May 7, 2012

Underneath It All {N by Natori}


Despite the fairly personal nature of my blog, I never get that personal - but let me tell you a little secret: I love lingerie. Love. Frills and lace and ruffles make me swoon. It's actually not unlike my love for glitter, or pink, or Parisian things - if I really stop to think about it. In any case, the utility and necessity for undergarments in my life (especially as a particularly busty lady), have made the search for underthings that are actually beautiful all the more challenging. I've found a few brands I love (like Panache and Freya), but the bottom line has been that the pickings are slim, and I'd happily, enthusiastically, and excitedly welcome new additions to the line-up.

And that's where Josie Natori comes in! I met designer Josie Natori last fall during a Target Style preview at Vogue, and instantly fell in love with her. Mrs. Natori has an enormous heart, talent, and a true passion for making fashion and style and beautiful things accessible for all women. The Natori lingerie line has been hugely successful, but Mrs. Natori was on a mission to cater to the DD+ set, as well - and set out to launch N by Natori. Ladies, these pieces aren't just gorgeous, they're comfortable - and let's be honest, as vain as we (or I) might be about the aesthetics of our underpinnings, comfort really is key. I've practically been living in this particular bra, and lord, does it feel good on! I teamed up with the Natori team to celebrate the launch of the new line - such an exciting event for me! There are few things I appreciate more than having the opportunity to work with designers and brands that I really respect.





Last photo via Reesa Lake

So, can we talk bras and breasts? What do you look for in your lingerie and undergarments? Busty ladies, are there particular brands that you go to and trust? Let's discuss. Seriously. The good, the bad, the ugly - even (and especially?) the underwire-popping-out horror stories!

A special thank you to the Natori team for creating such great pieces and inviting me to share them!

36 comments:

  1. Finally. I am glad that they are making beautiful, sexy and comfortable bras for bustier girls and women. I have known a few people who have struggled for years to find nice and beautiful lingerie. Glad for you to be bringing this great news to many and sharing your insight. Nice pictures as always. Go Nikki.

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  2. LOVE. Lingerie is one of my favorite things too. It completely embodies a woman's femininity. Honestly I haven't found any brands that I'm in love with fit wise... but I love a beautiful lacy thing, ya know.. if just for looks. ;)

    xoxo.

    chaptertwentynine.com

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  3. I like the brands Nordstrom carries, like Panache, Freya, and Elomi. I got excited reading this article since I'm a cup size H and then I clicked the link and... they don't offer 42H. What a downer. The lingerie is hella cute though!

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  4. haha well I am completely flat (which actually makes it a tad bit tricky to search for bras...). I love La Perla (duh!), Elle MacPherson's line of lingerie actually fits perfectly too and Princess Tam Tam. 

    I love the look of the blue set in the first pic, will def keep my eye out for in next time I'm in NYC. 

    Paola

    www.ThePvdHJournal.com  

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  5. Adeola Naomi AderemiMay 7, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Loooove it all.
    Very beautiful and sexy

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  6. Hurrah! I love bra posts. As a 38H, I have a terrible time finding pretty, comfortable, supportive bras that don't break the bank. My biggest problem is that over the course of the day, a lot of bras create that terrible "double bubble" effect on me, even when they are sized correctly. Not a fan of breast spillage. I'm so excited to see a new set of offerings in the DD+ range; thanks so much for posting!

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  7. oh god the underwire popping out. that's pretty much my entire story. I've come to realize that one boob was bigger than the other because the wire only popped out of one cup. Every. Single. Time.
    Tragic, really.

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  8. Yay im so excited to see a new post!
    I may not have big knockers but i def do have a scene when going shopping for undergarments. But once you find one it makes you feel amazing even if your wearing a garbage bag lol

    stay fab!

    tinyredshoes.com

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  9. AlicesturdivantMay 8, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    Chantelle and Fantasie are my go-to brands; Fantasie's 4520 is outstanding for everyday (albeit rather boring), and chantelle makes timeless classics. Wacoal has made some surprisingly pretty things in a 40/42 band lately, which is very nice to see. I long ago discarded the idea of frilly underthings like rompers and such, for more practical (read: supportive), elegant underpinnings. 

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  10. AlicesturdivantMay 8, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    the beautiful robe in the photo -- when will that be available?

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  11. I was a Nordstrom bra fitter in a former life and always drooled over Natori!  I'm so excited about this!  I tend to go to Lane Bryant for all of my undergarments...I really can't find any other brand that fits as well for me.  Remember ladies, wash in a lingerie bag (or handwash) and never put in the dryer...ever!  Also make sure you rotate about 6 bras, they will last longer. 
    Most people go too big in the band and too small in the cup...so if you feel that you're in the wrong size bra...try going down in the band size and a size up or two in the cup.  The band should be snug at first and will stretch out a bit over time. 
    Happy bra shopping!

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  12. I've never heard of the brand but it looks BEAUT!! Recently, I have become obsessed with bralets, I find they give more support x

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  13. I have one bra from Aerie that I absolutely love. I need to try out Panache Freya and Natori because I am particularly busty.  Thanks for the suggestions!

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  14. Like you, I have a complete weakness for beautiful lingerie (especially of the lace, frilled or French variety), but agree that we busty ladies have to hunt a little harder for something both beautiful and comfortable that makes our pulses quicken. I swear by Pleasure State (never cheap but always so beautiful and comfortable, and they have a line just for DD+), love Elle MacPherson (though many of her prettier styles stop at a D) and Wonderbra for strapless bras that actually do what they're meant to. Don't know if Natori can be found on this side of the pond, but I'm going to go hunting!

