Oh là là, Simone Perele!

Simone Perele provides a French touch for all your lingerie needs, from beautiful basics to laced stunners.

A seamless look and comfort are both achievable with Simone Perele Invisibulles basics. “Bulles” is French for ‘bubbles’, which accurately describes the airy quality of these panties. Simone Perele Invisibulles look and feel invisible.  I recommend the Simone Perele Invisibulles Thong for under your favorite exercise clothing for a zero-panty-lines look during your workout. Madame Perele always said, “A good bra is a bra you forget about.” This applies to basic panties as well!

            Think of classic French architecture; the ornate white exteriors finely detailed with intricate iron rails at each balcony. These small touches add femininity and a delicate grandeur to French buildings, creating something truly lovely. Simone Perele uses lace in the same way; the floral-accented lace of the Simone Perele collection provides the provocative beauty you are looking for in your lingerie. The Simone Perele Romance group is particularly stunning with perfect placement of lace, and the feminine double spaghetti straps mean that you can let the straps show! The delicate tulle details of Simone Perele Romance are as gorgeous and captivating as a French chateau.

            I also fell in love with the seductive Celeste Demi Cup Plunge. This bra takes a plunge into color with Chantilly lace in a lovely shade of orange. Tulle support on the bottom and sides of the cups as well as elastic along to the top of the cups and underarms creates a fit custom to your natural curves.

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Sweet and Sexy with Eberjey

Picture a warm Sunday morning when sunlight pours into your house through windows open to a gentle breeze. It is the kind of morning where you have breakfast in bed while snuggling someone special, or you have time to enjoy a smooth cup of coffee out on the front porch, taking in the sunshine.  The qualities of a perfect morning—fresh, light, sweet, and bright—can also be found in Eberjey lingerie’s soft, sexy look.

            Eberjey knows how to balance sweet and sexy, using touches of lace and soft colors. The clean white and buff hues of the Pima cotton selections provide a fresh, pretty lingerie look. Because the Pima cotton sets feature 100% cotton linings, items like the Pima Goddess Softcup Bra will create a look that feels even softer than it appears.

            Eberjey especially comes to mind when we think of ideal mornings because of how perfect some of their pieces are for lounging. The Gisele Sleep Shirt is a game changer; it is sweetly sexy without going over the top, and can therefore be worn while preparing a breakfast-in-bed even if the kids are up and around! There’s no need to don an oversized, unflattering t-shirt. Look cute in front of your guy with this sweetly sexy nightshirt!

 

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Full Disclosure: Expert bra-shopping tips from Empreinte for the full-busted woman.

Lilly Rose full-cup bra by Empreinte

Lilly Rose full-cup bra by Empreinte

I recently wrote a post offering bra-shopping tips for small-breasted women and it was a huge success. I’m very grateful that women found the information helpful and was inspired to do a similar post with the full-busted woman in mind. This led me to approach a brand that I consider the Bentley of bras: Empreinte. This 66-year-old French brand has a rich history of corsetry design dedicated to the luscious figures of full-busted women who have cup sizes in the range of 30 to 46 from C to H. As a chesty woman myself, I’m a big fan of Empreinte. Their quality, style and craftsmanship have never let me down, quite literally. And boy, are they gorgeous bras! No expense is spared by the Empreinte design team when they develop each season’s styles. If you love moulded lace, satin and tulle, this is the brand for you. Their bras are like works of art and they were recognized for their creativity in 2011 by the trade show Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris, which voted the brand Designer of the Year. Empreinte’s spokeswoman Séverine Maisonnasse responded to my request for tips on how a full-busted woman should go about selecting the perfect bra for her size. She explained how Empreinte bras are distinguished by certain features:

1. The cups are made with rigid fabric to ensure optimal support and comfort.

2. Large cup sizes depend on strong bra straps to support a full figure and full bustline. For this reason, Empreinte’s bra straps have a low degree of elasticity.

3. Empreinte uses a full, closed underwire in the underside of each bra. A closed underwire is extremely slimming and slenderizing. Empreinte’s underwires are thicker and more sturdy than standard bras, ensuring they lie flat on the body and do not twist.

