Designs for Lazy Living

On The Ocean Breeze - New Swimwear Arrivals at Lazeme

Now the weather is hotting up, our thoughts are turning to sandy beaches and warm oceans. Sipping a pina colada from a coconut underneath a palm tree sounds perfect right about now. So, if you’re ready to escape the 9-5 and embrace your inner Moana then we have some perfect swimwear for you! And don’t worry, you don’t even need the bod of a demi-god to look good in these beauties. 

 

Freya Island Girl

 

 

 

Springtime Skincare

skincare routines

It’s officially hit the point where we can get our required vitamin D from the sun again (hurray, bye bye Winter!), so here are a few tips to help you make the most of the sunlight and give your skin a sun-kissed healthy glow.

·       Exfoliate – It’s time to kiss goodbye to the dead cells of Winter that can add dullness to your complexion. So, grab your favourite scrub and get buffing away to reveal your inner glow!

·       SPF Protection – Even before the heat of Summer (fingers crossed), the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can cause skin damage and premature ageing, so be sure to add products with SPF to your skincare regime.

.       Cleansing ­– Fallen behind a bit on a cleansing routine in the Winter months? Worry not, now is the perfect time to Spring clean your skincare! Just 1-2 minutes of cleansing a day will lead to clearer and healthier looking skin.

What are your favourite skincare routines to get ready for the warmer months?

Happy Spring everyone!

Feeling the workday starting to drag? Fed-up of April showers? Fear not, we’re here to brighten up your day and add some sizzle! So, pour yourself a cup of tea, grab a biscuit and get settled in while we liven up your lunch hour.

On The Ocean Breeze…

Now the weather is finally getting warmer (freak snowstorms, we’re ignoring you), our thoughts are turning to sandy beaches and warm oceans. Sipping a pina colada from a coconut underneath a palm tree sounds perfect right about now. So, if you’re ready to escape the 9-5 and embrace your inner Moana then we have some perfect swimwear for you! And don’t worry, you don’t even need the bod of a demi-god to look good in these beauties. 

Freya are absolutely killing it with the Sundance UW Padded Hi-neck Crop Bikini Top & Hipster Bikini Brief. The beach-ready cobalt is combined with a modern tribal print that will help you sizzle this Spring/Summer.

 

Elomi have gone totally tropical in this beautifully flattering Cubana Moulded Cup Swimsuit. The swimsuit features clever panelling and a smoothing effect to give the perfect silhouette poolside. 

It’s fair to say Disney’s Polynesian princess has had a huge influence on fashion this year, with tribal and tropical patterns and bold, punchy brights taking centre stage. Fantasie’s Mahe UW Halter Tankini Top & Mid-Rise Bikini Brief add some stylish sophistication to high-fashion.

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London Calling #LFW

LONDON FASHION WEEK
London Fashion Week (hereon known as LFW) was in full swing this week. Celebrity spots included Daisy Lowe, Alexa Chung, Kate Bosworth and Agyness Deyn who were all on-board to see the Autumn/Winter 2017 fashion shows. While editors and bloggers are busying themselves reporting solely on the upcoming apparel looks straight from the catwalk, we’re here to break down exactly what to wear underneath the top three trends. Here is our round-up of the key looks from Versace, House of Holland and Emilia Wickstead – and our take on how to fit your lingerie around (and under!) them. 
 
Versace raves on
Versace
(Instagram photo credit @ versace_official)
 
Donatella Versace’s show was a tribute to the 1990’s, with full on rave music pumping from the runway. The hard-core/techno homage drew in a crowd which featured Rocco Ritchie and Jourdan Dunn. The show was opened and closed by the Hadid sisters and featured loud and proud branding (think ‘Versace’ emblazoned on necklines of evening dresses and puffed-up jackets). 
 
This look was all about lack of structure, think loose fitting t-shirts and leggings – given shape with Ziggy Stardust inspired tailored jackets. To keep the feel relaxed, look for lingerie that is comfortable and unstructured like the Wacoal Embrace Lace Softcup bra. This beauty of a bra gives all the support, in a natural and subtle way. 
 
House of Holland goes American
House of Holland
(Instagram photo credit @ houseofholland)
 
Henry Holland is most famed for political statements and provocative slogan T-shirts, so it was with a level of expectation that we braced ourselves for some poignant direct statements. However, the designer went against the grain with an all-out homage to Americana – particularly mid-west America, in a collection he christened “a love letter to America”. Key pieces included fringed shirt dresses, cowboy boots and hats, and checked mini-skirts. 
 
