Monthly Archives: February 2013

Classic and Vintage Bras

We recently added a “classic/vintage” bra section to our  site.  Some of these bras have actually been continuously made since the 50’s/60’s, while others are newer lines of old classics. While Brabarella Lingerie will continue to trend towards more current, up-to-date styles of lingerie, we  will never ignore our roots – having started off as a vintage clothing retailer. We are still always on the lookout for vintage/period styles of lingerie to satisfy the needs of a significant portion of our customer base –  both those over 60 years old and those into retro/vintage wear (typically under 30 years of age) who want the complete look including bras, girdles,  corselets, garter belts, slips, negligees,  and nylon stockings.
Below is a link to our Classic/Vintage Bra section.  It does not include all classic styles that we carry, so we will rotate selections periodically.

Berlei and Gossard additions

We are slowly adding two new lines to our site – Gossard and Berlei. They are companies that date back to the early part of the 20th century and are U.K based. Much of what we’re offering from them include waist cinchers, control briefs, girdles, classic-style bras, and such. However, we will be gradually expanding into other styles as well.
Brabarella Lingerie


The Importance of a Bra Fitting

Did you know that 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra?

 As a fit specialist for one of the top 3 brands in the industry, I see women on a daily basis who are fatigued by back and shoulder pain, uncomfortable wires poking into them, bad posture, and breasts that are either sagging to their belly button or divided into four lumps by a bra that doesn’t fit. Most women don’t even realize that it IS possible to have a bra that fits them so perfectly, they forget they are even wearing one. I used to be one of those women. Shopping for bras was a daunting and grueling task, I never found one that fit, and would end up buying whichever was the least UNcomfortable. Then I was professionally fit for a bra (not at Victoria’s Secret) and my life was forever changed.
Most women are in a cup that is too small and band that is too big, ie. a 36B when they need to be in a 32DD. If the underwire of your bra is poking into your breast tissue or you are popping out of the cup, then the cup size is too small. If the band of your bra is on the tightest hook and is riding up your back, it is too big. Your band should be horizontal all the way around your body and your cups should encompass ALL of you, no bulges or poking wires.
Wearing the correct size bra can give you:
  • Better Posture
  • The appearance of a flatter stomach (!!)
  • Reduced back and shoulder pain
  • A perkier chest
  • A more seamless and classy look in clothes
I suggest that everyone get professionally fit either by a local department store (I suggest Nordstrom or Dillard’s) or a specialty boutique. However, if you can’t make it out- here are some instructions to measure yourself. We have a large selection of sizes and styles available on!
How to measure yourself to determine your bra size-
Always measure yourself in just your bra, if you are wearing a shirt your measurement may not be accurate.
1. Use a tape measure to measure around the top of your rib cage, just underneath your breasts. Make sure the tape measure is flat and horizontal all the way around. Round up to the nearest even number- Example: If you measure 33 inches around, round up to 34. This will give you your BAND SIZE (32,34,36,38, etc.)
2. Next you need to determine your cup size. Take the tape measure around your back and measure in the middle of your chest, just over your nipples. This is where it gets tricky! You’re going to have to do some math to figure out your cup size. Take the number that you got from step 1 and SUBTRACT it from the number that you get in step 2. Use the chart below to determine your cup size (every inch of difference represents one cup)
7       8
Cup Size
G       H

EXAMPLE: You measure 33 inches in step 1 –> 34 band

                     You measure 37 inches in step 2
                               37-33= 4 inches
                     So your bra size (roughly) is a 34D!
Remember, this is an art not a science, so it is not guaranteed to be your exact size and all brands and styles run differently. 
What’s most important is your comfort. The center of your bra should lie flat against your chest and the underwires should hit just before your armpit, clearing all of your breast tissue.
If you have any questions or need help in your fitting, please let us know!