4. The specific fabric used for the back of the bras doesn’t stretch out of shape and therefore ensures a very supportive fit.

When shopping for a bra, there are certain steps a full-busted woman can take to ensure she chooses the best one for her:

1. Consult with a professional fit specialist to determine your correct bra size. The right bra size can make you look and feel slimmer. It will enhance your appearance.

2. Check your posture. A bra providing good support can improve your posture. Heavy breasts can cause bad posture and back problems. Straps with less elasticity and good support provided by the back of the bra, help keep shoulders straight to improve your posture. This also helps you feel more confident and comfortable.

3. Make sure that the centerpiece of the bra is correctly in place and lies against the skin.

4. In the right bra, your breasts are perfectly positioned. Look to see that the sides are flat and the bump is in the middle for a feminine look. The nipples should be positioned in the middle of the cup.

5. Check that the straps don’t dig into your shoulders, they should be wide, comfortable and supportive.

6. The wires have to fit well on the body. Move around a bit to make sure they don’t dig into you.

7. Make sure that the back of the bra is parallel to the floor to ensure that the size of the bra is not too big or too small.

At ThePinkSlip.com, we carry a wide range of Empreinte styles to cater to all the needs of the full-busted woman.

Full Coverage

The Maud Full Cup bra is a beautiful molded full cup bra in guipure lace and sheer embroidered tulle. The upper panel of the Maud Demi Bra rests beautifully with scalloped edges and corseted lace ties woven throughout. It’s designed with three-part cups that offer full coverage. Empreinte bra cups tend to run larger than most, so I recommend buying a size down if you are in between sizes.

Maud full-cup bra by Empreinte

Maud full-cup bra by Empreinte

Demi Cup

The Daisy Low Neck bra is a three-part, lightly lined underwire demi bra in sheer tulle embroidery and daisy printed satin. This bra is truly feminine with satin bows and straps, and soft scalloped lace edging. The three-part cup design helps push breast from the side, to center and lift comfortably with slightly more breast revealed at the top.

Daisy Low Neck Demi bra by Empreinte

Daisy Low Neck Demi bra by Empreinte

Fashion

The Lilly Rose full cup bra features an elegant chantilly lace floral design across a three-part molded cup, with two-tone fabric on the bottom and sheer embroidered mesh along the top. This bra provides full coverage and eliminates cleavage with a high cut unpadded cup, providing a natural round shape that is sheer and sexy. The fabric of the cups is non-stretch for optimal support and comfort. Also features a leotard back that stays in place, restricted stretch straps to enhance comfort and an elastic underband for superior support. Button accent at center panel. Seamless sides ensure a smooth look under clothing.

Empreinte Lilly Rose Bra

Empreinte Lilly Rose Bra

Plunge neckline T-shirt bra

The Melody Plunge t-shirt bra is sexy and versatile. With convertible straps and a deep plunging neckline, this unique bra boasts amazing full cup support and coverage. The molded cups offer a round, soft shape in semi-sheer fabric coverage with a stunning floral motif.

Melody Plunge t-shirt bra by Empreinte

Melody Plunge t-shirt bra by Empreinte

Treat yourself to any one of Empreinte’s gorgeous premium bras and I guarantee you’ll never settle for less again. You deserve it!

