Posts from January, 2012

Valentine’s Day Lingerie Shopping Guide: 20 Gifts from $50 to $100

b. tempt’d ‘Ciao Bella’ Balconette Bra & Tanga Panty  – $57.00

Parfait by Affinitas ‘Charlotte’ Balconette Bra & High Waist Panty – $59.50

Belabumbum Ariel Maternity Chemise – $60.00

Rago Lacette Corselette – $63.00

Parfait by Affinitas Honey Underwire Babydoll – $65.00

Figleaves Maternity New Beginnings Chemise – $66.00

In Bloom by Jonquil Lace Wrap – $68.00

Eberjey ‘Peek a Boo’ Bralet & Panty – $68.00

Ruffle Demi Bra & Garter Belt w/ Ribbon – $69.90

Blush ‘Luscious’ Teddy – $72.00

100% Silk Thigh Thigh Stockings w/ Lace Tops – $74.99

Eberjey ‘Gigi’ Chemise – $75.00

Blush ‘Decadence’ Satin and Lace Bra & Thong – $76.00

Claudette ‘Dessous’ Mesh Bra & Bikini – $77.00

Panache ‘Lucy’ Balconette Bra & Bikini – $81.00

Affinitas ‘Stella’ Mesh & Lace Black Babydoll & Thong – $81.50

Mary Green “Nouveau’ Retro Teddy – $87.00

Cosabella ‘Never Say Never’ Chemise – $90.00

Between the Sheets ‘Airplay’ Babydoll – $95.00

Hanky Panky After Midnight Maid Babydoll w/ Matching Thong – $98.00

Valentine’s Day Lingerie Shopping Guide – 20 Gifts for $50 and Under

Hips and Curves V’rai Lamour Heart Print Boyshort – $6.95

Playful Promises Frilly Briefs with Satin Bows – $15.71 (approximately)

Hips and Curves Lace Heart Back Panty – $18.95

Leg Avenue Black Rose Sheer Wrap – $23.95

Hips and Curves Garter Belt with Lace Heart – $24.95

Dollhouse Bettie Black Tulip Lace Eternity Stockings – $29.00

Figleaves Boudoir Treat Me ‘Gorgeous’ Side Tie Knickers – $30.00

Hips and Curves Short and Sexy Charmeuse Chemise – $29.98

Hips and Curves J’Adore Lace Overlay Chemise – $39.95

Hips and Curves Lace Garter Tank with Ribbon – $39.95

Leg Avenue Ruffle Trimmed Garter Dress – $37.95

Skinnygirl ‘Show Don’t Tell’ Alluring Bodysuit - $40.00

Honeydew Cropped Lace Bralette and Boyshorts – $44.00

Pour Moi ‘Amour’ Chemise – $44.76

Figleaves Nightwear Silky Satin Babydoll and Knicker Set – $45.00

BlueBella ‘Flirt’ Sheer Georgette Chemise – $46.99

BlueBella ‘Enchant’ Satin Camisole & Shorts Set – $46.99

Jezebel Ruffles Galore Babydoll Set – $49.00

Betsey Johnson Rose Print Bra & Thong – $50

Kensie ‘Naomi’ Push Up Bra & Hipster – $50.00

Agent Provocateur Spring/Summer 2012: Soft Focus Seduction

Inspired by the romance of the 1970′s, Agent Provocateur’s new Spring/Summer collection (featuring French actress Mylène Jampanoï) is all romance, lace, and flowers. Agent Provocateur has found their formula and they’re sticking with it; the Fifi and Daena pieces in particular strongly resemble lines from previous collections. Of the four sets, I believe the Mercy corset is the strongest piece, especially when paired with it’s rather striking coordinating skirt. After that, I love the Sprinkle range for it’s playful polka dota.

What do you think of Agent Provocateur’s new Spring/Summer range?

'Daena'

'Mercy'

'Baby'

'Fifi'

'Sprinkle'

 

'Candace'

'Ariel'

And the Winners of the Bare Necessities/ 1 Millionth Visitor Giveway Are…

Savannah Edmundson–1st prize

Katy Morris–2nd prize

Kerry Miller–2nd prize

Congratulations to all! I’ll be in touch with you shortly regarding the details of your prizes.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway, and thank you even more for helping The Lingerie Addict reach this incredible milestone.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so please keep our giveaway sponsors Bare Necessities in mind while you’re shopping for your fabulously sexy pretties this month and next!

Bra Fitting Formulas: Is the “War on Plus Four” the Answer?

There’s been a really heated debate happening on Twitter today, and though I usually try to stay out of these (almost nothing good comes out internet debates), this is one case where I feel genuinely compelled to offer an alternative point of view.

