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It is not a secret that we women have a love hate relationship with our bodies, whether it be our bum, legs, thighs, nose or breasts, there will always be something we're dissatisfied with, which is normal. You would have to be pretty superhuman and mentally elevated to look at yourself in the mirror and say “I am perfect” and walk away truly believing this. I personally have to say this mantra a couple of thousand times before my mind gets it, but hey - I’ll save that for another blog post perhaps…

For now, let’s talk about breasts and our relationship with them.

It is a topic that we at Olyinka, being a lingerie brand, talk about on a daily basis, and one of the most contentious issues around the subject of breasts, is shape. Are they perky enough, big enough, are they too small, too flat, too droopy? Do they feel ok? Are they too hairy, freckly, wrinkly, spotty and are you less than a woman because you don’t have breasts? All these issues and more are very real for women.

In one of our newsletters we discussed how we view our bodies and asked the question; If we saw our bodies beyond the aesthetic, would we treat it differently?

What if you viewed your body as a vessel whose purpose is to carry your spirit and help you to navigate your life on this earth?

We believe that if you viewed your body a something that needs to be aesthetically pleasing and perfect - you will be forever wanting to change it.

However, If you understood that your body is designed to carry your spirit, to nourish and care for you, in order for you to function effectively and operate at your highest level, then maybe you would view your body no matter the shape, size and imperfections,  as a thing of beauty.

So, breasts - what are their functions? Well, to nourish, to comfort, a symbol of seductive expression. They represent love, affection, emotion, compassion, so it is no coincidence that our breasts are connected to the heart.

The ancients viewed the breastplate as a symbol of power, so to all women who do not have breasts for whatever reason, your breastplate contains your power, you are still spiritually whole, you are still woman - remember this.

To encourage you, we found the following article in The Cut Magazine - New York Women who draw their boobs. The Cut polled 57 New York women, ages 17 to 72 (plus one 4-year-old who grabbed the marker from her mom) and asked them to draw their boobs and write one sentence explaining how they feel about them. In cafés and bars, on playground benches and on the way to work, women laughed when they heard the question, disparaged their drawing abilities, and gave it a shot.

Check out the article here and read what women really feel about their boobs, you may feel the same also. What is your relationship with your body, are you happy, dissatisfied?

Lets start the conversation below… we would love to know…


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Olyinka is a brand that produces beautiful, handcrafted, vintage-inspired lingerie. It is also our mission to change the narrative of the lingerie industry by encouraging, inspiring and empowering women which we do via our monthly newsletters, in addition, you will also have first access to exclusive news, freebies and discounts. So sign up below! Be part of our movement! And as a thank you, you will receive our exclusive pocket eBOOK: 10 Steps to Body & Mind Confidence which contains 10 keys every woman should know to obtain all round body confidence. Sign up here!

The A to Z of lingerie shapes Part 2 - Bras

Illustration by Caitlin Shearer

Illustration by Caitlin Shearer

Continuing from our article on The A to Z of lingerie shapes Part 1 - Briefs we wanted to shine the spotlight on the various bra types that are currently available on the market. In our article How to measure your bra size, we provided you with simple tips on how to determine your breast size. We pointed out that once you have successfully identified your size, you can then go on to decide which lingerie brand produces the bras to suit your breast shape, because bras differ from brand to brand, and then you can finally experiment with styles.

So, to help you along, we have listed some bra styles below, but please note ladies, as we have pointed out in our previous articles, don't be disheartened by the process. Once you have worked out your size, your brand preference and your bra style, buying your bras moving forward will be more relaxed and a lot more enjoyable. 

1. The non-wire soft bra is wire free and made to feel comfortable and lightweight. These bras can be worn at night or during the day when you need light support. 

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2. The balconette bra is a low cup bra designed to support and lift your breast fully. This bra gives the same support as a fully rounded bra but it’s a little sexier and is one of the most popular bras types on the market. Balconette bras works well with outfits with low or scooped necklines to show off your décolletage. 

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3 T-shirt bras are seamless, smooth cups designed to look invisible under clothing, there is a saying If you don’t notice a T-shirt bra, then you know it is doing its job. Designed to wear under clothes which are generally clingy to give you a seamless look.

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4. The push-up bra is designed to push your breasts up to create an enhanced cleavage, a fuller and uplifted shape which is stylish and comfortable. These bras are designed to wear with low cut tops and dresses

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5. The Minimizer bra isdesigned to reduce the appearance of your breasts by lifting and redistributing your breast tissue, making them flattering and not compromising the natural shape of your bust and body. This bra work well under both tight and loose clothing pieces and make your form look natural and shapely under tighter tops and dresses.

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6. Padded bras are designed to add fullness to the bust line and enhance the appearance of your bust. Women use padded bras to compensate for uneven or disproportional breasts, they come with removable inserts or are padded to give your breasts a more natural, rounded look.  These bras are designed to wear under tight, form-fitted clothing, t-shirts, when you want great cleavage under low-cut tops and when you want to prevent nipple show-through.

7. The Strapless bras tend to include a silicone or rubber lining to provide support and designed for garments with no shoulder straps. You can find different types such as in longline styles, plunge styles, push up styles, full figure styles, low cuts and bridal styles and best worn with off the shoulder tops and dresses

8. Maternity Bras. Expectant mothers will notice their breasts will become fuller, more tender and will start to change around 12 weeks into the pregnancy. It is within this period, it is advised to get fitted for a maternity bra. The average mum will go up two underbands and four cup sizes so its important that your bra is adjustable – with at least four hook positions so you can adjust your underband throughout the day. Maternity bras have a fuller cup shape, deeper center front, and wider straps and made from fabrics which are breathable such as cotton, which allows your skin to breathe easier. They also have brushed back elastics which feel soft against your skin.

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And there are more...

7 Convertible bras are unique as they are designed to be several bras in one. Convertible bras come with detachable straps that can be arranged in multiple ways by hooking them onto different slots at the front or the back. Some convert to halter bras. Strapless... the list goes on and can be worn according to your dress style

Adhesive backless bras - this bra has no back and is held in place by adhesive cups ideal for backless dresses 

Plunge bras - are designed with a cut low at the centre and work really well with clothes that have plunging and deep v necklines. 

Mastectomy Bras are for women who have had a full, partial mastectomy or reconstructive surgery, or no surgery at all. Most mastectomy bras contain cup linings or pockets to contain a breast prosthesis and have been selected primarily for their excellent fit, comfort, and support. To make women who have been through surgery feel like themselves.

SSo, ladies, there are a lot of bras out there, We hope our articles help you find the best fitting bra and if there are any other questions you have that you would like us to write about please feel free to comment below. In the meantime happy bra shopping! xx


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Olyinka is a brand that produces beautiful, handcrafted, vintage-inspired lingerie. It is also our mission to change the narrative of the lingerie industry by encouraging, inspiring and empowering women which we do via our monthly newsletters, in addition, you will also have first access to exclusive news, freebies and discounts. So sign up below! Be part of our movement! And as a thank you, you will receive our exclusive pocket eBOOK: 10 Steps to Body & Mind Confidence which contains 10 keys every woman should know to obtain all round body confidence. Sign up here!