XOXO,

Margo

Hot Bodies: The Pink Slip welcomes BodyRock Sport bras by Kelly Dooley

Zip 'em Up Sports Bra by BodyRock Sport

Zip ‘em Up Sports Bra by BodyRock Sport

Do you ever feel like your workout clothes can use some sprucing up? Have I got a brand for you! To ring in the New Year in style, ThePink Slip.com is introducing the most fashion-forward sports bra and coordinates line on the market: BodyRock Sport by Kelly Dooley. Designed in fun, vivacious patterns and colors sure to wake up even the sleepiest of morning fitness buffs,  BodyRock Sport is a feast for the eyes and supports you while you bring your personal fitness best. Kelly, who grew up a self-described tomboy outrunning her older brother Mike in Southern California, was inspired to create the BodyRock Sport line to avoid humdrum sports bras that made her feel like she was wearing prison wear. She created designs she coined “Style-wear” to satisfy women’s hunger for fashion and fitness. Like Kelly herself, the BodyRock Sport customer works hard and plays hard. With this in mind, Kelly drew from her personal fitness experiences to enhance the functionality of her designs with cutting-edge technical style. BodyRock Sport features include an inner bra structure for optimal support, waterproof pockets, iPod pockets, side and front zippers for easy removal, tagless labels for comfort, and Swarovski crystals and studs for stylish bling. BodyRock Sport aims to empower women to love the skin they’re in, with specific styles named after real or mystical women who inspire though their confidence, energy, passion, style, and spirituality. In other words, this ain’t your average workout wear, which is why I wanted to offer it on Pink Slip at a time when we all have fitness on the brain. Motivation is a big part of achieving results in our fitness regimen and I think the pieces from BodyRock Sport do a great job of making a woman feel energized with bright colors and vivid patterns that are anything but boring. In BodyRock Sport, you will feel sassy and strong.  As Kelly might say, you’ll glow.

The Jess racerback sports bra

This hot number puts a decidedly feminine spin on camouflage with pops of pink and fuchsia. The Jess bra from the Lock ‘Em Down Collection is a racerback bra designed for high impact with a handy iPod pocket to let you work out to the beat of your fave tunes. It features a lockable side zipper, open pocket on back, waterproof zipped pocket and embellishments.

Lock 'Em Down Sports Bra

The Jess Sports Bra by BodyRock Sport

The Jan racerback sports bra

Designed for medium impact activities, this chic racerback bra has maximum visual impact. It’s cut low in the front to flatter your décolletage, so it’s not for the shy gals. The Jan bra from BodyRock Sport’s Show ‘Em Off collection features an open pocket, digitized lace/fishnet print, and Swarovski crystals for extra bling.

Show 'em Off Sports Bra by BodyRock Sport

The Jan Sports Bra by BodyRock Sport

The Sophie Sports Bra and Gorgeous Gams shorts

Add some flower to your power in the Sophie bra from the Zip ‘Em Up collection. This beautiful racerback sports bra with molded cups has loads of feminine appeal in a floral pattern and a sexy zip front.  Pair it with the Gorgeous Gams Collection’s Vicki terry shorts, which are cute and utilitarian with back pocket snaps and detailing in fishnet or lace.

Zip 'em Up sports bra & Gorgeous Gams shorts

The Sophie sports bra & Vicki shorts

Love for All Luxe Capri

Why settle for boring workout tights in solid colors when you can blossom at the gym wearing this pretty floral Capri? The Love for All Luxe Capri flatters your toned legs and has a 2.5-inch waistband, hidden pocket, shirred knee detail and flat seaming.

Luxe Capri by BodyRock Sport

Love for All Luxe Capri by BodyRock Sport

Tackle your New Year’s resolution to get fit and fabulous wearing any of the looks from BodyRock Sport and you will be Rockin’ the gym in serious style.

XOXO,

Margo

Wild Wednesday: The iconic leopard pattern never fails to bring out the sex kitten in a woman.

           

Leopard print is a signature look of film sirens.

Leopard print is a signature look of film sirens.

What is it about women and cats? Throughout history, there’s been a symbiotic relationship between us and our feline friends that continues in the present. The ancient Egyptians admired cats for their natural hunting skills and domesticated them to vanquish mice and snakes. The cat’s regal air inspired worship from cults, most notably the followers of the cat goddess Bast (also known as Bastet, according to Wikipedia). The parallels between women and cats in pop culture have often been unflattering. The legend of Bast inspired the entertainment industry, most notably in horror films such as 1942’s “Cat People” (remade in 1982 with Nastassja Kinski) where a woman was cursed to transform into a murderous panther that killed anyone who crossed her. In the 1960s, the link between felines and females came to a head with the popularity of the Catwoman character in the Batman comics and Julie Newmar’s sexy performance as the villainess in the campy TV show. Catwoman endured over the years and was portrayed as a complex antiheroine by Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway in different films with varying degrees of success. While Catwoman is usually depicted wearing a skintight catsuit, another popular take on feline style is the leopard print, which today is more than a trend, it’s a must-have look in any fashion-conscious woman’s wardrobe. Around the same time that Catwoman emerged as a subversive icon of female empowerment, Hollywood became a jungle filled with leopard-spotted starlets. Sex goddesses such as Brigitte Bardot and Jayne Mansfield showed a penchant for wearing coats, bikinis and accessories adorned in leopard print and the classic 1967 film “The Graduate” treated moviegoers to the chic vision of Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson — the original cougar (yet another feline reference) — effortlessly seducing Dustin Hoffman in her leopard coat and intimates. Media images of famous women dressed in leopard usually have an underlying  sex appeal and danger. It’s debatable whether these images are empowering or objectifying. Sexy is powerful, in my opinion. Whether leopard spots help empower a schemer like Mrs. Robinson or a playful sex kitten like Jayne Mansfield, who reportedly was far smarter than her public persona suggested, animal prints are fun and leopard is eternally chic, especially in intimate apparel. At Pink Slip, many of our favorite brands offer fabulous leopard patterns in their assortments and I highly recommend them as a timeless, on-trend look that puts the grrr in girl power.

