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12 Looks from the Agent Provocateur Sale for $120 or Less

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It’s summer, which means it’s time for Agent Provocateur’s semi-annual lingerie sale. With items up to 60% off, this is the event many lingerie addicts look forward to every six months, and with good reason. If you’ve ever wondered what it feels to like to wear a bra that originally cost hundreds of dollars, now is the time to find out.

Of course, even with lots of pieces, most of them aren’t cheap. Many sale items can still retail for close to $400 or $500, and the more recent a collection, the higher the sale prices are. But I am very much of the opinion that last season’s lingerie (or the season before that or the season before that) is just as good as this season’s. After all, how could a silk slip or lace bra ever go out of style? So if you’ve been wanting to dip your toe into the world of expensive lingerie, but you’re not quite ready to go all out, take a look at one of these exceptional deals.

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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Swimwear of the Week: Klipper Swimsuits White One Piece

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For someone who only occasionally makes it into the water, I spend a lot of time looking at swimsuits. While I confess I don’t know nearly as much about swim as I do about intimate apparel, the more I research and learn and discover new designers, the more intrigued I am.

Like lingerie, the world of swim is deceptively complex. Not only does swimwear have to be fashionable, comfortable, and fit well (the basics of fabric, really), it also has to stand up to some rather brutal environmental conditions ranging from salt to sun to sand (not to mention chlorine). It’s a tricky combination, and I don’t envy anyone trying to break into this vertical.

Another similarity that swim and lingerie have in common? The rise of independent designers. There’s been an explosion of industry micro-competitors offering very niche styles for a highly targeted market. As both a consumer and a critic, I don’t see anything wrong with this trend — the more options, the better.

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One designer that’s been quite memorable for me lately is Klipper Swimsuits. I found them while searching for maternity swim, and promptly fell irrevocably in love with the one-piece shown here. It doesn’t have a name; it’s just The White One Piece Swimsuit.

The vintage inspiration for this suit is clear; I’m getting very obvious vibes of the 1930s. And I like — no, I love — that there’s a designer going further back into the vintage archives than the classic tried-and-true 1950s pinup silhouette. Don’t get me wrong, I adore that shape… but this one is beautiful too.

I’m getting classic, French Riviera vibes from this piece. This is what I would wear were I invited on a yacht at Cannes. The lower cut leg feels fresh (and refreshing), and the tie belt is a charming accent for the waistline. The print as well is a take on the perennial nautical trend, but it manages to feel cool, not dated.

This swimsuit usually retails for $160, but is on sale at the time of this writing for $146. There are also several variations, including green, black, and maroon. Sizing is XS thru L with custom sizing available.

What do you think of this piece? Is it 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: Oh La La Cheri ‘Ella’ Romper

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Maybe it’s just the fact that I want to save up for a nice vacation, but after years of feeling disenchanted with the world of budget lingerie, I find myself newly excited again. Some of that, I’m sure, has to do with the size range available in this sector. While many ‘straight size’ brands are reluctant to expand into plus sizing (and even the ones that have often refuse to use plus sized models), the budget lingerie sector has embraced this demographic with open arms. To be fair, there are still some issues with representation (the heavyhanded use of photoshop, for example, always makes me wince), but coming from the perspective of “more options = more better,” it’s wonderful to see an increased range out in the marketplace.

Moving beyond size, even the product that’s being offered by the budget lingerie sector is more dynamic, with new styles (that aren’t just knockoffs!) coming out on a regular basis. The items are, in a word, pretty. It’s a not a La Perla level of creativity and construction to be sure, but these are pieces I wouldn’t mind owning and wearing, and it’s been awhile since I’ve thought that.

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The brand that’s been most impressive in this area is Oh La La Cheri. While most budget lingerie brands lean hard into fishnet bodystockings and bright neon clubwear, Oh La La Cheri has seen the writing on the prestige wall and is putting its aesthetic more in line with companies like ASOS, Bluebella, and Ann Summers… places that are known for inexpensive lingerie, but with a more fashionable approach. While there are several pieces I like from this current collection, one key standout to me is the ‘Ella’ romper. At around $35 for misses sizing (S/M, L/XL), this is an undeniably cheap item that somehow manages to look, well, not cheap. Sheer, chiffon-like mesh and lace trim give this an easy kind of glamour; the strength of this garment in its simplicity.

