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Lingerie Review: DW Danielle Wood Velvet Bralette and High Waisted Panty

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

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DW Danielle Wood is an indie label we first talked about on TLA back in 2013. I remember being intrigued by their rustic, log-cabin, Pacific Northwest aesthetic. To me, this felt like the kind of lingerie you’d wear while camping amongst the redwoods on a foggy, chilly (but not cold) weekend. In an industry that often seems to swing between the extremes of super sexy and boringly basic, DW Danielle Wood offers an alternative approach to lingerie. Items like seamed longline bralettes and high-waisted briefs are obviously vintage-inspired, but there’s also something very grunge/underground/1990’s about this look. And I dig that vibe, if for no other reason than that it’s unusual and unique.

I was sent the Velvet Bralette in size Medium and the Velvet High Waist Panty in size Large. I’m a size 8/10 US, and according DW Danielle Wood’s size chart, Medium fits dress sizes 6/8 and Large fits dress sizes 10/12. I believe the colorway of this set is called Rust, and the velvet fabric is also available in 8 other colors: red, gold, green, navy, plum, pink, black, and white. The bralette has no underwires or hook-and-eye closures (it’s meant to slip over the head), and the panty is an old-school brief style with a full coverage back (the kind that almost starts to resemble a boyshort or hotpant).

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Apart from a few robes, this was my first velvet lingerie set. I don’t know the fiber makeup of these pieces (there was no fabric label on either the bralette or the brief, which is something I dislike), but I’d venture to say these are synthetic materials. The outer velvet facing is relatively soft to the touch (though, of course, not as plush as say, a silk velvet), and the inside felt like polyester or nylon and had about the same amount (i.e. lack of) breathability. The panty has a cotton gusset, but there is no other lining, cotton or otherwise, on the inside of the lingerie (though the bra straps are velvet on both sides). The lack of a lining becomes an issue for the bralette, especially as the day wears on, since the exposed, raised seams are right against the skin and can be itchy and irritating (particularly when combined with the stickiness that can come from wearing fabrics that don’t breathe).

In terms of fit, both pieces are very stretchy with lots of give. I think either item could likely accommodate someone about a size larger than what’s given in the size chart, and both pieces have a kind of ease to them that I believe is perfectly suitable and appropriate for this style. The bralette in particular is more of a lounging piece, and is not meant to give support. The “cups” are more or less decorative features and don’t really hold or otherwise constrain the breasts. As it’s made of velvet, this set can be a bit bulky under clothing; I’d say it works under loose blouse and skirts though of course the bralette can also double as a crop top for outerwear. Also, I think these pieces could work well as more gender neutral lingerie. Finally, this set is warm. Velvet really keeps the heat in.

Overall, I’d say these pieces are best-suited for late autumn/early spring lounging around the house. I found them both to be very comfortable, but I believe the bralette could be improved with an interior lining of some kind or at least seams that are somehow covered or flattened. I don’t think of my skin as especially prone to irritation, but those seams were absolutely an issue after a few hours of wear. And while DW Danielle Wood’s velvet bra set doesn’t necessarily match up with my personal aesthetic, I do like the fact that quirky options like this are available, and I’d like to see the designer push a bit further in this direction, with perhaps a few additional details that add to the comfort and overall wearability of these pieces.

What do you think of velvet lingerie? And have any of you tried DW Danielle Wood before?

Cora

Cora

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

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Lingerie I Wish I’d Bought: Early 2015 Edition

It’s time for another installment of “Lingerie I Wish I’d Bought.” This infrequent feature is exactly what what it says on the title… me sharing the items that escaped my grasp. Why? Because misery loves company. So let’s all commiserate about the beauty we’ve missed out on again together.

Amoralle ‘Lilac of Luck’ Robe

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This robe is the stuff of lingerie dreams. I mean, look at it. Voluminous satin sleeves. A transparent mesh covered open back. The perfect shade of  vintage pale blush. Beautiful gold lace trim (which you can view here). I don’t really believe in waxing poetic about any historical era, but this looks like the kind of robe someone would have had in their bridal trousseau of Downton Abbey. There’s a lushness and a richness here, a kind of gratuitous opulence and extravagance, that’s rarely seen in lingerie nowdays.