Eberjey Leonora chemise

Eberjey puts its signature romantic touch on leopard print with its Leonora collection. Their A-line chemise is soft and light in sueded, soft leopard jersey. It features stretch-to-flatter mesh,  lace on the neckline and side edges and an underbust applique.

Leonora Chemise by Eberjey

Leonora Chemise by Eberjey

The Eberjey Lenora bralet set

The Leonora collection also combines lace and leopard in its bralet, a soft cup in jersey with a sweet lace neckline, an underbust band and a bow accent in the center. A matching Leonora thong completes the kittenish look.

Eberjey Leonora bralet & panty

Eberjey Leonora bralet & panty

Claudette Dessous Sucre

Claudette takes a playful and sexy approach to its designs and the Dessous Sucre Collection is no exception. The style’s full coverage bra is highly functional with non-stretch mesh underwire cups that have 3-parts, transversal seams for a rounded shape and vertical seams for uplift. Stretch mesh sides and back for breathability, with elastic edge for a more custom fit. The mesh center panel has a flirty ribbon bow at top. Covered elastic, wide-set straps have bows at bases and adjust in back with coated metal hardware. A cute thong is available, complete with matching bow.

Claudette Dessous Leopard set

Claudette Dessous Leopard set

Encore L’Amour Collection by Mimi Holliday

Mimi Holliday is another very flirty line that’s doing leopard in its Encore L’Amour group. The Encore L’amour Shoulder Bra combines leopard with soft tones of peach and neutral nude tones. The bra supports you with wide lace straps leading all the way up to your shoulders,  and boosts you while scalloped edge flatters your decolletage. Don’t forget the coordinating bottom!

Mimi Holliday Encore L'Amour bra & knicker set

Mimi Holliday Encore L’Amour bra & knicker set

The Encore L’amour group also offers a firty sheer alternative to a slip with a chiffon belt to create shape and silhouette, and button fastened gusset to make it practical and easy to wear. A soft gathering of chiffon around the edge of the bottom half of the teddy adds a fun vintage feel.

Mimi Holliday Encore L'Amour teddy

Mimi Holliday Encore L’Amour teddy

Whether you prefer your leopard style with a light touch or want to go wild with an all-over pattern, these stylish brands have options that are undeniably …  spot-on!

XOXO,

Margo

Burn, Baby, Burn: How sexy lingerie and adult novelty items can spark the flames of passion on your date night.

Leg Avenue Corset

Leg Avenue Corset

I may not be a Girl Scout, but I sure know how to build a fire. O.K., I’m not talking about a literal one here. I’m referring to lighting a fire between two people who love each other and want to share special time together. For couples, the holidays present an opportunity to give each other an extra special gift: a hot date night! You don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to set the stage for a romantic encounter filled with tenderness, passion and fun. While running my store in New York City for more than ten years, I had many experiences where I gave customers, both female and male, romantic advice. It comes with the territory being in the lingerie retailing business! As a result, I fancy myself an expert on how women can set the stage for a sexy night of love with their significant others and I love how customers have taken me into their confidence. Trust me when I tell you I’ve received many thanks over the years for giving them spot-on tips. I like to look at date night in progressive stages leading up to the main event. Following are the steps I would include in your date night playbook. Be forewarned, most of the recommended items are adult pleasure products so you may blush while reading this if you’re bashful about such matters. Don’t worry, I won’t tell if you won’t!

