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7 Pieces of Full Bust Lingerie For Your Honeymoon and Beyond

Image via La Lilouche

Image via La Lilouche

I wrote an article about lingerie to go under wedding dresses a few weeks back, so today I thought I’d cover the next stage – honeymoon lingerie! While all white or beige lingerie is naturally appropriate under your wedding dress, honeymoon lingerie gives you lots more room to get creative. Today’s column includes pieces that are traditional and pieces that are more out of the box. Some of these are bra sets, but others are fun additions that add an extra layer of luxury to your getaway. All of them will highlight your curves and make you feel great. In addition all of these pieces can be worn after your honeymoon, giving you more value for your hard earned money. As usual, just click on the images to get to the product information!

Image via Sunday Intimates

Image via Sunday Intimates

Dottie Bra by Sunday Intimates

Image via Sunday Intimates

Sunday Intimates is the newest full bust brand on the block and one of the few full bust brands taking on the luxury market. Band sizes range from 28-34 and cup sizes range from D through H. While these three pieces are technically sold separately, I think they make a great honeymoon set when put together. I love this antique/tea rose shade of pink, although I wish they hadn’t used the controversial term of “Sunday Nude” when naming things. It’s perfectly bridal without being too literal, but would also be a great set of pajamas for spring and summer once you’re back home. I know that everyone has a different preference for how much support they like at night, but I love that you can match the bra to the pajamas if you like a little more support while sleeping or chilling out in a tropical paradise.

Image via Bare Neccesities

Image via Bare Necessities

This Maria Babydoll is part of the new occasion line by Elomi and is just gorgeous. If you’re a full busted bride who loves the traditional look, this is a flattering and beautiful piece. I’m really hoping that Elomi takes this shape and releases it in colors for another season – it’s flattering on lots of different body types and is useful enough to be worn as a slip underneath your favorite dress.

Image via Plum Pretty Sugar

Image via Plum Pretty Sugar

Plum Pretty Sugar makes amazing cotton robes and loungewear that look far more expensive than they really are. At $65.00, this robe is a steal. I have a pair of their pajama pants that has been washed and worn for over two years with very little wear and tear, so their stuff clearly holds up over time as well. If you like to mix and match, they also offer pants, tunics and even slippers that match their robe patterns. This Mist Upon Golden Swirls pattern is an elegant and fashion forward take on the traditional bridal robe.

Image via Tutti Rouge

Image via Tutti Rouge

Light blue is a great bridal alternative to white and this Tutti Rouge bra is the perfect spring blue set. This powder blue half cup Liliana bra will provide great support and style throughout your honeymoon, but can be used as a beautiful everyday set once you get back home. This set is perfect for brides on a budget, as the whole thing only costs $66. This bra comes in band sizes 28 though 42 and cup sizes D through J.

Image via She and Reverie

Image via She and Reverie

Image via She and Reverie

Image via She and Reverie

She and Reverie has released a collection of luxury loungewear that doubles as resortwear this season, which makes it the perfect pick if you’re looking for something truly special and really useful for your honeymoon. The silk lined ponte knit hoodie would be great for both the beach and a long plane flight, while the Holiday Skirt is sweet and easy to pack. The full skirt enhances curves while the ponte knit conforms to them without making your waist look baggy – they’re a great combination.

Image via ASOS

Image via ASOS

This Mimi Holliday set is a lovely blend of silk and lace. The shoulder bra design makes it perfect for a wide variety of necklines and the briefs are high waisted without feeling frumpy. While this set is clearly aimed at brides, it could definitely be worn after the wedding all summer long.

Image via La Lilouche

Image via La Lilouche

This robe is fantastic for curvy women – I own one in black that I just adore. I love the light blue color as well as the heart shaped cutout. The sleeves are huge and the tie is long enough to wrap around several times, which helps anchor everything and highlight your waist. If you haven’t yet tried La Lilouche, this is a great piece to start with.

Which of these would you pick to take on your honeymoon? Did I miss any of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!

