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10 Print Full Bust Bras to Brighten Up Your Lingerie Drawer

S Nostalgia Bra by Ewa Michalak

S Nostalgia Bra by Ewa Michalak

Winter is the perfect time to indulge your love for bold prints in lingerie, since you don’t have to worry about your bra showing through lighter fabrics or white t-shirts. Heavier sweaters and layering means that you can wear whatever you want underneath! While the United States bra market is still dominated by the beige t-shirt bra, cold weather means that everyone can try expanding their lingerie drawers without fear. Whether you’re looking for a bold new bra set or branching out into print bras, these 10 lingerie sets are a great place to start.

Botanical Print Plunge Bra by Gossard

Botanical Print Plunge Bra by Gossard

Gossard has always done great prints, but this botanical print bra is especially pretty. It’s smooth enough to fit under any shirt or blouse, but still vibrant due to the print and the lace.

Vava Bra by Miss Mandalay

Vava Bra by Miss Mandalay

This bra has been around for several seasons, but I still think it’s one of the best takes on unconventional animal print out there. It also makes a great holiday set if you’re looking for something less traditional.

Chi Chi Bra by Sculptresse

Chi Chi Bra by Sculptresse

Sculptresse has released a new plus size lingerie line using the popular Jasmine Bra framework! I’ve been lucky enough to try two pieces of this line and it’s honestly my favorite fit of the season. If you love animal print but want a less literal version, this bra is perfect.

Deco Plunge Bra by Freya

Deco Plunge Bra by Freya

The Deco continues to rule the full bust bra market, but this leopard print version is a fairly bold take on the classic shape. If you crave cleavage, this is the bra to check out.

Kayla Bra by Goddess

Kayla Bra by Goddess

Goddess has recently put out some new fashion options that are really wonderful. This Kayla bra has the traditional full cup bra shape, but combines it with a bright and unusual print that is really eye-catching.

Jasmine Bra by Panache

Jasmine Bra by Panache

Panache has been knocking it out of the park with their various Jasmine models and this one is no exception. It’s beautiful, sophisticated and the shape works for a wide range of body types and builds.

Panache Sports Bra

Panache Sports Bra

For those of you who like wearing your Panache sports bras underneath everything (I know you’re out there!), this new multicolored version is a great way to add a dose of fashion to your regular routine.

Pansy Bra by Freya

Pansy Bra by Freya

Floral prints are everywhere in lingerie, but this blue pansy pattern is unusual and striking.

Satine Bra by Bravissimo

Satine Bra by Bravissimo

I love the Satine bra, especially since they disappear under even the lowest of necklines. This new print is lovely, but the icing on the cake is the matching kimono that Bravissimo is offering. All three pieces would make a great gift set for the upcoming holiday season.

S Nostalgia Bra by Ewa Michalak

S Nostalgia Bra by Ewa Michalak

Ewa Michalak has continued to release beautiful designs this season, but this Nostalgia set is a standout. It comes in a babydoll version as well, but I love the vintage style of this print.

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10 Pieces of Red Full Bust Lingerie For the Holidays and Beyond

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Lola Luxe Basque by Bravissimo

We focus on red bras mostly during the holiday season, which to me is really a shame. While red bras and lingerie are great for the holidays, they’re also a fun choice any other time of the year! Luckily, the holidays do bring us an abundance of pretty red lingerie sets to choose from. These picks cover cup sizes DD through L and range from budget brands to luxury sets. If you want to add a dash of red to your lingerie drawer, any of these bras would be a great choice. As always, just click on the picture to get more information about each piece.

Marcie Babydoll by Cleo

Marcie Babydoll by Cleo

I’m cheating a bit by including this babydoll, as it’s technically “raspberry pink” instead of red. It’s based on the extremely popular Marcie bra shape by Cleo, which makes it a great sexy yet comfortable choice for a special occasion.

