Posts from March, 2011

10 Lingerie Sets You Need This Season

Last summer, I had the pleasure of attending CurveNY and reporting on some beautiful lingerie trends for the next season.  Well, some of those trends are finally in stores and I thought it was time to do an update with a few of my favorite pieces. What do you think of my choices? Tell me your favorite in the comments!

Ayten Gasson “Phoebe” Silk Teddy
£104.00 (~$166.00 US)

 Brulee Silk Chemise
$180.00

 Fortnight Lingerie “Rita” High Waist Knickers & Bra
$98.00

Hopeless Lingerie Jersey Coral Camisole & High Waist Knickers
$100.00

 Between the Sheets “Well Played” Cardigan
$125.00

Maison Close “Cancan” Dress
$94.00

SockBox “Brownie” Ankle Socks
$36.00

Naomi Chiffon Garter Boxer & Bra
$85.00

Mimi Holliday “Pompier” Bra & Boyshort
 $190.00

 

Huit “Cupcake” Bra & Thong
$112.00

Lingerie in San Francisco: Vintage Fashion Expo & Dollhouse Bettie

About a week ago, I flew to San Francisco to attend my very first Vintage Fashion Expo and to pay a visit to Dollhouse Bettie. I heard about the Expo several years ago when Dita von Teese mentioned it as one of her favorite places to shop, and ever since then, I’ve been determined see for myself just how awesome it is.  And let’s just say the Expo did not disappoint.

There was vintage fashion on the trade show floor from each of the past 14 decades, and almost every piece was in pristine, wearable condition.  Jewelry, shoes, dresses, suits…the expo had it all, but what I was looking for (unsurprisingly) was lingerie.

Compared to all the other fashion available there was very little lingerie, and I understand why (after all, do you save your old underwear?).  But the pieces that were at the show were simply exquisite.  I’m talking delicate lace bedjackets from the 1880′s, luminous silk camis and tap panties from the 1920′s, and, of course, the ever-present 1950s nylon slip.  Most surprising was how reasonably priced all the lingerie was.  For example, that 1920s cami and tap panty set I mentioned was only $55.  It seriously made me consider getting into the vintage lingerie selling business.

After a long day of walking around the show (where I picked up this gorgeous little slip for only $16), I traveled downtown to Dollhouse Bettie, my other scheduled stop.  I’ve mentioned Dollhouse Bettie on the blog several times before, and I have wanted to visit their brick-and-mortar location since it first opened.  Much to my delight, they did not disappoint.

I’m a big fan of lingerie stores with a personality, and I love boutiques where it’s obvious the owner has selected the merchandise with love and care.  And Dollhouse Bettie has personality, love, and care in abundance.  The vintage lingerie was gorgeous. The contemporary lingerie equally beautiful. As for their their in-house designed line…well, let’s just say I have some new additions to the Lust List.  All in all, I’d call the trip a smashing, lingerie-filled, success!

What do you think of the sights in San Francisco? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

Help Choose The Next Lingerie Addict Event!

Every six months or so, I like to host a special lingerie “event” on the blog. Events are week-long celebrations focusing on a particular type or aspect of women’s lingerie. In the past, I’ve hosted Corset Week, Wedding Week, and Fishnet Stockings Week.

Well now it’s time to hold another event, but I need your help! I’ve come up with three options, but I can’t choose my favorite between them. So I’ve set up a poll to let you choose.

The options are…

  • Pin-up Week
  • Shapewear Week
  • Eco-friendly/Fair Trade Week

Simply vote between now and next Monday, and the choice with the most votes will be this Spring’s special lingerie event. I can’t wait to see which one you pick!

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Please Support My Sponsors!

I’m in San Francisco getting ready to attend my very first Vintage Expo (!!!), but I wanted to take a moment to ask that you please visit the sponsors in the sidebar & header of my blog.

Without my sponsors, I simply wouldn’t be able to bring you the quality, caliber, and variety of articles you’ve come to know and love on The Lingerie Addict.