Step 1: Prepare for the big night.

The brain may be the most potent muscle for lovemaking, but sometimes our private lady parts can benefit from a little pre-flexing to enhance our experience, if you know what I mean. LELO, a leading maker of sensual aids, makes a terrific product to exercise and strengthen the genital muscles during pelvic exercises or walking around throughout the day. The LUNA Beads are available in two sizes, Classic, for women over 30 or those who have had children, and Mini, for women under thirty.

Lelo LUNA Beads

Lelo LUNA Beads

Step 2: Wear knockout lingerie.

Your intimates will certainly play a central role in your seduction scenario, but it has to be a very special piece. Red is the color of passion, so it’s a no-brainer to go with a hot number like the Leg Avenue Showgirl Corset. Featuring a sateen silhouette with steel boning, a brushed twill lining and detachable garter belts, it’s perfect for putting on a sexy show!

Leg Avenue Showgirl Corset

Leg Avenue Showgirl Corset

Step 3: Set the stage.

Before you go out (or stay in) for a romantic dinner, put a few things in place in the bedroom to fan the flames of love.  We know men are visual creatures, so give him something to ogle by showcasing your best assets in Mimi Rhinestones Circle Pasties from Bijoux Indiscreets, a provocative and sophisticated new brand of erotic products from Spain. The fun, starburst design is glamorous and gives him an irresistible target as well!

Mimi Rhinestone Circle Pasties

Mimi Rhinestone Circle Pasties

If you’re bound by love, why not take it a new level with erotic play using Plaisir Nacre Pearl Cuffs from Bijoux? Gentle restraint play between consenting adults enhances the sensory experience during lovemaking. These cuffs can be used to gently caress the landscape of your skin and your partner’s. Paired with a sexy eye mask, you’re ready to act out a chapter or two from Fifty Shades of Grey!

Bijoux pleasure pearl cuffs

Bijoux pleasure pearl cuffs

Step 4: Serve up a feast for the senses.

When you’re finished with dinner, it’s time for dessert. Foreplay becomes a delectable experience enhanced by flavored body powders and balms so tasty they’ll guarantee you’ll be devouring each other all night long!

Bijoux body powder, available in flavors such as dark chocolate and strawberry, entice and illuminate the areas where lips and skin meet with this scented glitter powder. Highlight your curves with the richness of honey and fragrance of strawberries, blended with just a bit of shimmer into a full symphony of scents that come together in a deliciously kissable body powder.

Bijoux Wild Strawberry body powder

Bijoux Wild Strawberry body powder

As a special treat for him, apply some Nipple Nibblers balm from Bijoux Indiscreets to “the girls.” Cool, tingly and creamy Nipple Nibblers are lusciously flavored balms that can be applied easily to any other part of the body that you feel like kissing as well for a tasty treat.

Nipple Nibblers Stick by Bijoux

Nipple Nibblers Stick by Bijoux

The tantalizing scent of jasmine, roses and dark woods from the Massage Candle by Bijoux will stimulate his sense of smell while you relax and caress his muscles with a sensuous massage using the body oil resulting from the candle burning as things get hot between the two of you. The Bijoux massage candle is elegantly packaged in a box adorned with a removable metal tag with a bow accent.

Bijoux scented massage candle

Bijoux scented massage candle

I hope my titillating tutorial helps you heat things up on your holiday date night. I’ll let you figure out Step 5 all on your own. Have fun!

XOXO,

Margo

Heat Up the Holidays: Pink Slip picks the ten sexiest lingerie looks of the year.

