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Review: Timpa Duet Lace Demi Bra & Bikini

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Note: I purchased this bra with own money. Timpa and Journelle are unaffiliated with this review.

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A perennial favorite for smaller busted lingerie consumers, Timpa is a brand I’ve been wanting to try for awhile. I’ve heard a lot about their classic lace ‘Duet’ range, and almost all of the feedback has been positive. Though I don’t really identify as small-busted, I think there’s value in having access to reviews from this size range as it’s frequently underrepresented in the world of lingerie. As mentioned above, I ordered this bra from Journelle (i.e. it’s not a brand sample). I purchased the bra in size 36C (based on recommendations to go up a size) and the knickers in size Large.

Right off the bat, I was very happy with the quality. The lace is super soft. The back of the panties (which is satin) is soft. The material just feels good against the skin. In terms of other design details, I’d say the bra straps are on the thin side, and the band itself only has a single row of hook and eye closures. I especially appreciated that there was no bow on the panties; this is a decidedly frills-free bra set. While there’s a hint of floral design around the edge of the lace on both pieces, I don’t think I’d call either item especially femme.

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In terms of fit, I was glad I went up a bra size. Timpa isn’t available in D cup and up sizes (they’re small bust specialists remember), and if I’d gone with my usual size of 34C, I’d likely have felt the band was too tight and have been spilling out of the cups. As it was, the cups were very low cut, but they held my breasts in place. I’d say this bra is very shallow. If your breast shape is full on top or full all around, you will almost certainly get some spillage. As someone who has a more shallow shape, my breasts just sort of spilled into the cups; there was no gapping or cutting in, just a kind of pleasant cradling. I’d also be wary of this bra if you have softer breasts or prefer a lot of shaping. The stretchy lace and relatively unstructured cup don’t offer a lot of support on their own. This is a bra that would likely work best for firmer breasts.

For the knickers, the fit of the panties was very small. I could have easily used an XL or maybe even an XXL as the knickers I purchased felt like a S/M. They dug into my hips and thighs and were just was not comfortable. So unless you’re able to size up (for example, you usually purchase a S), I’d avoid the matching panties and just coordinate the bra with something else.

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Though this bra is available in C cups, I really think of Timpa as more of a an A and B cup brand. Their strength is in offering a beautiful, unpadded bra for smaller busts. I love that the Duet Lace bra is availble in up to 38 bands, and it’d be wonderful to see it in 40, 42, and 44 bands as the large back/small bust customer is woefully underserved. On a personal note, I kind of wish I’d bought this in black or beige. Timpa also makes this bra in a beautiful chocolate color, and I’m thinking of picking that up as an option for a nude bra. But like I said, it’s great to see a small bust specialist on the market who’s offering something different from padded, pushup, contour t-shirt bras.

A couple of last notes…the price point on this bra is sweet: around $36 full price and $20 on sale. The matching panties are around $25 full price and $15 on sale. Timpa offers this bra in a ton of colors, so there’s almost always one on sale or about to be on sale…which means you can get a very good bra set for less than $50. I’m also interested in trying their new mesh demi (I love mesh) in black. While I like to machine wash when I can get away with it, this is not a bra I would subject to the dryer. It’s so stretchy that drying would genuinely ruin it. I’m going to totally wash and dry those knickers though. They need more stretch.

Overall, I’m very happy with the Timpa Duet bra and I highly recommend it, provided you fit within their size range and fit specifications. The knickers, I’d avoid, at least if you’re larger than a size Small.

Have you tried Timpa? 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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Sale Lingerie of the Week: Secrets in Lace Flirt Babydoll

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Sometimes, you just want to go back to the basics with something plain, simple and fun. Despite their name, babydolls are an incredibly versatile item of lingerie. When I’m answering questions from readers who want something a bit more boudoir-friendly but that doesn’t seem too risque or inaccessible (especially when you’re new to lingerie), I often recommend flowing, floaty items like chemises, gowns, and babydolls. And of course, when it comes to lingerie materials, black mesh is one of my all-time favorites.

