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- $10 off orders of $50 or more at Lingerie Diva w/code 10HALLOW (ends 10/1/12)
- 10% off opaque hosiery at StockingsHQ
- 20% off sale lingerie at L’école Nuit + free shipping on orders $100+ w/code FALL12
- 20% off the Andorra in Lagoon Bra at Butterfly Collection
- 20% off ASOS Collection items at ASOS (while supplies last)
- 25% off at the Orchard Corset Fall Clearance Sale w/code FallSale25 (ends 9/30/12)
- 25% off plum fully-fashioned stockings at Hepburn & Leigh
- 30% off Marika Vera at Fox & Rose while supplies last
- 50% off at the Dirty Pretty Things Vivian Flash Sale (ends 10/3/12)
- 60% off Mimi Holliday, Fleur of England, Bordelle + Jenna Leigh at Evaley Luxury Lingerie
- Up to 60% off at Figleaves Outlet
- 70% off at the Now That’s Lingerie End of Summer Clearance Sale (ends 10/8/12)
- Free shipping, no minimum at Bare Necessities (ends 10/2/12)
- New lingerie sale arrivals at The Outnet
- New lingerie sale arrivals at Bloomingdale’s
- New lingerie sale arrivals at Nordstrom
It’s that time again: the spookiest, sexiest, sugariest night of the year is almost upon us!
Halloween is THE BEST holiday. When else do we get a chance to bodily inhabit any fantasy we can dream up? AND have fun with friends and family? AND eat candy? It’s distinct from other major American holidays because (at least in the way it’s celebrated in modern times) it’s inclusive; you don’t need to be a particular religion, nationality, gender, age, or to have a family or partner to enjoy the best things about it. True, it’s origin may have been a little different, but I’ll leave that tale to an historian instead of a lingerie designer.
It’s a night of lighthearted fun – of surprise, delight, hijinks and gorging on candy. But it’s also a night to think, at least a little, about how we women own and don’t own our bodies and our sexuality in day-to-day culture and life – and how we can choose to shake up our body identities for one night. On Halloween, even if we are not consciously engaging in debates about gender politics, or necessarily making our choices based on philosophy, all of us who dress up are faced on some level with the woman-specific question: to slut or not to slut.
When did Halloween become such a flesh fest? According to a Slate article, the 1970′s.
Ever since the Victorians started gallivanting around at costume balls in the 19th Century, the holiday has been a costume event for children and adults. But it wasn’t until New York City’s gay men threw the first big, fun, drag-filled Halloween parade in 1973 that the modern risque version of the holiday was born. Now, THAT’S an origin story I love to tell.
Retailers of course soon realized the commercial opportunity, and now, forty years later, any nice suburban lady need only Google “sexy nurse costume” to have forty busty, garter-belted options to buy.
Every year on Halloween I look around the streets of New York City, and I think, “A leotard and spike heels is not a costume!…And neither are boobs! Boobs are not a costume!“ I have mixed feelings about these women who choose to wear their sexuality AS their disguise for the night. I equally question our culture that seems to encourage us into the Madonna/whore dichotomy of womanhood–so that we feel pressure to be buttoned up all year and then overflow in this one-night-only explosion of cleavage and fishnets.
Actually, scratch all this. Maybe my main objection to these hypersexy interpretations of “Halloween costume” is not as a woman, but as a fashion designer. Dressing up as “Sexy” instead of as [fill in the blank] is a giant missed sartorial opportunity on Halloween night. Why not be both? Wear something that someone designed to look like SOMETHING other than sex. Look sexy and strong, or sexy and funny, or sexy and unique…or be a sexy monster (see below)!
A lot of the costume business overlaps with the lingerie world. It makes sense that lingerie companies design and manufacture costumes since they already have expertise in the construction of related silhouettes. So I thought I would troll the world of sexy costumes to come up with some recommendations that are sexy and strong. (Eds. Note: Click the photos to be taken to the costumes directly.)
Who’s hotter than Wonder Woman!? I would love the chance to inhabit a superhero’s superworld for the night. Comfy microfiber fabric, plus the slimming effects of a corseted top, PLUS the shimmer factor that I can’t get enough of….this one is one of my faves.
Continuing in the realm of fantasy, here’s a cool anime-inspired costumes from Final Fantasy XIII:
If you don’t want to go the superhero route, but covet the power of flight and a big bad stinger, there’s a swarm of costume options. I like the sequins and slim fit of this Bumblebee:
And some playful thigh-highs to match:
A Monster costume is both playful and adorable. I imagine many folks would be thrilled to find this monster under their beds.
If you really want to impress the guys this Halloween, what could warm their hearts more than a hot girl in a Stormtrooper costume?
Finally, Halloween is the perfect opportunity for all you DIYers to practice your craft! Here are some inspirational pictures and tips.
Nothing would inspire me more to strut my gorgeous self than this beautiful Peacock inspired tutu. Carrie, who owns TutuGorgeousGirl on Etsy, has both girls’ and women’s sizes. I would pair this tutu with a leotard and mask (see photo at top of article), and accent it all with some bright baubles.
This 5 piece Old West Outlaw getup is so authentic-looking and pretty. It seems to tell a whole story.
I’m a fan of this steampunk pattern. Making a boned bustier and structured bolero would be a great accomplishment this Halloween.