Madame X Bra by Dita Von Teese

Madame X Bra by Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese’s line of luxurious and strappy offerings has been expanded up to an E cup, which is good news for those of us who are in the new size range. I’m personally hoping that it signals that the brand will expand cup sizes even further, as these sets look gorgeous and I’d love to try one.

Bijou Bra by Elomi

Bijou Bra by Elomi

If you don’t have room in your life or your lingerie drawer for special occasion pieces, this Bijou bra is the perfect way to indulge your love for the color red. It’s seamless, supportive and will go under any sweater in your wardrobe.

Minnie Bra by Cleo

Minnie Bra by Cleo

Cleo is inviting you to channel your inner Minnie Mouse with this offering, which is extremely cute. If you love polka dots and want a set that really pops, this is a great choice.

Strawberry Split Bra by Mimi Holliday

Strawberry Split Bra by Mimi Holliday

I’m a huge fan of eyelash lace, so I found myself really drawn to this gorgeous set by Mimi Holliday. It’s classic, feminine and pretty much perfect.

Ooh La La Bra by Freya

Ooh La La Bra by Freya

Clashing red and orange colorways have become more popular in the past few years, so it’s nice to see Freya taking on the holiday based trend. This set is sexy, sheer and unexpected. It’s a great non-traditional take on red for the holidays.

Red Balconette Bra by Just Peachy

Red Balconette Bra by Just Peachy

If you just want something cute and basic, it’s hard to go wrong with Just Peachy. This Figleaves brand makes affordable lace bras in a wide range of colors are sizes, along with cute and comfortable matching panties. The lace used for these is soft and comfortable, making them feel much nicer than their low price point might indicate.

Pinup Bra by Pour Moi

Pinup Bra by Pour Moi

Pour Moi has been on fire lately with their newer offerings. I talked a lot about their Carmen set when it came out, but this one is equally great. If you want to pick up a throughly sexy treat for the holidays, this brand is a good place to start.

Fleur Bra by Bravissimo

Fleur Bra by Bravissimo

I love burgundy everything, so it’s great to see Bravissimo release their classic Fleur Bra in it this season. I love the luxurious looking embroidery on this bra, as well as the fact that it goes up to an L cup.

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Lola Luxe Basque by Bravissimo

The only reason I haven’t bought this basque yet is because I already own it in purple. I’m seriously tempted by the red as well, since it’s such a great piece. The Lola Luxe Basque goes up to a K cup and is supremely comfortable. Offering it in red for the holidays is a smart move and I suspect this will sell out quickly as a result.

Do you like red lingerie? Which of these pieces do you like the most?

Holly

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6 Made to Order Camisoles for Sleep or Play

Red Silk Camisole by Desvaldio

Red Silk Camisole by Desvaldio

I tend to seek out custom lingerie due to being full busted, but custom lingerie is a great solution for all kinds of people from plus sizes to petites. It can even be a godsend if you have a shape that outside the average fashion silhouette, like broader shoulders or a muscular build. Basically, while I’m focusing on plus sizes and full busted options today, these recommendations really work for anyone. Etsy is a great source for made to measure lingerie, although some of these designers now sell through their own e-boutiques as well. As usual, just click on the picture to see more about each item.

Deco Camisole in Pink by Evgenia Lingerie

Deco Camisole in Pink by Evgenia Lingerie

Evgenia Lingerie (formerly known as Honeycooler Handmade) has thankfully kept the famous Deco Camisoles as part of her relaunch. This pale pink version features the intricate lace inlays that Stephanie is known for, as well as the addition of garters. This would be perfect as a layering piece or as sleepwear.

Grey Polka Dot Camisole by On the Inside

Grey Polka Dot Camisole by On the Inside

Grey lingerie is fairly rare, but I think this grey polka dot camisole would make a great holiday piece if you’re over the traditional red or green color scheme. It’s made by On the Inside, a brand that specializes in comfort and function.