In terms of lingerie, the look was varying – there was a homage to Dolly Parton with substantial bust lift, to a ‘barely there’ appearance with all shape hidden under oversized sweaters. To get down with the ‘boost’ approach, shop the Wacoal Amazing Assets Push-Up bra or opt for a more natural shape with the Wacoal Eclat Contour Bra, in a perfectly patriotic hue. 
 
 
Emilia Wickstead does denim
Emilia Wickstead
(Instagram photo credit @ fashionmodel.it)
 
Emilia Wickstead counts Gwyneth Paltrow as a muse, and has just dressed Emma Watson for her ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Premier. In fact, the designer fashion-house has become famed for their feminine and chic signature – so we fully expected LFW to be all about statement bygone eveningwear. It was, therefore, with somewhat of a surprise that the fashion power-house took the heavily walked path of denim and print. However, while it wasn’t ground-breaking, it was a bold statement from a designer who was obviously working hard to get out of their comfort zone with sleeveless denim tops and floor sweeping maxis. 
 
This look relies heavily on the power of a strapless bra, to be paired with asymmetrical necklines and strapless bodices. If you love the look, make sure you invest in the Btempted Faithfully Yours Strapless Push Up Bra to avoid unsightly bra straps, without forgoing lift. 
 

It's All in the Detail - Lingerie That's As Special and Unique As You

You are special. Isn’t time to treat yourself to some beautiful pieces of lingerie which reflect this and make you look and feel as unique as you are? 
Wacoal Eclat Elomi Soraya
 
Well look no further, the following pieces are all gorgeous yet all have a certain something which makes them stand out from the crowd. Whether its embroidery, lace or fantastic back detailing look no further because we've done all the searching for you so sit back, browse and pick the perfect bra for your personality: -
 
The first beautiful piece we want to talk about is the Btempted B. Cherished Bra in Lotus Pink. This stylish bra in a delicate shade of pink is so pretty and feminine it would be an amazing addition to anyone’s lingerie drawer. Underwired and with gorgeous corsetry detailing on the cups it has a scalloped frame which finish it off beautifully. There is a cute decorative striped bow at the front adding a flirty feel to confetti stretch lace. Yep it’s true ladies, you can have comfort and beauty all at once! There are matching items available to create the complete package.
 
Btemptd b.cherised bra
 
The next piece on our ‘Must Have’ list is the Wacoal Eclat Contour Bra. This bra is sophisticated yet chic and has oodles of details which make it very special indeed. Developed in Switzerland, the Eclat Contour has smooth moulded satin cups which provide a silky-smooth feel inside and out. There is a stylish ‘v’ centre detail at the front which is embellished by a satin box bow and finished beautifully with a jewel and pearl drop. The star feature of this piece though has to be the gorgeous back which combines embroidery detail and exquisite lace at its finest. If you want something grown up but with a feminine touch this is the bra for you.
 
Wacoal Eclat
wacoal eclat back
 
The Wacoal Vision Front Fastening Bra is part of the new Vision Collection from Wacoal and is ultra-feminine. This is a very pretty bra but also offers practical shapewear solutions and under clothes has a very smooth look so no need to worry about that outline when you’re wearing your favourite top! The front fastening clasp finishes off the low centre front beautifully and enables the gorgeous lace detailing on the back which is definitely the highlight of the piece. As it’s available in a wide range of colours there’s one to suit every outfit.
 
Wacoal Vision
 
Wacoal Vision
 
If you’re looking for a bra which changes with you but still looks and feels wonderful then the Btempted B.Inspired Push Up Bra in Very Violet is definitely the one for you. It has a perfect combination of diamond and floral lace and gorgeous back detailing which is finished beautifully with accents of soft grey embroidery. A definite plus is that you can slide the straps together or apart to go from a traditional bra to a racer back depending on what you are wearing. The best part of this piece though is the deep plunge push up which creates a kissing cleavage and who doesn’t want that!
 
Btemptd b.inspired
 
Btemptd B.inspired
 
If you’re looking to make a statement then you definitely need the Elomi Soraya Plunge Bra in your life! This piece was definitely created to be seen, with its unique strapping detailing at the front and vibrant floral print it will make you feel confident, bold and able to deal with anything. This eye-catching bra with an on-trend twist provides plunge without push up and with matching items available there is nothing stopping you! 
 
