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Sale Lingerie of the Week: Hips & Curves V-Back Panty

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hips and curves v back panty 1Though people often refer to white lingerie as “bridal” lingerie, it’s obvious (I think, especially, to readers here) that white isn’t only for brides. I think white lingerie is a great color for summer or winter, and for women with deeper skintones, it gives a remarkably graphic, editorial contrast against the skin (I’ve been slightly obsessed with white lingerie myself lately). And as the saying goes, the only thing better than lingerie is lingerie that’s on sale.

We’ve featured Hips & Curves V-Back Panty here before (it’s in the TLA Top 50…our shortlist shopping guide), but now it’s on sale…down from $39.95 to $9.95, a savings of roughly 75%. I don’t know about you, but 75% off sales make my mouth water, especially for items as beautiful as this. Though the bra and stockings shown in the photo above aren’t included (of course), I think this high-waisted panty is awesome enough to wear all on its own.

As with all our Sunday sale features, limited colors and sizes may be available for this item. While the link above is only for the white panty in sizes 3X thru 5X, other colors in additional sizes are available here, and they’re all currently on sale for $9.95.

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What are your thoughts on this week’s lingerie sale pick? And do any TLA readers own this panty?

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 Lust Objects: Lucile London Lace Blouse

luciile london lace blouse

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted a lingerie lust object (referring, of course, to the actual object in the photo – the lingerie – and not the woman), but ever since I saw this lace blouse from the British designer label Lucile,  I just haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.

By this point in my lingerie obsession, it’s probably safe to call me a lace addict as well. I adore beautiful textiles, and lace, with it’s inherent delicacy, it’s interplay of sheer and opaque, and it’s infinite design possibilities is my all-time favorite lingerie material…especially in black (yes, something has finally taken the place of black mesh). The notion of being draped in something as opulent and luxurious as lace is endlessly thrilling.

I especially like this blouse because it’s so versatile. Yes, you could wear it as lingerie (a long-sleeved, modern take on the bedjacket, perhaps?), but it obviously works just as well as loungewear (paired with black silk pajama pants…mmmm) or outerwear (pencil skirt with a fan kickpleat, anyone?). And it’s the kind of piece that’s not only meant to be treasured, but also made to be admired. And I love that it’s finished with scallop edges and silk trim.

Of course, this article is a lust feature, which means this item has a luxury price tag to match. At £640 (approximately $1,062.37 USD), this is not a blouse for those looking for a deal. But if you have the means and you’ve been craving lace, this is perfect for you. According to the website, it’s available in sizes S, M, L with size large fitting around a US 10. Bespoke services are also available.

What do you think of this blouse? Is it the sort of thing 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: Lonely Sabel Cutout Bra & Tri Brief

Disclosure: This lingerie was sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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I am so excited about today’s lingerie review! Though I’m feeling a little burnt out on the whole strappy trend, Lonely is a lingerie brand I’ve wanted to try for awhile, and let me just say right now that I am incredibly happy with the pieces I was given to review…far more than I expected to be.

Based in New Zealand, Lonely is a womenswear label that makes lounge, swim, and outerwear. I think of Lonely’s lingerie as their most popular offering (it’s certainly one of their oldest), but that could also be because of my specialty. Regardless, Lonely has quickly carved out a niche for themselves as an alternative, indie label with striking designs at a mid-level pricepoint. Their products are carried at Journelle, Lille Boutique, True & Co., and Nasty Gal, among other places.

As is true of many labels, Lonely Lingerie replenishes the same silhouettes season after season with new colors and fabrics. Their Sabel collection is one of their most popular ranges, and I receievd the cutout bra and brief in the gorgeous, woodsy green shown here (so Pacific Northwest!). As per usual, I tried a 34C bra and size L panty. Both pieces are made in China of a nylon/spandex blend.

