Linea Intima, 1925 Avenue Road, 416-780-1726; 2901 Bayview, 416-245-3633; 250 Wincott, 416-221-9225. www.lineaintima.com Rating: NNNNN
I hate to break it to you bra-wearing sistahs, but according to Liliana Mann, the expert-eyes owner of Linea Intima, like, 80 per cent of you are wearing the wrong bra size. Explains your droopy cup, aching back, bulging sides and/or back rolls, dunnit? With a background designing Canadian-made lingerie for 16 years and a decade of fitting brassieres in her shop, the woman should know. While the boutique boasts a who's who of racy designer lingerie lines, the real specialty here is Mann's honest approach to getting you in the right alpha-numerics. Size matters, especially when it comes to fitting a breast cancer survivor for a prosthesis. A team of certified fitters is available at the Avenue Road and Etobicoke locations. Reservations are required.
Mann's picks: Hanky Panky thong, $24.50; Aubade demi-cup bra $145; Prima Donna bra from the Arabi collection, $172; Simone Perele padded push-up bra, $135; and Barbara lacy push-up bra, $159.
Look for: T-shirt bras by Chantelle; gently used bra drives in May and October that donate to local women's shelters; and this month's in-store fundraiser, giving $1 from every bra sold to the Breast Cancer Society.
Store hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.