 

Boudoir by D’Lish Sheer Leopard Dressing Gown

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I hate to be redundant, but just in case we’ve got some new readers, it should be said – I love leopard print. I mean, I really, truly, deeply love it. I’ve heard some people think leopard print is “trashy,” but those people aren’t my friends because how could any decent human being hate leopard print? Catherine D’Lish (yes, the burlesque icon) makes some of the most gorgeous boudoir dressing gowns in existence. These airy chiffon confections make me want to rent a mansion on the heath just so I can swan about on a velvet-covered staircase somewhere.

 

Betty Blue’s Loungerie ‘The Betty’ Robe

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While we’re on the subject of robes, why not make it a trifecta? And yes, it is another leopard print robe because leopard print is awesome. While this piece was officially inspired by Bettie Page, I like to think of it as the sort of thing Eartha Kitt (i.e. the personification of glamour) would have worn. Right now, I’m all about a poofy sleeve and yards and yards of gorgeous fabric, and this robe fills both desires.

 

Toad Lillie ‘Sway With Me’ Bra Set

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Moving away from robes (and leopard print) for now, let’s go way, way back to Toad Lillie’s beautiful creations. As many of you know, Laurie Shapiro, the designer behind Toad Lillie now writes for TLA (she handles our lookbook features every Monday and Friday, and the blog is better for it), but before that, she ran her own luxury label named Toad Lillie. There’s a lot of stuff I wish I’d bought when Toad Lillie was in business, but the pieces I most covet now are the Sway With Me bra and panty. Beautiful silk in a beautiful color with beautiful detailing. What’s not to love?

 

Jolie Mômes ‘Pretty’ Silk Velvet Robe

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Back to robes! (Yeah, you thought I was done with robes, didn’t you? Nope.) While I am definitely not the sort of person to get all worked up over French Lingerie, this silk velvet robe manages to be so chic and so hip at the same time that I am genuinely envious of anyone who managed to pick one up. Jolie Mômes does wonderful lingerie just in general, but this is the kind of robe that I think could transfer instant ‘cool girl’ status…even to the terminally uncool, like me. And if not? Well, I’m wearing silk velvet. Life is good.

 

Honorable Mention: Oroblu Antea Tights

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Tights are the sort of thing I’m loathe to buy more of. I already own so many – more than I could ever wear, really. So buying more just seems unnecessarily wasteful (and yes, I’m aware of the irony of being a lingerie addict talking about owning too much of something). But when I find myself still thinking about a thing months later, that’s when I know I should have gotten it… and these tights are the perfect example of that.

Is there anything on your “I wish I’d bought that” list, either from last year or before? Let’s share our woes in the comments.

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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7 Lingerie Blogs You Should Read in 2015

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Several years ago, I was convinced that lingerie blogging was about to turn a corner. There were more new blogs than ever before writing about lingerie, and lingerie bloggers themselves seemed to be getting more recognition and involvement from both brands and boutiques. It’s been a dream of mine for lingerie blogging to have the same level of cachet and participation as “regular” fashion blogging, and I truly believed that our moment was on its way back in 2012 and 2013.

Well, now that it’s 2015, I have to admit my hunches were wrong. Most of the lingerie blogs started during that time period have since gone quiet, and while there are a few online communities dedicated to lingerie, it’s starting to seem that the niche of intimate apparel will remain just that – a very specialized niche with a relatively small number of dedicated writers.

While I understand why that’s the case (there’s so much social stigma attached to lingerie, especially in the U.S., and let’s face it – sometimes regular life just gets in the way of blogging), I can’t help but feel a bit sad about it. There’s so much misinformation about lingerie out there, and so few reliable resources to turn to. The field of intimate apparel is growing rapidly, but critical, insightful coverage of the industry is not growing with it. This mismatch affects everyone, but I believe it most especially disadvantages consumers. If the only stories out there about lingerie are identical fluff press pieces, how do you sort the good from the bad, the wheat from the chaff? And that’s not even getting into the fact that most lingerie companies aren’t on the PR merry-go-round in the first place (which increases the likelihood of never hearing about them).

But it’s not all depressing news. There are a handful of lingerie blogs that are still going strong with regularly updated content and shrewd commentary. A few of the names on this list might seem a little familiar as some of them have appeared on TLA before. Other names are completely new, but they’ve made it into my regular rotation of lingerie blogs I check. And of course, since it’s impossible to stay on top of everything that’s happening, if there’s a new lingerie blog you’ve found lately that I haven’t included, definitely feel free to list it below. All I want is for there to be more information. For all of us.

