Dress to Impress – Garter Belts – Instalment 11

 Happy Sunday Our topic today is GARTER BELTS AND STOCKINGS

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Are you still wearing them or do they belong to the past? Maybe they do but for special occasions they still have a purpose.

Before pantyhose were introduced, every woman wore either a girdle with garter straps or a garter belt. Today garter belts are reserved for a sensual look. If you discarded yours when pantyhose came in, it will be a pleasant change to buy a new one for a different, more sexy, image.

For a very slim figure the narrow type, which is essentially an elastic band around the waist with four garter straps, is the best.

For a more voluptuous figure choose the type made like a little skirt, extending halfway down over the stomach.

There are also panties with garter straps attached, which are good for all figures, but especially for a bigger-size woman. It will give the garter effect, without exposing too much.

To complete the seductive look of a garter belt, wear stockings of the same colour. If, however, black or red stockings are not appropriate with your dress, try stockings with seams up the back or with designs—like a few black squares or dots. Even net stockings can be fun with the right dress and certainly make for a sexy image.

The purpose of stockings with seams or designs is to draw attention to your legs. A sexy leg is always a welcome and intriguing sight, even for the most conservative men

You might wonder whether pantyhose are sexy. I did quite a bit of research, asking different men . how they felt about pantyhose, and their answers were all negative. In fact, more than one of them said, ‘Pantyhose are the worst thing ever invented.’ When I asked why, the reason men gave was that pantyhose wrap a woman up, making her look unavailable, and untouchable—they don’t extend an invitation. When you think about it for a moment, you’ll see the truth of this impression. So if you want to seduce someone, stockings and a garter belt will be more helpful.

These, of course, should always be worn with high-heeled shoes even when you’re not wearing a dress!!!

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If you wonder who still wears Garter Belts and Stockings –  go on line – you will be surprised at the choice and variety – it certainly tells us that there are still many women who wear them.

And Never Forget – A Smile Changes Everything! – (with or without a Garter Belt).

Brigitte

 

 

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DressTo Impress – Find Out How – Lingerie and It’s Appeal – Instalment 8

Good Morning Everyone – here is another Sunday to be lazy – or maybe  you feel like finding out how Lingerie can increase your sex appeal? Let me ask you……………

what’s more exciting than suspense! Think of unwrapping a gift. The best moment of all comes when you’re wondering what’s in the parcel as you carefully open it. Not that the object loses its attraction when you see it, but the suspense adds to its appeal. It’s the same with a woman and underwear. Lingerie is the wrapping paper for her body. It increases her desirability and sex appeal.
Your partner is, of course, already attracted to you, otherwise he wouldn’t be there. But the act of ‘unwrapping’ can certainly add to the stimulation of the evening (or day). And, as you may know, some people don’t unwrap their presents all the way. It’s often fun to keep something back. A little mystery works wonders. I truly believe that nudity does not add to sexual appeal but instead detracts from it. It detracts from the art of seduction. The underwear a woman is wearing, if it’s sexy, will certainly increase the pleasure and degree of eroticism she and her partner feel.
Lingerie gives you the chance to look and be someone else for a special occasion. Change keeps life interesting. A garter belt, a special bra, a sexy pair of stockings can be a great boost to your love life. I’m not saying this just for the benefit of your partner, but also for you. After a number of years, life may have gone a little flat for you too, and you may not always feel inspired. But wearing sexy soft, silky underwear will change your mood. Feeling naughty and provocative will give you back the excitement you’ve missed. Just imagine going out for dinner wearing a beautiful red bra and bikini panties. Besides the pleasant feeling of the soft fabric against your skin, your anticipation of what your lover will say when he sees you will make you more seductive. Don’t feel apprehensive about your image. When you see the effect, you’ll soon forget your worries.

