Beautiful lingerie for every shape, from slender to plus sizes is now very easy to buy online.
Figleaves, La Senza, Bravissimo, Big Girls Bras, Next, La Perla, Rigby and
Peller, Victoria's Secret or Marks & Spencer all stock a wide range of
products. This varies from the pretty,
to the purely functional, from lacy bras to backless, strapless
bras for halter dresses.
You may be hoping for some gorgeous underwear
as a Christmas box, birthday or Valentines gift. You may also know that to look perfection in the
slender little black dress
at the office party you'll need a little help.
Slinky dresses may require you to wear nipple concealment covers.
Visible nipples are one of the no-nos of dressing today, so purchase petal
covers or similar products. If you can't get hold of them then use a
circle trimmed or a round corn plaster!
You may need to hold everything in with shaping contoured tights with extra
added Lycra panels or a product like Spanx tummy control power pants shown
At Figleaves you can purchase
Spanx Power Panties with tummy control
which slims the thighs, tummy and rear. It will help you achieve a smooth, seamless look for that
little black dress you may have bought at matchesfashion or Net a Porter. You can also
buy the Spanx product online at John Lewis and Tights Please UK.
Power Pants have a high waist to smooth the entire waistline. They
help slim your tummy, thighs and rear.
They make a seamless shape
under clothes and are perfect for wear under cropped shorts as well as waist
cinching dresses and pencil skirts.
Spanx also make a figure hugging
short to waist slip and a full bust to knee slip. Both modern support
products are in the same power net.
I've always been a big fan of
and Spencer. When it does something right, it does it well producing a quality
product at reasonable cost. After a decade in the doldrums when
many of us wandered into shops that were trying harder M&S is at last back
Marks and Spencer do similar thigh
control products with a light control Magic Tummy
Slimmer and it may suit
you just as well as the Spanx does. Their patent pending 'Magic'
products use Elastane. I have recently written my opinion page of the
Magic slimming dress they are currently selling. It is a totally independent
review of the MagicwearTM dress and may help you in your purchase to buy a
basic crepe sheath dress which 'helps' give you an hourglass body.
Apples cannot be made into pears, but you will feel your body is being
genetically modified when you wear it. Read more
A garment to think about is this traditional control embroidered
Lycra corselette. You'll find many similar versions of corselettes at
catalogue companies and top lingerie specialists.
'Me in a corselette, not likely' I hear you groan!
If you have a bit of flesh
that seems mobile - that's a polite way of saying extra lumps and bumps,
then if it suits your body type and cup size try an embroidered corselette
to get a
good uplift garment for the sweater dress which is a
trend of this autumn
Some women have never really invested in a girdle other than a
Basque affair for their wedding. Ms. Average of today should consider
how women of the fifties and early sixties only ever wore a sweater dress
with under foundations similar to this corselette. Most already had a
good figure, but they were interested in improving their silhouette. You
may well think women were liberated when they threw away such things.
But liberation can also mean feeling comfortable that most ripples are under control and not in free fall when revealing your all
woman shape in that latest
This corselette reigns 'it' all in, but quite gently compared to fifty years ago and it is not too
expensive. I have one of these I've had a couple of years and it really is a product I might only
wear a three of four times a year. On occasion there is an outfit that
somehow does not quite gel with your womanly excesses! The correct
undergarment may just lift it and your body into a curvy hour glass without
It's worth having such a corselette in your wardrobe so you
can compare how different types of underwear can work with a dress.
Sometimes it's a soft contour flesh tone Lejaby bra that does the trick and other times
almost ironmongery like qualities of Lycra power nets and uplift wires are the answer. The key to
success is to be open to trying traditional and modern underpinnings.
Bum, Tum & Thigh Shaper
tights especially designed to pull and smooth you
into shape. Pantyhose like the
Bum, Tum & Thigh Shaper
tights are especially useful if you just want to feel
your legs and thighs are smoother and firmer looking without too much effort.
A Google search will soon find you up to date stockist.
