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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Does Your Bra Fit Properly?

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.
 
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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.

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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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Guide: Difference Between Corset and Bustier

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.

 Difference Between Corset and Bustier
 
Corset

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.
 
Bustier

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!

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How To Measure Your Proper Bra Size

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.

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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.

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Guide: Sister Bra Sizes Chart

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.

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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.

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Lingerie Care Guide: Washing & Care Tips

Just like clothing has care instructions to prolong its lifespan and prevent it from falling apart, lingerie does as well. Handling lingerie is an important process because they are delicate garments made of more delicate fabrics. Remember to always follow the proper washing instructions that comes written on the tag. If it does not have one, we have put together a Lingerie Care Guide which applies to most if not all lingerie pieces. Follow these tips and treat your lingerie with care. By doing so you will get the most out of your favorite bra or pair of panties, and you will get to wear them for a longer period of time.
 

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Washing Instructions

• Unless absolutely necessary, avoid using the washing machine and treat your lingerie to hand washing.

• If using a washing machine, always use cold water with a mild detergent on a gentle cycle. This will avoid ruining the elasticity of your garments.

• Always hang dry or dry flat. Never put your lingerie in the dryer because the heat will cause loss in elasticity of the fabric.
 

Additional Care Tips
• Use a mesh or lingerie bag to separate your lingerie from regular clothing. There are also bra bags especially designed to keep the shape of your bra during the washing process.

• Hook the back of your bras before washing to avoid any possible tugging or pulling against other undergarments.

• Turn panties inside out.

• Just like clothes, sort lingerie in colors.

• Rotate out your bras and panties every week to prolong their lifespan.

 

We hope this guide was helpful, and if you have any other questions regarding the care of your most precious lingerie pieces, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know!

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