The 5 Best UK Based Lingerie Blogs To Follow

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One of our most popular posts on the blog is ‘So who are the world’s top 10 lingerie bloggers?‘ but it was published way back in 2010 and, as you can image, is rather out of date now. At the time there were very few UK based lingerie bloggers but since then there have been a number of fantastic blogs making waves on the lingerie scene based right here in Blighty and each one has their own unique style and their own views on all things intimate. So, here’s our list of the 5 best UK based lingerie blogs to follow.

Sweet Nothings

Sweet Nothings

Sweet Nothings is like a big hug on your computer screen. It’s warm and fuzzy and just makes you want to smile. Focusing on the fuller figure and fuller bust lingerie, it has the usual reviews and new collection posts but what makes it stand out is the gorgeous photography. There’s a real feeling of the etherial with floating fabrics and beautifully arranged flowers.

Alongside the lingerie posts sits a collection of baking posts, the author’s second obsession, which all helps to increase that warm feeling. So, if you love lingerie and love food too, this blog is for you.

The Lingerie Lesbian

The Lingerie Lesbian

Yes, she’s a lesbian and yes, she loves lingerie, hence the name. Caro set up her blog in 2012 and has a (un)healthy obsession with anything cute, girly and lacy. She mainly focuses on lingerie, writing reviews, introducing new brands she’s discovered and showing off the latest collections but she also throws in a mixture of issue related posts, focusing on how lingerie impacts on our everyday lives and how it makes us feel. Her honesty and openness shine through in every post as she gives her own perspective on issues such as how the lingerie industry uses sex as its main advertising campaign.

Bras and Body Image

Bras and Body ImageAnna, who runs Bras and Body Image, is a feminist and a supporter of body positivity. Being a large busted girl she has struggled with her own self image and wants to get her voice out there to help others who are in the same position. No body snarking is allowed!

In every review post Anna shows her readers exactly how each piece fits her with amazing photos not just of the front but of all angles and detailed close-ups. This enhances her comprehensive explanation of her views and helps the reader to really know what to expect with their own purchases.

Petite Coquette

Petite Coquette

Petite Coquette is all about the luxury brands and is great place to go and drool over all those pretty pieces you wish you could fill your lingerie drawer with. Every image oozes opulence and indulgence and you can’t help but get sucked in.

The main focus of the blog is on promoting the brands and highlights new collections, upcoming sales and industry rumours. If you love being ahead of the game then make sure you follow this one.

Invest In Your Chest

Invest in Your Chest

Run by Cheryl, Invest In Your Chest began its life in 2010 when she received an awful bra-fitting service in one of the high street stores. As a result the blog focuses mainly on problem sizing, particularly those with small backs and larger cup sizes, as her own body type requires. With two main lingerie based sections, reviews and bra fitting, you can tell that Cheryl is on a mission to improve the whole issue around bra fitting for the masses. A must read if you find sizing a headache.

Have you come across any UK based lingerie blogs that you’d like us to add to our list?

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Fox and Rose Autumn/Winter 2014 – Rosy

August is a great month for lingerie, not only do you have the summer sales going on, including ours at Fox and Rose and our sister site Joanna’s Wardrobe (I couldn’t resist the Kiss Me Deadly Divine Girdle), but you also begin to see to the new Autumn/Winter collections appearing in the shops and online. And at Fox and Rose we’re no different. We’ve recently taken delivery of not one, not two but an amazing six new Rosy collections and each one is just to die for.

Rosy lingerie ad 1954

French lingerie brand Rosy began its life in 1947, the same year Dior created the legendary New Look, and immediately focused on highlighting the female form and enhancing its beautiful silhouette. In 1962 it caused waves across the lingerie and advertising world by revealing their latest campaign where they only featured a tastefully nude woman holding a rose. For the first time in history the actual product was missing from the advert, yet it still pulled in the customers.

Today, Rosy draws on its historical knowledge to create stunning collections in silk and satin, highlighted with lace and embroidery, that clearly have a strong vintage influence and continue to emphasise the female silhouette. They do all this and, of course, make sure each piece is constructed with a modern woman’s needs in mind.

La Craquante collection by Rosy

The La Craquante collection is a perfect everyday range and features a cleavage enhancing push-up bra, hipster brief and thong. Each one is beautifully constructed in black stretch satin to give a smooth line underneath your clothes and is highlighted with a sheer black mesh with large dots, making it both practical and alluring.

