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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Lovely Jubblies Breast Cream by LUSH: Miracle Product or False Advertising?

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Image via Lush

I purchased this product. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’ve recently moved into a new house that is dangerously close to a LUSH store, so I couldn’t resist stopping in right away to stock up on new treats. I’ve had my eye on this Lovely Jubblies cream forever, but have been too chicken to try it. This time I picked it up with the rest of my haul, determined to give it a go.

Like many full busted women, extreme growth spurts centered around my breasts have left me with some serious stretch marks that I’m sensitive about. As I get closer to 30, I can definitely see a difference in my skin around my breasts and neck so this cream seemed like it might be the miracle solution. I’ve been using regular moisturizer on those areas, but it hasn’t seemed to lead to any changes in terms stretch marks or skin tightness. I’ll admit that I was also more willing to try a cream I might have dismissed as silly due to my previous positive experiences with other LUSH products – they generally are really honest about the effects of their products and I couldn’t imagine them making big claims without following through on them.

Following the instructions, I rubbed the cream on post-shower. I’m not usually into heavy floral scents, but this cream smells truly incredible. Instead of smelling like weird imitation flowers, it smells like you’re standing in the middle of a real live garden and taking a deep breath. I’m assuming this is due to the high quality flower oils and extracts used in the lotion, which I imagine also contributes to the cream’s $25 price tag.

I have fairly dense breast tissue, so I didn’t notice any immediate difference in terms of perkiness. You might get different results if you had softer breast tissue that was more pliable to start with. The lotion was surprisingly moisturizing and had a nice whipped texture, so I mostly just enjoyed the smell and went about my business. Several hours later, I went to get ready for bed and noticed something amazing: all of my stretch marks had faded by about 50%, including my darkest ones. For me, that makes Lovely Jubblies cream immediately worth the price. I just wish I’d known about it before I’d wasted money on tons of other stuff that didn’t work! If you struggle with stretch marks, this cream is definitely worth investing in.

While I obviously can’t speak about long term results yet, I’m thrilled with this purchase for a whole different reason than I expected to be. I’ve since gone on to try it out on stretch marks on my thighs and other areas with similar results. I’ve also heard people rave about it as an eye cream, so it’s clearly multipurpose. I suspect when I run through this tub I’ll be repurchasing, even at the higher price point. While it isn’t quite a breast lift in a tub, I’m still adding myself to the list of Lovely Jubblies fans.

 

Holly

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