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Time to get dressed up for summer!  Shop all the hot dress trends and the right bras and panties to
wear with them, as seen on Elle's live Facebook chat with bra fit expert Jenny Altman of I love a good.

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Fit and Flare Dress, Basic Benefits T-shirt Bra, Basic Benefits Hipster

One Shoulder Dress, Halo Lace Strapless, Body Base Shorty

Gingham Dress, Red Carpet Strapless, Body Base Brief

Coral Dress, Subtle Sensuality Bra, Skinsense Hi Cut Brief

 Scarf Print Dress, Ultimate Side Smoother Wire Free Bra, Body Base Shorty

Off The Shoulder Jump Suit, b. enticing Strapless, b.sleek Bikini

 

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Seamed bras 101

By: Zanna Roberts Rassi

I have a confession to make: ever since my first bra fitting with Wacoal I have been fascinated with all things bra.  It is true what they say- the right bra can make you look and feel more confident in your own skin!  One of the major misconceptions I had was that smooth seamless bras are more supportive than their lacy counterparts but after talking with Dawn Kenney, Wacoal's National Fit Consultant Manager, I have a true appreciation for seamed bras in my wardrobe and want to share the knowledge she passed on to me.

WHAT ARE SEAMED BRAS?
Any bra cup that has 2 or more pieces sewn together is considered a seamed bra.  In fact, all lace bras must have seaming in their cups in order for the lace to lay properly. The seams act like support rods that will lift and shape your breasts by bringing them front and center.  This added lift keeps your breast tissue in place and gives you a leaner and more lifted silhouette.  Seamed bras also allow for greater cup capacity, making them an excellent choice for women with full busts. 

TYPES OF SEAMED BRAS
Another interesting detail that Dawn pointed out is the direction of the seams will dictate the type of shaping that bra will provide.  Here are 3 of the most popular seamed bra shapes and their feature benefits:

So it turns out prettiest bras out there are in fact the most supportive and fit a wider variety of cup sizes. Check out Wacoal’s full collection of seamed bras here, and if you’re interested in a professional bra fitting visit Wacoal’s store locator or call to find a fit specialist near you. 

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Fall forward with Zanna’s must-haves!

Summer is far from over but I'm already starting to think about how to update my wardrobe for Fall. A new season is not about buying a whole new closet (seriously, who can afford that!) and more about adding in a couple of instant up-daters that transition your look from the balmy months to the cooler days.

Accessories, in my opinion, are the best way to do that. Things like miss-matching earrings, a giant choker; bags with guitar-like straps and killer booties are all on my radar. I'm also really loving tactile fabrics this season. Super soft shearling pieces mixed with textures like leather...and pretty lace on the inside with Wacoal's Lace Affair Underwire Bra. So much so that I have one in every color!
 

four must-haves for fall!

Wacoal Lace Affair Underwire Bra - Taking my obsession with lace to the next level! The cross-dyed lace has an ombre like effect and would look great peeking out of a dress or a tank, while the vertical seamed cups lift and create a great shape under jackets. SHOP NOW
Philip Lim Bag - Because a cool bag for the new season is always a staple. This will be the colorful moment in my wardrobe when I transition back into Fall neutrals!
Rag & Bone Bootie - A cool pair of boots with a block heel is a must! You can literally wear these with anything from skirts to dresses and jeans.
Coach Fur Hoodie - The deluxe hoodie is the cozy yet dressed-up piece I will be living in this Fall.

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Sport BraS 101: 4 expert fit tips

By: Zanna Roberts Rassi

The majority of us don’t think twice about the bra we exercise in, myself included. For me it was because I didn’t know how to choose the right one or understand that no matter how cute or trendy that bra may be, bad fit is not good match.