Rayonnante collection by Rosy

The unusual Art Deco print in lilac and gold of the La Rayonnante collection creates a truly unique design. Its geometric pattern is enhanced by matching block colours of lilac and gold trim both on the padded bra and hipster brief. The bra has a further vintage touch with a deep gold V on the centre band, a detail which Rosy exclusively used in many of their historical ranges.

L'amour collection by Rosy

We know you’ll just love the L’Amour collection! Created in an unusual colour palette of gold satin and overlaid in a purpley brown lace, this really is a unique, yet opulent, combination. Available in a wide range of pieces, including both a padded bra and a plunge bra as well as a tanga, a hipster brief and a shorty brief. Finished with splashes of bright gold satin and every edge is scalloped with lace, this range has a truly luxurious feel.

L'exaltante collection by Rosy

The L’Exaltante collection is another range that has a very strong vintage influence and I think this is rapidly becoming my most favourite from Rosy. Styled using panels of opaque black, delicate black lace over nude and sheer spot mesh, this oozes Hollywood glamour and of a time long forgotten. Available in a padded bra, a string and hipster brief, as well as a light control high-waisted brief and matching slip which will help you glide effortlessly from day to night.

L'honorable Rouge collection by Rosy

The L’Honorable collection is classic Rosy. Clearly influenced by previous ranges, such as La Vintage, yet brought up to date, it’s smooth silk is overlaid with contrasting eyelash silk and is trimmed with an oversized bow. Designed in two bold colourways, prune with ivory lace and gold detail and red with ivory lace and detail, it’s available in a padded plunge bra with removable pads, tanga, brief, shorty boxer brief and slip.

L'honorable Prune collection by Rosy

So what do you think of Rosy’s new collections? Which ones will be on your wish list?

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Fox and Rose at the Beach (Bar)

Regular blogger Cate is away this week so her regular slot is being filled by yours truly.

I really need to tell you all about our exciting Summer Sale, but I want to put you in a holiday mood first. So I’m going to tell you how to make two of my favourite summer cocktails, one for making by the jugful, the other a more subtle and delicate sipping drink – one for my inner Fox and the other for my Rose. Just decide which appeals to you, knock one up and then we can have a leisurely look at what’s on offer at Fox & Rose this month.

My Fox cocktail is the Mojito, because it reminds me of bikinis, bad boys and partying all afternoon on a Caribbean beach. Legend has it that it was Ernest Hemingway’s favourite tipple when he was running around Havana in the 1930’s. Here’s his allegedly favourite recipe with thanks to Pete Cappela at The Savory.

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Hemingway’s Mojito (jug for six)

36 Fresh Mint Sprigs

6 oz. Lime Juice

12 Tbs Brown Sugar

12 oz. Light Rum

Lime wedges for Garnish

Crush the mint sprigs, lime juice and brown sugar in the bottom of a jug. Pour in rum.

Fill glass with crushed ice and pour mixture over. Garnish with lime wedge and remaining mint sprig. Hemingway would often add a splash of champagne as well. Bad boy.

 

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Conversely my Rose sits quietly at the beach bar, her stylish designer swimsuit barely wrapped in a sheer sarong. Her legs elegantly yet seductively crossed, she stirs her Dirty Martini with the olive, waiting for Mr Bond…

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Dirty Martini

1 1/2 oz. vodka

splash of olive juice

blue cheese-stuffed olive

Add vodka and olive juice to a shaker filled with plenty of ice. Shake until very cold and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with olive.

Got your drink? Then let’s take a look at our Summer Beachwear Sale!

Make a style statement with this truly eye-catching Fortuna Swimsuit, styled in a metallic foil material with gold stone trims definitely for anybody who wants to get noticed poolside. The 50’s inspired Brangelina Bikini with its pretty Liberty print will show off your curves perfectly Last but least the elegant & chic Chloe Zebra Bikini should be on everybody’s holiday wish list. This bandeau style bikini with dazzling horseshoe detail on the bust and waist creates a feminine hourglass silhouette. – All from UK brand Pistol Panties and all with 50% Off!

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One not to be missed is this sensational figure enhancing Wrap Swimsuit from La Perla or inject a serious dash of colour to your beachwear look with this vibrant blue Chloe Solo swimsuit from Pistol Panties. This black sleek Poolside Dress from French label Iodus is another one definitely not to be missed from your holiday wardrobe!

