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Stay On Trend: 15 Bras in This Season’s Colors from Vanity Fair

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Vanity Fair.

Many people think of fashion as the enemy of function. As the saying goes,” you can’t have your cake and eat it too.” A bra can either fit well or it can be stylish – but never both. There is no middle ground,  in-between, happy medium…one simply tolerates having to wear a bra.

Fortunately, Vanity Fair knows better! Their bras are not only made to support women in their day-to-day lives, they’re also meant to help you look and feel good while doing it! After all, how can you “dream, encourage, inspire, and persevere” if you feel insecure about your underpinnings?

One easy way to stay on trend and fashion-forward is through the use of seasonal colors. Now that we’re in the midst of Fall, it’s the perfect time to incorporate the 4 major colors for the Autumn/Winter season into your lingerie wardrobe. Shades of black, navy, plum, and gray are perfectly of the moment and look wonderful against a wide range of skintones. They’re also very “approachable” colors, particularly for people who’ve relied on shades of beige in their lingerie drawer. Not only is this rich tonal palette a great way to enliven your everyday lingerie, these beautiful hues will work well season after season.

Before we begin though, I have just a couple of updates about Vanity Fair’s “Women Who Do” campaign, especially now that we’re 4 months in. If you live in the Miami, FL area, the last couple days of The #LiftTOUR are in your area! Remember: for every fitting Vanity Fair does, one new bra is donated to Dress for Success. So far, that’s meant 4,721 new bras donated! If you happen to be in the neighborhood, please do stop by and help Vanity Fair break 5,000.

Now it’s time to share 15 of my favorite colored bras from Vanity Fair!

Blue:

 

 Gray:

 

Plum/Purple:

 

Black:

 

What’s your favorite Vanity Fair color?

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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Living with Vulvodynia: Some Practical Advice

Editor’s Note: This article is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a trained healthcare professional.

Today’s guest post is by Catherine Clavering of Kiss Me Deadly. A trained psychologist, Catherine started Kiss Me Deadly after becoming disabled in 2007 and has been annoying and amusing on the internet ever since (depending on your perspective). She likes stats, shapewear, and arguing. Want to read more by Catherine? Take a look at one of her previous posts – Bra Fit Science: Why Sampling Methods for Lingerie Research Matter.

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Alternate Title: “What underwear should I wear if I feel like a 100 tiny cactuses are living in my crotch?”

As some of you may recall, last year I spoke about having some disabilities in the form of chronic illnesses, some of which affect my genitals. So now that we’ve totally given up on any form of work/life boundary, and you know WAY more about me than I ever thought I’d say, I feel like it’s time to talk about lingerie and vulvodynia in a bit more depth. Yes? Yes! Whoo! Let’s get technically accurate about crotches! Also, I commit mild cursing at times in this article. Happily, I can justify this on the grounds that research shows that this is a good way to reduce pain.

We need to talk terms first, because we live in a world in which most of us don’t understand our own anatomy, which makes for a great scene in Orange Is The New Black but a really poor basis for managing our own health, amongst other things.

Most people call the entire female genitalia and nether regions the vagina. Or more normally some made-up word (Toot! Frou-frou! Ladybits! Add your favourites in the comments below!).

Anyway, it helps to understand that medically, the vagina is only the inside part, and that the technical term for the outside of your genitals is vulva. There’s the clitoris (for fun), urethra (for peeing), the labia (lips – outer and inner), the vestibule (the entrance of the vagina), and then the fourchette, which leads to the perineum and the anus (for poo).

All of this is full of lots of nerves (for sensitivity) and blood vessels. Your vagina is NOT a passive hole; it’s an active, responsive organ (as is the clitoris) that can get engorged and expand…or indeed can contract and go into “lockdown” mode. There’s also the pelvic floor, which is the muscles that manage your lower internal organs and your control over peeing and pooing. This is normally mostly unconscious, but you can learn to control it.

Anyway, mostly, your standard female anatomy is pretty damn amazing. It’s got a delicate balance that it manages to keep in the face of all sorts of drama (digestive issues, cystitis, antibiotics, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, certain sports, swimming in chlorinated water, nylon, stupid health fads, etc).

