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Sale Lingerie of the Week: Playful Promises ‘Marsha’ Sequin Print Set

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It looks like Kiss Me Deadly isn’t the only person having a massive flash sale this week; Playful Promises is also unloading a ton of stock which means massive deals for lingerie addicts! I like the Playful Promises aesthetic because it’s fun and accessible while being just a bit flirty. They’ve always struck me as a very fun designer brand, especially if you’re just getting starting to get into more fashion-oriented lingerie. So if you’ve been wanting to give them a try, now’s the time.

While there were a lot of items I could’ve picked from the flash sale, the lingerie set that felt most “spring-like” to me was the Marsha Sequin Print Bra & Knicker. I wouldn’t go for sequins on my lingerie, but these almost look like an abstracted floral print. It doesn’t read “showgirl” or “Vegas.” In fact, the slightly retro style almost feels a bit 60’s era mod to me.

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All the items in this range are 50% off, and besides the bra, there’s also a choice of a high waist brief or hipster brief. The bra is available up to size 36DD, and the knickers up to size XL (UK 16/US 12). As with all sale items, you should assume sizes and quantities are limited, so it’s always best to buy sooner rather than later if you see something you like.

What are your thoughts on the Marsha set? And have you ever tried Playful Promises?

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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Top Picks from the Kiss Me Deadly Moving Sale!

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Kiss Me Deadly (aka: one of my most favorite lingerie brands in all the world) is having a massive moving sale at the moment with items up to 80% off. KMD doesn’t have very many sales (they’re a lot more likely to enclose free gifts instead), and they have never had a sale with this prices this low. Truth be told, they probably never will again, so if there’s a thing you’ve been wanting (or you’ve just been interested in experimenting with a new brand), I’d definitely give them a try. You can read about the reasons behind the sale on Catherine’s blog, but I’m going to jump straight into the lingerie.

P.S. Are you a Very Important Addict? Still got your KMD discount code? You can use it in conjunction with this sale! Not a VIA yet? Just sign up at the bottom of this post!

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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Through the Looking Glass: Shooting with Dana Kae Boudoir Photography

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One of the things that’s most interesting to me about having shoots with photographers (apart from getting to dress up in fancy outfits) is getting to see how other people see me. I have my own image of myself internally, of course, but no one else has access to that. Instead, the way other people see me is filtered through their own experiences, ideals, feelings and priorities. Sometimes, that’s a good thing as it allows for a deeper, almost intuitive, connection. And sometimes, that’s a less good thing as the mismatch between the internal and external is so extreme that it results in a gulf that can never be crossed. Fortunately, the latter circumstance does not apply in this case.

Dana of Dana Kae Boudoir reached out to me last year about doing a shoot together. I’m always looking for new people to work with (especially in Seattle!) and new images to share here, so I was delighted to accept. Dana and I were going for kind of a dreamy, “winter wonderland” feel here, with lots of pale colors, a little bit of sparkle, and tons of rich textures. We took advantage of a truly gorgeous Seattle morning, and hopefully took some images that show me in a slightly different light. As I mentioned recently, I don’t see myself the same way I used to, but then again…no one else does either.

If you happen to be in the Seattle-area, let me also say that I very much enjoyed working with Dana. As someone who’s not a model, a photographer that can help put me at ease is of paramount importance, and Dana does exactly that. Her and her entire team are just super positive and very laid back…which is exactly the kind of vibe you want when you’re posing in your undies.

As far as the lingerie I’m wearing, the first set is by La Fee Verte. The second set is by Karolina Laskowska (it actually has freshwater pearls sewn onto the lace!). The third set is by SJ Lingerie. The fourth set is by Dita Von Teese with stockings from Stockingirl. And the fifth set is a combination of a Layneau bedjacket and a pair of Miss Crofton knickers. Makeup is by Ashli Danielle.

What do you think of this image series? Do you have a favorite set or piece? And while we’re on the subject, have you ever done a boudoir photoshoot?

