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Personal preference aside, American society believes breasts should look a certain way. They should be smooth, separated, perky half-spheres that ignore gravity and have no visible nipples, else people perceive them as looking vulgar, obvious or strange. But this preference for the gravity-defying, no-nipple look hasn’t always existed. The first part of this series examined the changing ideals of breast shape in America, from the 1920s to the 1950s. The second part continues […]

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There’s an unfortunate misconception that corsets can only be worn by certain body types. Often when I am working an event (as opposed to in front of a sewing machine), I will hear the following sentence: “They won’t have a corset that fits me, I’m too…” But let me be clear. Just as there’s no such thing as a “bikini body,” there’s no requirement for any dimension or proportion for you to wear a […]

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Vintage-inspired lingerie is all over the market right now, from 50s-inspired lace and tassels to high-cut 80s style bodysuits, but the most popular bras from mainstream manufacturers in the U.S. disregard the silhouettes of the past and create just one shape: globular. Personal preference aside, American society tells us breasts should look a certain way. A quick glance online through the lingerie section of a department store or clothing retailer’s bra section online like […]

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Women with fuller figures are often taught to feel like we should compensate for the fact that our bodies are bigger. There is a very narrow idea of what an “acceptable” plus size body looks like, so many of us are proud of our thin legs, our round butts or our big breasts, and often feel as if they’re our redeeming qualities, to “make up” for the rest of our […]

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Today’s guest article is by Sam Conover, a bra fitter, blogger and instagrammer from Secrets from Your Sister, a bra fitting boutique in Toronto, Canada. I have worked as a fitter at Secrets for Your Sister for over ten years and consider myself a bra fitting advocate. I strongly believe that a well-fitted bra can be beneficial to comfort, physical health, and even emotional health. I also consider myself an […]

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In 2012, The Lingerie Addict became a Body Snark Free Zone. Lots of other websites have followed: in fact, most lingerie blogs proudly display Cora’s anti-body-snark free graphic and frequently declare that all bodies are good bodies. So why am I so depressed about the the body positive movement and lingerie blogging? I don’t talk a lot about myself in these columns, but today I want to start with the […]

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All photos courtesy of Lane Bryant. You’re likely seen it by now, but in case you haven’t, Lane Bryant’s #ImNoAngel ad campaign has been flooding the news wires this week. A variety of media outlets remarked on the similarity of this campaign to Victoria’s Secret’s “Perfect Body” ad from several months ago – an ad that featured a line up of tall, thin, mostly White women in The Body bra. […]

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Fashion! Style! Lingerie! Sure, it sounds all glamorous and exciting — but, like anything else, working in the lingerie industry comes with a barrage of drawbacks and disadvantages which, at times, push many a die hard lingerista to the edge of reason. And I have to admit – I’ve been there myself. Many times! This industry can be stressful, lonely and frustrating. However, it can also be rewarding, satisfying, and […]

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A roundup of everything interesting that happened in the world of lingerie for March… [Jezebel] Buy These Pajamas & Rescue a Prostitute; Or, Why Rescue Brands Are Dumb -Punjammies, whose name is a combination of both pajamas and Punjab, is a company whose pajamas pants are made by former female sex slaves in India. Not necessarily the first of its kind, Punjammies seeks to raise awareness around the issue of sex trafficking […]

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Think back to the last lingerie commercial you saw on TV… okay, can you picture it? Now take a minute and watch these. The first ad is the latest TV spot from Addition Elle for Spring 2015 and the second is a similar ad from Lane Bryant in 2010. Both star Ashley Graham, a superstar of the lingerie world. What else do these two ads have in common? They were […]

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