 

Holly

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Lingerie for Clones: 6 Lingerie Sets Inspired by ‘Orphan Black’

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Image via BBCAmerica.com

This article contains hints about various plotlines in the first season of Orphan Black. Consider yourself warned!

Orphan Black starts a new season this week, which means lots of us spent the weekend catching up on the season one episodes. If you’re new to this amazing show, you’re in for a treat now that the first season is available lots of places online. We don’t talk a ton about lingerie as it relates to tv on this site, but I think Orphan Black is a fascinating show to take a look at when we think about how fashion (and lingerie has definitely linked up with fashion) and how we dress contributes to who we are as people.

If you’re new to Orphan Black, here’s the concept: Con woman Sarah Manning finds herself assuming the identity of a woman who looks just like her after the other woman commits suicide off a train platform. She originally intends to take off with the look-alike’s money, but is drawn into a mystery when she finds out that there are nine others like her out there. They’re all clones who have been raised in different places who have come together to find whoever is hunting them down to kill them. The same actress plays all of the clones as completely different women, in one of the most astounding tv tricks I’ve ever seen. Part of the illusion is due to Tatiana Maslany’s acting skills, but part of it is that the way the different clones dress so clearly conveys who they are as people.

Since we all know that lots of underwear choices stem from a desire to reflect personal style and set ourselves apart from others, I thought it would be interesting to do some guessing as to what each clone would choose! If you’re a fan of the show, I’m exempting Helena from this article, as her murdering religious fanaticism doesn’t seem to leave much time for clothing changes. Just click on the images of the bras if you want to find out more about them!

Image via Bare Neccesities

Image via Bare Necessities

Sarah Manning:
Sarah is the first clone we meet, as well as our point of view and introduction into the clone puzzle of the show. She’s a con artist who cares deeply about her only daughter and is willing to do anything to get custody of her. We actually get a glimpse of the back of her bra early in the series, so we know she favors black lingerie with strappy detailing. This Marlies Dekkers bra is practical and seems right up Sarah’s alley.

Image via Victoria's Secret

Image via Victoria’s Secret

Elizabeth “Beth” Childs:
Beth is the policewoman whose life Sarah takes over once Beth commits suicide. We never really see Beth in action, although we hear lots about her from other people. Her wardrobe is entirely practical, consisting mostly of button down shirts and knit dresses in neutral colors. This longline t-shirt bra seems like the perfect underlayer for a practical cop with a secret life.

Image via VPL

Image via VPL

Katja Obinger:
Katja is another clone who is terribly important, although more so in death than in life. Her actions help connect all the clones and her death makes their existence more public. In her brief scenes, she’s presented as a fashion forward European woman with bright red hair and a serious sense of style. This cool and unique VPL bra seems just right for her.

Image via LicoriceandCream

Image via LicoriceandCream

Cosima Niehaus:
Cosima is an adorable Phd student with a great sense of quirky fashion. She acts as the scientific researcher for the group. Her generally sunny personality helps keep the group together, but also blinds her from some non-scientific dangers. One of her style hallmarks is her glasses, which made me think of this great All Seeing Eye set. It’s fun and quirky, but it also echoes the theme of eyes that keeps coming up during Cosima’s storylines.

Image via Bare Neccesities

Image via Bare Necessities

Alison Hendrix:
Alison is a soccer mom with hidden depths and a penchant for violent behavior when stressed out. In some ways she’s the heart of the set of clones: just a poor mom struggling to keep her family together and to be normal at all costs. This Wacoal t-shirt bra is perfect for her. It’s practical in design with unexpectedly dark details.

Image via Bare Neccesities

Image via Bare Necessities

Rachel Duncan:
Our first glimpse of Rachel is at the end of the season, where she appears as one of the employees of the company who has created the clones. She’s also obviously one of them, which has lead people to believe that she is the original clone. Her image is one of buttoned up corporate sophistication, which leads me to believe that this gorgeous yet basic Chantelle bra would be right at home in her lingerie drawer.