Love Letter Camisole by Swoon

Love Letter Camisole by Swoon

Swoon is an Etsy seller from Inverness, Scotland (or as we book nerds know it, the setting of Outlander). Swoon offers a huge range of camisoles and cami-knickers along with matching panties and sleep masks. Fittingly, this Love Letter camisole set is perfect for the book lover in your life. It would make a great gift paired with the matching knicker and sleep mask as well.

Washable Wool Camisole by Sandmaiden

Washable Wool Camisole by Sandmaiden

It dropped below 50 degrees for the first time this season over the weekend, so I have warm fabrics on the brain. This camisole comes from the luxurious merino wool line from Sandmaiden. It’s made out of washable wool jersey and would look great under a comfy sweater as well as part of a sleepwear set. Sandmaiden specializes in eco-friendly lingerie as well, so your camisole purchase can be truly guilt free.

Lilac Silk Camisole by La Lilouche

Lilac Silk Camisole by La Lilouche

La Lilouche has been away on maternity leave, but has come back with a bang with her new season. This lilac silk camisole is simple and beautiful: it would look great under a blazer for a night out or as part of a sleepwear set. I love the floral lace panel as well as the matching panties!

Red Silk Camisole by Desvaldio

Red Silk Camisole by Desvaldio

The holidays are coming, whether we’re ready or not. Luckily, Desvaldio is making it a little easier with some new red sets for Christmas! This camisole comes in red silk or a red polyester satin and can be be paired with adorable red tap pants. More adventurous lingerie lovers can add a matching red bondage rope with white pom poms to complete the set.

Are you a camisole fan? Have you tried made to measure lingerie?

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6 Curve Friendly Pajama Sets To Help You Stay Cozy This Winter

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Liberty Print Pajamas by Bedhead

Liberty Print Pajamas by Bedhead

As soon as the temperature gets remotely fall-like I start to crave things like warm apple cider, casseroles and classic pajamas. The menswear inspired pajama has been around for ages for good reasons: it’s basic, flattering and an easy canvas for lots of interesting fabrics and ideas. Menswear inspired pajamas can also be surprisingly flattering on women with lots of curves, despite their potential button up issues. Today I’m featuring six of my favorite sets that span a range of price points and size ranges to get you inspired to find your perfect pajama set for this winter. Keep in mind that pajama sets are popular holiday gifts, so make sure to buy early if you have your heart set on a specific pair. As usual, just click on the image to find out more about each pajama set!

English Toile Classic Pajama Set by Wildfox

English Toile Classic Pajama Set by Wildfox

Wildfox put out a line of Jane Austen inspired pieces this season, but this English Toile pajama set is my favorite of the bunch. It’s a great menswear look with a classic girly twist – the china pattern print is perfectly sweet without being over the top. This is the perfect gift for the literature or tea lover in your life.

Macaroon Pajamas by Target

Macaroon Pajamas by Target

Some of the best pajamas can be found for accessible prices in unexpected places, like this adorable macaroon themed pajama set from Target. If you want to treat yourself, they’ll only set you back about $25. I own a bunch of Target pajamas and they’ve help up amazingly well through lots of washing and wearing.

Cotton Mayfair Pajamas by Victoria's Secret

Cotton Mayfair Pajamas by Victoria’s Secret

While I’m not a huge fan of Victoria’s Secret, their pajama sets have always been great. They’re also the only pajama sets on this list that come in multiple lengths, which is great if you’re especially short or tall. These come in tons of cute prints and are surprisingly curve friendly.

Liberty Print Pajamas by Bedhead

Liberty Print Pajamas by Bedhead

Bedhead has always made great pajama sets, but their Liberty of London line is my favorite part of their many offerings. While they’re more expensive, the fabulous Liberty of London lawn fabric and mother of pearl buttons make them worth the price tag. I love this unexpected hydrangea print for it’s fresh take on florals.

