A Glimpse of Stocking

A Glimpse of Stocking

It’s that time of year when we put away our ever-faithful opaque tights for the winter and look forward to the days of warmth, sunshine and setting our legs free for the summer. However, during these few spring months, when the British weather is so unpredictable, we need a little something to keep our pins from goosepimpling throughout the day. One of the best, and the most seductive, options is luxury stockings. Not only do they give your body a chance to breathe but they also feel incredible against your skin. And we’re sure your other half won’t object!

Here at Fox and Rose, we’ve just taken stock of a whole new range of beautiful stockings from some of the top names in luxury hosiery, such as Gio, Levante and Jonathan Aston. Whether your looking for seamless, fully fashioned, patterned or fishnet, we just know you’ll find something to take your fancy.

Seamless Stockings

Levante Vanessa Stockings Sheer cut & curled stockings by Maison Close

Some people find stockings with seams a little too obvious to the casual observer as seams are generally associated with stockings rather than tights. They also don’t really want to create such a vintage style look and so prefer to go for simple everyday stockings without seams.

For something truly wearable we would recommend the Vanessa Classic Stockings by Levante which are made in a silky soft matte finish, have a reinforced toe and a wide top welt styled with a beautiful diamond pattern. They are available in both natural and black and are a lightweight 15 denier.

Or for something much more temptingly provocative, why not delve into the world of Maison Close? Their Sheer Cut & Curled Stockings are made entirely without a top welt. This was traditionally the style worn during the brothel explosion of the 1800s in Paris, where Maison Close got their name. These unique stockings are available in black 20 denier.

Fully Fashioned Stockings

Fully Fashioned Stockings Pointed Heel by Gio Ivory Fully Fashioned Cuban Heel Stockings by Gio

Fully fashioned stockings were very popular during the 1940s and 50s. This classic style are made entirely from Nylon, a non-stretch fabric created by knitting a very fine yarn as a flat piece and then sewing it together which creates the back seam. If your stockings have a printed seam that isn’t raised up then it’s not a fully fashioned design.

Fully fashioned stockings have reinforced toes, under foot and heels and strong top welts for extra support. There are several different styles of heels to give the wearer variety which include Point, Cuban, Havana and Manhattan. Here at Fox and Rose we offer the two most common styles, Point and Cuban by one of the few companies still producing them in the world today, Gio. Both styles come in a range of colours, black, chocolate, bronze and natural, as well as a range of traditional sizes. The Cuban heel also comes in natural with a contrasting black seam for a truly vintage look.

If you’re wanting a traditional fully fashioned stocking for your wedding day, why not go for Gio’s Ivory Fully Fashioned Cuban Heel Stockings? Manufactured on an original 1950s loom, these stunning stockings will be the pièce de résistance to your bridal outfit.

Coloured and Fishnet Stockings

Sheer Contrast Seamed Stockings in Electric Blue by Kiss Me Deadly Levante Fishnet Stockings by Levante

Of course, if you’d rather be a little bit more adventurous why not try matching your stockings to lingerie? These amazingly bright Sheer Contrast Seamed Stockings in Electric Blue by Kiss Me Deadly are to die for. With a contrasting black welt, back seam, reinforced heels and under foot, these stockings are still made with the traditional Nylon but with the 3% Lycra added to the yarn, they’re fabulously stretchy.

Or perhaps you’d prefer something a little more seductive. The Levante Fishnet Stockings are made in a fine mesh fabric which creates the look of the sexy fishnet but is elegant and stylish to give you a much more luxurious look. The composition of 80% Polyamide and 20% Lycra makes them incredibly comfortable to wear.

Luxury Hold Ups

Contrast Seam and Heel Holdup Stockings by Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Hold up Stockings by Jonathan Aston

Perhaps you love the look of stockings but hate the fuss of a suspender belt. If this is the case then we would highly recommend you try some of our gorgeous luxury hold ups. They’re made in exactly the same way as everyday stockings but have an added elasticised band that sits on the underside of the top welt to make them stay up.

The Contrast Seam and Heel Holdup Stockings by Jonathan Aston offer a fantastic vintage look combined with a more modern day feel. Made in a stretchy fabric of 70% Polyamide, 20% Polypropylene and 10% Lycra these stockings are incredibly easy to wear on a day to day basis. They are available in a 15 denier natural colour with a contrasting black seam, heel and under foot.

