{History} Bras throughout the ages

If you think your breasts have changed a lot in your own lifetime — you’ll be astounded how breasts and lingerie have changed over the past century. Evolving beauty standards, technology and even historical events have contributed to the bras we wear and breast shape and sizes that we desire. Fill your cups with knowledge when you click through this visual herstory of bras though the ages.

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{Giveaway} Instant Breast Lifts by Bring It Up

20 FOFs will get to test Instant Breast Lifts by Bring It Up. To enter, answer in the comments below: Has your cup size changed over the years?

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

Newton said “what goes up, must come down,” and unfortunately, our FOF breasts are certainly no exception.

However, Denise Cooper, the genius behind Bring It Up Instant Breast Lifts won’t give in to gravity. A Los Angeles-based luxury salon owner, Denise listened to her female clients complain about their own sagging breasts for over twenty years — and was downright tired of it.

In 2001 she invented her Instant Breast Lifts, crescent-moon shaped, transparent, waterproof and hypoallergenic adhesives that work by lifting the breasts from the top.

“[The] product is a true beauty breakthrough,” says Denise. “Our ‘lift from the top’ method provides full support, without a bra.”

Since Denise introduced the product, they’ve been featured everywhere from Glamour and The Rachael Ray Show to that “best things” bible, O magazine. In 2009 Denise was awarded a U.S. patent for Bring It Up’s “method of lifting and supporting human breast tissue.”

The company claims the lifters can raise breasts up to six inches. Could it be true? Twenty FOFs will get to put this product to the test, then report back.

Enter to test Instant Breast Lifts by Bring It Up. 20 FOFs will win. To enter, answer in the comments below: Has your cup size changed over the years?

Can’t wait to find out if you’ve won? Need this product ASAP!? Bring it Up is offering a special discount to FOFs on Instant Breast Lifts and their other beauty fixers, this month only. Enter code FAB50 at checkout to receive $10 off your purchase of $25 or more.

(See all our past winners. See official rules. One winner is chosen at random from all those commenters who answer the question. Contest closes October 18, 2011.)

{Style Expert} Shape Up! Shapewear that puts muffin tops and rolls where they belong–on the breakfast table.

Body confidence expert Lisa Cole travels the country helping women find the undergarments that shape, smooth and tighten all their trouble spots. Having used her services firsthand, we know this woman has a gift. Here, she shares her 5 favorite shapewear solutions for FOFs.

Trouble Spot: Back Rolls (or “back bacon” as Lisa calls them) and a saggy bustline.

Lisa’s Solution: A Shapewear Camisole provides an instant lift for the bust plus shape and support for trouble spots on the back.

Best Bet: TC Fine Intimates Firm-Control Full Figure Shapewear Camisole


Trouble Spot: “Burrito Rolls” (the stomach bulge that appears in high-waisted pants and skirts)

Lisa’s Solution: “A shapewear brief eliminates lower belly challenges you may face while wearing skirts, dresses and other clingy garments.. Ideal for someone who wants to have control but not be smashed down.”

Best Bet: TC Fine Intimates Cuff Top Brief


Trouble Spot: A thick waist.

Lisa’s Solution: “The Torsette. Va Voom! Is that you when you were 22? This amazing shaper narrows your waist and smoothes back rolls. Make sure you’re wearing the right size bra (very important). Perfect for evening and black tie dressing.

Best Bet: TC Fine Intimates Firm-Control Torsette

Trouble Spot: Flabby thighs

Lisa’s Solution: “The pantliner is light as a feather and helps fight those cumbersome jiggles and saddle bags that can appear in skinny pants.”

Best Bet: TC Fine Intimates Pant Liner


Trouble Spot: A shapeless rear

Lisa’s Solution: “We’ve all had issues with sagging, shapeless behinds. Hi-waist shapewear with bike pants help you keep it all together. It has reinforcement in the rear for shaping and lift.”

Best Bet: TC Fine Intimates Hi-Waist Bike Pant

Images via lingerie fit expert and TC