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Packing Solutions for Large Boobs

I hit the road this month for meetings, and to attend SheEO’s Purple Carpet event celebrating the final five funded ventures.

Work travel with an event thrown in is a challenge for any woman. When you’re a #fullbust IMG_1403#womeninbiz it can be harrowing. What happens if you lose your luggage (because of course you pack your PERFECT BRA!!) or spill something? Its not like we can just hit the mall and replace it!

Here’s a photo of me in the best (of the worst) white blouse from 15+ tried on the mall. I would feel very self-conscious wearing this to meetings! (& can someone please explain WTF those pockets are for??)

Here’s what I packed to make sure I’m covered for this trip:PackingPicFramed
1. Packable Puffer
2. Black Peplum Top – comfy as a sweatshirt with way more polish.
3. White Silk Utility Shirt – dress it up or down
4. Patterned Sheath Dress – zip up & go!
5. Dark Denim
6. Dark Trousers
7. Pencil Skirt
+ 3 pairs of great shoes
= at least 7 different outfits for casual, corporate and cocktails in a carry-on. Accessories give even more looks.
I wore my long coat on the plane to reduce bulk & keep warm on the usually freezing plane.

I use these awesome GoToob refillable bottles for my liquids. They’re silicone, come in different sizes, are TSA-approved and have never leaked.

What do you pack? Share your work travel essentials with us on Facebook or Twitter.

PS The patterned sheath dress is still on sale but only til Feb 29th. Get yours here!

To your success,
Melanie & Front Room HQ

At Front Room, we’re just starting out. We’re creating the best fitting work wear essentials for the busty boss lady, piece by piece. But we know you need more clothes than your 9 to 5 pieces. To help you shine in every aspect of your life, here is the first in a series of posts about the best dressed options (clothes, swimwear and bras) for full-busted boss ladies!

Big Boob Problem Solved: Sundress Your Best
We hear you sisters.  It is the dog-days of August and way too hot outside!  Some boob-friendly sundresses are required.

We don’t make sundresses (yet) but we’ll share some options from the full-busted clothing brands who do.

Yes, you’ll have to order them online.  You’re already used to doing that for the best selection for large cup bras though so no biggie.

Pepperberry has the best selection by far.  Our only complaint is that they tend to focus only on empire-waisted styles.  As an hourglass Melanie prefers a lower waistline for her best look.  But beggars can’t be choosers.

Here are a few of our faves from Pepperberry, Urkye, biu biu, DD Atelier and Saint Bustier (not affiliate links).  Yes, they’re technically competitors but we in the Sisterhood of the Shoulder Dents need lots of options so we’re happy to highlight them for you. BONUS: most items are on sale.  Enjoy!

Joanna Maxi (I own this from past seasons)

Pepperberry Joanna Maxi (Melanie owns this from past seasons) link

Zoe Stripe in Denim

Pepperberry Zoe Stripe in Denim link

Erica Shell Dress

Pepperberry Erica Shell Dress (Melanie owns this from past season too!) link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washed Stripe Maxi

Pepperberry Washed Stripe Maxi link

biu biu Nezca Lines Maxi

biu biu Nazca Lines Maxi link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

biu biu Martini Blue

biu biu Martini Blue link

Red Polka Dot

Urkye Red Polka Dot link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floral

DD Atelier Floral link

Saint Bustier Rosalind

Saint Bustier Rosalind link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saint Bustier Riviera

Saint Bustier Riviera link

As with all summer online shopping…best enjoyed with a cold, refreshing cocktail in hand.

Cheers to you,
Melanie & Front Room HQ

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Cowgirl Up!

From Festival Gear to the Stampede

More Front Room
morefrontroom.com

Old navy skirt
oldnavy.gap.com

Cowgirl jewelry
forloveandlemons.com

Ladies – Cowgirl
albertaboot.com

White Button Down – Glamour-ous Office Inspiration

GLAMOUR-ous Office Style

Striped Shirt – Beachy Inspiration from Oprah

Beachy Inspiration from Oprah to Office

 


Topshop white jacket
nordstrom.com

NIC+ZOE slim fit pants
nordstrom.com

Fendi studded purse
nordstrom.com

Tildon mirror sunglasses
$34 – nordstrom.com

More Front Room
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The Rant! (or: Will it really fit??)

