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9 Tips For Shopping DD+ Bras & Repping Your Fuller Cup Pride In Comfort

If you have a large bust, then you know how challenging finding the perfect DD+ bras can be. From getting properly fitted to finding the right kind of support, DD+ bra shopping can pose a unique set of challenges, and it can be tempting at times to admit defeat and settle for a lifetime of ill-fitting, boring designs in basic shades.

For a long time, I viewed my substantial chest as a major inconvenience. I longed for a small cup size, self-supporting boobs, and wispy, insubstantial bralettes. I hated how matronly I felt in the designs that were available to me, as well as the fact that it was almost impossible to find an H cup in most standard lingerie boutiques.

Over time, however, I learned the art of shopping for large breasts, and found ways to appreciate and celebrate my unique body just the way it was. I discovered amazing lingerie companies that actually make fun DD+ designs, and developed an understanding of specific styles and designers that work well for me. If you’re frustrated with the difficulties and complexities of navigating lingerie for the majorly busty, check out the tips I’ve acquired that can make living the DD+ life a little bit easier.

1. Get Professionally Fitted

Glamorize Elegance Front-Close Bra, Sizes 34D – 48G

It’s time to get yourself to a serious lingerie boutique. I’ve had very good experiences with Nordstrom, but any specialized shop with a wide selection of sizes and knowledgeable staff is a good bet. Knowing your correct size should make all the difference between a disappointing shopping experience and a great one.

Bra sizing is more than a question of appearance; wearing the wrong size bra can contribute to back, neck, and shoulder pain, especially for larger sizes. The vast majority of the support in a bra should come from the band, allowing your entire abdomen to support the weight of your chest, instead of relying on straps that pull and tug on weaker shoulder muscles.

2. Know What You Want Before You Shop

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It’s easy to walk into a store with a vague idea of what you might be looking for, only to become overwhelmed by the sheer variety of styles, colors, and sizes that are immediately thrust upon you. Shopping for DD+ bras is a serious undertaking. Before I start, I like to know not only my current size and the style of bra I’m looking for, but also the outfit(s) that I intend to wear this piece with, and the max budget I have to spend (good bras can get pricey).

Walking into a lingerie boutique armed with all this information keeps me from becoming distracted or unexpectedly splurging; it also limits the number of designs I have to try on, because getting in and out of structured undergarments can be exhausting. For example, if I know I’m looking for a multi-way or strapless for a formal event, there’s really no point in bothering with full coverage or sporty styles. Setting clear expectations for a shopping session can help minimize frustration and confusion later on, giving you a better overall experience.

3. Get To Know Different Styles

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The language of lingerie can sometimes be more confusing than helpful. Balconette, plunge, multi-way, demi-cup, T-shirt bra: What do all these terms even mean? And more importantly, how will these styles make you look and feel? Although at first this language can seem arbitrary and jumbled, these different bra styles are made to offer you unique benefits depending on what look you’re hoping to achieve.

T-shirt bras are a great option for everyday support and comfort. These are usually designed to disappear under casual clothing, and are generally pretty simple in construction. Full coverage bras are great options if you like a lot of support and zero spillage. Balconette and demi-cup styles tend to do the opposite; they offer less coverage and push boobs up for maximum cleavage and sexy goodness; great for parties and your fave LBD, not as helpful for low-key or office environments. Finally, multi-way refers to a bra’s straps, not the cups. These bras should allow you to rearrange your straps in a number of ways (i.e. crossed in the back, T-backed, strapless, etc.) so that you can get maximum outfit potential from a single item.

4. Try On New Bras Under Clothes

Shadow Stripes Contour Flirt Bra, Sizes 38G – 42H

When you’re trying on bras, don’t forget to check out how different styles look under clothing. A bra that looks hella sexy on its own might create odd lines under the blouse you had planned on wearing it with, and there’s nothing more frustrating than getting home with some new lingerie only to find out it’s a no-go the next day when you’re getting dressed for work.

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5 Interesting Facts About Democracy Day

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Here are some more facts about the public holiday to add to your bank of knowledge. If you’re new to Nigeria, this is certainly a history lesson you don’t want to miss:

1. The first Democracy Day was on May 29, 1999 when former military leader and then President-elect, Olusegun Obasanjo was sworn in as the President of Nigeria.

2. The first Democracy Day also signified the end of almost 30 years of military rule since 1966, with a brief stint of democracy between 1979 and 1983 with Alh. Shehu Shagari in power.

