Bras & pants that promise to bedazzle!

Images of bras & pants courtesy of Vogue.co.uk: Alberta ferretiJohn Galliano,  Carven and Paco Rabanne

Can We Lesser Mortals find lovely bras & pants & not look like 50 Shades of Grey?

So its February. ☔️ Still not feeling motivated to go shopping? Me neither. I’ve bought all the sale stuff I fancy, but I’m nowhere near motivated to buy any summer stuff yet. Consequently, now is a  good time to go through all your underwear drawers and chuck out any bras & pants which are old and need replacing.

Why spend on something you can’t see?

Bras & pants are sorely neglected as it isn’t something which gets seen very often, and frankly, you kind of resent spending money on. As much as that is the case, I would say, that you feel unbelievably more confident, sexy, & powerful with a really nice set of undies on. I got some silk PJ’s from Xmas and I still feel satisfyingly indulgent when I put them on. And why not! We all deserve a little pampering.

What should go?

Any bras & pants which are grey(!!) but should be white, any bra which is on it’s tightest setting but you can pull a few inches away from your back, any bra which you don’t fill the cup, any bra which you over fill the cup (hello 4 boobs)

Additionally, any baggy pants, any pants you spill over the top, sides or bottom of, 😱 (remember – squeezing into pants which are too small for you, will make you look bigger than if you wore a larger size, which fits properly) any pants which are more appropriate for a hooker, any pants which are more appropriate for a toned, fit and slim body (unless you have one) and finally – fashions change.

What’s the secret to looking younger?

Keeping up with trends. Ok, you don’t need to get carried away – but anyone wearing a double breasted blazer & pearl necklace, is going to look older than someone wearing a bomber jacket ( and Mary Berry DID wear one on the Bake off) Since there has been a swing towards retro styles in clothing, & this has been carried through to bras & pants as well. Large burlesque style pants are very in vogue, and will flatter a larger lady or someone who is top heavy, whilst bras which are more longline or corset in style, can enhance  your boobs or balance out large hips.

Since loads of bras have various levels of padding, you can choose the appropriate style to compliment your assets! (RIP chicken fillets). Slight padding in a bra can give a great shape to any size chest, as well as hiding prominent nipples. (did you know in America, having your “headlights” on show can be offensive, or, considered a turn on – take you pick). Retailers are shaping up (ho ho ) to “post surgery” or non wired bras, giving a greater choice.

Additionally there is the appearance of bra-lets. These are lacy crop top style bras with no support or padding. Often, they have cross straps or lace panels at the back. Not ideal for those who were over blessed “up top”. Can you wear them whatever your age? Since there is a big trend this summer for sheer fabrics, bra-lets  may well solve the problem of what underwear to wear. Equally, leave a blouse open and flash a bit of lace.

Whilst they offer hardly any support, I suggest wearing a nude bra which will support your boobs, and then wear a bra-let over the top. If you are shy, wear the same coloured bra-let to match the sheer fabric i.e. grey bra-let with grey sheer top, black with black etc. Similarly, if you are wearing a strappy dress or top, a bra-let is ideal, as the straps are meant to be seen. No more see through bra straps or strapless bras. (see further reading below)

Matching bra & pants? Oh I think so.

Underneath is a selection of bras & pants which offer varying degrees of support. Embrace bold colours as they are designed to be seen. Don’t just stick to white and black.

After all it’s Valentines Day soon, and that’s the perfect excuse for new undies!!!👙

Good for boyish/athletic

  1. Lace plunge multiway bra. £38. House of Fraser Calvin Klein Various sizes 30 C- 36D Nylon elastane, wired, padded, moulded. Available in red, navy, black, nude. Some colours reduced.
  2. Seductive comfort thong £22  Calvin Klein Size XS to L. Only available in red at HoF
  3. Seductive Comfort hipsters. £26. Calvin Klein. Size XS-L Only red available at HoF. Some colours reduced.
  4. Guipure floral bra-lette. £18.50. Ted Baker at Debenhams Size 8-18. Polyester, elastane, polyamide mix.
  5. Guipure floral brazilian pants. £13.50. Ted Baker at Debenhams. Size 8-18 £13.50. Polyamide, polyester, elastane mix.