First we had manicures being a must have pamper now we have
pedicures which for me is the perfect pamper. Ok a manicure is a
treat, but it's a lot easier to reach your hands than your feet. The
pedicure is one luxury worth paying another to help you with and a good
pedicure usually last 2 weeks whereas that manicure done Saturday can be
flaking off with the chore effect by Monday.
So if you just want to show off a fabulous pedicure, but
like to wear tights I really do recommend are those called Marks and Spencer toeless
tights. They are silky on the leg and wear very well. Despite
being a fine 7 denier leg I find
the toeless band with a big toe separator stronger than the enclosed toe
piece of normal tights. Their toeless tights last me
longer than standard tights and they do not snag as easily. You do
though need to wear sandals or open shoes that cover the area of the toeless
band. You may have abandoned tights for summer, but in winter these
are the solution to smooth legs and visible painted party pinkies if you
prefer a leggy look to leggings.
buttocks - I'm not sure how easily available these silicon buttocks are globally, but I received this
promotional image earlier in 2005 from Chinese producers of the item.
I know some of you will just love
it. My husband and I had a good laugh when we first saw it, but someone out
there needs this product. Rapid weight loss can mean a bottom can just
disappear and clothes such as trousers can look flat and hang badly. I
know this for a fact. When I had radiotherapy five years ago I could not eat properly for months, lost 4 stone and much of
it seemed to be from my rear!
So for bottoms that have dropped south, or disappeared, these new design Silicon buttocks give
a woman's bottom a more rounded shape.
I first saw the latest perfume
promotional photograph of the Beckham's new perfume in my copy of WWD in August 2006. I
couldn't help wondering if Victoria Beckham was wearing a similar product
had opted for transferred liposuction or
if a lot of airbrushing or body manipulation in Poser software had taken place. If your body is emaciated
these buttocks may be your answer for a J.Lo backside.
These silicon buttocks are made from 100% high quality
silicone and I'm told they are soft, comfortable and perfectly combined with
underwear panties. The underwear has a super thin edge for a better fit. The
lift the hips and also reduce the pain caused by long-time sitting.
The latter benefit methinks could be useful for computer buffs welded to
More and more I find it odd that people starve their bodies to an
anorexic state, then add silicone implants Barbie style both front and back.
product is on my Christmas shopping or wish list. Give me diamonds any
Once you have your underwear sorted
out consider some lovely knitwear. Knitwear is varied and will
continue to be interesting as long as the passion for jeans is with us.
People want attractive appealing tops and knits to go with jeans. This
purple stripe long cardigan left is £39.99 sizes 6-22. The blue skinny
leg jeans £29.99 sizes 6-20R/8-20L/8-18XL and purple piped micro suede long
boots £39.99 sizes 35.5 - 43 are also from NEXT Directory. Images courtesy
of NEXT UK
Knitwear this mid decade has gone from the shortest bolero to a shrug, to a hip
length V neck cardigan and to full cardigan coats as above. Wraps and
other knits often have cut or looped fringe, or crochet edgings.
Sleeves are three quarter length, or overlong and flopping over the hands.
Spring 2006 saw crochet revived and autumn 2006 has
a handcrafted knit look to it too. So now is the time to start your own little personal hand crafted knitwear
range and have a wardrobe of fashionable knits at the ready. These
knits in the image courtesy of Benetton show how pattern is remerging as a
knitwear trend for autumn winter 2006/2007.
may also prefer your knits with just a percentage of cashmere such as a
pretty knit wrap cardigan from Boden, with just 9% cashmere. At Boden you can find affordable,
but fun lambswool scarves plus other lambswool or mixed yarn knits.