A LOOK BACK

Underwear as we understand it did not come into existence until the later Middle Ages. Most underpinnings started as outerwear and then went underneath, usually because they became more functional. The most elementary of early garments for both sexes was the loincloth, a forerunner of what is known to us as briefs. The corset started as an outer garment as early as the twelfth century, but not until three centuries later did it become an undergarment used by both women and men to improve on nature by artificially shaping the body and influencing the look of fashion for many years.
Another original function of underwear was to protect outerwear— which could not be easily washed and was often made from elaborate and costly fabrics—from bodies that did not enjoy a daily bath. Undergarments were therefore made from cotton or linen, which was easy to wash.
By 1900 underwear was being made from silk, satin, and lace, and was becoming seductive and a fashion in itself. As such, it now had a name of its own—lingerie.
It took the form of negligees and peignoirs, corsets (the Gibson Girl S-shape corset of 1904), combinations, drawers, and petticoats. Image result for gibson girl underwear

Underwear followed and was adapted to the fashion trends of outerwear. In 1907 the French designer Paul Poiret banished the curved S-shape figure by bringing into fashion a more natural shape, and with it the brassiere was born. In 1913 came a new concept of the brassiere, when the American Mary Philips Jacobs (later known as Caresse Crosby) brought but a new soft, short model that separated the breasts.Image result for caresse crosby first bra
By the way, the terminology used to describe underwear has undergone constant change. Lingerie became known as undies in the 1920s, and petticoats became petties. Brassiere was shortened to ‘bra’ in the 1930s. Drawers first became stepins, then pants or panties: only after 1950 were they called briefs.
The discovery of nylon by Du Pont in 1938 is the most important invention in the history of underwear. Its attractiveness and low cost allowed underwear to be less exclusive, less expensive, and therefore available to women of all classes.
Elastic fabrics began to affect corsetry in the early 1920s, when shop catalogues referred to ‘corsets of porous elastic.’ They were further improved by new machinery that came into use in the 1950s, when fully elasticised foundation garments were made and introduced to the popular market.
With the youth explosion of the 1960s, underwear took a dramatic turn. The miniskirt had a lot to do with the disappearance of the girdle, regarded for many years as a must for a good figure. Tights and pantyhose replaced stockings, and made garter belts and girdles unnecessary. Underwear was losing its attraction. More and more women wore only a bra and tights or pantyhose.
The see-through fashions that appeared in the 1960s and Rudi Gernreich’s no-bra bra, introduced in 1963, minimised the concept of underwear even further.

rudi gernreich....... now his underwear line was very innovative for the 60's...with the nude-look bra ( luckily I found a much cheaper knockoff, which I wore and loved)...

The moulded seamless flesh-colour concept took over. Women now wore underwear that was nearly invisible and so were they. This type of lingerie does not enhance any woman’s sex appeal. It might be necessary under certain clothes, such as knits, but I am sure that every woman has clothes in her wardrobe that will allow for a more exciting image than the flesh-colour look. Fortunately for us, designers are now giving us many choices in seductive looks.

Now that we are on the right track knowing what lingerie can do for us (and/or the man in our life) next week we will look at the one item that is the most difficult to buy – A BRA –

Until then – Never Forget A Smile Changes Everything!

Brigitte

 

GETTING OVER GROWING OLDER

HELLO EVERYONE

TODAY I WANT TO THANK MY LONG-TIME FOLLOWERS FOR READING MY BLOGS,  AND IN THE HOPE THAT YOU WILL JOIN ME ON MY NEW BLOG – WHICH IS THE RESULT OF MY LATEST BOOK – GETTING OVER GROWING OLDER –  PLEASE GO FOR THE LATEST UP-DATES TO

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THANKING YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

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2012 in review

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PANTIES – SEXY AND USEFUL?

Hello Everybody

Since we were looking at sexy bras yesterday, let’s now see how the right panty can enhance our hips and thighs.

                                             

Illustration No. 1 – a very skimpy style, like G-strings or the type held together at the side with a bow or ring, is a great look for SMALL HIPS AND THIGHS

ILlustration No. 2 – If your thighs are not as slim as you would like them to be, always choose a style that is cut hight on the outside, exposing part of your hip. This will make your legs appear longer and slimmer. Stay away from boy-leg cuts; they are not only unbecoming but they make your legs seem larger than they really are.

Illustration No. 3  good for MEDIUM SIZE HIPS AND THIGHS. The wide elastic band on top helps to hold you together and gives a better shape under pants.

