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Lingerie of the Week: Panache Clara Balconnet Bra

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I know, I know…I just featured Panache’s Floris Balconette Bra a couple of weeks ago, so it may seem a little soon to have a Panache bra for our Lingerie of the Week post again. But I’m really liking their colors for this season, and winter version of their classic ‘Clara‘ style is gorgeous black and gold is simply stunning.

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As far as brands I wear personally on a day-to-day basis, Panache isn’t one. They’re a full bust specialist, which means their bras are constructed differently than brands that focus on A-D ranges. However, I’m a huge fan of their aesthetic, and of the fact that they offer beautiful, supportive bras (like this one) in up to a K cup. I know from the questions I get in in my inbox that many women who wear a DD cup and up feel like their options are limited, and Panache is proof positive that there are truly amazing bras available for fuller busts.

The Panache Clara retails for $62.00 and the matching panty (shown above) is $32. The bra comes in sizes 30D thru 38K, and the knicker is sold in sizes XS thru 3X. If you like this style, last season’s blue/gray colorway is also still available in limited sizing for $44.95 (the blue/gray matching panty is $19.95).

Have you tried Panache before, and, if so, are you a fan? And if you’re new to the brand, is the Clara a style you’d buy?

Cora

Cora

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

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Sale Lingerie of the Week: Ell & Cee Damask Rose Peek-a-Boo Panty

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As usual, today’s sale of lingerie of the week isn’t new, but it is amazing. These beautiful embroidered panties have been a TLA fave for ages, and I’m ecstatic that they’re not only still available, but priced at a steal. How much of a steal? Less than $20. Yeah, these Ell & Cee Damask Rose Peek-a-Boo knickers cost only £12.00, which works out to about 19.34 USD. For designer 100% silk panties, that is an amazing price. I mean, seriously, have you seen anything else like this lately?

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Unfortunately, the matching bra for this item is no longer available (though I highly encourage checking eBay as tons of designer goods regularly turn up there), but I don’t think of that as a dealbreaker. Just a pair this with a simple black lace bralette (perhaps this one, also from Ell & Cee?) and you’re golden. Or wear it with nothing at all. After all, these knickers strike me as more of a boudoir item anyway.

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As of this writing, sizes Medium and Large are still available (fitting a maximum US10), but please remember that, as with all sale items, sizes and quantities may be limited. Because these are knickers, Ell & Cee does not accept returns, so if you purchase, please consider these final sale only. Finally, Ell & Cee is a UK company, so please build that into your delivery expectations regarding timing and the like. Honestly, if you’re the sort who plans ahead, I think these are perfect for a holiday present, especially if you’re on a tighter budget. It’s not as if lingerie ever really goes out of style, right?

What do you think of these Damask Rose Peek-a-Boo panties? Are they something you would wear?

Cora

Cora

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

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Lingerie of the Week: Vintage 1930′s Nylon Dressing Gown from Butch Wax Vintage

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Around this time of year, everyone understandably has Halloween on the brain. While I wouldn’t think of myself as any particular kind of Halloween aficionado, I do enjoy looking at all the various kinds of “spooky” lingerie that debut during the month of October. From skulls to spiderwebs, there’s creepy underpinnings galore for the truly dedicated. But what if you just want a little touch of Halloween for the season? What’s a lingerie addict to do?

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Well, the obvious answer is to buy this vintage, 1930′s dressing gown, of course! I ran across this piece quite by accident while checking the seller’s Etsy page for something else (as a quick aside, I’ve purchased from Butch Wax Vintage a couple of times now, and they are well worth the follow), but now I am completely smitten with this gown. I don’t even like orange lingerie, but I want to build a witch costume around this robe (à la Samantha in Bewitched) and find a fancy Halloween party to go to somewhere.

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As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, I’m already a customer of Butch Wax Vintage before, and their items are of the very highest quality, so this dressing gown isn’t cheap. In fact, it’s almost $300 ($295, to be precise). But considering the age of the gown (roughly 85 years),the condition, and the uniqueness, I wouldn’t call that price unreasonable. And if it just so happens that you were looking to play the part of a boudoir witch, maybe it’s perfect for you.