Rosebury Pajamas by Figleaves

Rosebury Pajamas by Figleaves

Whether you’re in love with the latest tartan trend or just an Outlander superfan, these pajamas are perfect for you. The print is classic without being cliche and the elasticized waistband makes them comfortable to sleep or lounge in.

Bettie Pajamas by Betty Blues Loungerie

Bettie Pajamas by Betty Blues Loungerie

I splurged on these now that they’re on final sale and I have nothing but great things to say about them. They are insanely luxurious and feel like sleeping under your favorite blanket while lying on a cloud. They’re still pricey for lots of us, but also completely worth the money if you have some extra money and want to treat yourself.

Are you a pajama person? Which pair is your favorite?

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8 Halloween Themed Lingerie Pieces for Full Busts

Mani Bodysuit by Erica M

Mani Bodysuit by Erica M

While I never go all out for Halloween, I do love the idea of using my lingerie to channel looks that remind me of my favorite stories and characters. Even if you aren’t planning on dressing up at the end of the month, I think it’s fun to use your lingerie as a way to channel your inner mermaid, favorite food or superwoman. All of these pieces could be used as part of a costume or as a more thematic everyday lingerie item, so there are lots of ways to incorporate them into your life. As usual, just click on the images to find out more about each item!

Food Themed Lingerie:

Takes Allsorts Bullet Bra by Frantic About Frances

Takes Allsorts Bullet Bra by Frantic About Frances

Frantic About Frances is a retro inspired Etsy brand who makes great novelty bullet bras sets inspired by whimsical subjects like candy and cars. Her current bullet bra sizing goes up to an F cup, but you can also contact her about custom sizing as well.

Mint Crop Top by Knickerocker

Mint Crop Top by Knickerocker

 

Donut Panties by Knickerocker

Donut Panties by Knickerocker

Knickerocker clearly has food on the brain this season, as her primary collection consisted of sleepdresses, crop tops and lingerie inspired by various junk food items. Each piece has a 3D element built in as well, so these sets really pop.

Animals:

Kenza Jungle Bra by Elomi

Kenza Jungle Bra by Elomi

Elomi has rediscovered their experimental side this season with this snakeskin print lingerie set that is inspired by jungles. This is a big fashion risk for them and I’m so glad to see it! I love the details as well as the unexpected colors.

Panache Jasmine Bra

Panache Jasmine Bra

If you want a great everyday bra with a fun print, this is it. The Panache Jasmine has been an incredibly popular bra shape for the past few years, so it’s hard to go wrong with any version of it. The black and graphite animal print look is just icing on the cake.

Mermaids and Other Fantasy Creatures:

Mosaique Bra by Maison Lejaby

Mosaique Bra by Maison Lejaby

Maison Lejaby makes beautiful things, but this bra is a particular favorite of mine. The color is lush yet basic, while the lace and embroidery create stunning design elements. If you want a set you can wear everyday but will still make you feel like a mermaid princess, this is it.

Amelie Bra by Lulu Tout

Amelie Bra by Lulu Tout

This bra has been around for awhile now, but I feel like it’s impossible to discuss mermaid inspired lingerie without mentioning it. While it’s more costume oriented than the Maison Lejaby set above, it’s still beautiful and fun. I actually think this would look great as part of a mermaid costume for Halloween.

Superheroes:

Serena Bra by All Undone

Serena Bra by All Undone

All Undone hasn’t gotten much press since they launched, but they’ve continued to put out sleek luxury lingerie that looks unlike anything else on the market. This set reminds me of what Wonderwoman’s lingerie drawer might look like.

Mani Bodysuit by Erica M

Mani Bodysuit by Erica M

I’ve been a fan of Erica M’s stockings for several seasons now, but more importantly Beyonce has now become a public fan! It’s given the brand a visibility they haven’t had before, so it’s great to see them expanding beyond their original stockings line. This red mesh bodysuit is a retro inspired and stylish version of the superhero singlet. I think this would look great when used as part of a costume, but would also work under a slim cut jacket for a night out.

