Category Archives: lingerie
I’m normally not into fills and OTT underwear but I make an exception for French lingerie brand Fifi Chachnil. Although their babydolls and cami sets are super girly – think bows, polka dots and lots of frills – to me they just stay on the right side of tasteful with a hint of 60s.
Lovely London-based retro label Tara Starlet have just added a lingerie range to their already impressive collection of Forties and Fifties-inspired clothes. I’m a big fan of retro underwear so I’m rather excited about this range of undergarments. If you’re into vintage, camisols and slips are really useful – I have plenty of Thirties transparent blouses and slightly sheer early Sixties skirts that I can’t wear on their own so I’m constantly on the look out for undergarments.
I also like the very simple design of these, to me there’s nothing worse than the overly frilly knickers or crystal-encrusted camis you can find on the highstreet. It’ll be interesting to see if this range will expand in the future, I’d love to see some silk pyjamas…
This October, one of my favourite eccentric dressers, Paloma Faith, has teamed up with underwear brand La Senza to design a unique collection of vintage-inspired underwear and sleepwear to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Care (part of the proceeds will be donated to fight the disease). Good cause, good underwear, I call this a win-win.
I particularly like the emerald green playsuit (£30). The line goes on sale on 1 October.
Meet my new sponsor for June/July – amazing lingerie shop Pandora’s Choice.
Pandora’s Choice is an online vintage and retro lingerie shop based in Berkshire which specialises in stunning classic lingerie, corsets and accessories as well as bespoke lingerie and girdles for ladies who want the very best vintage-style underwear.
The shop is a mecca for anyone looking for corsets, bloomers, garter belts, bullets bras (and pads), long line bras, ruffled panties, stockings or Forties-inspired swimsuits.
The site also features a very handy retro lingerie guide that explains the different types of underwear.
Best of all, the shop caters for a wide range of sizes, going up to a 44 inch waist (dress size 20) and even corselet girdles are available in up toa 52F bust size – brilliant!
Inspired by architectural masterpieces such as The Duomo – Milan Westminster Abbey – London, the Chrysler building – New York and the Chateau de Villette – Paris, London-based lingerie designer Nichole de Carle makes the most exquisite, geometrical pieces I’ve ever seen. I love the Art Deco zig-zags and black straps, which in all their harshness really emphasise a woman’s curves. On my wish list as of now.
I’ve just discovered amazing lingerie label Bordello. Their s&m meets couture waspies and corsets are bespoke and fully customisable – far too nice to hide under your clothes!
Lingerie label Bravissimo got in touch with me the other day and asked me if I wanted to try out their unique fitting service and choose a free lingerie set. I’d already read a really interesting review about them on Retro Chick who had been asked to do the same thing. Curious, and admittedly very tempted by the free underwear, I went along to my bra fitting yesterday.
I have been to bra fittings before, once at M&S, once at Intimissimi, who’d both measured me with a tape measure and had each come to the conclusion I was a 32DD. I’ve followed their guidance and have stuck to the size eve since, although I have been failing to get many bras that fit right.
Just over a year ago, I also had to have quite a bit of skin removed on one of my boobs, which has left it slightly smaller and a different shape to the other one. Although the difference isn’t huge, some of my bras actually accentuate it, which shows under my clothing.
Bravissimo are aimed at women with bigger boobs, their range going from a D to KK cup, and uniquely they don’t measure you with a tape but fit you based on looking at your boobs. This is something that makes a lot of sense to me, I’ve never understood how measuring your chest circumference can tell you anything about what cup size to wear.
At my fitting appointment I was lead to a lovely, plush fitting room and allocated an assistant, Chantelle, who was both friendly and knowledgable. After looking at me in my bra, she went off to fetch a range of models and sizes. The first bra I tried on fit amazingly and evened out the difference in shape and size of my boobs. I’d gone down a back size but up two cups, yet my boobs actually looked smaller. Chantelle asked me to put on my top again, a size 10 Topshop blouse, amazingly it was now visibly too big.
Once we’d established my size, Chantelle suggested different bra styles, and after trying on a simple T-shirt bra and a fancier balcony one, I settled for a Harmony set. I have to admit, there weren’t that many styles that appealed to me. I like my lingerie simple and minimal in vintage-inspired shapes and a lot of Bravissimo’s range steers towards a lot of lace in pastel colours – not really my thing. The Harmony bra, which comes with either thongs or briefs (I went for briefs) is one set whose design I really liked though.
Would I recommend Bravissimo?
- Yes, definitely! I’m genuinely surprised what a huge difference wearing the right kind of bra makes – I’ve actually gone down a whole dress size, dresses and tops that were a bit tight now fit properly or are even too big.
- The service was impeccable and my fitter, Chantelle, made sure I felt comfortable at all times, offering to leave the changing room in case I didn’t want to get changed in front of her.
- In case you are not happy with a purchase or your bra starts getting uncomfortable once you start wearing it, you can return it.
- It’s lovely to go lingerie shopping in style. Seriously, who wants to quickly grab a bra in a rush? Just like shoes or other items you wear a lot, taking your time and trying things on is essential.
- The prize range is fine – I personally don’t consider £25 upwards for a bra very expensive, especially if it is well made and lasts for many months.
Is there a downside? The only thing that will stop me from exclusively shopping there in the future (and I will most certainly be back soon to get one or two more sets), is the limited range of design. I’m a What Katie Did or Riby and Peller kind of girl and would love to see more minimalist glamour.
Star rating? 4 out of 5.
I’ve teamed up with lovely lingerie label and purveyors of vintage-inspired lingerie Playful Promises to give away one set of their Blush bra and knickers.
The pink satin with black velvet bow design is the perfect mix between naughty and sweet, just right for you vintage vixens out there. To enter the competition simply leave a comment below this post including your email address. The winner will be picked at random at midday, Thursday 10 February 2011.
If you are based in London you might also like to check out Playful Promises’ ‘Late Night Love In’ on 10 February at their East London Boutique. Shoppers will get 20% off all night, bubbly and chocolate plus there will be an appearance from burlesque star Miss Betsy Rose. There will also be a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to THE TASSLE CLUB burlesque night at the Bath House in London.
Also, if you fancy yourself a bit of a pin-up, do enter their photo competition. They are looking for a girl who represents the everyday woman and who will – with the magic of retro photographer Terry Mendoza – be transformed into a new pin-up princess.
The price is a four hour shoot at the Retro Photo Studio, outfits provided by Playful Promises, and the prize winner will go home with a retouched image (worth £130 pounds) and a £100 gift voucher to spend online or in store with Playful Promises. The final image will also be featured online.
Just send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo of yourself and three words that best describe you to enter.
There’s not enough good underwear out there so I’m always excited when I come across a new label I like. My latest discovery is Dietrich, set up by British designer Frederika Cook, who draws inspiration from haute couture, old Hollywood glamour and the veteran design houses of the Thirties and Forties.
Really love the art deco influence and subtle colours.
Really love the colourful lingerie by My Fair Lady.