Please note that Butch Wax Vintage does not accept returns. You definitely want to take your measurements and check them against the listed measurements of this garment before buying. But if you’ve been looking for something a bit different for this Halloween, maybe this is for you.

What do you think of Butch Wax Vintage’s dressing gown? Could you see yourself wearing this piece?

Cora

Cora

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

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Lingerie Review: Marie Jo ‘Catherine’ Bra Set

Note: I purchased this lingerie with my own money. Marie Jo Lingerie is unaffiliated with this review.

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I feel like I should start this review by saying that the Marie Jo ‘Catherine’ bra set is one I actually bought for my honeymoon 18 months ago. Though I didn’t really say so here, I was very reluctant about sharing a lot of wedding stuff on TLA, both because I assume most of you aren’t that interested and because weddings are deeply personal events. However, I was also extremely wary of brands that might want to capitalize on my nuptials by bragging about how I wore their products during my wedding/honeymoon. It was important to me to have a non-sponsored wedding. After all, it wasn’t The Lingerie Addict that was getting hitched – it was Cora Harrington.

Anyway, enough time has passed that I’m sure the danger, if it ever existed at all, has also passed as well. The good thing about the speed of internet news is that things get old after a week…much less after a year. And since I’ve started wearing this set again, it felt right to share a review here on TLA. I also don’t see many reviews of the Marie Jo brand, so I wanted to add to the body of knowledge. I can’t be the only person wondering how a bra that retails for over $150 at regular price fits and feels.

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Well,  if you only have a couple of minutes to read this review, let me just say…this set is wonderful. I love the fit. The materials are soft. And the lace is so gorgeous that I want a entire chemise made from it. I fully admit to being wary of most luxury brands and even more wary of brands that I believe represent the “old guard” of lingerie. But the Catherine bra set at least, is incredibly beautiful, and it reflects a certain sense of romance and delicacy that isn’t present in many of Marie Jo’s other, more well-known styles.

As with most of my lingerie reviews, I purchased the bra in size 34C and the knickers (a deep brief) in size Large. The lace is stunning Leavers lace in a floral print. The bra has a sheer, color-matched, micromesh lining on the outer two-thirds of the cup and the very first portion of the wing (if you’ll look just to the left of the cup in the image above or below, you’ll see a seam and the lace between the underwire and that seam is what has a mesh backing).  The gore is also backed in a sturdier powermesh, and has a small crystal or jewel hanging from it. There’s only one row of hook-and-eye closures at the back, and even by my admittedly lax standards (unintentional pun!), the band is very stretchy. Fortunately, I don’t mind a stretchy band, but that may be something to keep in mind if you run across this style on sale somewhere. The panty utilizes the same Leavers Lace with an embroidered opaque front panel and embroidered mesh sides and back. There is no shaping or powermesh (i.e. this is not a girdle), just a lot of gorgeous fabric.

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I was very happy with the fit of both of pieces, and though this bra set looks delicate, I found it to be suitable for everyday wear. I would not throw this into the washer and dryer as I don’t trust the lace to come out in good condition if you do, but it is fine to handwash and hang dry. As far as fit, the bra and panty were completely on-point for me, and I also thought the set was incredibly comfortable. Finally, I adore this vintage-inspired color. It makes me want to buy more blush lingerie.

While I don’t have plans to purchase anything else from Marie Jo right now, I would pick up the Catherine again if it was available in another colorway (like midnight blue) and preferably on sale. A quick glance at the their website, however, leads me to believe this particular range has been phased out (though the Tilda and the Lauren styles do catch my eye). All in all, I was very happy with this little experiment into a bra brand that’s become a little obscure nowadays.

What do you think of the Marie Jo brand and the Catherine set in particular? Have you tried any of their products? And would you wear this bra if it made a comeback?

Cora

Cora

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

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Sale Lingerie of the Week: Esther Williams Bathing Beauty One Piece Swimsuit in Emerald – Plus Size

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As I mentioned last week, the annual transition into cooler weather means that it’s a great time to pick up a summer bathing suit on sale. Companies are needing to clear their shelves to make room for newer, more autumn/winter appropriate items, and since swimwear, like lingerie, never really goes out of style, this is the perfect time to stash a bathing suit to wear next year.