And for something a little different why not try the Sweet Roses Hold up Stockings by Jonathan Aston? Made in traditional Nylon with 3% Lycra added for stretch and comfort, these incredibly stylish and feminine hold ups will give any outfit a truly unique look. These fabulous hold ups were featured in NOW Magazine and were given 10 out of 10 for comfort and style, so who could resist?

So, which one’s your favourite? If you’ve never bought a pair of luxury stockings before and are worried about taking care of them why not have a read of our post Hosiery Care Guide: How To Avoid Having To Replace Your Favourite Pair. And if you need a little help deciding which suspender belt you should buy to accompany your chosen pair have a read of our post Choosing The Perfect Suspender Belt.

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The Mischievous Mind of Playful Promises

Playful Promises Mischievous Mind

The British independent brand Playful Promises have always been renowned for their daring and flirty lingerie but now they’ve taken it to a new level with their new Mischievous Minds campaign.

We’ve all done it, read something in a book or a magazine and have taken something completely the wrong way, interpreting it in our own minds as something rather more risqué than it was actually intended to be. Well, that’s where Playful Promises come in. With quotes such as,

Molly trembled all over, but she did not attempt to evade his penetration

from Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel from 1864, Wives and Daughters and

“You would be glad to give her the pleasure now?”
“Oh yes! Very glad, if your aunt sees no objection”

from Jane Austen’s novel from 1814, Mansfield Park, they take what are quite innocent pieces of writing and make you think of them in a rather different way. Team this with their latest not-so-innocent collections and you’ve got one hot advertising campaign. And we’ve got it all here at Fox and Rose.

Gwendolene Teal Quarter Cup Bra by Playful Promises

The Gwendolene Teal Quarter Cup Bra is both ultra sexy and stylish but it also gives incredible support. It’s cut in a way that exposes the breast, yet gives it the uplift and shaping to create a look that will knock your partner’s socks off! Made in rich teal satin and overlaid with black eyelash lace, this bra is the ultimate in boudoir intimates.

Gwendolene Ouvert Brief by Playful Promises

And why not team it with the Gwendolene Ouvert Brief for a truly devilish set? Made in matching teal satin, which is incredibly soft to the touch, it features a black lace overlay across the front and a black satin bow to finish. A cheeky peek-a-boo opening is featured at the front for when you’re feeling just a little bit naughty!

For those who would prefer a more demure covering Playful Promises have also created a matching brief and g-string in the Gwendoline range, as well as a full cup balconette bra all in teal satin and black lace.

Scarlett Black Lace Robe by Playful Promises

For the ultimate night of seduction and glamour, the Scarlett Black Lace Robe is both and more. Made in a delicate black floral lace and trimmed in wide black satin, it allows you to tantalise and tease whilst creating a look as bewitching as your favourite Hollywood starlet. Team it with the Penelope Gold Eyelash Lace Bra and Brief for the most enchanting loungewear.

Penelope Gold Eyelash Lace Teddy by Playful Promises

The matching Penelope Gold Eyelash Lace Teddy oozes the flirtatiousness and frivolity of the Flappers of the 1920s. Made in the softest of black satin, it feels incredible next to your skin and drapes beautifully over your body. Trimmed in stunning black and gold eyelash lace across the top and bottom edges, this teddy creates a look that’s both expensive and sensual.

Brigitte Fan Lace Push-Up Bra by Playful Promises

Inspired by the era of free love, the 1960s and 70s, the Brigitte Fan Lace Push-Up Bra and Brief create a sense of the carefreeness of this time. Made in simple, minimalistic designs, both the bra and brief feature a black fan-shaped lace layered over nude cotton with the back being made from a sheer black mesh for a tempting surprise. A delicate thong and oh-so-retro corsolette complete the Brigitte range.

May All Your Dreams Come True Eye Mask by Playful Promises

And Playful Promises don’t just stop at the lingerie, oh no, they’ve also created a provocative range of beautiful matching accessories. The May All Your Dreams Come True Eye Mask is just one of their fantastic collection of eye masks both perfect for a good night’s sleep and those more risqué intimate moments. Made in a silky black satin and trimmed with matching lace, it features the charming or naughty phrase May All Your Dreams Come True, whichever way you interpret it!

