Saturday, 16 August 2014

Power Lingerie and lingerie power … our week in underwear!

Looking good over thirty, forty, fifty … and beyond, the secret of dressing for success according to Angela Bassett

If you’re one of of those people who findings lingerie ads intimidating and believes there’s no room for women of different shapes, sizes, colours or ages, the last few years have given a refreshing glimpse into how great women can look, whatever their age, colour or shape.  The latest contestant for this list of cuties is Angela Bassett, fifty-five years gorgeous!

Currently starring in American Horror Story, the stunning Bassett has also just completed a photoshoot for Violet Grey. She’s seen wearing black undies that highlight her superb body and while we can imagine that she has been primped, polished and posed by a team of experts, she also says (can this be true?) that it only tens her ten minutes to get ready to go out and face the cameras!

Her secret, she says, is that she decides what feeling she wishes her appearance to transmit, focusing on such words as flirty, sensual or powerful and then choses an outfit that matches the feeling. It’s a fascinating view into how this truly passionate actress has navigated the years that some of us find particularly troubling, and perhaps there’s a technique there we could use ourselves? Rather than asking ourselves ‘do I look good in this?’ or ‘is this too young for me?’ we could pose the question ‘does this choice support the emotion or mood I’m trying to express’ and whether that’s ‘cuddly’ or ‘dominating’, ‘sweet’ or ‘self-confident’ and then we could choose lingerie that matched the feeling we’d like to project. On that basis, we recommend something from the brand ‘Fearless and Fun’ this week! Isn’t ‘fearless and fun’ what most of us what to project? Of course it is, so we’ve picked out this fabulous skin-tight, wet-look mini dress as our highlighted lingerie of the week. It’s not what you might think of as classic lingerie, which is why we’re focusing on it, because we know that impactful dressing is something that needs to be a conscious choice for empowered women and while you might not choose to wear this dress clubbing (maybe not the first time you put it on, anyway!) owning and wearing something as dramatic and sexy as this projects a sense of a woman who’s in charge of her own destiny, and that’s a great place to start your journey into ‘mood dressing’.

Bra Banks and investment dressing

And while we’re talking about empowering women - get rid of that bra! No, not the one you’re wearing, but the one you never wear… the impulse purchase that turned out to be less comfortable than you thought or the (heaven forbid), gift bra from your lover that just isn’t you …

The average British woman has 16 bras but only wears four or five of them regularly and that means there’s a pile of unworn lingerie in many drawers that could be benefiting women elsewhere. Against Breast Cancer has a campaign that will re-home unwanted bras with women in parts of Africa where bra ownership is expensive. For many women in the developing world, it can require between 10-30 working hours to earn the money to buy a bra, which means they just don’t ever get enough spare cash to make the investment. So why not recycle something you don’t wear - or maybe even get a bra bank for your workplace? Then you can invest in a new bra that really does work for you, knowing that your unwanted underwear is making another woman happy or helping fight breast cancer by funding research into cures.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sexy fruit, confusing underwear and caring for your scanties - our week in lingerie


In advance of the Qixi Festival in China, which is an event dedicated to fruitfulness and young love, one grocer in Nanjing has discovered a way to make his fruit more attractive. He’s dressing them in sheer panties! It’s a double joke, because the grocer is based in a region of China known for underwear production. The price is as ripe as the peaches, at 60 Euros for nine (admittedly the lingerie clad fruit arrive in a satin lined box) but it’s not winning over many fans - potential buyers seem unimpressed, maybe because they prefer a bargain or maybe because they can’t work out what to do with nine pairs of tiny pants when they've eaten the contents.

If you’d like to look a peach in some sheer undies, here are our top tips for perfect presentation:

1.    Exfoliate! The nether regions are very erogenous but also benefit from good maintenance. Buffing your butt with a sisal glove, or using some sugar scrub will remove any dry skin and improve the circulation
2.    Moisturise. Once your skin is peachy smooth, a good moisturiser keeps it that way. There are many treatments on the market that aim to reduce cellulite or improve appearance, and while the jury is still out on their effectiveness (the action of massaging the product in may be as effective as the product itself) you can’t go wrong with something that smooths and softens the skin and smells great
3.    Sheer or not? Not everybody likes to sheer look - if you don’t, consider wearing a tiny sparkly g-string under your sheer panties. It offers the best of both worlds and is a sexy way of highlighting the semitransparent nature of the sheer garment. Our Roza Genezis Shortybriefs, matched with the Venus G-string by Lola Luna are a perfect pairing for this kind of treatment.