Vulvas come in all sorts of colours, shapes and sizes, but like people, most don’t get represented in mainstream media, so if you don’t like yours, maybe get some diverse models into your eyeline before doing anything drastic.

The downside is, at least 1 in 16 women will experience vulvodynia at some point in their lives. Vulvodynia is persistent, unexplained pain in the vulva. It can happen constantly (often a sort of burning pain) or only when there is pressure on your vulva or vestibule (for example, if you use a tampon or have some sort of genital sex). We don’t really know why it happens, but, as usual, stress, infections, trauma or injuries don’t help. There are support groups in the UK and the US to help those affected.

Happily, for most, it will be brief and you will recover. The odd one or two of us get stuck managing it for longer, but please be reassured – that’s very rare. Rarer still are conditions like mine, lichen sclerosus, an autoimmune skin condition which makes the skin fragile and itchy as hell.

Vulvodynia is NOT sexually transmitted, though it may be mistaken for an STD or yeast infection. If you have a clear screening but still have pain and/or itching, don’t let your doctor just drop it. Request to see a specialist.

Happily, in the event that you do have vulvodynia, there are plenty of things you can do that can help (though, again, you should also see a specialist).

Change Your Underwear

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Short Leg Cotton Knickers from The Big Bloomers Company

The standard advice of vulval pain support groups is to switch to loose fitting cotton underwear.

Why loose fitting? Because if the vulva is feeling overly sensitised, you want to reduce the pressure of fabric rubbing, pushing, and pulling on the skin.

Why cotton? Because it’s breathable…so you’re not building up heat or sweat. You’ve probably noticed that most knickers have cotton gussets anyway, and this is because we all know that a synthetic gusset is likely to dispose you to developing yeast infections anyway!

I took this one step further and just gave up wearing underpants for the most part. They’re a relatively modern invention, and I have no pressing reason to wear them most of the month. But most women don’t feel comfortable with this (plus even I have to put them on so as not to upset my physical therapist sometimes), so here’s a more detailed breakdown of suitable knickers fabrics.

Breathable, natural fibres that you can find underwear in:

  • Paper – the best pair of underpants I ever had was a shirred cottonwool and paper affair from a medical procedure. Damn, but those things were amazing! I don’t think you can get them outside of hospitals, but you can get paper pants for festivals and so on, which can be useful if you need a pair to store in your bag for emergencies.
  • Cotton – sold in pretty much every mainstream store, though you might get stuck with plainer styles. Note: you may want to avoid bleached cotton.
  • Bamboo – I cannot sing the praises of bamboo enough. It’s an amazing fabric, and I find it much nicer than cotton. It’s currently rarer, but lots of organic/natural places do it; try searching Etsy for a start.
  • Modal – very occasionally I see modal fabric underwear. It’s similar to bamboo in how it wears but is, I believe, made from beech!
  • Silk – if you want beautiful, sensuous panties in a breathable fabric, go silk. And check for a silk gusset rather than cotton! This will also reduce the thickness of the gusset, which can help if you can’t bear to feel a wad of innocuous fabrics roll up when you cross your leg or similar. Try Ayten Gasson for 100% silk styles.

Avoid Like the Plague:

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  • Cheap sex-shop underwear – they don’t expect you to wear it for long so healthy gussets are not a thing! Even posh sex shops can be a nightmare (I’m looking at you, brand that made expensive PVC knickers a couple of years ago!).
  • Latex – technically natural but about as breathable as a rain boot.
  • Polyester, nylon/polyamide, acrylic – all of these are synthetic but can feel like silk and be described as satin. These are the most common fabrics used, and they will be on the fabric content label. Check for a cotton gusset if you really like them.
  • Elastane/Lycra – so, so… it really depends on the content level. 5% elastane in a silk mix helps with fit and durability, but once you get up to the amounts used in pantyhose and tights, well, yuck.

