Wednesday, November 2, 2016

5th Annual Bras For Hope Event & Bra Drop 2016

These handsome guys...
They're all members of Omega Psi Phi's Eta Delta Delta Chapter at George Mason University!  They generously donated their time and efforts again this year to collect bras and raise awareness about breast cancer on the George Mason campus. 
We are so appreciative of these young men, THANK YOU!

In addition to the bras Omegas collected, our *AMAZING* customers, health partners, their friends & family donated almost 1,100 bras again this year to be recycled or donated to women's shelter's in the area.  THANK YOU!

Special thanks go out to:
Karma Vitality Studio, A Women's Wellness Gym
Fairfax Radiological Consultants, largest private radiology practice in the DC Metro area
Neck, Back, & Beyond, Chiropractic Services & Holistic Wellness Services
Studio BE Pilates, Fairfax's Premier Pilates Studio
for collecting bra donations and spreading the word about our event & bra drop!  
We all specialize in women's wellness & are so happy to have small business support within the community.  THANK YOU!

This year, we were delighted to name INOVA Life With Cancer Foundation as our beneficiary. 
The portion of the day's proceeds that is donated to Life With Cancer will go to helping provide classes, resources, and support for women in our community fighting cancer and those who are on the road to recovery.  We have been fortunate to get to know some of the oncology nurse navigators in the past couple of years, and in turn, some of their patients who have come to Belle Mode for post surgical & mastectomy bra fittings.  We can't tell you how honored we are to be providing this service to women in the Northern Virginia area.

Bras for BRAWS
We were also delighted to be able to take donations for our friends at BRAWS, a local organization that is female owned and operated.  BRAWS collects new bras to provide to our area's homeless shelters for women in need.  They also collect packaged feminine products to provide to the shelters, as these items are not able to be purchased with government assistance, but are a VERY NECESSARY item for every woman.  Please visit their website to find out how you can donate or volunteer.

Each year our event is growing, THANKS TO YOU!
We have no words to express the gratitude we have for the support of our customers & our community so that we can continue to help educate women on breast wellness and provide special fitting services for those in need. 

If you would like to be a part of our 2017 event, there are many ways you can help.
Please contact Belle Mode to find out more.  Planning for next year's event will be underway shortly!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Bras for Hope: AMAZING Raffles, Gifts with Purchase, & More!

Saturday, October 22nd
Belle Mode's 5th Annual Bras for Hope Fundraising Event 
to Benefit INOVA's Life with Cancer Foundation

We are so happy to be able to donate to such a wonderful organization this year! Throughout the past few years, we have gotten to know some of the amazing nurse navigators that serve breast cancer patients by helping them find the valuable resources they need to transition from cancer patients to CANCER SURVIVORS. From gentle exercise classes, to support groups, to self-image recovery help, this foundation provides it all. 

The gals at Belle Mode have been working hard to be sure that we have some excellent ways to thank our customers for coming out to support INOVA Life with Cancer.  This year, we've got even more great raffles and gifts with purchase, and swag bags for the first 25 customers who make a purchase! 

Check out what we've got in store for you...


Raffle items donated from some of our neighbors, the wonderful businesses in Fairfax Corner and the surrounding area include:

2 3-D Mammograms from Fairfax Radiological Consultants
2 months unlimited classes at Core Power Yoga, 1 for you, 1 for a friend!
Medalase Laser Treatment Gift Certificate
$25 Gift Certificate from Nest Egg
2 $25 Gift Certificates from Uncle Julio's
Lunch for 4 from Potbelly
$25 Gift Certificate and a full growler from World Of Beer
Gorgeous pink Arianne camisole in size Medium


Gifts with purchase from your favorite brands include:

Boy shorts from Fleur't Intimates with a $75 purchase
Jewelry rolls from Chantelle Lingerie with the purchase of any bra or 3 panties
Compacts from Natori with a $45 purchase
Thongs from Cosabella with a $50 purchase
Assorted bottoms from Yummie Tummie with a $50 purchase
Mesh wash bags from Anita with a $45 purchase
Thongs from Hanky Panky with a $60 purchase
Jump Ropes from Panache Lingerie with the purchase of a bra
Lip Glosses from Commando with the purchase of any bottom

A very special "Thank You" to all of our friends & neighbors in Fairfax Corner & the surrounding area who generously donated to our swag bags:

StudioBE Pilates
Core Power Yoga
First Impressions Salon
PF Chang's
Pot Belly's
Reflections of You Salon
... and more!