Though I’m a little less attached to the pinup aesthetic than I was a few years ago, I still love a good, pinup style, swimsuit. For this particular suit, I’m a big fan of the halterneck and ruching at the middle and sides. I also love, and I mean love, that rich emerald green color. I can just see this swimsuit on the bright, sandy beaches…and I’m not even a beach person!

Like the title of the post indicates, the Esther Williams Bathing Beauty One Piece Swimsuit is plus sized, with sizes 16-26 currently available at Modcloth. As with all our Sale Lingerie of the Week features, sizing may be even more limited and/or sold out by the time you access this piece. The Esther Williams Bathing Suit is marked down 30%, going from an original price of $89.99 to a sale price of $62.99. This suit also has over 100 reviews, so I’d definitely recommend utilizing that resource before deciding on a final purchase.

What do you think of this bathing suit? It is something you would wear?

 

Cora

Cora

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

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Introducing Nubian Skin: Nude Lingerie and Hosiery for Women of Color

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Every once in a great while, a lingerie line comes along that I’m deliriously excited about. Right now, that line is Nubian Skin Lingerie.

If you’ve never struggled with needing to find nude lingerie in a darker skintone, the importance of this brand may be lost on you. Already, I’ve run across various remarks from people asking, “Well, what about light skin?” or insisting that the occasional mocha brown fashion color (fashion colors are seasonal, by the way, and not available every year) is enough for women of darker complexions. And while there are some brands who’ve attempted this “nude bras in a variety of skintones” thing before (namely, MySkins, who I reviewed in 2010), they were not brands focused on darker-complected women, and as such, their deepest shades were still far too light for complexions like mine…and I don’t think of myself as especially dark skinned.

I won’t lie. Having a brand come out and explicitly say, “Yes, we are making bras specifically for women of color,” makes me ecstatic. I feel gratified. I feel noticed. As Huny of Most Beauitfullest wrote in her article on Nubian Skin, it is frustrating to be a black woman in an industry that is almost completely unconcerned with ethnic diversity…or even at times openly hostile to it. Something like a nude bra in a skintone close to mine might sound mindnumbingly simple, but it’s incredibly meaningful. I want Nubian Skin to succeed so badly it hurts.

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Of course, it helps that these bras are genuinely beautiful. While there’s a plain t-shirt bra option offered, I can’t get enough of that floral lace overlay. It speaks to me. I want it in every color, including the ones that don’t match my skintone. It’s wonderful that this brand is as much concerned with looking good as being practical, and to my surprise, press for Nubian Skin has taken off in a big way. The label’s been covered everywhere from Ebony to Elle to Cosmopolitan. It’s obvious, more than obvious, that people are ready for this collection.

Though I’ve been an avid tweeter (and retweeter!) of Nubian Skin, I wanted to wait until the products were actually available to purchase before sharing them on TLA. I was disappointed a few years ago by a brand that attempted to do a range of nudes in darker skintones, and I had to be absolutely sure this line was going to make it to consumers before becoming hopeful again. When you’ve been wanting something for so long, it’s almost devastating when it doesn’t come to be.

Well, people are definitely able to purchase from Nubian Skin now. Their website is set up to show prices in GBP, USD, and AUD, and customers outside of the EU get the equivalent of a 20% discount on account of not paying VAT. Considering this is an independent brand fully financed by the founder (who’s background is not in the fashion world), I think the price point is exceptional. Costs are on par with (or even slightly less than) what you’d find in a department store.

nubian_skin_lingerie_3Of course, starting a business is very risky, and one of the ways Nubian Skin has minimized risk is by limiting their initial colors and sizes. I’ve read a lot of feedback from people who’ve wondered why there wasn’t more of both (the debut has 4 skintones and a size range of 30B thru 36DD), and the founder and designer behind Nubian Skin was kind enough to answer TLA straightforwardly:

“Over a year’s worth of research went into the colour selection, so I’m pretty happy with the colour range. No fabric will match anyone’s skin-tone exactly, but the aim of having “a different kind of nude” is for women of colour to have lingerie and hosiery that looks close to their skin colour and disappears under sheer or light coloured clothing. After a lot of talks with make up counters and artists and testing on countless women, we decided four colours would cover the majority of our target market. With regards to sizes, we knew that we had to be conservative about what was produced, so we went with popular, standard industry sizes. By doing this, we knew we’d cover the majority of women.