This Secrets in Lace Flirt Babydoll was originally $49. It’s now $34.30. Sizing is S-XL, with XL fitting bra sizes of approximately 38D and 40B/40C. There’s only the one color available in this style (black), but Secrets in Lace does offer other babydoll styles in pink, cream, or red if black isn’t your preference. The thong shown in the image above is also included.

What do you think of Secrets in Lace? Have you ever bought anything from them 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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Review: Miss Crofton Lingerie

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Today’s review, much like the actual lingerie, is short and sweet. If you only have a second to read this before you need to move on, let me just say I am very happy with this bra and panty set from Miss Crofton. In fact, I liked it much more than I thought I would. Let’s start by talking about the comfort level, which, as you know, is pretty important to me when it comes to my undergarments. This set, contrary to any dissenting suspicions or expectations, was incredibly comfortable. I’d even venture to say it was deceptively comfortable. I put it on and promptly forgot about it, which is the pinnacle for lingerie for me and very rarely achieved. And though I usually avoid both ruffles and floral prints, I found both of those qualities to be endearing when coming from Miss Crofton. I didn’t choose this set (the designer picked it for me), however, I’m quite pleased with her selection.

Miss Crofton’s strength as a brand is in the use gorgeous textiles. Their fabrics are, in a word, delightful. This is a label that plays with color, texture and print in equal measure, preferring to use simple silhouettes that really let the materials shine. I personally wish I had a camisole or chemise made out of the fabric above; it’d be perfect for laying around the house in. I also enjoyed details like the velvet ribbon bow on the panty and it’s color-coordinated deep scarlet gusset. This is a fun, vintage-inspired lingerie set that doesn’t tip into the realm of pinup. It retains a sense of whimsy.

A couple of other construction notes: as you can see, this is not a structured bralette. You’re not going to get a lot of support from this design and that’s okay. Support is not really the name of the game for this material or style. I honestly found it to be more supportive than I expected (keeping in mind that my bust is more or less self-supporting). The elastic trim around the top, bottom, and sides helped with keeping everything in place. The back uses a rather interesting closure (a loop of elastic slipped into a hooked fastener…I don’t know the name of it), and though it appeared flimsy, it stayed in place all day and through repeated wears. Aside from the elastic trim, the material itself was non-stretch (so there’s some “bagginess” in the cut) which was a bit of a surprise for me though not a problem.

All in all, I’d call this set a win. I’ve been a fan of Miss Crofton for awhile, and based on my experience here, I would definitely buy from the label. I love the idea of owning unique prints and patterns I won’t see elsewhere, and the brand’s aesthetic seems just as suitable for daily wear as it does for lounging.

What do you think of Miss Crofton Lingerie? Would you buy anything from this company?

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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A Quick Look at the New Intimate Britney Spears Lingerie Collection

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A couple of days ago, during New York Fashion Week, Britney Spears debuted her new lingerie collection, The Intimate Britney Spears. As is to be expected for a celebrity of her calibre, there was a lot of buzz about the launch; I’ve seen articles everywhere from the NYTimes to MTV. There’s also been a significant uptake by retail stores, mostly in Europe (more on that later), but a little in the US. Bare Necessities appears to have an online exclusive for much of the lingerie, and Classic Shapewear will carry at least some of the loungewear (I found this webpage for a pair of Britney Spears’ sweatpants though you can’t actually search for items). And wisely, The Intimate Britney Spears website is enabled for sales.

The Amaryllis Collection - My favorite of the debut "stories" or ranges, I thought the loungewear for this collection was very strong. The long nightdress in particular is an excellent piece. I wouldn't be surprised if this becomes continuity.

The Amaryllis Collection – My favorite of the debut “stories” or ranges, I thought the loungewear for this collection was very strong, and the use of lace is sure to appeal to the target customer demographic. The long nightdress in particular is an excellent piece (And I think the best piece of all from the entire debut collection), and I wouldn’t be surprised if this series becomes continuity.

Ambrosia Collection - I like the color story for this range (seafoam and pink), but the actual silhouettes are nothing to get excited over. This seams to be a case where Change pulled directly from patterns that were already working for them, and it shows.

The Ambrosia Collection - I like the color story for this range (seafoam and pink), but the actual silhouettes are nothing to get excited over. This seams to be a case where Change pulled directly from patterns that were already working for them, and it shows. In addition, with only two looks, this series should have been expanded or dropped.