Enter Dawn Kenney, National Fit Consultant Manager at Wacoal. In case you didn’t know, Wacoal has over 80 trained bra fit consultants in department stores all across the country. Their main goal is to get women everywhere in the right size bra for their shape and lifestyle (80% are wearing the wrong size so needless to say the work they do is important). She gave me the rundown on what’s important when it comes to a proper fitting sport bra.  Here are her 4 tips every woman should know:

1. BE WEARY OF PULLOVER BRAS
 While they are perfectly fine for low impact activities (walking, yoga), a sport bra with more structure will benefit you in the long run. Opt for a bra with adjustable straps, which helps you customize your fit. If you’re a larger cup size, don’t be afraid to get a sports bra with underwire support to lift and comfortably secure your girls in place. Our pick: Wacoal’s sport underwire bra.


2. YOUR SPORT BRA HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE
Like any other piece of clothing, your sport bra has an expiration date.  There are two rules of thumb to figuring out just when that date is:
Strap support - If you notice over time you’re constantly adjusting the straps or band, that’s a clear sign they have stretched out and it’s time for a new bra.
Basic mathematics - 
Your sports bra has the same shelf life as a regular bra, which is equivalent to approximately 100 wears and washes. If you’re working out 4 times a week, about every 6 months it’s time to get out with the old, in with the new.   

3. THE DRESSING ROOM TEST
There is a quick and easy test you can do in the dressing room to figure out if your bra is supporting you correctly. Place your index finger under the band of the bra, right underneath your armpit. You shouldn’t be able to pull it more than one inch away.  If you can, it’s too big.  You can also stretch your arms up- as high as you can reach. If you can see under boob, you’re in the wrong size.

4. MAKE YOUR SPORT BRA LAST
Once you find the sport bra that fits you like a glove and you feel good exercising in- take care of it and make it last. Hand wash bras in cold water and avoid any fabric softener or bleach that can compromise the fabric.  Dry flat or line dry- no drying machines!

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GET SPORTY

Me holding on at Le Petite Studio, NYC

Me holding on at Le Petite Studio, NYC

Working out used to be a challenge for me because I’m useless at hard core cardio. And I mean USELESS. For a long time I held on to the belief that it was the only way to get in shape so I threw in the towel altogether, until I discovered Pilates. I find it to be an excellent total body workout that's easier on the body.  I enjoy SLT (moderate cardio with pilates mix on a reformer) and when I want to spoil myself I go to Annie at Le Petite Studio in Soho for a one on one pilates work. When time is not on my side and I can't make it to the gym, I work out by lifting my twin two year olds!! I actually have them sit on my back and do plank for a minute at a time. Let's be honest, chasing them around is cardio enough. Haha.

No matter what element of fitness I’m doing, I love Wacoal’s Sport Underwire Bra for ultimate comfort and support. The unique wire faces away from the body to securely holds you in place and prevent chafing or rubbing. I never realized the difference a proper fitting sport bra makes until now! This one is sized like a bra and has adjustable straps, so whether you're a B cup or an H cup it will fit you perfectly and minimize bounce during high impact activities.

Looking for some workout fashion inspiration? See how I style my sport underwire!

Fitness is part of all our lives, make sure you're properly supported in the right sport bra. Wacoal Sport Underwire Bra is a good place to start!  Xoxo, Zanna

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The easy way to contour

Contouring in beauty is a hot buzzword right now! Don’t be intimidated if you haven’t tried it yet- the trick is to have the right products and keep it simple, a mantra I live in every aspect of my life. It’s a great way to slim your face, give subtle definition and create a sleek, sculpted look. But did you know you could accomplish the same effect on your body? The right bra can give shape to your bust line instantly making you look slimmer and more sculpted.

Wacoal’s Retro Chic Underwire T-Shirt bra is the perfect t-shirt bra to sculpt your silhouette thanks to its contour cups with Chantilly lace trim. It also is available up to an H cup, making it a great choice for fuller busted women. I love the flattering shape it offers- smooth but still elegant and sexy.

pair your retro chic t-shirt bra with some of our favorite beauty contour products below:

1. Milk Makeup Baked Stick - The most versatile contour product there is! Works on any skin tone. Use it to contour everything from your cheekbones to your décolletage. It’s my go-to!
2. Too Faced - An easy beginner contour palate. This kit comes with two shades to sculpt - a matte highlighter and a luminous highlighter for the finishing touch.
3. Anastasia Beverly Hills - A more advanced contour pallet that comes with six blendable shades designed to define, sculpt and highlight.
 

