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Lingerie Review: Cadolle Retro Dot Bra

Note: I purchased this lingerie myself. Cadolle and Jane’s Vanity are unaffiliated with this review.

Editor’s Note: The below photos may be NSFW.

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Like the Marie Jo ‘Catherine’ bra set I reviewed several weeks ago, my Cadolle Retro Dot Bra was another honeymoon lingerie purchase. I’d spotted this bra at Jane’s Vanity ages before my wedding day, and I remember being so worried that it would sell out before I had enough money to commit (fortunately, as you can see, it was not). Though the Cadolle brand is over a century old, it’s still big name within the luxury lingerie world. As a matter of fact, the company’s founder, Herminie Cadolle, is also credited with inventing the first bra way back in 1889 and calling it a “corselet gorge.”

In the interests of full disclosure, my experiences with Cadolle have not always been positive. Even in the years since that article was written (and as my knowledge of the lingerie world has grown), I’ve found myself wondering if the Cadolle name is perhaps overrated. The company’s corsets, for example, are wildly popular among the high-end lingerie set, but have always left me feeling underwhelmed (both in terms of construction and design). I know that’s not entirely Cadolle’s fault; no one could call me a “typical” lingerie consumer, after all. But when I ran across this vintage-style bullet bra and fell in love, I saw it as an opportunity to not only treat myself but also see what all the fuss was about (and, of course, share my impressions with my readers!).

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I purchased this bra in a French size 95, which, according to Jane’s Vanity, corresponds to a US 36 B/C. Quite unusually, this bra is sized by the band only (a nod back to its historic roots, perhaps?), so I’d definitely recommend getting sizing confirmation from whatever retailer you choose to buy from. I did not purchase the matching thong, so this review is for the bra only.

A few other notes: the Cadolle Retro Dot is made in France, which is both interesting and unusual since so much bra production has moved to Asia now. The band and wings are constructed from a firm powermesh, as is the lower portion of the gore (those two inverted “v’s” between the cups you can see in the photo below). The cups are a four-part construction – one part on top and three parts on the bottom – in a rather unique design you don’t see anywhere else. The cups are made of double-layered non-stretch tulle, with the first layer containing the fashionable dot motif.

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Because this is a luxury brand, certain luxurious touches, both visible and hidden, are to be expected. Most obvious is the ribbon trim along the top of the cups and the shoulder straps , which reminds of the ribbon trim that used to decorate historical corsets. However, the side boning channels and the underside of the straps also have a luxe touche – a lining of supersoft plush velvet. In addition, the inside of the band’s hook and eye closure is lined with satin  The underwires themselves are also encased in what feels like flannel and are wonderfully soft against the skin.

Oddly enough, these other materials are not included in the fabric composition tag on the bra, which only reports 92% polyamide/8% spandex as the fabrics. I wish I knew what the velvet, satin, and flannel material was made from as I doubt very seriously that it’s all nylon and elastane. At any rate, those little touches are what convey a truly luxurious experience. No one else will see the velvet or the satin or the flannel (they weren’t even mentioned in product descriptions of the bra I ran across), but the wearer will know, and they absolutely change the way the bra feels.

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As far as fit, I found this bra to be surprisingly comfortable. Because of my shallow shape, I can’t fill out most bullet bras, yet my breast tissue perfectly fills the cups of this Cadolle piece. The gore does not tack, but the bra doesn’t shift around. I’d describe the band as a tad snug, not uncomfortably so, but keep in mind that I also sister-sized up. Despite the tulle and velvet and satin, there’s something very industrial about this piece. It’s made like it’s meant to stand up to few wearings. Oddly enough (and quite against expectations), I don’t feel like this bra made my breasts look pointy under clothing. It is undeniably bullet shaped in the cup, but I didn’t feel anachronistic while wearing it. At this point, I’ve adopted the Retro Dot as a daily wear bra under my sweaters and sweatshirts; I wouldn’t say it’s in my regular rotation, but it is definitely comfortable enough to wear all day long.

