Best Luxury: Miss Mandalay Amelie
Best Print: Ewa Michalak Lato
Don't even talk to me about this bra. It's as if one of the most talented lingerie designers in the world created a bra for me personally and then I didn't buy it. When I got enough dollars together to finally grab it, the Lato was sold out. The turquoise, the orange, the florals...this print was the sensation of the full bust blogosphere and I'm not sure I've seen anything this year that even approaches this optimistic, happy, and feminine confection.
Best Basic: Gossard Retrolution in Blush
Judging my how many godawful ugly beige bras exist, they must be tremendously difficult to design. Why would any lingerie manufacturer create an undergarment in the same color as most hospital equipment?! When I stumbled upon the Gossard Retrolution in Blush, I was shocked -- flabbergasted!! -- to find that it was as pretty as any fashion colorway. It's a soft, romantic hue that suggests car hops, milkshakes, and an era when foundation garments weren't designed to look like factory machinery.
Best Bargain: Midnight Grace Paige
Midnight Grace, an in-house Figleaves.com brand, is the unsung hero of the full bust lingerie world. Their styles are infrequently reviewed (Exception: Becky at Busts for Justice is a long-time fan!), yet they churn out cute styles at a reasonable price point. When I ordered the Paige, I wasn't expecting much. In my experience, cheaper bras often indicate a cheaper fit so color me impressed with the Paige. This 30G worked as well for me as my favorite, more expensive brands like Miss Mandalay and Freya.
Best Discovery: Gossard
Best Size Extension: Chantelle C.Chic Sexy
Gentleman's Choice: Glossies Body by Gossard (by Mr. Underpinnings)
Reader's Choice: ?????The last category is all yours. I've come up with my top picks for full bust lingerie in the last year, but I'm dying to know what Miss Underpinnings' readers have liked. Did you fall for the Bravissimo Satine which seems to be a recurring customer favorite? Did you go crazy for the Cleo Marie or Ellie? Or better yet, did you discover a designer or company that provides a terrific fit? Let me know in the comments and I'll insert a photo for the winning vote.