Oh La La Cheri does offer this item in misses sizes and plus sizes (1X/2X, 3X/4x). However, it should be noted that there is an $8 price difference between the two size ranges. Holly’s talked about pricing in lingerie before and what goes into these price differentials (namely, differences in development costs, materials used, and time to sew). A $42 romper that can fit up to a 48″ bust and waist and a 50″ hip still strikes me as an outrageous deal, but I can understand how that may be a sore point for some. The Ella romper is available in black, pink, and purple from Lingerie Diva, Yandy, and Bella Bella Boutique (not all stores carry all colors), but I’m feeling especially partial to the black and pink.

What do you think about the Oh La La Cheri ‘Ella’ romper? Have you tried Oh La La Cheri before? Would you give them a try now?

Update: I just read an article from Body Magazine (an industry trade journal) stating that Oh La La Cheri is merging their standard and plus size lines. I’ll be interested to see if this also reduces the price differentials.

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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: Bluebella ‘Julianna’ Chemise

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Bluebella is a relative newcomer to the lingerie scene, but they’ve already carved out a niche in the domain of budget-friendly lingerie. The lingerie industry, like the rest of the fashion world, is experiencing a hollowing-out of sorts. Luxury brands are doing very well, and inexpensive brands are doing very well…but everyone in between is struggling to maintain market share. In this kind of economic climate, a new brand that can compete with the likes of ASOS, Ann Summers, and Yandy is a completely predictable development.

I’ve had my eye on this chemise for a few weeks now. There’s no need to revisit my love of black lace in this post, but one of the things I liked about this chemise is the relatively unstructured silhouette. It just sorts of drapes around the body. The high neck is perfectly on trend (we’ve seen this feature from other designers like Agent Provocateur, Hopeless, and Karolina Laskowska), and the lashings of black lace make this piece appear quite a bit more expensive than it is. Currently on sale at Playful Promises, the original price for this chemise was £38.00 (or around $60). The sale price is an even more attractive £22.80 (or around $36).

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As with all sale items, sizes and quantities are limited. This chemise is still available for full price in a few retail outlets (Figleaves, ASOS, and Bluebella’s own website), so there’s still a chance to buy it even if you’re missed out on the deal at Playful Promises. As with all delicate lace, you’ll want to handwash this and avoid the dryer (it’s also a good idea to wash new black lingerie on its own for the first time so any excess black dye can leach out). But for $35 and change, this is a pleasant little lingerie treat for the summer.

What do you think of Bluebella? Have you tried them before? Do you have any thoughts on this 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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Ask the Addict: Sheer Black Robes for $50 or Less

Way back, essentially a lifetime ago in internet time, I used to publish answers to questions that I received on TLA’s other social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. I moved away from doing that (I’m not sure why… I think I just got distracted), but I still regularly answer reader questions in all of those places. It’s a lot of fun seeing what people have been thinking about and trying to find the perfect piece of lingerie for them.

A little bit ago, I received a question about inexpensive sheer black robes. Obviously, as a fan of all things black and sheer, I love this kind of inquiry. Robes in general are a readily accessible entry point into the world of lingerie, and the sheer black look is a classic one. It’s safe for people who are still feeling their way around intimates and are a bit tentative to get too experimental, but still beautiful and elegant even if you happen to own every other color and style under the sun.

Usually, when it comes to budget-friendly lingerie, you’re looking at a few key stores, namely, Yandy, Frederick’s of Hollywood, and ASOS. Victoria’s Secret frequently has items in this price range (but, unfortunately, no sheer black robes for today), and Ann Summers is another great place to shop for inexpensive pieces.

That said, it’s always a good idea to remember one key thing when you’re looking at lingerie in this price bracket, and that’s to have reasonable expectations. You won’t get silk for $50, or even an especially voluminous robe (such as those amazing Catherine D’Lish creations). Even features like a deep lace trim are generally inaccessible when you’re talking cheap lingerie, but what you will find is a nice basic that’s also pretty (black lingerie in particular can often look more expensive than it actually is). One last note… don’t be afraid to check for clearance sales and sample sales. Especially around this time of year, there’s many a bargain to be found (such as this marabou feather trim robe from Ann Summers).