Are you incorporating lingerie into your Halloween costume this year? If so, how?

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Organic Silk Nightwear Review: Natural Beauty Sleep

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The Empire Nightie by Natural Beauty Sleep

The Empire Nightie by Natural Beauty Sleep

I’m kind of a loungewear junkie, so I was thrilled when the opportunity to try out Natural Beauty Sleep products came along. While I’ve purchased several organic silk sets before from Ayten Gasson, I was looking forward to being able to compare organic silk qualities and how different brands approached it. In some ways, Natural Beauty Sleep is the polar opposite of a brand like Ayten Gasson. While the two are clearly united by their commitment to quality and a small carbon footprint, Natural Beauty Sleep pieces are plain instead of patterned. Silhouettes are basic and classic, while navy trim adds a dash of color to each piece.

Natural Beauty Sleep approaches organic silk from what’s essentially a health perspective – in fact, they said the founder of the brand was inspired by the healing benefits of organic silk when it came to treating various skin conditions like eczema. Organic silk is hypoallergenic, which is important to note if you’re someone who struggles with fabrics that scratch or make your sensitive skin itch. There’s clearly room for this kind of marketing in the industry: after all, why pay for expensive lotion and face wash and not add high quality nightwear into the mix?

Empire Nightie by Natural Beauty Sleep

Empire Nightie by Natural Beauty Sleep

The Empire Nightie I picked was a size L, which fits approximately a size UK 16 (US 14). As you can see, it’s simple yet beautiful. While I don’t normally gravitate towards white lingerie, I do tend to go for the simple and classic when it comes to fashion. This piece is comfortable, beautiful and feels incredibly luxurious against your skin. As a note, I’m wearing my Panache Envy under this for the photos – there’s no built in support.

The nightgown has a sheer panel in the front that gives it a nice modern feel, but this piece is fittingly all about the fabric. The organic silk used is thick and wonderfully soft. This piece comes in around $200 and is worth every penny.

The Empire Nightie and The Gatsby Robe by Christine Lingerie

The Empire Nightie and The Gatsby Robe by Christine Lingerie

Of course, being me, I couldn’t help wondering how I could use this piece to make a full loungewear outfit. In some ways it’s the perfect pairing, as so many silk loungewear brands out there now are focusing on patterns. This picture has it paired with my Gatsby Kimono by Christine Lingerie, which is one of the pieces I’ve been trying to wear with everything lately. The classic cut and color of the Empire Nightie makes it easy to incorporate into your current loungewear, even if you’re someone who leans towards colors and patterns like I do.

Lingerie for various ages isn’t discussed much, but as I get close to 30 I’ve found myself thinking about the appropriateness of clothing and lingerie more. This is one of those pieces that is truly ageless, which is rare in lingerie. I feel comfortable in it, but I could also see someone my mother’s age wearing it and feeling the same way. It’s a classic, in all of the best senses of the word.

If you’re looking for luxurious basics, it’s hard to go wrong with this piece. In fact, I like it so much I’m debating picking up a pajama set from them as well.

What do you think of this nightgown? Have you tried any organic silk lingerie or loungewear?

Holly

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5 Autumn Inspired Full Bust Bras

Rococo Charm Bra by Bravissimo

Rococo Charm Bra by Bravissimo

Fall has arrived almost everywhere, but we’re still stuck in the low 80′s here. Now that I live in a near-tropical climate, I find myself really craving those traditional autumn colors each year during October and November. While I can’t find any decent apple cider in the grocery store, I thought this week I could at least fake my way into autumn by focusing on some beautiful full bust bras that fit beautifully into the natural color scheme. Whether you’re snuggled up in a sweater already or still sweating it out in short sleeves, these bras are great choices to help you get into that autumn spirit. As always, just click on the pictures to see more about each bra!

