Bare Moxie is Thrilled to Welcome a Post From Our Very First "Guest Blogger" - Kendra Dicker-Krase, a Health at Every Size (HAES) advocate & Beautiful "Moxie Girl"!
Three summers ago, I bought my first bikini. I lovingly referred to it as my “fatkini,” and I wore it all summer long from the beach at Sawyer in Lake Michigan to the shores of Maui. I loved the sensation of the water against the bare skin of my stomach. Wearing the bikini made me feel free in a way that other swimsuits had left me feeling constrained. I loved the convenience of being able to choose the best fit for my top, even when it’s different than my bottom. I’ve shared smiles with other women rocking the bikini, even if they aren’t the spitting image of a Victoria’s Secret model. Knowing that there are other women out there who are also willing to embrace their body and their confidence helped me to own my own sense of confidence. I was totally smitten with the bikini experience.
When Bare Moxie put out the call for live window models during "Swedish Days", I was in. For me, there is nothing more validating than seeing versions of “unconventional” beauty to confirm that my body is, in fact, a body worthy of love and respect. By modeling in the window, I was hoping to share the same message with other women--we are all built differently, we are all beautiful, and we are all able to rock out the bikini if we so chose.
As I got there early for Salon 31 to do my hair, I saw the other model. She was eleven feet tall and young and gorgeous. All of a sudden, my confidence drained. I’d be standing next to this glamorous, tall, hour glass shaped woman when my own body couldn’t be any more different. I’m five feet (when I stand up straight) and apple shaped.
Here’s the biggest secret that I can share with you. Sometimes, I feel nervous sharing so much skin because I know that woman like me, woman of size, aren’t “supposed” to be wearing teeny-weeny-itsy-bitsy bikinis. Yet, I wanted to share with the world that I am proud of my body. I am proud of her strength and her curves. I am proud of her stature. Finding love for and pride in my body has become a radical act of protest. So I climbed up into the window and played at being a super model for a day. I modeled four looks, my favorite of which was tiniest bikini that I’ve ever worn. For a moment, I felt nervous, but as soon as I allowed myself to own what I loved about the suit and its fit on me, I was able to let go and laugh and smile at all the people walking by.
By standing in the window, rocking the iridescent coral bikini, I wanted to show Geneva, that we have the power to acknowledge the beauty in all women. We have the choice to acknowledge and celebrate the beauty within ourselves. And if we all take steps to accept and love our bodies as they are, perhaps self-love and self-pride will become less radical and more common place. In the mean time, I hope that your summer swimming experiences find you in a suit that helps to make you feel sassy and sexy and free.
Kendra Dicker-Krase is a Health at Every Size (HAES) advocate, and is in the process of writing her memoir. When she’s not swimming or modeling bikinis, she teaches high school English and coaching Speech Team.
When we are asked what sets Bare Moxie apart from our competition, the answer is always the same - - "It's Our Service!".
As Professional Bra Fitters, we provide our customers with an accurate assessment of the best size and style to support their specific body shape. We pride ourselves on the wide assortment of sizes (bands ranging from 28 - 54" and cups ranging from pre-teen to an M cup), styles, and brands that we carry in the store every day. These factors are all important in describing Bare Moxie as a store....but our Core Values of providing extraordinary service to all customers who enter our door goes far beyond the items we stock on our shelves.
When you stroll into Bare Moxie, you can expect to be warmly greeted by one of our store's owners (Sonja or JoAnn) who are genuinely thrilled to help you solve the puzzle of finding a great bra or swimsuit. You will see only a sampling of our current bra stock on the floor - as our expertise lies in pairing you with just the right style, based on your preferences. You will be ushered into a private dressing room, where you will receive our full attention as we listen to the challenges and struggles you have encountered with previous bras/fittings. We will assess your bra size and educate you on the importance of wearing a properly sized garment and finally we will bring in a selection of bras for you to try. We are very involved throughout your entire shopping process - to make it as easy and successful as possible. And of course.....there is laughter, light-hearted joking, and fun. After all, bra shopping should be an adventure - not drudgery and we want to bring that joy to all of our customers - one woman at a time.
The next time you are in the market for beautiful bras with fabulous fit - and service that is above & beyond - stop in to see the ladies at Bare Moxie. "Be a Moxie Girl!"
Bare Moxie first swung it's doors open to the public on April 15th, 2017 and as a new business "held our breath" to see just how the community of Geneva (and surrounding areas) would welcome our little boutique. Two years later....we are thrilled with the response we have received from area ladies, honored to have the opportunity to provide extraordinary customer service and excited to bring color, fit, and style to women of all shapes and sizes!
One of our favorite things about being "Professional Bra Fitters" is our ability to help women FINALLY find comfort in their undergarments. Women wear their bras for 10 - 12 hours per day; they should be firm, supportive, stylish and above all comfortable! Nationwide, it is estimated that over 80% of all women are wearing an improperly sized bra and here at Bare Moxie; our statistics run a bit closer to 90%. Most women know their bra size is not quite right - - they may not be sure "what" is the problem, but they definitely know there is something wrong in the fit equation. The fitters at Bare Moxie help to solve that puzzle - with bands ranging from 28 - 54" and cups from PreTeen to M available everyday, we have the stock required to get you the very best fit and style for your specific breast shape.