Good for longer bodies/broader shoulders

  1. Red Daisy Guipure non wired, non padded bra. £22. Next Size 32B-38DD. Nylon polyester elastane mix.
  2. Red Guipure high waisted pants. £14. Next Size 6-18 Nylon polyester elastane mix.
  3. Red Guipure light padded cami slip. £35. Next Size 32A – 38DD. Nylon polyester elastane mix.

Good for hourglass and big busts

  1. Rose print Phoebe longline bra. £20. Next. Size 32A- 38DD. Polyester nylon elastane mix.
  2. Rose print high waisted briefs. £12. Next. Size 6-18. Nylon polyester elastane.
  3. Rose print Phoebe DD+ balcony bra. £24. Next Size 30DD – 38G. Lightly padded bra. Nylon polyester elastane mix.

Good for pear shapes and boyish

  1. Janet Reger halterneck bra. £26. Debenhams. Size 32-36 cups A-D. Polyamide elastane mix. Underwired.
  2. Janet Reger dark lace brazilian briefs. £15. Debenhams. Size 8-18. Polyester polyamide elastane mix.
  3. Janet Reger lace bralet. £24. Debenhams. Size 8-18 Polyester polyamide elastane mix.
  4. Janet Reger lace bow Brazilian briefs. Debenhams. Size 8-18. Polyester polyamide elastane mix. Nice detail at the back.

Good post surgery with an option for larger busts

  1. Silk and lace post surgery bra. £27.50. M and S Size 32-40 A-DD depending on size. Viscose, silk, elastane, polyester mix. Full cup, non wired, padded.
  2. Silk and lace padded balcony bra. £26. M and S Size 30-40 A-E Polyester polyamide viscose elastane mix.
  3. Silk and polyester non padded bra. £26. M and S. Size 32-40 DD-G but running out of stock.
  4. Silk and lace high leg knickers £12.50. M and S Size 6-20. Polyamide silk elastane.
  5. Silk and lace brazilian knickers. £12.50 M and S Size 6-20. Polyamide silk elastane.

Good for very large busts

  1. Snake print non padded minimiser bra. £20. M and S. Size 36-40, cups C-G. Polyester polyamide elastane.
  2. Snale print brazilian pants. £12.50 M and S Size 8-20. Polyamide elastane mix.

Good for small/medium chests

  1. Lace bralet. £14.99. H and M Size 8-18, in black too. They have something similar with cup sizes and more support. This is lined, and no fasteners. Polyamide elastane.
  2. Lace backed super push up bra. £14.99. H and M. Size 32-36 A – D. Microfibre, padded and under wired.

Hoping that this has inspired you to get out of your bras & pants (!) rut and try something new!!

Further reading:

20 style tips on how to wear a bralet: gurl.com

3 ways to wear the bralet trend: glamour

How do I wear a bralet: herapparelintimates.com

underwear trends for this season you need to know about: huffingtonpost.com

How to wear a high neck bralet: gurl.com

 

9 Lingerie Style fashions to lust after this summer!!

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Lingerie style fashions, courtesy of Vogue.co.uk – Celine, Alexander wang, Burberry  and Givenchy

Can We Lesser Mortals wear the Lingerie Style clothes, without looking like we’ve gone out in our underwear?

That’s it – we’re all so hard up now after the recession, we’re about to spend the summer going out in our underwear!! Or so it looks to the untrained eye. Catwalk designers have turned to lingerie style garments to inspire their summer collections, and this has in turn, influenced the High Street. It’s not the easiest of trends to follow if you need some serious scaffolding to support your chest, but there is a vast array of support underwear in the shops, for whatever your size and shape. Failing that, choose some brightly coloured bra straps and make a contrasting feature of the whole thing!! Can you wear slip dresses and camisoles whatever your age? Personally I would steer away from anything too white  and lace-y (lets face it, you are kidding no-one about the state of your innocence, and you don’t want to look like a bride) If you are older you may be conscious of your arms, but it is totally acceptable to wear T shirts or such like under your slip dress, or a shrug over the top. Having said that, they don’t give you much to hide under. It doesn’t really matter what size you are. Nowadays, it’s all about accepting yourself for who you are and embracing it, rather than covering it up. For me, I think the camisole tops are easy to wear on holiday or during hot weather, styled with a skirt or skinny jeans – and with a blazer or bomber jacket chucked over the top. Slip dresses are fabulous with flat converses or sandals, and a pashmina for evening (possibly avoid mules, or they’ll look like your slippers!!)