Frida Nipple Tassels - Black with Green Stones by Playful Promises

And you couldn’t go without the perfect accessory for all quarter cup bras (or even just a thong!), the fabulous Frida Nipple Pasties with Tassels. Bring out your inner burlesque queen with these delectably enticing nipple pasties styled in a black satin with green eye-catching stones and soft black tassels for twirling.

Playful Promises Packaging

All of Playful Promises accessories come in their own perfectly formed box for storage and discretion, each with their very own cheeky quote from classic literature. Just pop them in your lingerie drawer to keep them safe until the next play time.

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What Is A Corset?

What Is A Corset?

There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about corsets with both Kourtney and Kim Kardashian posting photos in their waist-training “corsets”. Kim caused a stir on Instagram by posing whilst wearing a “corset” at the gym and Kourtney has now followed suit vowing to slim her waist down to pre-baby size.

Kourtney and Kim Kardashian corsets

There has also been a lot of controversy around actress Lily James appearing in the latest adaptation of Cinderella with an amazing teeny tiny waist. With many people speculating that it was CGI, eventually Lily James came clean and revealed it was down to a corset. But it’s also helped by the accentuated billowing skirt and wide bust line detail which both help to create an illusion of making the waist appear even smaller.

Cinderella corset

I even went to a talk just recently about fashion during WWII where the speaker spent quite a lot of time talking about the corsets the women would wear in a time of clothing coupons and rationing. Can you believe that when supplies of steel boning ran short they used cardboard within the construction of corsets to stiffen them?

1940s corselette

What you may have noticed from the photos above is that they all look very different, yet they are all referred to as corsets. In recent years, thanks to the rise in burlesque, vintage and the so-called corset diets, the understanding of what a corset actually is has become somewhat blurred.

So, what is a corset? (And more importantly what isn’t a corset?)

The Corset

Harmony Baby Blue Corset by Vollers

The Harmony Baby Blue Corset by Vollers pictured above is what is traditionally known as a corset. It is constructed of several layers of non-stretch fabric that is, more often than not, of natural fibres like silk and cotton to help the skin breathe.

It has at least 10 steel bones to help create the shape and nip in the waist, as well as a steel busk closure at the centre front. At the back there is a modesty panel which sits underneath the criss-cross lacing which allows the corset to be tightened as required and create those to die-for curves.

The so-called corsets that the Kardashian girls are wearing are in fact latex waist cinchers or girdles, which are also known as fajas. These are designed to be worn during a workout to help you sweat more and, in theory, help you to loose more weight. You should never wear a traditional corset as an alternative during a workout.

The latex cinchers have no boning in them, and if they do these are plastic. There is no steel busk at the front and they have no lacing closure, usually just a row of hook and eye tape. This makes them a lot more flexible than a traditional corset.

To see out full range of traditional overbust and underbust corsets please go to foxandrose.com.

The Corselette

Brigitte Fan Lace Corsolette by Playful Promises

This Brigitte Fan Lace Corsolette by Playful Promises is a modern day version of the 1942 corselette pictured above. It looks very much like a slip dress with a bra attached to it at the top. A corselette will cover you from the bust right down to the upper thigh and will generally have suspender clips attached on the bottom edge.

Most traditional corselettes were made with bra straps for added support but strapless ones were also available. The cups would feature vertical boning to support the bust and stop any embarrassing situations. It also would’ve had a hook and eye closure all the way down the back or, for easier dressing, down the centre front or on one side.

A traditional corselette would’ve contained steel boning to help create the smooth silhouette every 1940s lady would’ve wanted to achieve. The fabrics were heavy-weight and worn tight against the skin and all of this would come together to help cinch in the waist and shape the torso very much like a corset would.

The modern day version benefits from modern fabrics such as powermesh and elastic detailing around the waist to create a similar shape. There is no need for hook and eyes to run the full length of the garment and are either just across the back like a bra or don’t feature at all.

The Basque

Merry Widow & Basque

Both garments above are basques. However, the one on the left is the Lana Merry Widow by What Katie Did. The name Merry Widow was given to a piece of lingerie created by Warner’s in 1955 which was named after an operetta of the same name. It was similar to a corset, covering the bust and torso but generally stopped at the top hip.

