There's a myth that small breasted women have an easy time when it comes to bra shopping. The reality is if your cup size ranges from AAA-A you've likely never found a bra that truly fits. Although these sizes are difficult to find in your local department stores the internet has made it possible to find beautiful offerings that are designed to fit small-busted women.
Probably the biggest advantage to having a small chest is that underwire is not necessary. Talula monterey bralette, $25, aritzia.com.
The word Cosabella is Italian for "beautiful thing". The brand has been strong in the intimates game for over 30 years and has become a favourite among small busted women everywhere. Bucktown Triangle Bralet, $36.50, cosabella.com.
This Parisian brand is lacy, soft, and super feminine. Although it can fit a wide range of sizes it specializes in smaller bosoms. Their bras are found in boutiques across Canada and you can also purchase through its european website. 'Maryline' soft cup bra, $61, princessetamtam.eu.
Pro tip: The brand should be snug but by no means too snug on a smaller busted woman. Deep-plunge bra, $89, thelittlebracompany.com.
Co-founders Ali Mejia and Mariela Rovito started the brand in 1996 with the intention of creating pretty under-things that flattered real bodies. Mejia joked that she someday would design underwear for the laterally challenged and flat women, like herself. And that's exactly how the brand made a name, but now its just as well known for swimwear and sleepwear. 'Clarisse' Racerback bralet, $82, eberjay.com.
This website—and private label—is dedicated to small-busted women. They sell their own brand, along with over 15 others that are designed to fit the body types of petite and small chested women. Delilah Organic Cotton Wireless Bra, $79, lulalu.com.
Pro tip: A shallow shell-shaped or half-cup suits most women with smaller-busts. Plus the style looks very attractive, covering just above the nipple which give the appearance of a fuller bust. These styles can be found in with and without padding. Duet lace half-cup bra, $52, shopbop.com.
No, not a bra brand, but a swimwear brand that's designed to maximize subtle curves of smaller bosoms. Voda Swim really allows the wearer to maximize what you have, naturally. Envy Push Up strappy String Top ($108) and ($80) reversible bottom, vodaswim.com.
Founded in 1949 in Kyoto, Japan, Wacoal is recognized worldwide for its fine lingerie and its remarkable selection of sizes from very small to very large. WACOAL B-Smooth Seamless Bralette, $25, thebay.com.
Peek-a-boo strapless bra, $40, topsecretsociety.com.
Colour Theory Image by: Geoffrey Ross
Give your beauty game a technicolour update this season.
Glowing skin and makeup that looks natural are still going strong for spring, but there's another trend that will have you breaking out vivid liner and throwing away your beauty inhibitions: saturated pops of pigment straight out of the '80s. From hard lines in neon orange to tints of cerulean, every colour of the rainbow was represented on models' lips, lids, nails and cheeks. Admittedly, this might feel like an intimidating look, but it's actually totally wearable. Just stick to emphasizing a single feature with a burst of colour, keeping the rest of your makeup radiant and understated.
This ultrablendable blush will give a unique pop of colour to any cheeks, the HD technology makes it blend into skin easily with no visible texture.
This fun moisturizing lip colour will bring you back to the old days and have you feeling a bit of nostalgia. Don't be fooled though, it might be a blast from the past but the colour is ultra-modern and pairs with all your spring lip needs.
This mesmerizing eyeshadow in this beautiful blue features a smooth, transformative texture. Try a wet application for a high-impact finish.
The highly concentrated loose powder brings this shade of orange to new dimensions. Wear it during the day for a subtle wash of colour, or kick it up a bit for a night out for an intense effect.
This insane colour brings the boldest and brightest shades to your eyes. The velvety smoothness brings the best blendability, and an unmatched performance.
Not only does this lip colour give you lightweight, but intense HD colour, it also has a hydrating formula with hyaluronic acid. Keep your lips hydrated and colourful all day long!
Vibrant, impactful and high-def are all words that come to mind when you look at this jumbo colour stick. It's easy to use and gives you effortless pops in a single swipe. Plus, the waterproof formula means 24-hour wear rain or shine.
This eyeliner paint glides over eyelids effortlessly. The felt tip allows for precision and control, letting you decide how bold you want this electrifying shade.
What says spring more than this vibrant green nail polish? Get in the green mood and accent your day-to-day outfits with this fun colour.
This lip paint is saturated in pigment so your bold look will last all day with high-impact and the intensity you want.
Use this spring to think beyond the ordinary and try out this cute mint green colour mascara. It's packed full of pigments so it's sure to deliver the right pop of colour that everyone will notice.
Inspired by L.A photo studio trends, this palette includes six bright and beautiful eyeshadow colours as well as two large base colours. In collaboration with actress Shay Mitchell, this palette is created with a unique personality.
This iconic staple of makeup, the lipstick, is what made M.A.C famous. This perfect shade of pink has hundreds of hues and will accent any look.
Get your nails ready for the sun with this ultra-rich, vivid colour. It's part of the iconic set of OPI shades and delivers amazing results, lasting up to 10 bright days.
These expert tips will help you find jeans that fit and flatter your curves.
“The key to finding the perfect jeans is to try on a lot,” says Jennifer Patterson, communications manager at Addition Elle. “Set aside some time and try on 20 different pairs so you know what looks best.” If you've been wearing the same cut of jeans for years, broaden your horizons and try on a range of silhouettes. You never know how a pair of jeans will look on your body until you try them on. Fabric is also important to consider. “Most curvy women love the power-stretch fabric because it moulds to your shape and stretches where you need a little more room.”
Keep these top tips from Patterson in mind the next time you go shopping for jeans.
If you’re heavier on top with lean legs
Patterson suggests going for a straight-leg jean. “It’s just a really nice, classic shape. They aren’t tight but they have a narrower leg so that balances your proportions,” she says. She also believes that if you love your legs, there’s no reason why you can’t wear skinny jeans. “It’s a great way to show off what you got.”
If you’re heavier on the bottom with a lean upper body
Try a straight or boot-cut jean that can give you a leaner look. Patterson also recommends the universally-flattering flare style for curvy and plus-sized women. “I find that flare can really elongate your legs and make your legs look ten miles long. All it needs is a great heel and it’s a fabulous trend for plus-sized women.”
If you’re on the shorter side
Some women who are short and curvy think they should steer clear of cropped pants, but Patterson assures us that it's ok to ditch this fashion rule. “The ankle is a very sexy part of the woman and anyone can show it off.”
Here are a few denim brands we recommend for curvy and plus-sized women.
We love Addition Elle for offering jeans for all types of curves; best part is they've added a size 26! The sculpting jeans are a fan-favourite because it lifts and sculpts in all the right places.
Levi's 300 shaping series is our favourite for offering all styles in regular and plus-sizes. They're made of a stretch heavyweight denim that offers tummy-slimming technology.
Siwy doesn't actually carry plus-sizes but it's great for women with curvy hips and legs. The Felicity jeans are made without a side seam to offer maximum stretch and maximum comfort.
There's something for everyone here! All styles are offered up to size 24 with a variety of inseams and best of all, three different body types: straight, defined curve and well-defined curve.
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