If you’ve not yet heard of it, The War on Plus Four is the brainchild of Busts4Justice, a UK based lingerie blog that achieved worldwide fame when they protested Marks & Spencer charging more for DD+ bras. The group won their fight in 2008, and Marks & Spencer now offers only one price for all sizes (and rightly so, might I add).

While I wasn’t around for that campaign, I am here for their latest one…the #waronplusfour.

The core argument of the War on Plus Four seems to be that the traditional bra fitting formula (namely take your underbust measure and add 4) fails the vast majority of women, so the preferred approach is to take your underbust measure and purchase bras with that same band number. So, for example, instead of wearing a 34 band as I do now, I’d wear a 30 band or, at most, a 32 band.

There’s only one problem though, the last time I tried a 32 band, the bra didn’t fit. At all.

I don’t want to come across like I’m deriding the War on Plus Four campaign, because I’m not. Bra fitting is an intensely personal subject, and, as such, it stirs a lot of intensely personal emotions. And I firmly believe that the more education there is around bra fitting, the better, and that includes giving women alternative methods for thinking about their bras and their bra size.

However, my biggest concern with the War on Plus Four is that it seems to want to switch out one formula for yet another formula, and that’s disconcerting to me. While there are hundreds (and more likely, thousands) of women for whom the +4 formula doesn’t work, there are just as many (like myself) for whom it does.

Yet when I’ve brought up my personal experience to others bloggers I respect and admire, like Invest in Your Chest and Butterfly Collection, I’ve been regarded as a bit of a unicorn. And when I’ve mentioned this issue on Twitter, I’ve had people insist that I have no idea what I’m talking about and must be wearing the wrong size (I’m not, by the way. I was refitted last month and I’m still a 34 band). More than anything, I think it’s that outright denial that concerns me. If the +4 method doesn’t work for everyone, why would the +0 method work for everyone? And why would that be so hard to believe?

Though I haven’t seen anyone address yet, one of the things I have noticed is that the War on Plus Four seems to fall along full-busted and not-full-busted lines. In other words, most of the issues I’ve heard around the +4 measurement are coming from women with D cup breasts and higher. I asked Linda the Bra Lady about this on Twitter, and she was kind enough to share some of her 25+ years of experience with me. Most of it seems to boil down to this: bigger boobs require a tighter back.

By Baby’s Rules, another lingerie blogger (and one I wouldn’t have discovered without this conversation) also revealed that muscular women and thinner women often have to add inches due to larger lats and less cushion over the ribs.

Finally, Alicia from PJLingerie, reminded us that there are other factors to keep in mind, such as breast shape, density, and so on.

All this tells me that the solution to an inaccurate rule isn’t to develop  another inaccurate rule. Or as Amaryllis (who really does need to start a blog of her own…she’s just that awesome) says–

Which is completely and 100% true.

Instead of coming up with a new rule that still won’t fit every woman, why not focus on bra fitting education? While I’m lucky enough to live close to BelleFleur Boutique (where I got my last bra fitting) tens of millions of women aren’t within driving distance of a decent lingerie store. And for tens of millions more, even when they do happen to be near a lingerie boutique, luxury lingerie is outside the reach of their budget.

But if a woman knows how the band is supposed to fit and how the cups are supposed to fit and how the gore is supposed to fit and so forth and so on, then it won’t matter if they’re far away from a boutique or if their bra size changes or what brand they buy from because then the core knowledge will be there. And it may not be a 100% perfect fit, but a 95% perfect one is a better than none at all.

If there isn’t a lingerie boutique in your neighborhood, Linda’s Bra Fit Calculator has gotten rave reviews from women of all sizes, and I also like that she has a special Bra FAQ page to address common issues.

What do you think of the War on Plus Four?

Photo Credit: Top image via Nordstrom.com

What’s an ‘Independent Lingerie Brand’ Anyway? (Plus a Major Valentine’s Day Lingerie Event!)

Catherine (from Kiss Me Deadly) and I have been doing a lot of chatting lately, and one of the things we’ve realized is that while she’s the head of an independent lingerie brand and I’m blogger who supports independent lingerie brands, we’ve never exactly talked about what an independent lingerie brand is or why they matter in the multibillion dollar economic machine that is the mainstream lingerie industry.

Since I’m currently on a plane across the Atlantic (and soon to cope with another stretch of jetlag once I’m safely back stateside), this seemed like the perfect opportunity to have that conversation…especially since I just spent significant portion of the Salon International de la Lingerie talking with independent lingerie brands. Also, this blog post kicks off a major indie lingerie brand event that starts in just a few days (on January 30th). I’ve heard there’s going to be tons of free knickers involved so definitely keep your eyes peeled.

