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Going, Going, Gone! is our look at best-selling items at boutiques and stores around the Philly area. Notice something flying off the racks at your favorite shopping spot? Hit the tipline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- "As the bikini tops increase in size, the bands of the top get slightly thicker for added support," says Hope Chest shopgirl Keili Leahy. "The tops tie around the neck using a double string for security, keeping the girls properly lifted. It really is a b
- Ibiza Halter Bikini Top, $156
- Ibiza Tieside Brief, $48
- Los Angeles Halter Bikini Top, $90; Los Angeles Deep Bikini Brief, $58
- "I have the black top, and I love it!" says Leahy. "It does run just a tad on the smaller side, though."
Rittenhouse Row's Hope Chest has the swimwear solution for your SWFB (Shopping While Full Busted) woes: bikinis from Miss Mandalay, a swimwear and lingerie label catering exclusively to women sportin' a little extra up top. "We know it's hard for full-busted women to find supportive, underwired swimwear, so we carry bikini tops in cups D through G and bikini bottoms in small through large," says Hope Chest's Keili Leahy.
Miss Mandalay's no nonsense bra-style sizing makes the fitting process a little easier, which is one of the reasons why Hope Chest's two bikini styles from the UK-based brand have been flying out the door. Hurry in: Hope Chest is the only shop in Philly to carry Miss Mandalay.
Leahy on how to find a bra/bikini top that fits:
1) Go to a fit specialist! Every brand runs a little bit differently. For example, you may be a 32E in one brand and 34D in another! You are not going to be one generic size across the board.
2) The most important thing is getting into the tightest band possible without compromising on comfort. Your bra/swimsuit should fit snug against you and not move at all. All the support in a bra comes from that correct band. The band should then be about midway down the back.
3) As far as cups go, you want to make sure you're not spilling out your top. The bridge of the bra should fit flatly against the chest, and the wire should not be hitting or irritating the breast tissue on the side.
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