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Get Intimate: The Latest Updates in Bras, Shapewear, Tights and Undies!

September 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm , by

As a fashion editor we often discuss topics that may seem taboo or even TMI to some. Asking someone their bra size or their favorite type of undies or shapewear is all in a day’s work. I like to be all caught up on what people are loving and what is new out there. Here is a roundup of some of some new intimate things hitting my radar.

Pretty things I am currently obsessed with: A friend recently introduced me to Fortnight and I was floored. I do sometimes get faint at a gorgeous bra (and a bit touchy-feely) but I was also shocked I hadn’t heard of it, since I am a self proclaimed bra expert. It’s not cheap (bottoms starting at $48 bras starting at $69) but I could tell that the quality is just as beautiful as the look of it. Worth a splurge!

Cheap & chic: Who doesn’t love a good deal, especially when the items are actually things you need in styles that are cool. Smart & Sexy truly lives to it’s name and you can get a bra and undies set for only $15.

Newest bra shopping Mecca: There are a ton great online retailers that sell bras but what makes True & Co. different is it starts by giving you a 2 minute “fit quiz” that will result in giving you options for the your prefect bra… no measuring tape required!

The gift that keeps on givingPantybyPost.com is like a really cool updated version of the jelly of the month. Order it for yourself or as a gift for a friend and enjoy a monthly lacy surprise in the mail.  (Gals, this is certainly something to share with your husbands and boyfriends.)

2 for 1 tights: Hanes Silk Reflections tights convert into leggings by simply folding up the foot. It’s pure genius!

Run resistant: Got L’eggs’? Well you should! L’eggs new Silken Mist hosiery will keep you run-free all season! Guaranteed to be the best $6 you spend.

The latest and greatest from everyone’s favorite, Spanx: Not only do they have a new extension brand, Assets Red Hot Label by Spanx sold at Kohl’s, they also have fabulous lace shapers that have mesh overlay. They’re not only pretty but they keep you just as sucked in as all other Spanxs. (and FYI, the high-rise thong is very popular with celebs!)

Also check out the blog I Love a Good is a round up of everything intimates!

 

*** Got fashion questions? please email them to me at gabrielle.porcaro@meredith.com … you might just end up in our next issue!


Fashion Giveaway: Win a Free Bra!

January 10, 2011 at 9:00 am , by

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Like a proud mama, I absolutely love it when one of my favorite little trends makes it to the big time. And right now my fave fashion color – navy blue – is doing just that. Sure, we’ve all been wearing cashmere sweaters and wool jackets in this rich color for years. But by now I’m sure you’ve noticed navy popping up everywhere – even Hollywood’s A list stars are wearing it on the red carpet. Lame pun alert…we’re all in the navy now!

And thanks to three generous companies, even your bra can be trendy too. Our friends at Victoria’s Secret, Target and Fantasie have all agreed to give away 10 gorgeous, supportive, comfortable navy blue bras each (Fantasie is even throwing in the matching briefs!).

Enter to win by posting a brief comment below telling which bra you’d like. Comments much be posted by 11:59 p.m. ET on February 28. We will randomly select 30 winners. Read the full rules here. Please note the bras are only available in the following sizes: Victoria’s Secret’s Incredible Demi Bra comes in 32B to 40DD, Target’s Self Expressions I-Fit Lace Demi bra comes in 34A to 38D, and Fantasie’s Marie Bra comes in 30D to 38H. Good luck! — Sue Erneta, Fashion Editor


Go Ask Gab: Lingerie Tips

January 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm , by

ss_101490723In lieu of a “new year, new me” philosophy, I decide to clean out the top drawer of my dresser (aka my underwear drawer) and reevaluated my bra collection.  Here are some tips to freshen up your lingerie drawer:

*Get measured for a bra at least once a year.

* Your bra shouldn’t ride up in the back. It should be level across the bodice from back to front.

* Your bra should feel (and look!) good.

* Your cups should not runneth over! That means everything should fit into the bra: When you try it on, lean over and jump up and down to make sure everything stays put.

* Here are the number of bras you need:

  • 3 to 5 everyday bras that you can wear under anything (one should be nude)
  • A strapless bra for formal occasions
  • A convertible bra
  • A demi bra
  • A push-up bra or a minimizer (depending on your size)
  • A sports bra
  • A special occasion bra (aka something sexy!)

* Here are some cleaning tips: Never put your bra in the dryer, use lingerie wash (my faves are Forever New, Soak, and Tocca), and try to wash your bras every 3 wears.

* My fave bra brands are Fayreform, Soma, and Wacoal.

* My go-to lingerie websites are Bare Necessities, Figleaves, and Victoria’s Secret

* My favorite bricks-and-morter store is Intimacy (but you can check out their website for other great tips, too).

Want some more specific suggestions? Check out our lingerie story for the LHJ fashion department’s bra (and undie) picks.

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