The Best Lingerie to Buy at Nordstrom

the best lingerie to buy at NordstromSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

One of the biggest things everyone buys at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is lingerie — so while we’ve got a few weeks before the 2018 sale begins (July 12 for Early Access!), I thought we’d take a look at some of the top selling bras at Nordstrom because it’s always interesting to see which products have thousands and thousands of great reviews. It’s worth noting that not every bra is going to fit everyone — in fact, my own favorite bras (Fantasie padded, Fantasie unlined, Natori, and the poorly named, Amazon-only Unbelievabra) aren’t on this list at all — and the list is FULL of things from Wacoal, a brand that I’ve never liked. (And they now own Fantasie, alas.) It’s also worth noting that a lot of these products are sold at multiple retailers — Amazon has them all (and, as Kate wrote in her review of Amazon Prime Wardrobe, trying on bras can be a great way to use their try-before-you-buy feature). Macy’s sells Wacoal, Natori, as well as brands like Bali as well; I’m sure the other department stores all do as well. (I wore this bra for yeaaaarrrrssss back when I thought I was a 36DD.) We should probably revisit our discussion of everyone’s favorite places for online shopping — I’d love to hear if you guys where you guys are getting great deals on bras or love the selection. As I’ve noted in the past, too, if you can find trusted eBay sellers who live near factory outlets or stores with sales, that’s a great way to get deals on bras.)

Please note that this post DOES contain images of women in bras — so if you’re wary of people at the office looking over your shoulder, don’t click the “Read more” link below until you’re in a more private situation. 

A few other things not pictured but recommended: this is the highest rated sports bra — and this was our last discussion on the best underwire nursing bras over at CorporetteMoms. We’ve also talked in the past about how to buy a bra, readers’ favorite lingerie for office looks, and proper bra care.

On to the best lingerie to buy at Nordstrom…

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How to Buy a Bra

2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to buy a bra, but you may also want to check out most recent roundup of the best lingerie to buy at Nordstrom.

Sizing for women’s clothing can be incredibly frustrating in general (meaningless numbers! vanity sizing! different sizing among brands!), but figuring out how to buy a bra that fits can be even worse. It’s pretty easy to tell if, say, a shirt fits you, but so many of us are wearing the wrong size of bra every day (which we’ve been told ad nauseum). Maybe you’ve lost or gained weight without buying a new one, maybe you feel like your bra fits well enough because you don’t realize you’ve never worn the appropriate size, or maybe you’ve simply given up on buying a size that feels just right.

We haven’t specifically talked about how to buy a bra before, although we recently had an open thread about readers’ favorite lingerie for office looks, we’ve discussed bra care (including washing, rotating, etc.), and a couple of years ago we specifically gave workwear style tips for busty women.

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Here are some tips on how to buy a bra that fits well, feels comfortable, and makes you look even better in your clothes:

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Coffee Break: Hosiery Mate

Did you know you can use Hosiery Mate on your pantyhose and your bras? I was updating an old post on how to wear stockings to work (fun story: we occasionally get flagged by Google as a NSFW site because of posts like that, in part because posts like that attract some… interesting… commenters, and in part, as best I can guess, because we’re featuring images of pantyhose packages.) ANYHOO: I was intrigued to note that a number of readers had recommended this particular brand of soap for washing your pantyhose and, lo and behold, it was still available and well-reviewed almost ten years later. Awesome. The brand promises to be a “rinse-free wash with no soapy residue,” strengthens fibers to extend the wear life of pantyhose, and to soften and eliminate static cling. Oh, and you can use it in your machine or if you do your wash by hand. From the Q&A section on Amazon, one answerer notes that she uses it regularly on vintage stockings “over 50 years old,” and another notes that Hosiery Mate is great for bras as well because you don’t need to rinse. A 16-oz bottle is $14.99 at Amazon. Hosiery Mate

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Open Thread: What’s YOUR Favorite Lingerie for Office Looks?

2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on lingerie for office looks, but you may also want to check out our most recent roundup of the best lingerie to buy at Nordstrom.

