Diversity In Lingerie

It’s been quite the whirlwind few weeks in the life of this blogger! What, with a week-long “workcation”, a flurry of unpacking, and a much-loathed trip to the dentist’s office, I’ve been a very busy bee. These facts can all be attributed to the uncanny silence resonating from my corner of the interwebs.

But now I’m back with a vengeance, and ready to tackle a topic that many other bra-bloggers have been buzzing about: Diversity In Lingerie.

The Diversity In Lingerie campaign is the brainchild of the lovely lady behind Braless In Brasil. It was started to show the lingerie industry that we want to see less photoshop, and more “women like us” in print, on runways, and everywhere in between–and we want it now.
A group of bra-bloggers have since expanded on this, by explaining what they want to see, and now it’s time for me to add my voice.

I want #diversityinlingerie because the tattoo art on my body is seldom seen on runways. It is airbrushed out of print ads, and viewed with crippling stereotypes. When you see body art in fashion shows, it is of the painted-on variety, and usually coupled with some sort of gimmick.
And when the lingerie industry does include ink like mine in their designs? It’s marketed as “edgy” fashion. Tattoo-printed stockings and body suits. To me, the message is: have the look without the meaning, and discard it like yesterday’s trash when you’re finished. No need to be ashamed of this, no siree, because you haven’t “permanently disfigured” yourself with ink! Like the washables of our yesteryears–there’s no commitment necessary. And while I respect that tattoos are a personal choice, they are treated by so many as something to be ashamed of. Cover it up. Airbrush it away. Hide, hide, hide. Be ashamed of your art (despite the deep personal meaning that may be behind it!), because it goes against everything that is mainstream.  And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what I really want to see.

Give me #diversityinlingerie so that we can finally break free from the chains of the “norm”, and let everyone’s beautiful individuality shine through.

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(PSSST: Want to see more of the #DiversityInLingerie campaign? Check out this list of bloggers who have contributed, and see what other ladies are looking for!)

The Fabulous Freya Flamingo

(Psst: I love alliteration.)

Last month, an amazing thing happened.

There I was, laying in bed in the early morning hours, dreading a long workday and running on nothing but coffee and good intentions. It was quiet in my room, and I was doing my best to keep it that way (so as to not wake up my lovely, snoring, sleeping girlfriend). When out of the darkness, came that ding-a-ling noise from my iPhone–the one that says “You left your sound on, dummy. Also, you have a new email.” So, with one eye still closed and the other squinted at the scorching light of the screen, I checked.

“You’re the winner…”

“Congratulations! somethingsomething stylish, somethingsomething THE WHOLE SS2013 DECO COLLECTION.”

SHUT UP.

(“Keeping it quiet” became a distant memory.)

With that in mind, you can only imagine my reaction when–a few weeks later–the majority of my prize arrived at my doorstep. (A HUGE shout out to Heather over at Freya for appeasing my anxious heart and sending out my bras so quickly! She truly is incredible!) I’ll tell you folks, there is nothing quite like coming home to a big box of free bras.

Inside my big box o’ goodies were the following: the Deco Honey in Iris, Deco Shape Multiway, Deco Halfcup, Deco molded plunge, Deco Shape slip, wire free Deco t-shirt bra, and the Deco Flamingo. Still out in the universe and making their way to me is the Deco longline and the strapless Deco.

WHEW.

Thus begins the first of a series of reviews! I want to start with what is easily one of my favorite bras in the collection: the Deco Flamingo.

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image from Bravissimo

Right off the bat, I want to say that this bra is absolutely as cute in real life as it is in photos. The bright coral color pops off of a creamy ivory base, and the flamingo print is quirky, fun, and perfect for the summertime! It features two button embellishments at the center gore (and at the front of the pants!), and is finished off with piping the same coral-ish color as the bird-printed fabric. As far as aesthetics: this bra aims to please. Of course, aesthetics aren’t everything! Some ladies covet function over fashion.

So let me break it down for you:

-Fully adjustable straps, that are thick and supportive

-Molded, seamless cups (perfect under those thin summertime t-shirts!)

