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Retro Fashion Trends to Bring to your Lingerie Drawer!

By Cheryl Warner

Just like high street and interior brands, the lingerie industry is heavily influenced by high fashion trends. You’ll see echoes of the catwalk in the lingerie ranges of Simply Be just like the fashion pages. Retro influence? No problem. Neon highlights? Of course. If there’s an outerwear trend you can’t get enough of there’s no reason why it can’t find a home in your lingerie drawer too.

Keen to hear some of the trends available this season from Simply Be? You’ve come to the right place.

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Lingerie Basics

Hi everyone, my name’s Cheryl and I blog over at Invest In Your Chest, a lingerie blog. My fashion sense is a little lacking, but my lingerie collection is second to none and I’m pretty much obsessed with ensnaring any willing (or unwilling) victims into bra fitting rooms.

We all need to revamp our lingerie collections from time to time and I’ve just had a complete revamp. But you don’t need to spend a fortune on your lingerie collection, you just need to learn to shop wisely.

In the past, instead of ensuring that I’ve got a bra for every occasion or wardrobe challenge, I would often just pick up the same old sets or bras that I fall in love with – neglecting the bras I really need. Nowadays I’m a bit more sensible and think about what my assortment of bras is missing, when I’m in the market for some new frillies.

Keep on top of your lingerie collection by ensuring you’ve got at least one of each of these lingerie essentials and you’ll never have a bra ‘mare ever again.

The Bread-and-Butter T-shirt Bra

No lingerie collection is complete without a t-shirt bra. They’re generally seamless and built to be completely undetectable under tight clothing, but the most important thing to look for is a sculpted, rounded shape. Simply Be have a great selection of styles which is perfect to tick this one off the list. The Sculptresse Pure Lace moulded bra is the perfect choice to keep your boobs looking pert and perky under the most clingy of jersey fabrics.

T-Shirt bra

Everyday Essentials

When you’re stocking up your top drawer with bras to wear on a daily basis, you are probably looking for two main attributes; comfort and affordability. If you’re anything like me, you’re not a fan of breaking the bank, splurging on lingerie which is going to be used primarily as super-functional equipment for holding up your mammaries whilst you’re slaving away at work, looking after the kids or running errands.

Simply Be’s multipack sets are brilliant options, with packs of two from as little as £18 and packs of four, for as little as £24.

Take The Plunge

We all have those occasions which call for a deep V or a low cut neckline and it’s those times when only one type of bra will do; the plunge.

For many women it’s difficult to find a plunge bra which fits beautifully and it’s one of the most difficult styles to fit. Always be sure to check your bra with the Simply Be Bra Fitting Guide to ensure you get the best fit for your plunge bra.

Bra fitting guide

Remember; plunge bras are not a torture device designed for creating a double-boob cleavage, but about creating a sexy shape, having bra cups which are invisible under low cut tops, all whilst supporting you effortlessly!

Colour Me Pretty

Bring a little more of your personality to your undergarments with some bright, bold and patterned sets. Now’s your chance to be anything but sensible with your lingerie choices. Add something to your basket which you’d be proud to show off, either as a flash of colour with a bra strap on display or a fun, bright pop of colour under a semi-sheer top. Neon is the new nude, don’t you know!

Be on trend and get attention with Simply Be’s incredible ‘brights’ collection. Do you dare to rock a colour clash style? You know you want to!

Boudoir Beauty

Whether you’re a loved-up lass or a sexy singleton, we all need lingerie which is designed to be seen. That’s where sexy lingerie comes into play. You don’t always need to go for the obvious choices with timeless reds or blacks. Orange, white, green and purple can be fabulous alternatives.

Never underestimate the power of vintage, pin-up shapes to make you feel fabulous, it’s without doubt the most flattering boudoir bra style for curvy ladies. Basques and chemises are perfect for anyone who would rather cover up a little and balconette styles look sensational whilst offering the support and shape needed by bigger boobs.

Oh, and don’t be scared of big pants – they’re officially back. No, not Bridget Jones-style bloomers, I mean figure-hugging high-waisted knickers which show off and flatter every curve.