Friday, July 22, 2016

"Bra Fit Specialists" vs. "Sales Associates"

Okay, Belles of Belle Mode.  If you share a blog post with friends this month, let it be this one!

We're going to get down and dirty and explain why you need a "bra fit specialist" (think locally owned & operated boutique) in your life instead of a "sales associate" (you know ... the employees at mall and big box stores).  It's not about semantics, it's about your experience.  We've earned our titles as Belle Mode Bra Fit Specialists!

WARNING: It might not be pretty (except the gorgeous Panaches sports bra model in our photos), but we're going to duke it out for you right here!

ROUND 1: Commission vs. Honesty
Let's just address this and get it out of the way.  Many major department stores pay their sales associates on a commission base. There's nothing wrong with being paid commission, unless it clouds the sales ethic of the sales associate.  At a boutique, with a bra fit specialist, you are most likely going to experience honesty based on the boutique's desire to make a difference in the community they serve.  Sure, we need to make money to keep our doors open and pay our employees, but most small business owners start a business because they have personally experienced a need for the service they provide and products they carry.  They care about their employees and don't want them to be worried about sacrificing honesty and integrity for a sale.  Most importantly, they want every customer to walk away confident with their purchase and comfortable in their bra!

ROUND 2: Size vs. Fit
Most women visit us in the hopes of finding the right bra size.  Here's where we're going to disappoint you:  you don't have a bra size.  Truth be told, you can't even measure for a bra size- there's no magic formula.  You can measure for a *starting* point on band size, but that's it!  Measuring for a cup size does not work because each pair of breasts is shaped and placed differently on the torso.  Plus, fit standards are very different for each company AND, even within the same company, for each bra.  Sorry, but you'll have to see a sales associate to find a "bra size"!

On the other hand, your fit specialist will make sure you find the right bra FIT for your body.  A bra is not a bra, is not a bra ... each bra fits a little different from the next based on factors such as fabric composition, cup, strap, wire, & band proportions, etc.  The key points to finding the perfect fit include: band fit, cup volume, underwire placement (if you wear an underwire), strap placement, & of course, comfort level. Focus on fit vs. size with your specialist & you'll have a positive bra shopping experience!

ROUND 3: Friendly, Familiar Faces vs. High Turnover

Familiar, friendly faces mean that the fit specialists are knowledgeable about the product.  They see many bras in many sizes on many body types.  Your fit specialist may take one look at your body type and know what works before you even get into the room.  Although sometimes we freak people out when the first few bras are homeruns ... but hey, we've been doing this for a while!

Unfortunately, high turnover in sales associates means that for the time the employees are there, they may not have as much exposure to product or body types.  It can be a frustrating experience to spend hours only to find one bra that, as one of our customers said about her best Vicky's bra, "kinda has an okay" fit.


Monday, July 4, 2016

Belle Mode Welcomes Marie Jo

We're excited to announce to all of our fashionista's that as of this past month, we are now carrying Marie Jo bras at Belle Mode!  

"Marie Jo bras are the epitome of high fashion.  With extravagant detail and seamless trendy appeal Marie Jo bras are without a doubt among the highest tier of fine lingerie.  Striving to keep with the times and to always give women new high quality lingerie Marie Jo pulls no punches.  Always paving the way with the new creative styles and amazing quality to boot, you can't go wrong" - Marie Jo

We couldn't agree more with this statement <3

Meet Tom - the first style you will find on our floor and the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe! 

This is a basic in the Marie Jo line in white, black, scarlet (red), caffe latte (nude), & natural (ivory) all year round

This convertible bra with seamless underwire cups is suitable for wearing under all different weight tops and can be worn with straps in 3 different positions:  traditionally, criss-crossed (racerback), or in halter position.

No strapless bra needed here under this beautiful top from our neighbors at Undeniable Boutique thanks to Tom

Ditching your strapless bra and getting the shape and lift of a bra with straps ... doesn't that sound nice?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

More from the Eveden Trunk Show at Belle Mode

This past weekend we were lucky to have our neighbor Val from Valerie Bey Photography stop by our trunk show with her camera!  The following photos are ones she snapped towards the end of the show <3  Thanks for sharing these with us Val! 

