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Shapewear 101: The Definitive Shapewear Guide

Remember that moment in Bridget Jones when Renee Zellweger had to make the decision between the scary, huge, pants and the sexy black ones? Those scary pants helped Bridget to bag Daniel Cleaver , but nonetheless, she did look amazing in that gold dress.

Gossard Retrolution Slip

If you’ve got a big event coming up and you want a little something extra to help you look and feel your best, there’s no harm in using high-tech fabrics and clothing design to give yourself a helping hand and a super sleek silhouette.

Ender Legard Plunge Neck Frontless Silk Satin Corset

Whilst shapewear isn’t a requirement for dressing well, if you’re feeling bloated or not as firm as you’d like, a good bodysuit or pair of control pants can help boost your confidence and make you feel better while wearing your favourite dress. Here’s a quick overview of some various shapewear styles that might make an appearance in your closet:

Bodysuits

Prima Donna Twist 'Cache Cache' Body

Skinnygirl By Bethenny Frankel Lace Shaping Bodysuit

Yummie Tummie Kayla Teddie

For a quick lift, bodies and body shapers are the way forward. They may look a little like a swimsuit, but trust me when I say they’re very, very different! Bodies help to smooth out your stomach, lift your bosom, make your bum look perky and create a smooth silhouette – all in one! They are perfect for wearing under almost any outfit from trousers and tops, to shorts and tanks, to dresses and skirts. Many bodies have an integrated underwire bra to offer support, but if you prefer to wear your own, there are cupless styles available that often have matching separates, like the one above from PrimaDonna. There are so many gorgeous designs out there, you may find yourself wearing some bodysuits as outerwear!

Body Control Dresses

DMondaine Marilyn Contouring Slip

Scandale Sirene Shaping Skirt

Wolford Tulle Forming Dress

A good body control dress (also known as a shaping slip) hugs your curves, making them look smooth and toned. If you want shapely thighs, a defined waist and a lifted bust, a control dress under your party dress is the way to go. If possible, get fitted for your shaping dress professionally, and be realistic about what it can do for you. A good shapewear dress, like the ones shown above, will give you a sleek, smooth silhouette, but it won’t make you a full dress size smaller. Trying to squeeze into a shaping dress that’s too small will have the opposite effect, in fact, giving you bulges in places you shouldn’t have them.

Corselettes or Body Briefers

What Katie Did Glamour Corselette

Kiss Me Deadly Vargas Dress

Rago Shapewear Lacette Corselette

Corselettes, or garter dresses, are an essential piece of shapewear, and I believe they have a place in most every wardrobe. Corselettes help create a smooth silhouette when worn under dresses and skirts. Most corselettes come with stocking clips to help keep them in place, and many styles are pretty enough to wear on their own in the bedroom or as part of a super-sultry boudoir photo shoot.

Shaping Camisoles

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Body Hush Glamour Sensual Slimming Camisole

The Body Wrap Cinch and Lift Camisole

Camisoles help smooth your upper body and flatten your tummy. They’re more comfortable to wear than a full body control dress and are a good choice if you’re wearing a dress that’s fitted at the top and flared at the bottom. They also work well for pairing with a show-stopping top and a pair of trousers, jeans, or a skirt.

Waist Cinchers

Chantelle Opera Waist Cincher

Agent Provocateur Bridgit Waspie

Hips and Curves Waist Cincher with Garter Straps

Nipped-in waists and hourglass figures are still highly desirable for many women. If you want to add a little extra definition to your waist, a waist cincher or “waspie” will be your new best friend. A waist cincher is a bit like a wide belt that’s worn around the waist to helps smooth out the tummy and support your back whilst helping create a more defined hourglass shape. They are available in a wide range of styles that include front fastening, hook-and-eye closures as well as pull-on styles, and they range from more plain, everyday wear to lacy pieces (such as Chantelle’s), which you’ll have a hard time keeping under your clothes!

Longline Bras and Bustiers

Gossard Retrolution Longline Bra

Playful Promises Lucy Lace Longline Bra

Dottie's Delights Devils Mask Longline Bra

Sometimes a bit of bra bulge can disrupt the lines of an otherwise great outfit. Longline bras, like the beautiful Dottie’s Delights style pictured above, offer support for the chest and smooth your back so you don’t have a visible bra line. Longline bras are structured to extend a few inches lower than the band of normal underwire bras and can also do double duty as a shaping bustier. Longline bras not only help to shape your silhouette, they can also be more comfortable to wear than bras with thinner bands because the wider band area offers more support across a larger space.