 

The Daily Knicker

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Written by the Australian model and media personality Tiah Eckhardt Delaney, The Daily Knicker is a Tumblr-based review site and lingerie blog. As someone who’s both a professional model and close to the “standard” fit size for lingerie, Tiah gets to try a lot of different brands (which is not something every blogger has the ability to do), and I very much enjoy reading what she has to say about them.

Sweet Nothings NYC

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Photo by Lydia Hudgens

Sweet Nothings NYC, written by Sweets, has become one of those blogs I visit whenever there’s a new post. Sweets’ perspective on lingerie is so genuine, honest, and refreshing that she’s one of the first blogs I recommend whenever one of my readers is looking for someone new to check out. And now that Sweets has begun including photos of herself and styling her own editorial-style photoshoots, there’s even more reasons to love her. I just can’t say enough good things about this blog or this blogger!

Fuller Figure Fuller Bust

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Everyone who’s anyone knows about Georgina Horne of Fuller Figure, Fuller Bust. While I think of FFFB as more of a plus size fashion blog nowadays (as opposed to just a “lingerie blog”), there’s definitely plenty of lingerie content to keep you occupied. I especially appreciate Georgina’s irreverent attitude and sense of humor…not to mention her outspoken stance on body snark. She’s had so many amazing things happen for her in the past few years, and I know for a fact that the best is still yet to come.

Esty Lingerie

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I don’t read many blogs written by lingerie boutiques as I find most of them boring and predictable, but Esty Lingerie’s blog is not either of those things. The owner, Estelle, reviews products from other brands (quelle horreur!), and they regularly offer truly interesting, relevant advice alongside compelling lingerie news. If you haven’t given this blog a look yet, definitely check them out.

Science and Silicone

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Written by “Florence Nightingale,” Science and Silicone was a new lingerie blogging discovery for me last year. Not only does Science and Silicone offer excellent reviews, the blog also has an interesting point of view since Florence has undergone a breast augmentation. If you’re on the lookout for a new full bust read or you’re interested in learning about how to buy lingerie after augmentation surgery, I’d try here first.

Lucy’s Corsetry

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Photo by Sparklewren

Lucy’s Corsetry isn’t a lingerie blog, per se, but it is the single greatest corsetry resource online today. I had the pleasure of meeting Lucy in person at Orchard Corset last year, and the breadth and depth of her knowledge about corsets is, in a word, mind-blowing. Thanks to Marianne, we have dozens of excellent corsetry articles here at TLA, but if you want to really go down the rabbit hole of all things corset and waist-training related, Lucy’s Corsetry is where you need to be.

A Sophisticated Pair

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The second retailer blog on this, A Sophisticated Pair is based in North Carolina and run by Erica Windle. Like Esty Lingerie, I enjoy this blog because it’s not just about Erica’s store. There’s tons of product reviews here, industry updates, and yes, full bust fashion advice. I think my favorite feature, however, is Erica’s yearly roundup of her store’s stats. No other boutique is so transparent about what sells and what doesn’t, and her blog posts are an invaluable resource when discussing chronic issues within the lingerie industry, such as the lack of options in certain sizes.

 

Did any of your favorite lingerie blogs make this list? And what do you think about the general state of lingerie blogging?

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: Betty Blue’s Loungerie Fleece Bettie Robe

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Yeah… I know it’s really unusual to have more than one Sale Lingerie of the Week in a single week, but I really liked this, and since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought that maybe some of you would want to know about it for gift-giving purposes.  And since Betty Blue’s Loungerie is based out of the UK (which means shipping to North American or Australia can sometimes take a little while), I said to myself,  “Hey… better to post this sooner rather than later.” So, all that together means we’ve got two lingerie sale spotlights for this week. I hope you don’t mind.

Betty Blue’s Loungerie is one of those brands I’ve stalked obessively since their debut. So far, I’ve fallen in love with everything they’ve come out with, and, for me, Betty Blue’s represents a return to truly glamorous, vintage-inspired, meticulously sewn lingerie. I mean, we’re talking silhouettes that no one really uses anymore simply because the amount of fabric required would be prohibitively expensive. Yet Betty Blue’s has found its niche and its customer base, and their products are getting rave reviews. I have a lot of admiration for companies that go against the grain, particularly indie designers, who are constantly facing demands to be more “commercial” or more “marketable” (which really means just be more plain, boring, and average). Betty Blue’s Loungerie is none of those things, and I think the lingerie world is better for it.

