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.