Occasionally I’ll ask a member of the Club* if she has any troubles finding clothes.
(*you know, the BBC?  The Big Boob Club.)

The response (a.k.a. “the rant”) goes pretty much like this:

Oh. My. God.  You have NO idea how hard it is to find clothes that fit properly! 

If it fits me in the boobs, it is huge everywhere else.  It if fits my shoulders, the girls are busting out.  I spend a small fortune in alterations buying clothes too big and having them taken in!  Don’t even get me started on the bras and my shoulder dents.

I get the same response over and over again.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I remember you saying the same thing to me.

When I told you that Front Room is making tops to fit your bust and your shoulders, your response was great!    I think it was something along the lines of “I want it now!  Please?

But I bet there’s a part of you that’s thinking this is too good to be true.

Tops that will fit your big boobs and not be huge on your shoulders and waist?

Dresses with underbust seams that actually fall under your ample bosom, instead of cutting the girls in half for a lovely quad-boob effect?

V-necks that go low enough so it doesn’t make your boobs look droopy, and high enough to be office appropriate?

Yes, Virginia.  There is a Santa Claus.

Yeah, but I’m more blessed than most you say?  Good.  We’ve designed our clothes to fit up to a 10 inch difference between your full bust and your underbust.  That’s about a JJ in UK bra sizing (or DDDD in the strange US sizing).

Hold on.  My friend isn’t that big, will she still be able to wear Front Room clothes?
Absolutely.  Our knits should drape well on the DDs/Fs of the world quite well.  The silk tops might need to be taken in slightly at the bust, it all depends on her body shape and boob distribution.

Our size chart references your full bust and underbust.  We leave out the waist since pretty much any body shape can have big boobs.  We’ll provide fit commentary on each item so you know whether that particular style will work for your shape.

size chart

Will I still need to go to the tailor?
Probably not.  Consider though: the reason the gents (and Hollywood stars) always look so good is that their clothes are tailored to their precise measurements.

We’re firm believers in the power of a good tailor to make clothes look their best on your body. (You’d be surprised at the difference a quarter inch makes in strategic places to take a garment from good to great!)

We’ve designed our seams and strategically placed our zippers to be able to accommodate tailoring, should you choose a nip and tuck for a truly made-for-you look.  Again, entirely your choice.

We’re beyond excited to get the first collection to you in this spring!  Stay tuned for more details.

To your success,
Melanie & Front Room HQ
More than clothes, confidence.™

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Sneak Peek

I’m super excited because I got all my samples back from the factory late last week! After a girls weekend in Vegas and a day trip to visit the factory yesterday, I have some pictures to share.

This is just a sneak peek though. If you want the full scoop, you’re going to have to sign up for my newsletter here because my loyal subscribers have an all-access pass for the details first! I’ll be dishing all the goods on Monday so get yourself signed up ASAP.

I talked about the silk utility shirt before and TA-DA! Here is what it looks like.

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It is done with the shiny side in so not only does it look super-flattering on but it feels ah-mazing against the skin. There is an inner tab that keeps your cuffs rolled when you want a more casual look.

The next piece is a dress in a Ponti di Roma* knit from a European print. (*Ponti de what?? It’s that heavier weight stretchy fabric used for dresses, skirts and even trousers. It doesn’t sag or bag and holds you in nicely. Yessss.) We’ve also lined this sheath dress in a Spandex with compression qualities so you get the benefit of lighter shapewear, sans shapewear.

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It goes without saying that both of these styles come with more front room so yes, it will fit the girls.  For real.  The buttons will button, no gaping and no pulling.  We pinky-swear.

OK all, I want to see all of you over at the subscriber link so we can be in touch on Monday.  Don’t be the last to know…

Have a great weekend!

Best,
Melanie
CEO & Founder, Front Room
More than clothes, confidence. TM

Back to the Future

The overarching theme for FW 15/16 is fresh takes on old standbys:  houndstooth and florals get digitally combined and printed on unexpected materials like fleece.  Mixing textures, prints and metals to create modern mashups, particularly on denim and sweatshirts.