Try using some of these products the next time you decide to upgrade your makeup routine. And don’t forget to contour your shape with Retro Chic T-Shirt bra!   Xoxo, Zanna

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3 cool ways to wear a t-shirt

One of the easiest summer staples to keep on hand is a t-shirt. No matter what your style, profession or where you live, a t-shirt can be styled a hundred ways to suit YOU, and the one thing that will make or break your look is the right bra!

Wacoal is well known for their assortment of t-shirt bras so when they asked me to write about my favorite, I immediately went for La Femme. Hands down it's the best! It's sexy, yet comfortable like a second skin, and provides great coverage so I don't show through even my sheerest shirts. The low plunge front makes it flattering with any neckline. No matter what the occasion, Wacoal's La Femme t-shirt bra has got you covered - literally!

What's your t-shirt style?

Weekend Brunch

A moto jacket worn with a striped tee and a girlfriend jean elevates a rather basic outfit.
Pop on a pair of chic loafers for a model off-duty look.
Jacket, Tee, Jeans - Paige Denim   Loafers - Sam Edelman

Office

Want to get away with a tee at work? A sleek black one (bonus points if it has details) paired with a pencil skirt is your best bet. Tuck the t-shirt to keep the look polished. And don't forget the heels!
Tee, skirt - Rag & Bone   Shoes - Sam Edelman

Date Night

These two basics combine beautifully for a very stylish look! A little different than what we might think to do with a t-shirt - but it's on trend and an easy way to wear on a night out.
Top, dress - Equipment   Sandals - Sam Edelman

A basic t-shirt is a good investment. Wear yours well with the right bra! Try my favorite, La Femme. I promise you'll love it! Xoxo, Zanna

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IT'S A PARTY!

4 times your strapless bra will come in handy

Taking in the Hudson view with my Husband before the Parson's benefit in NYC.

Taking in the Hudson view with my Husband before the Parson's benefit in NYC.

Summer means a calendar full of events and gatherings that call for the right outfits. In keeping with the shoulder-baring trend that’s so hot for 2016, strapless dresses and tops should be #1 on your shopping list. It’s a winning look!  

Strapless pieces can be hard, and before Wacoal asked me to try their Amazing Assets Push Up Strapless bra I was constantly adjusting and worrying about my breasts looking flat or smushed.  This is the only strapless bra I’ve found that stays in place and gives just the right amount of lift.  Added bonus:  the soft elastic-free band leaves for a slimming, back smoothing silhouette. Bring on the skin for summer! 
 

Summer events calling for strapless bras:

Engagement Party or Wedding

I love an easy strapless dress that I can take from day to night. The pleats and belted detail make this dress unique and different from your average midi strapless! Tibi ‘Flamenco’ dress

I love an easy strapless dress that I can take from day to night.
The pleats and belted detail make this dress unique and different from your average midi strapless!
Tibi ‘Flamenco’ dress

Summer Concert

Nothing says summer like nautical stripe. The peplum is super flattering, cinching at the most narrow part of your waist. Tanya Taylor strapless shirt

Nothing says summer like nautical stripe. The peplum is super flattering, cinching at the most narrow part of your waist.
Tanya Taylor strapless shirt

Weekend BBQ

This sweet silhouette is just the right amount of femme. The A-line shape makes this mini strapless grown up and is perfect for a day out and about. Reformation ‘Arnaut’ dress

This sweet silhouette is just the right amount of femme.
The A-line shape makes this mini strapless grown up and
is perfect for a day out and about.
Reformation ‘Arnaut’ dress

