Friday, November 7, 2008

Up, Up and Away



At first blush one might think Chantal Thomass
 is simply one of the world's greatest designers of sexy, fantasy inspiring lingerie.  You'd be wrong. 

More than a creator of  flimsy frippery she's a brilliant engineer.  Do you think it's easy to design a delicately sophisticated high-wire instrument that can balance, yet not spill, emphasize yet not not deform that most historically magnificent amplifier of the female bosom, the balconnte?

(I love the word balconnte its original meaning is "overhanging railing" and has evolved to also  describe what we call the half-cup, push-up bra.  Isn't the image of hanging over a balcony wonderful?)

Thomass has worked for years to perfect her technique and is, bless her little coeur, especially sensitive to the needs and desires of women over 40.  In an interview for my book she explained the difference between a push-up bra for a very young woman and one for those of us who are less so.  As she explained it we need to be pushed-up from the sides, not from the bottom up.  Now, if you don't believe her, here's a little test you can do in the privacy of your own home or better yet a room in your home with a lock on the door and a mirror.  (Believe me, you really don't want interruptions or witnesses.)  I've done this and it works.

O.K.  standing nude from the waist up take your hands and push up your breasts from beneath, i.e. bottom up and notice nasty wrinkling wrecking the decollete area; now remove hands and place them on the sides and gently push inward.  Viva la difference. Problem solved. Lush, round and sexy without unsightly ripples of flesh.  
The construction of the bra is more complicated, but you get the general idea.  (What more could a girl ask except maybe a little laser "freshening up" treatment on the upper chest area, but that's another subject for another time.)

Madame Thomass also insists one must always, always make sure tops match bottoms. "Personally I cannot imagine not coordinating tops and bottoms," she says.  

Remember how our mothers always insisted we wear clean underwear and didn't much care about putting together a lovely ensemble?  Yet again, life's all about priorities.

4 comments:

Dee Dee, Chicago said...

Tish, Donna sent me your way. I love your blog. Since my trip to France years ago, I have longed for these secrets. I will say my sense of style definately improved and stayed, after those trips! This bra article is great, being a woman of larger proportions contruction is definately everything. I am happy to see I have always been ahead of the curve on the "ensemble" part! Are her products available other that at Vicki's secret? They simply don't carry my size there. Dee Dee

Anonymous said...

HEY TISH,
I JUST LOVE ALL THE INFO YOU DISH OUT. I KNOW ANOTHER BRA TEST. GO IN THE BEDROOM AND YES, LOCK THE DOOR PLEASE. DON'T FORGET TO PULL THE SHADES DOWN, CLOSE THE CURTAINS OR WHATEVER IT IS YOU NEED TO DO FOR SOME PRIVACY. UNDRESS FROM THE WAIST UP AND LAY FLAT ON YOUR BACK. DOES IT LOOK LIKE YOUR BOOBS ARE TRYING TO MEET UP BEHIND YOUR BACK? DO THEY GO EAST AND WEST? OR DOES IT LOOK LIKE A COUPLE OF FRIED EGGS SLIDING OFF YOUR CHEST? YES TO AT LEAST ONE OF THE QUESTIONS...YOU NEED TO CHECK INTO A BRA THAT LIFTS UP AND PUSH TOGETHER. IT IS GOOD FOR YOUR BACK(POSTURE) ALSO. THANKS TISH.

NORMA JEAN said...

SORRY TISH THAT WAS ME. I'M NEW TO ALL THIS BLOGGING AND POSTING COMMENTS. NORMA JEAN

Anonymous said...

Ah! This must be where another wonderful French expression came from! "Il y a du monde au balcon"

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