It’s officially summer! Summer brings a lot of things to mind: vacation, relaxation, breezy cocktails by the pool… oooh yeah. More importantly, summer means bright bras and fashionable swimwear. Take a look and click on some styles inspired by summer and picked especially for you:
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Hurray! It’s time to announce the winners of our Strapless Style Photo Contest! We had quite a few submissions and everyone looked so great in their strapless bra from Linda’s. It was a hard decision to make, but it had to be done. My Divas and I took a secret vote and tallied up the winners – it was sooo close! Here are the three ladies that we thought showed style, great support, and a touch of sass. Find out what these ladies wore underneath it all to get that winning look.
These two divas have quite a few things in common! Their one shoulder orange dresses look so amazing on their skin and are so “in” for this season. They also were both attending friend’s weddings when they snapped these photos. And, they both look supported and stylish in their strapless bras!
Krista, on the left, is wearing the LeMystere Soiree strapless bra. It’s such a smooth and supportive style. Here’s what she had to say about it: “I came to Linda’s a few days before an upcoming friend’s wedding in which I did a reading. I knew I needed the perfect strapless for my new, vibrant dress. This was the first time I tried a short line strapless and it made all the difference in the support for my narrow back and full cup. I felt amazing and was able to dance the night away comfortably and stylishly!” You GO girl!
Kim, on the right, struck a pose while on a bathroom break at her friend’s wedding. Just LOOK at that sassy pose. You can only get that kind of confidence when wearing the right bra, and she sure is. The Elila Longline 6421 provides mega support for B-H cups. Can’t you just picture Kim cutting a rug at the reception? I can!
Keep reading to see the WINNER revealed! (more…)
You’re Invited! Are you on the hunt for a bathing suit for your next vacation or stay-cation? Whether you’re just taking a dip in the pool, laying out in the park, or traveling the seas on your private yacht, Vitamin A swimwear has a swimsuit for you. And now you can get the inside scoop on some of the hottest new styles of the season! Make an appointment now or stop by my Murray Hill store on Thursday April 26th for your first opportunity to try on and take home brand new styles from their Gold (sophisticated, sultry, glamorous) and Silver (flirty, fun and super sassy) collections. The new styles will hit the store that morning – don’t miss out!
I always tell women, “I can only tell you how your bra fits. YOU can tell me how it feels, and how it looks.” Looks are such a complicated thing – they are very personal! And just like our hair, our clothes and our bodies, every woman wants their breasts to look a certain way. There are, however, popular looks. And one of the most popular in my shops? Lifted and separated! Here are three of my favorite bras to give D-N cups this look. And, for those with a more petite bust who want to create curves – shop new additions to The Little Bra Company!
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Let’s be honest, we don’t all have the perfect body. So, unless you are a photoshopped supermodel, it’s nice to have a little extra coverage from your bathing suit. And no, I don’t mean 1920’s Grandma bathing suits. I mean classy AND sassy. Ta-da! The modern day swim skirt!
Hips Don’t Lie:
We all know how to cover our middle with a one piece or tankini bathing suit, but what about hips? From stretch marks to veins, there are lots of reasons you may not want to showcase your hips. Sometimes a boyshort bottom just doesn’t do it. And some traditional cover ups are just too much coverage or totally unattractive. So try a new skim skirt! There are so many cute swim skirts now that can cover up hips without sacrificing on style!
Celebrities seem to have it all: looks, money, fashion… but you don’t have to star in the latest blockbuster movie to look just as fabulous. Believe it or not, it’s all about wearing the right underpinnings. Trust me, we’ve all seen enough wardrobe malfunctions and terrible outfits on fabulous celebrities. It isn’t the money and fame that makes them look so good – it’s a darn good stylist and quality underpinnings. While I may not know exactly what Angelina or Jennifer has on under her dress, I can share my tried and true products that can help you get the same look. Here are a few of my favorite celebrity outfits and my secrets to just what they may be wearing under there…
Celebrity Style: Super high cut slit in sheer chiffon fabric
What to wear under there: A seamless skin-colored panty like the Commando Girl Short. It tricks the eye into thinking that they just might get a peek at something personal, but keeps you covered just in case it’s a windy day. Recommended for: Ladies who love their legs and thighs (or at least one of them). They’ll be on display.
Celebrity Style: V-neck dress down to there!
What to wear under there: If you have perky breasts, you can just use a little double-sided Hollywood Fashion Tape to keep the dress from falling away from your bust. You may also want to use some nipple covers like Low Beams or Nipsticks to keep the outline of your nipples from peeking through the dress material. Lastly, the Braza Bra is made of two separate bra stickers with no connection in the middle so it won’t show. Recommended for: Women with perky or petite breasts who don’t need a super supportive bra or whose breast shape is less full in the center of their chest.
Celebrity Style: Classic white button down blouse
What to wear under there: This look may seem effortless, but it can actually be a bit tricky for some women to wear. A minimizer bra (like this one from Wacoal) disperses breast tissue from the middle of the body, decreasing your chances of puckering buttons. Also, a little Hollywood Fashion Tape may keep the button placate in place. Hint: If you are very full busted with a tiny waist, consider getting a larger shirt altered to fit your slim waist or buying ready made shirts from brands like Campbell and Kate. Recommended for: The classic woman whose breasts look fab in a minimizer.