Shaping Shorts and Leggings

Va Bien Smooth Couture High Waist Tights

Marks & Spencer Firm Control Lace Shorts

Spanx Shaping Bodysuit

If you want a smooth line under a slim-fitting skirt or some skinny jeans, shaping shorts and mid-thigh shapers are a good option. They help lift your bum and smooth out your thighs at the same time. You can even get shaping pants that help keep your skin cool, so you don’t get all hot and bothered on the dance floor. Because who doesn’t want to look confident and comfortable in their party clothes?

Control Briefs

Panache Envy High Waist Shaping Brief

Triumph Perfect Sensation Maxi Panty

DKNY Light Control Lovely Lace Shaping Brief

Whether you’re slipping on your favourite pair of jeans or getting ready to hit the town with your friends, you want to look and feel your best all day (or night!) long. Control briefs and boy shorts are perfect for lifting and rounding your bum to create a shapely derriere. Control briefs offer everything from light to firm support, and are perfect for those venturing into shapewear for the first time as they are much less intimidating than their full body counterparts. Many control briefs also offer light stomach support and even a bit of thigh slimming, making them an excellent all-around shaping garment suitable for most anything.

Arm Shapers

Cosabella Betsy Half Sleeve Pushup Bra

Leonisa Arm Compression Vest with Posture Corrector

Mary Portas Black Floral Lace Armery

Shapewear isn’t just designed to slim tums and lift bums; there are even pieces to help out with your arms. If you’re wearing a tight top or a dress with long sleeves, you may want to try a back and arm shaper. These can even help with poor posture, a common complaint amongst office workers and those who spend a lot of time at a desk. Arm shapers that stretch across the back help to pull your shoulders into a more natural position can help uncurl your body f you feel hunched over after a long day at work. What’s not to love?

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The History Of Lingerie And The Evolution Of “Sexy”

Fashion’s closest answer to the puzzle of sensuality is simple: lingerie. A myriad of shape, texture and color, lingerie manipulates our individual concepts of sexy and the clothes that represent those tastes. It suggest, it flirts, but it never reveals all. And that’s the core of it’s essence: mystery. Complete exposure could never suffice, as it signifies an e-vite of constant availability. No, lingerie has always been seen as a curious subject, carefully choosing what to hide and what to bare.

Throughout history lingerie has served as women’s answer to questions of individual sensuality and suggestion, and so from the many years of bustiers, bras and the babes that wore them, we’re exposing it all.
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Not to any surprise, the 1800s’ version of sexy was’t any version at all. Any suggestion of intimacy was of a covert matter, an almost shameful secret only divulged behind closed doors and only shared between man and wife. The suppression of sexuality then quite literally translated into sartorial matters: the corset. Nearly every aspect of this garment was engineered to pull, push and manipulate the female body, from the drawstrings that cinched the waist together to the whalebone that pushed the breasts forward. Such constraints had a definite affect, causing women to suffer from organ deformation, crushed ribs and even miscarriage. But the era of lingerie’s suppression would quickly come to an end as fashion’s newest invention found its limelight.

Bloomers and Bras

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With Mary Phelps Jacobs’ invention of the bra in 1910, women were finally getting the choice and freedom that lingerie was meant to offer. Society’s corset requirement began to fade with WWI shortages and lingerie companies were in need of new solutions for their customers, one of these being the bra. Because of the 20s’ sleek and skimpy silhouette, women were going to need underwear of the same cloth, thus also introducing the slip. Much contrasting from the suppressive nature of earlier centuries, the slip granted a newfound liberation and simplicity. Granted, this image was quite androgynous and promoted a sort of boyish figure not usually associated with an image of sex, but by using lingerie to celebrate the female body, “sexy” was exactly the term for it. As styles changed in the 30s and 40s, underwear followed suit and women bought their lingerie in separates: bras and bloomers. These options again were a step in a positive direction, but still had a certain veneer of secrecy. Something would need to break this wall in order for a more available version of “sexy” to be found.