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Turn some heads and have some fun in this playful Zanzibar leopard print bikini from La Perla , be glamorously attired in this beautiful Morokko Swimsuit creation from hip swimwear label Mouille or what about the sensational multi coloured leopard print Molly Purple two piece? Certain to get you noticed!

imageFor these and lots more sensational Summer Sale bargains, shop early at the sale page over at Fox and Rose!

Finally, you can find even more wonderful swimwear bargains over at our retro-inspired sister site Joanna’s Wardrobe where there’s 40% off all beachwear!

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Ethically Made Lingerie at Fox and Rose

There has been a lot of talk online recently about ethically made lingerie and why it’s important. It’s a subject that most people don’t even consider when purchasing their underwear. We don’t think to ask questions like where was it made? Where did the fabrics come from? Who were the workers that actually made it? Did the manufacturing of it impact on the environment?

Ethical Lingerie at Fox and Rose

So why are these things important?

We’ve read a lot of reports in the newspapers or watched documentaries on the TV about big brands being found out for using cheap labour in third world countries to make their garments. Most recently there was the shocking news of the Savar building collapse in Bangladesh where over a thousand people lost their lives, many of them working in factories that produced clothing for brands such as Monsoon Accessorize, Primark and Matalan.

These are high profile examples of why knowing who is actually making your item is important. However, also knowing an item is made locally means that you know they were made by local people who have local jobs. All of these things impact positively on the environment and the economy. If the brand also uses locally resourced fabrics then even better, they won’t have to transport the fabric thousands of miles to the factory. Less fuel is used which reduces the negative impact of the environment and local fabric manufacturers benefit.

Ethically made lingerie available on Fox and Rose

So, the next time you head online or have a shopping trip to your local high street, have a think about who made that bra you’re thinking of purchasing and what was the journey from conception to your shopping bag. And if you want to know which brands we sell that are ethically made, look no further.

Soire Plunge Push Up Bra by Cosabella

Cosabella

Very much a family run business, Cosabella have their headquarters in Miami, Florida but are actually an Italian brand who produce all of their products in Italy where they must abide by the strict labor laws. This allows them to combine American innovation with fine Italian craftsmanship.

Just Married Silk Knickers by Ell & Cee

Ell & Cee

A truly British brand, Ell & Cee were founded by fashion graduate Laura Cloke and manufacture all their pieces within the UK, although all their hand-beaded designs are outsourced to India. However, many of their garments are hand finished by their in-house team in the UK which adds to their bespoke quality.

Natalia Chemise by Sally Jones

Sally Jones

Australian brand Sally Jones source their finest silks and lace from France and throughout Europe but hand cut and produce all of their garments locally in their home country. They are also huge supporters of Desert Flower, a worldwide organisation that fights for the abolishment of gential mutilation.

Stephanie Silk Soft Bra & Briefs by Ayten Gasson

Ayten Gasson

Available on our sister site, Joanna’s Wardrobe, Ayten Gasson design and manufacture all their lingerie and loungewear in the UK. Every single piece of lace that goes onto their garments is also sourced in the UK, with vintage lace coming from the old mills in Nottingham, an area that was once famous for its lace production. In 2011 they launched their first eco range using fabrics made from organic silk where the thread is produced using cruelty free methods.

Other Brands

You also can’t forget about brands such as Kiss Me Deadly who produce about 60% of their lingerie in the UK. They also use fabrics sourced from off-cut pieces left over by bigger brands, so at one point you could match your Kiss Me Deadly pinstripe girdle to a Fantasie Simone Bra. And as mentioned in our previous post, Playful Promises have design and produced their limited edition Circus Collection right here in the UK.

So, the next time you add a bra to your shopping basket stop for a minute and ask ‘do I really know where this comes from?’

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Happy Birthday Playful Promises!

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London based lingerie brand Playful Promises are celebrating their 10th birthday this year. This is quite a milestone for any company who has fought and survived the recession but what’s even more impressive is the fact that Playful Promises is an indie lingerie brand, which means they design and manufacture everything themselves. Not always something that’s easy in this day and age.

Created by Emma Parker in 2004 after purchasing her very first pair of ‘grown-up’ knickers, Playful Promises produce delicious intimates for women who like to be different, who like to say ‘hey, this is me, take it or leave it’. They’re confident in themselves and love to be daring and sexy but also don’t take themselves too seriously. Each piece is fun, flirty and sometimes just a little bit saucy!

