The Daily Knicker

Sunday through Saturday in Silk, Satin and Lace served with liberal lashings of love. An intimate sartorial review by Tiah Delaney. EMAIL: INFO@THEDAILYKNICKER.COM
Forever 21 Floral Lace Demi Bra and Floral Lace Tanga. I like luxury lingerie. But I also appreciate the cheapest-of-the-cheap. And I mean, ‘actually cheap and decent quality for what it cost’ cheap, not ‘mid or over priced but actually cheap quality’ cheap.  I’m not usually into this shade of pink but it is what I would class my ‘ironic lingerie’ i.e., Where I may be trying to evoke something like a silly sorority-girl vibe (we’ll just leave it there, ok?) so it had it’s place and purpose for me. The price first drew me- $8.80 for an underwire bra and $3.80 for the matching bottom. Second, I took a gamble, tried it on and the basic lace is actually soft and nice. Nothing hurt, scratched, the fit was actually fantastic (they didn’t have 32d so this is a 34c and sister-sizing worked out perfectly in this case). I’m not stoked on tanga briefs in general: they kind of feel like half/half perma-wedgie to me. But these are fine. Not amazing, just fine. But again, the fabric is very soft so it’s not too bothersome. All in all, I’ve been completely surprised by this set. Incredibly comfortable, awesome fit, good support, to the point that- at least with the bra anyway- I forget I’m wearing it. Soft, stretchy lace that I have thrown in the wash in a lingerie bag and is actually staying in great condition. Not high-end quality or design obviously, but at $12.60 for the set, incredible value for money. 7/10.
Forever 21 Intimates
This ‘Floral Lace Demi Bra’
This ‘Floral Lace Tanga’ 

Forever 21 Floral Lace Demi Bra and Floral Lace Tanga. I like luxury lingerie. But I also appreciate the cheapest-of-the-cheap. And I mean, ‘actually cheap and decent quality for what it cost’ cheap, not ‘mid or over priced but actually cheap quality’ cheap.  I’m not usually into this shade of pink but it is what I would class my ‘ironic lingerie’ i.e., Where I may be trying to evoke something like a silly sorority-girl vibe (we’ll just leave it there, ok?) so it had it’s place and purpose for me. The price first drew me- $8.80 for an underwire bra and $3.80 for the matching bottom. Second, I took a gamble, tried it on and the basic lace is actually soft and nice. Nothing hurt, scratched, the fit was actually fantastic (they didn’t have 32d so this is a 34c and sister-sizing worked out perfectly in this case). I’m not stoked on tanga briefs in general: they kind of feel like half/half perma-wedgie to me. But these are fine. Not amazing, just fine. But again, the fabric is very soft so it’s not too bothersome. All in all, I’ve been completely surprised by this set. Incredibly comfortable, awesome fit, good support, to the point that- at least with the bra anyway- I forget I’m wearing it. Soft, stretchy lace that I have thrown in the wash in a lingerie bag and is actually staying in great condition. Not high-end quality or design obviously, but at $12.60 for the set, incredible value for money. 7/10.

Forever 21 Intimates

This ‘Floral Lace Demi Bra’

This ‘Floral Lace Tanga’ 

‘Style Your Life with Lingerie’ by The Daily Knicker x Scarlett’s Letter: Movie Moods

Hi! This is Tiah of The Daily Knicker and Amber of Scarlett’s Letter, and we’ve created a blog collaboration that takes moods from film, destinations, style themes and more in this new lingerie blogger project. We both have a strong love of lingerie, we find it sexy, we find it inspiring, and we love to enjoy lingerie in all aspects of our lives. From a matching set, to matching a set to themes with anything from our perfumed bedsheets to our favorite desserts. Lingerie can create a story, one worth telling and sharing. For our first installment, we chose to re-create Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film Marie Antoinette. Using style references and pieces from today, to help you set the mood and re-create the theme- from lingerie to clothing to accessories and furniture. Don’t just wear your lingerie, style it! It’s time to style your life with lingerie!