The Curves of Rebellion

pin up collageGil Elvgren, Harry Eckman

But with the 1950s, lingerie finally developed its overt display and societal acceptance. The image of sex could finally become tangible, and this was in part due to the rise of pin-up girls. Pin-up girls were pictures of often scantily-clad models printed on posters for the walls of America. On these models were the lingerie trends of the decade, advertising everything from seamed stockings and girdles to bustiers and corselets. In total, these trends encapsulated the newest image of sex: curves. With the 60s and 70s continued an era of sexual liberation and lingerie styles again evolved, but almost in a digressional manner. The 60s version of underwear was no underwear, as seen in the decade’s infamous bra burning and invention of the No-Bra. The 70s had a return to lingerie, but in a sleeker sense with trim nightgowns and loose fabrics.

Cher And Body Suits: A Love Affair

PicMonkey CollageMarie Claire

80s lingerie could not be explained without Cher, who was famous for debuting this little number in concert. Lingerie had officially gone back to the one-piece or teddies that had been forgotten for quite some time. Along with the body suit, popular styles were thongs, g-strings and any piece with a high-cut leg. Much opposed to the 80s’ version of sex, the 90s found its version in an androgynous display of very little clothing. The most commonly known example was in Calvin Klein’s controversial ads of the decade. Even though he was technically selling clothing, his models often wore no clothing at all, challenging ideas of nudity and the connotations of sex that go with them. In addition he created the unisex Calvin Klein waistband to prove that sexuality didn’t always have to be determined by gender. While his ideas and ads were widely known, they were also heavily censored and even faced a few child pornography charges. Still, his ideas of sex represented a new version that defied past standards and limitations.

The New Sexy

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Today lingerie is obviously more accessible than ever in a variety of forms, but more importantly it has contributed a modern version of sexy completely unique from past eras. This new version is not about what’s covered up or not, but about the woman underneath it all. A woman of confidence. A woman of strength. A woman who encapsulates whatever sort of sexy she wants.

After all of these years, we’re happy that this is the sort of woman that lingerie has become.

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Information on Types of Lingerie – Comfortable or Glamorous

Buying lingerie for women is a very personal and individual process. You can purchase lingerie for your self keeping your comfort in mind or you can buy it to entice your mate by looking really hot and drop dead sexy in it. But whatever your preference there is a wide selection to choose from. Lingerie comprises not only basic lingerie, i.e., brassieres and panties but also corsets, body stockings, chemises and night-wear. There is also costume lingerie that can be purchased that has themes.

When buying lingerie for yourself you must give most care to comfort. These are often made of pure cotton with comfy styles. They can be of varied colors and prints. This is the underwear you wear everyday so there is no need for it to be fancy or elaborate. But it can also be made of silks and satins, be embroidered, or even have lace. Just because it is only for yourself does not mean you can’t be pampered. Glamorous lingerie on the other hand is far more elaborate.

Fancy lingerie is usually purchased when you keep your mate in mind. It is not generally for you but more to show off to your mate, be it your husband, boyfriend or passing fancy. The carnal act between a man and a woman can be greatly spiced up with the use of glamorous lingerie. These are found in more vibrant colors and prints ranging from romantic reds to demure whites to sexy blacks. Their styles are designed in a way to attract your man and to excite him. These are usually tight and body hugging and when coupled with the right stockings and heels can drive your guy wild. They can also be found with themes. Costume lingerie like a French maid’s outfit, or a cat suit, of police uniform based one are hugely popular because they can be used for role playing during foreplay.

Lingerie stores generally stock all kinds of underwear. So you can just go down to these stores in malls and pick out the ones that you would like to adorn. But some women feel a little embarrassed to purchase lingerie especially the glamorous kind and feel terribly self conscious at these stores. The best alternate for them is purchasing them online. this way you can go to different websites and pick out the one you want without feeling any embarrassment. On the internet you will also have a better selection to choose from.

How to Select the Right Lingerie For Your Partner

No need to feel intimidated any more when buying lingerie for your partner. At www.blushingnights.com,they will guide you through the selection process and assist you in purchasing the most suitable and appropriate garment for any occasion.

Generally, when buying lingerie for your partner there are several factors to take into consideration. The following list will better assist you in making the best selection for your partner.

1. What is the occasion? Honeymoon, Anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or just in a crazy mood. Either way it is important to select an outfit that will accent the occasion and create the mood you are looking to achieve.

2. What is her size? This is the most important of all. You need to make sure you know the right size in order to avoid any embarrassing moments.

3. What is her favorite material and color? Besides wanting to see your partner in something erotic and sexy it is important that she will be comfortable in the fabric she will wear for you. Never get her something in a color she hates, it will set the tone for how she feels for the rest of the outfit.