TLA Lonely Lingerie 2

My first impression of this set was that the materials are super soft. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was very happy with the quality of the fabric. I was also outright surprised as the level of textural detailing present, especially on the bra. While at first glance, it may seem like a straightforward (albeit slightly strappy) brassiere, there’s actually a lot happening here. The lace itself isn’t flat, but seems to have an almost embroidered overlay in some places (fabric people, help me out here?). The straps have a rich velvet texture, which immediately make this piece feel and look more lux. The band of the bra is mesh, so that’s a third texture. And then you have metal accent rings where the three cup straps join with the shoulder straps. Metal hardware on my lingerie (as opposed to the cheap plastic stuff) is my kryptonite. There’s no velvet detail on the panties, but they do have a lace front and mesh back joined with the same o-rings that are on the bra.

As far as fit, I was very happy with both pieces. The lace and mesh on the bra and knickers are super stretchy, both horizontally and vertically. This is probably not a bra to wear if you have a heavier bust or are looking for aggressive support and shaping. If you want a “natural” profile (i.e. more or less how you look without a bra), it’s great. The materials were not itchy against my skin, nor did the bra and panty create any tension points or pain points. I had no binding or digging in during any of the multiple times I wore this set. It was just comfortable through and though. Despite looking very “editorial” or “directional,” these pieces are perfect for everyday.

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I do have a couple of non-fit related notes though. The first is that there’s a good chance this bra will be visible if you’re wearing a t-shirt, tank top, or similar garment. Because the straps are both wide and made of velvet, any “peeking” looks very intentional, but it’s something to be aware if you prefer a more invisible look. The strap adjusters are also at the back of the bra, which is unusual and a bit awkward, to be perfectly honest. I’d have preferred them to be in the front, but I also understand that may have interfered with the aesthetics. Another note about the back is that the straps criss-cross. I don’t know if anyone else has my issues with image rotation and spatial awareness, but I also genuinely had some trouble figuring out how to put this bra on. It was a bit of a wrestling match the first couple of times, and I wound up seeing how this bra would look as a halterneck, among other things. The velvet side panels you can see in the photo above are not boned or reinforced anyway (which is fine with me, but I’m aware they make look boned in the photo), and this is a bra set you will probably not want to machine wash or dry…even on the delicate cycle. I’m all about shortcuts when it comes to lingerie washing, but this is definitely a handwash only piece. Honestly though, I think of all of this as small things.

Overall, I’m very happy with this set and would recommend it as a buy. Do any of you own some Lonely Lingerie? What do you think of their 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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In Memory of Velda Lauder: A Video of One of Her Last Corset Collections

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With the events of the Oxford Conference of Corsetry this past weekend, I’ve had corsets on my mind a little more than usual. And I have a hard time thinking about corsets without also thinking of Velda Lauder.

For those who are unfamiliar with her name, Velda was a Master Corsetiere who passed away suddenly in March 2013. She was at the peak of her professional career, and her corsets were world-renowned for their quality and artistic design. Velda was a true artisan. Her corsets were heirloom pieces meant to be treasured for decades.

While searching my laptop for something else a few weeks back, I rediscovered this short 5 minute film I made of Velda at the Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris in January 2012. I was slow about publishing it (I hadn’t yet figured out how to handle this video thing), and then when Velda died suddenly, I felt awkward about publishing it. Yet I didn’t want to delete the video, so I just put it away.

I decided to share this short clip now because there are so many people who will never meet Velda or experience her work or get to try one of her corsets for themselves. When I saw this video, I was newly reminded, in a way that just can’t be conveyed with simple photographs, of  how extraordinary Velda’s collections were and how knowledgeable and insightful a person she was.

My intention here isn’t to offend those who knew her well or to take advantage of her death. Rather, in the wake of the renewed surge of interest corsetry is experiencing, I wanted people to take a moment to view Velda’s work and appreciate her legacy. A side effect of fast fashion – of cheap fashion -  is that it’s harder for people to recognize quality…and corsetry is no different. In world of $50 off the rack corsets, many new corsetting enthusiasts wonder why they should spend on anything else (and some vocal corset wearers even take the stance that custom work is a “waste of money”). But corsetry can be a form of art…as much as photography or music or film. There’s a story in custom corsets, a story that doesn’t exist in mass-produced fashion.

At the heart of all this, I just don’t want people to forget Velda. I want people to not only know who she was, but also to be able to recognize her work. I want new corset wearers and corset makers to get a taste, a small sample, of just what she had achieved and to understand, just a little, the absence she’s left in the corsetry world.