Eris Bra by Comexim

Eris Bra by Comexim

When I was a kid cold weather meant one thing – apples. I still crave real apples and apple cider during this time of year, so it seemed appropriate to include this cute little gold and red bra with little decorative apples! Comexim is a Polish company, but you can order it by sending them a simple email to enquire if your size is left.

Portia Bra by Curvy Kate

Portia Bra by Curvy Kate

The Portia is one of the classic Curvy Kate shapes and this year it’s come back in this orange “spice” color, which seems appropriate in the pumpkin spice obsessed times that we live in. This bra is a great basic and the revamped Curvy Kate fit means that it will fit a lot more people. If you want to channel that Halloween spirit in a less literal manner, this is a great bra to pick up.

Lexi Plunge Bra by Elomi

Lexi Plunge Bra by Elomi

I’ll admit that animal prints aren’t usually my thing, but I absolutely adore this offbeat feather print from Elomi. It’s based on their Betty plunge shape, which is one of my all time favorites. I also love how appropriate it is for autumn in terms of color and feel.

Floris Bra by Panache

Floris Bra by Panache

I’ve loved each incarnation of the Floris bra, so it’s no surprise that I’m featuring this grey version today. Florals can feel weird during cold weather, but this one feels seasonally appropriate as well as unusual. You don’t see a ton of grey being used in lingerie, so it’s nice to see the Panache designers trying out some less common color combinations.

Rococo Charm Bra by Bravissimo

Rococo Charm Bra by Bravissimo

This bra is based on Art Deco styles and has been a hit for Bravissimo for several seasons. This year, the Rococo Charm is back in this totally cool and unexpected orange and pink clashing colorway. While clashing colorways have been in for awhile now, I think this is one of the smartest versions of the trend that I’ve seen so far. The lace is beautiful and the half cup cut is super flattering. My only regret is that I didn’t see this earlier, as my size is now sold out. There are still lots of sizes left, so for the rest of you it’s still available.

Have you seen any autumn inspired bras that you love? Which one from this list is your favorite?

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5 Inbetweenie Friendly Luxury Lingerie Designers

Coco Romper by Blackbird Underpinnings

Coco Romper by Blackbird Underpinnings

While I write about both full bust and plus size lingerie around here, over the years I’ve come to identify more with the “inbetweenie” category of body sizes.  I suspect I’m not alone in this, as the average women’s clothing size in the US is now a size 14. Just as bras have begun to divide up into ever more specific categories (full bust, full figured, plus size) our ideas of clothing size categories are expanding as well. Many women fall into the 10 through 16 category, which tends to put you smack in the middle of standard retail sizing and plus size clothing sizing. If you want to buy lingerie or loungewear, you’ll run across this same size division. While some designers offer custom sizing, others make lovely luxury lingerie that fits this size range already. Today I’m featuring five of my favorites, as well as some suggestions for where to start with their ranges if you haven’t tried them yet.

Burgundy Suspender Top by Kriss Soonik

Burgundy Suspender Top by Kriss Soonik

Kriss Soonik:
Kris Soonik makes a wide range of pieces in a very small size range – at least on paper. While I’ve heard that their lace and non-stretch pieces run true to size (read: small) their stretch jersey pieces are fabulous for us inbetweenies. Their suspender tops are a great way to pick up a luxury lingerie piece that also functions as a fun basic that you can actually wear out. I love this limited edition burgundy version with the marabou puff detail – just enough boudoir combined with just enough practicality.

Heather Silk Robe by Bettie Blue Loungerie

Heather Silk Robe by Bettie Blue Loungerie

Betty Blues Loungerie:
I picked up several pieces in the Bettie Blues Loungerie sale this summer and I’m now singing their praises to anyone who will listen. Their designs are insanely luxurious, extremely flattering and work on a wide variety of body shapes and sizes. Their Bettie Robe fits me well in the XL due to some really smart design details. If you want to splurge on something that you’ll treasure for years and you love the vintage look, this is the place to find it.

