One of the primary reasons that the owners of "Bare Moxie" chose to open their business was to HELP Women!!
Last night, we partnered with the organization "CUPS" to really focus on ALL of the ways we can HELP women in need! Participating in a bra fitting extravaganza at "Hesed House" in Aurora - just a week before Christmas - really was like playing "Santa" for these ladies and young women! We had a large assortment of new & like-new bras that had been collected by the CUPS organization and "Bare Moxie" donated new bra stock for the larger sizes that CUPS had not received. Our joint mission was to make sure that EVERY WOMAN who wanted and needed a new bra received one that fit her extraordinarily well!! What we didn't expect was to MAKE HISTORY!!
This was the VERY FIRST "bra fitting" event in the history of Hesed House and the event was nothing short of amazing! If you doubt for one moment that "A Bra Can Change Your Life..." you should have been there!! After these 26 ladies were fitted by "Bare Moxie" in new bras they got a little spring in their step, a little confidence boost, a BIG smile on their faces AND a lift in body (and spirit)!! ALL OF THIS FROM A BRA!!
Some of the women we saw were just in need of some NEW bras - their old ones were worn out and loose, not providing proper support. BUT most of the women we saw were just trying to make the bra that they had work - and were SEVERAL sizes off in their proper fit. One of the ladies we helped last night had actually "made" a bra out of some leftover materials and it was a "bra" in her mind only - not providing any support or comfort at all. When we fitted her for one of our bras (from "Elila") she was DELIGHTED - absolutely thrilled to have a "real" bra that fit so well. THIS.....THIS....is why we do what we do!
We encourage you to think twice when next cleaning out your lingerie drawer - don't throw away those gently used bras, stop into "Bare Moxie" and donate them to women in need. Such a small act of kindness can make such an incredible difference to these wonderful women!
If you're the type of "Santa" to think "Mrs. Claus" might enjoy some luxurious new lingerie in her stocking....let us help you avoid some of the mis-steps that can happen when gifting intimate apparel.
One of the most important things to remember when gifting lingerie is that it's all in the presentation!! You need to go into your shopping experience with a very clear vision of the gift you are seeking. There are all kinds of factors that play into picking the right lingerie - including color, fabric, fashion, function and above all....FIT!
No matter how pretty the package is wrapped - if you gift lingerie that is not the proper size; you have stepped into "bad gift" territory. If you "guess" her size to be too small....she may start thinking, "Wow, he thinks I am much smaller than I am" and if you "guess" her size to be too large....she may start thinking, "Wow, how big does he think I am anyway?" NEITHER is producing any positive effects for her self-confidence. Some would encourage you to do some research before buying...rummage through her intimate drawer - seeking tags with crucial sizing information. Unfortunately, this approach - along with the dreaded, "She's about your size...." - is a dangerous one:
1. What if you get caught?!? If you are in a relatively new relationship - she may very well wonder WHY you are rummaging through her personal things. This is hardly helpful in building trust.
2. What if the sizes she has in her drawer varies....which one is right? Actually, since 80% of all women wear the wrong size bra (through no fault of their own), chances are HIGH that she has a variety of sizes, because she is continuing to search for a comfortable fit. This may mean that NONE of her bras are the right size. If, however, she has been professionally fitted and is wearing the proper size - sizing can still vary quite a bit between brands, US/UK/German bras, and styles. Using this methodology is an "educated guess" at best.
3. When considering a matching bra and panty set - try to stick with what you know. If she has never worn a thong in front of you (and has verbalized no urge to do so) - picking a set with a thong may not be a good gift. Remember, picking something that is visually appealing to you is fabulous BUT it is HER gift, so make sure it's something she will enjoy wearing!
4. Color matters. This is one of the easiest things to get right. You spend time with her and know the colors that she tends to gravitate toward, to play it safe - stick with those. If she wears a lot of black, you really have a "get out of jail free" card - ANY color can be worn under black/dark colors; so choose a color that you feel would make her eyes "pop", look great with her skin tone, etc.
