DRESS TO IMPRESS – Lingerie – Instalment 10

Good Morning Everyone – Sunday again and you might have some time to continue coordinating your lingerie wardrobe – yes, I call it lingerie wardrobe because  it is as important as your outer wardrobe. As a matter of fact it can make or break any garment you wear by showing bra straps, emphasize your love handles or have pantie lines distract from the beauty of your dress or pants. So let us start by looking at which pantie style is good for what body shape.

For Small Hips, Slim Thighs – Illustration No. 1

This body type will look good in any sort of briefs. Obviously, the very skimpy styles, like G-strings or the type held together at the side with a bow or ring, are the sexiest (Illustration No. 1). Under trousers, however, they might show a mark or line where you don’t want one, so a type extending up to the waist would be more practical.

Medium-Size 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 high on the outside, exposing part of your hip (Illustration No. 2). This will make your legs seem longer and slimmer (and sexier). Stay away from boy-leg cuts; they are not only unbecoming but they make your legs seem larger than they are.

Also good for this figure is the type with a wide elastic lace band on top, extending to the middle of the stomach. Under trousers, choose a style that comes up to the waist (Illustration No. 3).

Big Hips, Heavy Thighs – Illustration No. 4

 If your hips are large and you are looking for a sexy panty, consider culottes, slit up the sides (Illustration No. 4). These are panties made like a little skirt. To look attractive, the leg part must not extend more than two inches over the top of your thigh. The advantage of the slit at the side is that it gives room as well as flare to the panty without revealing too much of the leg. (For this type of figure a high cut on the outside is not good, because it will expose what you don’t want to show.)

Culotte panties can be worn only under a full skirt, not under a straight one or trousers. For trousers or a straight skirt choose either a pair of pantyhose that have a panty part like Underalls, or a brief that goes from your waist to the top of your legs, making a smooth line. Should you need more support, wear a brief made from elastic tricot. And if still more control is necessary, wear a panty girdle with longer legs, made from elastic tricot. To make this type of garment more attractive and sexy, buy it in black instead of white or a flesh colour. The darker colour will also make you look slimmer. 

In this case a bikini or brief would be a disaster. Since this style does not extend to the waist, it will cut into the flesh, creating a spare tire. The best solution is an elastic panty that will give you a smooth line from waist to thigh. It can be sexy in a dark colour—burgundy, black, or brown—and in a fine fabric with a little sheen and pretty lace trim.

Flat Derriere – Illustration No. 5

 Many women are unhappy that they don’t have a curvier bottom, but a flat one is easier to cope with than a big one! Unless you need a waist-high style for a particular outer garment, avoid this type, as it will make you look flatter. The panty should stop just above the curve of the bottom (Illustration No. 5). Select lace fabrics to add volume, or at least ample lace trimmings and frills. Buy panties slightly bigger than you need; the extra room will create the illusion of more.

NOTE: Remember what ever style panties you wear, be sure to get them big enough, Asking for a size 5 may make you feel better than asking for a size 7, but most of the time the bigger size will be more flattering to your figure. Nothing looks worse than the spare tire created by elastic cutting into the flesh. This applies even to a very slim woman.

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CO-ORDINATING YOUR LINGERIE WARDROBE —???

Before you go shopping I will ask you to look at the underwear you now own. Start by taking all your lingerie out of your drawers and closets (make sure that none of it is in the laundry). Eliminate the items you wouldn’t want to be seen in. Ask yourself why you bought them in the first place. If the flesh-colour bra was to go under your beige sweater, think back to when you bought it. Are you sure that there wasn’t a more attractive model, maybe with more lace or a better cut? And what about the slip to wear under your knitted dress; couldn’t you have found one that makes you look less like a sausage? With the choice of styles on the market today, we have no excuse for buying underwear that is practical but not attractive.

After the first weeding out, you should be left with items you like and those you need for certain outfits.

Maybe some of the items you have kept are not exactly favourites, but you feel that you couldn’t afford nicer versions. This brings us to the question of quantity. Do you really need fourteen bras and twenty pairs of panties? Most women wear four or five bras constantly; the others just lie in the drawer.

Think carefully about what you need before you buy. That way you can have five really good bras instead of ten or more mediocre ones. Maybe you hesitate to throw out panties because you do your laundry once every two weeks. You can solve this problem by washing your panties when you shower or bathe .

Then you will always have clean ones, you won’t need so many, and you can buy more expensive styles. (This rule applies to every other item, too; buy less and you can afford to splurge.)