What do you think of the robes shown here? And where do you shop for inexpensive lingerie?

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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12 Beautiful Plus Sized Bikinis for This Summer

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With the first day of summer only five days away, and 4th of July weekend only another two weeks after that, it’s time (or past time, depending on your point of view) to start thinking about swimsuits. Swimsuit sizing, while not quite as finicky as lingerie, is still subject to a ton of inter- and intra- brand variation. I have swimsuits that are a couple of sizes larger than my ‘normal’ dress size (Hello, Jantzen), and I also have swimsuits I need to go down a size in (Hi, Kiss Me Deadly). It’s a wild world out there, and I imagine it’s even worse if you happen to be beyond a US size 10 or so.

Fortunately, the swimwear industry has picked up on the demand for plus sized swim and developed a wide range of options in recent years. Gabi Fresh’s Swimsuits for All range is one of the most popular recent lines. Independent labels like Nakimuli, Monif C., and Rue 107 are also popular and have a dedicated customer base. Even larger retailers, like Target and Modcloth, are committing to showing plus sized swimsuits on plus sized models (which should be the norm instead of newsworthy, but that’s a conversation for another day).

While working on this blog post, I was pleasantly surprised at the sheer variety of options available. For so long, plus sized swimwear was all about looking slimmer, and then, after that, it was all about the pinup look (which is cute, but definitely not everyone’s aesthetic). Now, as a direct result of the dialogue that’s happening around plus size style, we’re seeing more fashion-forward, editorially-driven swimwear. And that’s a wonderful thing because more options are better for everyone.

The swimsuits below are ones that’ve made a distinct impression on me within the last few weeks (i.e. my faves). If you have a much-loved swimsuit that’s not included, I’d love it if you added a link in the comments. There’s really no downside to having more choices.

If you’re a plus sized lingerie addict, where do you buy your bathing suits? And do you have any shopping tips?

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 Sale Spotlight: Small Bust Bras

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The second lingerie sale spotlight for this month focuses on small bust bras. As Sweets of Sweet Nothings mentioned recently, bra size categories like “small bust” and “full bust” are fraught with identity politics, making it difficult to come up with a list of options for this segment of the market.

For the purposes of this blog post, I’ve used a more or less standard industry definition which designates “small bust” as A and B cups regardless of bandsize (i.e. both 32A and 42A would be small bust sizes by this guideline).  While the selection is still very limited, if you’re looking for A and B cups in 38+ bands, try the Lulu Tout and Triumph Amourette links below. If you’re wanting options in 30 and 32 bands, click the Lulu Tout, Lula Lu, Claudette, and Gap links.

As always, if you have a fave spot for lingerie in this category, please share it in the links below! More options are better for everybody.

Figleaves Boudoir Entice Alexa Soft Bra in Black (Was $31, Now $15.50)

Figleaves Boudoir Entice Alexa Soft Bra (Was $31, Now $9.90-$15.50)

Lulu Tout Coco Lace Balcony Bra (A-DD) (Was $40, Now $16-$20)

Lulu Tout Coco Lace Balcony Bra (Was $40, Now $16-$20)

Gap Mesh Demi Bra (Was $39.50, Now $33.99)

Gap Mesh Demi Bra (Was $39.50, Now $27.99-$33.99)

Triumph Amourette 300 Underwired Bra (Was $53, Now $28.50-$39.90; Select Colors Only.

Triumph Amourette 300 Underwired Bra (Was $53, Now 28.50-$39.90; Select Colors Only

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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Announcing Lily Blossom’s Rouge Spring Sale!

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Ready to treat yourself to some luxury lingerie this summer? Then you’re in luck. Lily Blossom, the lustworthy Madrid-based boutique carrying everyone’s favorite brands, has just kicked off the biggest lingerie sale of the season… and they’re appropriately calling it the “Rouge Spring Sale” because seriously, it’s incredibly rare to see this many luxury labels discounted at any one time.