For their 10th anniversary they have just released their Circus Collection, an assortment of beautifully designed pieces with a circus twist. Each unique piece is dark and decadent with a hint of luxury and are reminiscent of the showgirls of the Edwardian travelling cabarets.

Playful Promises lipstick camisole and knickers

Playful Promises twisted circus teal bra and briefs

The collection features camisole and knicker sets with delicate black eyelash lash trimming, bodysuits in shiny black or gold Lycra, bra and brief sets with peep-hole cut out sections and gold or black fringed harness playsuits with matching open bra and hipster briefs.

Playful Promises dazzle body in old gold

Playful Promises twisted circus print bra

Each and every piece has been designed and manufactured right here in the UK with exclusive prints created by London artist Karina Akopyan. The Twisted Circus Print Bra and Briefs feature a quirky print with an assortment of salacious sword swallowers, libertinous lion trainers, kinky clowns and erotic aerialists all on a black stain background.

Playful Promises showgirl gold fringe playsuit

Playful Promises teal camisole and knickers

Playful Promises dazzle body black

Unfortunately the entire collection has been made in a very limited edition run, which means that you can only get hold of any of these pieces directly from Playful Promises themselves. However, you can still order their stunning current collection from Fox and Rose. From pink neon lingerie sets overlayed with black eyelash lace to burlesque inspired open cup bras in ruby red or mysterious black, we think you’ll still find something to create your very own circus inspiration at home.

Playful Promises collection

So what do you think of the Circus Collection?

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Maybe Granny’s Knickers Weren’t All That Bad

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All things vintage have seen a huge increase in popularity over the last few years and we see its influence everywhere. Cafes with homemade bunting and pastel coloured cupcakes, ASOS starting their own vintage market place, girls dressed in 1950s style dresses for their proms, charity shops specialising in vintage furniture. You can’t even get away from it on TV with shows like Kirstie’s Fill Your House For Free and Homemade Home, as well as Dawn O’Porter’s This Old Thing. And it influences our intimates too.

Every era of the 20th Century had its own stand out style or silhouette that still gets drawn upon and redesigned into modern-day versions. From the high street right through to luxury lingerie, every designer can’t help but look backwards for inspiration.

1920s teddy lingerie

In the 1920s and 30s, the teddy, or step-in as they were sometimes known, was the item to have in your underpinnings drawer. Originally being constructed in fine cottons and lightweight silks as a looser garment to previous eras, it went on to become a piece of timeless glamour in a narrower silhouette of rich satins and delicate laces. Starting as a garment to be worn under a more restrictive corset or girdle, it later found its way into the boudoir as a stunning piece of nightwear.

Playful Promises Miss Jones Teddy

These days designs are usually restricted to nightwear or loungewear, whereas tighter, more body-hugging shapes are the choice of undergarments. The black satin Miss Jones Teddy from Playful Promises is clearly influenced by the teddies of the Art Deco era with its ruched waist and delicate lace rim. However, it has been brought up to date with its shorter length bottom section that is designed in the shape of a loose modern-day brief.

1940s Hollywood Robe

As the Depression hit and was later followed by WWII, women looked to Hollywood for escapism and inspiration. One of the stand out pieces of the time was the boudoir robe or peignoir. You couldn’t be a starlet on screen without one. Always full length with yard after yard of fabric, they came in beautiful silk satins and the more daring sheer chiffon. They were made to enhance the woman’s figure, with tight fitting waists, voluminous sleeves and a slit down the front for your stockinged legs to teasingly appear from as you walked.

Kiss Me Deadly Elle Robe

Full length robes are not exactly favoured these days with calf or thigh length versions proving more practical. But if you want to bring a little Silver Screen glamour to your lingerie then look no further than the Purple Elle Robe by Kiss Me Deadly. This sheer chiffon robe was created from an original 1940s piece and has an abundance of fabric in the skirt section. It closes at the waist with a hook and eye and a delicate velvet ribbon tie.

1950s Corset

After the war ended, and women returned to their traditional roles in the home, their silhouette shifted again to an hourglass figure. Corsets, that had been thrown off in favour of practicality, once again entered the wardrobes of millions of women to help create this flawless shape. Designed to nip in the waist and enhance the bust and hips, they were a must for wearing under full circle or wiggle dresses.