By: Catherine

Valentine’s Day…a time of love and outpourings of affection and people saying nice things to each other and loads of other stuff I’m really bad at!  But it does have lingerie, and I do really like lingerie. So it seemed like a great time not just to talk about our lingerie, but about all the nice knickers I spend time with.

If you read much about the industry, you’ll hear us talking about being independent or boutique brands – but I’m not sure how many people know what that means. Boutique brands are usually the quirky designer brands that you find in the small shops and the department stores rather than mainstream shopping centre. You can get some very large companies running a boutique brand – for example Little Minx is owned by a large Australian corporation. Independent means something a bit different – it means that the brand does not have a corporation bankrolling it. That doesn’t always mean there’s not someone with money behind it, or that we aren’t also legally companies, but it means the huge corporate megastructure that exists behind mainstream brands isn’t there.

Indie lingerie brands can be anything from one person companies making their own items up to companies that have quite a few employees but have grown up all on their own – in the UK you don’t count as a large company here until you are making multimillions a year in turnover, so we’re all safe for that for a while I think! We all end up in the same section at trade shows and the assumption tends to be that we’re competitors, as if lingerie customers were like music fans or mainstream fashion buyers, where there are groups of people who specifically buy from indie brands or groups. After some research we did last year though, we’re pretty certain that’s not true, and that in fact indie lingerie brands compete with the high street!

But what does it mean from your point of view? Mostly that we produce more interesting things than the mainstream brands! If you have to justify your sales to a board, you tend to get a bit cautious – just look at how long it too Marks and Spencers to start doing things that weren’t beige, for heaven’s sake. Whereas indie brands make their name on innovative, niche and/or quirky designs. As with mainstream fashion, it’s pretty clear that in lingerie, lots of trends originate with small brands playing about and taking risks, and then getting co-opted by the mainstream once they’ve shown it can sell, so if you want to avoid a blandly walmart-ised industry, you want us to stick around.

Of course the downside is that small companies don’t have the resources or purchasing power of big ones, so we tend to be more expensive; but the world would be so much more boring without us, and quite often, when you support us, you can see where your money goes – often into more local circles.

You’d also be surprised how often you are talking directly to the person that designs the stuff, runs the company or makes the garments when you get in touch with an indie brand. That’s not an opportunity you’re going to get with a corporation, no matter how friendly their facebook might be, and it means there’s a far more dirct relationship between things you say and what comes out in . . . well this is fashion so it’s a years time, but still, you take my point.

So, want to support independent lingerie brands then? Good! Because this year 10 of us have got together and everyday one of us will be offering a giveaway or competition while the rest of us will be telling you what we love about them! With hosiery, swimwear, silk, full bust, shapewear and corsetry in the mix, none of us are anticipating this being difficult – especially as we also pulled together an awesome photoshoot for it.

Keep your eyes peeled online from the 30th January until the 10th February, for plenty of blog content and offers; we hope you’ll all join us in this celebration of this vibrant and creative sector of the market.

Brands joining the Love-In:

What Katie Did –faux vintage lingerie, corsetry and swim

Candy Baker - glamourous diamante embellished hosiery

Miss Mandalay – B-HH cups in trend-led bra sets and bikinis.

Kriss Soonik – edgy loungerie with signature motifs.

Kiss Me Deadly – femme fatale stocking and suspender sets

Fraulein Kink – Sensual accessories to inspire adventure, lust and sexual exploration.

Ayten Gasson – vintage inspired silk lingerie, nightwear and giftwear trimmed with vintage Nottingham lace

Playful Promises – fun and flirty trend led lingerie, swimwear and giftwear

Paolita – high end beachwear with that celebrate individuality and vitality

Velda Lauder Corsetiere – Couture and ready to wear corsetry and lingerie.

Credits for the images:
Venue – Cirque Du Soir, Soho
Photographer – Anna Swiczeniuk

Models – Jessica Louise Abidde , Tessa Kuragi, Miranda Barrie
MUA – Cheyenne Raymond

The Victoria’s Secret Designer Collection: Luxury Lingerie at Your Local Mall?

Is Victoria’s Secret feeling the pressure from luxury lingerie boutiques? The national retailer known for deals like 3/$30 panties is expanding into the world of luxury lingerie with their new Victoria’s Secret Designer Collection.

With knickers starting at $38, bras at $98, and teddies at $168 (along with a sheer lace corset that retails for $298), Victoria’s Secret is positioning itself as your high-end lingerie alternative just in time for Valentine’s Day. The lace overlays and ruffles have a somewhat more European vibe, but the shape and silhouette is still 100% Victoria’s Secret. What do you think of this new range? Any plans to try it out or should Victoria’s Secret stick to what it knows?