Are you a fan of Orphan Black? If so, do these choices seem right to you?

Holly

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6 Plunge Bras To Go Under Nearly Anything

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Image via Bare Necessities

If I had to pick one type of bra to live in for the rest of my life, I’d pick plunge bras. The best plunge bras are special: they’re supportive, create great shape and work under nearly any piece of clothing in your wardrobe. In terms of style they can be plain, stunningly sexy or just represent a fun injection of color into your lingerie wardrobe. A great plunge bra can also be worn all year round, which gives you some serious wear for your money. All of these plunge bras are the sort that I’d add immediately to my wardrobe if I had unlimited funds. Each has a distinct style and comes from a brand that washes and wears well over time.

Image via Forever Yours

Image via Forever Yours

“Dahlia May” Plunge Bra by Forever Yours:
It’s the details that make Pleasure State bras truly special. This green plunge bra includes some amazing jacquard detailing along with a dash of sparkly crystals and beautiful floral embroidery. The keyhole cutout is just icing on the cake. This set would be perfect for a special occasion or just as an every day treat under your work clothes.

Image via Figleaves

Image via Figleaves

Daisy Chain Bra by Curvy Kate:
This bra has been around for several seasons and been well received by nearly everyone. Curvy Kate hasn’t always made plunge bras, but they’re clearly expanding their repertoire with this bra and the Dare Plunge. I love the pretty color of this bra along with the simple and fun embroidery. It’s a great choice for a cute summer bra with style.

Image via Bare Neccesities

Image via Bare Necessities

Lois Bra by Fantasie:
My tastes tend to run towards the ultra feminine side of things, but I know everyone doesn’t feel the same way. For those looking for something stronger and more masculine, this menswear inspired pinstripe Lois bra is perfect. It’s well made with a great plunge cut that will work under lots of different necklines. The four part cup design also ensures great lift.

Image via Bravissimo

Image via Bravissimo

Wild At Heart Bra by Bravissimo:
Animal prints will be all the rage in the fall, but if you want to a get a head start on the trend there are options out there already. This Wild At Heart bra is a great example of animal print done in an unexpected way. The colors are fun and appropriate for warm weather, but the bra doesn’t feel overdone.

Image via Tutti Rouge

Image via Tutti Rouge

Queenie Bra by Tutti Rouge:
Tutti Rouge has made some changes as of last season which have rapidly elevated them into my list of favorite brands. This Queenie bra is a prime example of why. It’s fun and bold, but it’s still clearly a basic that can be worn on a regular basis. The polka dot mesh is eye-catching without being overwhelming and the color is appropriately fit for a queen. Their sizing now runs in line with most other brands, which means that if their bras didn’t work for you in the first season you should give them another try.

Image via Bare Necessities

Image via Bare Necessities

Deco Bra by Freya:
If there was a “bra of the summer” vote, I suspect the Deco would easily win. There are so many variations out there now it’s impossible to keep track of them all, but I honestly love this colorway. It’s fun, sort of kitschy and really practical for summer.

Do you live in plunge bras? Which ones are your favorites?

Holly

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5 Full Bust Strapless and Multiway Bras For Warm Weather

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Image via Bravissimo

One of my favorite parts of spring is when it warms up for good and I can break out all of my cute warm weather clothes. Unfortunately if you’re full busted, it can be a challenge to find bras to fit under your warm weather outfits. Sleeveless dresses can cause all kinds of problems, as can cute racerback tank tops and plunging necklines. The strapless and multiway bra options available for full busted ladies has traditionally been rather uh…well, let’s be honest and call it terrible. Luckily some companies are slowly starting to introduce new options, with even more scheduled to make an appearance next year. In the meantime, let’s talk about hot weather bra issues!

Image via Figleaves

Image via Figleaves

Zara Multiway Bra by Panache:
The Zara Multiway Bra isn’t a new option, but it’s definitely a good one if you’re in the D through G range. It plunges nice and low for evening dresses and sultry sundresses, but also works as a supportive multiway under crossback or racerback shirts.

