A bra is made to support your breast and making sure it fits right is essential to maximize those benefits. Did you know that, according to studies, about 80% of women are actually wearing the wrong bra size? That is a lot of women walking around with ill-supported breasts! The woman standing near you right now probably has the wrong bra size, too. So how do you if there is something wrong with your bra? We have compiled a checklist for you, this week, to help you determine if you are one of the 80% or are you apart of the latter. If you weren’t able to check one ore more of these things, you are most likely not wearing a properly fitting bra.
The shoulder straps are not sliding off your shoulders constantly.
If they are, your straps need to be tightened to ensure that your bra is staying up and providing you with proper lift.
The center gore (the piece of fabric in the middle that connects the two cups) lays flat against your sternum.
If the gore is rising up, your bra may be too small, therefore causing the cups to pinch together creating a crease.
The band does not pinch your rib cage and is not digging into your skin.
Pinching of the band indicates that your band size is too small, and you may need to reconsider the next band size up.
The band in the back is parallel to the front and not riding up.
This indicates that your band may be too small.
You can fit no more than two fingers between your band and your back.
Ideally, two fingers of space between your band and your back provides the perfect snug fit for your bra. Less than that will cause the band it dig into your skin, and more than that, we cause your band to ride up.
There are no gaps between the cups and your breasts.
The cups should lay flat against your breast. If not, then the cups are too big, or the padding is not lifting you in the right places. Consider a different size or a different style that has padding that correlates to your breast shape.
Your breasts are not spilling out of the cups.
You should never wear a bra that is too tight to create more “push” or cleavage.
The underwire is not digging into your rib cage causing discomfort.
The sizes of underwires varies from style to size. Some may be longer or shorter, or more curved or less curved. Make sure the underwire complements your breast, and does not dig into your rib cage.
The underwire does not poke your underarm.
Try a smaller cup size or a demi bra that has shorter underwires.
A perfect bra is every woman’s best friend. It lifts, covers, and supports our breast and it is an essential undergarment in a woman’s everyday life. Bras have come a long way throughout its history and now they have been refined to be more comfortable and more supportive than ever before. Although a bra seems so simple in design, it is actually very complex and each part of a bra serves a specific function.
Today we are going to give you a run down of the construction of a bra. Some of these terms you may be familiar with, while some not so much. These terms are good to know and many come in handy when you are looking to purchase a new bra. If a bra does not fit, you can identify which part of the bra is not fitting and use that knowledge to look for a better fit.
Front Strap – The straps hold up the bra and help distribute the weight of the bra between the two sides.
Cups – These cover the breast and most of the time contains light to heavy padding to provide support and lift. Unlined bras are also available but are usually only worn for aesthetic reasons.
Underwire – A semi-circular wire under the cup that is used to support the bust.
Center Gore – The piece of fabric in the center front that connects the cups together. Center gores can either be stretch or non-stretch. Non-stretch provides more stability and support.
Adjuster – This allows the wearer to shorten or lengthen the drop of the bra according to their body. The wearer can adjust the straps to be shorter for more lift.
Hook & Eye Closure – A closure that consists of hooks and eyelets to fasten the bra together. There are usually 2-3 rows to adjust the band length.
Band - Also known as the wing, the band goes around the torso under the bust to keep the bra in place.
In the past we’ve covered a variety of topics for lingerie such as bras, panties and hosiery of all sorts. We have taught you from how to pick out the best styles to fit your body to how to identify different panties. This week as we sat and pondered about what else we have not covered, we stumbled onto the idea of garter belts. Garter belts, once a very essential part of every day undergarments, have now become more of a novelty used for sex appeal rather than a necessity used for support. We’re going to aim to bring it all back today and teach you how to buy a garter belt that will fit your needs.
What is a Garter Belt?
A piece of elastic material worn at the waist with suspenders used to clip to the tops of stockings. Garter belts are used to support stockings and prevent them from falling down. Best used with stockings that do not already have silicone rubber lining.
What material should I look for?
