The Perfect Christmas Day Attire

Christmas is only a week away! It’s time to start thinking about what to wear for that family gathering or whatever event you might have to attend. Just because they say “Baby, it’s cold outside” doesn’t mean you can’t add a little bit of sexiness to your outfit. This week we will show you just how easy that is with a few of our favorite festive pieces.

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Outfit 1 (Feat. Romantic Lace Corset)

First up, we have one of our favorite red corsets that we think would be a great option as a holiday top. Pairing it with some classic white skinny jeans it keeps the focus of the eyes on the red. We also decided to layer on top of that, a deep burgundy leather jacket. Although, it may seem like too much by having both the corset and jacket in the same color family, it really helps create a sense of dimension to the color scheme. For the rest of the look, we kept the same warm tones with some rose gold jewelry and bag. After all, every holiday outfit needs some bling!

Christmas Day Outfits

Outfit 2 (Feat. Charm & Lace Teddy)

The next outfit is for all the skirt and dress lovers. We paired our Charm & Lace Teddy with a black lace skirt to keep in line with the lace theme. Over that, we added a white blazer to sharpen the look. Now for the shoes, you can either wear black tights with heels, but we decided it would be sexy to throw on a pair of thigh high heeled suede boots. This will keep your legs warm but allow just a sliver of skin to peek through between the skirt and the boot. To tie it all together, we added some gold with the clutch and statement necklace.

Christmas Day Outfits

Outfit 3 (Feat. Lame & Lace Bra Set)

For those who really don’t like all the fuss with heels, skirts, and what not, this outfit is for you. It’s all about comfort for this look. Roll out of bed and slip into our Lame & Lace Bra, then throw on a knitted sweater (preferably one that has wider knitting for that hint of sexiness with the bra peeking through) with some classic denim. To stay even more cozy and warm, we added a white circle scarf. Finishing it off, we added a pair of flat thigh high boots and a red bag for a pop of color!

Who said lingerie can only be worn in private? Paired the right way, lingerie can really add some class and sexiness. So be creative this Christmas! We hope these outfits that we have put together will give you some ideas how to make your lingerie pieces more multi functional. Leave us a comment, and let us know what are some ways you would wear your pieces! We’d love to hear from you.

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Heels Fit For the Holidays

It’s celebration time and it’s time to dress the part. While some opt for the embellished top or the embellished dress, some have their hearts set on making a statement with their shoes. For those who prefer to purchase and keep their clothing pieces suitable for all year round, rocking a statement shoe can instantly make it glam for the holidays. At iLoveSexy, we have a sea of shoes to choose from, but this season there are a few that we feel are just must-haves for Christmas and the New Years.

Holiday Shoes

(Clockwise: Lumina-26, Heiress-22R, Melody-18, Lolita-08, Lumina-22, Destiny-06R)

When choosing a holiday shoe, it is important to keep in mind the balance in your overall look. We know that it is very tempting to add all your favorite statement pieces onto one outfit to show it all off at once, but don’t. We must emphasize the importance of this. Adding too much can actually make your outfit look overdone and tacky, which no one wants. Choose one piece to focus on, so if you have chosen to wear a crystallized shoe, do not add a huge chunky rhinestone necklace that will detract the eye from your beautiful shoes.

All these shoes come in multitude of colors to choose from to fit any colored outfits, but we think all these are great neutrals that would work with just about anything. Not only are these heels great for the holidays, they are also great for any special occasion such as weddings, proms, galas etc.

Which shoe is your favorite?

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Bra Anatomy

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.

 

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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.

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Garter Belt Buying Guide

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.
 
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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!

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How-To: Choosing Lingerie For Your Body Type

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.


Choosing lingerie for your body type

 

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.

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It’s All In The Details: Clothing Details

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.
 

Clothing Details

 

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!

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How To Pick A Pair of Flattering Hosiery

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.

How To Pick A Pair of Flattering Hosiery

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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Fashion Blogger Challenge – Tori from Fashion, Trends & More

Those of you who are familiar with our blog know how much we’ve been looking forward to the spring. Since we hail from the West Coast, it never stays cold for too long and sometimes we forget exactly what season it is. However, in some parts of the United States, winter is still in full swing and it can get difficult to look chic in cold, snowy weather. While some of us choose to bundle up in heavy coats and layers, others may wish to go for a more fashionable route. That’s why at iLoveSexy Blog, we are sharing another Fashion Blogger Challenge on how to rock the perfect winter-to-spring transition outfit. Our Fashion Blogger Challenges are designed to help inspire our readers to style trendy outfits using different items from our website. And this week, we will be featuring Tori from Fashion Trends & More. A stylish Philly girl, Tori has put together a gorgeous black ensemble with our Polka Dot Thigh Highs. For more information on how she styled this outfit, please check out her blog post and all the other gorgeous outfits she’s styled.
 