Elomi soraya
 
The final piece (and one of our personal favourites) is the Tutti Rouge Sukki Bra. Another bra with beautiful strapping detailing, the Sukki gives you two looks in one bra enabling you to move smoothly from day to night in seconds. For the day, you can enjoy the 3-part padded balconette style which gives a fabulous round cleavage and amazing push up. Then at night add some sass with the detachable caging to unleash your inner vamp. The sweetheart shape sliders on the straps and black bow at centre front finish it off with absolute perfection.
 
Tutti Rouge Sukki
 
So, there you have it – a bra for all occasions. Treat yourself to one of these gorgeous, flirty yet unique pieces and we guarantee your boobs will love you forever!! 
 
The Lazeme Girls
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Statement Pink Lingerie to Rock This Spring

Wacoal Retro Chic in Raspberry
 
Featured on the recent New York Fashion Week runways, pink is definitely a colour to rock this spring. It's a fun and flirty colour that evokes the season of spring and new beginnings. As a fashion know-how staple; wearing colours that suit you makes significant a difference to how you look and the effect is further enhanced by the tone of colours you wear. To make sure you are looking at your best this spring we have composed a guide on how you can enhance your features with distinctive shades of pink lingerie we have in our new collections by Freya and Wacoal.
 
When matching colours to your skin tone it's not only your skin tone that matters but also your skin undertones. These undertones are classified in three categories, which are warm, cool and neutral. 
 
There are a few practical steps that you can take to find out what your skin undertone is. Here are three ways you can find this out.
 
1.Look at the colour of your veins on your wrist. You may observe that they either look blue or green. If your veins look blue you have a cool undertones whereas green veins indicate warm undertones.
 
2.Try on silver and gold jewellery. People with cool undertones look better in silver jewellery yet people with warm undertones suit gold jewellery more. Do you see what looks better on your skin tone?
 
3.Our final step for finding out your skin undertone is looking at the way your skin reacts to the sun. If your skin tans you have warm undertones. If you burn easily or become red before you tan you have cool undertones. This cool category also counts for people who burn and have medium or dark skin colour.
 
So where does our Lazeme collection fit in? Luckily for you a pale pink colour is universally flattering. Therefore you could all suit our new Pink Parfait coloured Vision collection by Wacoal.
 
Wacoal Vision Classic Bra in Pink Parfait
 
This beautiful stretch leavers lace bra looks delicate and pretty and suits its whipped cream namesake. It features florals that are perfect for spring.
 
Those with cool skin undertones particularly suit paler pink colours or colours with a bluish/ purplish undertone. A bold statement can be found in our Wacoal Chrystalle collection in Morello Cherry Pink. This set pictured features leavers lace and it is the newest addition to the Wacoal range. A refined and elegant piece, it combines elaborate decorative leavers lace with a dainty dot sheer mesh.
 
Wacoal Chrystalle in Morello Cherry Pink
 

Warm skin undertones suit bold fuchsias and coral tones of pink. The fuchsia look of the Freya Tempo lingerie in Raspberry is nostalgic and classic. As we revisit the full coverage bra look with a high centre we are jazzing things up for those with warm skin undertones for spring.

 

Freya Tempo in Raspberry

 

 

Our Freya Fancies collection new to our store in Candy Pink leans towards the coral end of the spectrum that suits warm undertones. This alternative bra featured here is expertly crafted in a bralette style.

Freya Fancies bralette in Candy pink

 

 

So there you have it. A guide to making you look your spring best . Take a look at our new collection under the ‘Lingerie’ tab on our site.  Be pretty in pink this spring.

 

The Lazeme Girls

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Fantasie Jacqueline Lace Bra and Lingerie Collection

Fantasie Jacqueline Lace

Fantasie Jacqueline Lace

Fantasie Jacqueline Lace

Fantasie Jacqueline Lace is based on the Fantasie Jacqueline frame and has exquisite and exclusively designed all-over corded French Lace.  Available in soft shades of slate grey, navy blue, soft beige and ivory.

Full Cup Bra in Jacqueline Lace by Fantasie Lingerie

The Full Cup Bra ffers a full cup coverage with the addition of side support.

Wide wired for additional comfort and support, this three piece cup with side support offers great uplift and forward projection.

There is side support with fuller coverage in the cup and underarm.  The top cup has an elasticated edge for ease of fit at neck edge.

Features a toe back to give central pull through the straps and to prevent shoulder strap slippage.  Padded hook and eye for comfort.