Celebrity Style: Sleek and expecting
What to wear under there: Moms to be don’t have to limit their wardrobe to over-sized sacks. Pair a slim fitting dress with a pair of Spanx Power Mama Maternity Shapewear or Panythose. You’ll get sleek hips and thighs while still leaving room for your baby bump! And don’t forget to wear the right size bra. Expectant mothers and their bodies go through a lot of changes. Check in for a re-fitting as your bust and belly grows. Recommended for: Pregnant women who still want to rock their wardrobe.
Celebrity Style: Seriously sheer dress
What to wear under there: Woah! For a totally see-through dress you have two choices: You can try to fool them and wear something seamless and nude (like the Commando line of thongs and Girlshorts) or cover up under there. Try a nude slip underneath for a layer of protection, or pair the dress with a black slip for a monochromatic look. Trust me, the mini length and gorgeous lace detail will still get you the attention that you deserve without having to showcase too much. Recommended for: Women who don’t mind almost baring it all!
Celebrity Style: Full figured and one shouldered
What to wear under there: Va-va-voom! To look this red-hot when you have a full bust to support, make sure you wear a serious strapless bra. Two of my favorites for the truly full-busted are from Fantasie and Panache. To accentuate those curves, pair that strapless with a fabulous pair of Spanx or a Squeem. Want it all together? Try a longline bra. Even then, I say wear some fabulous shapewear for a seamless hourglass look. Recommended for: The woman who proudly sports a full cup and dangerous curves.
Celebrity Style: Royal frocks with a lady-like touch
What to wear under there: Nothing says lady-like more than hosiery. Maybe you want to wear a neutral shade to hide a few flaws (c’mon, don’t pretend you don’t have a few veins here or there). I suggest a pair that’s doing double duty like Spanx hosiery! They’ll shape your bum and give you sexy legs. And for a bit more fun, try an opaque pair or go even crazier with a young and exciting print from Commando (bonus: they have a dig free waistband!). Recommended for: Sheers and solids for the fashionista who still wants to remain a lady and bold prints for the girl who can’t wait to rock the runway.
Celebrity Style: Backless and Fabulous
What to wear under there: When you don’t have a bra band to keep things up (believe it or not, the band is the most important for support) you have to go “sticky”. Try using adhesive and seamless styles like the Nu Bra, Braza Bra and the new Fashion Forms Body Sculpting Backless bra. Tip: only apply to skin when it’s dry and free of lotions or oils. Also, don’t expect this bra to stay up if you’re going to run a marathon. Lots of physical activity and sweat can cause it to slip. Otherwise, you’re in the clear. Recommended for: Women with firmer or petite breasts who need a little help shaping their bust but want to show off a dynamite back.
Shine like a star!
Without a doubt, the most popular color bras that women ask for in my shop are nude and black. And, I’m glad! It’s important to get those basic bras. And, let’s be honest, most women who come into my shop are so desperate for bras in the right size, that they have to start with the basics. But, once you’ve built up that bra wardrobe, why not try something a little more daring?
Now that Fall is here, that means thicker tops, darker prints, and bulky sweaters. And while smooth, neutral basics work well in Summer (and still have their place in the cooler months), Fall and Winter represent your opportunity to turn it up a notch! Ever daydreamed about wearing a sexy red bra under that bulky sweater? This is your time to do it! Worried about bumps and seams showing? No worries under that ruffle top! What about some lace under that boring work wear? Go for it, girl! It will be our little secret. No one ever has to know! As long as your bra fits properly (this is always the most important part), you get to decide on the style. And for this upcoming season, red is everywhere! Here are just a few sassy little red bras and panties to try yourself! Do you dare?
*This gorgeous Elenor Balconnet bra from Cleo by Panache is just the right amount of sassy and supportive. Intricate lace design, and a contrasting bow, up the girly factor. Adorable!
*This Panache Tango II bra is a classic! It’s a great basic bra- and now in a not-so-basic color. The cherry red colors gives you sexy confidence, and the D-K cup sizes provide you with the ultimate support.
*This Elila Jacquard Soft Cup Bra is the top in comfort. It’s padded straps and wide back are extra cozy. And did you know it is available up to size 50N? Now you know.
*Glamor isn’t just for those with fuller busts! Get gutsy in this siren red lace Lucia push-up bra from The Little Bra Company. Just the right amount of padding to accentuate petite curves, and a healthy dose of attitude.
*Even Moms deserve a little bit of Fall’s “it” color. Dress your breasts in this divine Wild Composure Nursing Bra from HOTmilk . This company offers such beautiful styles and a wide range of sizes. Ooooh, hot mama!
*And now for something totally fun! These little red ruffle Rumba boyshorts from Honeydew are so flirty! Wear them under a wool skirt…or to show to a friend. Just saying!
