The steamy summer month of July holds a special place in my heart because our little bra shop celebrates its anniversary. A Sophisticated Pair stemmed from my personal desire to find a store which not only offered a range of bra sizes in a wide assortment of colors and styles, but that also offered the kind of quality customer service I found lacking in my own bra shopping experiences. When I was finally fitted properly, I realized the potential for transformation contained in a bra fitting and wanted everyone to feel the same way I did—to look at themselves through the lens of acceptance and confidence. The experience left such an imprint on me that despite being a computer programmer fresh out of grad school, I began researching not only bra fitting techniques but also the fundamentals of owning a small retail business. After two years, I felt comfortable contemplating the idea of a storefront, and I approached my aunt Debbie and my dad Jason with my ideas for improving the bra shopping experience. Together, we sacrificed, worked hard, persevered, and worked harder still so that we could open our doors on July 17, 2011. In a few short days, we will celebrate five years of operation. I have several posts planned about the anniversary (including our annual statistical series) and am looking forward to sharing some of the ups and downs we’ve had with all of our readers. For the meantime though, let’s discuss our annual sale and giveaway!
When I reviewed the Tutti Rouge Liliana last week, I mentioned the obscene amount of lapsed time between trying the brands offerings, and when I saw Nichole, I felt the tinglings of longing in the lingerie chamber of my heart. Liliana was a necessity to test because I wanted to see how the design changed from the Tutti Rouge launch in 2013, but Nichole was a newer style with a gorgeous aesthetic which spoke to my personal craving. Not to mention, early feedback emphasized the use of a narrow center gore, deep cups, and a rounded, forward profile—basically three components all of my favorite bras possess.
When the charming Tutti Rouge brand first debuted two years ago, I was excited to see another new entry into the fuller-market, particularly one which effortlessly blended flirty bubblegum fun with grown-up sophistication for a collection with broad appeal. Tutti Rouge generously provided me bras to review, including the core style Liliana, but we experienced initial sizing problems. Ordinarily, I wore a UK 30H/HH, but the 30HH Liliana was too tight to fasten and an entire cup size small, making it difficult to wear often, but I always wanted to revisit the style in a better-fitting size. Flash forward to 2015, and I finally had my chance!
TweetHello Everyone, A Sophisticated Pair had a wonderful 2014. Not only did we upgrade retail spaces and host our biggest giveaway yet, but we also worked to improve our inventory mix and selection, bringing in shapewear brands like Yummie Tummie
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TweetHello Hello, Over the last couple of months I have been watching Erica review a ton of fabulous Tutti Rouge bras, which gave me a serious case of bra envy because they’re all so friggin’ cute! I mean, heart-shaped adjusters,
TweetHello Ladies, Several weeks ago, I was gifted the Tutti Rouge “Birds of a Feather” set to review, but life, as everyone knows by now, changes from quiet to hectic in the blink of an eye. With all of the
TweetHello Ladies, After reviewing both the Betty and the Liliana, I fell in lingerie love with Tutti Rouge’s fun designs, frilly details, and comfortable materials, and when I checked my mail this morning to see they are giving away an
TweetHello Ladies, As a fan of beautiful lingerie, I was not surprised when I fell in love with Tutti Rouge after testing a free sample of the gorgeous Liliana set, but I was more excited to hear I would receive
TweetHello Ladies and Gents, We’re departing today from our usual Saturday Spotlight, and instead I want to showcase the brands we hope to carry in Sophisticated Pair within the next two years. Eventually, all of them will grace the racks