Image via Bare Neccesities

Image via Bare Necessities

Porcelain Strapless Bra by Panache:
This is another Panache staple that is a useful addition to your lingerie drawer if you’re in the D through G range. It gives a great profile under clothing and is fantastic under formal dresses or wedding dresses. Panache has always offered great useful bras that become staples and this is a classic.

Image via Bravissimo

Image via Bravissimo

Contour Strapless Bra by Bravissimo:
“But what if I’m above a G cup?” is what I suspect some of you are thinking. Options are significantly slimmer, but luckily some companies are stepping in to close the gap. This strapless bra by Bravissimo is available up to a J cup, which is a massive improvement over other options. This seems to have sold well for Bravissimo, so I’m hoping they’ll do a restock soon as lots of sizes are sold out.

Image via Bare Necessities

Image via Bare Necessities

Deco Shape Multiway Bra by Freya:
People have been begging for this option for years, so it’s no surprise that Freya has turned their dominating Deco line into a shapewear line with multiway and strapless options. Deco bras have always created a great shape with incredible cleavage, which makes this bra ideal for plunging necklines and evenings out.If you love the Deco profile, you’ll love this.

Image via Nordstorms

Image via Nordstorms

Maria Convertible Strapless Bra by Elomi:
Elomi has smartly revamped their smoothing line into the Maria line, which is much more stylish. While I never tried the Smoothing line, I’ve become a huge fan of the Maria line. This strapless bra is available up to an HH cup and works wonderfully as both a crossback bra and a halter bra. It’s my personal go to when hot weather hits.

Have you tried any of these strapless and multiway bras? Have you tried any that you’d recommend to others? If so, please let me know in the comments!

Holly

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25 Gorgeous Bras For Spring!

At the Drive In Retro Style Bullet Bra by Frantic About Frances

At the Drive In Retro Style Bullet Bra by Frantic About Frances – $92.31

Spring is here and most places around the country are starting to warm up. Lots of people do spring cleaning during this time of year, but it’s a great time to also reevaluate your lingerie drawer! If you have some extra time, start by going through your lingerie drawer and throwing or donating all the bras that are dead, don’t fit, or that you just never wear. Next, fill the gaps in with some new stuff that you love! If you’re in need of some inspiration, today we’re presenting a list of 25 gorgeous bras in a wide variety of size ranges and price ranges. If you fall in love with one on this list, just click through to get to the source.

