It is a special treat for the lingerie lover to get introduced to a brand that they haven’t even lusted after before, and find themselves just crushing on. Consider me treated. Friends at venerable German label Anita said hello to Guilty Pleasures a couple of weeks ago, and very kindly sent a brace of bras and a parcel of panties Petra’s way for a look-see and a few words for you, our darling shapely readers.
Not that I had known, but Anita has been all over the all under business for well over a century (again, where have I been???), quietly lurking in pretty racks, perking up special needs breasts and generally taking care of business that I have had no business with. Business like maternity/nursing bra’s (love being an Aunt, thank you very much) sports bras (not for me, they don’t let heels on treadmills), and beautiful inner fashions for the mastectomy set (again, many blessings in my life).
Anita has recently bundled up everything they know about these specialty niches and woven a few pinches and dashes of spice into their recipe for special bras for the rest of us in a refined line called Rosa Faia. I have taken two models, Kelly and Lace Rose, through the paces, and am happy to share notes with you here. Daytime first, with Kelly.
The Rosa Faia Kelly is a versatile, comfortable, contoured, underwire, full coverage grab-and-go everyday staple. Lightly lined and lined with a difference employing 3D spacer fabric technology. Without going too deep into all the science, what we have is and inner layer woven to an outer layer by barely perceptible microfibers or mono-filaments (or some such space age marvel), and the effect is remarkable. So much support from such a lightweight seamless cup, it is a complete surprise.
You can see all the magic, my dear, just by holding Kelly up to the light. There it is, presto! … a honeycomb latticework visible between the inner and outer surfaces. You have to look for it, and when you see it, you get it. Not that the girls care how things work, just how well. My girls are thrilled. Inside, a wonderful embrace of support, cool on the skin, no underwire pinch, real structure and none of the mushy, plushy, flabby feel that comes with much of what we find on retail racks these days. Outside, seamless, clean as a whistle under your clingiest, body-cons, no nipple display, and a super natural silhouette.
Me, well I typically stay away from lined cups for the same reasons I don’t like shopping for furniture: I just sink into most couches and disappear. They look too big for the rooms they are in. They just lose shape after they have been lived in a little while. Kelly, on the other gland, feels like a sleek, shapely and well-made chair, a splendid perch that makes me look good and feel great.
Now, to the nighttime with Lace Rose, a bra very much in my sweet spot with all sorts of vintage romance elements meeting terrific contemporary materials and fabrication. Delicate, gauzy micro-net cups with a beautiful rose lace overlay that extends to side stays and the very pretty and comfy straps. The 3 piece cup is gently elasticized at both neck line and sides providing ample lift and shape. Lace Rose plunges nicely and helps provide a loving bloom of bust.
Sheer tulle back wings and a tiny pretty ribbon on the solid narrow center gore piece provide ample boudoir promise, especially in black and super-especially paired with the matching high waist panty (ribbon very cutely on the back, nestled just on top of our loveliest curve). I am not suggesting that Lace Rose should be tucked away for romantic nights only my dears. She really does wear beautifully through a typical day. But for an a-typical night, this is a set that is purely sexy in an effortless way. Very touchable, feminine, romantic and even borderline provocative. Understated and overt all at the same time. Yummy.
Now, all of these loving words are being provided by a slender B cup gal, and yet Rosa Faia is promoted as being Big Cup Beautiful, so what on earth do I know? I’ll try to share here why my enthusiasm should scale up through C, D and all the way to the key of G. The Rosa Faia line, like everything in the Anita family, has wider comfort straps and an additional row of back clasps in cups that runneth over D. Side wings have a flexible stays that help keep things front and center. Everything about Rosa Faia just feels womanly and fully grown up, not girlish and pushed up and out. Customer reviews seen here and there from large cup customers confirm my thinking, so in this case, I think you can take a tip from this skinny thing (just this once, OK?).
Rosa Faia, like the rest of Anita’s lines retail in the $60-80 range, and to me are priced well for the quality, beauty and genuinely lovely experience of wearing one. You can quite likely find a good selection of Anita Intimates at a special or specialty boutique near you. Just use the Store Finder on the Anita web site. Rosa Faia can also be found nestled in with other premier lingerie marques in the usual online venues including A La Mode Intimates, HerRoom and Bare Necessites to name just a few.
Loads of Rosa Faia lovers are sharing the love by liking how things shape up on their Facebook page. If you love Anita, please drop a line in the comments here, and let us know if you have the same crush on Rosa Faia as I do.