It also had steal boning but was of a simpler construction, often made of just one or two light-weight layers. The bust line was constructed of defined, bra-like underwire cups. The closure was either a zip fastener or a row of hook and eyes down one side or the centre front and at least four suspender clips were attached to the bottom edge.

Over the years this has gradually turned into what we know of today as the basque. The Caramel La Precieuse Basque by Rosy on the right has very much the same shape as a merry widow but has less of the construction detailing.

Many basques have no boning in the torso section and if they do it just a few plastic ones to help keep the garment in shape. The bra-like cups remain, as well as the four suspender clips and hook and eye closure. The more modern basque is not a piece of shapewear and will not cinch you in at the waist.

Do you wear a traditional corset or are you a corselette girl? Have you tried the Kardashian latex cincher?

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Spring Trend: Pastels & Pearls

Pastel and Pearl Lingerie

The snowdrops have bloomed, the daffodils are on their way and we’ve even had a few days of sunshine over the last couple of weeks. You can really feel Spring is in the air. One trend that always appears during this time of year is the wistful and ethereal Pastels and Pearls. This beautiful feminine trends pulls together all of those soft, delicate colours like buttermilk, oyster, vanilla, ice pink and champagne.

At Fox and Rose we have an abundance of pastel and pearl inspired lingerie and nightwear for you to choose all in heavenly fabrics of chiffon, lace, silk and satin.

Sugar Squeeze Balcony Bra by Mimi Holliday

The pale rose and truffle leopard print of the Sugar Squeeze Padded Balcony Bra and Classic Knickers by Mimi Holliday combines delicate feminine tones with the more daring feline side. Made in a sheer silk chiffon the smooth padded cups are lined with 100% cotton for a sensational and natural feeling against the skin. Both pieces are trimmed with a pink silk satin bow with the bra finished with matching satin bra straps.

Migrating Swan Babydoll by Shell Belle Couture

The vintage inspired Migrating Swan Babydoll by Shell Belle Couture is made from the softest blend of silk and cotton in the palest of peaches. The light grey migrating swan print adds to its diaphanous feel along with the soft cups in white spot tulle and sheer French Leavers lace trim around the bottom edge.

Dotty L'Amour Bow Back Thong by Mimi Holliday

Like the rest of the Dotty L’Amour range, the Bow Back Thong by Mimi Holliday is made from a very sweet sheer silk chiffon with a large polka dot pattern. To add to its girlish feel two large ice pink sashes tie around the upper edge to form an enticing bow. Team with the Dotty L’Amour Balcony Bra for a fresh Spring look.

Pleasing Soire Camisole and Shorts by Shell Belle Couture

Shell Belle Couture’s Pleasing Soire Camisole and Shorts are made in a slightly darker shade of rose pink and are contrasted perfectly with cut out sections of black French Leavers lace. The indulgent silk crepe de chine hangs beautifully on the body and is finished with the finest ladder stitching detail giving both pieces a real sense of luxury and quality.

Oyster Whippy Comfort Bra by Mimi Holliday

The Oyster Whippy Comfort Bra, Frilly Boy Short and Garter by Mimi Holliday is made from a beautiful combination of soft ice pink silk satin and extremely delicate silver lace. It creates a look of ‘barely there’ whilst still giving plenty of support and coverage. This is the perfect bridal set for wearing under lighter style dresses as it creates a smooth, unnoticeable finish.

Love Me Camisole by Shell Belle Couture

For a truly indulgent lounging honeymoon set the Love Me Camisole and Brief by Shell Belle Couture is just what you need. Made in a soft creamy vintage spot tulle and trimmed with sheer French Leavers lace, this set is both bohemian and playful. Both pieces are part lined at the front with matching silk, allowing the camisole to be worn outside if you wish.

Fidele Padded Bra by Rosy

Made in a soft blush coloured stretch jersey the Fidele Padded Bra and Brief by Rosy is the perfect set to create a smooth silhouette. Finished with a contrasting black scalloped trim and oyster shell style buttons, both pieces offer comfort, support and simplicity. Also available in a High Waisted Brief, Thong and Camisole.

Tease Bra and Tanga by Shell Belle Couture

The Tease Bra and Tanga by Shell Belle Couture are made from the most elegant champagne coloured washed silk.  Creating a very sophisticated look the bra cups are layered with a matching French Leavers Lace and feature a bondage style silk strap across the top of the bust. The tanga is appliquéd with one flower of the Leavers lace and features the same strapping around the back to create a delicate g-string.

