Now that 2011 is nearing an end, many of us begin to reflect upon the past years’ more notable events and vow to improve our actions and ourselves for the New Year. 2012 will be no different for myself or for millions of other hopefuls. However being immersed in the lingerie industry and also recently embarking on a journey of personal self growth and reflection, I have realized that I am embarrassingly guilty of breaking a number of lingerie crimes in 2011. Therefore this upcoming year I am taking a pledge to better my personal lingerie situation 1 step at a time in order to improve my standing for a 2012! Here are my top 8 lingerie resolutions for the New Year:
1. Invest in a supportive strapless bra.
Now that the holiday season is almost over I can no longer ignore the fact that my arsenal of bras is lacking a functional strapless version for party occasions. The 2 that I currently own will find themselves in the trash come January as I reassess my strapless needs. What I will be looking for is a strong brassier with molded cups for coverage, underwire for support, and most importantly – clear taping for a no-slip grip. Since this is not a task to take lightly I have already started researching and have found 2 options that may be a good match – the Uprising Strapless Bra by Wacoal and the Biofit Strapless Bra by Victoria’s Secret. Hopefully one or both of these bras will be up to the task(s) at hand!
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2. De-clutter my lingerie drawers.
You know you’re an addict when you can’t properly shut any of the lingerie drawers in your bureau! Since only about half of my collection actually gets any use, my first step will be discarding the old, ratty & unflattering bras & undies that I reserve for desperate times (ie: laundry day, that time of the month, etc.). The second step will be to get rid of all the uncomfortable pieces that I insisted on keeping because they are just so pretty! This includes a few pairs of lace Brazilian cut undies (no one likes a perma-wedgie) and the embellished bra that is 2 band sizes too small. Goodbye frivolous purchases and hello extra drawer space!
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3. Wear attractive sleepwear.
Now that I am newly single, I am ready to move on to the next chapter of my life in 2012. It is time to focus more on my own faith and confidence, which includes feeling sexy and empowered in my own clothing regardless of who sees it. I’ve found that on the days that I wear attractive undergarments I often feel more bold and confident, so why wouldn’t the same be true of my sleepwear? Its time to ditch the cartoon flannel pj’s and oversize t-shirts in favor of some more luxury fabrics & elegant details. Perhaps some silky rompers or lace trim microfiber will be just the thing to inspire sweet dreams this year.
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4. Purchase a pair of patterned tights.
Fashion tights are all the rage right now and after viewing some current lines from Pretty Polly and House of Holland, I am ready to jump on the bandwagon! So many styles in the new collection are super cool without being too outlandish or wacky. The Pretty Vintage tights perform double duty with a faux lacy sock knit right in, while the Pretty Squiggly tights will look awesome with a pencil skirt for the office. And my personal favorite, the Pretty Sparkly tights, are just perfect for partying the winter blues away.
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5. Take better care of my lingerie.
Ok, I have to admit – I am not always cognizant of my lingerie’s needs. While I do hand wash with a gentle detergent I do not always take the time to ensure my delicates are being laundered effectively. From now on I am vowing to always use lukewarm water and gently swish & pump to really remove the excess dirt and grime, taking special care to “massage” the areas most prone to nasty buildup (underwire casings, gussets & under arms). Next I will rinse them thoroughly and gently wring or blot out any extra water before laying them down flat to dry on a towel instead of hanging them on a clothesline in my bathtub like a Neanderthal! I’m hoping this will give my lingerie the longer, healthier & more fulfilled life that it deserves.
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6. Buy a comfortable piece of shapewear.
Let’s be honest – the holiday season is all about friends, family and over indulging in our favorite, sugary treats. And by the time this season is over I will definitely be feeling the repercussions of the latter. While I plan to start up my workout regime again in January, I could benefit from a little artificial help until I reach my goal. That means a comfy, easy to wear shapewear piece that can streamline my shape while still allowing me to breathe and go about my day uninterrupted. Yummie Tummie has a long list of satisfied customers with their slimming camis in fashion colors & prints. While the Spanx Haute Contour collection offers beautiful styles that double as shaping pieces. Whichever I end up choosing I hope to only need it for the first month or two of the new year until my fitness goal has been reached.
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7. Find a sports bra that actually works.
With all the jumping, running & sweating I plan on doing come this January, I am going to need a good sports bra that really minimizes bounce. Even us smaller sized girls experience the chest pains associated with high impact physical activity and need a supportive bra that will both suppress and contain. My list of demands includes enclosed underwire, racer back and wickability for maximum comfort. I may try out some styles from Enell or Nike, which have both gotten great reviews or I may go for a fitting with professionals to explain my criteria and really ensure I find a good match. Either way I’d like a high tech design with a lot of thought and research behind it.
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8. Love my body.
2012 is going to be a great year – I can feel it. A year of enlightenment, happiness & wisdom! I think we should all vow to dispel the judgment we put on our bodies and really focus on what makes us beautiful and sets us apart from others. I recommend reading the interviews on The Lingerie Project Tumblr (http://thelingerieproject.tumblr.com/) to help inspire us to be proud of what we have. The brave girls come in many different sizes & shapes but all manage to exude their own unique beauty and sensuality in their photos. Let’s stop obsessing about diets, celebrities and our own social standing and focus more on improving ourselves for years to come. Happy New Year!
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What are your lingerie resolutions for 2012?