Sophia Coppola’s unique coming-of-age story is set amongst the court of Louis XVI of France and centered on it’s Danish dauphine turned girl-queen, Marie Antoinette, played to perfection by Kirsten Dunst. Filmed in the real Palace of Versailles, Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette’ drips with pastel decadence and a languid, indulgent luxury. The costumes are some of the most impressive ever seen on screen- with baby pinks and blues, gold trims and bows, birds, butterflies and feathers galore, providing the perfect inspiration for an all-out, sensual lingerie experience on an aristocratic level.  Whether it’s a sweet, silk set or cheeky boudoir accessories, such as feathers and bow-top stockings, we think these Marie Antoinette inspired-pieces would be a welcome addition to anyone’s lingerie drawer or indeed, life!

Tutti Rouge’s Betty Bra and Brief

Fifi Chachnil’s baby blue and ivory lace ‘Mina’ Supristi and Minette…

and crème cotton ‘Voyager Leger’ for provincial play in the Petit Trianon.

Trashy Lingerie’s ‘Marie Antoinette’ corset.

Now put that fine lingerie beneath Wheels & Dollbaby’s ‘Marie Antoinette Le Décoratifs’ Dress or maybe just wear it to…

lounge like a Queen on this perfect chaise at Bernadette Livingston.

The absolutely required-at-court fan is here in Ostrich feathers by Ivyendall…. 

and don’t forget your coquettish bow-top stocking-socks, a wonderful pairing with… 

Louis XVI-inspired heels.

Indulge with macaroons and petit fours from Laduree

and scent your chambers with their Delice Sweet Pastry scented candle. 

Lick your lips with Lipstick Queen and Tokyo Milk’s ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ shades.

And Oh Gosh Cindy’s Dunst as Marie Antoinette watercolour is an adorable boudoir decoration.

Last of all, never to forget music- Amber and Tiah have created the perfect playlist to evoke an air of Marie Antoinette:

'I want candy' by Bow Wow Wow

‘Let’s dance’ by David Bowie

'Ceremony' by New Order

‘Aphrodisiac’ by Bow Wow Wow

‘La Vie En Rose’ by Edith Piaf

'Pulling our weight' by The Radio Department

‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ by Cyndi Lauper

‘My Way’ by Sid Vicious

‘Habanera’ from Carmen

 

New Lonely Lingerie Collection for AW- ‘Hirschy’

Continual Daily Knicker favourite, Lonely Lingerie launched it’s AW14 ‘Hirschy’ collection today.  The label’s signature styles and strappy details (hello Sabel) are here in classic shades of black and beige with the addition of rose, teal and mulberry - adding a moody depth to the label’s quirkily romantic styles. This collection is going to be perfect for sensually lazy afternoons indoors and almost makes me wish those cloudy days would come sooner.

 

The always soft and great quality laces I love about Lonely are thankfully still present and after long being a fan of their soft-cup bras, I am excited to see their successful foray into underwire bras from last season continued in regular, midline and longline styles. The rose Lulu underwire and teal Cyd midline have got me all a flutter and they both come with my beloved Lonely bikini-cut briefs.

 

Good news also for fans with larger busts too, particularly if you’ve wanted to try the label before and not found your size. Lonely has expanded their size range with the addition of sizes 32E, 34DD and 36D. The range that now caters for 30A-E, 32A-E, 34A-DD and 36A-C in both the soft-cup and underwire styles.

 

Check out ‘Hirschy’ here at www.lonelylabel.com

LUSTING FOR… Kayleigh Peddie

Strong-looking elastics, suspenders and/or garter options for everything, fantastic colors (be still my heart, Lou Lou, Suzy and Lina!), lots of mesh and the odd bit of lace AND lace-up. ’Alt-girl’ is rarely done well in lingerie, but here it certainly is.