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But enough of my love letters. It’s really cold in much of the Northern Hemisphere right now, and that makes it perfect weather for a plush, fluffy robe. Betty Blue’s Fleece Bettie Robe is made in the same shape as their gorgeous satin robes, but in a much warmer material. And although I’m not usually a fan of bright red polka dots, I’ve been watching “Call the Midwife” lately, and this robe looks like it would be right at home in 1950’s Britain (hmmm… maybe their costume designer should give Betty Blue’s a call?).

That said, if polka dots aren’t your thing (totally understandable), there’s also a soft blue version named the Lucille Robe, which is also on sale. I also happen to think the blue robe would make a perfect winter wedding bridal gift. Both robes come in sizes XS-XL, however you’ll definitely want to check availability since sale items, being on sale, tend to sell out in certain sizes. At the current exchange rate, each robe is right around the $150.00 USD mark, which is a marvelous price for a luxury garment that’s sure to last for many years to come.

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Do you have any thoughts on Betty Blue’s Loungerie? And if you happen to affected by exceptionally cold, snowy weather, I hope you’re doing your best to stay warm!

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: Pretty Wild Lingerie Daisy Lace Jumpsuit

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a year and a half since we shared Pretty Wild Lingerie’s lookbook here on TLA. I see them so much online (particularly on Pinterest), that I forget this brand is still pretty young. Regardless of their age, however, Pretty Wild Lingerie has certainly captured the imagination of lingerie addicts who love all things black, lace, and mesh. In other words, people like me.

There’s a pretty extensive sale section on Pretty Wild Lingerie right now, and all the pieces are 100% worth checking out. But if you only have the time to look at one item, make it the Daisy Jumpsuit. The Daisy Jumpsuit is pretty much the definition of editorial, fashion-forward lingerie (i.e. the stuff that would like right at home in the pages of Vogue, W, or Harper’s Bazaar). Made of gorgeous Italian lace, this jumpsuit has a deep front tied together with black tassels. It appears to have a fairly unstructured fit, especially through the torso, and I’d love to see this piece styled into a lingerie-as-outerwear look.

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Because you’re dealing with some truly exquisite lace (and a lot of it), this is not a cheap item, and even on sale it retails for €262,50 (approximately $297.66 USD). However, if you’re looking for a true statement piece and you adore black lace, I think it’s worth a look. There’s also a strapless teddy version in case pants aren’t your thing. Sizing is S, M, L, and I confess that the size chart is not terribly helpful, so if you tend to be just on the edge of the usual luxury lingerie size range (about an 8/10 US), it might be a good idea to drop them a line before buying.

Oh! And if you happen to not be pressed for time, I’m going to suggest taking a look at my second and third favorite Pretty Wild items, respectively, the Fiona Babydoll and Fiona Bodysuit.

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Do you have any thoughts on these pieces from Pretty Wild? And, more generally, what are your impressions of the current state of luxury lingerie?

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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Diversity in Lingerie: Viksen Curvy Lingerie Lookbook

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If you’re in lingerie, you’ve probably already noticed this, but the world of lingerie is incredibly homogenous. While there’s a lot of lip service paid to diversity (it’s very unfashionable to say otherwise at the moment), in terms of actual practice, there’s very little to praise. Whether through fear, ignorance, or outright malice, the intimate apparel industry overall looks very similar to how it appeared half a century ago.

That’s why I believe it’s so important to seek out and praise brands who take the risk to be diverse. Being different, truly different (as opposed to repackaging the same set of standards in a slightly different body), is incredibly controversial, and it’s not unusual for brands to suffer censure and ostracization when they dare to deviate from the norm – which of course sends the message to be same as your peers… or else.

Viksen Curvy’s Lingerie Lookbook from last winter is the sort of thing that makes my heart sing. Here’s a variety of women – their bodies unedited, their faces unphotoshopped – looking gorgeous in beautiful lingerie. And while Viksen Curvy wasn’t a store I’d heard of before, I can absolutely say that they’re on my radar now… and all because of this single photoshoot.

Please take a look at Viksen Curvy’s website. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Pinterest. The photographer for this set is Julia Javel. Makeup Artist is Tête de Thon. Models are Tête de Thon, Camille, and Fanny. Styling and Concept by Viksen Lingerie.

Do you have a favorite photo from the series below? And what do you think of boutiques that create their own photoshoots?