At $249, the Cadolle Retro Dot was undeniably a special occasion purchase for me. I doubt I’d have picked it up at full price without the impetus of my wedding. The size range is undeniably narrow, and this is not a bra that will work for all sizes and shapes (to be perfectly frank, I don’t get the impression that Cadolle has any interest in serving anyone outside of their traditional target market). And while I’d be open to picking up another varation of this bra (there’s a 100% sheer tulle version as a well as another incarnation with sequins sewed between the fabric layers), I don’t think I’d spring for it at full price again. That’s not a commentary on the bra itself. For those with the budget, there’s nothing wrong with buying it at full price. Yet every time I’ve worn this bra, I’ve simply thought it was “nice.” And it is an objectively nice bra. It’s beautifully made, thoughtfully designed, and comes from a lingerie house with serious cachet. But at the end of the day, I want a bit more than nice. I want a bra I feel excited wearing, and I don’t think this delivers.

Have you purchased anything from Cadolle before? What did you think of it? And if you haven’t, would you give this brand a try?

Cora

Cora

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

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Sale Lingerie of the Week: Rose Ver’shel Abbey Playsuit

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Though it’s not even close to summer in Seattle anymore, I know the other side of the world is about to enter the hottest part of the year. More and more of my readers are coming from Australia (hello there, lovely people!), so I thought it might be fun to post a bit of warm weather loungewear. Please, enjoy the sunshine on my behalf!

Today’s featured company, Rose Ver’shel, is not a brand I’ve tried before. Yet when I ran across this UK label’s work on Pinterest, I felt compelled to bookmark it. I truly love discovering new designers. There’s something so exciting and refreshing about seeing a designer’s first works and getting to know their point of view.

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Usually, I’m not a fan of items like teddies and rompers. The fit tends to just a little too wonky for me, personally. But I do like to imagine myself in this ‘Abbey’ jersey playsuit. It’s the sort of thing that seems perfect for lounging in my imaginary picture window, facing my lushly verdant backyard, legs covered in a crocheted throw, glass of white wine in my hand. Yes, I daydream of backyards and afghans nowadays.

Anyway, this piece is currently on sale for £16.00 (approximately $25), a near 65% reduction from its original price of  £45.00 (approximately $70 USD). I feel like that’s inexpensive enough for an experiment, yes? Sizing runs S-L, fitting maximum US sizes of 12-14 according to the size chart.

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If neutrals like gray and white aren’t your thing, you may also want to take a look at Rose Ver’shel’s “Tommy” teddy. I am loving the vibrant fuschia color and the soft chiffon trim. This piece is also on sale for £22.00 (approximately $34.50), down from an original price of £47.00 (approximately $73.60).

Now that you’ve been introduced, what are your thoughts on Rose Ver’shel? Is this a brand you’d be willing to try?

Cora

Cora

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

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Lingerie Review: Fever Hosiery Bondage Print Tights

Disclosure: I received these tights free of charge. All opinions are my own.

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One side effect of talking about lingerie all the time is that it’s turned me into a bit of a lingerie snob. I don’t say that as a point of pride or anything; it’s just more of a statement about how I view intimate apparel. When you spend so much of your day looking at bras and panties and chemises and robes, etc. etc. , you start to notice some pretty obvious correlations between price and quality. And I know for a fact that my idea of what constitutes a “reasonable” price for something like a corset or a pair of stockings has been completely skewed, perhaps irreversibly, through writing TLA.

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However, one unfortunate consequence of snobbery is that you sometimes miss out on those less expensive gems. You know…those products that are beautiful and durable and affordable for most every budget. There aren’t many brands out there like that, but I think Fever Hosiery is one.

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I was given a pair of the Bondage Tights to try at the last Las Vegas Lingerie Show I attended a couple of years ago. It took me awhile to put them on (I have so many tights, I’m almost ashamed), but when I did, I was genuinely surprised. These tights felt like something from one of the more high-end expensive hosiery brands (the ones that begin with letters like F and W and G).

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Not only were these tights super comfortable, they look amazing on the leg. Even more surprising, these are a one-size-fits-all style (something I usually avoid like the metaphorical plague), but Fever Hosiery’s tights had plenty of room. Based on the level of stretch on my body, I’d venture to say these can accommodate up to a US 12/14 (I’m a US 10).