Strapless Solutions

So, you’ve got the perfect LBD with a glorious off the shoulder shape which shows off your décolletage to a tee. This is not the times for bra straps.

Simply Be’s strapless collection is unrivalled – with the world’s largest strapless bra from Naturally Close (with a size range of a B to a K cup no less!) and bust-boosting moulded styles to choose from.

Don’t overlook how useful a multiway bra can be; something which can be converted from a standard strapped bra to a halter or racer-back can really open up a plethora of different clothing solutions. Elomi’s gorgeous Rita multiway can be converted into a racer-back with a genius use of a J hook fastening, plus the latest ‘Royal Blue’ fashion colour is breathtaking.

Blue strapless bra lingerie set

Strapless styles don’t need to be dull. With bright red satin styles and this season’s bluebell tones to select from, you can still set hearts racing with your strapless solutions.

What do you make of my lingerie essentials? Have I missed anything? If you had to pick just one bra for each section which would you go for?

Watch this space for more lingerie-focussed articles from me on the Simply Be blog, to help you with your fitting issues and to show you how you can extend your fashion sense into your lingerie drawer.

Bra, boobs and busting cup size myths

Bra, boobs and busting cup size myths

When it comes to clothes, it seems that bras are the biggest mystery of all for us women. They never fit right, they never look right and all of those letters and numbers don’t seem to make sense. I often liken having boobs to owning a car – someone’s got to teach you how to look after them!

The worst thing you can do to your boobs is wear an ill-fitting bra. It can be uncomfortable, it can make you resent your assets and it can even change the shape of your bust. So hopefully my tips and pointers will help you on your way to becoming a fully licensed bust owner!

The first thing you should remember when it comes to bras is that the letters and numbers are NOT scary! If your boobs are over a D cup so what? It doesn’t make them any bigger than they were before they got that label. So you wear a 40+ band? At least you are comfortable. No one needs to know your lingerie label lyrics unless YOU choose to tell them, so there’s no need to get your bra in a twist.

Your bra band should take 80% of the weight of your bust. Now, fear not, you don’t need to mess about with scales, weights and measures, you just need to ensure that the bra band is snug around your torso, but loose enough that you can comfortable slip two fingers under the band. It should be at the same level all the way around and parallel to the floor. Remember if the band is arching up at the back it will be sagging down at the front and putting a lot of strain on your shoulders. If the bra is new, it needs to be fastened on the loosest hook, as the other hooks are there for when the bra starts to stretch out due to being worn. If you struggle to get the bra on the loosest hook then it might be wise to size up or use an extender.

The underwire in the cups of the bra should fully encase your breasts and sit around them, never on them. The central gore (the part where the wires meet in the middle of your chest) should sit flat between your breasts and if they or any other part of the wire does not, you should consider a size up to allow it to do so. Your breast tissue should be within the cups all the way around, from under your arms to the front of your chest. Double boobin’ ain’t a good look, so make sure you size up if that happens, or size down if you have a lot of space in your cups.

Simply Be multipack bras

The bra straps should take 20% of the bust weight, really they are just there to keep the bra up. If your straps are digging into your shoulders you might need to loosen them and if they fall down a lot give them a tighten. If you, like most women, have asymmetrical breasts you might need to adjust them to different lengths. Just like the bra band the straps need to be at a two finger tension.

If you need to size up or down in the band or cup, you need to take sister sizes into account. As bra cups are worked out by volume, not all cups are created equal. A ‘G’ cup is going to be very different on a 28 band compared to a 40. Just think that if one measurement goes one way the other goes the other way. For example, I wear a 36H in certain brands, but in other brands where the bands are cut looser but the cups are cut the same I wear a 34HH.

I hope that this brief overview has explained the basic of boob and bra owning for you. In my next post I will cover some more of these topics in greater depth.

Five Wedding Day Must-Haves

In a perfect world, the biggest day of your life starts bright and early after a fantastic night’s sleep, with the sun shining, birds tweeting and every single thing – from the violinist to the vol-au-vents – arriving on time.

Of course, this isn’t the perfect world and only the very fortunate manage to get through their wedding day without some sort of mishap. But your heels snapping, make-up smudging and speakers breaking doesn’t mean the day is ruined; far from it. In fact, the odd calamity is all part of the (rather stressful) fun.