Let me know what you think, would you or wouldn’t you? And how would you style them up? Shall I do a “3 ways to wear” piece on lingerie style clothes? Let me know. Best bargain for what you get – the Ghost dress at the bottom.

 

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  1. Lace Doll Dress. £55. Top Shop. Size 4-16. Polyester cotton viscose mix. Machine washable. Perfect for a more modest look. This shift dress is inspired by the “lingerie” trend, but is much more user friendly. Best for boyish shapes.
  2. Lace Crepe Dress £199. Karen Millen. Size 6-16. 100% polyester. Dry clean only. This has a fitted bodice and is straight to the knees so best for boyish shapes, although less extreme apple shapes or hourglass, may get away with this style.
  3. Lace trim dress. £39.50 Marks and Spencers. Size 6-18. 100% viscose. Machine washable. This is much looser and unstructured so anyone can wear, but it will suit boyish and apple shapes best.

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  1. Lace trim camisole top. £22.50. Marks and Spencers. size 6-18. 100% viscose. Machine washable. Also available in khaki. Loose fitting and flowing, this top fits most body shapes but will flatter boyish and apple best.
  2. Sage lace trim came top.£24. Next size 6-22. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Also available in black.  There isn’t a lot of shape to this top, but the black trim means this is a great top for boyish, and slight apple. Again, other shapes can wear, but it depends what you co-ordinate with.
  3. Emeline Camisole Top. £68. All saints. Size 2-14. Available in black too. No info on fabric and care. Nearly all of these tops, are just slip over, so not great for big busts. However, out of all the tops,  this V neck line is better for slightly larger busted ladies. Most other shapes can wear too.

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  1. Dress with lace hem. £35.99. Zara Size S-XL. 100% polyester. Machine washable. This flowing style is best for this with bigger busts, if they can find the right bra. The elastic waist band nips the dress in, under the bust line. It may also suit apple, pear and hourglass shapes.
  2. Janine Dress Lint green. £95. Ghost.  Size XS-XL. 100% viscose, hand washable. This bias cut dress, has the most structure out of all the items shown. Adjustable straps and bias cut skirt, make this suitable for pear shapes, hourglass and larger busted ladies.
  3. Miki monochrome high heeled sandal. £295. Lk Bennet Size 35-42. Leather. Inspired by the black and white trend. Also available in orange. A lovely high heel for special occasions. The fastening at the front allows for some lea way on width of foot.

So I think you can see, this lingerie inspired trend is best for more boyish figures, although there are styles to suit all body shapes if you like it. If you need help on deciding your body shape, and what styles suit you, you can always books one to one with me here

 

Further reading:

11 lingerie inspired pieces you could wear from dinner to the bedroom: bustle.com

How to wear lingerie styled fashion: Thefashionroom.net

lingerie inspired fashion for every occasion : my fashion.com.hr

celebrity style / the slip dress: whowhatwear

7 ways to wear a slip dress: style caster

How to style a camisole top 10 ways: fashion lady.in

Lesser Mortals….are you a Chanel no 5 girl, or a Bridget Jones in bed?

bridget jones in pj's chanel no 5

Well, we all know Marilyn Monroe supposedly wore Chanel no 5 in bed….and nothing else!! And we all know it’s gets a bit parky of an evening, when you have to let the dog out for a last wee, or get up in the night because the kids are crying. So it’s very tempting to become Bridget Jones. But with Valentines Day almost upon us, is now the time to re-examine exactly WHAT we wear in bed? Are there better nightwear options out there? Well I think it is possible to be warm, and stylish – and should the mood take you  – a bit sexy without being ridiculous. And it’s such a stereotype to have a silky little slip – it’s a bit cheesy unless you are young and perfectly formed. And don’t start me on the subject of onesies…I mean…are you serious? At your age?

ted baker slip frost french shorty set

  1. Pink chiffon butterfly chemise. £28 but now has 15% off. Ted Baker Debenhams. This has removable pads in the bust, so if you wander around the house in your nighty, it is less revealing and offers more support. Also has adjustable straps. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Click and collect for free.
  2. Pale blue spotted satin shorty pyjama set. Floozie by Frost French. £20. Debenhams. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Click and collect for free.