Do remember that the cost of
cashmere is frequently related to weight. I think many cashmere knits
on the market today are being knitted from the most superfine of ply yarn
with less density, so that the item weighs less and is therefore cheaper to
If you prefer silk mixed in with the
cashmere then Boden sell silk and cashmere mix
If you feel the chill, there is
nothing better to make you feel cosy than soft knitwear. What would Christmas be without a
great new knit? You want to feel warm and pampered or you want to pamper
loved ones. There is no better buy than a cashmere knit. It's perfect for feeling
warm and very relaxed for casual occasions with family. Cashmere allows you to
feel special without feeling overdressed. Wear cashmere with jeans,
a corduroy or velvet skirt and you'll feel a million dollars. Can you
tell I'm a big fan. I just know that every cashmere item I've ever bought
has repaid itself wear for wear.
Ballantyne, N.Peal, John Lewis and Benetton all do great cashmere knits. N. Peal
now has an affordable npealworks range online as well as its world famous
cashmere Burlington Arcade and Gleneagles product shops.
forget value for money
Marks and Spencer's cashmere knitwear. Some of the Autograph and Limited Collection cashmere range
by Marks is particularly well styled in a classic way. From my
personal experience of trying the Marks cashmere I can report I found that
you may find that the sleeves on the Limited
Collection cashmere knits seem extra long. This could be a bonus if
you are tall or have long arms, not so good if they are average or short.
I preferred the Autograph
cashmere knits which seem more average in length an suit my 5'4" height. When I buy a classic
cashmere twin set I always like to purchase a close fitting short sleeve
jumper with a cardigan one size larger. This basic and classic V neck
cashmere jumper below comes in a rainbow of colours all year and can be the
perfect layer beneath more fashion forward clothes. I never fly
anywhere without a cashmere knit like this in my hand luggage or at the top
of the suitcase. Light yet cosy cashmere is perfect for the
fluctuating temperatures of air travel.
At both John Lewis and
M&S these ranges
are targeted around the £70 price mark.
You can get a wider selection of
cashmere knits at
www.purecollection.com. The range includes bedsocks, pretty
shrugs and frilled cardigans, classic knits and scarves.
My favourite Pure Collection item is a wonderful cashmere
cable hot water bottle cover. All products at Pure Collection are
made in pure cashmere. They also do a collection of cashmere goods for
men including cashmere shooting socks, ribbed beanie hats and sweaters.
Like N Peal, Pure Collection also sell a cashmere washing product for
laundering precious knits.
Finally Pure Collection sell from
a choice of over 30 colours of cashmere pashminas a fashion classic.
If you can afford more, try browsing for cashmere knits at the
Ralph Lauren site.
Cashmere knits for ladies ranged from $179 to $755 when I last checked
I love merino wool too. It's warm and
keeps its looks well long term, far longer than anything made from acrylic
yarns. Merino knitwear is also available at
most of the stores mentioned above. But if you seek something
that is more custom made let me tell you about
Constance Eyre a
young British knitwear designer. Constance brings a nostalgic eye to
particularly like these 2 knits and she has more at her website.
Right is her merino wool designer knitted Georgiana Cardigan.
This Wool cardigan has puffed sleeves, picot neck detail, frill tuck stitch
cuff and a peplum skirt. It comes with silver grey satin ribbon and mother of
This pastel blue
Constance Eyre designer merino
wool knitted Fairfax Sweater below is a V neck sweater. The merino
wool sweater has a chunky knitted wraparound V fall neck, cuffs and large button
The knits all have a nostalgic feel
to them and would suit vintage lovers or women who enjoy feminine clothes.
Constance collects vintage knitting patterns from the 1930's and 40's and
uses techniques favoured at that time in order to emulate the style and
shape. You may also like ephemera so could try browsing for old
knitting patterns on eBay. But just as importantly for autumn 2006 Constance
also has some interesting modern takes on styles that have a sixties look.
Her namesake knitwear designer
Constance Willems has a page about her wonderful knitted hats
You may also get a few more ideas from my
page related to nativity and re-enactment or fancy dress
patterns, kid's fancy dress in
stores, paper dolls
or about beauty here. For
latest fashion trend ideas including office party and prom dress for autumn
winter 2007 wear see my index page
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