2014年04月04日

Petite, goblet body shape, short torso woman wears a wrap dress

I have broad shoulders, ample breasts, small hips, almost no waist, short torso, and my height is approximately 5 foot 3 inches, which would be considered petite by Caucasians. However, having a short torso and goblet body shape, I find it difficult to find clothes that are flattering. I thought sharing my experience could help other people who have similar body shapes (planning to post blogs in the future when ever I try on new clothes). This time, I decided to try the wrap dress made by Issa. According to Trinny and Susannah, Issa wrap dresses should be great on me! Their "v-necked top that overlaps in a wrap effect is a great way to lessen the effect of big breasts" and the empire style waist line should "draw attention to the narrowest part." This is the "Cambridge silk-jersy wrap dress" The left one is a US size 10 (too big on me) and the right one is a US size 6. wrapdressissa11.JPG And not sure what these are called, but they are Issa too. wrapdressissa3.JPG wrapdressissa2.JPG I think the dark blue dress gathers too much attention to my waist. Wasn't really comfortable with my looks. Maybe the white/pale blue dress is better. (The ceiling light was very strong at the store, and creates a dark shadow below my breasts) But the wrap dresses I tried on didn't actually "Wow" me, so I think I'll stay away from this style. Finding flattering dresses in Japan could be difficult for many people. Most of the clothes are made for small framed, super skinny women, but I found out that ISETAN carries a broad range of clothes that suits larger women. Here, there were many dresses (imported and locally designed) that would suit US size 8 and over. (Note: Most of the clothes sold in ISETAN belong to the high-end fashion category)Read more
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2014年04月11日

Finding large size bras in Japan

Finding bras that fit large breasted women can be really tricky in Japan. Most wires in Japanese bras are made to suit narrow rooted breasts, so even with the international size conversion chart, you might end up with smaller bras.

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Based on my experience, UK34 band and Japanese 80 band feel the same. And Panache Cleo Juna, Cleo Lucy and Curvy Kate Princess bras' UK cup G was larger than Rui glamourous J cup.

If you want to find large sized bras in Japan, you should go to a department store and look for a lingerie store that carries Wacoal's "Studio Five."

Their sizing felt completely different from other Wacoal bras.

Click Read more to look at my experience with Studio Five bras.Read more
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2014年04月18日

Size comparison of Japanese bras and UK bras

This entry is based on my opinion and experience, and does not necessarily reflect the true state of the brand and the general public's view...

My first bra in Japan was from PEACH JOHN. I hated their heavy padding, so I soon shifted to Triumph (Amo's Style). Thinking about Peach John now, I don't like their products and corporate image. They offer affordable, fancy bras, but they are similar to VS bras.

Then I tried wearing Wacoal bras (Salute and Parfage), and continued to do so until I found their H cup bras (Japanese size) were too tight. I really like Wacoal bras, probably because they offer a great range of bras (from cheap to expensive) and their bras are constructed to suit the Asian body (petite in stature, lateral body shape and such). I didn't have to worry about wires in the centre gore poking me in the ribs, nor did I have to worry about wires poking me in the armpit.

After Wacoal, I had to move on to Rui glamourous. Rui glamourous offered bras up to J cups (Japanese size), but soon, I had to move on to bras outside of Japan. Their bras were smaller than Wacoal bras. Rui glamourous J cup was just slightly larger than the Wacoal H cup, so I guess their J cups are the same as other Japanese I cups.


My last Japanese bra (from Rui glamourous) had a size tag "80J."
Before buying my first UK size bra, I had to do some research.
I looked at http://sizeguide.net/bra-sizes.html, and thought I would fit a UK 36 band. Other Japanese bra importer websites said an I cup would fit UK G/GG cup.

Based on my quick research, I purchased a Freya longline "Ivy" bra, size 36G. It proved the conversion charts were completely off. The bands were too loose and the cups were just too big!

My first bra was purchased from a shop that had a no return/no exchange policy :-(
So I had to keep it.

With the help of other bra bloggers, I found out I had a very wide root, slightly shallow and high-set boobs. (No Japanese blogs really talk about "roots" and "sets")

Based on my second reasearch, Curvy Kate seemed to be a good brand for me, so I purchased a UK 34G bra (which was 30% off). It was a Princess bra, and when I measured them flat, they were 70cm in band length (app 27.5 inches circumference), and this was perfect for me at the time! The flat band length was exactly same as the Rui glamourous band 80 (70 cm, flat). And when I wear them, Rui glamourous feels slightly tight (because their cups are already small), but feels almost the same as the Curvy Kate bras.

So, for those who wear a UK FF/G bra, you should choose J from Rui glamourous or I cup from other bras (except for Wacoal Studio Five).
BTW, Rui glamourous moulded bras and full cup bras are very different from 3/4 bras (felt larger), but I haven't tried enough so I can't give any detailed comments about them.



Japanese bras are generally tight. Some of the bands aren't stretchy (especially those that are cheaper in price).

Rather than using the international converion chart, you should measure yourself with a measuring tape and find out what your under-bust measurements are in centimetres.

As for bup sizes, you should try these sizes as a starting point:
UK FF/G cups = Japanese I cups (but J cup for Rui glamourous)
UK F/FF cups = Japanese H cups (but J cup for Rui glamourous)
UK E/F cups = Japanese G cups (but J cup for Rui glamourous)
UK DD/E cups = Japanese F cups
and so on.

FYI, my Italian-American friend said she usually wear an A cup in the States, but she filled out a C cup in Japan.Read more
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