Victoria’s Secret slapped


No, it’s not a spanking story! Lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret has been walloped in the courts by Thomas Pink, bespoke shirt maker of London town. The undie seller started a range of retail outlets called Pink in 2012, and has now been told it must rename them across the UK. It seems that the staff of Thomas Pink have been turning away annoyed customers seeking sexy lingerie whilst furious shirt seekers have berated the staff of Victoria’s Secret for not having well tailored shirting to sell!

Caring for your naughty nighties


Or, for that matter, any other kind of lingerie. How do we look after such precious garments? First, hand wash them, even High Street brassieres should be kept out of the washing machine and even more, away from the tumble dryer. Anything will elastic will last longer if hand washed.

Of course we don’t want stinky undies, so it’s important to undertake the hand washing process properly:

   fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a little hand washing liquid
   fasten hooks and eyes or press studs, so that they don’t tear lace or other fragile materials
   check your garments - if you have sweat marks, lipstick stains (we won’t ask why!) etc, dampen those areas with cold water and rub with a little stain removing product or neat hand wash
   insert your undies and ensure they are fully under the water - this can take a while if you have padded items
   leave for 15 minutes to soak
   swirl around in the water for a couple of minutes - no need to scrub
   rinse in cold water and lay on a clean towel for half an hour to absorb much of the water, then line dry if your sexy secrets are safe to hang outdoors! If not, leave them on the towel but lay it over a radiator on a low heat.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

World Cup lingerie tips from Mario Götze’s girlfriend!



One of the most shared photographs of the World Cup (remember that? It seems a long time ago, doesn’t it?) was of Mario Götze scoring that winning goal and running over to smooch his partner, model Ann Kathrin Brommel. The twenty-three year old is an established glamour model, pop artist  and blogger and super selfie taker. So we’ve got five tips on how to look good in lingerie, drawn from Ann Kathrin’s extensive selfie portfolio.

1.    The most important part of any selfie is the angle - before you begin your selfie session, take your phone and an hour of free time to selfie yourself from every angle. Hold the phone high, and low, photograph your right and left profile. Look up, look down. Then take another hour to look at the photos and rank them in order of attractiveness. At the end you’ll know two things - your best angle and your worst! Make sure all your selfies are taken from your best angle … look at Ann Kathrin’s selfies - almost every one is taken from the same angle because she know’s what works for her.
2.    Next, check your background. While you can’t control the background in spontaneous selfies, you can in posed shots. Find an uncluttered background. It doesn’t have to be plain - lingerie can look fabulous set against brocade wallpaper or with you curled up on an embroidered throw. What you don’t want is a lamp growing out of your head or a pile of paperwork lurking in the corner of the shot.
3.    Learn to breathe and relax. It’s a good idea to take a nice deep in-breath and hold it as you take your selfie - it elevates the breasts which can be important to a lingerie selfie! Also, it helps you to stay still. The way glamour models do this is to breathe in, then breathe out, looking away from the camera and as they breathe in again, look back at the camera, imagining somebody really special has just walked into the room. That gives you that all-important wide-eyed and expectant look!
4.    Take loads of shots - finding just the right one might take ten or twenty shutter-clicks but what’s your hurry? Photography is an art, and it requires patience …
5.    Finally, wear something you love. Ann Kathrin can get way with the toughest outfits, but if you’re starting your selfie career we’d recommend (a) a bikini and (b) something with a pattern. The Coffee Land bikini is ideal, as it’s sexy, flattering to all skin tones, and has removable padding for added va va voom! Ann Kathrin also rocks the slicked-back hair look in her selfie, but most women prefer a tousled beach hair look, and if you’re one of them, simply tip your head down and rub your fingers over your scalp to get that mussed up vibe going!

