Ask the Addict: On Waist Cinchers and Mastectomy Bras

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Todays Ask the Addict featurette comes from Kristine, whos inquiring about a waist cincher with garters that actually cinches, and mastectomy bras for a curvy friend. Thanks for your questions, Kristine!В If any of you have a lingerie-related question, send it to I love getting messages from readers, and I try to respond to every one!

Q: 1) Any recommendations for waist cinchers w/ garters? I tried S&Ls Helen but it doesnt cinch enough. I only saw your review of it after I tried it.В  2) Any recommendations for mastectomy bra sources? Ive a close friend who can only find her size (34F) at one US source (they carry only one style in her size. I stumbled onto Second Skin Lingerie in UK which has 1 or 2 in her size, but still Im trying to find more options for her. If I cant find them, then maybe Ill have to start a small business.В  Thanks for any help you can give!

A: Hi Kristine!В  Thanks so much for writing. The Secrets in Lace Helen waistcincher (which is actually made by Rago) tends to be sized a bit large. If youre interested in that style specifically, Id first suggest going down a size and seeing if that doesnt work better.

If it doesnt, Kiss Me Deadly makes several varieties of cincher which may give you more waist-reducing power. Id recommend taking a look at the LAmour Waist Cincher, the Alouette Waist Nipper, or the Vargas longline girdle all available through La MagiaВ [Editors Note: As of January 2015, this site appears to be defunct], who always offers free worldwide shipping (and currently has two out of three of those items on sale!). You might also try a high-waisted open bottom girdle or even a mini-corset. The former is made of a very firm powermesh, and the latter is constructed of steel boning with lacing at the back for maximum waist reduction (up to several inches).

As for mastectomy bras, Id recommend the brands Royce or Anita Care. They both sell their sexy yet functional products in a variety of sizes through Figleaves. I hope this helps!

Author: Cora Harrington