Mini Review: The New Bolero Tunic Top

Patricia of Bolero is not only an amazingly talented designer, but she’s also a close personal friend of mine. She represents the best of what small business has to offer: quality products, excellent customer service, constant innovation, and a special personal touch in all she does. Last year, we were privileged enough to have her visit the shop for a pop-up event, and in what is the best twist of 2018, she is coming back! Patricia will be at the shop on December 7th and 8th for another event complete with her latest collection. I will be posting the relevant details soon, but in honor of the upcoming event, I wanted to write a mini-review of a new Bolero Ezy tunic design.

For those just tuning in, I recommend reading through my previous Bolero reviews, but the TL;DR version is that Patricia makes bust-friendly clothing in high quality fabrics which are not mass produced, never wrinkle, and travel well. Her garments are made in the USA, last forever, can often be customized, and flatter a range of body types. At this point, I think half of my closet is just Bolero. When she sent me pictures of her latest tunic design, I knew I wanted one for myself, especially since we’re finally in cooler weather.

Right now, I am a US 14, and the size Large fits perfectly. Because her garments already take into account a bustier figure, you don’t need to size up for a comfortable fit. Simply purchase the size which best represents your figure, not your chest. The Ezy tunic sports a square neckline to flatter a fuller bust and a soft empire waist. Usually, I am reticent about an empire waist design because the bottom seam often bisects my UK 34H boobs in an unflattering way. Furthermore, since the narrowest part of my torso is my natural waist, an empire top or dress obscures it and makes me look larger. However, I knew I could trust Patricia, who is verging on my personal stylist at this point, to produce fantastic results.

The soft pleating of the fabric in the front is balanced by a slightly more fitted side, so the Ezy tunic not only conceals my tummy but still highlights my narrow waist, even without belting. I love the length on me too because it is perfect for wearing with pencil skirts, shorts, jeans, or slim pants. A longer version would be nice too. Moreover, the palm frond print and color scheme is right up my alley. We all know I have a black and white obsession, and the inclusion of my favorite color (green!) adds the perfect pop.

While the exterior is obviously gorgeous, the interior also boasts unique features include a double lined upper back and front. The added layer on the back creates a smooth silhouette while the front lining not only ensures total opacity but also conceals seams or texture on your bra. For someone like me who lives in seamed cups and adores unique details, this thoughtful finishing touch means I never have to worry about what bra I am wearing under the Ezy tunic.

Front lining
Back lining

Overall, this is another excellent entry for Bolero, and you can purchase your own here. Or feel free to wait and stop by in early December to see the full collection!

Erica

Mini Review: The New Bolero Tunic Top
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.
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6 thoughts on “Mini Review: The New Bolero Tunic Top

  • November 17, 2018 at 3:47 pm
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    That top looks FANTASTIC on you. I wish I could pull that off as well. Congratulations on the great look!

    I have found bras that fit and are very comfortable from Torrid. (I wish I was closer to get I bbn to your store). The girls at Torrid made me feel very welcome and I’m able to shop and be fitted just as they would a female. They recently had me try on a few different tops because I was complaining how all my shirts were 3 sizes too big just to accommodate the girls. I was pleasantly surprised on how well they fit. Ft. Hey all accentuated my curves but 9 actually liked that I didn’t look like a sack of potatoes! I’m not quite ready to show that look but I hope someday I will have the courage to.

    Again Erica, terrific look!

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    • Erica
      November 17, 2018 at 6:04 pm
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      Thank you!! 🙂 I just love everything Patricia does. She really knows how to make a garment which fits well. I’m glad you found some comfy bra styles! Something else you can do too is find a good tailor or seamstress. Before I started buying a lot of Bolero, that’s what I would do. It would be cool if a guy with gynecomastia started a blog that talked about shopping and dressing I think. Several of my clients struggle with finding a look that flatters without resorting to oversized clothes. Maybe the Queer Guys will take this on at some point!

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      • November 19, 2018 at 1:03 pm
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        I second that thought on shopping!

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  • November 18, 2018 at 1:01 pm
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    Looking fabulous, Erica!!!! Another Bolero beauty.

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  • December 3, 2018 at 9:48 pm
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    You look stunning and we love to create happiness, just like you do getting the right bras! Thanks for your kind words and the photos too, it’s so important to show not just the awesome fit (especially on you gorgeous model) but what is in the construction and materials to get the final product you love so much.

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