La Senza woes continue



For the second time in two years, underwear specialist La Senza has gone into receivership. Nearly half their stores have already closed and while their locations are being fought over by mobile phone companies and other retailers wanting those prime locations, no substantial offers have been made for the chain which was rescued by an Arabian consortium in 2012. It’s rumoured that former owner Theo Paphitis, now the owner of Boux Avenue, was interested in the shops, but not the business. The shops that have closed have had their sale stock sell out in a matter of hours, suggesting that the lingerie brand still has some life in it yet!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Hidden undies, royal romances and underwear nobility… this week’s lingerie round-up

Lingerie history exhibition


New York often leads the way in fashion - and this year its leading the way in underwear fashion with a superb exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology whose museum is featuring more than seventy items from the history of underwear in a show entitled Exposed: A History of Lingerie

As youd imagine the exhibition covers the evolution of underwear from both a fashion and a technology perspective. The earliest item is a turquoise corset with sleeves! It dates from around 1770 and has crossed ivory ribbons that are almost identical to the kind of stomacher ribbons we wear on our lingerie today. If youd like to emulate the 18th century version of sexy undies, why not try our Adorable corset with crisscross ribboning along with a pair of gorgeous white boudoir gloves

One of the things that most impressed us was the range of colours shown in the earliest garments, with 17th and 18th century corsets that both raised womens breasts to a vast and unnatural height and whittled their waists but also, hidden under their outer clothes, exhibit a lush range of colours and fabrics, rich stitching and embroidery and elegant ribbons and lace.

Princely interest in underwear model


We used to call him the playboy Prince, although hes somewhat lost his title to his strawberry-blond nephew Harry, but Prince Andrew still has an eye for the statuesque female. This month its been Dara Tomanovich, the gorgeous Canadian who was a lingerie model for Marks and Spencer, amongst others. Andrew invited Dara to join him at Ascot, where he and Dara graced the Royal box and garnered many admiring glances. Ms Tomanovich wore a white fascinator in her brunette hair and a severe grey dress that did nothing to hide her awesome curves. Shes no stranger to eligible males, having also wined and dined with George Clooney

Underwear prince becomes a designer


Think of a David famous for his body no, not Michelangelos David, nor even dear David Beckham. Were talking Gandy. The ineffable prince of the catwalk scanties, David Gandy himself, is about to launch an underwear line. Yes, both making and modelling his pants! His collection, for Autograph at Marks and Spencer, will include boxers and nightwear and were pretty sure that much of it will be bought by women who wish their men would get some of that Gandy appeal!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Lingerie, football and the joy of glam art

Sporting undies

If you’re expecting to be a football widow, or even if you’re a super-keen football fan (and who wouldn’t be with such talent as Iker Casillas on show?) there is a way to garner some attention. Did you know that the Lingerie World Cup took place earlier this year? It was hosted by the Netherlands, whose male team are barely featuring in the betting at 35-1, which makes them rank outsiders. But their lingerie team lifted the world cup … and there’s a real explosion of lingerie sport at present with the Lingerie Fighting Championships (Mixed Martial Arts) taking place in Vegas (where else!) and the Lingerie Bowl being played at half time at the SuperBowl in the USA. The national women’s rugby team in Australia has just picked a former Lingerie Football League (USA) player to represent them at the national level too!

If you’re up for some sporty style, we’d say pick your team colours (either local or national) and invest in a teddy! Our current top tip is G-World’s Scrumptious teddy which is quite stunningly beautiful and also very easy to move in, so that your athletic performance can be fully appreciated. It even comes with its own gorgeous stockings.

Arty undies

Speaking of stunningly beautiful, while the wedding of the year may have been Kim and Kanye’s lush Florence nuptials, one little detail of their ceremony hasn’t been given the attention we at the Lingerie Blog think it deserves. One present that Kanye gave his wife was a portrait, on metal, of Kim herself, clad only in a thong and a pair of red Louboutins. The portrait is apparently as unconventional as Kim herself. It was painted by renowned street artist Bambi.

Back to Brazil

And football, and underwear. We couldn’t close this blog without sharing one of the rising stars of football both nationally (Brazil) and internationally (Chelsea) Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior who’s better known just as Oscar, has joined the list of football stars from Beckham to Drogba to Ronaldo to appear in his scanties in an advert. Young Oscar’s boyish good looks made him a natural choice for Calvin Klein and just ahead of the World Cup, being hosted by his own nation, he’s made his debut as an underwear novel. We’re charmed by his natural appearance and we predict that, as ever, the Calvin Klein magic will extend to this newest recruit to the illustrious line of men who’ve bared nearly everything!

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Ribs, curves and thongs ... our week in lingerie!