3. The first Democracy Day – and generally, the practice of democracy since 1999 – took place after Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar, the last military leader of Nigeria promised a transition to democracy. In line with this, a new constitution was adopted in May 5, 1999.

4. Though the day is the subject of some controversy, many of Nigerians view the holiday as an opportunity to celebrate democracy and basic human rights

5. Today, Nigeria is the world’s fourth largest democracy.

Kim Kardashian makes a splash in Cannes wearing lingerie-style dress

Kim Kardashian made a huge splash as she landed in Cannes earlier today wearing this rather risqué, lingerie-style dress!

Yay or nay? You decide!

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star may have turned heads at the Webby Awards yesterday evening but she jumped straight on a private yet alongside her glam-squad to join mum Kris, half-sister Kendall Jenner and Scott Disick at the world-famous film festival – and her outfit caused a bit of a stir.

Kim Kardashian arrives in Cannes after flying in on private jet, 17th May 2016Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Kim Kardashian arrives in Cannes after flying in on private jet, 17th May 2016

Kim ditched the bodycon and poured her hourglass curves into this eye-catching silky white number that boasted a wrap-over skirt, an asymmetric hem and a plunging v-shaped neckline that gave everyone an eyeful of her ample cleavage.

Anyone else think it looks like the mum-of-two has been raiding the sleepwear section? Just us?

Kim teamed her unconventional, slinky frock with a chunky cream cardigan to keep off the chill and she proved that her boot collection is unrivalled in these camel-coloured, block heel babies.

But back to that dress!

Kim – who was joined by trusty make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic – isn’t the only celeb to don underwear as outerwear lately, as Stacey Solomon championed the trend at The Wristband Diaries book launch in London this time last week.

Hmm. We’re not too sure if it’ll catch on amongst us mere mortals, but what is fashion if you can’t take a few risks?

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Valentine’s Day Gifts For Her

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Looking for a special Valentine’s Day gift? Freya’s here to help. Whether you’re treating a loved one or yourself, uncover our Valentine’s Lingerie Gift Guide packed with inspirational ideas to help you pick the perfect set…

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FLOWER POWER

What’s more romantic than flowers on Valentine’s Day? Flowers on lingerie – of course! Choose from our latest lingerie collections blossoming with perfect perennial prints in a rainbow of uplifting and on-trend colourways. Utopia is a timeless collection, with crisp white lace providing the perfect contrast for the fascinating floral print. While Kiyoko offers a truly distinctive design with embroidery inspired by oriental floral tattoos.

  • Freya Lingerie Utopia White Longline Bra and ThongFreya Lingerie Afterglow Multi Balcony Bra and Short
  • Freya Lingerie Deco Debut Clover Moulded Plunge Bra and ThongFreya Lingerie Kiyoko Blush Balcony Bra and Brief
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BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

Bright, bold and beautiful – Freya is everything you need for Valentine’s! Uncover lingerie in eye-catching and standout colours, showcasing unique designs and feminine finishes. Boho is the perfect twist on the traditional Valentine’s Day pink and red colour palette, while Pulse is sure to set those hearts racing with a vibrant yellow base and pink heartbeat embroidery!

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  • Freya Lingerie Hero Cobalt Side Support Plunge Bra and BriefFreya Lingerie Pulse Zest Plunge Balcony Bra and Brief

THE LITTLE BLACK BRA

Black lingerie is always a safe option when it comes to buying the perfect Valentine’s gift, and with Freya’s super sexy yet sophisticated styles, you’ll be sure to pick a set she’ll loves. Freya Fanciesoffers an ultra-comfortable lingerie collection designed to mix and match with our favourite Freya bras. Or opt for Siren, a vintage inspired collection with pretty floral embroidery scattered across semi-sheer cups.

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  • Freya Lingerie Siren Black Plunge Balcony Bra and BriefFreya Lingerie Icon Black Moulded Plunge Bra and Thong
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Sexy Victoria’s Secret lingerie show hits 20-year mark

Yes, Tuesday was Victoria’s Secret sexpot angel time, though the masses will have to wait until 10 p.m. EST on Dec. 8 to watch the 20th annual lingerie extravaganza on CBS. This was just the taping, including musical performances by The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding and Selena Gomez, after Rihanna abruptly canceled.

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Veteran VS walkers like Lily Aldridge and Alessandra Ambrosio were joined by newbie angels, including Martha Hunt and Elsa Hosk. Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid were among the non-winged supermodels new to the glitzy show that generates weeks of advance buzz and will be seen in 192 countries by more than 500 million people, according to company officials.

