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Sale Lingerie of the Week: ID Sarrieri Innamorata Padded Push-Up Bra Set

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It’s hard to convey just how much of a fan I am of ID Sarrieri. This luxury European designer puts together some of the most gorgeous pieces I see season after season. Their laces are exquisite; their silks are divine. And unlike some luxury brands, ID Sarrieri’s products look just as good in person and under up-close inspection as they do styled online and in their editorial lookbooks. I dream of owning something from this label one day…though I’m not sure if I should wear my purchase or frame it.

id sarriere innamorata bra setID Sarrieri’s ‘Innamorata’ set is made from dove gray silk and ivory lace and is the perfect combination of smooth and sheer. The demi cup bra is ideal for wearing under almost anything (because why save your most beautiful lingerie for special occasions?), and the transparent tulle of the knickers feels like a whisper against the skin (though the low rise cut also makes them eminently wearable). This is luxurious yes, but it’s also suited for everyday life. No matter what you may have to wear on top, you can always have the feel of silk and lace on your skin underneath.

As with most sale items, sizing is limited. The bra currently retails for $112 and the knicker for $75. Both prices are 50% off the original price.

What do you think of ID Sarrieri? Is this your style of lingerie?

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Swimwear of the Week: Playful Promises Pansy Bikini

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This will probably be one of our last regular “Swimwear of the Week” features for this season. The weather’s starting to change where I live (sadness!), and I imagine the rest of the hemisphere is soon to follow. There also won’t be as many new pieces to feature though, of course, if folks are super-duper excited about these posts, I can definitely look into keeping them going.

Anyway, I’m feeling all kinds of happy about this ‘Pansy’ bikini from Playful Promises. I’m digging the slight retro touch of the high waist bottom and front tie top, and I adore how fresh and vibrant those colorful pansies look against a white background. And it goes without saying that I’m loving the model and styling for this shoot; the print really “pops” against the model’s skintone.

Playful Promises is a UK brand which means they use UK sizing. The general rule is that you want to subtract 4 from whatever the UK size is to get the American size (i.e. a 6 UK is a 2 US, a 14 UK is a 10 US and so on). With that in mind, sizing runs from XS to XL or a US 4-12. The top, though it has underwires and pushup padding, is not bra sized. So if fit is a concern for you, you’ll want to contact Playful Promises directly for advice. The top and bottom together retail for £64.00 (approximately $107 USD). There’s also a bandeau top and bikini brief set that retails for about $10 less.

What do you think of this bikini set? And are you going to miss summer?

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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The Return of the Kestos Bralette

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Photo via Dorothea’s Closet

After decades of near-obscurity (at least among the less lingerie-addicted of us), the wrapped style of that classic Kestos bralette is back in season. In many ways, this was the original convertible bra; the wrapped band allowed for wearing with the low-backed fashions that were popular in the 1930′s. And in a random bit of trivia, Kestos was the first bra manufacturer to make styles with separated cups. I quite like the aesthetic of this bra, and I’m happy to see it making a comeback. What do you think?

For more about the Kestos bralette, check out Layla L’obatti’s post for Lingerie Briefs and Dollhouse Bettie’s blog on the Kestos brassiere.

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Nasty Gal Wrapped in Love Lace Bralette – $30.00 (affliate link)

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Lingerie Review: Splendid Intimates

Note: I purchased this lingerie. Splendid and MyHabit are unaffiliated with this review.

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Splendid is an apparel brand for men, women, and children with a newly active and very popular women’s intimate apparel division. I first noticed them at the Spring/Summer 2013 Lingerie Market and liked their aesthetic quite a bit. Unfortunately, when I saw the pieces in stores (namely, my local Nordstrom), I felt they were a bit overpriced for what you got. Still, I wanted to try the brand, so I leapt at the opportunity when it make an appearance on the sample sale site MyHabit.

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Splendid’s bras and knickers have a very basic construction. At first glance, this is a great brand for someone who’s wanting a straightforward bra and panty set without a lot of frills and flowers and bows and all the other assorted frou-frou that tends to come with women’s lingerie. Splendid does have a few printed styles, but most of what they offer seems to be simple basics in a range of colors.

I also think this bra set would be a good fit for a school-age person. It doesn’t have a particularly adult aesthetic so it strikes me as something that could work for middle, high school, or college age women. The regular price is a bit high (about $44 for a bralette), but on sale, you’re spending around $20, and that’s a sweet spot for a bra that a young person may eventually grow out of. I also thought the fabrics were nice, if a bit unremarkable. The knit was comfortable, and I have no serious complaints about the mesh.