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Mix and match at Debenhams with Ted Baker. All currently with 15% off these prices I have declared. Click and collect for free.

  1. Navy floral symmetry pyjama T-shirt. £18.50. 95% viscose 5% elastane. Front 100% polyester. The viscose make this a lovely drapey quality.
  2. Navy floral symmetry waistband pyjama bottoms. £25. 95% viscose. 5% elastane.
  3. Navy floral symmetry pyjama shorts. £16.50. 100% polyster.
  4. Navy floral symmetry camisole. £18.50. 100% polyester.
  5. Navy floral symmetry kimono. £39.50. Main 100% polyester.

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  1. Rosie for Autograph luxurious satin revere pyjamas. Marks and Spencers. £35. These have a lot of 5 star reviews and one buyer says they feel like silk. They are 100% polyester and machine washable.
  2. Black lace trim pyjama set. £24. Next. Available in black and mink.  50% polyester and 50% viscose. Available in petite, regular, long and tall.

If you like what you have seen, please take a look at my website or give me a call or text on 07976 635518

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Why pyjamas are the best choice when working.http://www.idlewildlondon.com/blog

Alexnadra Steadmans favourite chic sleepwear under £50http://www.redonline.co.uk/red-women/blogs

Can We Lesser Mortals be more Brigitte Bardot and less Bridget Jones with our underwear?

Bridget Jones fashion then and now: Big pantsbrigitte-16

Happy New Year lesser Mortals! (i.e. those with less than perfect bodies, the wrong side of 30, and slightly low on the spare change front)

What do we all want to do in January? Set New Year Resolutions and get our house in order!! And where better to start than on our wardrobe, especially with our underwear?  Come on – we all have greying old knickers and baggy bras, and you don’t need ME to tell you that! So chuck out, and start afresh. It’s amazing how empowering it is to have some sexy underwear on, under your normal clothes. I remember being shouted at, by a bully of a bloke , whilst at work, and thinking…”hmmm. I have french knickers and suspender belt on”. Certainly felt like I was bursting his bubble! ( at least in my head!)

Personally, I think you should always try to be matching. ( pants and bra) And for each bra, I may buy a few different shapes of pants (thong/boyshorts/big pants/brazillian) depending on whether I think I’ll wear them under tight jeans or skirts. Remember – no VPL. And I really don’t think you need to spend a fortune – just make sure the lace isn’t cheap and scratchy.  I always think  T-shirt (jersey) fabric looks a bit young and teenagey.

I have concentrated on Marks and Spencers, Next and Debenhams, as they offer massive ranges, and cover most needs. If you find they don’t often have your size in stock, then get smart and order what you want on line, for collection in store (click and collect). Try on whilst there, and get a refund straight away on the stuff that doesn’t fit. Do it on credit card, and the money hasn’t even left your account. You  may need to do that on the more extreme sizes, as they don’t often hold stock in store. Order a range of sizes to make sure you get the right one. My local Debenhams has a really good fitting department, and a wide range of brands.

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Whatever size and shape you are, there is sexy underwear out there. There is almost too much to cover in this one post, as I haven’t even stepped into the world of “bodies” and “basques”. But this is more about attractive day to day wear, without having to torture yourself into support undies!! The styles above, are all great for larger busts and larger body shapes. Big pants cover a multitude of sins, but also look great on skinny minnies!