I hope you enjoy the video. And I apologize in advance for the fact that my camera work doesn’t do justice to her designs.

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: DDSLL Girls Satin Bodysuit

DDSLLGirlsStore Beige Bodysuit

I’m fairly certain I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the things that’s really important to me on TLA is actively looking for and featuring new designers. Like many people, I have my personal favorites lingerie brands, both in terms of fit and aesthetics, but if I only ever talked about my favorites, the blog would get pretty boring and predictable after awhile. I also believe there’s immeasurable value in keeping abreast of and supporting potential new players in the industry. After all, you never know who’s going to be the next big thing.

DDSLL Girls is a small womenswear brand out of Latvia that focuses on unique, one-of-a-kind apparel and accessories. I first ran across them a few months ago while searching for a velvet bodysuit, and I recently stopped by again when Catherine from Kiss Me Deadly told me about these satin bodysuits. Despite this being only my second encounter with the brand, they’ve been on Etsy for over 2 years now and have made over 1300 sales.

DDSLLGirlsStore Blush Bodysuit 2

Part of why I like these bodysuits is because they’re so different. It may sound a bit strange, but I can often recognize a lingerie company’s country of origin based on their overall design aesthetic. France has a look. The UK has a look. Italy has a look. The US has a look. And so forth and so on. While that’s a great party trick, it can also result in the lingerie world seeming, well, a little boring and predictable. After all, most of the lingerie that’s talked about comes out of one of those four countries.

The great thing about lingerie coming out of countries that aren’t usually identified with intimate apparel (like Latvia) is not only the new and interesting design aesthetic, but also that you can see people taking risks, exploring boundaries, and playing with possibilities. No, these bodysuits aren’t for everyone. They’re not engineered for mass appeal. But it is exciting to see someone experimenting with what they can do.

DDSLLGirlsStore Blush Bodysuit

I could see pairing these bodysuits with a pair of wide-legged trousers. Or maybe even contrasting them with a tweed pencil skirt. I like the idea of juxtaposing satin and lace with more robust, heavily textured materials. Because of DDSLL’s “one of a kind” aesthetic, each bodysuit is only available in one size; the beige in XS/S and the blush in S/M.  However, this Etsy seller does custom make items to order, so I would inquire about their potential size range if you like these but need another size or would prefer another color (I quite like the idea of burgundy satin with black lace, myself). Lastly, the beige bodysuit sells for $72 USD while the blush one retails for $80 USD.

What do you think of this bodysuits? Are they something you could see yourself wearing? And was there anything in the DDSLL store that caught your eye?

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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Vanity Fair Lingerie: Supporting “Women Who Do” Throughout the Decades

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Vanity Fair. All photos courtesy of Vanity Fair.

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Vanity Fair Lingerie, 1917

As many of you know, Vanity Fair is in the midst of its “Women Who Do” campaign. Not only does this campaign reintroduce the public to the lingerie icon that is Vanity Fair, it also celebrates the amazing things millions of women are doing around the country and around the world. As part of this campaign, Vanity Fair has organized the LiftTOUR, a nationwide bus tour with 70 stops in 12 different cities. In addition, Vanity Fair has partnered with Dress for Success, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping underprivileged women achieve self-sufficiency and professional careers through access to interview attire and job training.

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Vanity Fair Lingerie, 1935

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Vanity Fair Lingerie, 1940′s

As I hinted at last month, I want each article in this 6-month series to focus on something different, not just because I think it’s more interesting that way, but also because Vanity Fair as a company has such a rich history and background. I mean,VF has been around since 1899, and they didn’t even begin by selling lingerie. In fact, the company started by producing mittens and gloves! It wasn’t until they hit deep financial trouble in 1911 that Reading Glove and Mitten Manufacturing Company was bought out by John Barbey and changed to Schuylkill Silk Mills. And it wasn’t until 1913 that the company finally began making silk underwear. (Source: Vintage Fashion Guild)

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Vanity Fair Lingerie, 1950′s

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Vanity Fair Lingerie, 1950′s

