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Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links Journelle’s Emerging Designers Program is back for a second time, and I am incredibly excited to see this boutique continue their mission of supporting and featuring indie designers. It’s easy for any lingerie shop, but especially one with Journelle’s cachet and reputation, to simply stock the same labels as everyone else. But they’ve chosen to go in a different direction, and that’s a wonderful […]

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A little more than a year ago, a young designer, Cristina Aielli, approached me at The Oxford Conference of Corsetry, to ask if I’d be willing to take a look at one of her designs. She was very shy, completely unassuming, and I remember how we went to a little tucked away area because she was worried about showing her work in front of others (last year’s attendees included the […]

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Today’s guest post was written by Emma Parker, Founder and Director of Playful Promises, a UK-based lingerie label known for trendy designs that manage to be vintage-inspired yet thoroughly modern. Some time ago there was an article on the Lingerie Addict that raised some concern in me. It was well-meant and intended to help people make better ethical choices when purchasing lingerie. However to me,  it read as a list […]

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Disclosure: This blog post contains affiliate links. Some of the products shown below were received as review samples. All opinions are my own. Fashion is my form of personal self expression but I can recognize that it doesn’t exist in a bubble. There’s something about my personal style that needs to be seen and heard. I know that for me at least this stems from existing in a body that […]

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I just can’t even come up with the words to describe my feelings for this gown. If ever there was a dressing gown that embodied Hollywood glamour – that was pure, undiluted, old school, cigarette holder, dripping jewels allure – this is it. The Emerald & Palm Dressing Gown has no shame about being what it is, and what it is over the top, lascivious, inspired luxury. There’s no attempt […]

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If you follow fashion news, you may have caught a recent story where Hopeless Lingerie accused ASOS of design theft. According to Hopeless, ASOS copied two of their designs, the Darla Knickers and Rosemary Bralette. In a previous post on the modern day reappearance of vintage lingerie trends, I shared how Hopeless’ Darla Knickers reminded me of similar cutaway burlesque styles from the 1950s. Yet this entire fashion copyright discussion, […]

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Pre-Code Hollywood is seen by many critics as one of the greatest eras in American cinema, and while I’m certainly no movie buff, when it comes to fashion and costume design, I’m inclined to agree. In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, “Pre-Code” refers to films made between the introduction of sound and the mandatory enforcement of Motion Picture Production Code censorship guidelines (known colloquially as the “Hays Code”). Pre-Code […]

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I don’t know about you, but I love the idea of a mesh dress. Obviously, it’s perfect for outerwear as part of a layered look, but a sheer dress is also excellent as lay-around-the house loungewear. Universal Standard’s Thames Fog Dress is a recent discovery, but I’m already plotting how it’d look in my wardrobe. The black or plum would be great paired with a more opaque slip or chemise […]

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Nubian Skin’s 2014 debut was a watershed moment for the lingerie industry. After years of campaigns like “What’s Your Nude?” being ignored (if not outright mocked), here was a lingerie brand created by a woman of color for other women of color. And the response was explosive. Not only was Nubian Skin featured in O Magazine, Ebony, Self, and Allure (not to mention MTV, The Los Angeles Times, Elle, and […]

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Yes, it’s more corset videos! I told you we did a lot. ^_^ These two cover putting and taking off a corset, respectively. Think of them a bit like Corsetry 101 videos…especially if you prefer to watch someone practice a skill instead of reading a blog post about it (I admit, I tend to be biased towards blog posts, but I’m learning that certain things just don’t lend themselves well […]

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