Holiday Party Quick Fixes

Hello Everyone,

The holiday music softly saturating retailers signals not only the time to deck the halls and shop for presents but also the impending arrival of the holiday party season.  Whether it’s an informal family dinner, a (probably too informal) company cocktail, or a black tie event, you need the right supporting garments, and for today’s blog, I want to share a few products that can and will make the holiday party season a little easier for you!

Braza Low Back Converter – $10

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If wedding season has taught me anything, it’s that formal wear has embraced a lower back, and unfortunately, a person’s existing foundation garments may not be as discreet as necessary.  Enter the low back converter which attaches to an existing bra and allows you to lower where the hook-and-eye closures hit by up to 2″.  For deep or wide low-back dresses and tops, the converter may not be sufficient, but if you need a little extra space to avoid showing your bra band, this inexpensive accessory is a great solution.

Flash Tape aka Double Sided Tape – $8

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A universal fix all for closing gaping blouses, quick hemming pants, and preventing your dress from sliding to reveal your bra, double-sided tape is another inexpensive way to solve a host of wardrobe problems.  In fact, we often use Flash Tape in conjunction with the low back converter to ensure nothing shows while you’re dancing the night away.

Braza’s My Secret Emergency Kit – $7

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As its moniker implies, this emergency kit contains multiple fixes to any wardrobe malfunction and includes double-sided tape, deodorant stain wipes, disposable nipple covers, and a lint remover.

Kix’ies – $22

Kix'ies Back Seam Stockings in the C/D size range.
Kix’ies Back Seam Stockings in the C/D size range.

Instead of reaching for a trusty pair of pantyhose or tights, why not spice up the night with a pair of Kix’ies!  The reinforced silicone gel tops do not dig into the skin but manage to stay put even during dancing.  They come in a variety of colors and patterns too! 

Yummie Tumime Cleo – $38

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With graduated control that focuses heavier support in the tummy region, the Cleo is perfect for smoothing any lumps and bumps underneath your dress, and the silicone lining at the top prevents rolling.

Rago Waist Cincher 821 – $42

Rago 821, Available up to an 8X
Rago 821, Available up to an 8X

If you want, to quote our customers, “to suck everything in” underneath a dress, there’s nothing better than the 821 Cincher from Rago.  With hook-and-eye closures in the front, the 821 is easy to wear, and the reinforced panels and side boning stay put as you move while providing maximum control.

Rago Waist Cincher 721 – $47

721 - Review Coming Soon
721 – Review Coming Soon

For those wanting shapewear with some sex appeal, the 721 is perfect.  Black and pink lace, stretchy side panels, and optional garters add to the vintage quality without compromising on shaping.  Bonus:  The snaps for the garter straps are made from metal, not cheap plastic.

With so many holiday dresses being strapless or using tricky necklines, it’s important to find a great convertible bra that works with your dress.  Here are three fantastic options to consider:

b.tempt’d Faithfull Yours Strapless Bra – $40

Sizes 30B-D, 32B-DD, 34B-DD, 36B-D
Sizes 30B-D, 32B-DD, 34B-DD, 36B-D

Ideal for smaller busts, the Faithfully Yours has moderate coverage and a sweetheart neckline which blends discreetly under most dresses.

Wacoal Red Carpet – $60

US Sizes 30DD-G, 32C-G, 34B-H, 36B-H, 38B-H, 40C-G, 42D-G, 44DD-DDD
US Sizes 30DD-G, 32C-G, 34B-H, 36B-H, 38B-H, 40C-G, 42D-G, 44DD-DDD

With its recent expansion to include 30 bands and US H cups, the Red Carpet strapless from Wacoal continues to prove why it sets the gold standard for convertible bras.  To prevent the bra from moving, there are two side stays per wing plus silicone gel, but Wacoal took it one step further to include gel on the top of the cup to prevent gaping.  The cradle is also padded for added comfort.

Freya Deco Strapless – $69

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UK Sizes 28-38D-G, 30-36GG, 32-38B-C

Boasting an impressive size range, the Freya Deco can be tricky fit-wise, but when it works, the profile is lifted and rounded.  Plus, there are two spaces to reattach the straps on the cups and on the wings for maximum flexibility.

Freya Deco Slip – $115

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32-36D-GG

Instead of a strapless bra and shapewear, you can combine both concepts into one lingerie-esque piece.  The top features the same great shape and lift as the Deco strapless, but the bottom is a heavier, stretch fabric for added smoothing under tighter clothes.

Happy Holidays!
Erica

Holiday Party Quick Fixes
Erica
Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.

3 thoughts on “Holiday Party Quick Fixes

  • December 5, 2014 at 1:43 pm
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    Does the low back converter have only one hook? I can’t imagine it being very supportive for a three-hook bra. Do they have sturdier versions?

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    • Erica
      December 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm
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      The ones we carry have two hooks, but I couldn’t find a picture. 🙁 There is a strap which wraps all the way around the stomach and tightens down for added hold. It does compromise support a little, but you’d be surprised at how well it works. I certainly wouldn’t recommend it for constant wear, but for a couple hours with some double-stick tape, it’s a lot cheaper and easier than trying to find something low back. Having said that, I wish they would come out with both a 3-hook and 4-hook variation.

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  • December 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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    Another quick party fix – a new device that a friend and I invented – if the girls aren’t as high as they used to be and the adjuster is tightented to the limit, try The Strap Saver – http://www.thestrapsaver.com. It’s a first of it’s kind, no-sew solution that helps to tighten stretched-out straps and extend the life of your favorite bras. It attaches to the shoulder strap and works with or without a built in adjuster by adding another fold to triple instead of double the strap length.

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