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Vanity Fair Lingerie, 1960′s

Around 1917, the company name was changed to Vanity Fair, and again in 1919 to Vanity Fair Silk Mills. In the 1920′s, Vanity Fair transitioned to using synthetics like rayon (marketed as “artificial silk”) and also to producing hosiery. In the 1930′s, nylon was all the rage, and in the 1940′s, Vanity Fair made the decision to switch to nylon-only lingerie. While at first glance, this may seem limiting, it actually led to the development of some of Vanity Fair’s most popular and iconic items – from their world-famous leopard print (immortalized in The Graduate) to their nylon pleated peignoirs, babydolls, nightgowns, and chemises (all of which are popular collector’s items among vintage lingerie enthusiasts today). In 2007, Fruit of the Loom purchased Vanity Fair Intimates, and today the Vanity Fair name is known for simple, accessible, budget-friendly lingerie that serves as the foundations for everyday life.

vanity fair 1970s lingerie

Vanity Fair Lingerie, 1970′s

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Vanity Fair Lingerie, 1980′s

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Vanity Fair Lingerie, 1990′s

For me, when I hear the name Vanity Fair, I can’t help but think of all the many, inimitable products this label has had a hand in producing. I have one entire drawer full of nothing but Vanity Fair leopard print (from the catsuit to the babydoll to the bra and girdle), and I have another drawer full of only vintage Vanity Fair slips (which are pretty much the best thing in the world for glamorous lounging). And I feel almost shy to mention the Vanity Fair peignoirs, robes, and gowns I’ve collected over the years. There’s just so much beautiful lingerie this company has been responsible for; they’re an integral part of the DNA of the intimate apparel in North America…if not the entire world.

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Now that we’ve taken a look back, I have to ask…do you own any vintage Vanity Fair? And what do you think of this brief look back at the company’s history? Please share your favorite Vanity Fair moments 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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Sale Lingerie of the Week: Chantal Thomass Voltigeuse Chemise & Bra & Panty

Chantal Thomass Voltigeuse Chemise

I couldn’t decide what I liked best – the chemise or the bra & panty set – so I’ve just put them both here for this week’s Sale Lingerie of the Week. Maybe you can choose which is best…because I know I can’t!

Chantal Thomass Voltigeuse Bra Brief

After years of neglecting the US market, Chantal Thomass is back in full force at some of the finest lingerie boutiques across the nation. The brand is known for a decidedly vintage aesthetic – though it never tips into the realm of pinup or kitsch. Instead, they’re attempting to preserve the more luxurious elements of vintage lingerie…a period of time in the intimate apparel industry that was known for beautiful fabrics and brilliant construction techniques.

The lace work and ribbon trim on these pieces remind me of countless vintage lingerie sets I’ve seen. It’s no exaggeration to say I gasped aloud when I spotted them on Teddies for Bettys website. How had I missed these ranges before now? I adore the flouncy lace trim and and girdle-esque diamond detailing on the chemise. And that cut-and-sewn bra with a front zipper is thisclose to giving me heart palpitations. I’m a big believer in luxury lingerie giving you something unique, special, and different, and these pieces from Chantal Thomass fulfill all three criteria.

The bra set (bra + thong) is on sale for $315 total. The chemise is on sale for $346.50. As with all sale items, sizing and quantities may be limited. In addition, sale items purchased from Teddies for Bettys are non-returnable.

What do you think of these pieces? And which would you rather have…the bra set or the chemise?

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 for Cosplay: What to Wear to Comic-Con

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My Black Widow Costume

Alexis’ amazing guest post about lingerie and cosplay a few weeks ago got me thinking. Though I’ve never attended San Diego Comic-Con, I do attend Dragon*Con and Emerald City Comicon and Portland Comicon pretty regularly. And while I don’t think of myself as a “cosplayer” (in my opinion, that implies a level of skill I simply don’t have), dressing up is definitely part of how I have fun at these conventions. One of my costumes last year was Black Widow (shown above), and the year before that, my husband and I dressed as Spock and Uhura. Even when I’m not impersonating one of my favorite characters at the Con, I still like to dress up in corsets and petticoats and the like. Why? Because it’s fun. And what better place to wear your most fanciful, extravagant lingerie than Comic Con?