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Who says you can’t go bare in the winter? Tori originally styled this outfit for a Valentine’s Day date night, but this outfit works wonderfully for both winter and spring as well. Straying away from the usual red and pink hues found on the romantic holiday, she decided to go with an all-black outfit instead. And why not? Black is classy and always in style and she keeps it interesting by keeping the focus on the polka-dots. The vintage Doc Martens give this outfit its casual feel while the lace socks adds that little touch of romance. And of course, don’t you just love that extra pop of red on her lips? We sure do!

 

What do you think of Tori’s outfit? How would you style the polka-dot thigh highs for your own outfit? Share your thoughts, questions and comments with us in the comment box below. For more fashion inspiration and trend reports, please pay a visit to Tori’s blog and leave her some love.

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DIY Feather Headband

Birds of a feather often flock together. And this week, at iLoveSexy Blog, we are flocking towards our lovely DIY feather headband that we’ve created for this week’s tutorial. Now that February is over, we will be entering  the spring of this year towards the end of March. Just like last year’s trend, feathers are going to be hot this year, which is why you don’t want to miss this week’s DIY. Our DIY feather headband is spray painted gold for a dramatic, rustic feel and pairs beautifully with gold lingerie. Colors like black, red and white are often seen in lingerie, but why not bring gold to the bedroom for a truly luxurious look? From the runway to the retail stores, gold is a sophisticated color that truly never goes out of fashion. For our top gold lingerie picks you can rock with this headband, stick around until after the tutorial. If you’re looking for a way to spice up your lingerie with this elegant accessory, let’s jump right in and get started!

DIY Feather Headband - What you will need

 

What you will need: 

Headband
Feathers
Spray paint
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

 

DIY Feather Headband - Step 1

1. Spray paint an even coat onto the feathers. Repeat as necessary until you have the opacity you’d like.

 

DIY Feather Headband - Step 2

2. This is how our feathers looked after two coats of spray paint.

 

DIY Feather Headband - Step 3

3. Take a pair of scissors and cut the quills off the feather to make them more pliable when gluing them against the headband.

 

DIY Feather Headband - Step 4

4. Dispense the hot glue in sections and press the feather onto the headband until it is securely adhered.

 

DIY Feather Headband - Step 5

5. Make sure to overlap your feathers to avoid any quills sticking out. To cover up any gaps, you may cut some of the feathers into sections and glue them over any exposed areas.

 

DIY Feather Headband - Finished 1

DIY Feather Headband - Finished 2

Simple and quick, this DIY feather headband takes only a matter of minutes to complete and makes a fun fashion project. There’s nothing quite like going all out with your lingerie and dressing up to the nines. Check out these gorgeous selections of gold lingerie you can dress up in.

DIY Feather Headband - Lace Overlay Satin Corset

Lace Overlay Satin Corset

 

DIY Feather Headband - Golden Goddess

Golden Goddess

 

DIY Feather Headband - Baroque Temptress

Baroque Temptations

Temptation is never far away whenever there’s gold involved. A most precious asset, gold has been lusted after across cultures for thousands of years and continues to be coveted today. Bring a little gold sparkle to your bedroom today with the DIY feather headband and its golden lingerie accompaniments. Which one of these gold lingerie selections was your favorite? Will you be recreating this week’s DIY? Please let us know what you thought of our tutorial for the week in the comment box below and share with us any creations you’ve made from our past tutorials. We will be back next week with more ideas and inspiration for creative crafting!

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Lingerie Blogger Interview with Manoela from Under the Unders

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Fashion trends come and go, but most can agree that lingerie is forever. Always eager to find  inspiration in the lingerie industry, we’ve been wanting the share the voices of those who are as passionate as we are. That’s why this week at iLoveSexy Blog, we are pleased to announce our exclusive lingerie blogger interview with Manoela, from Under the Unders. Hailing from the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Manoela is an dynamic lingerie blogger who is currently studying Fashion Design. Her keen eye for beauty and talent for spotting the latest trends makes her one of the most refreshing voices in the lingerie blogosphere we have seen yet. On her blog, you will find a wide range of topics from lingerie gift ideas to product reviews and positive body topics that showcase her intense knowledge of the industry. Under the Unders is our latest must-read and is the perfect hub of information for ideas and recommendations that are full of flirty and feminine charm. So, without further ado, let’s jump right in.