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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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10 Etsy Lingerie Discoveries You Must Know About

Way back when I started blogging about lingerie, I used to just do roundups of my favorite items from places like Etsy. There wasn’t much content to those posts; they were just a list of stuff I found that I liked. Interestingly, those posts have become some of my most-loved pieces from the archives. It’s wonderful to get a sense of how certain brands have changed over the years. Anyway, as my blog became older, and I began writing more often, I moved away from those list features… which is really kind of weird considering that most popular content online nowadays is just lists of stuff.

Well, I was doing product research for our upcoming Valentine’s Day Shopping Guides (sooo excited about those!), and I ran across a ton of awesome items on Etsy that wouldn’t necessarily be a good fit for the Valentine’s Day guides, but that I wanted to include on the blog anyway just because I thought they were cool.

Lingerie on Etsy has grown in a major way since the early days of TLA, and though that’s generally a good thing, the downside is that there’s so much to wade through now, it’s easy to miss the newest designers and the most unique items. I mean, my job is basically to search the internet all day for lingerie, and even I can’t keep up with all the indies on Etsy. So, if you’re looking for lingerie that’s a bit off the well-trodden path, I hope you enjoy this post. Maybe you’ll even discover a new designer that 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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5 Lingerie Brands I Want to Try in 2015

It’s not going to shock anyone when I say this, but I have a pretty extensive lingerie collection. While some of my purchases do wind up on TLA as lingerie reviews (speaking of which, I plan to get back to doing those soon), the vast majority of what I buy never makes it onto the blog. Rather, I just add it to my general lingerie body of knowledge. That way, when a reader asks me about the fit or quality or customer service of a particular brand or store, I have a well-informed answer to give.

Still, despite my gallery of intimates (yes, I’m referring to my underwear like a museum collection), there are a few brands I’ve not yet managed to get my hands on. While there are, of course, dozens I want to try, the five names in this article are the ones I’m most looking forward to sampling in 2015.

Alexandrea Anissa

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I’ve had my eye on Alexandrea Anissa for a few seasons now. While the label does specialize in fairly unstructured garments, like bralettes, there’s just something I find very viscerally exciting about this new, indie designer. I see these pieces, and I instantly want them…which is something I cannot say for every lingerie brand. Alexandrea Anissa also produced one of my  favorite lookbooks of 2014. I’m excited to see where this label goes; I believe they have that “it” factor.

Paloma Casile

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Paloma Casile is a French lingerie designer that I honestly don’t hear much about. I see the brand’s work often (mostly because I follow them on Instagram), but they’re a rather quiet label. Despite their under-the-radar approach to marketing, I’m ecstatic that several high-end lingerie boutiques already carry this brand – notably Jane’s Vanity and Nancy Meyer. Paloma Casile’s airy emphasis on lace pushes all the right buttons for me. There’s something I find very classic, yet also very approachable about their body of work. I tend not to be obsessed with French lingerie companies, but I’m very much looking forward to trying at least one piece from Paloma Casile soon.

Carine Gilson

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While I’m on the subject of luxury lingerie, let’s go ahead and talk about Carine Gilson. Carine Gilson is the most established brand on this list, both in terms of industry longevity and name familiarity. Their work is world-renowned for fitting the highest standards of true luxury lingerie, and their pieces use construction techniques that have been all but phased out of the typical lingerie brand. In fact, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a single Carine Gilson piece I didn’t like. This is a designer that almost everyone agrees is one of the best in the world. And, for the first time since I’ve started blogging about lingerie, I feel like I’m knowledgeable enough to truly appreciate their work.

La Lilouche

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La Lilouche is an indie designer we’ve been talking about for years on TLA, and I’ve been a solid fan of their innovative designers for just as long. But I think this year is the year I finally commit to buying something. It’s very exciting to watch designers I’ve known since the very beginning grow and change and develop their unique brand voice, and La Lilouche has a very individualized perspective I don’t see from any other label. I have roughly six La Lilouche items saved to my favorites on Etsy right now, and I think it’s time to buy at least one.

Ewa Michalak

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Ewa Michalak is the darling of the full bust community, and is perhaps best known for customizing bras in hard-to-find band sizes like 26 and 28. They’re also famous for their exceptionally size-diverse group of models (showing how the product varies on different body types), and for passionately standing up in their own defense when they feel certain customer complaints are unfair (which can be a shock, particularly if you’re used to American-style “the customer is always right” service) Though I’ve known about Ewa Michalak for awhile now, I just haven’t bitten the metaphorical bullet and tried a set. Yet I’ve been visiting their site more often lately, and I’m ready to to see what everyone else is raving about.