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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 Swimwear of the Week: Huit Cleopatra Plunge Swimsuit

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Now that it’s officially the first day of Spring, it seems like a good time to incorporate some weekly swim content back into TLA’s editorial calendar. Last year’s Swimwear of the Week features were super fun; I got to explore a side of the industry I hadn’t paid much attention to before, and hopefully, I connected at least a few of you with a killer swimsuit for the summer season.

I haven’t purchased a new bathing suit in ages, but I remember falling head over heels for Huit’s Cleopatra Plunge One-Piece when it came out. There’s just something very old-school glamorous about this design. As you can see, it’s an ultra-simple silhouette: black, halterneck, plunge. But the golden embroidery, and particularly that brooch-esque detail at the waist really set this piece off and turn it into something special.

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Now for the kicker: Huit’s Cleopatra story came out a couple of years ago, which means this swimsuit is basically sold out almost everywhere. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a re-release, but if you happen to be a size S, you can find this at Nancy Meyer right now for 40% off the original price of $125 (or $75). As always, sale items are usually in limited quantities, so I wouldn’t assume that there are a ton of these left over, but it would be so sweet if there’s been someone out there wanting this who can finally get it.

What are your thoughts on Huit? Have you tried this brand? And, if so, how was the fit?

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: Asceno by Beautiful Bottoms ‘Apia’ Romper

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One of my goals for this year is to feature more lingerie sets on TLA as they become available to buy. What I mean by that is, every season, we talk about upcoming trends and styles for market, and then, very often, those sets and ranges never appear on the blog again. Which means if there’s something you really loved, you may miss it. I want for there to be a stronger connection between market previews and actual features here on The Lingerie Addict this year. While the market is general is tending towards the boring, there are absolutely some standout pieces from several designers that deserve your support.

Last year, the company formerly known as Beautiful Bottoms undertook an extensive rebranding campaign into Asceno. I spoke informally with the designers about the name change last year, and they said Beautiful Bottoms was beginning to feel a little too restrictive; they had high hopes for the brand and the name was taking away from that. I admit to feeling apprehensive at first (changing your name after several seasons is a huge deal), but Asceno has grown on me, and I’m looking forward to this newer, more sophisticated direction for the brand.

Asceno’s prismatic “Apia” print was a definite highlight of the market season for me last year. There’s something just a little out there about this geometric, almost crystalline pattern, but the soft colors help keep it firmly in the realm of wearability. Blush and rose tones are beautiful for spring/summer, and I love how this delicate silk romper feels so seasonally appropriate without resorting to florals.

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There’s also a coordinating pajama set I quite fancy. While I’ve become a dedicated loungewear addict over the past few years, I have yet to acquire many pajamas (and I own exactly zero silk pajamas). This might be just the thing to splurge on for an upcoming anniversary.

What do you think of Asceno’s look? And do any of you own silk pajamas?

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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Age and Lingerie: Some Thoughts on Turning 30

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Let me start this post by getting the really obvious thing out of the way first: I am now closer to turning 31 than I am to my 30th birthday. My born day is July 1st, and while I am totally looking forward to it (birthdays are cool), it doesn’t have that same momentous sense of occasion that my 30th did. To be perfectly honest, I kind of psyched myself out when it came to writing this blog post. Back in August, when my 30th was recent and these photos by Andrew Thomas Clifton were taken, there was so much I wanted to talk about, not just in terms of the actual pictures (which I love), but also how it felt to change decades and be an “older” lingerie blogger.

I suppose I expected that being 30 would be very much like being 29, and, of course, in some ways it is, but I was surprised at just how much my sense of self and my personal identity shifted in the months following my birthday. There was a certain sensation of finality accompanying my new age, a feeling of permanently breaking ties with young adulthood and a realization that middle age (and all the stuff that comes after the middle) was actually really, really close. And then, mixed into all that, was a wholly unexpected and completely startling concern with my appearance. I vividly remember checking in the mirror for crow’s feet on the morning of my birthday, something I had literally never done before in my entire life.

I don’t mean to sound maudlin here. I like my age. As the saying goes, it’s better than the alternative. But I don’t want to be disingenuous either. I experienced a not insignificant amount of cognitive dissonance. Suddenly, I was preoccupied with “30 under 30″ lists, the shape of my breasts, and the question of if I should start wearing a bit of light makeup everyday. More than that, I wondered if my window of opportunity had closed. Both fashion and tech favor the young. Was I too late?