Increasingly in fashion, anything goes!  The rule is there are no rules.  There are trends, of course but they are far less rigid than days gone by.

THE KEY PIECES & SHAPES YOU’LL SEE

  • Denim.  Denim is a key for virtually every colour incarnation.  It is black, blue, grey, coated, flocked, metallic and trimmed with whip-stitching or fringe.  Even faded high-waisted mom jeans have a place in FW 15/16.  (Yeah, I know.)
  • The sweatshirt.  It lives the high life again for FW 15/16.  With leather, denim, with zippers, in fleece, in brocade.  (Not particularly boob flattering but I don’t care!  Either accessorize or pair with slim skirts or skinny jeans to avoid looking like the Michelin Man.)
  • Jogging pants are still big next year. (In more prints, leather and metallics.  Generally NOT paired with the sweatshirt, unless you’re rocking a leather sweatshirt with sequin jogging pants and high heels.  Just sayin’.)
  • Sporty details and materials: side stripes on trousers, fleece, sweatshirts. (Did I mention sweatshirts are big next year?)
  • Rounded shoulders on coats and jackets, especially on robe coats.
  • Peplum details on tops and jackets. (A definite DO, a very boob-friendly shape.)
  • The baseball, bomber-style jacket is big again, in more mashed-up combinations or texture, colour and sheen from blingy metallics to denim to quilting.
  • Sneakers, loafers and super-chunky heeled sandals.

FOUR MAIN PALETTES*
*The colour forecasts I’m sharing were presented by PromoStyl at the LA International Textile Show.  Unless otherwise noted, all images via PromoStyl.

Each main colour direction each had echoes of decades gone by.  There was a deep contrast between warm, earthy, cozy colours and shapes on one hand and a cold, industrial, utilitarian palette on the other.  This goes for metallics as well.

Blue features strongly in all of them, only indirectly in denim for Details.  You’ll be just fine if you’re an all black, all the time girl too.  Ditto for shades of grey (couldn’t resist!).

As mentioned last week’s colour forecast, blush is big for FW 15/16.  While it isn’t overly represented in the images below, I certainly saw it in lots of the fabric options from the suppliers.  Certainly not all of the trends below get equal play from the suppliers.

BLOCK
Ccool blue, grey and black combine for a raw, utilitarian vibe (as seen in retro coveralls, overalls – also onesies (!) done in denim or coated fleece, and denim or denim-look casual suiting).

Retro-50’s gray greens combine with black and grey for an industrial feel used in graphic prints and colour blocking.

Block1

Blue, yellow, green and cork came together with a decidedly early 80’s sporty feel.

Block2

Fabrics are functional with an emphasis on sporty, technical fabrics and denim, lots of denim.   Textures are high contrast:  less finished or raw edging on denim or sweatshirts paired with sleek (but never shiny) materials like leather, coated denim or functional/athletic fabrics.   Trims are utilitarian or functional looking: lots of zippers, cording in low-sheen black, graphite and silver. Prints are graphic: windowpane checks, grids and even retro typographic with bold lines.   Coated denim in black, deep blue and metallics will carry on well into FW 15/16.

TENDERNESS
There were soft, poetic and very feminine with rounded shapes (rounded shoulders in coats and jackets) and the feel of ballet.  Soft and cozy blush pink mixed with cocoa browns with baby blue or pale yellow to contrast.

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We also see a deeper hued blush mixed with softened earth tones: moss green, reddish clay, bark brown.

Tenderness2

Fabrics reflected the cozy feel with shearling, chunky knits, fleece, and brushed textures.  Prints are also feminine, with lots of floral, garden, and botanical motifs, swirly script, and cutesy animals. Mixes well with slouchy grey flannel trousers.  Often grounded with a chunky heeled sandal with slouchy socks (if you’re so inclined).

DETAILS

Rich brown grounds shades of camel, gold, black and bronze – harking back to the late 1980s/early 1990’s with a prestige feel.   Leopard print goes strongt into FW 15/16, as do other updated preppy prints with animals.  Menswear checks, plaids, herringbones, and tweed make a comeback for women, as do faded florals.  They might be on a modern narrow trouser, digitally mashed up and printed on a sweatshirt or as a flocked denim print.