Illustration No. 4 – If your hips are large and you are looking for a sexy panty, consider culottes, slit up the side. The advantage of the slit is that it gives room as well as flare to the panty without revealing too much of the leg. Stay with darker colors, they will also make your legs look slimmer.

Illustration No. 5 Many women are unhappy that they don’t have a curvier bottom – but it is easier to cope with a flat one than a big one! So unless you need a waist-high style for a particular outer garment, avoid this type as it will make your rear look even flatter. Instead select lace fabrics to add volume, and buy panties slightly bigger than you need. The extra room will create the illusion of more.

NOTE: Whatever style panties you wear, be sure to get them big enough. Asking for a size 4 (sizes of panties are different from dress sizes) may make you feel better than asking for a size 6, but most of the time the bigger size will be more flattering. Nothing looks worse than a spare tire created by the elastic cutting into your flesh at the waist or legs. This applies even to a very slim woman.

Until the next time

                               STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                                     Brigitte

BRAS – HOW TO BUY THE RIGHT ONE!

Hello Everyone

The idea of improving or supporting the breasts goes back a long way. Greek women wore a kind of band around the chest. It served its purpose but did not give a sensual look. When the corset came. engulfing the whole figure, breasts looked sexy and provocative but women were not always comfortable. Today we’re lucky because we can look sexy and be comfortable at the same time, providing we find the right bra. I recently read that over 80% of women do not buy the right size or shape. Here are some tips to help you.

IF YOU HAVE A SMALL BUST – HOW TO MAKE IT LOOK BIGGER

– a slightly padded bra, the type that is padded all over. It feels like several layers of material without any rubber inside

– a bra that is padded only on the lower part of the cup. The padding is like a small pillow supporting the breasts.

– a bra with a underwire. This always helps to push the breasts up and give a fuller look

– a push-up bra. Some of you might remember the one Warner brought out in 1969. It was sexy, exposing part of the breast and a the same time giving an illusion of volume. and they are still around today. The straps must be on the outside of the cup to create a fuller look by really lifting the breasts.  

– a bra with molded cups, if you want your bust to look round not pointy. If you want a pointed look buy bras with seams and darts in the cups.

NOTE: A word of caution. If you want your bust to look bigger or more seductive, stay away from the soft n0-bra looks. The molded ones give the same general effect as the no-bra look, but they will give you a better shape.

SHOWING A CLEAVAGE 

a push-up bra that pushes the breasts both up and together gives the best effect

                                                           

– demi-cup bra is another style for a provocative look. It leaves the upper part of the breasts exposed, plus showing a cleavage.

– a push-up bra that is cut away in the middle, exposing the breasts. If you have a natural cleavage and want to show it, don’t wear bras with molded full cups; instead wear lacy ones open at the middle.

– and if you want to wear a plunging neckline without showing your cleavage, choose a bra with cups far apart and connected by only a small piece of elastic. It will separate the breasts and allow you to be sexy without being obvious.

Many styles in a small or medium size have the closure in front. This is not only more comfortable when getting dressed, but also moe gracious when getting undressed. If you have a choice and are not sacrificing the style and shape you want, choose a bra that fastens in the front.

MAKING A BIG BUST LOOK SMALLER

– a minimizer bra will reduce the breasts up to one size. It does this by pulling the breasts apart rather than pushing them together.

– a bra with round cups, not pointed ones. The pointed type adds volume to a large bust

– an underwire bra with molded round cups. It separated the breasts and gives a youthful look

– a bra that does not pull the breasts up too high. To avoid this be sure the straps are in the middle of the cup, over the nipples.

NOTES: A word of caution here – pay special attention to the straps of your bras. They must be adjusted so as not to pull your breasts up too high, but high enough to avoid sagging. How they feel is not the only factor here; see how you look with your outer garment on. Yes, when you try on bras and you think you found the right one, put your t-shirt or sweater on and see how it looks. This is very helpful, because a pretty bra might not look so pretty under a garment – so check it out.