I admit, this is not a brand I was interested in personally. Britney Spears is not a fashion icon of mine, and I have no special desire to model my look after her. However, professionally, as someone who watches and reports on lingerie news, I was very intrigued by the prospect of what would be on offer. And to be perfectly honest, I was hoping for something a little showgirl-y and dynamic. It goes without saying that celebrity collaborations in the lingerie world are nothing new. Jessica Simpson had her own lingerie line for a minute (though I haven’t seen it sold anywhere in ages). More recently, Agent Provocateur collaborated with Penelope and Monica Cruz for the L’Agent by AP line (which, despite their design claims, contains a number of reworked AP pieces), and Dita von Teese is working with Diamond Cut, International on her own range (which, after a rocky first season, has turned into a collection I genuinely love). Even before that, Elle Macpherson and Stella McCartney licensed their names to Bendon Group, and Bettie Page’s estate did the same for Secrets in Lace. So the concept of a celebrity adding visibility or cachet to a lingerie company is nothing new.

The Anemone Collection - This is my second favorite, and the one I like the most personally (as in, the range I'd be most likely to wear myself). But I love black lingerie, so that's to be expected. I especially like the knickers here, and I thought the bras were nice with the wireless triangle cup being a standout.

The Anemone Collection – This is my second favorite, and the one I like most on a personal level (as in, I’d wear it). However, I love black lingerie, so take that as you will. I’m especially a fan of the knickers here, and I thought the bras were pleasant enough, with the wireless triangle cup being the star. The lounge dresses, though, never really rise above the level of, “Oh, that’s nice.”

The Angelica Collection - Like the Ambrosia series, I enjoy the color story here (grey and pink should make an appearance more often in lingerie), however all the shapes just feel "done." I asked myself if I would care if Britney Spears' name wasn't attached to this...and the answer is no.

The Angelica Collection – Like the Ambrosia series, I enjoy the color story here (grey and pink should make an appearance more often in lingerie), however all the shapes just feel “done.” I asked myself if I would care if the Britney Spears name wasn’t attached to this, and the answer is no. Of the five looks, I’d say the first and last are the strongest, but neither of them is especially strong when compared outside of this particular brand.

In the case of The Intimate Britney Spears, this collaboration is happening through Change Lingerie, a Danish lingerie company founded in 1995 (which is why most of this new collection’s stockists are in Europe). The benefits of this collaboration are that The Intimate Britney Spears can lean upon Change Lingerie’s extensive manufacturing and industry connections, regarding both sizing and distribution. The downside, however, is that Change already has an established look and way of doing things…so one has to wonder just how creative, innovative, and “Britney-like” this new collection will be.

The Bergonia Collection - Another gorgeous color (I love deep, charcoal-y grays for winter), but again, the shapes fall flat. The center bra, a non-padded underwire, is all right, but I honestly think this entire range could have been edited out with no loss to the debut collection. The sense I get overall is that there was not enough editing done before release.

The Bergonia Collection – Another gorgeous color (I love deep, charcoal-y grays for winter), but again, the shapes are basic. The center bra, a non-padded underwire, is all right, but I wonder if this entire range could have been edited out with no loss to the debut collection. The sense I get overall is that there was not enough editing done before release; too many looks are included.

The Buttercup Collection - Another beautiful color (albeit a bit of an odd choice for Autum/Winter), this collection felt the most 'Britney-like' to me. I'm getting very 2001 "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" vibes here, and I'm going to assume that's intentional. The triangle wireless is definitely a standout. Sadly, those shorts in the first image appear to not be available for sale.

The Buttercup Collection – I know you’re tired of me saying, but this is a great color (albeit a bit of an odd choice for Autumn/Winter), this collection felt the most ‘Britney-like’ to me. I’m getting very 2001 “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” vibes here, and I’m going to assume that’s intentional. The triangle wireless is definitely a standout. Sadly, those shorts in the first image appear to not be available for sale, which is a shame because they’re great.