In all, 47 models blew air kisses, flirted on stage with the camera and flipped their varied wings around as they strutted on the runway in 75 looks at a Manhattan armory. But first, there was hair and makeup to be done and a “pink carpet” of celebrity guests to be walked. Questlove and Nick Cannon were on hand, along with a dapper member of the Mets, Matt Harvey, in a black Versace suit.

Caitlyn Jenner was among those who attended the runway show to cheer on daughter Kendall

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Hadid said backstage that she has big respect for the veteran angels and hopes to earn her own wings one day. Brand new angel Rachel Hilbert, from Rochester, New York, was in the Pink USA squad on the runway, and was also in awe of the longtime ladies, including Brazilian beauty Adriana Lima, seated just inches away on a comfy white couch in rollers backstage.

“Uh, yeah, Adriana Lima. She’s sitting right there,” Hilbert smiled as all wore pink-and-white striped robes, curlers in their hair, while manicures, pedicures, spray tanning and makeup commenced. “She’s such a sweetheart. Her advice was just breathe and just take it in.”

So how were the nerves for the newcomers?

“Actually, surprisingly, not bad,” Hadid said before the show. “I was really nervous in rehearsal.”

She shared the stage later with Gomez and Goulding.

“I love both of them,” said Hadid, who fell to the floor and gasped in a video of her audition, when she was told she was picked.

As for her famous curves, she prepared with the help of boxing and ballet.

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“A lot of sweating and then just focusing on smaller parts because when everything’s in high-def you have to not forget about the little things,” Hadid said. “I’ve watched the show my entire life and this has been such a dream.”

The show featured sections of ’60s boho angels flashing piece signs in teeny bras and panties, swinging fringe and showing off wings made of sculptured paper, leather and feathers, including Jenner. Her gal pal Hadid was among a group of exotic butterflies with wings and outfits sparkling with crystals. The patriotic pink group included an American-flagged theme outfit and wings.

This year’s iteration of the annual Fantasy Bra was fashioned in bursts of fireworks, the theme for one of the liveliest sections of the show. The demi-bra and matching belt are worth $2 million and were worn by Aldridge. They were created by the jewelry company Mouawad in 18-karat gold and encrusted with 6,500 diamonds, blue topaz, yellow sapphires and other precious stones.

Hunt was the last firework, closing the show in another center piece, courtesy of Swarovski, one of the evening’s sponsors. It was a corset sparkling with 90,000 gold, red, green and blue crystals. The look, along with her light-up wings, included 20,000 crystals and 1,200 battery-powered LED lights. The battery pack she lugged weighed in at 19 pounds.

“I did practice … with a trainer. I wore a weighted vest and walked back and forth in high heels,” she said.

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Hunt’s last meal before hitting the makeup chair was eggs. She promised her first after the show would be: “Pizza. … Pizza is one of my favorite foods. Pizza and pasta.”

Gomez, a buddy of previous Victoria’s Secret show performers like Taylor Swift, along with some of the walkers, performed on the splashy stage with her dancers as models walked, as did The Weeknd and Goulding.

“I don’t know if I could be an angel, I’m not gonna lie,” Gomez joked. “I look at how hard they work. I like fried food too much. I don’t know if I could give that up.”

Lima, marking her 16th year as an angel, said her nerves leading up to each show never really go away.

“It’s a little bit tough after so many years because the girls are so beautiful and I have to keep up with them,” laughed the 34-year-old mother of two. “I work out as much as I can, and you know, I feel great … I feel wonderful in my skin.”

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Ashley Graham wows New York Fashion Week with lingerie line

Plus-size model Ashley Graham has made her New York Fashion Week debut, taking to the catwalk in her own lingerie line.

The 27-year-old wowed the crowed in black undergarments and a lace kimono.

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Ashley Graham hits the catwalk at New York Fashion Week. (Getty)

Graham told US Today the experience gave her chills.

“It was absolutely amazing,” she said.

“For the longest time I could find supportive bras and I could find sexy bras, but never both,” she said.

“I wanted to create a line that did both and made [women] feel beautiful.”

The size 16 model has become an advocate for women of all ages struggling with body issues after becoming the first plus-size model to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

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She said she wanted the line to be both supportive and sexy. (Getty)

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Graham is wearing her own lingerie line. (Getty)

Baby got back! Beyonce shows off her famous curves as she strips down to cheeky slogan lingerie for steamy shoot

She’s no stranger to barely-there stage costumes and a sexy shoot.