Isabella Shelf Bra by Hips and Curves – $39.95

Barbara in Slate/Sapphire by The Little Bra Company - $60.00

Barbara in Slate/Sapphire by The Little Bra Company – $60.00

Kiss Kiss Bra by Bravissimo

Kiss Kiss Bra by Bravissimo – $49.90

Painted Spirit Bralette by Eberjay

Painted Spirit Bralette by Eberjay – $55.00

Madam X Longline Bra by Von Follies by Dita Von Teese - $131.73

Madam X Longline Bra by Von Follies by Dita Von Teese – $131.73

Clara Whispering Bra by Stella McCartney - $159.96

Clara Whispering Bra by Stella McCartney – $159.96

Jardin Des Delices Half Cup Bra by Aubade - $92.00

Jardin Des Delices Half Cup Bra by Aubade – $92.00

silk bandeau bralette with beading lace trim by Sandmaiden Sleepwear – $48.00

ASOS Daisy Mesh High Apex Triangle Bra – $26.35

Megan Longline Bra by Elomi - $84.69

Megan Longline Bra by Elomi – $84.69

Lush Bloom Boost Bra by Elle Macpherson - $67.75

Lush Bloom Boost Bra by Elle Macpherson – $67.75

Pretty As A Pinup Bra by Bravissimo - $49.90

Pretty As A Pinup Bra by Bravissimo – $49.90

Turquoise Gingham Donuts Soft Cup Bra by Purrfect Pineapples - $80.00

Turquoise Gingham Donuts Soft Cup Bra by Purrfect Pineapples – $80.00

Aubrey Embroidered Demi Bra by Hips and Curves - $42.95

Aubrey Embroidered Demi Bra by Hips and Curves – $42.95

Lucia Bra by The Little Bra Company - $60.00

Lucia Bra by The Little Bra Company – $60.00

Louisa Balconette Bra by Parfait by Affinitas - $59.99

Louisa Balconette Bra by Parfait by Affinitas – $59.99

Arpege Bralette by Huit - $66.00

Arpege Bralette by Huit – $66.00

Natalie Longline Bralette by Angela Friedman - $110.00

Natalie Longline Bralette by Angela Friedman – $110.00

Betty Plunge Bra by Elomi - $79.04

Betty Plunge Bra by Elomi – $79.04

Florodora Girl Bra by Dottie's Delights - $195.00

Florodora Girl Bra by Dottie’s Delights – $195.00

Robyn Underwired Bra by Fantasie - $68.00

Robyn Underwired Bra by Fantasie – $68.00

Mouvance Balconette Bra by Chantelle - $74.00

Mouvance Balconette Bra by Chantelle – $74.00

Cleo Princess Bralette by Clare Bare - $60.00

Cleo Princess Bralette by Clare Bare – $60.00

Gossard Summer Padded Plunge Bra - $63.98

Gossard Summer Padded Plunge Bra – $63.98

Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

Holly

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6 Pieces Of Plus Size Lingerie To Go Under Your Wedding Dress

Image via Forever Yours

Image via Forever Yours

I was out at brunch this weekend with a soon to be married friend. She’s plus size and while she felt like she had lots of dress choices, she complained that she’d struggled to find something great to go under it. “You should write about that.” she told me firmly.

Lots of plus size brides are on a similar lingerie quest, so today I’m covering my favorite plus size lingerie pieces to complete your wedding day ensemble. These pieces range from flirty and sexy to serious shapewear that will take a few inches off. I’ve arranged them by approximate shaping level, so if you’re looking for something with serious hold then you’re better off trying the last few pieces on the list.

Image via Hips and Curves

Image via Hips and Curves

High Waisted Panty with Lace Up Back by Hips and Curves:

Hips and Curves offers some of the cutest bridal pieces around. These high waisted panties have a touch of retro with a fun modern (and flirty!) touch at the back. If you’re looking for something fun and thematic to wear under your dress and aren’t worried about serious shaping, you can’t do much better than these.

Image via Hips and Curves

Image via Hips and Curves

11″ Short Shaper Skirt with Detachable Garters by Hips and Curves:

If you’re over beige shapewear and want something sexy and light to wear under your dress, this mini shaper skirt is the way to go. The garters are detachable to work with your wedding day outfit and the skirt will smooth everything out without feeling constricting.

Image via ASOS

Image via ASOS

Bridal Retrolution Slip by Gossard:

Gossard’s Retrolution line has been around for awhile now, but this bridal slip that combines retro and futuristic touches is worth highlighting. Many women have trouble finding a low cut bra to go under their dress, but this slip has a great plunge bra built in that should work with almost anything.

Image via Elomi

Image via Elomi

Maria Basque by Elomi:

Elomi has smartly redone their bridal line, since the old one wasn’t really breaking new ground. The new Maria line is gorgeous, comfortable and provides great lift to plus size women with larger cup sizes. While I haven’t tried this basque, I have nothing but love for the strapless bra and thong in this line. This set blends function with style for a part of the market that doesn’t see enough attention.

Image via Forever Yours

Image via Forever Yours

Smooth Bustier by Va Bien:

Sometimes you just need something basic for the big day, which is where this bustier by Va Bien comes in. It’s simple, pretty and will create a great shape. Va Bien shapewear is especially breathable, which makes it great for brides in warmer climates or those who are planning to dance the night away without changing outfits.