Sad to say, almost all of the looks fell flat for me. I didn’t see anything daring, interesting, or even mildly thought-provoking. It all felt like I’d seen it before. While, like many people, I’m glad the company is offering full bust sizes (up to a J cup), the garments I saw online are just…unimpressive. They’re not ugly; they’re just middle of the road and typical. This is lingerie for people that want to feel like they’re doing something different without actually doing something different. I think The Intimate Britney Spears would be right at home in your local JCPenney’s or K-Mart, and that’s not a dig against the brand. Rather, those are both very mainstream stores which would be perfectly suited for this kind of mainstream look. The price point is okay – around $50 or so for a bra and around $60 or so for a gown – but I feel like I can find pieces which are significantly more exciting for about the same amount of money. All in all, I’m underwhelmed.

The Clematis Collection - The second of two ranges that I really believe should have been edited out, I'm not sure what this series add to the overall debut. Like everything else here, it's "nice," but it also feels like something someone didn't want to get rid of...and that's not a good reason for keeping it in.

The Clematis Collection – The second of two ranges that I really believe should have been edited out, I’m not sure what this series add to the overall debut. Like everything else here, it’s “nice,” but it also feels like something someone didn’t want to get rid of…and that’s not a good reason for keeping it in.

The Jamberry (left 3) and Jasmine (right 3) Collections - These appear to be The Intimate Britney Spears' basics collection, and like most basics, there isn't anything much to say. They're all right, but I'm not sure who's buying Britney Spears lingerie to get a basic black or beige t-shirt. Using a celebrity to sell basics just doesn't make sense to me.

The Jamberry (left 3) and Jasmine (right 3) Collections – These appear to be The Intimate Britney Spears’ basics collection, and like most basics, there isn’t anything much to say. They’re all right, but I’m not also sure who’s buying Britney Spears lingerie to get a basic black or beige t-shirt. These should be folded into the regular Change collection, and The Intimate Britney Spears should focus on more fashion-oriented looks.

That said, I’m also optimistic. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I didn’t think Dita Von Teese’s first season was exceptional either, and I’ve gone on to become a staunch brand advocate. I hope the same happens for The Intimate Britney Spears. I am always excited to see new collections celebrity or otherwise, and I hope that Change takes more risks and experiments with more looks in the upcoming seasons. To me, it’d be a shame to use the Britney Spears name to sell the same old, same old, but that might also be the point. After all, would people be as excited about Change’s usual silhouettes without the celebrity name? I think not.

What do you think of The Intimate Britney Spears? Anything you like?

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: What Katie Did Gwendoline Merry Widow

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Earlier this year, What Katie Did gave TLA readers a special, exclusive sneak preview of their upcoming Merry Widow designs. In case you haven’t read that article, Katie, the proprietress of What Katie Did, purchased a vintage Warner’s Merrywidow from me and had her factory in India replicate it with updated materials.

Among other things, What Katie Did updated this classic garment with front hook-and-eye closures and an elastic waist tape (which is much more comfortable for modern women and lingerie lovers than the vintage, inelastic waist tape!). The white version of the merry widow debuted back in April, but I’ve been holding out for the black lace ‘Gwendoline’ version which is finally available now.

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I feel like anyone who knows me won’t be surprised by the fact that I prefer the black lace. I mean, the white mesh is all right. I certainly wouldn’t say no if it turned up in my lingerie drawer, but the thing that makes my heart beat a little faster is the black lace. There’s just something so seductive about it. It feels almost scandalous, naughty even, but in a very black-and-white-television-crime-drama kind of way (am I making any sense at all?). I also like the choice of panty. You can go with a skimpier, string style Brazilian bikini (not based on a vintage silhouette, but still awesome) or the retro full brief with garters and a shaping panel (shown just above). I honestly can’t decide which I like more.

The Merry Widow comes in sizes 32B thru 38D. The bikini panty is available in US sizes 4-12 while the brief panty ranges in size from US 6-14. There’s also a coordinating cone bra if that’s more your style (though bullet bras don’t work very well with my bustline). The Merry Widow retails for $150. The bikini panty is $45.50. And the brief panty is $89.50. I don’t know if these are seasonal or continuity pieces, but I’d err on the side of assuming they’re seasonal, which means they would eventually sell out.

What do you think of What Katie Did’s revived merrywidow? Does it have a place in your lingerie wardrobe?