5. When in doubt, pair a Gift Certificate - for a reputable lingerie boutique - with a fun gift she can use right away (such as a silk robe, scented candle, jewelry, perfume, etc.) Giving her money to spend on herself (guilt-free) is a FUN gift alternative. Or, suggest you make a day of it and go along to the boutique for her fitting, give your opinion on lingerie options she tries, take her out for lunch or dinner and just ENJOY a day together.
A gift of lingerie should make a woman feel desired, coveted, cherished, and special. GREAT FITTING lingerie will boost a woman's self-confidence, raise her posture, and improve her general outlook (YES, a comfortable bra can do all that!). Enjoy giving the gift of comfort this Holiday Season!
Women Struggling Financially Have Special Needs...Help Our "Sisters" Regain Self-Confidence & Hope With A Small Gift!
We live in a society where many men, women, and children struggle each day to make ends meet and often do without. To be honest, many of us lack a true understanding of the what this means. It is largely understood that families are in need, due to economic hardships, domestic situations, etc. - but our minds typically go to basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. These items are indeed critical, but this list does not detail all of a families true needs.
As a boutique that prides ourselves in helping women of every shape and size, we are especially interested in helping women that have found themselves in challenging situations. We know that as women, we often put our basic needs behind those of others that we care for - we will find a way and "make due". Women have unique needs and although some of them are less glamorous than others, they are all very real. A mother will MAKE SURE that her baby has the formula, baby food, diapers, wipes, and clothes that he/she requires to be comfortable, while she goes without. As long as her children are taken care of she will press on...without food, without a warm coat, without comfortable clothing, without items that make her feel like a women that is worth fighting for. Material items are not required to make you happy BUT constantly going without the most elementary of necessities can have a very real toll on a women's self-esteem and confidence. We want to help make a difference!!
Over the past few months, you may have seen us become more and more involved in trying to support local organizations that are actively working to help women in need. Bare Moxie has been involved in several Bra Drives and has even partnered with the "Bra Recyclers", where women are encouraged to donate their new/gently used bras for women in need. What you don't see is the "behind the scenes" work that we also do. The owners of Bare Moxie work together with these organizations to go on-sight at local shelters to professionally fit bras on these women; to make sure they are getting the proper support, size, and comfort that they deserve! A great bra really can change a woman's life!! When she looks in the mirror and sees that she's standing a little straighter, her breasts are being held a little higher and her back and shoulder pain has subsided...she FEELS like she can push forward..it is little BOOST of confidence, something that is often lacking.
This week, you will see us jump in with another local organization, "Go With the Flow", who specializes in collecting items that women need for "That Time of the Month"! What a GREAT idea - - to provide aid for a genuine need of so many women! This group collects Maxipads, Tampons, NEW Underwear, Toiletries and more - and the women that receive these donations have one less expense to worry about for the month!
As we reflect on our lives during the month of November, and give Thanks for all that we have - consider giving to those with less. Help support our "sisters" in need and lighten their burden a bit this month. Stop into Bare Moxie anytime on Thursday, November 9th (10a.m. - 8 p.m.) to drop off a donation for "Go With The Flow" - receive 15% OFF Any Merchandise store wide throughout the day ..... more importantly, make difference to a woman in need.
Imagine wearing a bra that is actually comfortable! A bra that's not too tight and not too loose. A bra that's cups are not gapping...and also not overflowing. A bra with straps constructed to STAY PUT, not leave you tugging on them all day through. Imagine wearing a bra that you don't want to rip off you body as soon as you get home. Making this "dream" your reality is our focus at Bare Moxie.
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are more focused than ever on breast health and what we, as women, can do to keep our breasts as healthy as possible. Of course, the most important thing for every woman to do is to conduct personal breast exams monthly and see your doctor for regular mammograms. But there is one more thing you can do to help improve and maintain your breast health and it has to do with the undergarment that you choose to wear each day - your bra!