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Fifty Shades of Fox and Rose

Fifty Shades of Fox and Rose

If you’ve been on another planet for the last few weeks then you would’ve missed all the hype surrounding the worldwide phenomenon of the new Fifty Shades of Grey film. Originally penned as a series of three books, this extraordinary erotic tale of a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young wealthy entrepreneur, Christian Grey, has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. When the news broke that it was going to be turned into a Hollywood film the fans went into a frenzy adding their own suggestions on social and fan sites as to who should play the mysterious Mr Grey.

What with us being huge lingerie fans here at Fox and Rose, we had hoped to see some truly amazing pieces of unmentionables during some of the more steamy scenes but the number of lingerie appearances are surprisingly minimal. However, we did get very excited when we heard that Stella McCartney, who is friends with 50 Shades’ director Sam Taylor-Johnson, had provided some of the lingerie for the film and during the infamous red room scene we briefly see Ana wearing the Clara Whispering brief in blue. This colourway, as you can imagine, is completely sold out across the world but if you’re still wanting to purchase a pair to wear for your own Mr Grey why not go for the electrically charged amethyst version available on foxandrose.com?

Clara Whispering Bikini Brief by Stella McCartney

These ultra smooth bikini briefs are made in the most luxurious amethyst silk as soft and as enticing as that grey silk tie. Edged in delicate matching Leavers lace this brief will leave you begging for more (which you can get in the shape of the Clara Whispering Balconnet Bra!).

Clara Whispering Chemise by Stella McCartney

And why not team it with the truly sensual Clara Whispering Chemise from Stella McCartney with its titillating open back that falls just to the top of your hips in a V drawing the eye downwards. It’s made in the same matching amethyst silk and Leavers lace.

The Lighter Shades

Fifty Shades of Grey Knickers

Ana’s main choice of underwear, particularly before her relationship with Christian takes a more kinkier turn, is a very simple white cotton bra and knickers set with a small amount of lace detailing. This, obviously, is to represent her more innocent self that will eventually become something quite different thanks to Mr Grey. Just like our seductive, mischievous, bold Fox and elegant, understated Rose, we believe every woman has two different shades to her!

L'Amour Bra and Brief by Rosy

As we are a luxury lingerie company one thing we don’t often stock is cotton and tend to veer more towards the sumptuous silk and satin but we do love our lace and you can always find a beautifully innocent white set like the L’Amour Bra and Brief by Rosy amongst our collections.

Porcelain Room Service Kimono

And for a little piece of seductive, yet thoroughly virtuous cover up why not throw on the Porcelain Room Service Kimono by Shell Belle Couture? This truly beautiful loungewear is created in a stunning French Leavers lace appliquéd onto the most luxurious silk crepe de chine. Will you serve or be-served in this statement piece? Only you can decide.

The Darker Shades

Fifty Shades of Grey Mask

As the story progresses we are let into Mr Grey’s secret world of adventurous play and lascivious pleasures. Ana’s darker side is slowly brought out and we get to see all those fabulous toys and accessories he has painstakingly organised and explored. Our very own Fox can’t help but want to explore them too!

Black Eye Mask with Black Tassels by Playful Promises

Part of Playful Promises new Mischievous Mind collection, the Black Eye Mask with Black Tassels would be just perfect for play time with your partner as well as getting some shut eye afterwards! Presented in an equally mischievous box, this silk eye mask would make a fabulously suggestive gift.

Gwendolene Teal Quarter Cup Bra by Playful Promises

And for the ultimate combination of sensual elegance the Gwendolene Teal Quarter Cup Bra and Ouvert Brief by Playful Promises are just what the master ordered. Both styled in enticing teal satin and black eyelash lace, the quarter cup bra is both revealing and surprisingly supportive whereas the ouvert brief features a cheeky peek-a-boo opening at the front for when you’re feeling naughty!

Frida Nipple Tassels - Black with Green Stones by Playful Promises

Playful Promises have also released a fantastic range of the Burlesque dancers favourite accessory, the nipple pastie. The Frida Nipple Tassels – Black with Green Stones are just the thing for enticing your partner in a fun, yet very sexy way. Go on, can you twirl them around in different directions? We bet you can.