Lace and lightweight material will suffice for usage in the bedroom but for all day support, look for something with a sturdy material. Garter belts made of power net, satin, or cotton are will last longer and provide more support.
How many suspenders do I need?
Typically, garter belts have at least two suspenders on each side (one in the front and one in the back). There are also ones that have up to 8 straps for maximum security. At least 6 straps are recommended for all day usage and 4 for short term. Choosing thicker straps will give more stability as well. Always look for straps that have adjusters so you may fit the garter belt to your body.
What kind of clasps should I buy?
Many garter belts you find come with plastic clasps. These are actually only intended for short periods of usage, and they are not good for your stockings. For something that will last all day and provide maximum support without damaging your stockings, metal clasps are highly recommended. They will hold the stockings in place better and can withstand the stress of constant pulling.
As you can see, garter belts are not all created equal. Some are just for looks while an actual garter belt needs a lot more to provide the proper support for your stockings. If your goal is just to find something to pair with your lingerie pieces in the bedroom, most garter belts found online and in department stores will suffice. However, if you want something that will do the job right, follow these pointers that we have provided when you go shopping next time. They may cost a bit more, but they will definitely last you longer. For an essential undergarment, it pays to spend a little more money. Let us know what your thoughts are on garter belts in the comments!
Just like clothes, not all types of lingerie flatters everyone. It is all about knowing your body type and learning to play up the good features and down play the not so great ones. Each person is shaped different. Some are more top heavy while others are more bottom heavy. Then there are the lucky ones who are blessed with beautiful hourglass shapes that look great in almost anything. While you may or may not be one of those, there are most definitely ways to work your body to your advantage so that you may still feel sexy and confident in the garments that you do choose to wear. Every one has the right to feel sexy just as much as the next. Just because you do not look like those celebrities on the cover of your favorite fashion magazine does not mean you are not just as beautiful. This week we are going to help you identify your body shape so you can have a better understanding your features. After identifying your shape, we are going to give you some pointers as to what kind of lingerie you should be buying and which ones will flatter your body the most.
Rectangle Body Type
Measurements for the bust, waist, and hips are similar in size. Little to no curve definition.
- Aim to add volume to the bust and hips.
- Look for padded/push up bras to create a fuller bust.
- Anything with ruching or ruffles will add volume.
- Try lingerie skirts that will help create the illusion of wider hips.
- Corsets that will cinch in the waist making it look smaller that the bust and hips.
Inverted Triangle Body Type
Body is top heavy and shoulders are generally more broad. Fuller bust but smaller waist and narrow hips.
- Full coverage or balconette bras will support the bust area and lift it up.
- Baby dolls that draws attention away from the smaller hips.
- Lower rise panties that starts at the widest part of your hips.
- Look for details such as ruffles or bows in bottoms only to add more volume to the hips.
Pear Body Type
Pears carry most of their weight in their lower body. They have smaller shoulders, chest, and waist, but their hips and thighs are bigger.
- Demi cup bras with padding will help lift up the small bust and create more cleavage.
- Boy short panties that covers the wider hips.
- Chemise that just skims the body and does not add any unnecessary extra volume.
Hourglass Body Type
The bust and hips are proportionate to each other. The waist size is the smallest and defined.
- Aim to accentuate all your natural curves.
- Corsets will add even more definition to your shape.
- Teddies or bodysuits will wear beautifully.
- Any vintage inspired lingerie will a high waist line will bring out your tiny waist.
We hoped this guide has helped you and that you now have a better understanding of what your best features are. Use this guide to help you in your next lingerie purchase or even your clothing purchases. Now that you know what to hide and what to accentuate you can make really begin to accentuate in all the right places. Tell us what your body type is and leave us any feedback you may have in the comments section. We would love to hear them.
On our website there are many pieces of lingerie, clubwear, and costumes to choose from. For each of these products there are usually many details that go into the overall look of it. Believe it or not, without these details a piece of garment would be rather boring. Today, we are going to identify many of the common details you see on many of our lingerie pieces. Of course, many of these can also be found on every day clothes as well so it is useful information to know. Perhaps some details flatter you more than others. Knowing the exact details you like or do not like will be helpful in the future when you shop for new pieces.
