Category Archives: Lingerie

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

Coat of armour

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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Goks Golden Girls – Twitter Takeover

Simply Be along with Gok Wan hosted a live chat to answer all your burning questions on shapewear and underwear. The live chat kicked off at 12.30pm on Thursday 21st February with Gok tweeting live from his account @TheRealGokWan. Questions starting pouring in to the style star with lots of you wanting to know the best way to make the most of your body shape. To tie in with the upcoming Oscars weekend, Gok took to twitter with the hashtag #GoksGoldenGirls with his best supporting underwear in hand to answer as many of your questions as possible on the subject of shapewear.

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Repin to Win Gossard on the Prowl Animal print bra set

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and this month we’ll be giving away a gorgeous Gossard on the Prowl animal bra set and all you need to do is pin it, to win it!

Here are the entry details:

 

Here’s a link to our page to follow.

And here’s a link to the entry pin.

The competition will run until the end of October and the winner will be chosen at random. The prize is subject to stock availability, and in that case an alternative will be given.

It’s as simple as that, now here’s the boring bit:

Terms and Conditions

1. The promoter of this competition is Candid Collections Limited, trading as Simply Be, Griffin House, 40 Lever Street, Manchester M60 6ES. (“Promoter”)
2. Each entrant taking part in this competition shall be referred to as a “Participant”. Participants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.
3. The competition is only open to UK residents aged 18 years or above. Employees of the Promoters, their associated companies, their agencies associated with this competition and their immediate families are ineligible to enter.
4. To enter, Participants must do the following: Follow Simply Be UK on Pinterest, repin the entry pin and leave a note in the description using the hashtag #SimplyBeBra. Only one entry per person.
5. Entries must be submitted via Pinterest. If and when we receive 100 plus repins within the competition time period we will donate a one-off payment of £100 only, to a breast cancer charity.
6. Entries must be submitted between 5th October 2012 and midnight on the 31st October 2012 (the “Competition Period”). Entries are deemed to be received at the time of receipt into the Promoter’s database. Late entries will not be accepted and the Promoters accept no responsibility for entries which are lost or corrupted during transmission.
7. The winners will be drawn randomly from the Participants. The Winners will be notified via email.
8. There will be only 1 winner.
9. The decision of the Panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
10. The overall winners will be decided by a random draw from the Participants.
11. THE PRIZE – one Winner will receive the Gossard on the Prowl animal print bra set from Simply Be, subject to stock availability. If not available in your size, an alternative lingerie set will be given of similar value, subject to stock availability.
12. The Prize is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.
13. If for any reason this competition is not capable of running as planned, whether caused by infection by computer virus, mobile phone failure, line drop out, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other cause beyond the control of the Promoter which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness or integrity of the competition, the Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion (subject to any written direction given by a relevant Regulatory Authority) to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.
14. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.

 

 

Get Gok Gorgeous

This week we’re talking underwear and ladies we have the perfect collection that looks as good as it feels. If you struggle to buy sexy fitted lingerie, or are in need of new smalls, now is the time to update your drawers.

Gok Wan‘s new autumn winter lingerie collection at Simply Be is a show-stopper. The shapewear underwear, designed by Gok is created specifically for your curves. If, like most of us you find it hard to shop for underwear that not only feels comfortable, but looks great too, then this range is for you.

We have fallen in love with the retro prints and 50’s glam look of the collection and we’re sure you will too. Here are two gorgeous photos we took from the shoot!

Gok Wan’s range is perfectly designed to support your curves. The new collection includes a polka dot balcony bra with matching high waisted briefsThis set looks fab giving a 50′s pin up vibe. The high waisted briefs gives light control for your tum, and will flatter a curvy figure. The multi-way strapless bra body shaper is also in polka-dot. Super soft to the touch this shaper will smooth your silhoutte. We love that it’s practical and pleasing to the eye – what more could you ask for!

 

The Liquorice design, features black piping detail and comes in a racer back bra with matching control briefs. We love the racer back look and the briefs have a solid front panel designed to pull in your tum. The Liquorice underwired bodyshaper looks fab under dresses and gives all-round body support!

  

Here is a quick look at the rest of his Wall of Fame collection with these stunning pics. Click on each image for more details and to shop!

     

Buying the right size bra is essential! There’s nothing worse than wearing an ill-fitted bra, so before buying, here’s our handy checklist to see if you’re rocking the right size:

  • The wires at the front of your bra in the middle of your chest should sit flat against your body.
  • The wires underneath your bust should sit flat against your rib cage with absolutely no lifting away.
  • Cups should fit with no bulging over or gaping at the top
  • The back-band should be nice and snug. You shouldn’t be able to pull it more than 2 inches from your back.

This Gok Wan range is available in back sizes 32 -46 with some cup sizes up to G, so there’s no need to wear uncomfortable or frumpy underwear anymore! After all lingerie is to be enjoyed both with and without clothes!

Check out what the man himself had to say as we interviewed Gok about his range

We want it all, but would like to know what’s your favourite piece? x