So, have you seen Fifty Shades of Grey yet? Which shade are you?

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SS15 Trend: Seventies Revival

Seventies Trend SS15

One of the biggest trends to hit the catwalks for Spring / Summer 2015 was the oh-so-retro Seventies Revival. With stand out looks from Gucci, Saint Laurent and Tommy Hilfiger of flower power, denim flares and tie-dye bohemian maxi dresses, the decade that style forgot has truly made a come back.

Seventies Trend SS15

The 1970s was a time of chaos and revolution and whilst day to day life was a struggle, with a recession hitting most industrialised countries, the nights were full of glamour with dancing your troubles away in nighclubs and discos. This sort of culture was perfect for breeding creativity and that’s why so many experimental fashion trends occurred during this time. Therefore, when the designers of today took their inspiration from a decade of such vibrancy the result is so incredibly varied, yet, we can all recognise those tell-tale elements.

And in true Fox and Rose style we have a great selection of lingerie that will help you get all nostalgic about those creative days of the grooviest decade in history. We just know you’ll so be far out in your Seventies inspired pieces that you’ll want to throw on a low-cut lurex dress and boogie the night away.

Seventies Revival: Fringing

Vegas V Bra by Damaris

One trend that appeared in many catwalk shows this season was fringing which, in the 70s, came from a Native American influence. Stars like Cher, who is part Cherokee, helped to make this style the height of fashion.

The Damaris Vegas V-Bra is gorgeously naughty and perfect for a decade of free love. With its sheer silk tulle, plunging V neckline and eye-catching fringing it is the perfect mixture of glamour and sex-appeal. Team with the Vegas Suspender for a shimmering seductive set.

Seventies Revival: Flower Power

Laura Pottering Bustier by Stella McCartney

Flower power was a slogan used by the hippies of the late 60s and early 70s. Born out of opposition to the Vietnam War, the flower children, who embraced this symbol by wearing flowers in their hair and embroidering them on their clothes, used peaceful and non-violent protests to get their point across.

Stella McCartney’s Laura Pottering Bustier and Brief encapsulates the flower power style with a serene daisy and poppy design printed on a vibrant blue silk . With its padded, silk lined cups and its longline shape this bustier helps to give you a full and voluptuous bust shape.

Seventies Revival: Lace

Tease Bra by Shell Belle Couture

Lace, crochet and macrame were all part of the hippie culture. A big part of their ethos was to oppose mass production and so chose to create their own clothing. Learning the skills of their ancestors and putting their own unique spin on it allowed them to come up with their own lace work styles.

Shell Belle Couture is known for its intricate vintage style lace fabrics and the Tease Bra and Suspender Brief both use one of the most beautiful laces to appear in lingerie. The briefs are made entirely of pink or black lace, whilst the bra is trimmed with sumptuous silk, and both feature delicate strapping.

Seventies Revival: The Twenties

Brigitte Fan Lace Corsolette by Playful Promises

Two big films of the 1970s were The Great Gatsby, starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, and Bonnie & Clyde, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, both set during the Art Deco years. These lead to a surge in 1920s inspired fashions and detailing.

The Brigitte Fan Lace Corsolette by Playful Promises features Art Deco style detailing that has a real retro flavour about it and could’ve easily been produced during the seventies. Team it with the Brigitte Fan Lace Brief or Thong for a true retro glamour look.

Seventies Revival: Earthy Colours

Minnie Sipping Lingerie by Stella McCartney

At a time when the industrial world was in turmoil many looked to Mother Nature for guidance and so a trend of earthy colours arose during this decade. Deep hues of burgundy, brown and green were teamed with brighter shades of orange and yellow.

The Minnie Sipping collection by Stella McCartney is produced in 2015’s hottest colour Marsala which is a beautiful earthy red tone that lends itself well to this trend. Available in a Plunge Bra, Suspender Belt, Bikini Brief and Thong.

Seventies Revival: Bohemian

Clementine Long Kimono by Shell Belle Couture

Floaty fabrics, maxi dresses and kaftans all represent the spiritual Bohemian style that evolved from the hippies of the late 60s. Taking inspiration from the eco warriors and peaceful protestors, Bohemians loved to wear flowers in their hair and long, loose-fitting diaphanous clothing.