And if you want to remember the origins of Hallow’s Eve, try out this sexy, mini-skirted witch!
And most of all, have fun!
I would love to hear your thoughts about what “sexy” means on Halloween. Even after writing this article, I am stumped this year about what I should be. Please help with tips, suggestions, and your own Halloween stories!
Last month, during my most recent trip to NYC Lingerie Market, I took some time to have a daylong photoshoot with the world-famous pinup photographer Viva van Story. This was only my second shoot with Viva, but I really love working with her because she knows how to make the non-model types (like myself) feel fabulous and confident and comfortable in front of a camera. I know that, no matter what, she’s going to get a great shot and that makes what could be an intimidating experience into an incredibly fun one.
A few days ago, she sent over my final edits from the shoot, and I want to share a few of my favorites with you. All lingerie is my own, and I’ve credited the respective brand or designer on the photo. All photographs are copyright of Viva van Story, hair is by Viva van Story, and makeup is by Margherita.
Hands down, one of the most popular questions I get asked is “Where can I buy an affordable corset?”
And I totally understand the sentiments behind that. Good corsets are expensive, and rightly so. From the materials to the labor, a well-crafted corset costs money…and it’s worth every penny.
But what if you’re new to corsets, and you don’t know if you want to spend upwards of $300 on a custom piece? What if you’re just looking for something nice for bedroom wear or costume wear, but you don’t want to go the Frederick’s of Hollywood route? What if you just want to splurge on a corset, but custom prices are, and always will be, out of reach?
Then this post is for you.
I remember what it was like when I first became interested in corsets. I deliberated for years before spending the money on my very first custom piece (Hi there, SugarKitty!). And in the meantime, while I was deliberating, I managed to buy a whole lot of crap.
A lot of the budget corsets out there are cheap knockoffs. And even the ones that aren’t can be a little disappointing when viewed up close – nothing more than glorified bustiers. And that’s not even getting into all the fly-by-night corset sellers who are really just scammers…the take your money and run kind.
The names listed here are of stores who actually sell what they say they’re selling. Your product will actually get delivered (and in a timely manner) and many of them offer flexible returns besides. I personally own corsets from 4 of the names on this list (True Corset, Scarlett’s Corset, Louise Black, and Timeless Trends) and I know people who’ve bought from (and been satisfied with) the other 5 (Playful Promises, Meschantes, Exquisite Restraint, Fairy GothMother, and Hips & Curves).
Now, I’m not making any claims that these are the best corsets around. They don’t replace having a custom made corset, nor would I recommend tightlacing in any of them. But what they are is a budget-friendly way to try out an real, decent quality, corset without having to worry about getting scammed or fleeced or otherwise taken advantage of.
All together, the corsets listed here can accomodate natural waist sizes of 22″ to 48″ (corset sizes of 18-44). And, as always, just click on the photo to be taken to the place where you can buy.
I have to be perfectly honest here…a lot luxury lingerie doesn’t really wow me. I mean, I know all the big names and I keep up with them, but I don’t care how long a brand’s been around, how many awards they’ve won, or how many magazines they’ve appeared in. To me, all that stuff has more to do with who you know than the actual quality of the lingerie.
That said, truly beautiful lingerie still makes my heart skip a beat, and Fleur of England has made my heart skip a few beats now.
One of the really great things about visiting New York during lingerie market is seeing dozens, if not hundreds (I lose count), of lingerie brands up close. Nothing compares to viewing a garment in person and though I’m no designer, I’ve learned to recognize the hallmarks of a quality piece of lingerie. There are so many little details that a photograph just can’t capture, and it’s only when you’re face to face with an item that you’re able to see if it’s truly worth the cost. Fleur of England is.
To be fair, every collection I’ve seen from them in the past few seasons has been exquisite, but it’s this piece in particular that’s sending me all aflutter. From the soft, delicate lace to the gorgeous autumnal colors to the cheeky and fun style, I love everything about this sheer lace garter tank. Not only does it work equally well both inside and outside the bedroom, it’s also a garment that won’t feel old or outdated next year, the year after that, or the year after that.
The “Tiger” garter tank and thong is available directly from Fleur of England for £156.00 or $253 US.
Today’s Ask the Addict feature comes from a Tumblr follower, who writes:
I know you’ve posted it before but my locating skills apparently suck today–best recommendations for plus sized tights? I love the ones in the Top 25 [Tights], I’m just looking for stuff that will fit! :)
Of course! While the HUE Opaque tights in the original post are available in plus sizes (fitting up to 300 pounds), there are several more stylish options available as well.
Sock Dreams has a staff tested plus-size legwear section, where everything fits at least a 1X/US 14. Sock Dreams is also really good about giving detailed stretch measurements; for example, how large a thigh, calf, or hip an item will accommodate.
We Love Colors’ plus sized tights fit up to 375 pounds and come in over 51 colors (striped, solid, or fishnet) as well as 11 varieties of tie-dye.
Foot Traffic offers a ton of printed tights, in addition to more basic (but still colorful) opaque and wool options, that fit up to 225 pounds.
On the department store side of things, Torrid carries several nice styles.
Finally, Pamela Mann makes several styles of fashion forward, plus size tights (mostly in patterns involving black) fitting up to a UK size 32/ US size 28.