Posts from April, 2012

Lingerie Addict Video: How to Buy a Garter Belt

Kiss Me Deadly “Candy Box” Garter Belt (as seen in the video)

There’s a new video up on The Lingerie Addict YouTube Channel, and it’s all about garter belts (or suspender belts for my UK readers). With Mad Men, Dita von Teese, and, of course, the on-going popularity of Bettie Page, there’s more interest in garter belts now than ever before.

But not all garter belts are created equal so how can you know the difference between a good one and a not-so-good one? Just use the 4 tips from our latest video as your guide:

No time to watch the video? Here are the key takeaways for what to look for:

  1. A wide front panel
  2. Metal garter grips and adjusters
  3. Six garter straps
  4. Hook and eye closure in the back with at least 3 hooks and eyes

I hope you enjoy the video and that, if you’re new to garter belts, it helps you shop for one. Ready to buy a garter belt right now? My recommended vendors are Kiss Me Deadly, What Katie Did, and Secrets in Lace (especially the Rago line). And if you have any garter belt advice of your own to share, I’d love to read it in the comments.

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Naughty Bits: Lingerie News for 4/29/12

Bikini by Zinke Intimates

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Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Weekly Lingerie Sales – 4/28/12

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Las Vegas International Lingerie Show: The Sexy Side of Lingerie

The International Lingerie Show Fashion Show

Disclosure: The International Lingerie Show is a The Lingerie Addict advertiser. However, they did not contribute to the content of this article, and all words are my own.

In the last of our trend reports from this season’s Lingerie Market, I’m talking about my first ever visit to the Las Vegas International Lingerie Show. Being the newbie at a tradeshow can be super hard (you don’t know anyone…no one knows you), but I had a genuinely good time at this one. Not only was everyone incredibly nice and welcoming (I didn’t once have to explain what a blog is!), I also saw a very different and, in some ways, more relevant and inclusive side of the lingerie industry by attending.

The other three tradeshows I went to earlier this year (the Paris Salon International de la Lingerie, Curve New York, and the Designer Lingerie Showcase) all focus on high-end, boutique, and fashion lines, but the International Lingerie Show is very, very much about the sexy lingerie. While there were some brands there which would be a good fit for a traditional boutique (and I’ll be talking about them later on in the article as they’re also the brands I liked most), I saw a lot of sex toy shop friendly ravewear, clubwear, and stripperwear…which, of course, is great because people have all kinds of tastes.

Even more interestingly, though, I found the International Lingerie Show to be radically size inclusive. In a lot of ways, the boutique lingerie industry is just waking up to the fact that women over a size 10 want beautiful lingerie too. But many of the brands at ILS have been making size 3X, 4X, even 5X and beyond for years (in fact, 4 of the 5 brands in this article go up to at least a 3X).

In addition, most of the brands exhibiting at ILS were more budget-friendly than boutique-focused brands, which made the entire show feel more accessible to me and made me excited to share some new names with you all. With that said, here are 5 lines I loved from ILS. Unfortunately, as I mentioned in my NYC trend report, my memory card was near completely wiped, so I’m having to rely on Instagram photos…but some photos are better than no photos.

Toute La Nuit
Toute La Nuit is a brand I was introduced at my very first CurveNY back in 2010, and since then this San Francisco designed and manufactured label has started an affordably priced diffusion line of simple-yet-sexy sheer panties, robes, and nighties. I especially liked the coral/pink color above. Affordable designer lingerie? More please!

Tia Lyn
Tia Lyn is a brand I wasn’t at al familiar with before the International Lingerie Show, but has since become one I can’t get out of my head (or stop recommending to my readers). Another U.S. designed and produced label, Tia Lyn’s sexy stretch silk and lace lingerie is available in sizes up to 3X. I love how the bright colors are flirty, not frumpy, and how the cut of the lingerie gives flattering body coverage. If you’re a plus sized woman, I highly recommend.

Raveware
Yet another label I hadn’t heard of before the International Lingerie Show, Raveware blew me away with the hot pink and black lace shapewear dress pictured above (you can check out a gartered teddy version of this design on The Lingerie Addict Instagram). This is sexy shapewear for the bedroom (and beyond!) Once again, both pieces will be available up to 3X when released. I’d also check out Raveware’s line of shapewear Halloween costumes this fall.

Eurotique
You all know how much I love a good corset, and Eurotique used to be the corsetieres behind Stormy Leather before Stormy Leather was sold to the other guys. Available in sizes up to 5X, all Eurotique corsets are handmade and have quality (read: heavy) steel boning. And they don’t charge different prices for different sizes! Without giving too much away, let’s just say that a ton of high-end corsets sold at places you know come from Eurotique. And they’re very popular.

iCollection
iCollection is all about good value for the dollar, and if you’ve purchased from a “sexy lingerie” store, there’s a good chance you’ve bought one of their pieces. They offer a ton of styles, colors, and patterns, and all their lingeire is available up to a size 4X. Confidential to any new sexy lingerie boutique owners reading this: you could probably get started just from their catalogue alone.