Exclusively designed corded French Lace.

Available from a D to H Cup.

Fantasie Jacqueline Lace

The Brief features full French Lace front.

Fully lined for modesty and comfort.  Lovely soft handle fabric.

Exclusively designed corded French Lace.  Available sizes XS - 2XL

Fantasie Jacqueline Lace Thong

The Brazilian thong features full French Lace front.

Fully lined for modesty and comfort.  Lovely soft handle fabric.

Exclusively designed corded French Lace.  Available sizes XS - XL

 

Arriving May 2017 - The Jacqueline Lace Body and Soft Cup Bra in Navy and Ivory

 

Fantasie Grace Bra in White with gorgeous Austrian Embroidery

New Season Lingerie must-haves

Fantasie Grace full cup bra

Fantasie Grace UW Full Cup Bra White
 
NEW ARRIVAL
 
The NEW Fantasie Grace is based on the best-selling Fantasie Belle range.  Grace offers the renowned classic shapes: balcony and full cup with delicate Austrian designed floral embroidery.
 
This pretty bra combines a pretty embroidery detail with a classic shape and full coverage.
 
A very feminine three piece cup bra with inner sling for natural rounded shape and additional support.
 
The exquisite Austrian designed embroidery on the top cup really adds a gorgeous finishing touch and it extends onto the shoulder straps and cradle.
 
Opaque simplex bottom cups for comfort and support.  Features centre pull back straps for comfort and support.
 
Underwired with adjustable straps.
 
This bra is available in DD to JJ cup sizes.
 
Matching briefs available separately.
 

 

By Fantasie Lingerie

Wacoal Frivole Bras, Briefs and Lingerie Collection

The New Wacoal Frivole Lingerie Collection

Wacoal Frivole

Be embraced by impeccable fit and sensuous fabrics with the all new Frivole.  Boasting a delicate two-tone stretch lace with an eye-catching art-deco inspired motif.  This collection is fine and soft to the touch.  Complete with a scallop mesh edge, keeping styles flat against the skin and maintaining shape.

New In today is the Frivole in the elegant black and nougat colour combination.

The collection comprises an UW bra, padded balcony bra, soft cup contour bra, uw contour push up bra, briefs, shorts, tanga and control brief.  Together with a beautiful chemise, Frivole Lingerie is chic and sexy and will make you feel ultra-feminine.

Wacoal Frivole Padded balcony bra

The padded balcony bra offers super push up without additional cookies.

There is a three-section foam inner cup giving a rounded natural uplift.  Beautiful all-lace cups and frame with a smooth plain back in stretch microfibre.

The low plunge centre is trimmed with tiny bow and trinket.  Fully adjustable back strap.  One hook fastener/two hooks on bigger sizes.  Available in cup sizes A to E.  

Wacoal Frivole UW Bra

The Frivole underwired bra has a plunge centre front with a two-section outer cup in lace.

The top cup lace lies flat against the skin.  It has some stretch for comfort and flexibility of fit with sheer elastic to maintain fit at the neckline.  The stretch lace bottom cup is lined with two-section sheer mesh, giving a natural shape and uplift.

There is an inner side sling giving additional support and all stretch lace wings which are lined with stretch mesh to give a feminine appearance whilst maintaining strength and support.  

Fully adjustable shoulder straps.  These bras fit beautifully, wear exceptionally well and make you feel feminine.

Finished with a centre front satin bow with dainty trim.  Available in cup sizes B to F.  The top cups are lined in larger sizes.

Wacoal UW Contour Push Up Bra in Black Nougat

The Frivole underwired contour push up bra has a plunge centre front with smooth contour cups for a natural shape in a combination of stretch and memory foam.

The integrated push up gives cleavage and the clean finish, flat-tailored neck edge provides no show under clothes.

There is a X-cross centre front detail adding comfort when active or sitting.  It is engineered to sit flat and smoothly against the body.  There is hidden underwire for a smooth finish.

The bra features beautiful stretch lace sides and back with lining for additional strength and the fully adjustable stretch straps are convertible to a cross-over style.  Available in cup sizes A to D.

Wacoal Frivole Tanga Brief

The Frivole tanga brief is an all-stretch brief with free cut legs at the front and back.  There is a microfibre opaque front and back and beautiful decorative stretch lace side panels with scallop at leg line.  Ultra-flat seaming.  Flat elastic finish at the waist avoids digging in or show through.  Clean finish edge on cotton gusset.  Available in sizes S to XL.

