Posts from May, 2012

The Lingerie Addict is on Vacation!

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Hi lovelies,

You may notice the blog is a little quieter than usual this week. My parents are visiting me from Georgia (their last visit before I get married, more than likely), and I want to spend some time with them and enjoy their company.

I’ll be updating the TLA Facebook page with “Lingerie Addict Flashbacks,” articles you may have missed on the blog that are still super informative and relevant. And I’ll still be updating The Lingerie Addict Pinterest (especially the wedding albums!).

We’ll be back on our regular schedule next Monday. Have a great week and thanks for being a fan of The Lingerie Addict!

Sincerely,

Trea

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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 – 5/26/12

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It’s Not Your Grandma’s Beach Anymore! – Beach Lounge Trends for Summer


Tiare

Ladies, swimsuit season is coming!  I open with this sentence not to freak you out about your thighs and bellies (You already look hot!).  I’m just excited about beach fashion.

Recently, while the weather was still blustery in New York, I went to Hawaii and got a preview of what we will all be wearing when it’s finally beach weather for the rest of us.

How to describe Hawaii fashion…? Big tourist influx and big tourist money mean Honolulu is an outpost for sophisticated global brands like Vuitton, Prada, Marc Jacobs.  But like Hawaii food and culture in general, Island Style is a unique blend of the influences that have visited paradise for hundreds of years and been seduced into staying.  Everything from muumuu floral dresses inspired by native Hawaiian clothing to surfer boho beachwear finds its way into the Hawaii beach aesthetic.  A few hallmarks of Island Style: casual ease, florals, bold color.  The girls in Hawaii look like they were born wearing bikinis and strappy sundresses.

I took to the beaches and to local gathering places like the Kapiolani farmer’s market to check out what the locals were wearing.  Bikinis were bright and fun, but I was most excited about innovations in swim coverups.  For those of us not lucky enough to live AT the beach or pool, we need something to wear between home and the sand, and we need it to be adorable.  Beach loungewear is what I’m talking about, the summery equivalent of the perfect boudoir chemise or robe.  And, luckily, I ran into two gorgeous lines of beach loungewear designed and made by independent designers in Hawaii.

I got to ask Jane Hoskins, designer of Tiare Hawaii, a few questions:

TheLingerieAddict: How does “Island Style” influence you as a designer?

J.H: “Island Style” has been a huge influence on me as a designer and in creating my line.  Tiare Hawaii is unique in our love for the islands.  Every piece is an inspiration, from the hand dyed fabrics, to eyelet details, to the flow of the dresses reflecting the waterfalls nearby- all are inspired by the natural beauty of Hawaii.

TLA: What kinds of recent trends do you see in beachwear?

J.H.: A coverup is a great way to complete an effortlessly beachy look and is a practical and fashionable way to go to and from the beach or pool in style.  There are so many chic and flattering styles of coverups that are in style such as caftans, pareos, rompers, sundresses, or just a really cute pair of shorts.  I am seeing lots of tie dye, dip dye, gauzy fabrics, hi-lo dresses and skirts, ikat prints, and lots of color for Spring and Summer.

TLA: What colors, patterns, and detailing are you working on?

J.H.: I am promoting colors inspired by nature (the colors of sand and the Hawaiian oceans, sunsets, and waterfalls) and am using natural dying methods to put my inspiration onto fabric.  I am also working with some colorful Ikat prints for my summer collections.

For a list of retailers, please go to www.tiarehawaii.com and click on “Retailers.”

Tiare

I came across another great brand designed and made in Hawaii, Wonderland, when I happened to trendspot its designer, Jess Shedlock.  I stopped her to take her picture and ask about her amazing fuchsia overdyed denim shorts–turns out, she makes them herself.  I asked her some questions about her inspiration and thoughts about beachwear.

Wonderland

TheLingerieAddict: What’s new in swim coverups?

J.S.: I like that swim coverups are fashion pieces now, as opposed to the dumpy coverups of the past. There are some beautiful coverups out there that can double as casual wear. Luxurious prints and fabrics make a lot of coverups really fun and fashion forward.

TLA: Can you give some styling tips for how girls can use your line as swim coverups?

The denim is really popular here because the shorts work great a swim coverup but can be work to lunch or the mall right after. The beach is so accessible here, that a lot of us hit the beach for a quick session between other daily activities. The colors make the dyed shorts swimsuit friendly as well.

TLA: What colors, patterns, and detailing are you promoting?

For denim, I did ombre dyed pastels and crochet details for spring. The high summer pieces are a little more bold – red, navy, olive with pendleton-inspired prints and fringes

visit http://wonderlandhonolulu.tumblr.com/

Wonderland

Wonderland

So even though I was greeted by 50 degree New York spring when I returned, I am warmed by anticipation of summer beach time — and all the innovative, sexy ways to dress up a swimsuit.  Ladies, it’s not your grandma’s beach anymore!