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Ask the Addict: Where Can I Buy Frilly Panties?

Angela Friedman "Jasmine" Ruffled Panties

Today’s Ask the Addict question comes from Tumblr follower PirateMasey who writes:

I want to wear frilly panties like you used to see on showgirls! Any recommendations?

Of course!

Playful Promises makes frilly knickers in magenta, black, and peach. Fairy GothMother also makes frilly knickers in black, red, white, pale blue, turquoise, pink, purple and blue. Pandora’s Choice also sells frilly knickers including the amazing (but, unfortunately now discontinued) What Katie Did ones. Finally, if you’re looking for something a bit more luxe, Angela Friedman makes the ultimate frilly knickers – silk charmeuse with yards and yards and yards of beautiful, showgirl-style ruffles.

Got a question for The Lingerie Addict? Send it to treacle@thelingerieaddict.com and it may appear here on the blog!

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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30% Off the Bettie Page Shape Collection at Secrets in Lace!

In honor of Bettie Page’s birthday, Secrets in Lace is taking 30% off the bra, panty, and girdle in their Bettie Page Shape Collection with code BPSHAPE thru Saturday, April 28th, at Midnight EST. If you’ve been eyeballing this retro style lingerie for awhile, now is the perfect time to pick it up.

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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National Lingerie Day: Why Lingerie is Important

3 Different Looks from My Boudoir Shoot with Katrinka’s Secret

Today, April 24th, is National Lingerie Day, a holiday I honestly knew nothing about until roughly 11 p.m. last night. But since I am a lingerie blogger, I feel like I should do something appropriate for the day, so I thought I’d write a post about why I started blogging and why lingerie matters and all that other meta-stuff I never really talk about here.

Though it doesn’t sound particularly empowering, I started lingerie blogging because of a guy. It was my first real, adult relationship,and after a steady diet of Victoria’s Secret commercials telling me how much guys thought lingerie was sexy, I decided to buy a set to impress him. The only problem? I had no idea how to buy lingerie. None.

I researched for several hours that first day, looking for lingerie reviews and bra fitting advice and information on how to choose a garter belt, and ending up pretty much empty handed. I mean, there were articles out there, but most of them either copied the exact same information I’d seen in a dozen other places or seemed more concerned with telling me how AWESOME!™ everything was so I’d buy it from their store instead of giving me an honest review.

But I eventually made my decisions and the first three stores I purchased from were La Magia (now specializing in retro swimwear as For Luna), Girdlebound, and Bare Necessities. The first three pieces of lingerie I purchased (from the same stores) were the Kiss Me Deadly Sirena set, the Rago Lacette Corsolette, and the Falke Lunelle Thigh Highs.

Me at Dragon*Con in 2009. That’s the Sirena bra.

Looking back, I was extremely lucky because I happened to buy three very well made brands from three stores with very good customer service. It’s no exaggeration to say that had my first few experiences been terrible, I may have given up on lingerie entirely (which is part of why I’m so irritated by shoddy customer service today…but that’s for another blog post).

Even though things didn’t work out with that particular guy, I found that I was still interested in lingerie. I loved the way it made me feel. The lace, the nylon, the satin…I enjoyed splurging on these delicate bits of fabric that felt so luxurious against my skin.

I’m not (and probably never will be) able to afford a designer wardrobe, but lingerie made me feel like I could have a taste of the fashionable life. There were so many styles in so many colors, and I could upgrade my outfits with new pair of fashion tights or a lace trimmed vintage slip for far, far less than money a new dress or jacket might cost. I admit, I went a little lingerie crazy those first couple of years, but I wore many of those pieces until they fell to, well, pieces.

But even more than that, lingerie changed the way I felt about myself. It’s hard to describe exactly what I mean, but I’ll try. When a lot of sites talk about lingerie, they focus on how it makes you look to others. But lingerie is more than just a prelude to sex or way to avoid pantylines. Lingerie is one of the ultimate forms of self-expression.

My “Everyday” Lingerie

We don’t always get to present the truest image of ourselves to the outside world. Maybe you’re having a bad hair day or an acne breakout or you have to wear a uniform to work or you’re kitted out in sweats because you’re chasing a toddler or *insert your own scenario here*. But lingerie lets you express who you really are, no matter what you may have to wear on top. And since we’re multidimensional human beings, lingerie lets you express multiple aspects of your personality, even when they don’t always fit with what you need to project to the outside world.

Feeling like a pin-up queen today? Rock those suspender straps. In more erotic mood instead? A 1/4 cup bra and ouvert panty is just the thing. Want to keep things simple? Hello there t-shirt bra and brief. Romantic? A lace trimmed cami and tap pant will do the trick. And the list goes on.

In a world where so many assumptions are made about who and what you are based on the outside, lingerie is a refuge for who you are on the inside. Who you are in all your changing, wonderful, and complex glory.

So…Happy National Lingerie Day. Remember to enjoy those bras and panties. I know I will.

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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