My boobs changed last year – a combination of wearing  a correctly fitting bra and a change in hormones led to just a little bit of growth.  Unfortunately, the growth means that nearly my entire lingerie wardrobe no longer fits me!  I moped for a while, wore badly fitting bras that gave me a double boob for a week or two, and then decide to make a G&T with those lemons!

You guessed it – a new lingerie wardrobe is underway.   Now, as much as I’d love to be frivolous with this, unfortunately, practicality must win (I wrote that as much wine on first attempts – can you tell what I’m doing right now?).   So I wrote up a shortlist of what I consider to be my underwear essentials – the styles that you can’t live with out (in the practical sense not the spoilt sense).

Top of my list is a great plunge bra.  I love buttoned-down shirts, v-neck tops, and plunging bodies so a bra that cuts low and supports is a must.

Curvy Kate Atomic Bra review with Bra Stop

When it comes to a plunge bra, I like a more natural shape without padding or moulding.  As a girl with a big chest, I can look very busty and a cleavage enhancing plunge bra with padding-a-plenty can make the gal’s a little to in-my-face (literally, I could rest my chin on them).  Instead, I like a plunging soft cup like this Curvy Kate Atomic Melon bra from BraStop.com.

I’m wearing the 36GG and, true to Curvy Kate style, it fits like a dream.  The central gore sits flat against my skin and the band sits comfortable across my back.  As usual, the left boob (the smaller) sits a tiny bit shallow but the right boob fills the mesh cups nicely with no overspill.

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I have quite bottom heavy boobs so I really like the central seam construction of the bra that leaves my boobs higher and rounder thus giving the impression of them being far more even than they are.

The pants are a size 20 and come up a tiny bit big but I really do like my pants as big as possible!

I really like the sheer mesh of the pants and bra, sheer to me is a little bit exciting and daring – but why, oh why, do brands have to put unsightly labels to peek through the sheer material?  These will be cut off!

Curvy Kate Atomic Bra review with Bra Stop

The bright tangerine (or melon) colour works really well and actually camouflages beneath a white or pale coloured blouse.   I’m probably a little pale to be carrying the colour off right now but spring is almost here and summer will follow and I’m optimistic that I will tan this year (last year was a white wash).

The embroidered floral details and decorative bows are a completely adorable hot pink that really contrasts and pops against the orange.

Curvy Kate Atomic Bra review with Bra Stop

The bra is really very supportive and keeps my boobs in shape all day long without any uncomfortable chaffing or wires sticking into my under arms.  In fact, after 3 wears, I can safely say it’s one of the most comfortable bra’s I own.

Priced at £30 for the bra and £16 for the shorty briefs, I do think this is a good option for a a lingerie essential.

BraStop have some great options so feast you’re eyes on the below:

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Slideshow bra details: Flirtelle Elsa Non Padded BraFreya Ignite Plunge BraFantasie Alicia Plunge Bra

And don’t forget to check back next week for the next instalment of my lingerie essentials!

Outfit details:

Bra – Curvy Kate Atomic Plunge Bra Melon*

Pants – Curvy Kate Atomic Short Melon*

Shoes – past season New Look (similar here)

*This post was kindly sponsored by BraStop.com who supplied the bra and pants reviewed

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