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I consider myself to be a reasonably self-aware person, and I definitely think of myself as a feminist (which obviously includes the notion that a woman’s value is not wrapped up in her age), but I still subconsciously assimilated a ton of societal messaging about aging.  And while all this internal reorganization was going on, I was newly reminded that counteracting the effects of culture is more than just warm fuzzies and positive feelings.

As I shifted states from “young woman” to just “woman,” my point of view shifted as well. I questioned what it means to “look good for your age” or why looking younger is automatically viewed as a compliment. I was newly apprehensive of the term “anti-aging,” and I found myself searching for the ages of women in the magazine articles I read, looking specifically for those who’d achieved success later in life. I thought about what I wanted my life to look like in the next five years, knowing that they were going to go by faster than they ever had before. And I felt a sudden urgency to get things done. To stop holding back. To stop waiting for approval. To stop wasting time on dead ends and energy sinks. And then, just as suddenly as all those thoughts flared to life, they faded to the background. My brain had adjusted. I’d settled into this new stage.

I can’t say I’ve cracked the “how to get older without feeling weird” code, but I feel genuinely excited about my 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond. I feel like I’m turning into the person I’ve always wanted to become. And despite last year’s tiny hiccup, I’ve truly never loved my body and myself more. I’m softer now than I’ve ever been. And I’m almost certain my breasts aren’t the same shape they were a decade ago. I imagine I’ll see a gray hair soon, and I’m sure tiny laugh and smile lines with follow. But that’s all okay. It’s more than okay, in fact. I feel a renewed sense of purpose, of clarity, of direction, and amidst it all, this deep, underlying sense of contentment that I didn’t have a decade ago. I feel grounded, and I feel ready. And I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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Oh! I suppose I should spend a few sentences talking about the lingerie and the shoot as well (that is the point of TLA, after all). The photos you see here were my first time working with Andrew Thomas Clifton, and he was absolutely amazing We did all three sets at a house in Brooklyn, and these are some of my most favorite photos I’ve ever taken. I’m not perfectly toned, and my stomach’s soft, and my thighs jiggle some, but, like I said, that’s all okay. When I see these pictures, I see someone who looks strong and powerful, in control and confident. And those are all things I aspire to be everyday.

The black bra and panty set in the first photo series is by Dita von Teese and is accompanied by a robe from Cosabella, both purchased by myself. The peacock bodysuit in the second photo series is by Kiss Me Quick, and was given as a gift by the designer. The lace bra and panty set in the third photo series is also by Kiss Me Quick, and the lace pants are by KissKill; all three pieces are gifts from the respective designers.

I feel like this blog post was a bit of a deviation from our usual (I also feel like I used the word “feel” a lot), but I’ve been thinking about this stuff for awhile, and since lingerie definitely overlaps with body positivity and one’s view of self, I wanted to share it here. I’m wondering how some of you feel (or have felt) about growing older. Were there any surprises? Lessons learned? And since TLA’s audience spans all ages, what advice would you have for younger lingerie addicts? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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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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Lingerie Review: Fifi Chachnil Retro Sheer Bra

Note: I purchased this bra with my own money. Neither Fifi Chachnil nor Jane’s Vanity are affiliated with this review. Photos below NSFW.

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I know I say this a lot, but I kind of write with the assumption that new people are finding me all the time, so I’ll say it again: I love black mesh. It’s my fave lingerie material. I can’t get enough of it. And even when I dally with other fabrics (black bamboo, black lace, black silk), I always come back to my sheer black synthetics. Something about black mesh just feels like home to me. I don’t think of myself has having an especially well-developed personal style, but if I had to choose something to represent my fashion sense, it’d be a simple black mesh bra and panty set. Always.

This Fifi Chachnil bra is actually a couple of years old. I bought it for my honeymoon, wore it a few times, and then more or less forgot about it. But after a recent move, I rediscovered the Retro Sheer bra (oh my goodness…I made so many lingerie rediscoveries while moving) and started wearing it again. Then I thought it might be a good idea to share some of my impressions here on TLA.