But Beyonce has just unveiled one of her raciest photo sets yet, starring in a series of stunning shots for Flaunt Magazine.

Shot by Robin Harper, the photos see the chart-topper stripping down to bikinis and her underwear as she floats in a pool and explores the great outdoors.

Cheeky: Beyonce stars in a steamy new shoot for Flaunt Magazine, showing some skin in Baby Got Back lingerie 

Cheeky: Beyonce stars in a steamy new shoot for Flaunt Magazine, showing some skin in Baby Got Back lingerie

The 34-year-old is seen on the cover of the magazine, famed for its risque shoots, showing off her famous curves in a nude bra, with a Texas-shaped pendant nestled in her ample cleavage.

Her hair is styled into a long side plait, while the mum of one flaunts flawless makeup, and long nails.

Another jaw-dropping shot shows Beyonce in the same nude bra, paired with high-waisted underwear and a flowing white jacket.

Work it: Beyonce strikes a pose for the new cover of the mag, stripping down to a nude bra

Work it: Beyonce strikes a pose for the new cover of the mag, stripping down to a nude bra

Strike a pose: The singer is seen in a series of stunning images, shot by Robin Harper, set around a LA pool

Strike a pose: The singer is seen in a series of stunning images, shot by Robin Harper, set around a LA pool

The star seems to defy gravity as she strikes an unbelievable pose over a Los Angeles pool, holding her plait out to the side.

The Halo hitmaker also shows plenty of skin in a Baby Got Back two-piece as she crouches and pouts in the long grass.

Water is a big theme of the shoot, photographed by Robin Harper and styled by Zerina Akers, with the singer seen floating in a pool in several of the pics, all while keeping her perfect pout in place.

Finishing touch: A Texas-shaped pendant is one of the few accessories used by stylist Zerina Akers 

Finishing touch: A Texas-shaped pendant is one of the few accessories used by stylist Zerina Akers

Look Bey-autiful in a Baby Got Back underwear

Bey has let loose in recent years when it comes to experimenting with her style; from a bejewelled sheer gown by Givenchy at the Met Gala to these sports luxe logo undies for a magazine shoot.

Underwear as outerwear has been a streetwear trend that trickled down from Spring 2015 where sheer and naked were very much au current. Think of For Love & Lemons and their crop tops/ bralettes that are made to be seen through mesh tops. So Bey certainly took our fancy when we set our eyes on her super cool undies set emblazoned with the words ‘Baby Got Back.’

We would pair this underwear set under a lace-y number by Dolce & Gabbana for a cheeky glam look or wear this under a sheer baggy tank and ripped jeans for an street style saavy outfit.

So head over to Dolls Kill to pick up a similar style underwear set as sadly, Bey’s exact one isn’t available online. Or check out our edit for other sporty statement bras that will get tongues wagging from the likes of Missguided to Moschino, all budgets covered.

Sultry: Even in water, the impossibly glam star pulls off the perfect pout and flawless makeup

Sultry: Even in water, the impossibly glam star pulls off the perfect pout and flawless makeup

Ready for her close up: The singer is see in colour and black and white shots, including this stunning close up

Ready for her close up: The singer is see in colour and black and white shots, including this stunning close up

Alongside the imagery Flaunt has crowned Queen Bey with another regal title, calling her in their piece the leader of their custom city – CALIFUK

‘There she sits, unwilling at the moment to invite distraction of the fundamental mission of her rule: to shape culture, to inspire the hip parade as well as the fringe, to rehearse, rehearse, rehearse, to drop filthy, filthy tracks on this swelling, warring, cap-melting planet.’

‘To make an impact,’ declares the magazine of the star.

Pool life: Water is a big theme of the shoot with the singer seen floating in a pool in several of the pics

Pool life: Water is a big theme of the shoot with the singer seen floating in a pool in several of the pics

Bow down: Alongside the imagery Flaunt has crowned Queen Bey with another regal title, calling her in their piece the leader of their custom city - CALIFUK

Bow down: Alongside the imagery Flaunt has crowned Queen Bey with another regal title, calling her in their piece the leader of their custom city – CALIFUK

‘We’ll watch Beyoncé. On stage, on her Instagram, in the form of rug-cutting, colorific phosphates behind our eyes as we sleep. And because she’s our CALIFUK queen supreme, we’ll conduct a brief, yet thought-stirring psycho-analytic exercise, conclusions of which we’ll allow you, the reader, you the citizen, the fan, to draw—following our cover star’s photo session poolside in Los Angeles,’ they add.