Owners JoAnn and Sonja truly thank our Bare Moxie Fans for their loyalty, support and encouragement as you spread the word about our little bra shop. It's been a fabulous two years and we can't wait to spend many more providing comfort to Chicagoland's women.
We are so excited to once again be hosting our "Annual Fashion Event" at Bare Moxie on Thursday, March 21st (7 - 9 p.m.). The Owners of Bare Moxie head to the "Big Apple" annually at the end of February to attend The "Curve" Show, the equivalent of "Fashion Week" for the lingerie and swimwear industries. Once again, we were delighted by the cornucopia of the NEWEST seasonal color picks, designs, and styles all mixed into one. We scooped up some amazing new finds from some of our favorite brands, such as: Elomi, Freya, Rosa Faia, Curvy Kate, Curvy Couture, Royce, Parfait and More....PLUS we've added to our Bare Moxie family with Fitfully Yours and Fleur't!
Our favorite part of shopping for the store is bringing home fabulous new goodies to our customers and seeing you enjoy the fit, feel, fabric, and colors as much as we do! Last year we found that featuring several of our newest arrivals during our "Spring Spectacular" Fashion Show was an absolute fan favorite - so we are back to WOW the crowds again!
What we heard from last years attendees - over and over again - was how fabulous it was that we showcased real women, with real curves! YES WE DO and these ladies are all gorgeous from the inside out! Bare Moxie intentionally selects our models from a cross section of our customers. As the "EVERY Miss Boutique" our models range from ladies who are 40L to those who are 30F - and EVERYWHERE in between!! The one thing that each and every one of them has in common is that they are beautiful, empowered, self-confident women - - they have MOXIE!
We invite you to grab your girlfriends and make a night of celebrating WOMEN at Bare Moxie! In addition to Bare Moxie's spring offerings, our models will be featuring pieces from "Jori & June" and jewelry selections from "State Street Jewelers". With hair designs styled by "Salon 38" - this is bound to be an amazing evening!
This private fashion event is for LADIES ONLY and tickets are required for entry. Visit our Facebook Page (@Baremoxiebras) and click on "Events" to secure yours today.
Does this statement sound familiar girls, "I only need a pretty matching bra & panty set (or sexy negligee) for those SPECIAL occasions"? What?? We think you are SPECIAL every day and should celebrate your unique, sumptuous style accordingly!
We were watching a fabulous speaker, Steve Edge, the other day and were inspired. His message is that you should "Dress for a Party Everyday....Wear your Sunday Best everyday!". We couldn't agree more!! What we need is a change of focus and an updated definition of just WHO we are dressing to impress...and why?
YES...Your significant other definitely appreciates the effort you put into putting together a sexy bra & panty set or new lingerie offering BUT what is that he really loves? Let's face it girls, when you put on these pieces, you are in "your Sunday Best" undergarments! And what exactly does that mean for you?
So with all of the benefits that YOU gain when dressing in your "Sunday Best" - why wouldn't you do it everyday? Go on....feel sexy and confident for YOU everyday and everyone wins!
When searching for a nursing bras....the options may seem endless. BUT the one thing that remains the MOST IMPORTANT "must have" on your list is FIT! Women should never settle for a bra (nursing or otherwise) that doesn't properly fit their shape, but especially when you are nursing - comfort is key, so make sure to take the time to schedule a professional fitting and pick up bras that are made to fit you just right.
Nursing bra styles vary and so do their features. From full coverage to t-shirt styles, underwire and no underwire options - there is a great nursing bra out there for most everyone. When beginning your search for a nursing bra - make sure to keep the following checklist in mind:
NURSING BRA CHECKLIST:
Bare Moxie carries nursing bras from several different vendors including: "Royce", "Cake", "Anita", and "Elila". Each bra vendor has been hand picked due to specific features and/or styles that we feel bring a benefit to the moms that shop at our store. For example, "Royce" features retainer straps, that allow you to easily move your cup out of the way without losing the strap. "Cake" is known for providing nursing bras that are constructed from some of the softest materials in the industry (our clients LOVE to sleep in "Cake" nursing wear)! "Anita" nursing bras provide easy accessibility and stylish design, while "Elila" nursing bras are ideal for our large cup moms! Bare Moxie carries them all & welcomes you (and your bundle of joy) in for a fitting at your convenience. Celebrate life's little miracles....
Bare Moxie was beyond honored to recently receive the recognition of being voted "2018 One of the Best WOMEN'S CLOTHING in Kane County!" by the Kane County Chronicle! We are thrilled to be among so many amazing and vibrant women's retail boutiques throughout Kane County and truly strive to work alongside them all to help area women look and feel their absolute best!
