When you are a big girl, with big “girls” you don’t get many options for finding pretty underwear and bras.  I do most of my shopping at one or two mall stores, and never really find anything that I love.  But now, I have a new option!

Have you heard of Wacoal?  I had never heard of them until they contacted me about a promotion.  And generally, when a pretty intimate apparel company emails me, I have to turn them down.  They just don’t carry my size.  But I clicked over to their website and was really surprised to find that they did offer a selection of plus size bras and underwear.  YAY!  And these weren’t the ugly, bottom of the barrel styles either..they were pretty.  Double YAY!

Wacoal started business in Japan, but in 2009 expanded into the American market with Wacoal America.

Designing exceptional lingerie that really fits, providing exemplary service, and developing lasting customer confidence became our ideals and the blueprint for our success. By expanding into the United States, Wacoal had the vast global resources it needed to bring the most innovative and technically advanced products to the American woman. Making women look and feel their best has always been a part of Wacoal’s mantra, and the public has recognized and appreciated this part of the company’s mission from the beginning.

I have never had a professional bra fitting.  Maybe that’s why I never find anything that I love?  Because they don’t fit.  But that’s neither here nor there… I went into Wacoal’s online Fit Guide and was able to figure out what my size is supposed to be. It was really comical and I’m glad I was alone trying to fit myself in Bob’s office.  I didn’t have a proper measuring tape, so I used a piece of ribbon and a Home Depot metal measuring tape (very scientific).  After all was done and plugged into the Guide, I was shocked to learn I needed a G cup!  Holy moly,  Where did my DD’s go?

After the Fit Guide tells you your size, you can click on the “shop now” button and it will filter the store selections and show only those in your size.  It was really easy to find the one I liked, The Red Awareness Underwire Bra.

SO pretty!

I’m sorry, I really considered taking a picture of myself wearing this bra, but then I decided I would not want to scare any readers away!

Featuring superior comfort, the Awareness Underwire Bra is the #1 best-selling bra in our entire line! The Awareness Collection of bras features a ribbon flag to serve as a reminder to do your monthly self breast exam.

I think my favorite detail of this pretty bra is the little pink ribbon tag.  You all know how much I am into the pink ribbon causes and this is just a nice little touch.  This bra, without a doubt, is my most favorite bra I’ve ever owned.  Even though I ordered it a size too small (complete operator error) and it is a little snug, it is the most comfortable bra I have.  My straps don’t slide off, the underwire does not ride up over my boobs and it keeps everything contained so there is no accidental boobage at an inopportune time.  Not to mention, my husband thinks it “feels nice.”

As mentioned, I ended up with a size too small.  The fit guide told me to order a 42G.  I haven’t been a 42 in a long time, but went ahead and went with the recommendation.  I should have just taken the extra time to actually call in to a fit guide consultant and get help over the phone.  My ribbon and construction measuring tape method just wasn’t accurate.  But because I think I know it all, and don’t need any help, I did it wrong.  Wacoal offers professional fitting help, right over the phone.  Use it.

Wacoal offers so many items: bras, underwear, cami’s and shapewear all in a variety of sizes (even plus).  I’ve washed and worn my bra many many times, and even with it being a little small, I’ve not had any construction problems.  I will buy from them again and definitely recommend them to my friends.

Wacoal America is letting me chose FIVE WINNERS to win their choice of any bra or shapewear on their website!  Isn’t that cool!?  FIVE WINNERS!  YAY

First Mandatory Entry

Of course you need to visit Wacoal and shop around.  Please leave me a comment telling me which of their beautiful items you would love to have in your closet.

Extra Entries:  This Giveaway Only

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This giveaway is open to residents of the USA only.  Contest will close at 10pm PST Monday February 7, 2011.  Five winners will be chosen by my “And The Winner Is” plug in and they will be notified by email and posted on this post.  Winners will have 72 hours to claim their prize.

FTC Disclosure:  I received a bra for the purpose of review.  My opinions are always my own.

CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS!

Apparently, “And The Winner Is” plug in doesn’t like it when it has to choose more than one winner.  So I went to the trusted Random.org to choose the five winning comments.  Just as a FYI, I DO check that you completed the 1st required entry. My first chosen winner had not completed the entry and therefore misses out on some fabulous lingerie.  Without further delay, here are the winners:

#100 Gina @ The Crave to Save (who was a tweeting fool!)

#7  Shilo Beedy

#86 G. Bailey

#23  Kristen H

#253  Jill Myrick

You should all be expecting an email from me shortly.  Thank you for visiting and entering my contests.