Most start ups fail in the first year of business, so we had to make sure we chose colours and sizes that were guaranteed to sell. If those sell well, then we can expand. It’s just business sense. With regards to colours, we were taking on a massive risk, because factories have a minimum base on product per colour. So if we were making one nude colour and had a 1000 minimum, for our brand, that minimum was actually 4000…those numbers add up very quickly.

We are completely understanding of the women who are upset that they cannot find their sizes. On a personal note, my sister can’t wear our bras (yet!), but she understood that from a business case perspective we had to take it one step at a time. We’ve launched the more sizes campaign to get more information about what sizes those who are not in our size range want. People threw down the gauntlet, so we picked it up and threw it back at them. If only 200 people fill out the survey, or everyone says they’re only willing to pay $20 a bra, then we’ll know the market for those products isn’t viable.

Hopefully, we’ll sell well! In addition to producing more sizes, my goal is to get Nubian Skin into retail outlets. I would love women to be able to walk into their local Nordstroms, or John Lewis and pick up a pair of Nubian Skin hold-ups or t-shirt bra.”

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I share Nubian Skin’s optimism, and I hope they become so popular that they’re the default brand, worldwide, for women of color. I know I plan on adding the lace push up bra and short to my personal lingerie collection (I think my skintone would be caramel?), and I’m telling everyone I know about this company. Nubian Skin’s arrival to the lingerie industry was long overdue, and it is my fondest wish that they’re here to stay.

What do you think of Nubian Skin? If you’re a woman of color, would you buy their products?

Cora

Cora

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

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Lingerie of the Week: Panache Floris Balconette Bra

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Fall/Winter lingerie is out in full swing now, and it’s always a treat to see what makes it into stores from lingerie market. Panache was a brand I didn’t get to visit at February’s CurveNY, but they are one I’ve kept a constant eye on. And their Floris balconette bra is one I’ve been very excited about seeing in stores.

Panache is a big name in the full bust bra community. They’re known for beautiful, lacy styles, with many of their most popular pieces (including this one) going up to a K cup. While I certainly wouldn’t use the word “dainty” to describe Panache, I feel like there’s a nice merging of fashion and function here. It’s imperative that bras in higher cup sizes have the structural engineering to fit well, but important that they not appear too “industrial” either. Panache strikes a good balance.

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What I like most about the Panache Floris the colorway, and specifically the use of printed mesh to convey lightness and airiness. The red floral on gray is giving me a very Victorian Era, Jane Eyre kind of vibe, and I like that this is fashionable without being too cutesy or twee (an recurring issue for many full bust bra brands). There’s a sophistication here that can work for a range of tastes.

This bra is available in sizes 30D thru 38K at HerRoom. The matching knicker (there only appears to be a brief available) comes in sizes XS thru 3X. The bra retails for $62 and the panty for $34, which means you can get a beautiful bra set for under $100. In case you haven’t worn this bra before, I would recommend checking reviews before purchasing; Erica of A Sophisticated Pair wrote an excellent one here.

What do you think of the Panache ‘Floris?’ If you’re fuller-busted, is this the sort of bra you’d like to own?

Cora

Cora

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

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Lingerie Review: Dita von Teese ‘Star Lift’ Bra Set

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Oddly enough, this will probably be the only Dita Von Teese lingerie review I ever write on this blog. It’s not because I hate the brand. No, in fact, it’s just the opposite. Rather, after purchasing half a dozen Dita Von Teese sets (and loving them all), I just don’t think it’d be right for me review the line again.

DvT lingerie has entered the rareified air of being one of those brands I purchase from every season…and that consistently sells out before I’m able to get everything I want (I’ll give you two guesses who the other two names on the list are: one starts with K and the other with C). After a slow start, the Dita Von Teese lingerie line (they appear to have dropped the ‘Von Follies’ appellation for now) has really picked up speed, and I am most definitely a fan.