Wacoal Frivole Short

The Wacoal Frivole short has an all-stretch body with scallop detail at the leg line.  Centre front and back seaming for shaping.  Fine flat elastic waistband.  Clean finish edge at gusset.  Available in sizes S to XL.

Wacoal Frivole Brief

The all-stretch Frivole brief has free cut legs at front and back with microfibre opaque front and back panels.  Decorative stretch lace side panels adorn the brief with scallop trim at leg line.  Ultra-flat seaming.  Flat elastic finish at the waist avoids digging in or show through.  Clean finish edge on cotton gusset.  Available in sizes S to XL.

Wacoal Frivole Chemise

The all-stretch microfibre Frivole chemise by Wacoal has a stylish triangle shaping at the neckline with a clean finish. Features inserts of stretch lace at the front and back and lavish lace hemline.  Front dart shaping avoids flattening the bust.  Side seaming for shaping.  Available in sizes S to XL.

First Look at Spring Lingerie Styles

The new season lingerie collections are already starting to arrive in store.  Some have already sold out with the manufacturers, so we really recommend grabbing your size if it's there!

We always look forward to the Spring season arrivals - the new shades and patterns help banish the Winter Blues.

Be inspired with the latest looks of soft violet, candy pinks and provence blues.....

Btemptd B.inspired Contour Bra in Very Violet & Gray

Fantasie Rosanne

Elomi Soraya

Wacoal lace affair

Fantasie Jacqueline Lace in Ivory

Freya Deco Vibe Candy

Panache Flirtini

Panache Jasmine

 

The above collections are all available to order online today at www.lazeme.co.uk 

NEW LINGERIE ARRIVAL - ELOMI Soraya

 

NEW ARRIVALS - LINGERIE

ELOMI SORAYA UW PLUNGE BRA

elomi soraya

Designed to be seen!

Discover the new Season Elomi styles and make a statement with Soraya.

Designed to be seen, the all new Soraya Collection demands attention.  An on-trend black strapping detail at the centre front gives this existing shape a contemporary twist.

Boasting a striking large scale floral print in vibrant bold colours on a sheer mesh background - this is sure to be a bestseller.

The bra is based on the Betty/Kenza frame with a low centre front giving plunge without push up.  There is a three section cup plus side panel for forward shape, good uplift and separation.  The elasticated neck edge offers ease of fit and there is sexy, stylish front strapping detailing.

Printed wing overlay.

Adjustable straps.

This bra is available from an DD to JJ cup and from 32 to 46 inch back size - whilst stocks last!

By Elomi Lingerie

 

 

Elomi Soraya

All I Want For Christmas is........ Sleepwear

Now it's the 1st December, there’s no denying it; as the nights get longer and the weather gets colder…the countdown to Christmas has well and truly started.

Before long we’ll be wrestling with the Christmas lights, Googling how to roast a turkey and getting tangled up in wrapping paper.   Love it or hate it, the festive season is the perfect time to get cosy. Closing your curtains at 6pm, sipping cocoa, lighting candles and getting wrapped up in your pyjamas is the perfect antidote to the Winter blues.

 
So, why not treat yourself, or someone you love with some crisp new sleepwear? Because the only thing nicer than some comfy jimjams is treating yourself or your loved ones.
 
With just a few short weeks to go, we're here to help you find the perfect Christmas gifts.
 
JINGLE BLUEBELLA
BLUEBELLA
 
Finding the Bluebella range under your Christmas tree would make any girl happy
 
CELESTE PYJAMAS
 
The luxe satin star-print Celeste Pyjamas in gorgeous deep blue will make you feel like you’re wearing a starry midnight sky.
Sizes 8-18.
£38
 
IVORY KIMONO
While the Satin Kimono Robe in Ivory would make anyone's White Christmas.
Sizes 8-20
£26
LONG KIMONO
Want a bit more drama?  Then swathe yourself in the beautiful Satin Long Kimono Robe in classic black and feel like a glamorous movie starlet while you stuff yourself with Quality Street when no-one is looking!
Sizes 8-20
£36 
 
Fancy something a little more risqué to keep you warm on a cold Winter night?  Why not wrap yourself up like a present in the flirty Bow Back Knicker.
 
Bow knicker
Sizes 8-16
£18

Lazeme's Christmas Wish List

all i want for christmas

 

Hey Ladies, everyone loves to get presents that they really want, right?