-Three rows of two hooks-and-eyes

-Underwired

-Deep plunge for lower cut tops

I found the band on my Flamingo to be a tad bit stretchier in comparison to my other Decos, without sacrificing comfort and support. I personally am quite happy with the size I chose, though I could foresee those of us who prefer a really tight band sizing down. The Deco Flamingo bra ticks a lot of boxes for me: fashionable, fun, and fit. It is definitely another great offering from Freya.

And the matching bottoms!

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Oh, the bottoms. I know that I said (in my last post about Freya) that the Deco Multiway shorts were the most comfortable undies to ever swath my bum. Well as it turns out, Freya is out to make a liar of me, because these are divine. Soft, stretchy, and emblazoned with the same adorable Flamingo print as the bra, I can not get enough. I usually buy a standard XL in pants, thus avoiding the dreaded muffin top, and with these it is no different. The XL is soft and comfy against my skin, and even (surprisingly) a little big! Still totally wearable, but I wouldn’t pass up a size L if they ever wandered across my path.

In all, I find myself with another excellent offering from the Freya brand. Deco Flamingo is bang on trend, with excellent construction and fit as an added bonus! They continue to fuel my addiction–and I’m okay with that!

Lingerie Lust List: August Desires

Despite the fact that I started writing this post in the middle of July, life and work tend to get in the way. If you’ve been reading my blog, you’d know that back in June, I started a to-be-monthly “list” of the lingerie items that have my salivary glands working overtime. Some pieces I’ll work to get my hands on, other pieces I’ll simply admire from afar. All pieces are seriously gorgeous and cater to the fuller-bust market with style.

So, debilitating lateness aside, I bring you the Warning: Curves Ahead Lingerie Lust List: August Edition!

1. “Sophia” by Parfait by Affinitas

I’m going to be honest with you folks. If Parfait by Affinitas keeps up the work they’re doing, they are likely to end up on my Lust List every month from now until forevermore. Last month, I featured their gorgeous “Danielle” set which I (was subsequently gifted by the a

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image from Parfait by Affinitas

mazing folks at Large Cup Lingerie!) reviewed here. And while Danielle is beautiful with her vintage glamour and lace, who I really want to talk about in this post is Sophia.

Sophia, Sophia, Sophia. I love me some colorful-crazy-patterned lingerie, but something about this set’s simple/sexy lace-over-black makes the tiny hairs on my arms stand on end. The Sophia collection is available in a padded T-shirt bra, built-in bra camisole, wire bra, hipster, and high-waist brief . (So many options, I don’t know what to do with myself!) The entire line features rich black coloring and floral lace detailing. I’m very much a molded-T-shirt-bra kind of girl, but there’s something about the wire bra and high waisted brief combo that oozes sophistication and sex appeal. I could see myself pairing this set with a simple garter belt and some cuban heeled stockings to go under-my-unders for a night out. (Or a night in… )

Sophia is part of a beautiful collection being offered by Parfait for Autumn/Winter 2013. She isn’t available as of yet in this particular colorway. However, if your credit card fingers are itching and you just can’t wait, her white and nude counterparts from SS2013 are available for purchase over at Amazon.

2. “Bye Bye Mein Herr” by Fraulein Annie

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image from Hepburn & Leigh

An “oldie” but still gorgeous nonetheless, I have to dedicate some time to pay homage to the “Bye Bye Mein Herr” collection from the fabulous Frauke Nagel of Fraulein Annie. While the collection was actually launched in 2011 it holds a high place on my Lust List, even two years after it’s debut. I am of the opinion that the Bye Bye collection is sometimes overshadowed by the equally gorgeous and wildly popular Falling In Love collection (which I actually own in a 34E, and still wear despite it being two cup sizes too small. It is too amazing to part with). And while Falling In Love is incredible in it’s own right,”Bye Bye” embodies such subtle sex appeal and vintage charm–it is hard to ignore. This collection definitely embodies the glamour of the Cabaret, while still remaining classy and utterly wearable. Bye Bye Mein Herr is available in a fuller-bust bra, plunge bra, shaping thong, shaping brief, short, and underbust girdle. Talk about options for those of us who love options! The collection features a sultry black base with smoky grey detail, and clean lines keep it simple yet still sexy.