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The Star Lift, while not a set I’d have chosen myself (and certainly not in this color), is beautifully made, with the kind of details I’d hoped to see from the burlesque icon’s line, but also a kind of accessibility that I think works well for the more casual (i.e. less lingerie addicted consumer). As per usual, I was went the bra in size 34C and the knickers in size Large. My first impression of the set is that the satin feels wonderful to the touch – soft and slick, but too hard or shiny. The lace trim is also very soft (I particularly enjoy the vintage-style fan motif), and the mesh on the back of the panty and the wings of the bra is also very soft. Note: this isn’t a shaping powermesh; it’s more like a micromesh fishnet – very stretchy.

For details, the back of the panty has ruching along the center and the back of the bra has a split-band, v-style detailing…all very nice touches. Those I am not a fan of those little flower sewn onto my lingerie, I did like the tassel detail; again, it’s a small touch that’s perfect for this particular line. The bra is more of a half-cup, baclonette style with the lace trim providing a bit of sheer coverage but no support. The cups are also lightly padded – not push up pads, more like the contour cup foam lining you’d get in a t-shirt bra.

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For me, the fit was excellent. I know this might seem like a special occasion set, but I’ve worn it all day on multiple occasions, and each time it was a dream. I will say that if you’re fuller on top, this neckline may not work for you, but that’s more of a breast shape issue; every style isn’t a good fit for every shape. But I personally have no complaints.

Point blank, this bra set fit me well and made me feel good. I’m actually thinking of picking it up in the blush color soon, and I have my fingers crossed for a midnight blue/black colorway in the future. If you’re thinking of trying the Dita von Teese collection, I definitely recommend you go ahead.

Have you worn anything from Dita Von Teese’s lingerie collection? What was your impression of the pieces?

Cora

Cora

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

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Lingerie is not porn.

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About a year ago, while trying to get some work done on the train from Seattle to Portland, I was startled to discover that a couple of my favorite shopping websites, namely Bare Necessities and HerRoom, were blocked for being “pornographic.” Now just to be clear, I both understand and am completely on board with restricting access to sexually explicit material in public spaces. There are no private seats on the train to Portland, and no one should be exposed to pornography without their consent (least of all children). But I don’t think it really hit me until that moment that many people view lingerie as something akin to porn, and that specifically, sites like Bare Necessities and HerRoom (which, let’s face it, are pretty boring as lingerie websites go) are equivalent with porn. How absurd is it,” I thought, “that, for women, buying underwear is an ‘adult activity?’”

In the 12 months since, I’ve thought a lot about how lingerie is minmized in the fashion world. Yes you have your Victoria’s Secret and your Agent Provocateur, but generally speaking, the lingerie dialogue is limited to just 3 main topics: bra fit, shapewear, and how lingerie is ruining the lives of girls and making it impossible for them to become doctors. The rich, complex world of intimate apparel – the fashion of it, the history of it, the economics of it – is narrowed to less than a handful of “acceptable” topics, with everything else deemed “too sexual.” And I believe that stance has a profound effect on how women, both younger women and older women, see and relate to their bodies.

First of all though, let me just say that this article has nothing to do with being anti-porn or anti-sex. As a matter of fact, I don’t think the ethics of porn has anything to do with this particular discussion. And, of course, I have zero interest in vilifying sex; if lingerie makes your bedroom life better, more power to you. Rather, I want to talk about why lingerie is always assumed to be sexual, and what that means for women’s bodies. And yes, I’m aware that women are not the only consumers of lingerie, but I believe the specific kind of sexualization I’m talking about here happens almost exclusively to women.

As a lingerie blogger and, more importantly, as a consumer of lingerie, I firmly believe that intimate apparel, as the name implies, is a deeply personal form of attire.  It can be an entirely valid means to self-discovery and self-expression, and for some people, their underwear is the only place they get to truly be who they are and wear what they want. That is a powerful thing, and it makes me sad that the topic is almost always suppressed in favor of easier, more “socially appropriate” ways of discussing lingerie.