Are they any lingerie brands you’re especially excited about trying this year? I’d love to hear! Please share them in the comments.

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: La Perla Tea Rose Bodysuit

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It’s hard to describe just how much I love lace right now. I’ve mentioned a few times around here that there’s this whole, rich world of textiles which has recently opened up to me (primarily through obsessively talking with other lingerie people about fabric), and, quite suddenly, I appreciate lace and embroidery and silk and tulle more than I ever imagined possible.

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For lace especially, there’s something bewitching about all those tiny threads woven into a delicate, ethereal pattern. There’s this wonderful interplay of revealing and concealing, of fragility and strength, of technicality and sensuality, present in lace in a way I’m not quite sure exists other lingerie materials. It’s absolutely enchanting, and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of this effect.

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La Perla’s Tea Rose Bodysuit is basically my fantasy lingerie piece. It’s yards of stunning lace made into a garment that’s just as perfect for innerwear as it is outerwear. I’m no stylist, but you could wear this for so many occasions: date night, cocktails, evening dinner. And yes, obviously, you can wear this in the bedroom, as well.  Honestly, at $1415, I highly encourage wearing this La Perla bodysuit at every single available opportunity. Throw it on when you’re grocery shopping, I don’t care. Make it your signature piece.

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While the bodysuit itself is completely sheer (save for the stretch tulle on the bottom), it does come with a beautiful racerback bra that’s meant to be worn underneath (shown below). Really, I just think of it as getting a bonus La Perla bra that I can wear with anything…because how killer would that lace look peeking out from underneath a low-backed top this spring? Luxury lingerie is supposed to be impactful; that’s one of the things you’re paying for at this price point. And La Perla delivers.

la perla tea rose bodysuit braPerhaps unsurprisingly, the La Perla Tea Rose Bodysuit is selling out very quickly. Only Size 1 is still available at Journelle, and there are low quantities of sizes 1, 2, and 3 at Net-a-Porter currently (size 4 is completely sold out). On the La Perla website itself, only a size 34B appears to be available. You’ll have to check the La Perla size chart to see how that lines up with the usual 1, 2, 3, 4, sizing, but I imagine it’s one of the smaller sizes. Lastly, Nancy Meyer also has 34B and 36B in stock. At any rate, this is an heirloom piece and a boudoir investment. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, then I consider you very fortunate indeed.

What do you think of La Perla’s Tea Rose Bodysuit? Would you wear it?

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: Rago Shapewear Lacette Corselette

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Rago Shapewear’s Lacette Corselette is one of the most popular items of lingerie in existence. Most everyone has seen this vintage-style, all-in-one girdle somewhere. I know it was one of the first pieces I lingerie I ever coveted, and while it’s ostensibly a piece of shapewear, I also think it looks pretty sweet as boudoir-friendly lingerie too. Oh, and did I mention it’s available in plus sizes?

Because this item has been in almost continuous production for the last few decades, it almost never goes on sale. And while $60 or so isn’t an outrageous price for lingerie, it’s always nice to save a bit of money when you can. Which is why I think it’s worth making a visit to Orchard Corset right now and picking up one of these lacy girdles for 50% off (or $29.99).

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As of this writing, Orchard Corset has cup sizes B-D and band sizes 34-48 in stock. Orchard Corset also has the white version of this corselette which is perfect for you DIY-ers who like to dye things at home. One quick note: sizing can be tricky, especially for a piece of lingerie that’s been basically unchanged since the 1950’s. While I usually wear a 34C in bras, I take a 36B in this so I can have a bit more room. It’s still snug, but not overly so (and anyway, this girdle dress is meant to fit a little tight).

In addition, if you have a 10″ waist-hip differential, consider sizing up. And, of course, if you’re a woman with a fuller bust, it may be worth sister sizing down a cup size or two if you’ve had your heart set on this piece (and, as I just mentioned, the old-fashioned powernet really is quite tight).

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Because this is a clearance item, it is final sale, so please do keep that in mind when placing your order. But honestly, this Rago Corselette is both inexpensive enough and well-known enough that I think it’s worth the “risk” of trying out. At the very least, if you hate it, you can always sell it to a friend (there’s a pretty strong secondary market for these kinds of pieces).

One last detail… in addition to the original black and white colorways, the pink/black colorway of the corselette is also on sale (ideally suited for Valentine’s Day, perhaps?), and the closed bottom version is in the clearance section as well.

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Any lingerie addicts own the Rago Shapewear body briefers? What do you think of them?

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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