Lace eye mask by Oh La La Cheri

Lace eye mask by Oh La La Cheri

‘Tis the season to be sexy. The holidays are upon us and most of our shopping list has been attended to (we hope). We’re taking time off from work, slowing down the pace and connecting with those we love to appreciate the good things in our lives. For those of us lucky enough to have a significant other, the holidays present an opportunity to rediscover each other in the spirit of the season. In the privacy of your time together, there’s an opportunity to light a fire, both literally and figuratively, cuddle up and explore where the long, chilly nights may take you. Sexy is a state of mind, to be sure. We all have different ideas of what constitutes a sexy person, a sexy moment or even a sexy thought. Thank goodness for that! How boring would life be if we all liked the same thing? When it comes to intimate apparel, the French saying Vive le Difference applies. We’re all built differently and have our own tastes so it stands to reason we would take a very personal approach to sexy dressing during the holidays. With this in mind, I looked through the Pink Slip assortment and thought about the garments that had the sexiest effect. Some of them wouldn’t automatically be thought of as sexy, but I think the most functional undergarment can be very sexy in the right circumstances so my “hot list” of sexy intimates for 2012 includes pieces in a range of categories. If you’re shopping for a new look this holiday season, consider these options and how you might put your own special spin on them. You know how I encourage experimentation. So go ahead, live a little.

#1: The Classic bustier does double duty, providing the boost of a bra while cinching the stomach. The Marilyn lace bustier by Arianne is a perfect example in chic black.

Arianne Marilyn Padded Bustier

Arianne Marilyn Padded Bustier

#2: A strapless bra usually means you’re wearing a strapless dress. How sexy is that? Offering a great combination of functional and sexy is the Celeste strapless bra by Simone Perele.

Celeste strapless bra by Simone Perele

Celeste strapless bra by Simone Perele

#3: Long-line bras, like CLO Intimo’s Kali in a geometric design, are a very modern silhouette.

Kali soft bra by CLO Intimo

Kali soft bra by CLO Intimo

#4: There’s nothing like a cute panty to bring out a sexy look. Check out these cheeky boy shorts from Leg Avenue.

Cheeky ruffle boyshort by Leg Avenue

Cheeky ruffle boyshort by Leg Avenue

#5: Lace is a romantic approach to sexy. The lace Fortuna racerback vest by CLO Intimo can be worn in and out and is a hot number when paired with the cheeky bottom or string bikini.

CLO Intimo Fortuna lace vest

CLO Intimo Fortuna lace vest

#6: Sexy legwear. Work your legs in a garter belt and stockings by Philippe Matignon.

Philippe Matignon thigh highs & garter

Philippe Matignon thigh highs & garter

#7: The classic teddy gets a striking visual update from Leg Avenue in padded mesh.

Padded mesh teddy by Leg Avenue

Padded mesh teddy by Leg Avenue

#8: Lola Haze puts a new twist on the slip with the Liquid Lace Chemise, a unique design that borders on ready-to-wear by combining shine and lace.

Liquid Lace Chemise by Lola Haze

Liquid Lace Chemise by Lola Haze

#9: Retro bottoms are a hot and classy look. LOU Paris offers a beautiful high-waisted panty in great colors in its Fee de Reves collection.

Fee de Reves demi cup bra and high waisted short by LOU Paris

Fee de Reves demi cup bra and high waisted short by LOU Paris

#10: Lingerie accessories dress up even the most basic of underwear pieces. Oh La La Cheri, a specialist in sexy intimates with an erotic vibe, channels vintage peekaboo glamour with a multi-way lace wrap with matching thong and eye mask.

Lace wrap & eye mask ensemble by Oh La La Cheri

Lace wrap & eye mask ensemble by Oh La La Cheri

Wishing you a very happy – and very sexy – holiday season!

XOXO,

Margo

A Good Cause: The Pink Slip participates in The Columbus Citizens Foundation’s annual fundraiser sale supporting Italian-American students.

Margo Andros greets customers at the event.

Margo Andros greets customers at the event.

On December 4 I had the pleasure of presenting an assortment of brands available from ThePinkSlip.com at the annual ladies’ luncheon fundraising sale at the beautiful townhouse of The Columbus Citizens Foundation, a non-profit organization in New York City committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement. The Foundation, through a broad range of philanthropic and cultural activities, provides opportunities for advancement to deserving Italian-American students through various scholarship and grant programs. The Foundation organizes New York City’s annual Columbus Celebration and Columbus Day Parade, which has celebrated Italian-American heritage on New York’s Fifth Avenue since 1929. I have participated in the event for ten years and it’s always a lot of fun. The ladies loved our selection of styles from brands such as P.J. Salvage,  Hanky Panky, Cosabella and Simone Perele, among others. I even got to meet Lady’s Gaga’s mom, who’s a member of the foundation. How fun is that?