Cobalt Kaleidoscope Pajamas by Beautiful Bottoms

Cobalt Kaleidoscope Pajamas by Beautiful Bottoms

Beautiful Bottoms:
I pretty much lived in the silk short robes by Beautiful Bottoms during this past summer, but most of their loungewear is pretty inbetweenie friendly. I’m really excited that they’re now offering classic pajama sets in their creative and fun prints, which seems like a natural move for the brand. If you love luxury lingerie but you also want a more youthful look, this brand is perfect.

Coco Romper by Blackbird Underpinnings

Coco Romper by Blackbird Underpinnings

Blackbird Underpinnings:
You may have heard of Blackbird Underpinnings as a result of their Kickstarter campaign, but they’ve now gone ahead and launched their online store. I picked up a pair of velvet Edith Knickers as part of the Kickstarter, but I’ve currently got my eye on this classic silk romper inspired by the first lady of fashion, Coco Chanel. Their sizing is generous (my XL knickers are nearly too big on my size 14 frame) and they’re the perfect brand for those of us stuck in the inbetweenie size gap.

Emerald Deville Set by Kiss Me Deadly

Emerald Deville Set by Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly:
I always feel like it’s cheating to recommend Kiss Me Deadly yet again around here,since pretty much everyone who writes for TLA seems to be a super fan. That said, they’re a great brand for those of us stuck in the size 10 to 16 gap and I recommend their pieces highly. While the new Vargas dress is probably more practical, my heart will always belong to their classic Deville set with the suspender skirt.

What designers have you fallen in love with in this size range? Did I miss any?

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10 Plus Size Tights, Thigh Highs and Stockings for Fall

Aquarium Print Plus Size Tights by Tattoo Socks

Aquarium Print Plus Size Tights by Tattoo Socks

It’s that time of year where we all start stocking up on sweaters and tights in preparation for colder weather, so today I thought I’d cover some of the best plus size options out there. These range from fully fashioned stockings to trendy and whimsical tights, so there should be something here for everyone. If you can’t get enough of silk, there’s even a 100% silk pair of stockings thrown in at the end!

All of these stockings have some visual interest without demanding that you design your entire outfit around them, which is basically my favorite kind of legwear. You can wear these as an extra layer for warmth or use them to make a statement or jazz up a plain black dress.

Jenny Thigh Highs by Kix'ies

Jenny Thigh Highs by Kix’ies

If you hate feeling constricted by tights by also aren’t a fan of garter belts, these Kix’ies stockings are a great happy medium. They’re durable, affordable and come in an amazing inclusive size range – from small sizes up to a 35″ thigh circumference. Most importantly, they actually stay up.

Meow We're Talking Tights in Plus Size by Modcloth

Meow We’re Talking Tights in Plus Size by Modcloth

These are perfect for when you want something just a little different. This is a more subtle cat themed pair of tights, but that also lets you wear it with lots of different outfits.

Printed Top Stockings in Queen Size by StockinGirl

Printed Top Stockings in Queen Size by StockinGirl

These stockings come with lots of different color and pattern options for the printed top, which makes them a great choice for those of us who love basic stockings with a twist.

Embellished Tights by Pretty Polly Curves

Embellished Tights by Pretty Polly Curves

Pretty Polly has a plus size line now! While I wish there were some bolder fashion options, I really like this embellished pair.

Peacock Feather Tights in Plus Size by Tattoo Socks

Peacock Feather Tights in Plus Size by Tattoo Socks

Tattoo Socks has started offering plus sizes as well in some of their most popular designs, which means that everyone can (and should) own several pairs of of their tights. They’re affordable, well made and perfect for making a statement.