Black Tie Gala

An evening summer gown! I love color for the summer. It’s the best way to stand out in a sea of what is usually black dresses. Oscar De La Renta strapless dress

An evening summer gown! I love color for the summer. It’s the best way to stand out in a sea of what is usually black dresses.
Oscar De La Renta strapless dress

No matter what the occasion, having the right strapless bra is worth the investment. Try Amazing Assets Push-Up for yourself! xoxo Zanna

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Show Some Skin: Bronzers & Bras

Summer signals the beginning of shoulder-baring season, which also means tanned looking skin is a must. But because we don't always have time or want to get that sun kissed glow straight from the source, many women (myself included) opt for sunless tanners to achieve the perfect bronze and faux tone.  So when Wacoal Asked me to dish on my beauty favorites I was happy to share!

Like a good glow, a strapless bra that you can count on is summer beauty 101. With the help of Wacoal's Halo Lace Strapless Bra, I can wear any of my tricky necklines and not be afraid to show off my "sun kissed" skin. It's everything I love about a bandeau but with a hidden underwire to give me lift and banish the dreaded uniboob. There's nothing else out there like it!

Get glowing with these beauty must-haves!

This is my go to! I use it to contour my cheeks, on my legs when I need a quick pick me up and even on my biceps to faux tone. Milk Makeup Baked

This is my go to! I use it to contour my cheeks, on my legs when I need a quick pick me up and even on my biceps to faux tone.
Milk Makeup Baked

I add a few drops in my moisturizer and apply on arms and legs! Adding a bronzing serum to a lotion helps ensure no streaking or missed spots. Best drugstore find ever! L'Oreal Sublime Tanning Serum

I add a few drops in my moisturizer and apply on arms and legs! Adding a bronzing serum to a lotion helps ensure no
streaking or missed spots. Best drugstore find ever!
L'Oreal Sublime Tanning Serum

 
Easy as 1,2,3 this light formula leaves your face non-sticky and non-greasy. I apply each morning for a growing glow that stays put. Sephora Gradual Self-Tanning Face Water

Easy as 1,2,3 this light formula leaves your face non-sticky and non-greasy. I apply each morning for a growing glow that stays put.
Sephora Gradual Self-Tanning Face Water

It's colorless, hydrating and smells delicious. This grapefruit scented mousse works with your pigment to give you your optimum glow. I use it with the Xen-Tan tanning mitt to make sure it's evenly applied. Xen-Tan Fresh Tanning Mousse

It's colorless, hydrating and smells delicious. This grapefruit scented mousse works with your pigment to give you your optimum glow. I use it with the Xen-Tan tanning mitt to make sure it's evenly applied.
Xen-Tan Fresh Tanning Mousse

How do you get your Summer glow? xoxo Zanna

Get Summer ready with the light and lovely Halo Lace underwire - shop now!

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Dare to Bare (your shoulders)

Cold shoulder on a warm day at The Ritz Carlton Palm Springs

Say good-bye to last year’s crop tops, the shoulders are this season’s new erogenous zone! With this hot trend in full swing, finding a comfortable strapless bra that will fit under a variety of top styles and cuts is crucial. Wacoal’s best-selling Red Carpet Strapless Bra fits like a glove and really stays put, thanks to the slip resistant silicone band, so you don’t have to worry about wardrobe malfunctions! This style is a hit when it comes to weddings, proms, or simply summer holidays because of its versatility and support , and did I mention it was the #1 strapless underwire bra in 2015*?  A warm weather must-have! 

Wacoal Red Carpet strapless bra

Wacoal Red Carpet strapless bra

When Wacoal asked me to talk about my thoughts on the hottest look this spring, the off-the-shoulder trend immediately came to mind. This style dominated the runways with many designers offering up a variety of cold shoulder and off-the-shoulder cuts. The look is equal parts feminine and modern and moves effortlessly from day to night. I can’t get enough of it mainly because there are so many ways you can pull it off, from ultra feminine to relaxed and casual. Here are my top picks to get the look...