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The bra I wore under that Black Widow costume.

That said, finding undergarments that work for your costume is a unique challenge in and of itself. Most lingerie isn’t made for costuming purposes, and when you’re wearing a jumpsuit made of spandex all day, little details like seaming and fabric composition matter even more. Many cosplayers make their own pieces, but if you don’t know how to sew or don’t have the time to or would just prefer to have a pre-made base to work from, there are some undergarments out there that can help you. Below is a brief-ish list of some brand and pieces I think are a particular good fit. Note: With the exception of the bra sized items, many of the garments below (shapewear, knickers, hosiery, etc.) are available in plus sizes.

Bras and Nipple Covers:

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All by Fashion Forms

When it comes to solution-focused underpinnings, Fashion Forms is the leader in this space by a country mile. The bra I’m wearing up above is their U-Plunge, and I was very happy with how it performed (especially since many of the reviews were less than stellar). In addition to super plunge bras, Fashion Forms makes nipple covers, adhesive bras, breast enhancers, strap converters, double-sided tape and shoulder pads. They’d be my first stop if you need a special brassiere for cosplay. However, there is one caveat: many of their cup size bra solutions are not made for fuller busts (above a DD cup or so). That’s because a bra without a band (which is what a backless/strapless style is) won’t be able to support the weight of a heavier bust. If you’re looking for a lot of shaping, support, or structure, these wardrobe solutions may not be for you. Finally, if you’re looking for recommendations on quality binders to wear, check out this post by our columnist Rose.

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All by Nippies

When it comes to nipple covers, I’m a huge fan of Nippies. Not only do they make reusable silicone nipple covers in more than one skintone, their regular adhesive nipple covers come in a wide variety of styles and colors. It’s a great way to incorporate your breast cover into your costume…or just to ensure that you have an extra layer of protection if you’re wearing something very low cut or sheer). To get a sense of how well they blend in, take a look at this photo from my Instagram.

Knickers:

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All by Commando

When it comes to knickers, a lot of people recommend thongs to avoid visible pantylines, but they’re not your only option. You could also try seamless/laser cut knickers or knickers with seams lower than your cheeks (such as boxer or full brief styles). Commando’s known for their invisible edges. The new Hanky Panky Bare collection also gives that seamless look (and is available in multiple skintones).

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All by Hanky Panky Bare

Sometimes though, you want the exact opposite of invisible. If you’re looking for panties that are meant to be seen, try frilly knickers or pin-up style briefs. For frilled pants, take a look at Playful Promises or Leg Avenue.

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All by Playful Promises

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All by Leg Avenue

For pin-up style briefs that are opaque enough for wearing out of doors, I highly recommend Rago Shapewear. They’re my go-to when I need a fuller cut knicker. They also make a range of padded briefs if you need those for a costume.

All by Rago Shapewear

All by Rago Shapewear

Finally, if you’re looking for something completely off the beaten path, check out Knickerocker. Because who doesn’t want a pair of panties with a bear’s face or a cupcake on them?

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All via Knickerocker

Bodysuits and Shapewear:

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All by Va Bien

All by The Body Wrap

All by The Body Wrap

When it comes to shapewear, a lot of people think Spanx, but as you’ve probably guessed, they’re not your only option. Bodysuits and shapewear can both serve as underpinnings for your costume or as the foundation for making a costume. Va Bien makes several amazing bodysuits, and they’re also know for their strapless bras and bustiers. There’s also The Body Wrap which makes seamless shaping camis, shorts, and briefs in addition to bodysuits.

fashion forms u plunge backless strapless bodysuit

Fashion Forms

Fashion Forms backless/strapless u-plunge bodysuit may also be the perfect option for some people.

vedette shapewear

All by Vedette

squeem shapewear

All by Squeem

While if you’re looking for super intense shaping (i.e. just short of a corset), consider Vedette or Squeem. Both are known for for being pretty hardcore; their latex shapers sculpt the body to dramatic effect.