A women's lingerie is truly the "foundation" of her look. An ill fitting bra can leave her with breasts that are hanging far too low (masking her natural waistline entirely and making her appear heavier than she actually may be). I cannot tell you how many women have stopped into Bare Moxie for a Professional Bra Fitting and once a good bra was found - put their shirt on and promptly exclaimed, "I look 10 pounds lighter"! YES....your breasts have been lifted up to the proper position and now your silhouette is much more appealing! The other issue we find with ill fitting bras is that if your cup is too small (truthfully, "overflowing") it shows....especially under tighter, summer weight tops, that "double bubble" (as we call it) shows....and it's not pretty ladies! A fabulous T-Shirt Bra with the properly sized cups is an easy fix and smooths out your look perfectly!
Our "Certified Fitters" specialize in making sure you are wearing the proper fit. With bra styles ranging from 28-54" bands and cup sizes up to M+ in-store everyday, you are bound to find a great fit with us. Stop into Bare Moxie & find a style you love - but we don't have your size in store? Bare Moxie NEVER charges extra for "special orders" - so you can feel free to get exactly what you love!
Bare Moxie isn't just bras.....we have swimsuit styles to help you MAKE A SPLASH this summer and whether you are a 32DD or a 40I - we can provide you with swimwear that offers comfort, style, and support! All Bare Moxie swim is built on a bra-base with underwire typically provided, so the comfort you find in our lingerie can be carried through to your beach/pool ensemble!
We round out our inventory with several elegant negligee pieces, beach cover ups, and accessories. Stop into Bare Moxie today to see what's new for spring & see for yourself why we have been recognized as "One of the Best" in the county!
Bare Moxie prides itself on helping women look and feel beautiful from the inside out. When the owners wrote their "Vision" for this special boutique their primary mission was to make sure that women of all shapes and sizes - EVERY woman - has the ability to find comfort, style, color and above all FIT in lingerie and swimwear. As new items are selected to bring into the store, it is always with an eye to top trends and a core focus on brands that provide fabulous fit and quality.
When putting together Bare Moxie's very first "Spring Spectacular Fashion Event", we felt it was important to utilize models who are customers - shopping with Bare Moxie everyday and taking pride in wearing Bare Moxie lingerie. As one of our beautiful models, Ephiphany, stated, "I’ve been a customer of yours for awhile and have even brought in family members to your store, I love it so much! I would be honored to strut my stuff on your catwalk! I’m so excited you guys are having this! I’m always telling everyone about your shop, it totally changed my life!!!"
Because Bare Moxie provides such a wide range of sizes throughout our store, it was very important to select models that showcased our various lines and the flexibility they afford. Our ladies have band sizes ranging from 32" - 42" and cup sizes from DD - M; which our audience really appreciated. Featuring such a large range of body types helped our audience members more easily picture themselves in each piece; as there was someone on the catwalk for most everyone to identify with in some fashion. Bare Moxie models are not professional models by trade....these girls definitely had some butterflies about being so "bare" in front of so many...but these girls SHOWN LIKE DIAMONDS in the light!! As the night went on, their confidence grew and they truly all blossomed; each one gaining more confidence with each walk and looking & feeling beautiful from the inside out! Bare Moxie's Dream Realized!
Stop in anytime & let Bare Moxie help you "Find Your Curve" in lingerie and swimwear today!
The girls from "Sex in the City" would NEVER have dreamed of missing "Fashion Week" in The Big Apple! The excitement, the people, the fabrics, the creative styles - - the sheer energy that this event brings is undeniable to the masses who attend annually. The same is true for lingerie and swim fashion - although our "Fashion Week" is a bit more dressed down (literally) it's certainly no less exciting!
The "Curve" Show in New York City is one of the biggest celebrations of lingerie and swim fashion in the country. When you attend "Fashion Week" events here - it is a cornucopia of color, design, and fit all mixed into one. Seeing these pieces "walk the runway" is similar to watching your favorite novel come to life on the "Big Screen" - breathtaking! Bare Moxie is preparing to make their annual journey to attend the "Curve" show, at the end of February. Always focused on bringing back the newest styles of the season in sizes that fit "EVERY miss" - we are going to shop for SPRING!
That isn't the exciting part though!! What thrills us is that we are going to bring some of that fashion flair with us to Geneva and will be showcasing our favorite finds during our "Spring Spectacular" Fashion Show (Thursday, March 22nd). This event will feature an array of LIVE models, walking our catwalk in the HOTTEST lingerie and swim fashions of the season! Our models are real women, with real curves! As a boutique that prides ourselves on being the "EVERY Miss Boutique" - we have intentionally selected models that provide a diverse cross section of our customers. Our models range from ladies who are 44DD to those who are 34M - and EVERWHERE in between!! The one thing that each and every one of them has in common is that they are GOREGOUS, empowered, self-confident women!
Grab your girlfriends and make a night of celebrating WOMEN at Bare Moxie! In addition to Bare Moxie's spring offerings, our models will be featuring pieces from "Jori & June" and jewelry selections from "State Street Jewelers". With hair designs styled by "Salon 38" - this is bound to be an amazing evening!
This private fashion event is for LADIES ONLY and tickets are required for entry. Visit our Facebook Page (@Baremoxiebras) and click on "Events" to secure yours today.