When coordinating what you need, coordinate the colours as well. The new shades in lingerie we can omit pinks and baby blues if we choose. Colours like burgundy, navy, chocolate-brown, black, red, champagne, rose, and lavender allow us to select the most becoming and the most sexy colours, that flatters our skin – and consider black and red. (A study of men’s reaction to colours showed that black is regarded as the most exciting, with red a close second.) Beige and flesh colours are not becoming because there is not enough contrast with the skin. Beige should be worn only when outer garments need it; such as, under a white blouse beige is less visible than white 

GOING SHOPPING

Whenever you have a moment to spare, go into a shop or browse in a department store to see what is being offered. You don’t always have to buy, but you will know what is fashionable. Feel the materials and consider how the new colours this season would look on you. Imagine how those sexy styles would make you feel. If you find something interesting, take it to the fitting room and try it on. ALWAYS TRY ON. You may be sure of your size, but a particular model might be all wrong for your figure. (This applies even to panties, which unfortunately most women don’t try on.) I know it’s frustrating to see something you like and not have the time to try it on. But don’t take the risk. You might come home with an item that doesn’t suit you.

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Wearing pretty, appealing, sexy underwear will do as much for your self-confidence than a pretty dress. You should never feel that you don’t want to be seen in that bra or those panties.

Has it ever happened to you that your underwear prevented you from enjoying an adventure? It did to me—only once, but I have never forgotten it and I have regretted it ever since.

My Grandmother’s motto was –  this will stand YOU in good stead too:

ONE SHOULD ALWAYS BE DRESSED TO MAKE LOVE OR TO DIE.

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And Never forget – A Smile Changes Everything!

Brigitte

 

 

 

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Dress To Impress – Instalment 9 – Sexy Bras

Good Morning Everyone – Sunday again – This is properly the day we don’t wear a bra – oh, it feels so good – but it does not help our breast muscles – it allows them to relax – the last thing we want – so let us look at some sexy bras which will reshape us.

This bra is from Soma Intimates

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 flatter the bustline. 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. In choosing a bra for:

A VERY SMALL BUST – MAKING IT LOOK BIGGER:

• A bra with pre-shaped cups (which is formed to look like a well-shaped bust).
• 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 an underwire. This always helps to push the breasts up and gives them a fuller look.

SHOWING CLEAVAGE.

With a very small bust it is difficult, if not impossible, to create a cleavage. However, you can tum this into an advantage by not wearing a bra and having a decolletage down to your waist (if you are brave enough.) It will look sexy and you will arouse the curiosity of everyone who sees you.

A SMALL BUST   –  MAKING IT LOOK BIGGER:

• An underwire bra will do for this type of bust what a padded bra does for a very small bust. It will give support and push it up enough to give a fuller look.
• A push-up bra. Remember the one Warner brought out in 1969? It was sexy, exposing part of the breasts and at the same time giving an illusion of volume. The straps must be on the outside of the cup to create a fuller look by really lifting the breasts.
• A bra with moulded cups, if you want your bust to look round but 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 no-bra looks. The moulded ones give the same general effect as the no-bra look, but they will make your look sexier.

SHOWING A CLEAVAGE:

• A push-up bra that pushes the breasts both up and together gives the best effect.
• A demi-bra is another style for a provocative look. It leaves the upper part of the breasts exposed, plus showing a cleavage.

A MEDIUM-SIZE BUST  – MAKING IT LOOK BIGGER:

• An underwire bra will push up the breasts giving a fuller look.
• A push-up style—again, be sure the straps are on the outside.
•A no-bra can be worn best by this size. It gives a very natural, full look and can be very sexy under knits. Often, however, the nipples can be seen through the soft material. If you don’t want this effect, put plasters over the nipples.

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 moulded full cups; instead wear lacy ones open at the middle.

• 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.

NOTE: For these sizes many styles have the closure in front. this is not only more comfortable when getting dressed, but also more gracious when getting undressed. If you have a choice and are not sacrificing the style and shape you want, choose a bra that fasten in front.

A BIG BUST  -MAKING IT LOOK SMALLER:
• A minimiser bra. This type of 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 moulded round cups. It separates the breasts and gives a youthful look.

NOTE: A word of caution” Pay special attention to the straps of your bras. they must be adjusted so as not pull your breast 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. A sagging look may 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.

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 nipple.

  • TO REDUCE CLEAVAGE:
    A bra that has space between the cups to separate them.

NOTE: The proper was to try on a bra, whatever size you are, is to close it and then bend forward and down. this will place your breasts well into the cups.

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There are hundreds and hundreds of bras out there and I find it very confusing, especially in department stores where often there is nobody to get you another size when you stand undressed in a fitting room. Therefore, I find it easier to go to a specialty store – you will find them by going on-line – the staff is always helpful, assuring you that you got the bra that is best for you.

The right panties and coordinating your lingerie wardrobe will be next Sunday’s topic.

Until then – Never forget –A Smile Changes Everything!

Brigitte