Untested:

  • Viscose and Rayon – Rayon in particular used to be common in the 1930′s, but I’ve not seen anything modern in lingerie made with it so I have no idea.

But What About Lingerie Styles?

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When it comes to styles, the rule is “the looser the better,” as long as they don’t have peculiar movements that slice into your groin. Think Victorian open drawers!

Also…

  • I would avoid pantygirdles with hooks and eye or poppers at the crotch, because OW.
  • I haven’t tried ouvert/open crotch styles, but for some, the pain is so intense and widespread, that the pressure of the straps or fabric left would cause problems.
  • Worried about visible pantyline? Can’t fit voluminous victorian drawers under your cocktail sheath? My favourite pants for this are from Sloggi, who do some very high cotton content, laser cut, lycra imbued seamless shorties; these are the best compromise I have found. Some other brands do similar things, and can be cheaper, but Sloggi quality does last for years.
  • I have yet to meet anyone with vulval pain who likes wearing thongs (g-strings)!

Washing Your Scanties (and Indeed Yourself)

Pretty much the rule with vulvodynia is to get very minimalist. Find the plainest, gentlest, and, crucially, none biological detergent (Editor’s Note: I believe we refer to biological detergents as having “enzymes” in the States) you can for washing. The same with fabric softener if you must use it. That means most of the lingerie specialist stuff is out as much of it is fairly heavily scented.

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Neither your vulva nor your vagina need soap of any kind. Just clean, plain water. Avoid getting anything soapy near you like the plague. Try not to dribble shampoo on yourself; no shower gels, no soaps, no bubble baths, no deodorants, no deodorant wipes – not even a baby wipe. I really can’t emphasize this enough. I hate to sound like an old hippie but really…your poor frightened vulva just needs some alone time to sort itself out. It’s pretty good at rebalancing.

Want a relaxing bath with something in it? Porridge oat baths are the new Cleopatra. Aveeno make colloidal oatmeal bath oil. I can never get hold of it so I just shove some porridge oats into a muslin bag and squeeze. That’s just the kind of glamourpuss I am.

Going near chlorinated water? Protect your skin with a barrier cream such as aqueous cream (Editor’s Note: I believe Aquaphor is a popular US brand), Vaseline or Epaderm.

If you’re in a country where you can get it, Lidocaine (Lignocaine) 2-5% will numb your skin and give you pain relief. Just try and make sure you get hold of a cream or ointment with no perfumes etc. in it. The most commonly available cream is Vagisil, but that is PACKED with other stuff to make it shiny and scented, and that could make your symptoms worse.

Lets Talk Periods.

Loose underwear with a period is a bad idea. Tampons? Could well be very tricky. Ditto mooncups etc. Basically, it’s complication city. There’s no easy way out of this I’m afraid. I just find the best cottony towels and the most comfortable period pants that keep them in place, and just get through it, changing them often. However; if you and whoever you might choose to share a bed with can stand it, join the free bleeders – drop the underwear at night, stick a large cotton towel or . . two . . or three (did I mention that I have a hemophilia disorder too?) underneath you and just live with the extra laundry.

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Hair
The lingerie industry is a bit allergic to pubic hair; it never make its way into product shots. It’s entirely up to you what you do about how you look, but you might want to avoid aggravating things while the area is more sensitive than usual. Pretty much all hair removal methods involve either ripping it out by the roots, which causes pain and micro abrasions, or harsh chemicals, which we already know are a bad idea at this stage.

Sex
There’s a whole essay to be written here, but it’s not really the right blog for it and well, I get bored of people thinking lingerie is about sex anyways. So, here’s just a few things:

  1. Sex isn’t just about your genitals. Use your brain…and everything else.
  2. When you are in pain, your muscles contract. This also causes pain, which is a really unhelpful feedback loop, but also makes the natural process of arousal challenging to manage. Ask your doctors for biofeedback and sex therapy to help you untangle that mess.
  3. It’s you that’s sexy. Not the lingerie you can’t wear anymore. Not the skinny jeans you’re avoiding. Not your bubble baths. If you’re with someone and they don’t figure that out, well, then they don’t deserve you.