To at least try and make getting hitched go without a hitch, take a look at these five essential things to invest in on your wedding day… Wedding mishaps

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Be Va Va Voom this Valentine’s (and win a trip to Paris!)

Whether you’re spending this Valentine’s with your other half, friends, or the cat, we think it should be spent looking and feeling fabulous. From red hot lingerie to super sexy dresses, we’ve styled three scorching looks for a date night look to go gaga over…

Sweet thang

Keep it sweet with this candy-coloured combination. While the subtle sorbet shades and feminine shape of the jacquard prom dress flirt with ‘50s fashion, the cream courts and soft pink lingerie add just touch of sexiness for an under-the-clothes confidence boost. Compliment this nice ‘n’ naughty look with sparkling jewels in a retro flavour.

Valentine's Style: Sweet thang

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Style Crush: Basic Instinct

Basic InstinctStarring alongside Michael Douglas in the 1992 erotic thriller, Sharon Stone plays Basic Instinct’s devil in a white dress (and no knickers) flawlessly. With an icy blonde bob, figure-hugging dress, killer heels and a cut-throat stare, she has to be the most fashionable femme fatale ever to grace our screens.

Throughout the movie, Catherine Tramell (Stone’s character) is dressed in the pale, neutral hues of white and beige. This is a smart move by costume designer, Ellen Mirojnick, who avoids the cliché of dark vampy dresses for the brash and highly charged Catherine and, instead, further fuels the whodunit mystery by dressing our suspect in light, innocent tones. Some might argue that these blanched shades do nothing to fight for Tramell’s innocence; on her, they appear cold, contemporary and sexed up…much like Stone’s portrayal of the saucy siren. Continue reading

Party Essentials

It’s time to hit play on party season and get glammed up for the fab festivities ahead. You shall go to the ball!

Oh how we love party season. The glitz, the glamour, the dancing, (the drinking!). Make sure you’re set for every soiree in town and stock up on these essential style items.

Collarless Buttoned Coat

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Keep chills at bay and arrive in style with a chic winter coat. We love this stylish Collarless Buttoned Coat in a versatile oyster hue. £70

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Berrylicious: Working the winter berry trend

Ladies, it’s time to pack away those pretty summer pastels and give your wardrobe an autumn/winter overhaul with the very berry trend.

This season, we look to the rich berry palette for easy-to-wear style that works from morning til night. Bursting with the sultry tones of rich wine reds, burgundy and oxblood, there’s a gorgeous spectrum of purples and reds to explore when it comes to choosing your favourite shade. Take inspiration from those bottles of red knocking around the kitchen and reach for the dark grape tones of Claret and Bordeaux, or add playful pops of indigo and violet  to your winter rotation.

There are so many ways to get the berry buzz. First up, make sure you’re just as on trend when you’re in the buff by picking lingerie from the plum palette. There’s no better way to pop your berry cherry than with a cheeky nod to the trend courtesy of your undies. This way, you can be sure your bra straps will coordinate perfectly with dark red outer garments and cups won’t show through the fabric.

MAGISCULPT Super Plunge Bodyshaper    Shapely Figures Multiway Ella Bra    Gossard Floral Print Balcony Bra

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Win two pieces from the Splendour underwear range!

With only a couple of months before the festive party season kicks in, we’re getting into the spirit of giving with this super Splendour give-away from our sister site Simply Yours!

Popular lingerie brand Splendour is full of luxurious underwear that not only feels good but looks fabulous too. From beautiful balcony bras, multiway bras to plunge bras with diamonte details, why not sparkle in Splendour this season and add a touch of glam to your underwear drawer!

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Gok Wan Answers your Shapewear Questions!

Last week the fabulous style guru Gok Wan took to twitter to answer all your shapewear dilemmas. Auntie Gok took over our Simply Be Twitter account and spoke to our customers and fans about all things body confidence and shapewear! The twitter chat kicked off from 12.30pm on Thursday 27th June and questions came pouring in for the celebrity star with many of you wanting to know how to make the most of your body shape.

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