XOXO,

Margo

The Pink Slip sales display

The Pink Slip sales display

The Columbus Citizens Foundation townhouse.

The Columbus Citizens Foundation townhouse.

Trés Chic: The Pink Slip.com welcomes the stylishly updated classic French lingerie brand LOU Paris.

LOU has a rich history.

I am very excited to announce that we have added a hot new brand to our assortment at The Pink Slip.com. Actually, it’s not a new brand at all, just new to us and new in spirit. It’s the fabulously fresh and contemporary new version of the classic French brand LOU. Like many of our storied American brands, LOU is an iconic intimate apparel company with a rich legacy of fashion and innovation dating back to the 1950s. The glamorous new site for the brand, now called LOU Paris, reveals that its beginnings are as romantic as the new designs suggest. The company’s founder, entrepreneur Andre Faller, was traveling on the famous Orient Express when he was charmed by the lovely Lucienne, a gymnast with a talent for dressmaking who designed her own lingerie. This chance meeting started an epic love story and marriage that gave birth to the LOU brand, named after Andre’s nickname for Lucienne. If that’s not romantic, I don’t know what is.  The brand grew over the decades into a global icon, playing “supporting” roles in films starring French film goddesses Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau. Like those iconic women, LOU stood the test of time and is now a very on-trend collection that lavishes the modern woman with gorgeous French laces, premium fabrics and stylish designs. When I saw how the collection was updated, I had to have it. I predict you will, too. Our first assortment from the new LOU Paris includes the Piccadilly and Fee de Reves groups.

 

Piccdilly demi cup bra and shorty by LOU Paris

The Lou Piccadilly demi cup bra and shorty is a striking ensemble that has the classic, romantic appeal of semi-sheer genuine Leaver’s lace yet feels utterly modern. The bra’s cups have soft, sheer mesh lining with a 3/4 vertical seam for a natural uplift and adjustable straps. The sides, back and center panel are silky microfiber. The mid-rise shorty offers moderate boyshort coverage in lace with pretty ribbon detailing and delicate scallop edging. It’s a knockout look.

Fee de Reves demi cup bra and high waisted short by LOU Paris

Meaning “Fairy of Dreams,” the Fee de Reves group is dreamy indeed. The lace demi bra features semi-sheer floral leavers lace all over with vertical seam cups for a natural uplift and has double adjustable straps. The corset lace-up center detail adds a romantic flair I adore! Completing the look is a High-Waisted Brief providing generous coverage with retro appeal in elegant satin and gorgeous lace. It features alluring lace-up details in front and back, ultra smooth fabric at the bottom and back, and a beautiful loop trim detail.

LOU Paris Fee de Reves Shorty

The group includes a mid-rise shorty that offers moderate boyshort cheeky coverage in super sexy sheer lace with delicate eyelet scallop edging and corset tie detail in the front and back.

LOU Paris Fee de Reves thong

Last, but certainly not least, is the The Fee de Reves Thong in sheer lace with delicate eyelet scallop edging and corset tie detail in the back. After all, what would a sexy French line be without a thong?

I dare you to resist the new LOU Paris.

XOXO,

Margo

Expert Advice: Tips for finding the perfect bra for the small-breasted woman from Emily Lau, founder of The Little Bra Company

Emily Lau, founder of The Little Bra Company

I recently wrote a post about fashion bras for small-breasted women and wanted to explore the topic more deeply so I turned to an expert whom I really admire: Emily Lau, the founder of The Little Bra Company. Emily is a self-described late bloomer who wore ill-fitting bras for years until she worked with design experts to create the perfect-fitting bra for her petite body. She tested the design on some of her friends and got amazing feedback. In 2007, she launched The Little Bra Company and now it’s a go-to brand for women with small breasts who want bras that not only support them but make them feel feminine and sexy. Emily shared some valuable tips with me for MARGO’S MUST HAVES.

Margo Andros: Emily, tell me what distinguishes your bras for petite women?