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First of all, for those who don’t know, Fifi Chachnil is a luxury French brand with stores in Paris and London. I’ve admired their aesthetic for years (I’m almost certain I first learned about the label through Faire Frou Frou), and I was ecstatic to add them to my wedding trosseau. Even now, though I don’t wear the bra all that much (at least not compared to the pieces in my regular rotation), I have a lot of pleasant memories attached to it, as is appropriate for an item bought to commemorate a special occasion.

I purchased this bra in a French size 90C which works out to a 34C US, my usual preferred size. I did not buy the matching knickers; they were cute, but I’m super wary of things not fitting my butt, so I opted to match the bra with a mesh pair I already owned. The bra is made in France, 100% nylon, and a rather traditional cut-and-sewn (as implied by the retro title). There’s a bit of sideboning on the wing, and the straps are relatively unfussy elastic. Apart from the bow on the front, there’s not really any frills to this piece.

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The mesh is incredibly soft. The wings and gore are stretch mesh while the cups themselves are nonstretch (as to be expected). There aren’t really any special touches on the inside or outside of this bra. What you see in the photo is basically what you get.

In terms of fit, I would not say this bra fit me very well, which is likely why I forgot about it. I love the look of it, but the gore refuses to tack and the underwires sit directly on top of my breast tissue, particularly on the outside edges of the bra. It feels almost like the boning channels on the side are meant to replace the inadequacies of the cup; they’re placed close to where I’d expect the end of the wire to be. I don’t see myself as a very hard person to fit or even someone who’s terribly concerned with a perfect fit, but this bra was decidedly uncomfortable. After each wear, my breasts were sore, and that, combined with the loose fabric at the top of the cups (a consequence of my having a shallower breast profile), means this is a no-go for me except perhaps in the case of boudoir photoshoots and the like.

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This is the first Fifi Chachnil bra I’ve ever seen in person or tried, so there are no generalizations to be made here about the fit or quality of the entire brand. I’d love to stop by their shop when I’m in London and perhaps try something else (like the babyloo), but I don’t feel quite confident enough to order online again. It’s a bit like my review of Empreinte. I’m glad I tried it (and that I talked about it here), but it may be a little while before I buy another.

Any other lingerie addicts tried Fifi Chachnil? 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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What Would Claire Underwood Wear?: House of Cards Inspired Lingerie

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Yes, I know this is from Season 2, but I really like this image.

I know…this is from Season 2, but I really like this image.

Like many people, I spent the first few days of March binge-watching House of Cards on Netflix, and while I won’t share my thoughts on this new season (just in case someone reading this hasn’t watched yet), I feel like I agree with almost everyone when I say that I love Claire Underwood’s style. The character’s clothing is absolutely a window into her personality; there’s this minimalist, understated elegance to the way she dresses that is cool, intimidating, and practical all at once. Think clean, sculptural lines, restrained refinement, and luxury without ostentatiousness.  I wish I owned her entire wardrobe (and most especially the dresses), but as you’ve no doubt guessed, I’m using this blog post to focus on the lingerie. Very often, when I’m watching TV or a movie or even reading a book, I put together a lingerie wardrobe for the main female characters in my mind. Though a lot of attention is paid to what’s shown on the outside (and rightfully so), I like to think of how a character’s intimate apparel choices might also reflect or accentuate their personality. If Claire Underwood was a real person, what in the world would she be wearing under her gorgeous clothes?

After watching (and rewatching) this season, I’ve come to believe that Claire Underwood would wear a lot of luxurious fabrics, namely silk and cashmere, but also high-end tulles, cottons, and microfibers. The color palette would almost always tend towards neutral tones, like gray, camel, cream, and black. There’d be very little lace, bows, or embellishments in her lingerie wardrobe, and bright colors, pastel shades, jewel tones, and prints would all be out of the question. In fact, I think of Claire Underwood as the sort of person who’d have her assistant cut the bows off her bras before she wears them. While Ms. Underwood’s lingerie drawer would primarily consist of luxury items that were also invisible, I don’t see Claire’s character as the sort of woman who’d wear a designer label just for the sake of wearing a designer label. She has no interest in trends, and a flashy PR strategy (or worse yet, a celebrity endorsement) would be an immediate turnoff.