Our number one concern, as Certified Bra Fitters, is to confirm "Are You Wearing the Proper Size?" Up to 80% of all women in the United States "think" they are wearing a properly sized bra....but are not. It is certainly not our fault ladies!! We typically shop in stores that don't go beyond to DDD (F) Cup size, so if we have asked for help/sized ourselves in those shops (but are legitimately a larger cup size than they offer), we have likely sacrificed a snug band to gain some additional room in the cup. Even if you are a smaller cup size...chances are that if you have felt discomfort in your bra, you have "self-diagnosed" the problem and increased your band size. The issue with that is that anytime your bra band is larger than you truly require - you are sacrificing support AND may be causing damage to your breast tissue in the process. When wearing a properly fitted bra, ALL of your breast tissue should be contained within the cup and the underwire (assuming it is an underwire bra) should be resting on bone behind your breast tissue. If this is not the case, you can end up with lumps, bumps, and in some cases an ill fitting bra can even impair lymphatic drainage - causing your body to retain toxins it should be removing from your system. A properly fitted bra will help prevent all of these issues.
SO...Once you are sized, it is safe to assume that your size will never change, right? NO - - it really doesn't work that way. We recommend that customers get professionally sized annually. Women's bodies are constantly in motion - - we gain weight, lose weight and just redistribute weight - so it is important to make sure our measurements have remained consistent. Even if your measurements have not changed - so much of obtaining a proper fit has to do with knowing how bra fits vary from brand to brand and style to style. Customers often ask us, "Why don't you have an online shop?" but after visiting us in the store and trying on 15 bras to find 2 that they LOVE, they quickly understand our "Why". Our goal isn't to sell you something that you are not comfortable wearing....our goal is to DELIGHT YOU:
1. With our SERVICE (Certified Fitters are Always On-Site)
2. With your FIT
3. With our STYLES & COLOR SELECTIONS
4. With our PRICES
Because we carry such a wide variety of sizes (28-54" Bands and Cups C-M), we are able to FIT you properly into what works best to support your breasts in a healthy way. We also carry Sports Bras, Nursing Bras, and a nice variety of Mastectomy Bras (with pockets) that are as beautiful as they are functional.
Stop into Bare Moxie for a complimentary fitting and let us help you "Find Your Curve" and the best fit of your life! Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are always welcome.
Women around the globe DREAD swimsuit shopping...no matter the time of year or the occasion; it is not something we enjoy. We are our own worst critics, so we can always find areas that we feel need improvement - -especially when we are faced with swimwear that just doesn't "fit" our curves properly. Most women that are over a "D Cup" in size need a little more support than the industry standard in swim offers. A piece of fabric S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D over our bosom does nothing to flatter our figure and in fact flattens what we have, often not offering ample coverage at all. So - what is a girl to do?
Bare Moxie sympathizes with the woman's plight and has specifically selected swimsuit styles that support women of ALL shapes and sizes in a stylish, flattering manner. If you are a 32F in a bra.....come into Bare Moxie and you can find a swimsuit in a 32F to fit you just right. This also rings true if you're a 36H. 40G, 34I - - whatever your size, it is our goal to make sure that you look and feel your VERY best, whether lounging by the pool or taking a dip in the ocean.
Bare Moxie carries a variety of swimwear year-round to best serve our customers. Stop in to see what we have in-store today, selected styles are on sale now as we prepare to welcome our 2018 selections (AND an entirely new line of products) to the store over the next several months. Don't "settle" for the best swimsuit you can find.....come to Bare Moxie and find the BEST swimsuit, designed to fit your curves!
You've heard us say it before but the stats just don't lie! EIGHT out of ten women are not wearing a properly sized bra today, which causes obvious overall discomfort but can also lead to so much more! The problem with fit, isn't due to women being poor shoppers....on the contrary...we know that ladies are doing the very best they can with the options they have available to them. Unfortunately, all stores and brands are not created equal - and if you have only shopped with larger, chain stores in the past - you are likely limited to what their corporate teams have determined is the "average" size for a American woman. This "corporate approach" is largely skewed and not really representative of the ACTUAL American Woman.