A sagging look can often result if the elastic straps are worn out. A drooping bust looks heavy and not at all sensual. Remember that a firm, upstanding shape will improve your image one hundred percent.

And if the back of your bra is riding up, it means that you are wearing the wrong size.

And when buying a bra, do get the matching panties right away. Better yet, get two pairs, as they wear out faster than bras.

I know from experience that finding the right bra is not an easy task – the number of bras that await us in any department store is so overwhelming. My reaction is  ‘how can I possibly find what is right for me among the hundreds and hundreds of bras.’ To overcome this taunting task, try a specialty store. There are more and more of them, and that might be because more and more women  appreciate the help of an expert.

May your future purchases be a little easier and until the next time

                      STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                      Brigitte

LINGERIE NOW AND THEN -FROM MY BOOK ‘DRESS TO IMPRESS’

Hello Everyone

Before we go shopping for bras, which will be the next time, let us look how underwear became what it is today.

Underwear as we understand it did not come into existence until the later Middle Ages. Most underpinnings started as outerwear and than went underneath, usually because they became more functional. The most elementary of early garments for both sexes was the loincloth, a forerunner of what is known to us as the brief. The corset started as an outer garment as early as the twelfth century, but not until three centuries later did it become an undergarment used by women and men to improve on nature by artificially shaping the body and influencing the look of fashion for many years.

Another original function of underwear was to protect outerwear – often made from elaborate and costly fabrics which could not easily be washes – and no dry cleaning was available in the 18th century and before. Undergarments were therefore, made from cotton or linen, which was easy to wash.

By 1900 underwear was being made from silk,satin, and lace and was becoming seductive and a fashion in itself. As such, it now had a name of its own – lingerie.

It took the form of negligees, peignoirs, corsets (the Gibson Girl S-shape corset of 1904), combinations, drawers. and petticoats.

       The first corsets were made from wood, bone and iron. Warner Brothers even made one that claimed to be rust- proof.

Underwear followed and adapted to the fashion trends of outerwear. In 1907 the French designer Paul Poiret banished the curved S-shaped figure by bringing into fashion a more natural shape, and with it the brassiere was born. In 1913 came a new concept of the brassiere, when the American Mary Philips Jacobs (later known as Caresse Crosby) brought out a new soft, short model that separated the breasts.

By the way, the terminology used to describe underwear has undergone constant change. Lingerie became known as undies in the 1920’s, and petticoats became petties. Brassiere was shortened to “bra” in the 1930’s.  Drawers became step-ins, then pants or panties; only after 1950 were they called briefs.

The discovery of nylon by Du Pont in 1938 is the most important invention in the history of underwear. Its attractiveness and low-cost allowed underwear to be less expensive, and therefore available to women of all classes.

Elastic fabrics began to affect corsetry in the early 1920’s when shop catalogues referred to “corsets of porous elastic.” They were further improved by new machinery that came into use in the 1950s, when fully elasticized foundation garments were made and introduced to the popular market.

With the youth explosion of the 1960s, underwear took a dramatic turn. The miniskirt had a lot to do with the disappearance of the girdle, regarded for many years as a must for a good figure. Tights and pantyhose replaced stocking, and made garter belts and girdles unnecessary. Underwear was losing it attraction. More and more women wore only a bra and tights or pantyhose.

The see-through fashions that appeared in the 1960s and Rudi Gernreich’s no-bra bra, introduced in 1963, minimized the concept of underwear even further. The molded seamless flesh-colored concept took over. Women now wore underwear that was nearly invisible….and so were they.This type of lingerie does not enhance any woman’s sex appeal. It might be necessary under certain clothes, such as knits, but I am sure that every woman has clothes in her wardrobe that will allow for a more exciting image than the flesh-color look. Fortunately for us, designers today give us plenty of choices.

Lingerie is a good way to start changing your image to be more seductive. Knowing that you look sexy in your underwear will affect your attitude and give you courage to try more sexy looking clothes.

Note: In a survey in which men were asked what the biggest turn-off is when it comes to underwear – 99% answered PANTYHOSE.  So maybe when you go out on a date try hose and a  garter belt!

Until the next time

                      STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                          Brigitte