Busk – A two-part closure made of steel. One side contains the loops while the other contains the posts. Primarily used for corsets.
Eyelash Lace – A type of lace with a trim that resembles the look of eyelashes.
Fringe – A decorative border of hanging threads that usually dangles from the edge of a garment.
Hook & Eye Closure – A closure that uses metal hooks and eyelets. Similar to a busk in function, but used more universally on different types of clothing.
Lace Up – Having a piece of string or ribbon to use to tighten up a closure.
Pleated – A method of double folding fabric upon itself and then pressing it into place.
Ruched – Gathering of fabric to create folds in the fabric.
Ruffle – A trim created by the gathering of a strip of fabric.
Scalloped – A trim formed by rounded curves along the edge.
Sweetheart Neckline – Neckline that is double scalloped and resembles the top of a heart. Accentuates the breast area.
Keyhole – A decorative opening on a piece of clothing.
Flyaway – A piece of garment that has a draped opening.
Did you know all these terms and details, or did you learn something new today? Comment and let us know!
Hosiery, as one can see from our website iLoveSexy, has many different varieties. There are many patterns, colors, and lengths and it can get very overwhelming. Choosing a pair that matches your outfit is one thing, but one that will make your legs look its best is another story. Everyone wants legs that look like the ones those models have on the covers of magazines or celebrities on the red carpet. Most people can only wish and hope, while they become insecure about the little imperfections of their own. However, there ARE ways to flatter your natural legs and today we will teach you how to address the top 3 issues and create the illusion of beautiful legs with a just few simple tips.
My legs are very skinny. I want to make them look less scrawny and more healthy.
If your legs are naturally very skinny, and you want them to appear less so, try printed tights. A general rule is any type of prints minus vertical stripes will add volume. The prints will break up the attention of the eyes and pull them away from the narrow lines of your legs.
I have short legs, and I want to make them appear longer.
If your legs are on the shorter side, elongate them by wearing patterns with vertical lines. Vertical lines draws the eyes up and down making legs appear longer than they actually are. These can either be just simple vertical lines or a pair of ribbed tights that are more subtle.
My legs are stubby and have trouble areas of fat. I want them to appear long and lean.
If you want to make your legs appear leaner along with longer, then a solid color is the way to go. As opposed to wearing vertical stripes, solid colors are less distracting. When paired with a pair of shoes that are the same color, your legs will look long and lean because your foot and leg will appear like one connected line.
Depending on what issues you have with your own legs, you can choose a pair accordingly. Don’t be discouraged that your legs do not look perfect. Just like there are ways to dress slimmer, there are ways to create illusions with the leg as well.
Is it a corset or is it a bustier? This is a question we often get asked, and sometimes it is hard even for us to differentiate the two. The trend we have noticed is that retailers seem to use these terms so interchangeably now that it has made consumers confused and some do not even know that the two are different things. Today, we are here to set the record straight once in for all and clarify what exactly makes a corset and what makes a bustier. They may look very similar but both serve different purposes and their constructions have very different standards.
GOAL: Provide support and reduce the waistline
∙ Uses strong boning materials such as steel.
∙ Usually provides a lace up back which allows wearers to adjust their corset.
∙ Some have a busk on the front to allow for easy removal.
∙ Corsets need to be more sturdy and provide more support hence they are usually made of heavy duty fabric or many layers combined.
GOAL: Lift and support the bust
∙ Boning is typically flexible plastic with stretch panels.
∙ There are usually no laces but instead there are hook and eye closures in the front or the back.
∙ Bustiers are usually made with lightweight flexible fabric because it does not need to withhold the pressure from being tightened.
Between the two, corsets are more for structure and support while bustiers allow for more movement and comfort. Corsets have been around for decades, and were traditionally used as a day to day undergarment to provide woman of the past an hourglass figure. Nowadays, both corsets and bustiers have become incorporated into mainstream fashion and some are made to be worn out in public as a top. However, even then they are both very different types of garments and should not be confused with one another.