I’ve got the full list of brands and promos from Lily Blossom HQ, and here’s all that you can take advantage of right now:

Of course, I have to share some of my favorite pieces. Because there are so many brands, there are a lots of highlights, and it was a bit difficult to narrow it down. But I’d say these are my top 10 looks.

 

Have you shopped from Lily Blossom before? If so, what did you think of them? And which luxury brand are you dying to try?

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 Trend Alert: Mixed Media Bodysuits

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Bodysuits are the sorts of items I see all the time, but rarely hear about people wearing. They’ve experienced a bit of a resurgence lately, with retailers offering more and varied styles, but many people understandably find them a bit awkward and hard to mix into a lingerie wardrobe. While I’m no stylist, I went through a bodysuit phase years ago, and I liked them as layering pieces (like an undershirt) and a way to get a sleek, tucked-in look without a lot of bulk (this was especially true for bodysuits that were meant to look like blouses or tanks).

Now that it’s almost summer, bodysuits are an excellent to get more coverage under an otherwise revealing garment like a dress with deep sides, a crop top, or a sheer shirt. I feel like these bodysuits are most indicative of a mini-trend I’m calling “mixed media,” which is very much akin to the texture trend you can expect for this upcoming autumn/winter lingerie season.

To me, mixed media bodysuits fuse elements like lace and mesh into graphic, modern designs. One of the most striking examples is the Calvin Klein piece above (which is actually 70% off, so jump on that), but there are more subtle versions of this look as well, such as the Natori bodysuit below. Regardless, what all of these looks have in common is the idea that your underpinnings should be at least interesting as your outerwear, which, as you know, is definitely an idea I subscribe to.

Are you a fan of bodysuits? Do you have any tips for finding the right one?

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: Plum Pretty Sugar ‘Calandre’ Chemise

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Where I live, we don’t have air conditioning. Most homes don’t have it. Most apartments don’t have it. Businesses sometimes will, but even then, you’re just as likely to see your fave coffeeshop or bar open some windows and turn on some fans. Coming from Georgia, I was shocked at the lack of central air when I first moved to the Puget Sound area. At this point, I imagine it’s just as much a cultural thing as a practical thing, but now that temperatures are getting warmer, it’s time to start aggressively planning ways to stay cool.

My current apartment is west-facing, which means I get the full and glorious brunt of the sun for roughly nine hours per day. By the evening, even with fans going and windows open, it’s feeling pretty balmy indoors. So around this time of year, I switch from pajama sets to chemises. Body skimming, loose-fitting garments are the name of the game, and fibers like bamboo, cotton, and silk are where it’s at. As much as I love my vintage nylon slips (and I truly love them), synthetics just aren’t breathable enough for the sticky days of summer.

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All that brings me to the Calandre Chemise by Plum Pretty Sugar, available from Anthropologie. Plum Pretty Sugar is a brand I know mostly though bridal magazines and wedding editorials as they’ve more or less stayed away from the traditional lingerie tradeshow circuit. However, their robes seem to be a big deal among wedding parties, and when I saw the price, I understood why. A cute, short, knee-length robe for only $65? That’s a very accessible figure for many, and it’s part of what drew me to this chemise. The print, plus the fact that it’s a designer label, had me expecting a price tag that was $30-$50 more. But $68 for a cotton chemise? Well, that’s pricey enough for it to feel like a treat, but not so expensive that I have to feel afraid to wear it. It’s the intimate apparel sweet spot.

As of this writing, only sizes Small and Large are still available. According to Plum Pretty Sugar’s size guide (which differs from the one on Anthropologie’s website), a size Large fits up to a US 10, which is fairly typical for any “designer” lingerie. I’ve searched Plum Pretty Sugar’s actual website, and while I don’t see this exact chemise (leading me to believe it’s an Anthro exclusive), I do see what I think is the same print on a robe, pajama short set, romper and sleep shirt (search for “beckoning creatures”). There are also more sizes available on Plum Pretty Sugar’s website; both XS and XL are options which fit sizes 0 and 12, respectively.

If you haven’t heard of them before, what do you think of Plum Pretty Sugar? Is this a brand you would try? And what lingerie helps to keep you cool in the summer?

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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