Here’s something we haven’t talked about in far too long: what’s your favorite lingerie for office looks? Which are your favorite bras, panties, slips, and other unmentionables to wear with work outfits? What’s your go-to lingerie for work? How much does your office lingerie differ from your weekend lingerie? (And, does anyone organize them as neatly as this lingerie drawer organizer, pictured, available at Amazon for $13?)

For my $.02, these are general guidelines for the best lingerie for office looks:

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10 Workwear Style Tips for Busty Women

busty women style tips for work2018 Update:  We still stand by these busty women style tips, but if you’re a busty professional, you may want to check out some of our other content, including our most recent roundup of the best lingerie to buy at Nordstrom.

One of our top posts of all time is one a friend suggested I write, back in the early days of the blog: how to dress professionally if you’re busty. We haven’t offered busty women style tips in a while, so I thought we’d discuss. But let me be clear at the outset: there’s nothing inherently unprofessional about being busty — women come in all shapes and sizes.  I’m not about to suggest you go buy a minimizer and try to pretend that you’re a 34B.  But: dressing well while busty can be a challenge because so many clothes are made with other body shapes in mind — and for work it can be particularly trying since so many conservative styles are rooted in menswear. Furthermore, if you wear something that obviously does not fit or has fit issues (gaping, pulling) it reflects a judgement call. So — here are some new tips and guidelines on how to dress for work if you’re busty, from someone who’s been everything from a 30F to a 38G over the years…

(Pictured: If you’re petite and busty this is yet another reason to watch Crazy Ex Girlfriend — her work outfits are mostly hits for me. The video this screenshot is from is hilarious (“Heavy Boobs”), but it is probably NSFW.)

Finding the Right Bra is Half the Battle

If you're a busty woman looking for style tips for work and beyond, check out this post -- it's an update of one of our oldest, most popular posts, Ten Things about Dressing Professionally If You're Busty. While there's nothing inherently unprofessional about having large breasts, Kat's own DD+ boobs have taught her that there's definitely some finesse needed in dressing professionally if your have large breasts or are busty. So these are her top ten tips - please check the full post for more details and busty style tips.

 

  1. Invest in a great bra that fits you. The right bra will lift you up and support you. It will not give you quadboob. It may have an odd size that you’ve never even heard of before (28FF, for example).  The right bra will not make you worry about falling out of it when you bend over. It will not cut into your shoulders (that’s a sign your band size is too big) or fall off your shoulders. (Note that your straps can be shortened at the tailor — and that you can check out lingerie brands just for petites, like The Little Bra Company, Lula Lu, or even the Bare Necessities special section for petites). A good bra will take work to find and may cost you some money, but it will be worth it in spades. I highly recommend going to a bra shop and getting fitted — think Nordstrom, not Victoria’s Secret (link goes to to one woman’s fitting experience at VS with lots of pictures; probably NSFW). In NYC I’ve used Bratenders over the years and La Petite Coquette — I’ve also heard great things about Linda’s Bra Shop — and in London I’ve been fitted at Rigby & Peller. Ladies who have a favorite shop in your city, please shout it out in the comments. Once you know your size you can watch for sales; I tend to get new bras at Nordstrom’s sales, Bare Necessities sales, or even sometimes Amazon.

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Weekend Open Thread

mesh leggings weekendSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

I’ll admit, I clutched my pearls a bit when I first started seeing leggings with mesh insets. Mesh? On my upper thigh? Oh no no no. But I honestly really like them now. They seem far, far more acceptable than short shorts, and as someone who isn’t super fit I feel comfortable wearing them while I work on, you know, getting more fit. This pair comes in sizes XS-XL, and is $64; if mesh isn’t your thing this popular legging comes in a zillion other colors in regular and plus sizes. Pictured: Zella ‘Live In – Spectrum’ Leggings

Are you guys looking forward to any outdoor workouts this weekend?  

Psst: here’s a more affordable option for fun mesh-inset leggings (they also come in petite and tall sizes). Another shoutout: if you happen to be large of bust and on the hunt for a good workout bra, give this Freya one a try — it’s so much more flattering/pretty than my old favorite, the Enell, but is functionally great as a sports bra. The trick (suggested by a fitter during my last trip to Bratenders) is to size way down in the band, and accordingly go up in the cup — I normally wear a 36 band but went down to a 32 in the sports bra.