Here at the office we're starting to feel festive and there is definitely a bit of sparkle in the air.

With just a few short weeks to go, we're here to help ensure you get what you want under the tree this Christmas.

We'd all like Christmas lingerie but by Christmas Lingerie we just mean lingerie, for Christmas, not white fur trimmed red Santa bras and pants - not the way to a woman's heart!  Of course, men love buying lingerie at this time of year but, well, they're not usually very good at it.  If the man in your life needs a little more help then make use of the Lazeme Christmas Wish List.

my christmas wish list

 

It's easy.  Here's how:

Browse through our fabulous lingerie and sleepwear - perfect for unforgettable Christmas gifts and indulgent treats.

1.  Choose items that you love and save them to your wish list direct from our Product Pages.  Click on ADD TO WISHLIST (located just under ADD TO BASKET)

2.  Log In or register your email address

3.  When you have finished adding your items to your Wish List, Click SHARE WISHLIST and send to a special someone's email address with a message.

Simple!

We hope Santa brings you what you wished for.

If you need any further assistance or advice just drop us an email or give us a call.
The Lazeme Girls
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This season’s fashion trends in lingerie - Autumn - Winter 2016

Lazeme’s feeling totally on trend for the Autumn/ Winter fashion season 2016 so we thought we would take a look at how to pair our top lingerie brands with the latest styles from the Paris, Milan, New York and of course London Fashion Week shows so that you can get the best from women’s fashion from the inside out.


Take a look at our top 5 picks:

1. Dressing up for corsets and getting the Steampunk look

Corsets and basques offer extreme sex appeal and brilliant support as underwear but the hipster revival and Victorian-inspired cult of Steampunk offers an alternative look to suit all body shapes but can look especially edgy as outerwear lingerie for plus size women.  Pick an extravagant and intricate
design to achieve a rich and intense look over full bodied skirts and dresses and heavy laced boots to get Steampunk or wear it with a slimline suit and elegant heels, a coloured, textured dress or metallics for a look that’s high fashion straight from the runway.  The Elomi Maria basque is perfect for this look.

Elomi Maria Basque

 

2. How to do lingerie with Masculine trouser suits

As seen on the New York Fall 2016 runways, tailored slimline trouser suits (or pantsuits if you’re American) powered back onto the catwalks taking a hint from the 70s and 80s but mostly shown without lingerie and base layers. At Lazeme we’re advocates for support to enhance your shape and make you feel in control so we think the ideal non-distraction black underwear pairing for a serious suit is the  Fantasie Estelle Brief.

Fantasie Estelle Brief


3. Coordinating lingerie with Leopard print for a high fashion look

It could be tempting to put one leopard print with another and to get a clash of patterns but this season’s look was a roaring success with the use of neutrals to tame the wide range of intense prints. Go for  neutrals and toning simplicity to give a modern look.  Wacoal’s Lace Affair bralette for a sublime but luxe look or for simplicity the Halo Lace soft cup bra.

Wacoal Lace Affair Bralette   Wacoal Halo Lace soft cup bra

4. What to wear with crushed bright velvet

Luxurious, vivid, rich and a boost to how we are used to seeing what are usually quite heavy velvet looks, this season lightweight velvets are making an entrance across all garment types from shirts and suits to skirts and dresses. This look is lighter and more vibrant so it needs a fresher and more zingy satin look.  We love pairing with a matching lingerie set like Freya Deco Charm in Chartreuse.
Freya Deco Charm plunge bra in Chartreuse


5. Stylish support for the sporty, outdoor and thrillseeking woman

Probably one of the most easy to wear day to day looks you’ll wear at the weekend, whether in the city or out in the countryside. Simple and supportive is what’s needed with smooth lines to blend under thick and bulky layers. This Freya Deco Delight team in charcoal with just a little hint of violet converts to a
racer back bra so that you can wear it with athletic base layers giving the set an edge of practicality while cleavage enhancing amps up this high octane look. Not lazy at all!

Freya Deco Delight in charcoal


Get on trend now! Shop for 2016 Fall/Winter lingerie.

Bra Recycling - Recycle your Bras and Help Women and Children in Africa

From time to time in the office we collect together a small handful of our gently used bras and send them to an amazing charity based in West Lothian.

We wanted to share news of this fabulous UK based charity with you.  So, if you are stuck to know what to do with that drawer of bras that no longer fit, SMALLS FOR ALL takes in gently used bras as well as new bras from all over the UK.  They also collect new pants and send the underwear to vulnerable girls and women in Africa.