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Now let’s talk about the fit. I ordered a size Medium bra and size Large knickers for both sets (a.k.a. my usual sizes), and they both fit a bit…snug. I would say Splendid uses Juniors sizing as opposed to Misses, and the cut of their garments is not generous. By the end of the day, I was more than ready to change into something else. For the longline bra in particular (the striped one shown above), I could never get the sewn-in bra cups to align with my actual bustline…they just always kind of hovered right above. I’d say they’re more decorative than supportive, even by my admittedly flimsy standards regarding support.

While I’m not bothered by Splendid’s sizing, per se, (there’s nothing wrong with being a juniors-focused brand, after all), I am unsettled by the mismatch between the price point and the goods. I purchased each of my sets for less then $30, and that’s about the max I’d be willing to spend on these garments. To me, there was nothing here to rationalize the higher $44-48 price point for their bras…especially when brands like Wacoal, Kensie, Josie by Natori, and Eberjey are making perfectly serviceable (and even beautiful) bralettes for significantly less. And while their knickers were okay, I didn’t feel like I was wearing a $20 pair of undies; it’s easy to find much better underwear for quite a bit less.

All in all, I’m happy I tried the brand (I always enjoy experimenting with new labels), but I don’t feel the need to purchase again. There’s just too much competition at this price point for fair-to-middling goods.

Have you tried Splendid Intimates before? What did you think?

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Lingerie of the Week: Catherine D’Lish Burlesque Dressing Gowns

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I’m not even sure how to start this article. I kind of want to just post all the photos, tell you to go bid on the items, and then come back to me in the comments so we can both swoon over all the gorgeousness and commiserate about the castles, manor houses, and sprawling estates we’ll never get to wear these dressing gowns in. Because if ever an item of lingerie deserved a grand staircase, crystal chandeliers, and a sweeping view of the heath, this one does.

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As you may have gathered from the title, these lush robes are handmade by the amazing and inimitable Catherine D’Lish, one of the greats of the neo-burlesque movement. I’ve seen Ms. D’Lish perform in person several times, and she is hypnotic. Watching her work is the closet I’ve come to being in a trance. And I love how her gowns are such a perfect representation of her burlesque aesthetic.

Trust me…no one makes lingerie like this anymore. These gowns are nothing but pure, retro, old-school glamour – the kind that corporations long ago determined was unprofitable. And the other cool thing about these gowns? Well, you get to set the price. As far as I know, Catherine D’Lish only sells her lingerie via eBay auction, and every gown I’ve seen has fold for far below what it would ever retail for in a department store or luxury boutique.

Make no mistake. Despite the fact that the typical selling price for one of these dream-pieces runs into the hundreds of dollars, that is a deal for the quality of construction and level of detail you’re getting here. One of the unfortunate side effects of fast fashion and discount stores is that it’s made people unable to recognize true craftsmanship. Well this is it.

The only two gowns that are currently for sale are the ones at the top of this post (merlot and cafe au lait). All sizing and selling info can be found at the auction listing. I’m posting the other gowns below so we can all ogle at the pretties (I so wish I’d bid on that dove grey confection below).

What do you think of Catherine D’ Lish’s dressing gowns? Would you ever like to own one?

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Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Sale Lingerie of the Week: Honoka Bra & Boyshort

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This is the time of year when a lot of lingerie from last season is marked down significantly…which means it’s a great time for you to catch a deal. Though lingerie technically follows “seasons” (Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter, specifically), it never truly goes out of style. A bra from last season is just as good as a bra from this season, even if it’s not on trend. Because really, who’s going to call you out for wearing last year’s knickers?

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I like this ‘Honoka’ set by Eloise (available exclusively at Anthropologie) because of the folksy floral print on a black background…which transitions effortlessly from summer to fall. Longline bras are very much in style, and I always appreciate the added coverage of a boyshort or hipster panty as opposed to a thong.

anthropologie-honoka-1The bra originally retailed for $38, but it now on sale for $9.95. The boyshort originally sold for $12, but is now priced at $4.95. All told, you can get a cute, vintage-inspired lingerie set for around $15…which is perfect for lingerie addicts on a tight budget. As with all sale items, limited sizing may apply. So it’s best to purchase sooner rather than later if your size is still available.

What do you think of the ‘Honoka’ bra set? Is this something you would buy?

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Sale Lingerie of the Week: Leg Avenue Mesh Halter Teddy

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I admit…sometimes I go a little off the deep end with my lingerie choices. While I swoon over silk caftans, Chantilly Lace robes, and $300 swimsuits (all clear signs I should not be the one handling the money if I ever win the lottery), I know some of you are like, “Well, that’s really nice and all, Cora, but how about posting something we can afford?” If that sounds like you, then I am pleased to introduce the Leg Avenue Mesh Halter Teddy.