So please take a second to stop by Intimate Boudoir by Leah, Intimate Wholesalers and Hepburn & Leigh.  And when you’re ready to satisfy your own addiction, keep them in mind.

Have an excellent weekend, and I can’t wait to share my photos from Vintage Expo!

~Treacle

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Thank You

In a couple of weeks, I’m celebrating my 3 year blogging anniversary, and only 2 short weeks ago, I published my 900th post to The Lingerie Addict.  I love writing more than any other career in the world, and nothing makes me happier than talking about lingerie. 

But blogging, especially for as long as I have, is very much a labor of love and some days are harder than others.  And so I wanted to share an e-mail one of your fellow readers sent me last week.  And I just wanted to tell all of you how much I appreciate the kind letters and tweets and comments you send me everyday.  

So thank you to Alice and to everyone else who takes the time to visit my little lingerie blog. You matter more to me than you know.

Treacle,

I subscribed to your newsletter and started reading your website and blog after I began dieting in late December. I needed some extra motivation to get the ball rolling and keep it going, so I decided that pretty, pretty under things were something I could look forward to as I lost my weight. I was having some rough patches with my husband and found that even the extra effort I put into buying nice lacy panties and bras even at my current weight resulted in excellent “feedback” from him!

As I lose weight and everything is getting much firmer from my time at the Y, I keep buying more and more things and getting more and more attention from him. It’s definitely not just the weight, but how I am presenting the whole package, you might say. I have now lost 25 pounds with 50 more to go. I don’t look at all like I need to lose 50 pounds, about 20 at best, but I hide it well. I have made a commitment to myself to keep it up and keep buying pretty things to show off the new me.


Your blog has inspired me, informed me and delighted me. I intend to spend an absolute ungodly amount of money on lingerie in the next 6 months after buying boring cotton thigh cut Hanes for 28 years of marriage! The kids always got the best and cutest clothes, but now it’s my turn! Thanks for all your work and please keep it up!

~Alice

What Katie Did Lingerie S/S 2011 Collection

With regular features in all the most prestigious fashion magazines (including Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire), What Katie Did has become the world’s most famous retro lingerie brand.  2 weeks ago they released their much anticipated Spring/Summer 2011 collection.  Featuring corsets, shapewear, as well as a brand new limited edition range, this season’s line has something for everyone.

Corsets
The standout pieces from the new line, What Katie Did’s new corsets feature the brand’s signature gored hips mixed with a little something new…vintage-inspired external bone casings and a super sexy black waistband to further define and accentuate the narrowest part of the corset.  Available in lace-covered and contrast styles, the Cabaret Laurie (overbust) sells for $340 and Cabaret Morticia (underbust) retails for $310.

Lingerie & Shapewear
What Katie Did also made several new additions to their main lingerie line.  My favorites are the tap panties (so, so vintage!), strapless bra, underbust panty girdle, and underbust open bottom girdle (pictured below).  The pieces are all based on vintage patterns, proving that shapewear can do the job and be incredibly sexy.

Limited Edition “Vicky” Lingerie
Last, but not least, let’s take a look at What Katie Did’s new “Vicky” range modeled by the always-amazing Bernie Dexter.  In my opinion, this is the most disappointing part of the new collection…not because the lingerie is unattractive, but because it looks so similar to another range What Katie Did released a few seasons ago named Lily.  I’ve put photos of the Vicky and the Lily sets side by side below. Can you tell the difference?

What do you think of What Katie Did’s new pieces? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

The Look for Less: Agent Provocateur "Whip Me" Stockings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the left corner we have Agent Provocateur’s gorgeous and exclusive Whip Me Stockings.  Selling for $70.00, these stockings have the words “Whip Me…Bite Me…Eat Me…Tease Me” in place of the traditional backseam.

In the right corner, we have the luxury-inspired but budget-friendly ASOS version. Retailing at $17.93, these Love backseam tights have all the class of the more expensive version but for considerably less cash.

What do you think, fellow addicts, are these sexy stockings a purchase…or pass?