It’s a been a busy summer for the music Queen, who celebrated her 34th birthday last Friday.

Global superstar: Another shot sees the hitmaker and mother of one almost revealing all in a flowing robe and nude underwear

Global superstar: Another shot sees the hitmaker and mother of one almost revealing all in a flowing robe and nude underwear

Flawless from every angle: At one point Beyonce strips off her bikini and shows off her long braided hair

Flawless from every angle: At one point Beyonce strips off her bikini and shows off her long braided hair

On Saturday night she headlined the 2015 Budweiser Made in America Festival in Pennsylvania, sending fans into a frenzy with her energetic and sexy dance routines.

While husband Jay Z and her daughter Blue Ivy stayed at home in New York, Beyonce was supported by her longtime pal and former Destiny’s Child bandmate, Kelly Rowland.

Making fans aware she was in the crowd, the superstar said: ‘Shout-out to my girl Kelly, I love you. My girl Michelle, I love you.

‘If you survived bad relationships, if you survived illnesses. When it gets tough, that’s when you work harder.’

Icon: Flaunt magazine declares Beyonce's mission is to 'shape culture, to inspire the hip parade as well as the fringe, to rehearse, rehearse, rehearse, to drop filthy, filthy tracks on this swelling, warring, cap-melting planet'

Icon: Flaunt magazine declares Beyonce’s mission is to ‘shape culture, to inspire the hip parade as well as the fringe, to rehearse, rehearse, rehearse, to drop filthy, filthy tracks on this swelling, warring, cap-melting planet’

What a year: It's a been a busy summer for the music Queen, who celebrated her 34th birthday last Friday

What a year: It’s a been a busy summer for the music Queen, who celebrated her 34th birthday last Friday

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3228247/Baby-got-Beyonce-shows-famous-curves-strips-cheeky-slogan-lingerie-steamy-shoot.html#ixzz3lKtGAK9K

Here’s Paloma Faith looking lovely in her skimps for Agent Provocateur

Your friend and ours, Paloma Faith, has harkened back to her former days of working in Agent Provocateur shops in London – as she casually drapes herself across a shop counter looking seriously smokin’ in their lingerie for the new AP ad campaign.

Paloma worked in the Soho branch when she was studying for her MA in Theatre Directing, and the pictures for this campaign were shot by her former ‘shop girl’ colleague Alice Hawkins. There’s lovely.

She follows the likes of Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, who’ve also draped themselves around things and across things in AP lingerie for their ad campaigns.

“I’ve never had a job – other than at AP – that has formed me as a person or influenced my whole life,” she said.

“When I walk past the shop in Soho I feel really nostalgic about a time when I think I was quite carefree. I look back at it and just I think of youth.”

If you’re fairly into your lingerie yourself, you should definitely head down to Cosmopolitan’s Lingerie Show next week, as part of our week-long Fashion Festival! Click here for more tickets and info on all the freebies you’ll get, and check out highlights from last year, below. Sweet.

Lady Gaga Plays the Sexy Bride with Lingerie and Veil: See the Wedding-Inspired Style

What a tease! Lady Gaga gave fans a sneak peek as to what she’ll look like in white for her wedding day (or rather, her wedding night!) and opened up about how she communicates to fiancé Taylor Kinney in the latest issue of CR Fashionbook.

In the style spread, the “Edge of Glory” singer, 29, rocks contrasting black and white lingerie looks titled “eccentric” and “classic.” The lighter sexy getup (a see-through dress by valentino with a ruffled, lacy bustier and Giuseppe Zanotti heels) definitely evokes the image of a bride on the wedding night.

Lady Gaga on the cover of CR Fashion Book issue 7

Lady Gaga on the cover of CR Fashion Book issue 7
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While the star modeled the sultry undergarments and played the sexy bride, putting her toned legs to work, she also spoke sincerely about how she communicates with fiancé Taylor Kinney, 34, who proposed on Valentine’s Day with a pink, 15-carat, heart-shaped diamond ring. “I’m much better at communicating through my work. Sometimes I feel like, even with my fiancé, I’ll tell him I feel a certain way, but then he understands me better if I create a song and play it for him,” she said. “I wrote a song for him the other day and it really sat with him because it was something I couldn’t say with words, only through song.”

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