Marissa Seamed Stockings in Queen Size by StockinGirl

Marissa Seamed Stockings in Queen Size by StockinGirl

Fully fashioned stockings can be really hard to find in plus sizes, but these come in lots of colors! These are perfect for the retro stockings and garter belt lover.

Sweet Pins Retro Seamed Stockings

Sweet Pins Retro Seamed Stockings

If you love the retro look and want something that looks authentic but feels modern, these are my absolute favorites. These fit perfectly on larger thighs and look great with anything.

Animal Print Tights by Pretty Polly Curves

Animal Print Tights by Pretty Polly Curves

I know there are lots of animal print fans around here, so I suspect these tights by Pretty Polly Curve will be a hit.

Silk Thigh Highs Queen Size by StockinGirl

Silk Thigh Highs Queen Size by StockinGirl

And last, but certainly not least, silk stockings for plus sizes! These are basic, but who wants to mess with the perfection that is silk anyway? These are perfect for a treat over the holidays.

Which pair is your favorite? Have you tried any great plus size stockings or tights that I missed?

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Vintage Style Bras For Large Cup Sizes: A Quest

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Alice Bra by Goddess

Alice Bra by Goddess

I’ve spent the past year getting more and more involved with vintage and vintage reproduction clothes, as well as the vintage fashion community. At this point my daily wardrobe is made up of almost entirely vintage reproduction dresses, so in some ways it’s amazing that it’s taken me this long to start thinking about my vintage lingerie options. While I wear my vintage style dresses with modern bras, there are some that would benefit from a more authentic silhouette. After a fair amount of research, I’ve figured out some tips to figure out which bras that come in larger cup sizes will mimic that vintage look of the 1940′s and 1950′s. I intend to try a few of these over the course of the year, but today I wanted to talk about how to pick out good options in the sea of bras out there as well as my short list of contenders.

Claudette Bra by What Katie Did

Claudette Bra by What Katie Did

Tip One:  Forget about fashion bras. 
While you may dream of vintage bras that look like this, recreating your favorite vintage silhouette will probably require a bra that looks like the one at the beginning of the article. It will be extremely full coverage, semi-conical and usually come in only black, white and beige. It’s easy to liken this to how most people feel about vintage hairstyles – sleeping in rollers is anything but sexy, but the results are worth it!

Tip Two: Embrace the soft cup bra. 
If you wear a larger cup size, you’re probably wedded to the idea of an underwire bra. Many bras that will help you get the vintage look come in higher cup sizes, but not necessarily with underwires. This may seem like scary new territory, but think about all the positive tradeoffs: stress free airport security, nothing to dig into your skin, etc.

Tip Three: Plunging necklines and vintage style bras don’t mix.
This won’t be a huge issue if you’re buying these to wear under reasonably authentic vintage reproduction pieces or vintage pieces, but it may be something to consider if you want to wear these sorts of bras on a regular basis with more modern clothing.

What to look for:
In a nutshell, we’re looking for the quintessential granny bra. After all, our grannies were the original stylish vintage women! Look for soft cup bras with full coverage on both the sides and on the top – you want your entire breast to be encapsulated by this style of bra. Most importantly, take a look at seaming. Good vintage style bras will have a seam across the middle of the breast as well as a large seam running from the bottom of the cup to the middle. This creates the triangular or conical shape that we associate with vintage fashions. These bras will also have wider bra bands than you’re used to, which help provide added lift and shape.

While there are lots of these out there, here are some of the vintage style bras that have made my shortlist:

Alice Bra by Goddess

Alice Bra by Goddess

Jayne Bra by Goddess

Jayne Bra by Goddess

Doreen Bra by Triumph

Doreen Bra by Triumph

Jacquard Soft Cup Bra by Elila

Jacquard Soft Cup Bra by Elila

As you can see, these all have virtually identical designs and that characteristic seaming that creates the essential vintage look. I’m going to be trying some of these over the course of the year, so I’ll report back if I fall in love with any of them!

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