Vollers Passion Underbust Corset

Today most women shy away from corsets, claiming that they are old fashioned, too restrictive, unpractical and just downright uncomfortable. These are all misconceptions usually thrown out by people who haven’t actually worn one. A modern day corset such as this Passion Ivory Underbust Corset by Vollers couldn’t be more up-to-date if it tried. Perfect for first time wearers due to its short length, it can be worn underneath a dress as intimate wear or over clothing for an ultra modern and unique style.

1960s Panty Girdle

During the 1960s, as fashions changed and women began to enjoy going back to work, undergarments started to relax. Practicality was a must for the woman who had to dress in a hurry and get to work on time so corsets and lace up girdles were a no-no. Yet women still wanted to feel supported and so the panty girdle was born. Designed to hold in all of the areas a traditional girdle would but it could just be pulled on, without the necessity of other undergarments, and just clipped to your stockings for all day comfort.

L'Artiste High Waisted Suspender Brief by Rosy

Today, of course, most women don’t feel the need for firm control underwear but you can still see the panty girdle’s influence in pieces like the L’Artiste High Waisted Suspender Brief by Rosy. With its high waist and ivory satin strips that lead down to the four suspender clips, these briefs are perfect for creating a similar silhouette.

1970s Triangle Bra

In the late 1960s and 70s the Women’s Liberation movement began. Okay, so hardly anyone actually burned their bra, but the message behind it has lived with us ever since. As women began to fight to be seen as being equal to men, their underwear relaxed even further and the natural look became the norm. Many women chose not to wear a bra at all but those who did opted for the newly designed triangle bras or the no-bra look. With no underwires, no boning and hardly any seams, this gave the wearer a greater sense of freedom that was so far away from what their mothers would’ve worn a couple of decades before.

Onyx Soft Bra by Dentelle Etc

Triangle bras or bralettes are very much the height of fashion these days and, due to modern-day construction, many offer far more support than their 70s counterparts did allowing those with a larger bust to also enjoy this look. The Onyx Soft Bra by Dentelle Etc is a very simple construction of vertical seamed sheer lace cups in a triangle shape, adjustable shoulder straps and satin underband.

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Feeding Our Lingerie Addiction!

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Are you addicted to lingerie as much as we are? We just can’t get enough of those beautiful unmentionables made from the finest silk, delicate lace and all those scrumptious sheer fabrics. So, when we came across these gorgeous bra cupcakes on Pinterest we started thinking about what other everyday objects could be ‘lingeriefied’ to help feed our addiction!

Bra cupcakes

These too-good-to-eat bra cupcakes were made by Cupcakes Under Cover and really are so clever. I’m not sure if we attempted to make them they would turn out this good, though.

Lingerie biscuits

And talking of food, how about these fantastic lingerie biscuits from 3CSC on Etsy? They’d be a great idea for a hen do. We particularly like the bums!

Lingerie Cake

This cake from Ann Maries Cakes is amazing. Hmm, perhaps someone could make one like this in the style of a Fox and Rose gift box? Of course, we’d be willing to try a slice.

Bustier T-shirt

Okay, so enough of drooling over cake. How about wearing your bra on your t-shirt?

Bra Duvet Cover

Or, perhaps, on your duvet?

Do you take your bra off at the end of the day and just throw it onto the bed? Well, now it can stay there forever with this discarded bra printed duvet cover from Snurk Bedding (detail shown below).

Bra Duvet Cover

Bra Bag

You can even carry your lingerie around with you on this bra bag from Lillie Laine Bag on Etsy. It also has pink panels of positive breast cancer messages so you can spread the word as well as showing off your underpinnings.

Bra & Knickers cosmetic bags

How about keeping your make-up in an ultra sexy lingerie set? These two cosmetic bags from Mad Beauty are just so seductive we want to wear them!

Corset Phone Case

Imagine getting this out of your handbag on a night out when someone is trying to get hold of you. Yes, it’s a mobile phone case. It comes in four different colour ways and is available from Blinni Fashion on Etsy.

Bag made from a bra

How about this then? ‘What is it?’ we hear you ask. Well, it’s a bag that is actually made from a bra. This craze seems to sweeping the internet with lots of Pinterest boards popping up showing everyone how they’d made their old bras into nifty little handbags. And if you want to have a go just follow the helpful guide from Sewing.org.

If you’ve seen any everyday item that has been made to look like lingerie let us know below so we can feed our addiction just a little bit more!

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