The Bye Bye Mein Herr collection is a true showcasing of luxury and expert construction, and with those qualities comes…price. As a stateside dweller, I get hit time and time again with this sad and true fact: our exchange rate sucks. So, what is moderately pricey for UK dwelling ladies becomes “Do I really need to pay my rent this month?!” for me. (Note To My Roommates: If you are reading, this is a figure of speech. I solemnly swear not to spend my rent money on lingerie!) I’m not saying that these pieces aren’t completely worth their weight–I’m saying that my broke behind can’t swing it. However! If you aren’t like me, and you’ve just hit the lotto/come into some inheritance/settled a lawsuit/whathaveyou, you can grab your own Bye Bye Mein Herr set over at Hepburn and Leigh!

3. “Flourish” by Freya

Hi everyone, I’m  Jessica. (Hi, Jessica.) And I’m a Freya Addict. There, I’ve said it.

Freya was actually one of the first full-bust brands that I explored when I began my “Journey For A Perfect Bra”. I purchased the Freya Deco (*chorus of angels*) in my old “new” size of 34E, and I haven’t looked back. That first Freya purchase fueled an addiction that would eventually lead to my winning the entire SS2013 Deco collection as part of their Deco365 Competition. That’s 10–count ’em–10 new bras, matching bottoms, and a shaping slip. (BESTDAYOFMYLIFE.) You would think that I’d be done after that, right? Wrong. So, so, incredibly wrong–and I owe it all to “Flourish“:

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Featuring a vibrant tropical-floral pattern on a black base, I think this set is a perfect combination of sexy and fun. Pops of coral/pink and green lend a hand to the playful vibe of the collection, while sexy sheer lace adds just a dash of naughty! Flourish is available in a plunge balcony bra, brief, short, thong, and…longline. And oh, how I can’t wait to get my hands on that longline! According to Freya’s website, this collection won’t become available for (my immediate) purchase until November 2013, which (in my humble opinion), is too damn far away. When it is finally in stores, Flourish will be available in sizes 32-38 C, 28-38 D-G, with bottoms available in sizes XS-XL. Keep your eyes on the skies, folks, and remember: November 2013.

4. “Eleanor” by Harlow & Fox

Once Upon A Time, a woman named Leanna Williams realized that there was no luxury facet of the full-bust lingerie market. So, she set to work with all of her wonderful little woodland friends. They scoured the globe for the highest quality satin and lace, stitched together their pieces with the utmost care, and viola: Harlow & Fox was born. The brand is designed and manufactured exclusively in the United Kingdom, and features a variety of 30’s-40’s inspired knickers, suspender belts, DD+ bras, with a floor-length kimono and gorgeous nightdress thrown in for added glamour. And while all the pieces offered are positively gorgeous, only one collection set my heart aflutter: Eleanor.

photo from Harlow & Fox

photo from Harlow & Fox

Oh, Eleanor. Those knickers are incredible, and that suspender belt has me a little short of breath. French lace and it’s purple? Be still my beating heart. Of course, as is “on trend”, luxury items tend to come with a luxury price tag attached. Eleanor is no different, with prices ranging from £149-£189 for bras, and £95-£130 for briefs. I actually refuse to do the currency conversions for us US ladies, because it will only cement the fact that she will never be mine into my brain.   If I’m not careful, I’m going to have to rename this post “Lingerie Items That I Can Not Afford”. Either that, or I’m going to have to take on a second job to support my addiction. But by the looks of this collection, it might be worth it. ; ) And for those inquiring minds that might have the cash on hand? Harlow & Fox debuts part of their collection in time for Christmas 2013, with the rest following for SS2014!  Sign up for their mailing list over at their website!

 

There you have it, folks. Four more incredible lust items that set my salivary glands into overdrive.  Four more amazing designers that listen to the needs of the fuller bust market, and deliver!

Happy shopping! xx