Don’t be afraid to add some sass to your bra wardrobe! You no longer have the excuse of “they don’t make sexy bras in my size”. Whether you’re an A or a K, a little bit of red lingerie hidden under a bulky Fall sweater may just give you an extra dose of confidence.
My buying team and I just spent a long but exciting week at Curve Expo NY. For those of you not in the lingerie biz, Curve is a showcase of European and American lingerie designers where we got a sneak peek at the Fall 2011 styles. Here’s what’s in store for the seasons to come.
Fall/Winter 2011 will be full of gorgeous, decadent color! Some stand-out shades were sapphire blue, dark purples and lots of red. These shades are flattering on a wide range of skintones, so we’re looking forward to getting an extra shot of color in our stores.
While lingerie sales are back up, shoppers are still looking for practical pieces. This season’s designer lingerie uses simple yet elegant shapes in high quality fabrics, for timeless styles that can be worn everyday. Forget feathers and sequins – low key glamour is what’s hot.
Longline bras are not just for brides – we saw a lot of sassy fashion bras that go down to the waist. What I’m most excited for are mini-bustier styles that give you the look of a longline bra but are easy to wear under your clothes. This pin up girl style is a new twist on the retro lingerie trend that has been huge over the last few years.
Let’s Get Physical
In addition to strong lines from athletic brands like Moving Comfort and Shock Absorber, regular lingerie brands are expanding into sports bras. We love the Wacoal Underwire Sports Bra and can’t wait to see the new large cup sports bras from Freya lingerie. This trend is also spreading to swimwear with athletic swimsuits that have extra bust support.
If any trend will make women smile, it’s this one! Sales of larger cup bras are on the rise, and lingerie manufacturers have finally noticed. We are seeing sexier bras for DD cups and up with every passing year. Petite women will see more variety too, as 30 bands become common for many large lingerie brands. Even 28 bands are getting some love, with brands like Freya increasing their offerings for smaller sizes.
What styles are you looking forward to for the coming year? Think you’ll jump on any of these trends or stick to the basics? Let us know in the comments!
Bras – we wear them for support but is it too much to ask for a little extra flavor? Women of all shapes and sizes deserve to have the option to wear sexy bras. Read on to see which bras will work best for your body. Trust me, there is a sexy bra for you!
If You’re Petite with Small Breasts
Sometimes you wish your boobies looked like Pam Anderson and some days, well, you don’t. If you’re a petite women with small breasts, you can easily manipulate your cleavage with a bra with removable push-up pads or “cookies.” Put the pads in on the days you’re feeling frisky and take em’ out on the days you aren’t. It’s that easy.
Try This Bra: Wacoal Petites Embrace Lace Push Up Bra – This molded padded bra has removable cookies so you can control your size. It looks great under t-shirts but has pretty lace that will make you feel sexy underneath your clothes. A win-win if you ask me!
If You’re Petite with Large Breasts
A common problem for petite women with large breasts is underwires that are too long. Because your frame is small, but you need more coverage, the underwire pokes through to the side because it has nowhere else to go. This can get very uncomfortable if the problem persists. A great solution for this issue is a balconnet style. Because the cup isn’t full coverage, the underwire is shorter and won’t poke, however, it still has enough coverage to support you.
Try This Bra: Le Mystere Isabella All Over Lace Bra – This beautiful bra has lightly padded molded cups and runs from 32B up to 38F. This feminine style has lace over both cups and a seamless bra band. You can’t go wrong with sexy and comfortable.
If You’re Average with Average Breast Size
You would think with all of the bras being tailored to the “average” body, that “average” women would have no problems finding fantastic bras. This may be true but only for those women who actually know their real size. Because there is an abundance of bras for those sizes, women don’t necessarily see the need to get fit. This often leads to compromising either the band or cup. So ladies, if you’re wearing an ill-fitting bra, get fit! Once you do, your options will expand ten-fold.
Try this Bra: Lunaire Mykonos Front Closure Bra – This adjustable racerback bra has a sexy lace back and v-neck front for those low-cut shirts. This bra is great because it can be worn with tank tops or t-shirts with ease.
If You’re Plus Size
One of the biggest complaints we hear from plus size women is the shortage of sexy bras in their sizes. I mean, seriously, how hard can it be to make a bra in colors besides black, white and beige. Luckily, the manufacturers are taking notice and more and more brands are coming out with colorful and sexy bras in plus sizes. Sheer lace and fun colors let you try fashion styles without sacrificing full cup coverage.
Try This Bras: Elila Jacquard Soft Cup Bra in Lilac – Yes, you read (and see) correctly – LILAC. It’s the newest shade from Elila and it joins the standard colors (black, white, beige & mocha) as well as beautiful deep Valentine’s Day red. This is a wireless bra with non-stretch, triple ply padded straps and a wide band for support. The best part? It runs up to a size 50N.
Still want more options? No problem. Check out our lace bras page for more sexy options. Once you get to the page, you can sort by your size. Feel free to e-mail us with your questions or call Linda’s expert fit hotline at 1-888-262-4887. We’re here to help you and no question (or size) is too small!