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Unfortunately, Fever’s website doesn’t sell direct to consumers (you can’t even view their other hosiery options on the site). Though Amazon appears to sell a few Halloween-appropriate styles, it’s really hard to find any retailers at all who stock them…much less retailers I trust enough to send my readers to. Which, to be honest, is a bit of shame. I know there’s a lot of pushback from stores against brands who sell directly to consumers (something about unfair competition), but it doesn’t seem to help anyone when there’s a product I want to buy that I can’t because no one carries it.

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I would have loved to try these Fever Hosiery Leopard Print Tights next.

Anyway, if you happen to run across Fever hosiery in a store near you in style you like, I recommend trying them out. You may be as pleasantly surprised as I was.

What do you think of Fever Hosiery’s bondage tights? Is this a brand you’d give a shot?

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: Blush Lingerie ‘Lara’ Lounge Set

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As I sit here writing this, it’s exactly 1 degree Fahrenheit above freezing. And even though it’s nowhere near officially winter yet (that’s still over a month away for those wondering), I still find myself already wishing for warmer weather. I can’t help it. Cold weather – particularly Seattle’s version – just seems to drain me.

One upside to the cooler weather, however, is all the super soft and cozy loungewear you get to wear around the house. Lately, I’ve discovered the wonder that is a fleece robe, and I’ve rediscovered, after decades away, the amazing-ness that is a set of long pajamas. When it’s chilly outside, the body craves comfort, and what’s more comfortable than being wrapped in a pile of plush, cushy fabric?

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All of that is why I’m obsessed with Blush Lingerie’s ‘Lara’ Lounge Set. Blush Lingerie is a brand that’s known for inexpensive, yet beautiful, intimates, and I can definitely see myself getting $88 worth of wear out of these pieces for the next few months.

The Lara Lounge Set is available in sizes XS thru XL, with XL fitting a maximum 16-18 US dress size. These pieces are sold as a set (so you can’t purchase them separately), and come in three colors: latte, coral spice, and cinder. Personally, I’m having a hard time choosing between latte and cinder, but I’m leaning more towards the latte right now. Oh, and the jacket comes with a hood…for a little extra coziness.

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I don’t know about you, but this is exactly the kind of lingerie I’m looking for this time of year. Consider it added to the official TLA Wishlist.

What do you think of Blush Lingerie’s Lara Lounge Set? Would you wear something like this?

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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20 Fashionable Tights to Wear This Winter

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It’s genuinely chilly outside now (at least if you live in the Northern Hemisphere), and as much as I’m loathe to do so, it’s time to officially and finally switch over to my winter wardrobe. Goodbye t-shirts and tank tops (at least as anything other than layering pieces). Hello thermals and flannels.

The move towards warmer garments includes legwear, of course, and as you’ve probably guessed from the title, we’re focusing on tights. Not only are tights wonderful for keeping your legs nice and warm (particularly if you prefer to wear skirts and dresses), they’re also perfect for layering up under pants, jeans, or leggings. And since we are a fashion-focused lingerie blog, tights are awesome for changing your outfit up quickly, especially if you tend to wear a lot of the same style or color.

Now for a bit of bad news. Though our tights roundup is annual feature here on TLA, I confess to feeling a little underwhelmed by most of what’s out there this season. Creative, exciting tights experienced a resurgence a few years back, but now there’s a rather concentrated focus on the basics: plain pantyhose in shades of nude and black. I wonder if the global obsession with royal wardrobes has something to do with it, but regardless of the reason, I’d say the legwear market overall is markedly more conservative this year. That said, there are a few gems scattered about, and I’ve tried to bring them all together here. As always, there’s something for every budget…from under $10 to over $100.

What are your favorite brands for legwear and hosiery? Anyone you feel I should know about?

Berkshire Zebra Stripe Tights - $12.00 (available in plus sizes)

Berkshire Zebra Stripe Tights – $12.00 (available in plus sizes)

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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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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