Image via Dollhouse Bettie

Image via Dollhouse Bettie

Rago 9357 Lacette All In One Girdle:

Rago dominates the heavy hold shapewear market for a reason – their pieces will not only reshape your body, but take inches off you in the process. If you’re looking for some serious hold under a clingy dress, this all in one girdle will get the results that you want.

Which pieces are your favorite? What did you wear under your wedding dress?

Holly

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Spring Trends: 10 Blue Bras for Full Bust and Plus Size Women

Image via Forever Yours

Image via Forever Yours

Various shades of blue were a trend that we all saw coming during the A/W shows, but it still surprised me how lingerie stores have seemed to overflow with gorgeous blue bras in the past two weeks or so. This lingerie trend encompasses everything from jewel tones to powder blue and all kinds of styles and patterns. The good news is that this means there is truly something for everyone – the bad news is that you have to sort through it all to find your perfect bra! Today I’m highlighting 10 of my favorites from great brands in the plus size and full bust market. You’ll see that several of these are familiar bras that are being released in new trendy colorways, which means less guessing about fit!

Image via Bare Neccesities

Image via Bare Necessities

Kiera Bra in Turquoise by Goddess:
I’ll be honest: while I appreciate the longevity of the Kiera, I’ve never been thrilled by the design. Somehow putting it in trendy colors made me love it! This is the first one I felt like I would personally purchase. I love the simplicity combined with the sweet turquoise color.

Image via Bare Neccesities

Image via Bare Necessities

Panache Sports Bra in Cobalt by Panache:
I own two Panache sports bras in more muted colorways, so this Cobalt version might be my excuse to pick up a louder one. Wouldn’t this look great with coordinated running pants and neon blue sneakers?

Image via Figleaves

Image via Figleaves

Twilight Dream Demi Bra by Evollove:
This starry print bra from Evollove is a great way to embrace this color trend. I love that this bra makes a great everyday bra with some extra punch.

Image via Bravissimo

Image via Bravissimo

Deco Honey Bra in Aqua by Freya:
The Deco continues to dominate the market in it’s size range and Freya is smartly releasing them in new season colors every few months. If you’re a Deco nut, it’ll be hard to resist adding this to your collection.

Image via Forever Yours

Image via Forever Yours

Fern Bra in Blue Floral by Panache:
Florals for spring aren’t exactly the height of innovation (especially in the full bust market) but I really do love this floral version of the Fern from Panache. It’s pretty and a nice way to embrace this color trend without stepping outside your comfort zone much.

Image via Figleaves

Image via Figleaves

Amelie Underwired Bra by Lulu Tout:
I know I’ve featured Lulu Tout a lot lately in my columns. I’m not a shill, I just really like their designs! This bra looks like what a chic mermaid would wear, which means I’m personally really sad it doesn’t go above an H cup.

Image via Figleaves

Image via Figleaves

Gia Bra in China Blue by Curvy Kate:
I haven’t tried the Gia bra yet, but I know lots of women really loved it last season. I like this color much better than last season’s version and it seemed to look good on nearly everyone. Now that Curvy Kate has revamped their sizing a bit, this bra should work for many more women than before.

Image via Forever Yours

Image via Forever Yours

Tiffany Plunge Bra by Elomi:
This is a great statement bra that also works as an everyday t-shirt bra. Elomi plunges are always good investments and the jewel print pattern on this one stands out from the pack. I always appreciate Elomi’s willingness to think out of the box and to not just go for the easy floral option season after season.

Image via Forever Yours

Image via Forever Yours

Hopscotch Longline Bra by Freya:
Freya’s longlines have been wildly popular, so it’s not a shock to see this Hopscotch Longline embracing current color trends. I love the unexpected pink touches on this bra as well.

Image via Figleaves

Image via Figleaves

Rita Bra in Royal Blue by Elomi:
I own this bra in three colors – it’s that great. This is the perfect everyday bra that still makes you feel a little special. While it’s not a plunge I’ve found that it fits under some surprisingly low necklines nicely, which is an added bonus.

Which blue bra is your favorite? Did I miss any that you love?

Holly

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