Hosiery:

All by Danskin

All by Danskin

Comfortable hosiery makes a big difference for your cosplay. Cheap hosiery is good in that it’s cheap (so you can toss it at the end of the night), but it can also be intensely uncomfortable after a long day of wear. Some people recommend dancer’s tights, which are available from Danskin.

leg avenue hosiery

All by Leg Avenue

Leg Avenue has the most comprehensive selection of cheap hosiery anywhere…in terms of both size and style. And they’re so cheap, you don’t have to feel bad if you tear them or spill your drink on them. Speaking from personal experience, I’m usually ready to chuck my Leg Avenues by the end of the night, and that’s okay.

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All by Pamela Mann

For prints and patterns, take a look at Pamela Mann. They’re also inexpensive, which is perfect when you’re looking for an unusual or funky design to complete a costume.

All by We Love Colors

All by We Love Colors

For colored tights, both opaque and fishnet, you must visit We Love Colors, which has over 50 colors to choose from.

All by Sock Dreams

All by Sock Dreams

Meanwhile, if you need socks, Sock Dreams is the place to go. They’ve got more styles and lengths than basically anyone. They also carry a few select accessories which may be useful for your costume, like gloves and petticoats.

stockingshq skintone hosiery

All from StockingsHQ

Lastly, if you’re looking for nude or skintone hosiery, try StockingsHQ. They carry most every major hosiery brand in a variety of deniers (sheer vs. opaque) and finishes (shiny vs. matte). They also sell both stockings and pantyhose. My favorites brands are Pendeza, Cervin, Pretty Polly, and Gio. If you’re looking for more resources, we’ve covered this particular topic a couple of times on TLA here and here.

Corsets:

All by Timeless Trends

All by Timeless Trends

All by Orchard Corset

All by Orchard Corset

Many people enjoy wearing a corset at Comic*Con, and I recommend purchasing one ahead of time. Getting your corset in advance is way better than settling for something overpriced (and possibly even poorly made) from the showroom floor.  Timeless Trends and Orchard Corset both make good, inexpensive corsets for cosplay, and Timeless Trends even has dyeable option.

All by What Katie Did

All by What Katie Did

At a higher price point (but still available off-the-rack for fast delivery), What Katie Did sells astoundingly high quality corsets. They’re also ethically produced, in case that little fact is relevant to you.

Lastly, if custom corsetry is more your speed (such as, for example, if you’re looking for a Playboy Bunny or Emma Frost costume), get in touch with Sweet Carousel and Castle Corsetry. Neither designer had marketing images of their costumes I could use in this post, but both have examples of their work on their respective Facebook pages (linked in the previous sentence). I highly recommend checking them out.

Catsuits:

All by Tasty Tiger

All by Tasty Tiger

Finally, I really like the catsuits from Tasty Tiger. They’re actually the designer behind the “Black Widow” catsuit I’m wearing at the top of this blog post! Though you can definitely find less expensive catsuits to use for the foundation of your costume, I believe it’s important to buy a solidly constructed one. The very first catsuit I purchased (for a last minute Misty Knight costume) was so poorly made that it actually tore over my rear before the night was through! Not a good look. I was super happy with the fit and comfort level of my purchase from Tasty Tiger.

A Few Last Words:

While this list is expansive, it’s by no means comprehensive. I know there are tons of other designers, labels, and names that I’m less familiar with, and so have been left out. If you have a source for lingerie-related costume magic that you love, please share it in the comments! And of course, I’d love to see your own lingerie-inspired costumes!

Do you attend Comic*Con? And what characters do you like to dress up as?

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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Farewell to Mary Green Lingerie

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Image via Dollhouse Bettie

Image via Dollhouse Bettie

With almost no fanfare and very little warning, Mary Green Lingerie closed up shop last month. Their website is gone. Their Facebook page abandoned. And who even knows if they ever signed up for Twitter, Pinterest, or Tumblr?

Mary Green was a label I bought from infrequently, yet one I have fond memories of. When I first started blogging, I purchased a pair of crepe black silk panties with metallic lace trim from them. Though they’re several years old now, they’re in excellent condition, and I see them as one of my first luxury purchases.

