I am Arizona; a person, not a place. has left a new comment on your post “How to Choose Flattering Underwear (Bras and Brief…“:
Bras are my nemesis. I seriously have no boobs. At all. Shaped A cups are too big. If I wear an A cup I have to stuff the cup or else it caves in. So, I wear sports bras and other soft cupped bras (when I can find them). I don’t mind having no boobs and don’t mind the sports bras (for the most part), but wish I could find bras that would fit well under evening wear. What little “boob” I do have is saggy, so the stick on thingies are out. It’s not a pretty silhouette! Any advice???
I asked Karen Karlsen of A Certain Age, and now the image and wardrobe consultantancy business Wear it Well (based in SoCal – around Palos Verdes – if you need some help sorting out your wardrobe or want someone to take you shopping) owner of a more petite breast than myself to go a guest post to answer Arizona’s question – so here is Karen’s advice.
Congratulations on the freedom that comes from being the owner of small boobs! .
If your soft cup bras are working for you in your daily wear, I’d say by all means stick to them. You get to skip the wicked wires, hot moulded cups and thick straps. Hurray!
When you do feel you need a little fluff in your cup, I’d suggest you buy the A cup moulded bra and fill the cups with Hollywood Extras Silicone Breast Enhancers. Hollywood Fashion Tape makes a great assortment of breast help when it comes to your concern about how you can wear a bra under evening wear. If your evening wear is bare enough on top, or sheer enough, consider doing what the starlets here in Hollywood have done for ages; tape yourself a custom bra! Start by lifting with a pair of Hollywood Rising Stars , little u-shaped adhesive lifters you simply tape in place. You mentioned you are self-conscious about nipple show-through too. Hollywood’s got your back–er your front–here too! Just stick on a petally pair of Hollywood No-Shows and you’re golden like an Oscar statue.
Being small chested, go ahead and wear chest details that fill out your top portion. Ruffles, ruching, pleating and the like are a great way to add volume. So are sleeves that end around the bust horizontal. Puffs would be great if you like them. Keep in mind the higher your neckline, the larger your bust will appear. The lower you dip toward your cleavage area, the smaller your bust will look. See Imogens teachings on how to distract from the bust area with jewelry too.
Hope this has helped you Arizona!
Karen Of A Certain Age
I also found these resources that sell small bra sizes -
In the USA Lula Lu who do 30AA right up to 38A – check them out
As well as AA Lingerie
Another brand of nipple covers are Headlight Dimmers