We hoped this guide has helped some of you gain a better understanding of what are the significant differences between a corset and bustier. Do not confuse the two and next time you are out shopping perhaps you can be the better judge of whether or not a retailer is using their terms correctly!
It’s no secret that we love heels with the huge selection at iLoveSexy. We can’t even express how much of a dream it is to be surrounded by beautiful shoes all day long! However, even though many of us love them, we can’t say that all of us enjoy walking in them. Walking in heels are a challenge, and these days heels aren’t getting any shorter! Does that mean you can never enjoy adorning your feet ever again? That is absolutely not case! Walking in heels are difficult, but there are ways to make it easier. This week we will teach you how to make the sometimes painful experience not so painful. We will teach you 7 Steps For How To Walk In Heels so that one day you can look at a pair of heels and feel confident that you can rock them anywhere you please.
1. START SMALL If you are a beginner, do not start off with 5-inch stilettos. Try something smaller, like a 2-inch with a thicker heel. This will help your feet and body get use to balancing on high heels.
2. PROPER FITTING HEELS If your heels are too small or too big it will hinder your ability to distribute your weight and walk properly. Always make sure you have the right size with no pinching and no slippage.
3. GOOD POSTURE Always stand up straight, keep your shoulders back, and keep your head up high.
4. SMALL STEPS Do not stomp and attempt to take big steps like your normally do with flat shoes. High heels naturally shortens your stride, so just follow the rhythm.
5. FROM HEEL TO TOE Put your heel down first and then your toes. Do not place your entire foot down at once or tip toe thinking that it will ease the discomfort. It will only inhibit your balance.
6. INSOLES For a little bit of extra help, add some insoles onto your heels. This will provide some extra support and padding for your soles which should make the process a little more comfortable.
7. PRACTICE Walking in heels like a pro does not happen overnight so practice when you can on different surfaces. Look in the mirror while you walk. Learn your strengths and weaknesses, and target those. Soon enough, heels will no longer be a hindrance.
As you can see, walking in heels has its ways. It’s not just a regular pair of shoes you can just step into. If you had always thought heels were uncomfortable, try them again with these things in mind. During the process, keep a pair of flats handy just in case they start to tire out your feet. Keep practicing, and eventually you will get the hang of it! Let us know if this guide has helped you! We would love to hear your feedback.
Last week, we talked about the concept of sister sizes to give you more possibilities in finding that perfect fitting bra. After some thought, we felt it was necessary to also provide a guide to figuring out what your proper bra size is to begin with. After all, a good foundation is necessary before adding on any more information. So here it is, a guide for how to measure your bra size from yours truly.
Other good rules of thumb to remember:
- Re-measure yourself every couple of months or as needed to ensure you have a properly fitting bra to provide support for your bust.
- Wear your bras on the loosest set of hooks if possible. This will prolong the longevity of the elastic band. As the bra ages and becomes more loose, you can wear it on a the tighter sets of hooks.
- Adjust the shoulder straps to the proper length so that the front of the bra band aligns with the back and your bust is lifted up.
We hope this helps in providing you with a better understanding of your bra size. There is no need to go to a professional to get yourself measured, because you can simply do it effectively at home. Give a try and let us know how this works out for you.
When buying bras, sometimes sizing is not as easy as just 1-2-3. Depending on the brand and the style, there can be parts of a bra that just doesn’t seem to be fitting right. Perhaps the band is too tight, or the cup is too big. Instead of writing these styles off, especially if you really like the look, try their “sister bra sizes”.
What are sister sizes? Sister sizes are that surround your bra size. By knowing what those sizes are, you can easily try on different bras if the one you picked is not turning out to be true to size. For most bras, cup size increases when the band size decreases and vice versa. For example, if you are a 34B, you can either try a 32C or a 36A on to see if one or the other fits better.
Give sister sizes a try, and perhaps you will find a better fitting bra size for you. If not that, then hopefully it at least helps you be able to purchase that bra that you love so much, but at first didn’t think you fit into. Comment and let us know if sister sizing has helped you out.