Of course, chances are that if you’re a regular Lingerie Addict reader, I’m preaching to the choir. TLA is a place to talk about the fashion of intimate apparel with a smattering of social commentary, but we’re constantly bumping up against the walls of censure and censorship. From the little things, like emails from readers who wonder what my family think of my “lifestyle,” to larger things, like being disinvited from programs or opportunities because the content of my blog is “offensive,” I am constantly reminded that lingerie is a special case. There’s room to talk about it terms of pure practicality (bras and Spanx) or pure sexuality (either as a bedroom aid or an assault upon our youth), but not much room for any nuance or subtlety between those positions. It’s as strange to me as if the conversation on shoes was limited to orthotic sandals and fetish heels. Obviously, there’s a lot more to choose from in the world of footwear than those two things!

Now I’m sure some will argue that lingerie is different because it’s worn directly on the body, right next to the skin. Specifically, it’s worn on a woman’s body, and even more specifically over areas like the breasts and genitals. And I can understand having a certain delicacy about private areas. But what I don’t understand is the titillation that’s automatically attached to women’s underwear in a way that’s not attached to men’s. Or rather, I should say I do understand it, but I don’t like it.

To assume that lingerie is always about sex ignores the role women have, the role women should have, in determining what their attire means to them. It reminds me of how, historically, “good” women had to avoid makeup, lest they be seen as “loose” women (a stigma I don’t believe has entirely gone away yet, though it is better) or how a woman in pants was seen as scandalous and shocking and “manlike.” It’s taken for granted now that cosmetics and trousers can have multiple meanings, but lingerie hasn’t achieved that status yet.

When intimate apparel is seen as something that exists primarily for sex, it becomes “vulgar,” and, by extension, the bodies wearing it become “vulgar” as well. All of a sudden, an exposed bra strap, a visible pantyline, or the slightest hint of a nipple becomes a disgrace. The body itself is stigmatized, and that stigma has huge consequences. I’ve had so many conversations with women who don’t even know the most basic things about their own breasts and genitals. And that kind of shameful ignorance results in damaging myths, from our idea of what a “normal” or “average” breast looks like to the myth that bras cause breast cancer. A climate where women’s bodies are seen as a problem is a climate that encourages women to be ignorant about their bodies.

Lingerie is not porn. Women should be able to talk about their bodies, to share photos of their bodies, to speak about their bodies, in editorial, artistic, or health-related contexts without being told that what they’re doing is equivalent to sex work. And again, there’s nothing wrong with sex or sex work, but self-determination matters. Women have the right to decide which communities they want to be a part of, and women should have the right to exert some say in how their bodies are perceived. We should feel comfortable talking about our bodies publicly without having to worry about being involuntarily turned into sex objects.

The solution here isn’t to resign ourselves to, “This is the way it’s always been and always going to be.” Rather it’s to discuss why. When someone says lingerie is “nasty,” what are they saying? When someone says I should be ashamed for running this site, what do they mean? When lingerie is seen as equivalent to porn and lingerie models to pornographic actresses, what’s the underlying context? Does lingerie always have to have erotic intent? Or is there the potential for something more? For a broader, deeper conversation? Let’s decouple the concept of “decency” from lingerie, and, in the process, let’s stop shaming the bodies of people who wear it.

What do you think about the lingerie is not porn question? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Cora

Cora

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

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A Review of Interfiliere New York – Sponsored by Invista’s LYCRA®

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by INVISTA/LYCRA.

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A week ago, I had the pleasure of attending Interfiliere New York again. Though Interfliere has been in Shanghai and Paris for years, this is only Eurovet’s second year holding the event in NYC. In case you haven’t heard the name before, Interfiliere is the intimate apparel industry’s leading tradeshow for fabrics and materials sourcing. It’s run by the same company (Eurovet) that manages Curve New York and Las Vegas as well as The Salon International de la Lingerie (along with other lingerie tradeshows in Hong Kong and Moscow), and just like last year’s Interfiliere, this one’s was co-sponsored and co-hosted by Lycra.

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For Eurovet, bringing a fabric and materials show to New York is the next logical step in the growth of their tradeshow platform. After all, many lingerie brands can’t make it to Paris or Shanghai for sourcing, and since New York is the center of the lingerie industry in the United States, it makes perfect sense to bring the show here to brands. While I was at Interfliere, I saw representatives from all the major US lingerie manufacturers, as well as a number of smaller labels. If anything, the fact that attendance more than doubled between last year’s show and this year’s gives clear indication that there’s a need for fabric mills to have a visible and stable presence stateside.