Check out the blue leopard and pink satin sets, they are top of my wish list from this rad Canadian label!

www.kayleighpeddie.com 

Merry Widow by What Katie Did. Loving my What Katie Did corsets as much as I do, I really wanted to love this peach satin and power mesh merry widow. With underwired, lightly moulded cups and strong yet flexible boning this piece gives a wonderful shape beneath dresses. The straps are removable and convertible and my favourite part is that it is a good, sturdy foundation garment with six garters- Stockings do not move with this baby! While the satin and power mesh fabrics are a lovely quality, there’s something a little off about the trims and possibly construction. The sheer tulle trim can become slightly scratchy after a while and the ribbon bow in between the cups came undone the first time I wore it, yet is sewn on so well that neither removing it nor “re-bowing” it is possible. So it now looks like an odd little loop of fabric on the front. The satin can pull in funny ways, particularly on the bust, giving the creases and little bumps you see in the picture. Basically it’s just not as smooth and soft as I thought it would be. This is a fantastic basic merry-widow in regards to functionality and the price for such a piece I feel is reasonable. But I did think it would also be a ‘pretty’ aesthetically pleasing piece, a bit of vintage-style show-off item. But the small issues with the creasing and bow-that-couldnt let it down in that regard. I therefore tend to keep this with my beige bra’s and knickers as I consider it a ‘practical’ piece, a lingerie wardrobe necessity, particularly if you are a fan of vintage outerwear. If that’s what you are looking for this piece is for you. If you’re looking for an extremely beautiful, perfectly constructed merry widow style you could possibly find better. 6.5 out of 10.
www.whatkatiedid.com 

Merry Widow by What Katie Did. Loving my What Katie Did corsets as much as I do, I really wanted to love this peach satin and power mesh merry widow. With underwired, lightly moulded cups and strong yet flexible boning this piece gives a wonderful shape beneath dresses. The straps are removable and convertible and my favourite part is that it is a good, sturdy foundation garment with six garters- Stockings do not move with this baby! While the satin and power mesh fabrics are a lovely quality, there’s something a little off about the trims and possibly construction. The sheer tulle trim can become slightly scratchy after a while and the ribbon bow in between the cups came undone the first time I wore it, yet is sewn on so well that neither removing it nor “re-bowing” it is possible. So it now looks like an odd little loop of fabric on the front. The satin can pull in funny ways, particularly on the bust, giving the creases and little bumps you see in the picture. Basically it’s just not as smooth and soft as I thought it would be. This is a fantastic basic merry-widow in regards to functionality and the price for such a piece I feel is reasonable. But I did think it would also be a ‘pretty’ aesthetically pleasing piece, a bit of vintage-style show-off item. But the small issues with the creasing and bow-that-couldnt let it down in that regard. I therefore tend to keep this with my beige bra’s and knickers as I consider it a ‘practical’ piece, a lingerie wardrobe necessity, particularly if you are a fan of vintage outerwear. If that’s what you are looking for this piece is for you. If you’re looking for an extremely beautiful, perfectly constructed merry widow style you could possibly find better. 6.5 out of 10.

