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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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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: I received this lingerie from Impish Lee for review purposes free of charge. All opinions are my own. This article is the second installment in my review of Impish Lee’s designs.  The first part focused on the specifics of the lingerie itself, from quality of construction to fit. This part will instead focus on the experience of ordering from the brand and the complexities of the brand’s highly unusual […]

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After several seasons in a row of feeling less than excited about lingerie, Lonely still manages to pique my interest. I don’t know if it’s the textiles, the silhouettes, or the styling, but this brand feels quintessentially 21st century. More than that, it’s wearable, unforced, and low-key. The subtle variety in textures is beautiful and a nice change from variation solely through prints. Though strappy lingerie is still a trend, […]

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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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Disclosure: the pieces in this article were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Ellesmere Lingerie is a Montreal-based brand launched this past February by indie designer, Julia Rechel. Julia’s sophisticated, elegant designs are inspired by the aesthetics of the Northern Lights, her background in sculpture, and a desire to focus on the natural forms of the body. The first thing I noticed […]

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I’m not sure how I heard first heard of Nettle’s Tale. Maybe on Twitter. Or perhaps Bustle. All I know is that I’ve had them bookmarked for a little while as an example of a company doing this inclusivity thing right. Made in Vancouver, BC, Nettle’s Tale has an appropriately Pacific Northwest mood. Super chill. Very casual. Completely unstructured. While I sometimes like to imagine myself as a glamorous poolside […]

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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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Shopping for lingerie and sleepwear, as opposed to bras, can be freeing as you’re less limited by traditional requirements for functional elements. You aren’t bound by the need of endless seaming and underwires because the intent of the item is different. However, it can still sometimes become a microcosm of what it’s like to shop while fat, period. Retailers tend to latch onto an aesthetic, usually well behind the popularity […]

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