Sporty, technical/functional fabrics and shapes mix up the menswear trend.  Lots of metallic tones and accents, especially in gold, add to the luxury of these looks.

Details1Details2

Works of Art
One subset presentation is worth noting separately as it interprets “details” quite differently.  As this colour palette is reminiscent of those used by Dutch masters (Vermeer, van Gogh) and lends itself to prints displaying unique craftsmanship and hand-detailing as wearable art.  It may be a traditional painterly-type scene remixed digitally on fleece or denim.  Another use I saw (and loved) was the abstract, hand-painted look of Japanese papers printed on a variety of fabrics.   The artistic take also heavily favours metallics.

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(left: Japanese paper source here.  I have it myself!)

ANIMISM
There is lots and lots of denim (including the mom jeans) as a preppy, sporty base:  stop there, or carry on to add fun elements of expression with a decidedly youthful, hippy-tech, techno-tribal feel.

The colour base of this entire trend is chambray and denim blues.  Then mix in baby bubblegum pink, cool red and port wine for a feel-good cool-toned palette.

The prints reminiscent of Navajo and other American Indian designs appear even more FW 15/16.  There were lots of trims in fur, feathers, leather, leather fringe, embroidered designs applied to denim jackets and jeans (90’s style side seam trims anyone?).

Watercolour prints were also a key theme of this colour palette.

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We agree with the sentiment that fashion is what is on the racks at the store.  Style is how you put it together.    Take all of these with a grain of salt (after all they are also forecasting the onesie for men, in fleece and in a Top Gun-like denim flight suit) then take them and make them your own.

Let us know your favorites from this season and what you’re excited about for next season in the comments section below.

To your success,
Melanie
CEO & Founder, Front Room
More than clothes, confidence.™

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Coming or going?

I just came back from a fabric tradeshow showcasing the colours, shapes and prints for the Fall 2015/Winter 2016 (abbreviated as FW) season so I thought I’d give you a quick overview.

We at Front Room are moderately influenced by trends rather than being strict disciples.  We prefer modern classics that will last a few seasons and WEARABLE colours.
Still, it is good to know when a colour that looks fabulous on you is will be deemed passé by the fashion powers-that-be so you can load up now.  You’re welcome.

With the exception of the blues, the clear jewel tones we see this year give way to warm, earthy colours on one hand and cool, even veering into cold colours on the other.  This goes for metallics as well.

The blush (soft warm pink) and oxblood to wine to plum tones we see this year are MUCH bigger next year.  Purchase with confidence to last a few seasons.

Baby bubble gum pink also has some staying power.  Next year it is opaque with a happy, sporty feel rather than some of the cartoonish incarnations of this year.  The other candy brights from FW/15 disappear entirely.

There weren’t nearly as many reds we’d expect for Fall/Winter.  It appears most often in the wine shades above and sometimes in a slightly cool, muted red.

We know navy and marine blues are staples and next year the fashion world agrees.  Shades of blue are big for FW 15/16, including the current baby blue trend colour.  That said, they seemed to stick to the true or gray side – virtually no teal or green-blues.

Brown, brown, brown.  I saw every shade of rich brown, from dark chocolate to cocoa to camel to café au lait to cork.    Ditto for the warm metallics:  deep bronze to gold and brass to champagne.

Shades of cognac but that’s the closest we come to orange or copper, notably absent from FW15/16.

Deep forest green makes an appearance to play well with the brown tones and gold.

FW clothing always brings black, grey and white, next year will be no exception.  The cool metallics were quite industrial, from black to gunmetal to molten white but without as much shine on the either end of the silver spectrum.

The new addition to the stark black, grey and white are retro gray greens (think utilitarian washed out seafoam and mint).

Next week, I’ll fill you in on how FW 15/16 colours come together in four main palette themes.  I’ll also pull the some colour samples so you don’t have to imagine what I’m talking about if colour isn’t your thing.

Let me know your favorites from this season and what you’re excited about for next season in the comments below!

To your success,
Melanie
CEO & Founder, Front Room
More than clothes, confidence.™
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