Lepel London SS16: Fashionable Lingerie up to an F Cup

If you were around last year, you might remember my introduction for Lepel London, a collaboration between Lepel and ASOS devised to offer bold, high fashion pieces, without compromising fit or your budget. At the time, their size range was limited to A-DD cups, something which disappointed many of you. Their sizing is still fairly limited, however, this season has a few styles going up to an F cup, which is definitely an improvement!

So, here’s Lepel London SS16! This collection from Lepel London features royal blue, soft blush, and mouthwatering brights, and will be released towards the end of March.

Lepel London Paloma Padded Balcony in Electric Blue Full (Lepel London SS16)

Lepel London Paloma Padded Balcony in Electric Blue (Lepel London SS16)

Paloma Padded Balcony in Electric Blue (30 C-F, 32-34 A-F and 36 A-E)

One of the F cup styles available is the Paloma balcony bra, available this season in a delectable royal blue. This is a new moulded cut, featuring a royal blue satin base, navy blue eyelash lace overlaying the band and cups, along with navy blue strappy detailing above the cups. This will also be available in Black. Continue reading

Nude Bras for Women of Colour in SS16

For a long time, the full-bust lingerie world has been largely homogeneous when it comes to nude bras: In SS15, there was one brown bra between Freya, Fantasie, Elomi/Goddess, Panache, Gossard and Curvy Kate, and before SS15, it had been pretty much the same. However, the recent overwhelming success of brands such as Nubian Skin seems to have given the lingerie industry the kick it’s needed for a long time.

Image courtesy of Nubian Skin

Image courtesy of Nubian Skin

In AW15, the number of brown bras between the aforementioned full-bust brands went up to four (Fantasie Premiere in Ombre, Fantasie Eclipse in Ombre, Freya Deco Vibe in Mocha, and the Gossard Glossies in Rich Brown). This season (SS16), this number has gone up to eight, and many brands are starting to phase out the obnoxious use of the word “nude” to mean “beige”. So, today I thought I would share the options available this season. Continue reading

Reinventing the Classics with Gossard

Editor’s note: Today’s review will be of the Gossard “Gypsy” set. While I understand that this set is a remake of a set made in the 1980s and is named as such, it would be extremely ignorant of me not to point out that G**** is a racial slur, still used against Rromani people today. It is not a synonym for bohemian, free spirit, hippie or anything like that, and to use it as a bra name is very trivialising of the Rromani experience. For this reason, the bra will be simply referred to as “G” throughout this review.

As you may know I recently received the Gossard Desire set (which I previously reviewed here), and I surprisingly received a second set, which was the Gossard G Non Padded Bra in Caramel with the matching Deep Short. The G is one of Gossard‘s iconic styles, originally introduced in the 80’s as the bra that “made men faint”. It’s been out of production for a while, but a few months ago, the style was modernised and re-released as a non-padded bra, padded bra and basque, in two continuity colourways of black and caramel.

Gossard Gypsy Unpadded Bra and Deep Brief in Caramel - 30F, XS (3)

My usual size is a 28G, but as always Gossard’s bands start at 30, and as I had heard this particular bra runs a little big, I decided to try out a 30F with XS briefs. Usually, the type of bras I go for are padded plunge sets (as I have quite close-set breasts I find the low gores work best for me) – but I unexpectedly love this non-padded bra! Continue reading

David Bowie Lingerie

As many of you will know, a few days ago, the legendary musician David Bowie passed away. Bowie was an incredible songwriter, a pioneer of glam rock, and a master of reinvention, and due to my dad’s love for him, Bowie’s music made up the soundtrack to my childhood. Many tributes to him have been appearing since his death was announced, and I felt I should contribute in one of the only ways I know: lingerie. So, today I am sharing my picks for lingerie inspired by some of David Bowie’s iconic characters and personas.

First up, possibly Bowie’s most famous persona, Ziggy Stardust! Ziggy’s style was flamboyant, eyegrabbing and androgynous, with his outfits composed mainly of skin tight jumpsuits combined with flowing sleeves, geometric patterns, asymmetric cut outs and fantastical make-up.

“There’s a Starman waiting in the sky…”

David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust Inspired Lingerie

Clockwise from top left: ‘Ziggy Stardust’ (tour photo); UrbanOG Heart Repetition Thigh High Socks; Pleasure State Viva Italia Contour Bra; Free People BTW Bodysuit; ‘Ziggy Stardust’ (Aladdin Sane album photo); Topshop Lightning Bolt Triangle Bra; TAPT Bahamut Catsuit. Centre: Madame V Forever In Love Short Fringed Kimono.
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