For those of us in the industry, lingerie seasons seem to move so far ahead of the current time that it’s easy to feel like all of the new stuff is really old stuff. While lots of us are preparing to deal with Spring/Summer 2015 soon, customers will finally be seeing pieces from the A/W 2014 shows in the flesh starting in early August. It was a particularly strong showing for various full bust companies, so today I thought I’d highlight the brands and sets that you might want to put on your autumn shopping lists.
Several brands on this list had tough first seasons. They listened to lots of feedback, revamped and are now back and leading their competition. If you tried Tutti Rouge the first season and didn’t get along with their sizing, you really need to give them another shot. Their sizing is in line with the rest of the full bust industry now and their designs ooze creativity and a sense of fun. While I know lots of people are still devoted to Cleo, I think Tutti Rouge has outdone them in terms of fashion and materials recently. One of my favorite features of Tutti Rouge is the range of matching bottoms they produce, which means there is something for everyone. From barely there thongs to skirted bottoms, it’s worth buying the whole set.
Save up for: The gorgeous leopard print ‘Mercy’ set and the luxe vampire inspired ‘Kitty’ Set.
Dottie’s Delights had one of the few lookbooks that made me want to buy absolutely everything in it during the previews — in fact, I’m budgeting a reasonable amount of my personal spending money for several pieces. The new line channels 1950s burlesque with modern materials and gorgeous cuts that look good on a wide range of bodies. It also features several new versions of the wildly popular Mosh Playsuit, which is one of my all time favorite lingerie pieces. I already own one, but I see myself picking up at least one more this season.
Save up for: Mosh Playsuits, 50s-inspired mesh sleepwear pieces
If you’d told me I would have been incredibly excited about the new Sculptresse season when the brand debuted, I would have thought you were crazy. The bras have always been well made and comfortable, but it wasn’t hitting my buttons style-wise. This season brings a serious style injection to the Sculptresse line that shows it can go toe to toe with brands like Elomi. While I’d still love to see larger cup sizes and a more diverse set of bra shapes (plunge bras, please!), I’m insanely excited about getting to try some of the new pieces. Panache is also making the smart decision to incorporate bestselling styles like the Jasmine into the range — you can see it here as the leopard print Chi-Chi bra.
Save up for: The Flirtini, The Chi-Chi and the Paradise babydoll
Curvy Kate is another brand that has redone their sizing for the better. They’re releasing some incredibly strong designs for this season, as well as options that aren’t found in other brands. Their Carmen longline bra will be back in a new colorway and several gorgeous babydolls will be making their debut. They have a lovely firecracker print bra and a new strapless that may grab a unique corner of the market. In short, there’s lots to love with much less guesswork in terms of sizing. In terms of new shapes, I really love the Roxie camisole. It’s a great option for ladies who don’t love the babydoll look but want more than a bra and panty set.
Save up for: The Carmen longline, the Roxie camisole, the Roxie babydoll
Which of these pieces is your favorite? Is there anything you’re really looking forward to for autumn/winter?