  1. Limited collection Floral balcony bra Marks and Spencers. Sizes A-GG. £17.50 bra. Padded and underwired. Also available in more of a longer bodice style bra A-DD £17.50. As the bra sizes go up, the strap widths get wider to offer more support. Brazilian and thong pants available to match for £7.50.
  2. Total support non- wired embroidered GG-K bra. Marks and Spencers. £17.You will need to order into store for this. It has 4 different colours, with 3 of them having high waisted pants to match for £5. You don’t have to look like your granny. Think Dita Von Teese and all those retro 50’s style bikinis (which will be appearing on the beaches in the summer) Very sexy not frumpy, what ever your size.
  3. Plus firm tummy control sheer opaque high leg knickers. Marks and Spencers £14. These may be control wear, but would look very on trend whatever you shape or size, when worn with matching bra.
  4. Mesh Panel multiway bra £15 and mesh panel control briefs £18. Next.  Sizes B-DD. It can be worn with or without straps.

3 increase bras

For those of us with a flatter chests, these bras can give a subtle boost, and no need for chicken fillets (why would you go there??)

  1. Wow daisy embroidery multiway bra. £20. Next. This bra has hidden padding and really does give you 1-2 cup sizes extra…I looked a bit weird going round feeling all the padded cups, but this really will give you some hidden extra!! Can be worn strapless. Limited sizes 32-36 A-D cup. Matching pants £7.
  2. Egoboost strapless sequin bra. Gossard at Debenhams. Reduced to £14.40 And black sequin ego boost pants. Reduced to £6.60. There are limited sizes left now, so hurry up – a really lovely “going out” set!! extra pads to insert for more “boost”!!
  3. Autograph pleat padded bra £22.50, with low rise brazilian knickers £12.50 Marks and Spencers. Sizes 30-40 in A-DD. If you are flatter chested, I find a half cup or plunge shape fits better. Balcony look silly if you’ve nothing to sit on them!!

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If you are blessed with a lovely “poitrine” then these bras are for you!.

  1. Jacquard spot matching bra and pants. Next. Available in padded plunge and non-wired. Pants are thong, shorts and mini briefs. From £10-12 for the bra and £5-6 for the pants. Sizes 30-38″ and A to DD cup. If you don’t like bra straps showing, you can get a colour to match every spaghetti string strap top you have!
  2. Rosie for Autograph silk longline balcony bra. Marks and Spencers. £27.50 sizes 30-4-” and A to DD cup. Balcony style, underwired and padded. With silk midi knickers or silk brazilian knickers in antique rose. £12.50. What’s good enough for Rosie…..
  3. Blue pleated satin plunge bra and hipster briefs. B by Ted Baker at Debenhams. £25 bra and £10.50 pants. Bra 32-38 A-DD. They also offer a “click and collect” service so you can order for pick up in store – but try on whilst you there and return what doesn’t fit.

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And whilst you’re at it, and thinking “how can I do that when I am breast feeding or I’ve had a mastectomy??” Well good old M and S have got that covered too. It’s harder to get matching pants unless you go black or white. But….

  1. 2 pack per Una post surgery ornate lace bra with  pants. £29.50 Marks and Spencers. Matching pants £12.50. Disappointingly running out of sizes, but the bras are non wired with prosthetic pockets. There are a few other pretty ones still available on line, but not much choice if you are over 38″. Hopefully they will bring in new summer patterns and colours. The reviews on line were good.
  2. 2 pack maternity flexible spacer nursing padded non-wired bra £29.50. Marks and Spencers. The great thing here, is you could order several sizes, and try them when your milk comes in, so you know which size will fit and you can return the rest. You don’t waste money guessing then! There are limited sizes if you are big, but the reviews on line are positive. Colour limited too, but you should get matching black or white pants. At least it’s an attempt at sexy…..although I should imagine you have other things on your mind….

Remember:

  1. Wash your bra and pants together if you want them to stay the same colour!!
  2. White nylon underwear is dyed white, so biological powder strips the white out, leaving them grey – use non bio. Bio will cause cotton undies to become washed out too, so the need to keep bra and pants together when you wash.
  3. They advise wired bras being washed in a net bag, if you don’t want to have to keep replacing your washing machine ( apparently mens collar stiffeners are the same)

Enjoy – and remember – we are all sexy women, whatever your shape or size.

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