Curvy Briefs

By HOLLY JACKSON

Solstice Lingerie on Lingerie Briefs

One of my favorite things about social media is the way it has allowed completely new designers to open up the conversation about what both lingerie and lingerie marketing can look like. While the larger North American market frequently stays focused on things like continuity colors and t-shirt bras, young designers are creating away on Instagram and posting it all so customers can find them. These brands understand both the power of images and the power of representing a diverse set of customers, as they have to appeal directly to consumers to make sales.

Solstice Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

All of this is to say that I found Solstice Intimates through Instagram and was immediately entranced by their offerings. Their pieces always feel like someone found a really great trunk full of vintage fabrics and went to town on them, in the best possible way. Solstice Intimates likes unexpected things like combing crazy circus colors of velvets with ruffles and embroidery or or creating sweet floral pieces and then decking them out with fringe that would make Dolly Parton proud.

Solstice Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

What strikes me as equally important as the designs is the way they are displayed — most importantly, who they are displayed on. Solstice Intimates has gone out of their way to embrace a diverse customer base in almost every area they can. While I’m obviously partial to their curvy model shots and pieces, they also feature models of all sizes and racial backgrounds. Many of their pieces are modeled by men, which encourages customers to see lingerie as something that is truly accessible to all. Every piece is available in a wide range of pre-selected sizes and custom sizing, ensuring that no one is left out by the brand.

Solstice Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

Impressively, Solstice Intimates seems to be stuck in an envious state of constant creativity. Recent Instagram previews for Spring/Summer 2019 showcased a velvet bodysuit with embroidered flowers and mushrooms on it in 70’s throwback shades along with a set in a floral print that seems like something Van Gogh would have appreciated. It’s hard to constantly build on what a brand is doing and stay fresh and fun, but Solstice Intimates seems to have worked it all out.

Solstice Intimates on Lingerie Briefs

 


By HOLLY JACKSON

Oh La La Cheri Ariana Romper on Lingerie Briefs

I know it’s still cold and snowy other places, but here in New Orleans it’s been spring for at least two weeks.The camellia bushes in my courtyard are blooming and the sweet olive trees are bursting with blossoms that smell like peach candy. It’s been so lovely that I’ve spent most days turning my front porch into a makeshift office, so I can work outside while my puppy plays in the garden.

All of this is to say that I’ve had flowers on the brain, which may explain part of the reason I’ve been obsessed with the latest Oh La La Cheri releases.Their designers clearly had flowers in their head for this season as well! While I associate Oh La La Cheri and their plus-size line mostly with lace pieces, this season has brought some prints as well as some truly stunning floral lace variations on their classic looks.

The floral print Ariana Romper is sexy enough to qualify as lingerie but also doubles as a real loungewear piece.The print is bright and dynamic in person, while the fabric is light enough to keep you cool even in the hottest weather. I think it would make great sleepwear as well once the weather warms up for everyone else!Ojh La La Cheri Lana teddy on Lingerie Briefs

The Lana Teddy and Babydoll incorporates bright pink flowers into the design through the use of a striking metallic lace, which dresses up an otherwise classic set of designs. It’s nice to see floral options in plus-sizes that look modern and sexy rather than stodgy. It can be a hard line to walk, given that floral prints have been used to disguise the perceived “flaws” of larger women for so many years. It’s great to see a design that shows off curves so well and still keeps the sheerness and sex appeal that Oh La La Cheri is known for.

It may still be cold other places, but it’s clear that customers are already in the mood for florals. These pieces have been bestsellers already, so I’m suspecting that lots of lingerie fans are getting in the mood for spring as well


Katherine Hamilton Luxury Lingerie up to HH (British sizes/ L USA size )cup on Lingerie Briefs

The bra fit revolution of the 21st century has empowered all women to find comfort and support from their bras – no more trying to squeeze an H cup into a D cup as in decades gone by. As a 28H, Katy Payne, the British-based owner of the Katherine Hamilton designer lingerie brand, has followed the lingerie industry for years and been delighted to see the expansion of choice for women of different sizes. Despite that, as a luxury lingerie lover, she was still frustrated by the fact that many of the world’s most luxurious designer brands still focus on offering a more traditional size range – with very limited choice for people with narrower backs and bigger cups. As Katy spoke to more and more people, she realised she was not alone and after identifying the emerging demand for fit-focused luxury fuller bust lingerie, she launched the Katherine Hamilton luxury lingerie label in 2016 for sizes 26-38 D-HH cup (British sizing / L USA sizing)

Katherine Hamilton Luxury Lingerie DD up to HH (British sizes/ L USA size )cup on Lingerie Briefs

Harrods were the first luxury department store to offer Katherine Hamilton last year with customers breathing a sigh of relief to find something more elegant and the feedback has been astounding:

So great that Harrods now stock Katherine Hamilton. Lingerie that fits me!”
C. G.

I discovered your brand in Harrods and I can’t tell you what a difference you’ve made. To find pretty bras in my size is so unbelievable, and honestly, it’s made me so happy. I spent my teenage years being told I would never be able to wear a pretty bra and was relegated to hammocks. It has such a knock-on effect to happiness and self-esteem. But it’s not just the aesthetics, your bras fit so beautifully and have literally taken the weight from my shoulders.

You are making such a difference to the lives of women like me and I’m so grateful. 
T. D.