www.whatkatiedid.com 

Trashy Lingerie’s ‘Bam Bam’ bra and bottom. This style from Hollywood institution Trashy Lingerie was on my wish list for a long time. I’ve had this for about 8 years and the style existed looonnng before the current trend in lingerie for all things strappy and cut-out. I have a soft spot for Trashy. They made my first corset (custom waist cincher) on my first trip to the US when I was 17 and as I’m a huge fan of ‘character dressing’ or ‘situational dressing- as my stylist friend Tara and I call it- their themed collections tick all my boxes (‘Stepford’ is a fave!). They also make everything by order- they have their styles and you pick the fabric- and sew it on premises. I chose a dark, hunter green velvet for Bam Bam for a Poison Ivy vibe. The underwire, halter bra exceeded expectations. It’s comfortable. It’s supportive. It gives good-but not crazy- cleavage without any padding (in fact the cut-outs are where that would usually be). It looks bloody amazing. Hooks at the back and at the neck, both in a variety of lengths as per usual bra. So as I bought a Medium for the cup, I can just hook it on the tightest and it fits like my regular 32d. The velvet is also a thick, quality one, not a cheap stretch one. The thong bottom I am divided on. It’s VERY high cut, even by the standards of yours truly (LOVE a high cut), very 80s/90s style as I’m sure that’s when the pattern itself was cut. I think I can just barely pull it off due to being tall and having a long torso. The shape and style I love and as that velvet is non stretch you can imagine the design problems of being able to make it fit. Trashy’s solution was adjustable garter like straps on the hips which I’m not a fan of aesthetically but not only does it solve the non-stretch problem it provides a little burlesque-y raunch factor, which I do think is hot! I do wish the bottom was different though. The large silver clips bug me. All in all well-made with quality fabrics, best cut halter I’ve ever found in regards to shape, comfort and support and incredibly original design. Also, remember you can have it made in any fabric or color you like in the Trashy arsenal! 7/10.
Trashy Bam Bam bra and Bottom
www.trashy.com

Trashy Lingerie’s ‘Bam Bam’ bra and bottom. This style from Hollywood institution Trashy Lingerie was on my wish list for a long time. I’ve had this for about 8 years and the style existed looonnng before the current trend in lingerie for all things strappy and cut-out. I have a soft spot for Trashy. They made my first corset (custom waist cincher) on my first trip to the US when I was 17 and as I’m a huge fan of ‘character dressing’ or ‘situational dressing- as my stylist friend Tara and I call it- their themed collections tick all my boxes (‘Stepford’ is a fave!). They also make everything by order- they have their styles and you pick the fabric- and sew it on premises. I chose a dark, hunter green velvet for Bam Bam for a Poison Ivy vibe. The underwire, halter bra exceeded expectations. It’s comfortable. It’s supportive. It gives good-but not crazy- cleavage without any padding (in fact the cut-outs are where that would usually be). It looks bloody amazing. Hooks at the back and at the neck, both in a variety of lengths as per usual bra. So as I bought a Medium for the cup, I can just hook it on the tightest and it fits like my regular 32d. The velvet is also a thick, quality one, not a cheap stretch one. The thong bottom I am divided on. It’s VERY high cut, even by the standards of yours truly (LOVE a high cut), very 80s/90s style as I’m sure that’s when the pattern itself was cut. I think I can just barely pull it off due to being tall and having a long torso. The shape and style I love and as that velvet is non stretch you can imagine the design problems of being able to make it fit. Trashy’s solution was adjustable garter like straps on the hips which I’m not a fan of aesthetically but not only does it solve the non-stretch problem it provides a little burlesque-y raunch factor, which I do think is hot! I do wish the bottom was different though. The large silver clips bug me. All in all well-made with quality fabrics, best cut halter I’ve ever found in regards to shape, comfort and support and incredibly original design. Also, remember you can have it made in any fabric or color you like in the Trashy arsenal! 7/10.

Trashy Bam Bam bra and Bottom

www.trashy.com

Body Wrap Bodysuit. Secret- I LOVE shape wear. No seriously, I really, really love shapewear. Given that a massive part of my job is going to castings where it’s people’s actual jobs to judge my body and pick apart my size and appearance in general, sometimes I like a little extra help. Whether it’s the little smooth ‘polish’ to the silhouette shape wear can provide or because I wanted to have pasta for lunch, it’s very handy. This bodysuit by Body Wrap (initially purchased at Myer in Australia, recently again from Amazon) is one of my favourites in spite of a few complaints which I overlook because the shape it gives is so good. I wear the size Small for sufficient compression but as these only come in S-M-L sizing the cup is a little too small for me, but not to the point of being uncomfortable. The thick stocking-like fabric is extra compressive on the waist and creates a much more nipped-in, hourglass silhouette than any other body I’ve found, which is the main reason I keep coming back to this piece above others. The straps are adjustable but not convertible, there are three hooks in the crotch which occasionally- but more on the side of rarely- move around. Mostly comfortable, but once or twice I’ve had the odd hook-dig-in which was not pleasant! The leg cut is neither too high, nor low and it also gives your butt a nice shape and little lift. I’ve had to re-buy twice in the past three years but I don’t think this is so much because of the quality- which is perfectly fine for the price- but the fact I’ve worn and washed them so many damn times the wear has started to show. I wish this came in various cup sizes and also a thong option as it can give VPL at the back, which I usually don’t mind with most lingerie, but is not something I want from my shape wear. Overall, a 7.5/10 because of the couple of design flaws and lack of options, but bumped up a little because it does give a great shape and I rely on it so often to hide my *model* sins.
This Body Wrap Body available here at Amazon