Four ways to wear the trend

Go for glam with a floral maxi dress with cold shoulders. It’s so easy to throw on and is bound to turn heads! Style it out with a pair of flats or clean white sneakers depending on your mood. Rebecca Minkoff ‘Mindy’ Dress

Go for glam with a floral maxi dress with cold shoulders. It’s so easy to throw on and is bound to turn heads! Style it out with a pair of flats or clean white sneakers depending on your mood.
Rebecca Minkoff ‘Mindy’ Dress

If you’d prefer something more form fitting, try a striped off the shoulder top. Dress it down with a pair of denim shorts or dress it up with a flowing mid-length skirt and heels. This look nails the nautical trend, which has also been a huge hit on the runways this season. Alice + Olivia ‘Grant’ Off the Shoulder Top

If you’d prefer something more form fitting, try a striped off the shoulder top. Dress it down with a pair of denim shorts or dress it up with a flowing mid-length skirt and heels. This look nails the nautical trend, which has also been a huge hit on the runways this season.
Alice + Olivia ‘Grant’ Off the Shoulder Top

This style is gorgeous against bronzed skin and tousled beach hair and is perfect for a night out on the town. Style it out with a pair of open-toe sandals or nude heels. Tibi ‘Bella’ Floral Cut out Dress

This style is gorgeous against bronzed skin and tousled beach hair and is perfect for a night out on the town. Style it out with a pair of open-toe sandals or nude heels.
Tibi ‘Bella’ Floral Cut out Dress

For a more sophisticated take on the trend try a sleek off-the-shoulder dress in cream or white. The look is fresh, confident, and modern and incredibly easy to wear for all body types.   Jonathan Simkhai off the shoulder dress

For a more sophisticated take on the trend try a sleek off-the-shoulder dress in cream or white. The look is fresh, confident, and modern and incredibly easy to wear for all body types.  
Jonathan Simkhai off the shoulder dress

How will you wear this trend? Whatever you choose, make sure you've got the right foundation underneath!
xoxo Zanna

Shop now for the #1 underwire strapless bra in 2015*, Wacoal's Red Carpet Strapless.
*Source: The NPD Group, Inc. / Retail Tracking Service, Dept/Chain channels, U.S. dollar sales, January-December 2015

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wacoal's t-shirt bra is a beauty must-have!

Zanna Roberts Rassi in the Chelsea Art District, New York City 

Zanna Roberts Rassi in the Chelsea Art District, New York City 

Every Spring t-shirts become our go to look and a good t-shirt bra is an absolute must. Lucky for you, I’ve got you covered, courtesy of my friends at Wacoal. Their Bra of the Month is the Basic Beauty spacer t-shirt bra. It has smooth cups that are light and airy and provide TOTAL coverage making it the perfect foundation for all the
close-fitting tees and knits in your spring wardrobe. It's the perfect everyday bra!

Wacoal Basic Beauty spacer t-shirt bra

Wacoal Basic Beauty spacer t-shirt bra

Finding the perfect t-shirt bra is a lot like finding your ideal beauty must-haves. We all know what it’s like to burn through millions of attempts to find the best products for our face, our body and our style. These become our holy grail. In my many years as a style and beauty editor I have come to rely on a few key beauty lifesavers that serve as the foundation of all my basic beauty needs, which Wacoal has asked me to share.

My beauty lifesavers...

Sephora Color Correcting Palette Let's face it; we all have those mornings where we wake up to a face full of blemishes. Start your routing off with this incredible color-correcting pallet that works wonders when it comes to concealing sport, dark circles, redness or hyper-pigmentation.

Sephora Color Correcting Palette
Let's face it; we all have those mornings where we wake up to a face full of blemishes. Start your routing off with this incredible color-correcting pallet that works wonders when it comes to concealing sport, dark circles, redness or hyper-pigmentation.

Stila 50 Watt Foundation The key to any beauty look is having the right concealer to create the perfect base foundation. This product provides great coverage without going on too heavy and will literally make your skin shine.