“I’m so happy to find lingerie that not only feels luxurious but fits impeccably, something that sadly doesn’t always go together”

N.W.

Katherine Hamilton Luxury Lingerie DD up to HH (British sizes/ L USA size )cup on Lingerie Briefs

Katy is delighted to have achieved the goal she set out with when she first started the brand: “To provide a product that not only offers comfort and support but also elevates self-esteem and self-worth through beauty and quality is the very reason we launched Katherine Hamilton. Getting the fit right has been fundamental to our brand; to ensure that our products not only look beautiful but provide all day, everyday comfort and support. After all, why have something beautiful if you can’t wear it?! Having now succeeded in our pursuit we are developing an increasingly diverse collection that will bring back the joy of bra shopping to the fuller busted consumer; to have the opportunity to explore fine silks, French lace, intricate embroidered tulles and elaborate robes and accessories, knowing that they will also fit!”

Katherine Hamilton Luxury Lingerie DD up to HH (British sizes/ L USA size )cup on Lingerie Briefs

Katherine Hamilton will be bringing this shopping experience to Selfridges (UK), Brown Thomas (Ireland), Journelle (US), Bra Fitting (Russia) and numerous high-end boutiques and premium department stores across the UK and US with the launch of their AW19 collection this April. The brand promises an even more elaborate (and of course fit-focused) collection to follow shortly afterwards as they set their sights even higher: “The challenge that we relish at Katherine Hamilton is creating designs that many wouldn’t think possible for larger cups; that defy expectations of well fitting, supportive bras”. Watch this space, the revolution continues….

Katherine Hamilton Luxury Lingerie DD up to HH (British sizes/ L USA size )cup on Lingerie Briefs


By HOLLY JACKSON

Hanky Panky Silky Skin Plus size slips, bralette and shorts on Lingerie Briefs

Have you ever noticed that shopping for basics is the hardest type of shopping? It’s always the one simple thing that is the hardest to find: a great basic black dress or a truly fabulous pair of jeans. If you’re plus size, it’s even harder to stock up on the basics. Sometimes they just aren’t made, or they’re low quality or completely unflattering. Luckily, Hanky Panky has stepped in with their Silky Skin line to provide great plus size basics and layering pieces up to 3X.

Hanky Panky Silky Skin Plus size slips, bralette and shorts on Lingerie Briefs

The Silky Skin line’s greatest strength is it’s fabric content. The ultra-lightweight rayon Lycra® spandex blend resists static and feels great against the skin, making it perfect for layering even in hot weather. Each piece is finished with a high quality lace worthy of the rest of the Hanky Panky collection, making them both pretty and practical. I gave the Silky Plus Size Shorts a serious workout last week when I ran errands and went to appointments all day on foot and they held up beautifully under my dress.

Hanky Panky Silky Skin Plus size slips, bralette and shorts on Lingerie Briefs

The Silky Plus Size Fitted Slip With Lace has a classic cut without any cups, which makes it perfect for curvy women of all shapes and sizes. It drapes beautifully under clothing and is comfortable enough to sleep in, which I have actually done several times! The fabric is far above and beyond other slips that I have tried, which makes it a great investment piece for plus size dress fans. Adjustable straps make it easy to get a great fit and the length is perfect for most dresses.

Hanky Panky Silky Skin Plus size slips, bralette and shorts on Lingerie Briefs

While Hanky Panky is known for their colorful lace pieces, I’m now a dedicated fan of their Silky Skin line as well. I’m so glad they’ve expanded sizes to make it a more inclusive line that works for everyone!

 


By HOLLY JACKSON

Cosabella Curvy Extended Sizes Never Say Never Bralette on Lingerie Briefs

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few years trying and writing about bralettes. When I was a teenager it took work to find a great underwired bra in my size, so it regularly blows my mind that I’ve moved onto sorting through the huge market of wirefree ones! The popularity of bralettes now also means that I tend to have low expectations for them, so I was thrilled to encounter several from Cosabella recently that I really liked!

Cosabella Curvy Extended Sizes Plunge bralette on Lingerie Briefs

As someone who personally bridges the full-busted/plus-size part of the market, I regularly strike out with both full bust and plus size lines. Many plus size lines don’t design with large enough cups or small enough bands for my figure, while many full busted lines don’t go high enough in sizing to really fit me comfortably. All of this is to say that when I pulled my Cosabella Curvy bras out of the package in an XL, I was skeptical. Amazingly, they both fit beautifully and comfortably in that size!

Cosabella Curvy Extended Sizes Racerback Bralette on Lingerie Briefs

The Curvy range that Cosabella makes is designed to fit a wide range of women who need smaller band sizes and larger cup sizes, from petite to XL. It currently contains a wide range of products, from the popular Never Say Never lace bralette to chemises and other lingerie items. I got to try the classic Never Say Never lace bralette and the newer Curvy Evolution bralette, which is made from a high end microfiber and feels like butter on. As can be reasonably expected, neither produces the lift of an underwire bra on me. Both are beautiful and comfortable on, which means I’ve been reaching for them around the house and for sleeping frequently.

Cosabella Curvy Extended Sizes Bralette on Lingerie Briefs

Cosabella has smartly figured out that “curvy” comes in all shapes and sizes, from petite to plus-size. It’s great to see a line marketing high quality products to those of us who tend to fall through the gaps of other lingerie lines and offering some unique choices in bralette styles, like the Curvy Evolution.

 

 

 


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