The Clementine Long Kimono by Shell Belle Couture optimises the look of the Bohemian. With its several metres of flowing luxurious fine silk that hang lightly from your body, you can just imagine dancing through fields of daisies embracing nature around you.

Seventies Revival: Clashing Colours

Persephone Lace ‘V’ Bra by DamarisThe Seventies was a decade that loved bright clashing colours and often used these in tie-dying and psychedelic prints. Orange, pink and yellow or purple, green and red appeared within many drug-inspired swirling designs.

The Persephone Lace ‘V’ Bra by Damaris is a great example of two clashing colours that you wouldn’t normally put together. Its electric shades of purple lace and pink silk create a truly dynamic combination. Team with the Persephone Peep Bottom Knicker for an amazingly vivid and enticing set.

So will you be embracing the Seventies look? Which trend is your favourite?

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Choosing The Perfect Suspender Belt

Choosing the Perfect Suspender Belt

Stockings and suspenders. There’s no denying just how sexy they are and, with Valentine’s around the corner, now is the just the right time time to invest in the perfect suspender belt. If you’ve never bought one for yourself or a partner then there are a few things to consider before splashing out and with our helpful guide we know you’ll find the perfect one at Fox and Rose.

THE FIT

Choosing a suspender belt that sits on your waist, rather than your hips will mean that it won’t constantly be slipping down. When it sits on the waist your hips keep it in place which will stop you from having to readjust everything all day long.

If a suspender belt is advertised as sitting on your hips go down a size and adjust the straps accordingly to make sure it fits around your waist comfortably like the Mimi Holliday Blossom Noir Lace Suspender Belt in black and dusky pink.

Blossom Noir Lace Suspender by Mimi Holliday

Pandora Tassel Suspender by Damaris

THE STRAPS

Narrow suspender belts, like the Damaris Pandora Tassel Suspender Belt, have a greater distance between the main fabric and the suspender clips. This means the straps have to be quite long.

With a longer strap you get more movement when you walk which means that your stockings will fall down more often, so this type of suspender is better for the bedroom.

Deeper suspender belts, like the Charming Flowers Suspender Belt by Studio La Perla, have a smaller distance and, therefore, shorter straps and less movement.


THE CLIPS

There are two types of suspender clips, metal and plastic. Plastic ones can be found on cheaper high street suspender belts, whereas metal ones are always used on luxury lingerie like the Minnie Sipping Suspender Belt by Stella McCartney.

Metal clips will fasten on to the stocking much firmer than plastic ones and therefore will stay in place all day.

Metal clips are not always silver or gold coloured, sometimes they are coated with a colour finish to match the straps. The rule is if it bends then it’s plastic!

Minnie Sipping Suspender Belt by Stella McCartney

Van Doren Ivory Boned Suspender Belt by Kiss Me Deadly

THE ADJUSTERS

The adjusters sit on the suspender strap and adjust the length of the strap so that everyone can find a comfortable fit, no matter what height they are.

Traditional suspender belts, like the Kiss Me Deadly Van Doren Ivory Boned Suspender Belt, tend to have metal clasps that have a serrated edge that grips the strap.

Whereas more modern suspender belts have sliders, which are exactly the same as the sliders you find on your bra straps. The cheaper plastic ones do tend to move more, so always look for metal sliders.


THE FABRIC

First and foremost, always choose a fabric that is comfortable. There’s nothing worse than something irritating your skin all day.

Then check to see if it has a little bit of stretch in it. This will add to the comfort factor, especially as our bodies can fluctuate daily as well as monthly.

However, the fabric should always be of good quality, like the nude mesh, black lace and silk satin of the Chocolate Chip Suspender Belt by Mimi Holliday, to make sure it stays in shape and lasts longer.

Chocolate Chip Suspender Belt by Mimi Holliday

Mia Kimono Suspender Brief by Playful Promises

THE ALTERNATIVES

There are also many alternatives to the suspender belt that will hold your stockings in place, like the Mia Kimono Suspender Brief by Playful Promises.

Suspender briefs give you the freedom of only wearing one garment but make sure you choose one with good quality straps, clips and adjusters, otherwise you may end up with your knickers slipping down!

Other alternatives are the corsolette, girdles, cinchers (sometimes known as waspies), basques and corsets.

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