Ribs

It’s always New York where controversies  happen, isn’t it? And this week it’s La Perla New York that’s bought itself a bit of a storm in an AA cup. Well, not so much the cup as the mannequin wearing a red bra.
Spotted by a shopper, the mannequin in question had visible, some might even say, excessively skinny, ribs. The person who took the photo tweeted it with the message, ‘How does #LaPerla think ribs on a mannequin is ok?!’

Good question. Apparently it doesn’t, but by the time La Perla responded, quite a list of twitter users had joined in the controversy, stating the mannequin was awful and gross. Now the lingerie brand has tweeted in turn, saying the mannequin had been removed from the store and that she wouldn’t be used again.

Curves

And now for something completely different. Nicki Minaj is famous for the opposite of ribs – her stunning décolletage and wondrous rear end have been assets only slightly less popular than her music and now Ms Minaj has launched an advertisement to support, not her curves, but her wine! She made the ad to feature her Myx Fusions wine label and she was wearing, amongst other items a stunning purple-blue Stella McCartney balconette bra and pantie set, over which she put a fringed skirt (more fringe than skirt, to be honest) and finished the look with a pair of Versace platform shoes.


Her new look, with her natural curls and lovely curves, is definitely a good vintage and for those who have a derriere to admire, taking a leaf from Nicki’s book is a great idea. 

Thongs

Our favourite bottom-enhancer at present is the Malaguena by Wolbar, which really gives a stunning definition to every rear, and the sheer fabric and dainty bow stop it being even a little bit trashy – it’s a perfect romantic garment which wins votes from women and their lovers – truly a top performer!
One little note – Nicki was apparently nicely oiled up for her video, and we all know that baby oil is the finishing touch of choice of both bodybuilders and beauty contest entrants, but if you want to get the look, it may be better to find a water based body glosser as your bedsheets will probably not recover from being exposed to a lot of baby oil!y.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Lingerie warnings, winners and workers



According to Libya’s Grand Mufti, Sadek Al-Ghariani, the country should immediately stop importing sexy undies, specifically racy lingerie. He’s written to the Prime Minister of Libya, saying that lewd designs which ‘contradict the virtue of modesty’ should be banned. He further claimed that the problem will cease if imports are stopped, as the unacceptable underwear is not generally made inside the country!

The comments have the force of a fatwa, or learned opinion and part of the duty of a Grand Mufti is to create and issue fatwas which will be considered binding by any Muslims who have bound themselves to him, in this case, binding themselves to follow the teachings and guidance of Sadek Al-Ghariani. However, very few women have bound themselves to his teaching so it might be difficult for Libya to find any way to enforce this particular view!

Lingerie winners



Sharon Stone. Perennial star. She’s fifty-six years old and she’s in her scanties on the front cover of GQ Italia this month and she looks amazing! Her black bodysuit with fishnet and lace details is the perfect complement to her tousled hair and strappy heels. What makes Sharon look utterly gorgeous in this picture is her complete confidence – she’s laughing out loud with sheer pleasure and her genuine self-possession gives her a glowing certainty of her own power. The best lingerie does that for a woman, and while Sharon would probably look good in a sack, the bodysuit is perhaps the most flattering and confidence-boosting piece of lingerie that a woman can invest in.

For this purpose, we love the Antigel RockStory body by Lise Charmel. The leatherette detailing gives flattering definition where it’s required and the long sleeves work for any woman who’s less than Madonna-confident about her upper arms. Teamed with black or red heels, or even with boots (cowboy boots work especially well with this body) you’ll find it gives you real star quality whether you’re in the bedroom or on the front cover of a men’s magazine!

Lingerie workers


Sweden is noted for its egalitarian approach to life and now Swedish lingerie chain Lindex has carried workplace democracy to new heights – or depths. Five of its staff members have been chosen to model Lindex underwear for the company’s latest advertising campaign. The five were selected from 45 who applied to take part – they come from Sweden, Norway, Slovakia and Lithuania and they travelled to London to take part in a photo-shoot. It’s quite a common process for Swedish companies to choose from their own staff for adverts although it’s not free from controversy. In the past, Swedish firms have come under fire for getting employees to appear in adverts naked except for strategically placed mobile phones and for asking them to list their bra size on their staff badges to help customers approach them to be fitted for a new bra.