Once you’ve ventured into Toronto’s select lingerie stores, you’ll be hard-pressed to return to the Bay for your underwear needs. The reason is the larger retailers do not tend to carry cup sizes beyond a DD and the selection of styles smaller than a 34 is limited. As a result, you will often walk out wearing the wrong bra size. The best bra stores in Toronto have a wide variety of bra sizes from A to K, which will ensure a proper fit.
Don’t think of visiting a specialty lingerie store to buy fine underwear as a luxury. Every woman deserves to find a perfect-fitting bra that will cinch in her waist, make tops and jackets fit nicer, as well as provide proper support to eliminate shoulder, back and neck pain. Fine lingerie also makes a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift.
Tryst Lingerie at 559 Queen Street West (just west of John Street), 647-430-0994 and 465 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-484-6678 carries fine lingerie from sizes 28 to 52 AA to K including fashion bras for smaller busted women from Passionata, Princess Tam and Freya and bras for larger-busted women from Piege, Whimsy and Chantelle. Tryst also carries panties by Commando, Hanky Panky thongs, and Booty Pop padded underwear. According to Tryst, 50 per cent of women are a size D or larger. Tryst’s professionally-trained fitters will ensure that you leave with a perfectly-fitting bra.
With locations at 315 Queen St. W., 2645 Yonge St., and The Shops of Don Mills, Change Lingerie sells their own Danish brand of lingerie in bra sizes from 30A to 42H. Change’s expert fitters will ensure that you are not bulging out at the sides of your bra (which means you need a larger cup size). Many of Change’s bras come with matching panties in colourful two-tone or single shades, and are reasonably priced with bras ranging from $20-$70.
With four locations at 55 Avenue Rd., 1925 Avenue Rd., 250 Wincott Drive and Bayview Village Shopping Centre, Linea Intima stocks some of the best European brands of lingerie including Empreinte, PrimaDonna and Chantelle bras in the D-G cup range, and youthful and fun brands like Freya, Betsey Johnson, and Blush. Once you’ve tried one of these high-end bras on and experienced the fabulous fit, you’ll never want to take it off. Linea Intima also sells the popular Hanky Panky thong that does not leave a panty line.
Celebrities such as Shania Twain, Paris Hilton, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Juliette Lewis and Janet Gretzky have all shopped at Avec Plaisir’s Yorkville location at 136 Cumberland Ave., 416-922-7702, due to the store’s exclusive European bra and lingerie brands including La Perla, Ravage, Empreinte, PrimaDonna, Lejaby, Domani and Gottex. Avec Plaisir has a second location at 573 Danforth Ave., 416-466-5011.
Secrets From Your Sister at 560 Bloor St. W. (west of Bathurst), 416-538-1234, and 2501 Yonge St. (north of Castlefield), 416-482-8007, prides themself on selling the perfect-fitting basic or fashion bras in modest and more daring styles. Bra styles come in smaller and bustier sizes and are on the fringe of fashion in cup sizes from 30-44 A-K. Bra prices range from $70-$190.
The Bra Bar at 15 Hazelton Lanes, 416-921-4567, has been serving Toronto clientele for almost 40 years and features luxury fashion bras by Aubade, Fantasie, Barbara, Lise Charmel, Princess Tam Tam, Piege and Panache.