Jan. 23rd, 2012

Soma

Jan. 23rd, 2012 11:36 am
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Soma is one of my favorite stores ever. I love the place. I wish there were
more of them in the Pittsburgh area, and let me tell you why.

I discovered Soma the first time I went to Ross Park Mall. I was pretty
horribly dissatisfied with Victoria's Secret at the time (they had just
reduced their sizes in the stores local to me, which made me unable to buy
bras from them, and some bad experiences with some *customers* there left
me a little bitter), so I was interested to see what they had.

I should note that the Soma store in Ross Park Mall is TINY. It's super
small. That's my only real complaint, because it can make it difficult to
shop on busy days and it makes me super anxious. I wish they had a larger
store, so hopefully someday that will be the case.

The first thing I found out about Soma is that they have a great range of
sizes. I wear a 36DD or 38D, and have no trouble finding my size in almost
any of their bras. That is super awesome. It makes it easy to find bras
that I like that fit, and that look really nice! The charts below are from
the Soma website, but don't include all of the DDD sizes.

[image: somachart2.jpg]

[image: chart3.jpg]


They also have reasonable sizes in their clothing, pajamas, and panties.
They unfortunately don't have much for plus size clothing, but their sizes
are larger than many stores, so I can wear a L or XL in a lot of their
items.

Their Vanishing
Edge<http://www.soma.com/store/browse/shelf.jsp?cat=vanishing+edge&catid=cat20004>panties
are the bomb. No, seriously, these things erase panty lines, and
they're thin and super comfortable, plus they come in tons of different
colors and styles. I personally love the hipster and high-leg ones, because
they look great under dress pants.

Their bamboo panties are soooo great. They feel like you're wearing
nothing, and they are rayon-bamboo so they have a bit of stretch, but not
too much, and since they're more natural fabric than a lot of the other
panties, they are more breathable. I didn't buy them at first, but now that
I bought them, they're hard to stop wearing! I love wearing them for
working out. I have replaced nearly all of my panties with the bamboo-rayon
panties and the Vanishing Edge panties, thanks to their Panty Raids, where
you can get a bunch of panties for a really nice price.

One of my favorite products they have right now is the Vanishing Back bra.
I know a lot of women who have troubles with "bra bumps" on their back,
where the seams on the edge of the bras sits. It's uncomfortable and looks
kind of weird, so when I saw the new Vanishing Back bras when they came
out, I was ecstatic. They really work, too, and are SO comfortable. I have
slept in them and it didn't even feel uncomfortable at all. They also look
pretty good - very standard full-coverage styles, but they have both front
and back-close bras, in a bunch of colors. The only real complaints I have
with them are that the front-clasp metal plating tends to wear off, and the
backs of the bras (especially the front-close) will stretch out pretty
easily. However, it's worth it to get such a comfortable, flattering bra in
multiple styles. I own four of them.

[image: soma2.JPG]

They also have what they call "cami-bras". These bras are really cool. They
have mesh or lace over the bra that makes them look like a camisole. It is
great for summer when you want to wear something to cover up cleavage, but
don't want to wear a full layer. They're also really nice under dresses!
One issue with them is that they feel like they are sized smaller and
tighter - they can create a bit of a bump in the back and are really not
for all-day, all-night wear.

[image: soma1.JPG]

Their pajamas and workout clothes are some of the comfiest things I've ever
worn. I love their workout clothes - the sizing is reasonable and not as
rough with the vanity sizing. The fabrics are also really nice. One of the
workout jackets I have is a nice, stretchy fabric, and also has zippers on
the wrists and up the side of the jacket that goes the whole way to the
bust!

[image: soma3.JPG]

I really love the products at Soma. I think their prices are comparable to
Victoria's Secret, and that the quality is as good or better. They may not
have as big a variety of products as Victoria's Secret or other bra and
clothing stores, but it makes a difference in what you get!

One of the BEST things about Soma is their customer service and their
Passport program. I have never had any issue with Soma. In some cases, I've
had returns or lost coupons, and both times the customer service was
excellent. Replacing lost coupons (including loading them onto my Passport
account so I don't have to pick them up or wait for them in the mail),
allowing quick and easy returns, and just generally being super-nice is all
standard for Soma. I love that.

Their Passport program is great because any coupons you earn are typically
loaded directly into your account, plus you get 5% off each purchase! You
don't get as many free products as you do with Victoria's Secret, but I
don't mind. The ease of use with the Passport program is what matters to
me. I don't have to worry about whether I forgot a coupon, most of the
time, and it makes the checkout process much faster.

Next time you need to buy a new bra, I suggest you check out Soma. They do
bra fittings, and it's best to get one every six months, so go out and get
a new bra that fits! Check out their Panty Raids when you want to get
something comfortable that looks great under your dress pants or formal
clothes. If you work out a lot, pick up some of their workout clothes - or
get some pajamas for your rest days! Soma is one of my favorite stores, and
I hope that you can check them out and fall in love with their products,
too!

http://www.soma.com Images borrowed from their website or newsletters.

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