star” quality!  This is a piece that I feel could be dressed up or down. In this case, I paired it simply with black flats, a fierce red lip, and tousled hair, but I think she’d do nicely with a pair of sky-high heels and an up-do!

In all, I am very impressed by this offering from Made In Preston. (Not to mention the several other styles that have caught my eye.) I love the fresh and on-trend styles that the company has to offer, and it feels good to have high-street style options with my bigger-bust needs in mind. While their pricing may be considered a little higher for us USA-based ladies it is definitely worth a second look if you, too, are struggling with the Big Boob Conundrum. The shipping options to the US are quite affordable, and if you’re quick about it, MiP is offering a whopping 50% (!!!) off of your first order if you place it between May 29th and June 2nd.

Happy Shopping!

Bonus Shot!: "Martini in the Mezzanine"

Bonus Shot!: “Martini in the Mezzanine”

Bonus Bonus Shot: "Too Many Martinis, Bathroom Selfie Edition"

Bonus Bonus Shot: “Too Many Martinis, Bathroom Selfie Edition”

A Dose Of Glamour: (What Katie Did Girdle Review)

As a long-torsoed lady and self proclaimed shapewear addict, I’ve always been a huge fan of longline underbust girdles. In my humblest of opinions, they offer me the most for my money: garter clips for my favorite stockings, enough coverage for the requisite smoothing and nipping of my tummy area, and the ability to wear my own bra.

Amongst many a vintage/reproduction enthusiast, the Rago 1294 reigns supreme in this category, and it’s really no surprise. It boasts quality, affordability, and from retailers such as Orchard Corset, dye options in a variety of colors. It is regarded by many pin-up and lingerie bloggers as a wonderful girdle choice.

But there’s another contender. And she is one that won’t go down without a fight!

Recently, a friend of mine listed a piece of shapewear for sale. It was the What Katie Did Glamour Zip Underbust Girdle, and I immediately snapped it up, excited to give it a try. On the What Katie Did website, this girdle is described as:

Strong, layered powermesh trims, non-stretch satin smooths and added steel boning flattens your tummy while preventing roll-up. The high rise of this girdle eliminates any unsightly bulges that could appear below your bra. It also features six garters, and a hook and eye fastening, which is in turn covered with a zip for a sleek finish and easy entry and exit.”

Ah, zippers. Katie, you had me at zippers, because with a set of hips, thighs, and a bum like mine, one does not do a lot of wiggling into the tightest of shapewear without a little help from my friends. And since my last experience with WKD’s lingerie was a complete and total disaster, I was excited to give it another try with a more positive outlook!

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What Katie Did Glamour Zip Underbust Girdle
Sizes US 6-16
$105.50

Wow, wow, wow! I was not disappointed, to say the very least! I actually acquired this piece in a UK16/US12, which does not appear to be available on What Katie Did’s Website. This size proved to be perfection my 30″ waist and 44″ hips. The girdle was smoothing without being uncomfortable, and nipped in all the right places.The side metal zipper (which closes with hook-and-eyes), sat smoothly against my body without bulging or showing under my tight dresses, and the bottom of the band did not cut into my thighs. Usually I prefer adjustable garter straps on my lingerie, but in this particular piece I found the length of the six garter clips to be just right for my 5’6″ frame. What’s more, they held firm and secure to my favorite and ever-present What Katie Did stockings!

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What Katie Did Glamour Zip Underbust Girdle

As far as quality and workmanship, this piece is flawless. The powermesh is thick and luscious, and the non-stretch satin panel in the front smooths beautifully while adding just a little extra “something pretty” to an otherwise fantastic functional piece. While the price point is a bit higher than it’s other reproduction counterparts, the What Katie Did Glamour Zip Underbust Girdle stays true to it’s namesake with that added injection of glamour. What Katie Did has definitely upped the ante with this piece, and pushed it into “luxury lingerie” territory.

Overall, I am very pleased with this girdle! Despite being a bit out of my usual price range, I am thrilled to have made a place for it in my collection. I’m quick to admire What Katie Did’s pieces from afar, and when the opportunity to splurge presents itself, I can’t resist!

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Bonus!: “Dramatically Getting Ready In The Loo” shot. 😉

Fashionable, functional, and fabulous, I highly recommend that every vintage-loving lady make a place for a little bit of this luxe in their lingerie drawer!