Unlike many other bloggers and industry attendees, I don't go into Curve thinking I'm going to discover something new. This feeling isn't pessimism, it's realism; I know there are a set number of big and mid-sized full bust lingerie companies I'm there to see and I've made appointments with their representatives. But this Curve was special and has me reconsidering my stance on anticipation...
You might've seen the company's lookbook on my Facebook page or read the post by Sweet Nothings (both of which I highly recommend!), but if you haven't, let me fill you in: Sunday Intimates is a new full bust lingerie company based in Los Angeles, their products will be released in the fall (two shipments in early October and early November), and they'll produce sizes 28 DD-H and 30-34 DD-H. They use the British sizing system and their debut Spring/Summer 2014 collection consists of six bra sets and two loungewear lines (which match two of their bra lines). The creative directors of the company, Simonette Lowy and Tannis Mann, are longtime friends and two exceedingly stylish ladies.
I'm very, very excited about Sunday Intimates and during Curve, I got the ridiculously lucky chance to try on the complete collection. And when I say "ridiculously lucky", I mean I freaked out, became an utter "fan girl", and begged to be their model.
|The Monday in "Sunday Blush" *The color is much pinker than this photo suggests!|
|The Monday in "Navy"|
When I tried this on, the Sunday Intimates owners asked me if I thought the Monday was comfortable. All their bras are, but this one felt comfortable in a different way. It felt like a fuller cup than their others so the fit was on the anchoring and containing side of comfort. I also think the color's gorgeous (it's pinker than the photograph suggests, exactly like the Dottie's blush), the separation and lift are stellar, and I love the rounded shape it gave me.
|The Monday in "White" and "Sunday Blush"|
Jeepers! I'm obsessed with this bra, I almost wanted to grab it and run. The fit was surprisingly close, I'm wearing the 32F in all these photographs and this one almost worked! When I inquired about this detail, Simonette and Tannis said the sample had just arrived and came back firmer than they anticipated. I quickly told them I loved it, but they're fully committed to sizing consistency. The material is super soft, light to wear, and managed a visual trick -- it consists of two sheer layers and yet, when I tried it on, there was no nipple action. When this comes out, I'll be stocking up.
|The Tuesday in "Black"|
Sunday Intimates has a sweet, whimsical, and retro side which emerges confidently in the Dottie line, inspired by 40s pin ups. This design has a kimono, oversized pj top, shorts, bra and brief and it'll arrive in two continuity colors, navy and their gorgeous blush.
Although I love them to death, I'd say polka dots have become overused in the full bust market. The Dottie is different, it's not another extravagant detail to finalize a style, these polka dots are the design. They're not overstated or cutesy, just feminine and charming. Elegant simplicity and quiet nod to times gone past will always get my heart racing.
|Dottie PJ Top & Short in "Sunday Blush"|
|The Dottie Bra in "Sunday Blush"|
|The Dottie Bra in "Navy"|
|The Dottie Bra & Brief|
Veering away from the sweeter or gentler side of the brand, the Marie is an evening floral printed collection which has stolen my heart away and was responsible for all this spontaneous undressing. But keeping in line with the Dottie, the Marie has the same loungewear component, as well as a bra, thong, and high waisted brief. This will be available in two seductive colorways -- a smokey green and a mysterious, brooding peach.
|The Marie Bra & High-Waisted Brief in "Green"|
Simonette and Tannis told us they designed this old fashioned brief for a modern customer, it hits right below the belly button and doesn't touch the natural waist. I like that it's low in the leg as well, it felt wonderfully comfortable on, and as you can see, it made me a very, very happy gal.
|The Marie PJ Top and Short in "Peach"|
|The Tuesday Bra, Marie Kimono & High-Waisted Brief in "Peach"|
Bondage inspiration is one aspect of popular lingerie that I do not understand at all. I think it looks modern and cool on other people -- Lindsay of That Je Nais Quoi is the ultimate example of a stylish lady pulling it off with grace and casual ease -- but it doesn't resonate with me. On the other hand, it's also a part of the "core size" market that full busted women haven't had access to so I was happy to see the Lolita. It's made from a stretch satin material which is meant to mimic leather and it's debuting in four colors: the sunday nude, black, navy, and the one I'm most curious about, grape wine.
|The Lolita in "Black"|
|The Lolita High-Waisted Brief|
|The Sara Longline Bra & High-Waisted Brief in "Gold"|
|The Sara Kimono in "Gold" & the Lolita Brief in "Black"|
It's written plainly all over my face -- I LOVE this new brand! I'm counting down the days until they're available.
Now, what do you make of Sunday Intimates?