Hidden sophistication, a kind of grace in invisibility, and understated luxury is the name of the game. With that in mind, here are the undergarments I imagine making an appearance in Claire Underwood’s lingerie wardrobe.

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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: Else Lingerie Petunia Bodysuit

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Continuing today’s mini-theme of things I loved at lingerie market and one-pieces I wanted to feature Else Lingerie’s brand new Petunia Bodysuit. I’ll talk more about Else Lingerie when I share my Curve roundup for this season, but put simply, I don’t understand why this brand isn’t more popular. Every season, I see things that would be perfect in a department store (Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Saks, etc.), and every season, all the major buyers seem so skip out on this label. Obviously, I’m not privy to all the details that go into negotiating these kinds of deals, but Else Lingerie strikes me as that perfect mix of accessible and fashion-forward. You won’t get anything that’s too editorial from this brand, but you will get stuff that’s fun and unique and wearable. I don’t know. It’s a mystery.

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Anyway, I’m seeing quite a few mixed media patchwork styles this season (is this possibly the beginnings of a new lingerie trend? hmmm…), and I think Else Lingerie’s Petunia Bodysuit is a marvelous combination of lace and mesh. Again, going back to that fashion-forward yet wearable thing; this piece is on-trend, but it’s not so far out there as to be intimidating. I imagine my more stylish readers could do awesome things with this as part of an ultra-fashionable spring/summer ensemble, but I just kind of want to wear it as-is. Hair pulled back in a bun, fuzzy knee high socks, maybe a flannel shirt thrown over on top. I don’t know; in my head, that just feels effortlessly cool.

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The Petunia bodysuit is available in sizes XS thru L. I’m not confident of the brand’s size chart (couldn’t find one on the website), so it may be worth getting in touch directly if you’re interested in purchasing. The price point is $156, and the bodysuit is made of nylon and elastane. You can currently buy it directly from Else Lingerie as well as from Anthropologie.

Do you have any thoughts on this bodysuit? And do you think patchwork style lingerie (I feel like there has to be another name besides that one?) is an upcoming trend?

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: Mimi Holliday Chocolate Chip Bodysuit

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One of the major perks of attending Curve for me is seeing what makes it into stores 6 months later. I love playing my own little guessing game of what boutiques will pick up what, what will be popular/sell out, and what will appear in all the editorials and fashion magazines after market. It’s a lot of fun to see how my tastes and predictions match up with those of the larger lingerie industry. Sometimes I’m way off the mark (usually when it comes to independent designers that I really believe should be more popular), but sometimes I’m spot on…like with Mimi Holliday’s Chocolate Chip Bodysuit which wound up appearing everywhere.

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Bodysuits are a bit of a tricky fit. I don’t really own any (mostly because I have a big butt), but when I see an item like this, I’m tempted to give them yet another try.  This would be great as a layering piece under a sheer blouse, especially if your skintone happens to match the toffee-colored tulle (mine wouldn’t, which is another concern…sometimes shades of beige wind up looking a bit ashy on me) or fun just to wear for a boudoir photoshoot. Regardless, I’m a big fan of experimenting with luxury lingerie once it goes on sale, and if you’ve been wondering about the fit and quality of Mimi Holliday, I think this would be a cool piece to experiment with.

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As with all our sale features, sizes and quantities tend to be limited. On ASOS, where the photos for this blog post are pulled from, sizes S-L are still available (approximately a US 4-8, which is yet another reason why I wouldn’t experiment with this) for $78, and on Figleaves, where this bodysuit is a rock bottom $33, size Medium is still available. There are a few other US-based retailers that have it in stock (Dollhouse Bettie, Sylene, Petite Coquette), but it’s still full price in all of those places; so I’d check a UK-based shop first, and bookmark those other boutiques for later (especially if you happen to catch this post a month or two after it’s been published).

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I know the lingerie blogosphere in general tends to be a big fan of Mimi Holliday, but have any TLA readers tried the brand? If so, what did you think? And what are your feelings on bodysuits generally speaking? Does anyone else besides me find them to be a tricky fit?

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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