 Our trunk show featured 3 of our designers that cater to hard to find sizes - Elomi Lingerie, Freya Lingerie, & Fantasie Lingerie

This bathing suit group right here by Freya indeed stole the show and was a highlight for many of our customers.  Both styles sold beautifully and come in black & white! 

A roll-rack dedicated to future shipments for their swim

Sam, Monique, & Nicole taking a little break at the end of the show! 

Belle Mode's wonderful sales rep Bob Foster and make-up-less Nicole pose for a photo.  Day 1 of the trunk show went so well, she didn't have time to get all done up for Day 2! 

We adore how much effort Eveden is putting into developing this line for a very special, yet under-served demographic in the world of lingerie. 

They don't just make gorgeous & supportive swimwear, they also have cover-ups too

 National Fit Specialist Frederika Zappe & Monique help a customer make decisions on some items she found

We've got our eye on this stunning Fantasie fashion style for our F/W '16 shipments so keep your eyes peeled for it as it's a killer piece

Being a designers sample size has some perks!

 A little holiday sexy, perhaps?  We're thinking about bringing this in for later in the F/W season <3

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Elomi, Fantasie, & Freya Lingerie Trunk Show

Belle Mode presents a very special event for the customers we love ... A trunk show featuring specialty size designers Fantasie, Elomi, & Freya!

Alright ladies!  The gals at Belle Mode have been working really hard to put together an event where you can see ALL of the product offered by not one, not two, but THREE companies.  If you fall into one of the following size combinations, you'll want to see what the Eveden brands have in store for you in lingerie & swimwear:

Full bust, average frame (band sizes 32-38, cup sizes DDD-K)
Full bust, full frame (band sizes 38-46, cup sizes D-K)
Full bust, petite frame (band sizes 28-34, cup sizes D-K)

Women's bodies are not cookie-cutter 

If you shop with us, you already know that it's our mission to provide product that solves the challenges that each unique body comes with.  It's our goal to give EVERY WOMAN whose life we are lucky enough to touch the confidence and comfort she deserves. We know that it's especially hard for women with a fuller bust to find comfort and support that's fashionable and flattering under clothing while being of the utmost quality.  You are an under-served market in a world of 34A-38D product!

We're taking our commitment to carry THE BEST PRODUCT to the next level by providing our customers with the unique opportunity to meet with the National Fit Specialist, Frederika Zappe, to view their ENTIRE BASIC LINE as well as current and Fall/Winter 2016 fashion, ask questions about product, and talk about issues that our unique body types face, & receive a special discount on items ordered at the trunk show.

We need you to be the buyer

This event also helps us help you beyond the fall season.  Seeing your reaction to and hearing your opinion of product is crucial to our buying process.  We always want to have things we know you'll love, and what better way than to hear it first hand from you!

How the trunk show works
  1. Make an appointment: due to the excessive amount of interest in the trunk show (we already have a VERY LONG list of attendees) we are stressing the importance of making an appointment.  If you cannot make an appointment, there will be a few held spots for walk-ins.
  2. Try on product: Chat with Frederika about any fit challenges you face & product you'd like to see. She'll give you advice & product recommendations to fit your needs...and maybe your "wants"!
  3. Get a discount & order product. Belle Mode is offering an exclusive 10% discount on orders placed at the trunk show.  Pre-ordering guarantees that you will get the styles you want before they sell out globally.



Freya Lingerie - Dedicated to giving you fashion that fits beautifully and looks gorgeous, including lingerie, swimwear, and sportswear.  

Elomi Lingerie -  Sheer confidence - soft indulgence - and with a new swimwear collection.  If you want plus size lingerie with unparalleled fit, effortless support, and striking design - Elomi is it!    

Fantasie Lingerie - Everyday is special in Fantasie.  Luxurious lingerie trends and styles for effortless support and comfort.  Cut with superior fabrics, with gorgeous designs up to a K cup.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sneak Peek: Swim 2016 at Belle Mode

2015 was a big year for us and our bra sized swimwear, so we decided to go bigger than ever for 2016 with cup sizes B-J and bands 28-44 on their way and some already here. 

If we are as successful as we have been the past two seasons, we will be needing much more than this to get through August so consider this JUST A TEASER, xoxo!  

... Already in stock ...

... Arriving at the end of March ...

... April & May Arrivals ...