Leg Avenue has been a fixture in the budget lingerie scene for awhile, but over the last couple of years, the company has definitely stepped up their design game. I’ve seen this particular piece in both editorial photoshoots and on “edgy” online stores, and it looks right at home in both places. Yes, it’s “cheap” in that it’s inexpensive, but it doesn’t look cheap…at least to me.

This teddy originally retailed for $42 and is now on sale for $28.99 at Bare Necessities. As of this writing, Bare Necessities is also taking an extra 20% off all clearance items with the code BNS20, so you could get this teddy for $23.19…which seems like a pretty good deal to me. As with most sale items, sizes and quantities are limited, and this teddy is currently only available in sizes Medium and Large at Bare Necessities. However, if you wear a size Small, Lingerie Diva is selling it for even less ($16.99!) on their website. And if you happen to read this post after that extra savings code up above expires, try Yandy.com and BabygirlBoutique. Both sites had it for $25.95 and $26.95, respectively.

What do you think of this mesh teddy? Is it the sort of thing you’d wear? Or would you rather pass?

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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Swimwear of the Week: Zimmerman Georgia Floating Halter One-Piece

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Please don’t hate me. I ran across this week’s Swimsuit of the Week while looking for a different one by Zimmerman (the breathtakingly gorgeous Haze Wrap One Piece), and I fell in love. You all know how I get. When I see something I can’t get out of my mind, I have to share it here. So let’s all swoon with desire together (or you can mock my ridiculous taste…whichever works).

Before this year, Zimmerman was a name I encountered infrequently, but lately, I’ve been paying much closer attention to their work. Zimmerman’s swimsuits are so striking and unique, so stunning and complex, that I’ve genuinley confused them with lingerie. By experimenting with color, pattern, and texture, this is a brand that pushes the notion of what swimwear can be. Some might call these suits impractical, but in the same that I believe lingerie qualifies as “real” fashion, so too does swim.

As with many designer swimwear labels, this suit maxes out around a US 8/10 (I’m right at the edge of their sizing chart), and Zimmerman is very definitely a luxury label with the piece shown here retailing for $330. However, if the number of sold out sizes and styles on their website is any indication, this is exactly the kind of beach attire people are looking for. Though I confess, I’m more tempted to frame this swimsuit and hang it on my wall.

What do you think of Zimmerman’s aesthetic? Is this a brand you’ve tried before? Or, if not, is it one you would try?

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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20 Beautiful Maternity and Nursing Bras

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Image via Cosabella

When it comes to talking about gorgeous lingerie, women who are pregnant or nursing are often completely left out of the conversation. For years, there’s been this attitude that it’s inappropriate for a woman that’s pregnant or nursing to want beautiful underpinnings. And while this post, like everything we write on TLA, isn’t about telling people they should wear beautiful lingerie, we are very much about everyone having the option to wear beautiful lingerie. The idea that women must choose either beautiful undergarments or their child is outdated and, quite frankly, ridiculous. So if you’re expecting or have recently given birth (or know someone in either of those situations), this post is for you. I hope it’s helpful!

If you’ve been pregnant or nursed before, what were your favorite maternity and nursing bras? Any fashionable options we’ve left out here?

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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New Lingerie Addict Videos! An Introduction to Corsets with Lucy’s Corsetry

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I’m probably going to sound like a total fangirl right now, but I don’t care because Lucy of Lucy’s Corsetry is amazing. She is the online authority for corsetry and has put together the best, most regularly updated resource I know of when it comes buying, wearing, and discussing corsets.

My interest in corsets is very much casual. I think they’re beautiful. I enjoy wearing them on occasion. I appreciate talking about them as cultural artifacts (both historical and modern day), and I know a little bit about shopping for one and trying one on. But I’m not what you would call a corset expert. Lucy, however, is. And not only does she know more than I ever will about the subject, she shares her knowledge freely on a stellar YouTube channel and written blog. Basically, this is where you want to be if you’re ready to immerse yourself in the world of corsetry.

Though I’ve been a fan of Lucy’s work for years, I never had the opportunity to meet her until Orchard Corset flew us both out for a visit this past Spring. She graciously agreed to a video interview series with me explaining the basics of corsets for TLA readers. Think of these 3 videos as a very superficial treatment of the wide world of corsets. But if your corset appetite is whetted from watching these…? Well, you know where to go.

Do you own any corsets? And if so, who are your favorite corsetieres?

Here’s how the content of each video breaks down:

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Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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