Wardrobe Wednesday: Four lace bras that will add romantic allure to your lingerie collection.

Lace BraNo conversation about building the perfect bra wardrobe is complete without mentioning a lace bra. It’s without a doubt the most romantic piece of intimate apparel a woman can wear. With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, I thought it would be very appropriate to discuss lace bras. Clearly someone had women in mind when they invented this dainty openwork fabric. According to Wikipedia, lace was prominent in fashion and home décor during the late 1500s. It was used to embellish collars and cuffs and was used by clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of vestments in religious ceremonies, but did not become widely used until the 16th century in the northwestern part of Europe. Lacemaking became a popular trade, spreading to North America in the 19th Century through missionaries. The invention of the bobbin net machine in 1768 caused a shift away from lacemaking by hand as a trade given the ability to produce lace more quickly. Handmade lace become more of a hobby as a result. Nevertheless, the history of lace is certainly ample evidence of why European brands excel at designing lace bras. It’s in their DNA. In fact, the three brands I’m going to recommend are all European.

Simone Perele’s Celeste triangle bra

In the soft bra category, I really like the Celeste Triangle Non Underwire bra by Simone Perele. It’s romantic, flirtatious and comfortable, providing light support and has a flattering triangle shape. The Celeste Triangle Bra is showcases the elegance and beauty of French Chantilly lace with stretch lace cups for a perfect fit.

Celeste triangle lace bra by Simone Perele

Celeste triangle lace bra by Simone Perele

Graciuse demi cup bra by LOU Paris.

LOU Paris, which has undergone a fabulous update, offers a pretty lace bra called Graciuse that I absolutely adore. It’s made using rigid French lace that doesn’t stretch so it’s a great style to wear for minimizing bounce. The flirty details include a satin bow and lacy trim. This is a brand new style in the collection that I predict will be a big hit.

LOU Graciouse lace bra

LOU Paris Graciuse lace bra

LOU Paris Picadilly Demi Bra

If you like a demi cup, check out the Piccadilly lace demi bra from LOU Paris. It features a semi-sheer genuine Leaver’s lace cup, with soft sheer mesh lining. A 3/4 vertical seam on the cup provides a natural uplift.

LOU Paris Picadilly demi bra

LOU Paris Picadilly demi bra

Mimi Holliday Angelique Jet Comfort Bra

British brand Mimi Holliday gives the French a run for their money in the lace bra category with the Angelique Jet Comfort Bra. Angelique Jet will make you feel sexy and empowered in a delectable combination of pure silk and intricate lace in an opulent onyx. It has a perfect combination of full coverage support, structure and beautiful detailing, creating natural cleavage. With its jet black lace cups and matching silk detailing, this bra is simply charming and gives great shape in all cup sizes.

Anqelique Jet bra by Mimi Holliday

Anqelique Jet bra by Mimi Holliday

Whether you prefer full coverage, demi or soft support, there’s always a place for lace in your lingerie wardrobe.

XOXO,

Margo

Wardrobe Wednesday: Why every woman should have at least three t-shirt bras in her lingerie collection.

hanging t-shirt bra

If you’re like me, you’re probably welcoming the New Year with a few updates to your closet, if not a total overhaul. A few pieces in your wardrobe that are starting to look dated (re-e-e-ally dated, in some cases) are finally getting evicted to make room for some brand new garments that will freshen up your look. When you make changes to your garment options, it’s good to do likewise with your intimate apparel. Intimates are like makeup; they provide the finishing touch to your look by playing up your best assets and camouflaging wherever necessary. With this in mind, I’m introducing a series of posts, called Wardrobe Wednesday, that in the coming weeks will examine every category of intimate apparel that should be represented in a woman’s lingerie assortment. Today I’m starting with a style that is a true worker bee in the world of lingerie: the t-shirt bra. Thank goodness for the t-shirt bra. It lets us shine in all sorts of fabulous body-conforming fashions while it quietly supports and smooths out our silhouette with its molded cups and thin lining that prevents show-through underneath our clothes. T-shirt bras come in extra handy during the warm-weather months when we’re not wearing as many layers of clothes, but they’re a great everyday basic to have year-round, too. I recommend women own at least three of them in black, white and nude. Style-wise, there are options as well. The four categories that should be included in your wardrobe include the pretty fashion bra, the extra comfy demi-cup bra, the full coverage bra and a deep-plunge style for wearing under low-neckline tops.

The Pretty Bra

Simone Perele is a brand that I consider a great choice for affordable luxury bras. The Simone Perele Romance 3D Molded Bra is an elegant underwire contour bra made with lightweight 3D spacer foam which hugs your curves and accentuates cleavage without adding any extra volume. Seamless microfiber and stretch tulle offers comfort and a custom fit, with intricate guipure floral detail for design.

Romance 3D Molded Cup by Simone Perele

Romance 3D Molded Cup by Simone Perele

The Extra Comfy Bra 

The Andora 3D Molded bra is a flawless t-shirt demi bra featuring seamless 3D lightweight woven fabric that hugs your natural curves. Made of spacer foam, a superior knit that creates air between the top and bottom layers for breathability. Contour underwire cups accentuate cleavage without adding extra volume. Exceptional support up to an F cup. Chic styling with guipure lace and embroidery. Embroidered tulle at center and on front of straps.

Andora 3D molded t-shirt bra by Simone Perele

Andora 3D molded t-shirt bra by Simone Perele

Full Coverage with plunge neckline

The breakthrough Caressence 3D Plunge bra is made with Aloe Vera infused lace for the ultimate everyday contour t-shirt bra. Aloe Vera-infused lace is ultra-soft against the skin (ideal for sensitive skin) and lasts the lifetime of the bra. Made with seamless lightweight 3D woven fabric, this must-have underwire cup bra is smooth and comfortable while delivering a beautiful silhouette. Elastic along top and bottom of sheer lace sides offers a custom fit. Plunge cut highlights cleavage without adding volume. Lace-trimmed elastic straps taper into elastic straps that adjust in the back with metal hardware for the perfect fit. 1-hook back closure provides a less bulky look under clothes.

Caressence t-shirt bra by Simone Perele

Caressence t-shirt bra by Simone Perele

The Investment Piece

Empreinte offers the Bentley of t-shirt bras. It’s a wise investment piece for the full-busted woman who demands support, style and uncompromising quality. The Melody demi cup seamless bra is extremely well made and beautiful. Featuring Chantilly lace with a geometric floral design over smooth, seamless cups, with demi cups for an open neckline that allows more cleavage and flexibility with your wardrobe. The contour cup conceals and creates a sexy appearance on the body. This t-shirt bra has a round, soft fit, supportive underwire, and sleek ribbon shoulder straps and elegant finish. Sides and back are made of specially designed power net fabric that stabilizes the bra.

Empreinte Melody low-neck demi cup bra

Empreinte Melody low-neck demi cup bra

Take it from me, a great t-shirt bra can be a girl’s best friend.
XOXO,

Margo