Cora

Cora

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

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Lingerie Lust Objects: Yasmine Eslami Serena Bodysuit

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Y’all…I want this. I know it’s completely impractical, and that I’m basically paying for the lingerie equivalent of censor bars over my nipples, but I don’t care. I love it.

Yasmine Eslami is a name I feel like I’ve heard before, but that I never got around to checking out until recently. They’re a French label, based out of Paris, and they work with basic, simple silhouettes in bold colors. Their Serena collection, which is what this bodysuit is from, plays with the strikingly graphic contrast of black chiffon against transparent tulle. It’s a bit of a fakeout; you look like you’re wearing just a bralette and a skimpy pair of panties, but it’s really an all-in-one. For some reason, I adore that.

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Obviously, this is not a line with support at the front and center of their aesthetic. But if you have smaller breasts or self-supporting breasts or if you just don’t care (all perfectly valid options), it’s wonderful. I kind of want to pair this with a blazer and slacks (à la YSL’s ‘Le Smoking‘ Suit)…or at least the alternate reality high fashion version of me does.

Yasmine Eslami’s Serena Bodysuit retails for 160.00 EUR or $207 USD. Sizing is S, M, L with L fitting maximum waist-hip measurements of 29-39″. The brand’s bra size chart ends at a 36D, so I imagine that’s her cutoff for the bodysuit as well; the delicate tulle used here doesn’t look like it would offer a lot of support and shaping to a fuller bust. I don’t know of any lingerie bloggers that have reviewed the line, but the label’s been featured in Marie Claire, Vogue, Elle, Glamour, WWD, and on Garance Doré‘s website.

What do you think of this bodysuit? Is it something you would wear? Or have I finally gone off the lingerie addicted deep end?

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: DKNY Fishnet Thigh High Stockings

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Update: Between posting this item and checking it again, the thigh highs shown below have sold out! For a replacement item, I’d recommend taking a look at Pretty Polly’s Fishnet Mock Thigh High Tights. They’re not as cheap as the DKNY stockings below, but they are a great look for fall.

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We’re keeping things simple with this week’s Lingerie Sale Pick of the Week. Because what’s more classic and timeless than fishnet stockings?

I love hosiery in all its incarnations: stockings, thigh highs, tights…even socks! Some of it’s nostalgia (I did start off as a stockings blog, after all), but even more of it is versatility. There’s a lot of transformative power in legwear. Something as simple as changing your hosiery can give a completely new look to your outerwear. And unlike bras or chemises or robes, hosiery is (or can be, at least) incredibly inexpensive. Nothing else offers as many options for your dollar (or respectively unit of currency) as legwear. And though it’s rarely mentioned, thigh highs and stockings in particular (i.e. hosiery without the panties attached) are very good for women dealing with certain intimate issues like vestibulitis or chronic infections.

These DKNY thigh highs are currently on sale for $11.98, or 40% off the original price of $20.00, at Nordstrom.com. They’re available in two colors (black and beige) and two sizes (S/M and M/L). As with all our sale features, limited sizing and availability may apply.

Do you own many thigh highs in your lingerie wardrobe? And what do you think about the versatility of hosiery?

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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33 Lingerie Sales for the Week of 9/6/14

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Is your business running a lingerie sale? Send it to sales@thelingerieaddict.comNote: (Online only) Sales must be received by Friday at 12pm PST for inclusion in that week’s sales post. There is no charge for inclusion in the weekly sales post.

This is a listing of more recent sales. For a full list of lingerie sales, including newsletter discounts and permanent sale pages, click here.

General Sales:

Sample Sales:

    • Cosabella Intimates at Rue La La (ends 9/7)
    • Natori Intimates and Sleepwear at Rue La La (begins 9/8)
    • Eberjey Intimates and Sleepwear at MyHabit (ends 9/10)
    • $9 and up sleepwear, loungewear and more sale at MyHabit (ends 9/16)
    • $9 and up bras at MyHabit (ends 9/16)
    • $4 and up panties at MyHabit (ends 9/16)
    • Rene Rofe on HauteLook (ends 9/8)
    • Intimates sale at Zulily (ends 9/10)
    • Nursing bra sale at Zulily (ends 9/10)
    • Intimates sale at Ideel

Sales with Upcoming Expiration Dates:

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Cora

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Swimwear of the Week: Awkwardly Pretty

awkwardly pretty vicky w photographyI think this may be the last Swimwear of the Week feature for awhile. Yesterday, we had hail in my neck of the woods, and, in the Northern Hemisphere at least, the conversation is shifting to legwear and winter layering, as opposed to summer swimwear and lingerie that helps keep you cool.