 

Q: Hello Manoela, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog? How did you get started?

A: Hello! The blog started a year ago, in March 2013, and it focuses on showing my favorite lingerie pieces, new trends and collections and discussing body acceptance and feminist issues related to undergarments. I am a 20 year-old fashion student from Brazil who found that lingerie and its relationship with gender and power is her ultimate passion. I started Under the Unders so that I had a personal space to talk about the things I loved the most. And it has grown so much during the last year!

 

Q: What inspired you to start this blog? Where do you find the inspiration for your blog posts?

A: My desire to have a space to put my words and thoughts on this subject led me to start this blog, and the fact that the lingerie market in Brazil is small and does not offer much information about sizing and different styles to the Brazilian woman has kept me going strong, wanting to find out more about this market and to have a voice in this market.

I find my inspiration in beautiful pieces and in the issues I face in my everyday life, being a woman. Every time I find something I love, it’s like finding a little treasure. I get so excited!

 

Q: What is your personal style for lingerie? Do you have a particular style or do you like to mix things up?

A: I am a mixer, definitely. I can wear vintage style things today, a frilly pastel set tomorrow and end the week in a bondage-inspired suit. But I’d have to say that black strappy lingerie is my favorite, along with beautiful Chantilly lace. I like useful and comfortable sets for my day-to-day activities, but I certainly enjoy more erotic pieces for when I want to feel good with myself (and share with a special someone!).

 

Q: What do you find most challenging about blogging on lingerie?

A: I am a blogger more focused on the fashion side than the actual fit issues, so I could not speak of that, but I certainly feel like this is a hard thing to talk about, since every woman has a different body and bras feel different in every one of us. Another hard thing is to choose my favorite products from a great collection, or choose my favorite items to put on a list!

 

Q: The lingerie industry is quite dynamic and fast paced. What trends do you predict for the lingerie industry this year? What lingerie item do you think will be at the top?

A: Now that is a hard question! I think that the lingerie industry is very particular because each brand seems to have it’s own style, not exactly following the trends in vogue, but adapting them to their style and characteristics. Some are more vintage, some focus on the erotic side, some like to be fun and practical… but one thing I seem to have noticed is how the technology is a great part of this market and its researches in this topic seem to always be evolving, even if it’s only fabric technologies!

 

Q: Most women own a good collection of bras and panties. But besides those items, what is a classic lingerie item that every woman should own?

A: Robes are a personal favorite. I love how they make me feel glamorous. A beautiful slip is incredible, too, and it surely can make you feel like a Hollywood star when going to bed!

 

Q: Many lingerie blogs are centered around finding the perfect bra fit for ladies. When it comes to buying and wearing lingerie, do you have any rules that you like to abide by? What are some essential things women should look for when picking out the right lingerie for them?

A: The only rule that I feel is essential to follow is: you must feel comfortable and happy. Of course, it’s great to know which is the perfect fit and model for your body, but some women prefer to wear some bras because they make them feel good, even if it’s not what professional fitters would call “perfect”. Each woman must find and use what makes them feel happy – and have enough information to look through different styles and sizes to find out what makes them feel this way.

 

However, I’d definitely recommend that women look for professional fitters – or internet guides if there is no fitters available in your city – so that they can find out more about sizing and what should feel best for them!

 

Q: Describe the kind of relationship you think women should have with their lingerie. How should women approach buying lingerie?

A: Each woman has a different relationship with her own body and life, and the lingerie she wears should follow the lines of this relationship. Some prefer to be more bold, some prefer not to take those risks. Some like to try different things and some like to keep the old classics. I guess the most important thing to a relationship between a woman and her lingerie is to feel confident and comfortable while wearing the products. It’s great to look at the mirror and love yourself!

 

Q: You say that you love undergarments more than any other piece of clothing. What makes undergarments so special to you?

A: The power they have. I am different when I wear great lingerie, I feel powerful. I like how they are part of your intimacy and how you can decide who you are going to share these pieces with, even if it’s just yourself. I like how they make me look in front of a mirror and I love the fabrics in which they are made. However, it’s hard to explain a passion… I just love lingerie!

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to interview with us and spreading the love of lingerie. We wish you the best, and hope to see your blog continue to grow and prosper.

Thank you! I wish you all the best as well!

 

For more information, please visit Manoela at www.undertheunders.net and you can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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