Laura a.k.a. Lola Haze

I’ve loved lingerie since before that was reasonable. I taught myself drawing, designing, and sewing, and after graduating from Harvard with an English degree, immediately went to work disregarding it and following my passion for fashion. After a few years designing for a big company, I went off on my own and started Lola Haze TM, (named after the title character in “Lolita,” my favorite book). Lola Haze is playwear for the bold woman who loves fun and dresses for herself! I feel happy and lucky that I get to love my job so much, and am thrilled to share my lingerie enthusiasm with The Lingerie Addict!

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Trend Alert: 9 Floral Print Lingerie Sets

From the instant I saw the Stella McCartney lingerie set above, I’ve been mad about floral print lingerie. Flowers are just so cheerful and happy and Spring-like, I can’t get enough. I purchased my first floral set from Hopeless Lingerie to wear in my Seattle boudoir photoshoot, and then later I picked up an Elle Macpherson set from Gilt, but this is an obsession that just won’t go away. Here are 9 of my favorite floral print sets. Which one is your fave?

English Garden Floral Print Bandeau Set by Amourose$125.00

Damask Rose Romper by La Fee Verte via Anthropologie$110.00

Gypsy Rose Blue Kimono Robe by La Fee Verte via Forty Winks - $156.00

Sexy Flowers “Lolita” Set by Majorey$70.00

Rose Garden Triple Twist Mesh Shortie by OnGossamer$59.00, available end of June

“Flo” Bra and High Brief by La LilouchePrice unknown, available A/W 2012

Teal Blue Floral Bandeau & Retro Knickers by Knickerocker - $40.00

Tilly Set by Miss Mandalay - £35.00 or $55.00

“Kiss From a Rose” Tights by Jonathan Aston via Peek Brooklyn$28.00

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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Swimwear Trends: 6 Chic Styles for this Summer

Finally! Through the past few years, swimwear designers are slowly becoming more in tune with diverse and unique shoppers and offering us a wider range of styles to fit our individual personalities.

Years ago I can remember perusing the conventional assortment in my local department store full of prints & styles that never really allowed me to express my style as an individual. For too long we’ve been forced to choose between dowdy one pieces or generic looking bikinis that seemed to get skimpier and less practical each summer. I wanted something fun, sexy & unique!

Now as designers have begun to step up their game, I am faced with the exciting task of choosing my beachwear assortment for the season! So many different shapes, silhouettes and detailing making for a much more enjoyable and rewarding shopping experience. Here I have highlighted my top 6 swimwear trends for 2012 that I can’t wait to show off poolside this summer.

Blast From The Past

Retro style has been trending for a few summers now and I just love how these pin-up pieces are finally making it into the mainstream marketplace. Inspired by our favorite decades past, these bathing suits are flattering on a wide array of bodies and are sure to get you noticed among the usual sea of outdated bikinis.

(From left to right) 1. Room And Diving Board bikini by Cherries Swim at www.modcloth.com; 2. Sailor Swimsuit by Fables By Barrie at www.fablesbybarrie.com; 3. Beach Betty bikini by One Teaspoon at www.modcloth.com; 4. Mesh Ruched Swimdress by Norma Kamali at www.neimanmarcus.com.

Fringe Benefits

Fringe has been adorning everything from skirts to purses this season so why shouldn’t swimwear join in on the fun? Layers of fringe are a perfect way to add a little swing to your step and draw the eye away from any unsightly areas. And as an added bonus, fringe is a great way to transition from day into night taking you from beach to bar, or from pool to life of the party.

(From left to right) 1. Fringe Benefits bikini by L*Space at www.lspace.com; 2. Sea Of Love bikini by Beach Bunny at www.beachbunnyswimwear.com; 3. Fringe printed one-piece by Free People at www.freepeople.com; 4. Surya Fringe bikini by Tori Praver at www.revolveclothing.com.

Still Sexy

One-piece bathing suits no longer have to be worn solely for function & practicality. Now we can cover up and still look hot with these super sexy suits guaranteed to garner as much attention as the teeny barely-there bikini. Whether you prefer fuller coverage with provocative detailing or to be more bold and revealing in a unique way, these pieces have got you covered.

(From left to right) 1. Colorblock Scuba swimsuit by Michael Kors at www.michaelkors.com; 2. Zeus Wild Flower one-piece by Aqua Di Lara at www.aquadilara.com; 3. The Bridget one-piece by Tavik at www.karmaloop.com; 4. Cindy swimsuit by Minimale Animale at www.urbanoutfitters.com.

Flirty Flounces

Ruffles always make for a cute & feminine detail however this season many designers have taken it up a notch and incorporated the flounce into their collections. This one big ruffle bandeau or tank is still flirty and playful but with a fresh new attitude. And the wide ruffle on top does a great job balancing out a full bottom, a perfect solution for any pear shaped gal.

(From left to right) 1. Kristen Ruffle bikini by Zinke at www.shopzinke.com; 2. Two Piece Half-Top bikini by Mara Hoffman at www.saksfifthavenue.com; 3. Penny Ruffle bikini by O’neill at www.swell.com; 4. Lovey one-piece by Kushcush at www.kushcush.com.

Give ‘em The Bold Shoulder

Why not take a tip from the Grecian goddesses this season in a one-shouldered suit? This sexy asymmetrical look will show off your gorgeous summer skin without any slipping and sliding. Try a simple more basic shape or get creative with twists, keyholes or hardware. Either way this look is a sensible blend of fashion and practicality.