Emily Lau: “The Little Bra” refers to both the fit and bust size. We specialize in hard-to-find smaller band and cup sizes including 28-38A, 28-34B, and 28-34C cups, The Little Bra Company’s bras are designed and cut on a petite scale to fit the smaller figure better. Although there are other push-up bras on the market, TLBC bras are designed to fit a smaller body type, giving her a better-fitting and more natural-looking curve. 

Margo: Who is your target customer?

Emily: She’s the woman who may be “little” up top, but still wants a bra that gives her lift and makes her feel feminine. When I get to personally fit my customers, it’s always so exciting to see their reactions. I get hugs and high-fives from women who thought they could never have cleavage. They tell me that they have never had a bra that fit the way a TLBC bra fits and they love them because it makes them feel pretty!

Margo: Can a woman with an A-cup get cleavage with your bras?

Emily:  I find that smaller-breasted women often resign themselves to wearing camisole bras or nothing at all.  They don’t even try wearing a padded bra. They just assume that they have nothing to push up, so why try. Since my bras are fitted for their specific body type, the padding does its job properly, giving them a comfortable fit and a bit of cleavage too.

Margo: Do you serve women with a AA cup?

Emily: Since our bras are designed and cut smaller in the cup and band already, we currently do not have AA cups in our collection. However, we do have a lot of AA customers who fit into our A-cups, especially in style E005-Angela and E004C-Lucia.

Margo: What are the important steps small-breasted women should take when shopping for bras?

Emily: I always give women five tips…

  1. Do the Scoop. Petite women often feel that because of their slighter frame this step is not necessary, which is not true. Doing the scoop is essential no matter your size. It allows you to find the perfect placement in the cup and gives you the best shape possible.
  2. Find out whether you have a wide-set or close-set chest. This is important because some cups are set close together and others farther apart. The shape of your frame will help you find your perfect style and size.
  3. Make sure your straps are adjusted and your band is parallel with the ground across your back, on the first hook. The first hook is very important because a band can stretch up to two inches with wear so you want to give yourself some sizing flexibility from the get-go.
  4. Look for contour padding, which allows for a natural shape and lift. It will complement a petite figure and allow for the perfect comfort, support and style.
  5. Find your favorite style. Half the battle in shopping for bras is feeling comfortable and confident in them. Finding a style that you feel good in, as well as flatters your form, is the key to enjoying bra shopping and wearing. Whether it’s a deep-plunge, demi-cup, wireless or one of the many other options, find what suits you and enjoy!

Margo: Thanks for sharing your expertise with us, Emily.

Emily: My pleasure. Thanks for having me, Margo. Congratulations on the blog!

So there you have it, straight from the woman who revolutionized the market with her personal mission to serve the small-chested woman. The Pink Slip is a big fan of The Little Bra Company and we carry a range of styles that satisfy your various fashion and fit needs.  Here are some of my favorites.

Mercedes push-up bra

Mercedes Push-Up

The Mercedes bra is a sophisticated petite demi push-up with medium padded contoured smooth cups for subtle lift and support, and hints of feminine lace detail. It has more side coverage to offer an attractive, rounded lift.  Perfect for scoop neck and lower cut tops. Although you still get the cleavage and push-up The Little Bra Company is known for, the cups are slightly roomier with more elastic in the band.

Isis convertible bra

Isis Convertible Bra 

Isis is an elegant and smooth push-up bra, with heavily padded demi-contoured cups to offer petite figures a boosted bustline. It also features a pretty tear-drop center detail in the front and has a flattering ballet back for ultimate comfort and support. The convertible straps allow you to wear the bra in multiple ways including racerback or halter.

Yvonne t-shirt bra

Yvonne T-Shirt Bra

Named Best T-Shirt Bra for Petites by Real Simple Magazine, Yvonne is sure to please with its amazing seamless look and feminine touch of lace detail along the back and straps. This gorgeous smooth-cup bra has contoured push-up padding for a natural-looking curve for a petite figure. Yvonne has versatile convertible straps and was designed for the petite customer who has slightly wider-set breasts.

Remember Emily’s great tips and find the bras that are perfect for you.

XOXO,

Margo