As a brand, Mary Green was best known for its vintage-inspired silk loungewear and nightwear. Eyemasks, robes, chemises, and teddies were among their most popular offerings, and I confess that I’ve been lusting after their sheer, black, silk nightgown for years.

Image via Anthropologie

Image via Anthropologie

While I’m sorry the brand is gone (it’s always sad when a classic label goes defunct), I have to admit I’m not surprised. Mary Green seemed to be a brand that was unable to keep up with the times. Their website hadn’t been updated for at least 5 years (right down to the fluorescent pink splash page), and their social media presence was spotty at best. Despite a feature in April 2014′s Glamour Magazine (US), I rarely saw the brand engage in any substantive marketing or PR campaigns (which was a shame because their products were timeless). Instead, like many “old school” lingerie companies, Mary Green seemed to coast on their popularity from the 1990′s and 2000′s.

Though one of Mary Green’s former sales reps told Body Magazine that the company is headed in a new direction, there’s no word about what that direction is. Only time will tell if Mary Green makes a comeback (à la Farr West) or if they disappear into the aether (like Lady Marlene, Wundervoll, and Cameo Intimates before them).

Image via Nasty Gal

Image via Nasty Gal

For now, you can still purchase Mary Green Lingerie from Trashy Diva, Dollhouse Bettie, HerRoom, Brabarella, Journelle, Free People, Forty Winks, Linda’s, Anthropologie, Nasty Gal, and Amazon. I’d hurry and pick up anything you’re really interested in though..these pieces are bound to sell out soon.

Have you ever owned anything by Mary Green? And if so, what did you think of it?

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: Seven ’til Midnight Secret Affair Robe

Disclosure: This lingerie was provided free of charge for review purposes from Yumdrop.com (whose website appeared to be down at the time of this writing). All opinions are my own.

Editor’s Note: Lingerie worn underneath by Splendid. To read my review of that brand, click here.

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I’m the first to admit we don’t spend a lot of time covering brands like Seven ’til Midnight on TLA. I did talk about the label more often when I attended the International Lingerie Show, but from my perspective, the most exciting things in intimate apparel are happening at a price above the $30 or so brands like Seven ’til Midnight hover at. Concerns about factors like ethical manufacturing and labor practices aside, there’s only so much quality and creativity you can get at a lower price point; the primary focus of the brand is somewhere else.

That said, I also know a lot of people can’t swing a $100 robe. It’s that not that folks are unappreciative or ignorant when it comes quality lingerie; it’s just that the funds are literally not there. And as someone who partially started this blog because I was on a tight budget (non-profits aren’t known for their high salaries), I understand the desire to find beautiful pieces that are still accessible on the little bit of discretionary income one may have left over at the end of each month.

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First thing first: if you’re pressed for time and need to dash off, I genuinely like this robe. I’ve been wearing it on and off for awhile, and it’s an enjoyable piece of lingerie. Like many of Seven ’til Midnight’s undergarments, this robe is one size fits all, and I’d say I have plenty of room as a size large. Though Seven ’til Midnight also produces plus sizes for many of their items, the two-way stretch fabric used here means this robe would probably fit someone a size or two larger than me easily. I was very happy with the sheer floral pattern of the material; to me, this robe had the look of one that might cost twice as much. The long sleeves and wide satin lapels also added to the visual appeal. And while I’m personally a fan of knee length or longer robes, I felt the shorter, mid-thigh hem was appropriate; it is meant to be more of a boudoir piece, after all.

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While I was perfectly satisfied with the fit and quality of this piece, I do feel it’s worth mentioning that the lace and satin used on this robe are not especially luxe. They’re not scratchy (at least to me), but nor do they have a particularly good “hand.” You’re also not going to get any special touches here, like lace trim or rolled seams. However, that’s totally okay. What you’re paying for at this price point is not luxury. It’s important to have reasonable expectations for more budget-friendly goods and to recognize that a focus prioritizing price means certain other details have to go by the wayside. Sadly, this particular robe is no longer available, but if you search Amazon, at least one retailer still appears to have the teddy, chemise, and gown using this material.

What do you think of the brand Seven ’til Midnight? Have you tried them before? And, if so, would you wear them again?

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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