Did you know that the average breast size TODAY for an American Woman is a D? THAT IS JUST AVERAGE - - and so many of us are beyond average, which makes bra shopping a struggle! The problem is, if you are truly a 34G but are shopping at a store that only sells up to a DD in cup size; what are you to do? Most of the time, you "make do" - which means you will increase your band size by up to 4" (often ending around a size 38DD), because each time you increase that band size - you can "cheat" a bit and decrease the cup size. The issue with that is that you are sacrificing ALL of your support!! The band should be supporting 80% of your overall breast weight BUT when it is so large it is hardly touching your torso, it makes this job nearly impossible and places all of that weight squarely on your shoulders - - causing back pain, shoulder indents, and more PLUS if you are wearing underwire and an incorrect cup size, you run the risk of developing lumps and cysts on the breast tissue from the pressure of the wire being improperly positioned.
At Bare Moxie, we are honored to assist our clients in finding bras that actually FIT perfectly, because they come in all shapes and sizes. We don't believe you should have to alter your body to fit our bras; OUR bras have been specially selected by our owners to FIT YOU! So often, we have shoppers that literally ask us to cut off the tags from their new bras, as they discard their old ones into our trash bin...which got us to thinking....some of these are in really good shape - just not a good fit, could we find a way to donate them to someone in need??
So now we have! Bare Moxie has recently finished our very first charity drive with "Bra Recyclers" and our clients have been generous with their donations! All bras that have been donated will be cleaned and shipped to the "Bra Recyclers" to be distributed among local non-profit organizations to benefit women of all ages who need good, supportive undergarments.
As Ambassadors, Bare Moxie is happy to take your bra donations at any time thoughout the year and are thrilled to "lock arms" with an organization as driven to make a positive impact on the lives of women as we are!
We hope that you were among those that stopped in to visit Bare Moxie today to "Find Your Curve" and SAVE some money! What a fun-filled day we have had hosting "Maria & Steve" - radio personalities from WBIG 1280AM! Customers that came in today had the chance to purchase "Radio Shopping Show" Gift Certificates LIVE with Maria & Steve PLUS they were able to take advantage of our Buy One, Get One at 50% Promotion - - what a deal!
Didn't make it in today; stop by to visit soon - new products coming in weekly! :)
Bare Moxie is not satisfied offering our clients the "status quo" in lingerie and swimwear. We are constantly striving to provide you with the hottest trends, colors, and styles while focusing on quality and support for EVERY woman! We do not believe that sitting in our boutique - in Geneva, IL - thumbing through catalogs is enough to bring extraordinary finds to our clients....it takes more.....so we DO more!!
For the past week one of our owners has been to the "Mode City" Show in Paris, France. Why Paris? PARIS is the undisputed fashion capital of the world and for lingerie and swim....it is THE place to see and be seen! Of course, it was reaffirming to run into several of the brands that we already carry in-store everyday. The excitement, however, was in finding several NEW brands that we will begin featuring in our store soon - brands that fill some of the style, sizing, or specialty requirements that we feel that we currently lack.
The upcoming season's color pallet is lovely - the patterns are bold and we are certain you will be delighted with what you see! Keep tuned in to Bare Moxie's FB Page for the latest on our NEW ARRIVALS!
Bare Moxie is a store that was designed to offer our clients beautiful, colorful, vibrant styles to brighten their lingerie drawer - no matter their shape or size. We scoff at the notion that women only want to wear black/white/nude undergarments; women want CHOICES, which is what Bare Moxie delivers! When we say, "There's always something NEW at Bare Moxie!" we mean it! Our fashion lines are selected to best reflect our client's taste and NEW selections arrive each month.
These two beauties have just arrived at our boutique this week! Introducing the "Sheer Bliss" (left) and "Smoothie Soul Mulberry" (right) collections - both from "Curvy Kate", based in the UK. Fun and flirty, these intimates are both comfortable and sleek in design - with the Smoothie Soul including the J-hook feature that our clients adore!
As one of our Owners prepares to head to lingerie's "fashion event" next week in Paris, we are SO EXCITED to see what new styles and trends will be heading your way next season! Bare Moxie is devoted to bringing the most elegant styles and designs to our clients everyday from around the globe!
Hurry in to "Find Your Curve" at Bare Moxie today!
Take a minute to listen to Bare Moxie Owners, Sonja and JoAnn, and learn more about all of the fabulous products and services that this intimate Geneva boutique has to offer! Stop in soon to visit Bare Moxie, "The Every Miss Boutique"!