    Briony xx

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  15. After finding out Lane Bryant only carries up to DD (most designs) in-store with just a couple of DDD that you'll have to search for (what is that about?), I found a nice Wacoal bra at Nordstroms Rack in an E. I like it, but the adjustable straps are not to be trusted! Luckily I was at home when I found that out :/  I now safety pin them for extra security. Nice post, I will definitely be checking out Natori!

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  16. Oh honey, you should have said sooner! For your edgy days try Dutch lingerie designer Marlies Dekkers.
    http://www.marliesdekkers.com/
    I think you will absolutely adore it. One warning though: once you try her lingerie you will never be able to wear flimsy stuff ;) Yes, it is that good!

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  17. Oh goodness - underwires popping out!  I've been impaled by underwires so many times!  THe absolute worst underwire incident was when a wire snapped in the middle just under my breast, pinching me.  It hurt so terribly and I  was at work and could not just walk about half mass so I put duck tape on it.

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  18. Even though my cup doesn't runneth over as much as yours, I feel like there is a monopoly on bras for women. They're uncomfortable and not very attractive or practical. These are just delightful!

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  19. I have such a difficult time finding well fitting and comfy bras too. Most brands that fit me well are european.  Looking someplace like Macys is useless, I have a little better luck at Neimans.  I've gained 30 + pounds recently and I'm feeling so uncomfortable, back pains and the like.  So, I've been living in spanx bras but they are not pretty like these!

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  20. Love this post! It's so hard to find well-fitting bras that aren't super plain and not pretty! Definitely checking her site out!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  21. I have a similar bra problem to you, and it sucks! A few years ago I discovered Linda the Bra Lady (63rd and Madison) and it was a godsend. The store specializes in difficult-to-find sizes, they are really good at fitting and have a really wide selection of stuff. It is now my go to place to find well-fitting-non-granny-looking undergarments.

    www.thecuratorial.com

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  22. I just bought my first Natori bra and I've been living in it.

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  23. Lace, for bra it's the most confy, and suiting, but I'm one of the lucky one I'm wearing 36E, so I do with DD. Salers keep telling me DD and E are the same thing but my breast know better. Must time DD just don't fit, but there are always few marks a tad bigger that will fit. But I'm still dreaming of a real confy bra that keep them in place... Quebec sucks in variety.

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  24. Buttercup_RocksMay 9, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    My bugbear isn't so much bras these days, (I'm a 38FF but I live in the UK, home of Freya, Fantasie and Bravissimo), but matching knickers – or rather lack of them. While manufacturers have finally let go of the idea than anyone with a cup-size over C must be 75 and/or not give a damn how their underwear looks, they're only prepared to go so far. Only the custom of slim women with big hooters matter to them. In fact they're completely in denial that fat women wear their bras at all, even though Bravissimo is always heaving with fat women. The underpants routinely stop at a UK size 16, or maybe an 18 if you're really really lucky. It drives me mad. I dream about matching bra and briefs sets.

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  25. Can we talk about Victoria's Secret?  Why do they not make bras larger than DD?  I have a VS giftcard from my wedding shower two years ago, and still haven't used it. 

    I like to shop online at Bare Necessities.  I like reading other people's reviews of the bras, and it's easy to sort by type, style, size, etc. 

    I'm still on the look out for the holy grail bra that minimizes, lifts, separates, is comfortable, yet stylish. 

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  26. the problem with finding the right bra is...to figure out what size you really need..it is really hard to find sales people that can help you..that would measure you...therefore i prefere smaller boutiques..where the price may be a little higher but usually the ladies know there business and will help you to find something...i think prima donna  is a nice brand ...

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  27. My bra usually tends to make the skin up to/ under my armpits wrinkle and feel unpleasant, 
    even if i wear a big one (I'm around the DD) the cups just don't get there... 

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  28. Awwwww so bummed...I got invited to this event. Ugh! I need to move to NYC! 

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  29. Oh wow, really beautiful lingerie. I love interesting colors like slate for lingerie. I also love playfulness so polka dotted cotton panties are a dream. I'd say I have an even amount of girly and womanly lingerie...

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  30. I wouldn't mind trying these out. Too often, I find undergarments that dig into my skin and aren't comfortable. These look very nice. 

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  31. I love Freya but I also particularly love Elomi. I once had a bra with an underwire that used to drive me crazy. I don't know if it warped over time or if it just got twisted in it's little spot but something really started bugging me about wearing it. At first, it wouldn't bother me when I first put it on. After an hour or so it would start to irritate my skin just on my side at the end under the arm. But I loved the way this bra made me look so I carried on wearing it for special stuff. On one of those events, it really started hurting me. By the time I got home I couldn't wait to take it off and when I did, I discovered the wire had busted through the material and had bruised me badly on the side. I'd never had that happen before so it blew my mind. Now I'm very particular about fit. I never want to go through that again.

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  32. You know, I admire beautiful lingerie, but I am not really focused on it. I have always been a function over form gal when it comes to my underthings. I've been buying and wearing the same Cacique bra from Lane Bryant for about 5 years (it really is the only convertible bra that's worked for me). That being said, the idea of pretty bras and panties that offer support too is very exciting!

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  33. I was a big fan of  Cacique, but lately I have discovered City Chic's countour bras, and they are amazing! Very uplifting and supportive, just like a good friend, lol. Natori's new styles look amazing.

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  34. Love the beautiful lingerie!Looks so sexy and chic!

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