Wednesday 23 March 2016

McCartney 2016 fashion collection, breast shape analysis and would you model lingerie?

Amateur underwear models

A Chinese lingerie firm has found an interesting way to outsource its advertising - it invites its customers to become something that best translates as ‘lingerie masters’ by sending in photographs of themselves in the brand’s underwear. For every three lingerie sets they photograph, they get sent a free set as a reward.

The company claims to have 500 models sending in portfolios in a polyvore style exercise that requires the customers to create a small photoset around a specific theme or location. To our eyes some of the photographs may be a little dubious - one set features a young woman wearing only underwear under her coat, apparently in a bar drinking beer where the final picture seems to show her asleep or passed out with a beer bottle in her hand - not the kind of advertising that’s allowed here, that’s for sure. Others though are quirky, personality-filled snapshots of a life where lingerie matters and we can all celebrate that!

Breast dictionary?

Another underwear line has produced a breast dictionary - describing what it calls the seven different types of breast by shape. It’s an interesting idea, especially given the many women simply don’t know how to measure themselves for a  bra, but we’re not sure that it’s a particularly helpful approach to choosing sexy underwear. A large part of finding what works for each individual woman comes from trying things on and see both how they look and how they feel - the journey of exploring what works for each body and lifestyle simply can’t be reduced to shortcuts like pointing to a picture of boobs and saying ‘those look most like mine’ not least because many women have been trained by exposure to the media to have an unrealistic idea of how their own bodies look. We think there’s no alternative to ordering something that looks lovely and trying it on in the privacy of your own home - after all, any decent online lingerie shop will have a great returns service to ensure that experiments are just as much fun when they fail as when they succeed!

Stella McCartney Autumn/Winter 2016 Paris collection

While we’re huge fans of catwalk fashion, we don’t always find a direct link between catwalk and products but Stella’s Paris runway was definitely in part a lingerie-inspired show. Whilst puffa jackets were much in evidence (we’re not sure we’re going to give into that trend again) she also had some beautiful silk panel dresses that sit squarely on the boundary line between lingerie and evening wear.

We really fell in love with this silk and lace panel dress but  suspect it may be out of our price range - however, we decided that our Blue Bachelorette dress would be a perfect alternative at a totally affordable price. Also, we think we might go for something other than the white surgical ward shoes … in fact we sort of think almost anything else would look sexier!

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Size, stealing lingerie and do you have Easter undies?

Good old Edwina Currie is back in the news with another controversy - not eggs this time but size. Her target, Ashley Graham, is one of the world’s top lingerie models and according to Currie, ‘It seems to me that plus-size models and extolling them and making it seem normal to be obese is just as dangerous and unhealthy as the zero models, the very thin ones.’ She went on to claim that larger models could be ‘heading for diabetes, knee and hip problems’.

We’ve got no opinion one way or the other about the health risks of anybody’s size or shape - that’s none of our business, but we do believe that every woman has the right to delicious underwear. That’s why we have a carefully collated ‘plus size lingerie’ section that offers a wonderful range of gorgeous undies, including the hand-made  Ulla Dessous Alice bra and pantyset with a dainty lace overlay.

 Stolen Victoria’s Secret lingerie

A 47-year-old store cleaner has been convicted of stealing more than a thousand lingerie items from the Victoria’s Secret shop in New Bond Street, London.  It turns out that for around three years he had been taking items from the basket where store staff put items to be returned to the shop floor after customers had tried them on. He was able to get away with it by filling his trouser pockets with some items but others he had actually put on over his own underpants …. ew! The man in question was given a suspended sentence as the judge accepted that he hadn’t really understood how things worked in the shop and might have believed that the basket contained items to be destroyed rather than re-shelved.

And why was he doing this? To sell the garments online. That’s why we recommend buying your online lingerie from a dedicated online shop, not somebody on eBay - because you never know where they may have got that lingerie, nor who’s been wearing it before you!

Easter underwear

We’ve got a bit of a pash for Easter lingerie - which for us combines the joy of a underwear drawer spring clean with the guiltless pleasure of a chocolate-free celebration weekend.

So what counts as Easter lingerie for us?  Well pastels for a start, such as mint, peach and lavender shades. These are the most flattering to skins still pale after winter’s rigours and mint, in particular is incredibly flattering to darker skin-tones which means that it’s a colour that works for all.

Then we like dots - there’s something very springlike about polka dots and a pretty dotty bikini might prompt the invitation to get some early sun on a quick weekend break! And finally, we think cotton undies are very springlike, so we use this holiday to drop a few hints that we’d like some new cotton panties … that’s a hint that tends to be very well received!

Do you have special Easter underwear - if so, what makes it spring-like to your mind?