(From left to right) 1. Plenteous Tiles bikini by Marza Genesi Sea at www.anthropologie.com; 2. Surfers Point one-piece by 6 Shore Road at www.revolveclothing.com; 3. Bendito Candy bikini by Agua Bendita at www.laurela.com; 4. Macrame One Shoulder bikini by Becca at www.bloomingdales.com.

C’mon Get Strappy

Strappy detailing has been big these past few summers and the look is not going away anytime soon. Each season they get sexier, more creative and enticing. With such a forward bold look the color choice is often black to lend a sophisticated more serious edge. These suits are not for the faint of heart and may also yield some awkward tan lines but the looks you’re sure to garner from admiring passers by make it worth the investment.

(From left to right) 1. Kinky bikini by Have Faith at www.havefaith.com; 2. Muy Caliente bikini by Luli Fama at www.lulifama.com; 3. Eagles Shadow bikini by One Teaspoon at www.nastygal.com; 4. Very Sexy Strappy Bikini by Victoria’s Secret at www.victoriassecret.com.

What are your takes on these bold trends? Do you prefer to keep it simple at the beach or do you play up the fashion?

Kristina

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Where to Find Beautiful Full-Bust Swimwear

Miss Mandalay Gingham Bikini – Available Exclusively at ASOS

Today’s Ask the Addict feature comes from lipstainedgarterbelts who writes:

I know this is a lingerie blog, but would you happen to know where to get swimsuits to fit full busts (I’m a 34 G)?

Great question! I can definitely understand why you may have had some trouble finding swimwear to fit your size. A lot of companies equate full bust with plus size (even though they’re not the same) or simply call all their full bust swimsuits DD+ cup, without really saying how far beyond DD the cups fit.

Freya and Fantasie are both well known for their full bust swimsuits, and all swimwear from those two brands is 20% off on Figleaves through May 28th. I’ve included some of my favorites from them and a few of other brands in this blog post. They all come in at least a G cup.

Miss Mandalay Paisley Print Halter Bikini£68.00, approximately $107.00 (both pieces)

Miss Mandalay Zigzag Print Halter Bikini£110.00, approximately $174.00 (both pieces)

Midnight Grace Stripe Underwired Halter Bikini$69.00 (both pieces)

Freya Sweetheart Underwired Padded Bikini$106.00 (both pieces)

Freya Underwired Plunge Swimsuit$78.00

Fantasie Underwired Bandeau Polka Dot Bikini$112.00 (both pieces)

Pour Moi? Underwired Halter Bikini$63.00 (both pieces)

Pureda Hidden Wire Floral Print Bikini$137.43 (both pieces)

ASOS Underwired Leopard Print Bikini$55.66 (both pieces)

ASOS Chevron Print Triangle Bikini$45.22 (both pieces)

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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Vintage-Inspired Swimwear: 4 Retro Bathing Suits for this Season

By: Pippa

There’s no doubt that swimwear has evolved since the mid 1900’s, mainly due to ever developing fashions, life style choices, cultural influences and society. But the classic, ultra-flattering, vintage chic style is back for another summer.

When we think vintage swimwear, those classic icons Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly immediately spring to mind, with their classic glamour and timeless elegance. And it’s this classic style that so many modern women are now trying to recreate, complete with an up-to-date take on the 1950’s Hollywood one piece.

These retro swimsuits often featured a fitted skirt sitting on the hips, a high and nipped-in hourglass waist, and a strapless or halter neck. Polka dots and bold stripes were also popular in these kinds of swimsuits, as well as colour blocking (usually white) along with various trims like belts, bows, and buckles. More fitted and modest in comparison to the ever popular triangle bikini of more recent years, it’s this chic modesty which is making a comeback. Women want to stand out in the summer, but for style, class, and elegance, rather than for baring it all.

This swimsuit above is what inspired me to write this article. What Katie Did have got it spot on again, borrowing the style and silhouette from the 50’s and 60’s while using modern fabrics, styling, and construction techniques. I love the all in one colour blocking and let’s not forget the element of ease…the one piece means you don’t have to think too much about what else to wear, it’s already all there for you!

With some more subtle elements of vintage swimwear, this S/S 12 Camilla and Marc Resort one piece swimsuit exaggerates colour blocking, while suggesting a high waist and sweet heart neckline.

Polka dots and strips are commonly seen in vintage swimwear, and Michael Kors has successfully brought them back in this in a brilliant sunshine yellow swimsuit from his S/S 12 collection.

Finally, Mama Maria uses clever tailoring to create a nipped in waist and pointed bust – very much the desired silhouette of the mid 1900’s. A Dutch swimwear company, Mama Maria, specialises in creating beautiful swimwear with a very vintage feel in nearly ever kind of colour and pattern.

One last note, the vintage come back is ideal for curvier girls, because those are the exact body types they were originally designed for. Remember, no one looks more fabulous than someone having fun, and in any one of these swimsuits, who wouldn’t be loving every minute?

What do you think of the vintage-style swimsuit look? Do you have any favourites?

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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