Have any of you struggled with Vulvodynia? What are some of your 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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“Here Kitty, Kitty”: 15 of My Fave Leopard Print Pieces

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There’s no point in pretending otherwise…I’m using National Cat Day as an excuse to dedicate an entire article to leopard print lingerie. My love of leopard print is pretty well documented on TLA; it’s my absolute favorite lingerie pattern by a super wide margin. Before today, I never really thought about why I love a good leopard print (and let’s be honest, not every leopard print is a good one), but I think it’s because there’s something that’s simultaneously both classic and thrilling about the pattern. Not only can leopard print be considered a neutral, it’s an easy route effortless glamour, a timeless motif that will never grow old.

What are your feelings about leopard print? And do you have any favorites from the list below?

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: With Love Lilly Champagne Bralette

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The Lingerie of the Week article is a weird thing sometimes. On the one hand, I feel like it should feature ever wilder, more creative, and technically innovative lingerie designers. On the other hand, there’s something to be said for simple, classic, even basic silhouettes done well. It’s a careful balance of keeping things new and fresh and exciting, but also being being genuine about what I really like. After all, the things I put into this feature have undeniably caught my attention in some way.

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I think I first started paying attention to With Love Lilly when I ran across their Candy PJ set on Twitter (shown above and now sold out). Over the last few weeks, I’ve been steadily favoriting more and more of this brand’s items, and when I finally added the Champagne Bralette to my bookmarks (not coincidentally the subject of today’s blog post), I knew I had to mention them on TLA. This bralette is by no means a technical marvel; even my uneducated eye sees the simplicity of the construction. Yet I can’t help but love the beaded overlay over the sheer cups, and how it extends over the straps. This bra is like jewelry for the decolletage. I want to wear it with a sheer top or bodysuit just so that gorgeous detail is visible.

Surprisingly, this bralette is available up to a size 34 E/F (as well as custom sizing), though I certainly wouldn’t expect it to be remotely supportive. This is a piece that’s very much about decorating one’s bosom, not fitting it, and that, of course, is perfectly all right. The Champagne Bralette retails for £42.00 (approximately $67.00), and takes about 2-3 weeks to be made and dispatched. There is a coordinating thong, but I’m not as excited about that. I’d love to see this brand make some more complex knickers to match the extravagance of that bra.

What do you think of With Love Lilly? Is this a brand you’d try? And what are your thoughts on that bra?

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: Tallulah Love ‘Frilly Frilly’ Set

Disclosure: I received this set free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Tallulah Love is a luxury lingerie company out of the UK specializing in beautiful underwear made from luxurious fabrics. I confess, I’m very excited by what’s been coming out of the UK over the last 5 years. I feel like you see a lot more innovation, both in terms of technology and creativity, from brands based in the United Kingdom than you see from any of the other traditional lingerie hubs (namely, the United States, France, and Australia). Of course, there’s beautiful lingerie coming out of all three of the latter countries, but in terms of sheer variety, it appears to me that the United Kingdom has most everyone else beat.

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I was given the ‘Frilly Frilly’ bra and knickers set in size Large. Both pieces were made in China (which I admit surprised me as I’d assumed they were manufactured in the UK) of a 95/5 polyamide (nylon) & elastane (spandex) blend with a rather ominous warning on the tags to “Keep Away From Fire.” I’d describe the color as a very soft powder pink or maybe even a peachy tan. The bra is a rather simple triangle construction of double layered mesh with ribbon and frill detailing. The knickers have three rows of ribbons and frills on the back, and a really lovely embroidered “TL” detail on the right side. The bra has a bit of side boning just outside the cups for stability, and the knickers have the traditional cotton gusset. I’d describe the mesh as soft and strong. There was no itchiness, roughness, or scratchiness from any of the materials.

