Ooh, what a pear! Just found this great infographic on clothes and body shapes, check it out!
Lingerie vintage glamour bras and panties glamour
Channel your inner gorgeous geek chic with some amazing frames from Valley Optics! They are running a Pin it to Win it competition over on their blog; check it out here. All you have to do is create an outfit, around the pair of specs you’d choose if you won, from some of the pieces over at Then And Now within a budget of £1000.
Here’s my entry;
I went for an exotic holiday look with this amazing yellow silk-crepe halterneck jumpsuit by Paul & Joe, currently £95.25 on Then And Now paired with these fierce wedges by Atalanta Weller with an even fiercer price tag of £444.50. The Dolce & Gabbana frames I chose are a classic geek style and they cost £129. I also chose the Tomas ring from Kat & Bee, £55 and the Lulu Square Stone clutch from BCBGMAZAZRIA.
Essie nail polish in Orange It’s Obvious tops the whole look off with a bright pop of colour for a really summery feel.
My entire outfit costs £827.76.
Fiona Campbell Walter, Gown by Hardy Aimes, 1953. Photo by Norman Parkinson.
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Do you know who made the underwear that you’re wearing right now?
I mean the actual person, not just ‘La Senza’ which really means someone in a factory in China, pretty as that brand may be. It’s great to find a pair of knickers that make you feel like a burlesque queen or a Victorian princess, but isn’t it all the better if you know that your silk and lace has been ethically sourced and sewn with love?
Hundreds of lingerie designers are adding a personal touch to their ranges by hand-sewing their smalls. And it’s not just the humble knicker getting the special treatment; you can find corsets, bras, teddies and stockings, custom-made and unique to your specifications.
Here are a few of my favourite handmade brands…
Bunny Smalls is a sweet, demure London-based lingerie company. British designer Sinead Bunny was driven to create a brand that celebrated British design and also incorporated her ethos of finding ethical alternatives to mass produced fabrics and packaging.
Her first line was launched in 2011 and her garments combine traditional vintage shapes with contemporary designs, which make for a magical little package of lace, bows and frills. One of my favourite pieces is her delectable Sweet Angel Apricot Bra, which is light and delicate with hints of vintage glamour.
This Glasgow based brand takes its inspiration from the Art Nouveau era, incorporating contemporary glamour and burlesque. Designer Marie began fulfilling little orders for friends and relatives for custom bridal lingerie and so Amuse-Bouche was born.
She carefully selects beautiful vintage treasures, fabrics and delicate adornments which are put to use crafting her unique, hand-made creations. My favourite collection is her Jardin Des Fleurs, which combines delicate mink satin with sweet pastel coloured corsages. She also produces a stunning range of bespoke wedding garters to help combine your something old and something new!
These traditionally designed creations are heavily influenced by Hollywood glamour. As part of the UK Handmade Brigade, this is a company very serious about injecting care and attention into its brand, which is evident in the results.
Each range is named after a type of rose, and the company offer creative workshops for anyone who wants to learn to make lingerie the English-Rose way. The Dainty Bess range is by far my favourite, formed of sumptuous gold and purple silk and a Nottingham lace trim. The delicate craftsmanship is visible in every one of their garments so you can be sure of top notch, home-made quality.
These stunning garments are made to order in the UK and offer a level of style and structure not often found in handmade pieces. The Harlow range in particular has stolen my heart with its romantic shapes, nude tones and gentle lace detail.
There’s something for everyone, and designer Diane Houston has ensured that her intense eye for detail combined with her love of feminine shapes is incorporated within every collection. You can contact them to discuss commission pieces and altered dimensions to ensure that your garment is hand-made to your requirement.
From the braid to the bag, this lady has serious steez.