Giving pants and bras may seem like a small thing, but it can make a huge difference.  For example, not having underwear can mean young girls miss days off school each month.  Underwear is a luxury some people can't afford!

In October 2016 Smalls For All distributed 219,582 items of underwear - can you add to their pile of pants and bras?  



Set up by Maria Macnamara MBE in 2010, Maria realised she could make a difference following a visit she made to Ethopia.  Read Maria's story

If you'd like to donate underwear here's the brief:

All you have to do is send your new or 'gently worn' bras (which can be of any size) to Smalls For All.
(You could also buy a packet of ladies' or children's pants and include those, too.  The pants must be NEW and size wise for children aged 3-15 or ladies size 8-16)

Send your smalls to:
SMALLS FOR ALL
108 BUCHANAN CRESCENT
ELIBURN
LIVINGSTON
EH54 7EF
UK


You can find out more about the charity on their website.  Of course, you don't have to send them underwear, the charity can make great use of small donations, too, to help get their pile of pants to Africa or you can organise a collection at your workplace or local school or church.  Here's a great poster you can download

 

Come on ladies, YOU can make a difference today.

Wacoal Lingerie - Shaping the Future?

 

Ok, be honest. When you hear the word shapewear, do you, like me, picture that classic cinema moment when Daniel discovers Bridget is wearing enormous pants? 15 years on and shapewear has actually become one of the great success stories of the lingerie industry. Thankfully also, it is no longer the frumpy, uncomfortable, difficult to climb in and out of choice for those of us who would like a little trim and slim, squeeze and please, or suck and tuck!!

But with the party season fast approaching (I say party as it still feels too early to mention the C word!), how do we know what is right for us and which pieces will give us the desired effect under our little black (or in my case this year, Orange) dresses?

Luckily, underwear guru Heather from Lazeme was on hand to share her expert knowledge. Lazeme’s go-to brand for shapewear is the Japanese brand Wacoal. Launched in 1946, Wacoal pride themselves on exceptional quality and fit.  Heather explains that Wacoal Shapewear Lingerie uses unique designs in amazing fabrics for the perfect fit without compromising on comfort.

So, in the spirit of giving (‘tis nearly the season after all), here are our top tips for a smooth, bulge free party season.

1.    Size matters
Don’t be tempted to try any other size than the one you normally wear. Going smaller will only cause unsightly bulges rather than the smooth effect you are looking for. If you are unsure then use the size guides that are often available or ask for advice. If you are trying on a piece then make sure you can move around easily (and sit down comfortably!)

Wacoal Beauty Secret Shaping Dress


2.    Lend the right support
Choose the right level of support for the look you require. Lightweight fabrics will give you a lovely smooth silhouette with less control. Heavier fabrics will provide compression for when only the ‘breathe in’ factor will do!  Many garments will make it clear if they offer light, medium or firm support!

Wacoal Beauty Secret Wireless Slimming Body


3.    Bottoms up?
Make sure you know which area or areas you want to concentrate on. There are garments to suit everyone’s needs….

Wacoal Smooth Complexion Firm Long Leg Shaper Brief


Hi Waists
The Wacoal Smooth Complexion Firm High Waist Shaper Brief is wonderful as it come right up to your bra line. Made from spacer, sheer Lycra beauty fabric, it is so breathable and lightweight you'll forget you even have it on.  This whole range camouflages unwanted imperfections and promises to disappear under clothing for a flawless finish.  

Wacoal Smooth Complexion Firm High Waist Shaper Brief Black


Full Body
If you want to be sure of a completely smooth look then full body shapewear is for you. The Wacaol Try A Little Slenderness Body is ultrafine and perfect for smoothing the tummy area. Also, the Beyond Naked Shaping Body subtly shapes and tones and is great for even every day wear!

Wacoal Try A Little Slenderness Body


Legs
If it’s your legs you want to smooth and tone then the long leg shaper briefs (or indeed some of the body shapers with legs) are the obvious choice. Great under body con dresses and also slim fit trousers and jumpsuits.

 

Wacoal Curve Control High Waist Long Leg Shaper Brief

 
4.    And Breathe…..
Wacoal’s breathable fabric combining moisture absorption. Breathability and microfiber for odour control means that you can be confident of being comfortable whether out for a meal or a night on the dancefloor!