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Though I couldn’t find Tallulah Love’s size chart on the website, I’d describe both items as generously sized. In fact, I think I could have gone with a Medium for the bra and been just fine. While I wore these items out and about for reviews purposes, I’d describe them as very much boudoir pieces. The bra isn’t going to give a lot of support, and the panties are absolutely not of the “seamfree” variety. Unless you’re wearing either fairly loose or fairly thick clothing, you’ll probably have some show-through from either garment. For the bra in particular, I found myself slipping out of it a lot (just breathing seemed to be enough to make my breasts pop out), but again, I think that’s because I could have used a smaller size.

While the Frilly Frilly set is not longer available, I am intrigued by some Tallulah Love’s more recent offerings, including their Coral Lily knickers and Chantilly Blush bra set. And though I am happy with the set I tried, I do wish there was an easily accessible size chart on Tallulah Love’s website so customer’s could feel more confident of their purchasing decisions. I also find myself a little concerned at Tallulah Love’s ability to stand out in an ever more crowded lingerie market. This brand has nice lingerie, it’s true, but there are so many competitors in this space now (especially in the UK) that it’s harder and harder to make an impression. Overall, I’d say this is a company to keep in mind, and I’ll have an eye out for what’s to come next season.

What do you think of Tallulah Love? Have you heard of or tried this brand before?

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: Lucy B Sweet Tart Garter Belt in Fuchsia

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I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but Lucy B Lingerie is running a massive clearance sale on all their Bernie Dexter items. There’s quite a few deals to be found (somebody buy this Glamour Doll bra), but the former stockings blogger in me had to feature this Sweet Tart Garter Belt.

Though I’m all about breaking the lingerie rules, if there’s one thing I’m a stickler for, it’s the necessity of six straps for a good, everyday garter belt. Trust me, this isn’t just about aesthetics; 6 straps are a necessity for keeping your stockings high on the thigh and straight on the leg.

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Unfortunately, quality garter belts can run a pretty penny, at least when compared to their cheaper, boudoir-only counterparts. That’s why I think, if you’ve been hesitant about trying one, this piece from the Bernie Dexter/Lucy B collaboration is the perfect place to start. It’s more than half off (from $54 to $24.50) and as of this writing, all the sizes are still available.

While I still don’t know if I’d call this the most exciting garter belt in the world, there’s nothing to argue with at this price point. It’s absolutely worth (and honestly, more than worth) the cost here.

Have you tried anything from the Bernie Dexter/Lucy B collaboration? What did you think?

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: Natori Feathers in Cocoa

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As I’ve written about several times now on TLA, finding nude lingerie to match your skintone can be a special challenge if you’re a woman of color. The default nude in the lingerie industry is best described as beige, leaving out a rather significant portion of the world’s population when it comes to finding undergarments suitable for wearing under white or sheer tops.

While some companies have tried to answer that need (notably MySkins Lingerie and Nubian Skin), I’m a firm believer in the notion of “more options is more better,” and though the Natori Feathers in Cocoa is only a fashion color (which means it will almost certainly be discontinued after this season), I also believe it can double as a beautiful nude shade for darker skintones.

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I’ve reviewed the Natori Feathers here on TLA before, and it is one of my favorite everyday bras. In fact, I’ve purchased at least one per season ever since that review…which is not something I do for every lingerie brand that crosses my path. To me, the Natori Feathers is that perfect blend of fit and fashion. Is it the most glamorous bra on the market? No, but it’s not supposed to be. It is, however, comfortable, versatile, and beautiful in its own way. It’s also reliable…because there’s nothing worse than falling in love with a style only for it to disappear the very next season.

The Natori Feathers Plunge Bra retails for $68.00. The coordinating knickers sell for $30. As a quick aside, I’m honestly a fan of the Feathers Girl Brief or Bliss Panties over the new Feathers Hipster style (they just fit better), so I’d try one of those if your proportions/preferences tend to frequently align with mine. However, those other two options aren’t available in the Cocoa color if you’re big on perfectly matching underwear. Just a heads up.

At any rate, this colorway is one I plan to pick up this season. I’ve seen it in person, officially fallen in love, and am looking forward to having another nude option to wear this season. In fact, I may even get two.

What do you think of the Natori Feathers and the Cocoa colorway? Have you tried this brand or style before?

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 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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