Stila 50 Watt Foundation
The key to any beauty look is having the right
concealer to create the perfect base foundation. This product provides great coverage without going on too heavy and will literally make your skin shine.

Sunday Riley Tidal Cream The most important part of any beauty regime is keeping your skin hydrated with the right moisturizer. I usually swipe this Tidal cream on my face just before going to bed so I can wake up to plump and supple skin.

Sunday Riley Tidal Cream
The most important part of any beauty regime is keeping your skin hydrated with the right moisturizer. I usually swipe this Tidal cream on my face just before going to bed so I can wake up to plump and supple skin.

Milk Makeup Lipstick A bold lip is the perfect pick me up for when you're on the run and don't have a lot of time to fuss with makeup. Milk Makeup lipstick is hydrating, hyper-pigmented, and best of all completely organic!

Milk Makeup Lipstick
A bold lip is the perfect pick me up for when you're on the run and don't have a lot of time to fuss with makeup. Milk Makeup lipstick is hydrating, hyper-pigmented, and best of all completely organic!


That's it! My advice for a great foundation to your April look...a superb t-shirt bra and the best beauty
lifesavers I've found. Enjoy! xoxo Zanna

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Zanna's inside scoop on Spring jacket trends and the right bra to wear with them.

I was thrilled when Wacoal asked me to highlight the key looks for spring and the bras that make them look their best. This Spring the big trend is jackets and my pick for the perfect bra to wear underneath is Retro Chic from Wacoal.

Wacoal Retro Chic underwire - the perfect bra to wear with
jackets!

If you’re ready to find YOUR perfect bra to wear under spring jackets, Retro Chic is a great place to start! This is the bra you can wear under layers and still keep your feminine figure as the seams give extra support. Available in C - I cup in a wide range of fashionable colors. I love this bra!

The best jackets this Spring...

Spring allows us to break out of our shells and finally get excited about getting dressed up again. The most important key to nailing spring style is effortless layering that can dress a look up or down and take you from day to night instantly. That said, finding the perfect spring jacket is an absolute wardrobe essential, in my opinion.

Whether you prefer form fitted or oversized, sophisticated or utilitarian, there's a jacket for everyone out there.
It should be lightweight, versatile, and easy to style over just about anything.

KIMONO Kimono jackets are in! Pair with tapered slacks or a midi skirt and platform sandals for a look that's fresh & modern. Isabel Marant Breeda striped jacket

KIMONO
Kimono jackets are in! Pair with tapered slacks or a midi
skirt and platform sandals for a look that's fresh & modern.
Isabel Marant Breeda striped jacket

70'S SUEDE Fashion’s obsession with the seventies plays out well with stunning suede jackets paired with a flowing feminine dress or a polished pencil skirt and strappy heels. Frame Denim Le Cropped jacket

70'S SUEDE
Fashion’s obsession with the seventies plays out well
with stunning suede jackets paired with a flowing feminine
dress or a polished pencil skirt and strappy heels.
Frame Denim Le Cropped jacket

COLLARLESS The collarless jacket is a winning look! Pair it with boyfriend jeans and white sneakers for easy style or layer it over a chic mini dress. IRO Agnette cotton-boucle jacket

COLLARLESS
The collarless jacket is a winning look! Pair it with
boyfriend jeans and white sneakers
for easy style
or layer it over a chic mini dress.

IRO Agnette cotton-boucle jacket

PRINTED BLAZER  Printed blazers with sharp shoulders topped the runways for Spring. A fantastic look layered over Summer whites paired with open toe sandals.  DVF Wesley printed silk blazer

PRINTED BLAZER 
Printed blazers with sharp shoulders topped the
runways for Spring. A fantastic look layered over
Summer whites paired with open toe sandals. 
DVF Wesley printed silk blazer


And, of course, the right bra underneath makes it all work! My top pick? Retro Chic by Wacoal - Shop now!

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