And finally, as a lover of all things lingerie, I sometimes feel with shapewear that functionality can win over style and elegance. Thankfully this isn’t the case with the Wacoal line. The Wacoal Vision garments offer the prettiness of lingerie with the support of shapewear.

Wacoal Vision

 

 

My absolute favourite though, has to be the Sensuality Waist Cincher – it’s beautiful and I'm sure Daniel would approve!

Wacoal Sensuality Waist Cincher

What is a Bralette?

What is a Bralette

 

A good question! One that I certainly couldn’t have answered without my trusty search engine when first asked. As a (not for too much longer) thirty something woman who is a self-confessed underwear addict, it was a question that I felt duty bound to answer. With the help of the fabulous team at Lazeme, I was able to do some virtual (and practical) research and I’m happily now able to give you my top 5 tips and insights into this rising star of the lingerie world.

1.     It’s not a Bra

Ok, let’s get this out of the way to begin with. You cannot compare your Bralette to your bra as they are NOT the same thing. As the happy resident of the 32C/D size bracket, I generally inhabit the world of the wired, fully supportive, full cupped undergarment. However, I have, in recent years noticed that for all my love of things wired, lacy, strappy (and ALWAYS matching – yes, I make no apology – I am ‘one of those women’) there is no better feeling than whipping off my bra and freeing myself from hooks, eyes and constraints. Could the Bralette come to my rescue?

2.     Don’t panic though -  It’s not a Crop Top either

My initial worry was that it would remind me of my first proud foray into the world of lingerie – the crop top! As a pre-teen I remember feeling ever so grown up that I needed to wear this new layer under my blouse. As the mother of a pre-teen, however, I was concerned that my Bralette may make me feel more like I was back in the training bra world and would also utterly confuse my husband when sorting the washing into his, hers and mine! Never fear though, after seconds of research of the vast array of styles, materials and colours it became clear that there were Bralettes for the grownups after all.

3.     Which Bralette should I choose? Find the right style for you!

The unstructured nature of the Bralette doesn’t necessarily mean completely unsupported. My advice would be to try on a few styles to find the right one for you. Generally, the smaller busted ladies amongst us will get on fine with any option, whereas fuller cupped females will need to find the shape that works best for them. Much like how you feel in a swimsuit, you’ll know when you’ve found one you’re comfortable in! From the traditional triangle shape to bandeau style and even Bralettes that are long enough to cover some of your tummy, there really is something for everyone.

bralette styles

 

4.     What to wear it with? They’re not just for the under 25s!

I may not choose to wear my Bralette alone under some dungarees, with just a flowing skirt at a festival or poking out from under my sheer jumper, but that doesn’t mean I can’t rock it in my own way! If I’m heading out on the school run with my hair piled in a bun and my hoody on, cosying up by the fire with a glass of wine or heading to a friend’s house for a coffee then throwing on the Bralette is definitely for me!

bralettes

 

5.     What size Bralette do I choose?

Size guides are available, but true to their laid back nature, rather than a myriad of cup and back size options, you simply choose from Small, Medium, Large & X Large. Charts are available, but if you’re not sure then ask!  The friendly customer service girls from Lazeme suggested I try the medium in the Freya Fancies range and this was a great fit. Snug enough that I felt supported but not too loose that I may as well be braless!

Freya Fancies Bralettes

 

So Bralette, I welcome you into my lingerie collection as a new addition to the family, a little sister to my trusty bra’s who have kept me safe, secure and have never let me down. You, I feel, will bring a little more youth and relaxation to my life.

Susanne
Guest Style Editor

Bra Storage Ideas

Here are a few of our favourite ideas for storing girls' things

Store and organise underwear, socks, bras in an easy to find organiser.  

bra storage

 

If you are looking to buy, choose an organiser that is soft fabric which is mould-proof, and moisture-proof.  Use the organiser in your bedroom drawers or a box under the bed.

There are lots of lovely colours and designs to choose from:

 

 

 

Another great idea, especially for holidays, is the Bra Travel Case.  The hard-moulded case prevents dents and bent underwear and can hold up to 3 bras.  There are some really cute designs but this pink one is our favourite:

 

 

 

A soft version of this travel case includes space for your briefs as well, with a zipped pouch for bits and pieces.

 

 

An alternative to storing your knickers in the drawer is a simple hanging solution, easy to find those matching knicks at a glance!

 

Do you have any genius ways of storing your smalls?  We'd love to know....

The Lazeme Girls
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