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So where does Lycra fit in to all this? As a fiber manufacturer, Lycra partners with mills so their technology is used in the fabrics that eventually become our garments. As one of the most visible and popular fiber brands in the world, Lycra has the unique opportunity to touch and connect with every part of the manufacturing process – from the mills to the brands and finally to the consumers. Many people know to ask for Lycra by name because of the company’s reputation for innovation and quality.
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Building on that, Lycra has recently unveiled a new brand strategy, titled “Lycra Moves You.” The Lycra Moves You” campaign is all about highlighting the three key customer benefits of Lycra fiber: freedom, comfort, and movement. Under the Lycra name are four specific Lycra brands: Lycra Beauty (for shapewear and hosiery), Lycra Sport (for sports bras and other performance garments), Lycra Xtra Life (for swimwear), and Lycra Energize (for wellbeing and wellness).

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For Lycra Brand, Interfiliere was the perfect platform to unveil the new brand strategy in front of both current and future partners, at every level of production and consumption.  The “Lycra Moves You” campaign is all about re-establishing and re-asserting Lycra’s relevance in the marketplace and distinguishing it from other spandex fibers. The campaign also features some rather dynamic and compelling new ad imagery, as seen at the very top of this post and just below.

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Interfiliere is also the place to get a first look at trends for next year, and all attendees viewed a presentation on what’s to come for the world of lingerie in Fall/Winter 2015-16. If you’re wanting a super early sneak preview, trends are broken into four main categories, as detailed below:

  • Wuthering Heights – featuring dark tones like wine and burgundy, gothic lace, crackle patterns, embossed effects, velvet, flocking, brushed surfaces, silk, lace encrustations, guipure lace, a moody, fairy-like, or haunted atmosphere, organic veined effects (such as those in leaves and flowers), a heavy, somber sense of romance, and pearls, dried leather, and bark.
  • Beatrix Potter – featuring frosty, holiday effects (such as those in The Nutcracker), a Dickensian and Carollian (as in Lewis Carroll or Alice in Wonderland) aesthetic, pastels, small scale prints, vintage corsetry, a sense of girlishness or tweeness, contrast trim, surface effects, a handmade/handcrafted look, cuddly textures, net edges on lace, and beige/grey accents
  • Bloomsbury – featuring bohemian luxury, painterly colors, cherry blossoms and other delicate flowers, vintage and retro effects, old Hollywood glamour, border lace in fine denier, Art Deco and 1920′s inspiration, eccentricity, subtle textures, lighter and finer space fabrics, laser embroideries, precise floral design, and stretch satin with lace encrustation
  • David Hockney – featuring psychedelic effects, notes of creativity + optimism, colorful prints, graphic prints, pop art, Peggy Moffitt-inspired design, stripes, dots, abstract lines, contrast pipings and elastics, splashes of paint, digital prints, caftans, tunics, simple florals, and super lightweight embroideries
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As part of attending the event, I also had the chance to look at fabric mills that were using the Lycra fiber. As I mentioned last year, this part of the industry is wholly new to me, and it’s exciting to get added insights into what exactly goes on in lingerie manufacturing. I photographed some of my favorite fabric swatches below, but unfortunately there’s no way to really adequately convey something like softness or plushness in a photograph (or at least, I haven’t figured it out yet), so these images weigh heavily on the side of the visually compelling. But I hope you get a sense of what it was like to be there, and just maybe, something you see here will appear in your lingerie or swimwear next year!

Simplex Knitting Company – Based and made in the UK, known for striking prints

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Maglificio Ripa – Based and made in Italy, known for high quality swimwear fabrics

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Piave Maitex – Based and made in Italy, known for beautiful stretch fabrics

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 E. Boselli and C. Spa – Based and made in Italy, known for stretch wovens and jacquards

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Macra Lace Company – Based and made in North Carolina, known for gorgeous, high quality lace and fine gauge stretch mesh suitable for a range of sizes

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What do you think of this taste from this year’s Interfiiere? And if you’re a lingerie designer, is it important to you to use fabrics made with Lycra fiber?

Cora

Cora

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

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