I found out about Awkwardly Pretty on Instagram through vickywphoto. To be perfectly honest, this is a brand I’d never heard of before, and from what I can tell, they’re still very new. However, the one-piece swimsuit shown above and below was simply begging for a blog post. I admit to feeling a bit oversaturated on strappy details (even though they’re a much more frequent occurrence in lingerie), but the thing that made me fall in love with this swimsuit was the mirror matching. I mean, take a look:

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Awkwardly Pretty’s brand (much like DDSLL from last week) seems to be all about unique, one-off, one-of-a-kind pieces. I admit to being intrigued by the idea of building an intimate apparel or swimwear label off of this model, especially since there’s been a growing chasm between what people expect for their money and what lingerie manufacturers are able to provide. Though the swimsuit shown above has already been sold, the one below, featuring a bright floral print and similar strappy details, sells for only $50. That is an incredible price for a handmade, custom fit bathing suit. My mind is literally boggled. I can only assume the designer is trying to get a few sales under her belt before increasing the price to one that’s more fair and reflective of her labor.

Speaking of swimsuits, I don’t think Awkwardly Pretty’s Neon Blossom bikini (which is the name of the piece below) is anything to sneeze at. I like the combination of floral and animal print, and I dig the strap combinations happening just above the cups. There’s an element of playfulness with this swimsuit, a willingness to experiment and deviate from the norm that I think you only really find in young designers (as in recent arrivals to the lingerie world) and new brands. I would wear this, and I don’t usually have strong feelings about swimwear one way or another.

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One last thing…it’s not lingerie, but I just want to share a photo of this cool mesh and lace halter top. The rainbow lace action isn’t my thing, but I would love to see this in black with white lace or plum with black lace or emerald green with mint lace. I just really dig the concept.

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What do you think of Awkwardly Pretty? Do you see anything you’re interested in?

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: Kiss Me Deadly Cupless Vargas Dress

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I’ve been a fan of Kiss Me Deadly’s Vargas Dress for years. I own the very first incarnation, which was a factory accident in turquoise and white, and I’ve made a point of getting every single version of it since then. More than being shapewear (though the Vargas Dress is very effective at the shaping thing), I think it just looks amazing. This was one of my earliest luxury purchases, and I get a little sentimental when I think about the role this particular garment played in nurturing my budding lingerie addiction way back in 2008.

For reasons they’ve explained extensively on their own blog, KMD isn’t able to make the full complement of bra sizes (which is totally normal…almost no company makes all the bra sizes), and the Vargas Dress is no exception. Of course, that meant people outside the size range either had to purchase a suboptimal bra size or go without – neither of which is really an ideal solution.

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Well Catherine, the founder of Kiss Me Deadly, heard your feedback. And though making a a wider range of bra sized Vargas dresses wasn’t an option, she did the next best thing (or, for folks like me who already own the other version, the very best thing), and created a cupless Vargas.

The perks of this are obvious. You get all the awesomeness of the Vargas dress with the option to wear your own bra. And if you’re feeling kind of risqué, the option to wear no bra. And let me be perfectly honest: I’m feeling especially excited about that second braless option.

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The new cupless Vargas is available for pre-order now in black and and red. Arrival time is between the next 2-4 weeks so that’s looking around October-ish. Red is a limited edition colorway with only 300 available, but I think the black may become continuity. Since there’s no bra, sizing is S, M, L, and XL with XL fitting maximum hip-waist measurements of 35-45.” As is customary with Kiss Me Deadly, pre-orders also get a free gift as a thank you (and trust me when I say they’re awesome gifts!). The price is £69.00, which converts to around $114.00 USD.

What do you think of the new cupless Vargas? Is this something you would buy? And is anyone out there as obsessed with girdle dresses (corselettes) as I am?

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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