4. How about accessories? It is always a great idea to put together an outfit or ensemble that will be complete. Remember, you want her to know that you see every part of her as sexy and beautiful. So get the accessories that will compliment her hair, her arms, and her legs for the complete gift you both will never forget.

Sexy Corsets – Reinventing Lingerie

This week we shall talk about one of the most treasured heritage for women’s underwear – Corset. Corsets give us the impression of tightly pinched waists and straps that knock the breath out of women. It was probably true of corsets back during the Victorian times, but modern corsets are much more comfortable than corsets of yesteryear.

Furthermore, corsets used to be an inner garment worn to accentuate the fullness of a woman’s figure. Corsets are used for the same reason today, but not as an inner garment. In fact, modern fashion has the corsets designed specially to show them off by wearing on the outside.

The hourglass figure is an eternal statement of perfect feminine figure, and the corset was designed to train the female body into this epitome of perfection. The vintage corset had stiff wooden or ivory supports which held the body frame in place but were very rigid and uncomfortable to wear. However, in their quest for the ideal body form, women wore the corsets no matter how painful it was, and there were documented incidents were women actually fainted from wearing one.

Luckily for the women of today, modern corsets are much more comfortable and are designed to make women feel much more confident of themselves. Corsets are worn on the outside as an upper garment; these are known as dress corsets. They are slightly modified from the concept of old corsets and can be made with denim and with modern additions like zippers. These corsets are decorated with laces and frilly straps for a sexy look and can be a tad bit revealing to set the senses on fire. Even more revealing are the lingerie corsets. These are the true heirs of the vintage corsets. These inner garments are very erotic and are used as sexy clothing for bedroom antics.

When wearing corsets, it is important to let a new piece condition to your body shape over sometime. It might be slightly uncomfortable to begin with, but after a week or so, when the corset have been suitably adjusted to you, it will be much more comfortable to wear.

You can try wearing a tube top underneath your corset to isolate any contact between the corset and your skin. This will reduce any irritation arising from trapped moisture between the corset and your skin.

It is also a good idea to get more than one set of corset for wearing alternately. This allows time for your corsets to wear well and to be aired. But do not fold or roll your corsets when you air or store them. Hang them over a chair or specialized corset hangers to retain their shape.

Corsets are a legacy from the Victorian era, and they have been reinvented again and again over the past century. Today, corsets are worn as both lingerie and also as dresses. Corsets are a window to the past and also a fashionable wear today. It will do wonders for your posture and shape the lovely figure that you always desire.

Please visit all Rose Secret’s Selection of Victorian Corsets at http://www.lingerie-supplies.com/corsets–bustiers-lingerie.html. With the affordable pricing, you would find that to own a piece of sensational Victorian boning corset is not a dream anymore.

Tips For Men Buying Lingerie This Valentine’s

The most romantic day of the year is fast approaching as is lady’s expectations to receive the most perfect gift a man can buy. The easiest gift options and the most cliché gifts are flowers and chocolates, yet lingerie is always the one gift that men tend to avoid. However, with a little planning and thought there are ways to ensure that you pick the perfect lingerie which could consequently be the best Valentine’s gift your partner has ever received.

Colour & Style
Take careful attention to what she currently wears in terms of the style and colour and to the piece she wears the most. Is there a colour that she wears more frequently than others and does she have a favourite colour? Although it is the symbolic colour of love, you do not always have to buy red on Valentine’s Day, there is so much more choice in lingerie today. If you’re quite stuck then black is always a good option and also the softer shades such as champagne, peach or cream, but don’t go for white if it’s a lingerie gift. Other than colours, take a look at what style she likes. Choosing something sexy does not always mean it must be lacy – smooth fabrics such as silk or satin are luxurious and will be a perfect choice.

 

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Size
Make sure you do your homework and buy the correct size. If you get the chance take a sneaky peak through her underwear draw to see what size she is – you can’t just take a wild guess as this could turn into a disaster on Valentine’s Day if it ends up being too big!

Alternatives to Lingerie
If you are struggling to find the correct lingerie gift or you are worried about getting her bra size right then try considering other options. Try nightwear lingerie – there are many vintage pyjama sets around but for something a little sexier try a chemise – a short night gown made out of light material – or a silky robe.


Shopping Online
Shopping for lingerie can be quite a daunting and embarrassing experience for men, however, there is now a solution…buy online. There is now a vast amount of lingerie available to buy online, with a range of sizes, colours and designer variations. Rose Secret store offers help and advice via email and telephone so if you’re stuck just ask!

By Sally Nightingale