Body Wrap Bodysuit. Secret- I LOVE shape wear. No seriously, I really, really love shapewear. Given that a massive part of my job is going to castings where it’s people’s actual jobs to judge my body and pick apart my size and appearance in general, sometimes I like a little extra help. Whether it’s the little smooth ‘polish’ to the silhouette shape wear can provide or because I wanted to have pasta for lunch, it’s very handy. This bodysuit by Body Wrap (initially purchased at Myer in Australia, recently again from Amazon) is one of my favourites in spite of a few complaints which I overlook because the shape it gives is so good. I wear the size Small for sufficient compression but as these only come in S-M-L sizing the cup is a little too small for me, but not to the point of being uncomfortable. The thick stocking-like fabric is extra compressive on the waist and creates a much more nipped-in, hourglass silhouette than any other body I’ve found, which is the main reason I keep coming back to this piece above others. The straps are adjustable but not convertible, there are three hooks in the crotch which occasionally- but more on the side of rarely- move around. Mostly comfortable, but once or twice I’ve had the odd hook-dig-in which was not pleasant! The leg cut is neither too high, nor low and it also gives your butt a nice shape and little lift. I’ve had to re-buy twice in the past three years but I don’t think this is so much because of the quality- which is perfectly fine for the price- but the fact I’ve worn and washed them so many damn times the wear has started to show. I wish this came in various cup sizes and also a thong option as it can give VPL at the back, which I usually don’t mind with most lingerie, but is not something I want from my shape wear. Overall, a 7.5/10 because of the couple of design flaws and lack of options, but bumped up a little because it does give a great shape and I rely on it so often to hide my *model* sins.

This Body Wrap Body available here at Amazon

Agent Provocateur Bra, Thong and Waspie. Ladies and Gentlemen, here we have a little piece of personal history. This AP set was my first luxury lingerie purchase at age 18. Sure, I had been buying pretty lingerie all through high school, but these were the first pieces I dropped some serious cash on after seeing it in mint on Dita Von Teese and finding out it came in pink. But clearly once you pop (the luxury bubble) you can’t stop and this set off my ridiculous, expensive addiction. It was worth every penny though! Ten years I’ve had this and only now is the baby pink silk and black lace bra and thong beginning to lose it’s stretch. It has lasted hundreds of wears and been around the world with me multiple times as a constant lingerie staple. I usually hate thongs, but this one fits perfectly, is flattering, comfortable and easy to dress (i.e., functional under a wide variety of clothes/outerwear). The bra fits perfectly and has light removable padding, which I take in and out depending on fluctuation in cup size or whether I want more or less cleavage. The waspie… oh the waspie is heaven. Moderate boning, comfortable, holds stockings perfectly in place and provides just enough control to create a noticeably smaller waist without being unnatural. The only problem I have with this- as I do nearly all AP- is how quickly the ribbons in the garter clips fall out and are lost. Whats with that guys? It would be AMAZING if Agent Provocateur added this to their classics collection and re-released it because I would buy it again in a heartbeat. If you ever find this in your size anywhere online, snap it up- you won’t regret it. 9.5/10
www.agentprovocateur.com

Agent Provocateur Bra, Thong and Waspie. Ladies and Gentlemen, here we have a little piece of personal history. This AP set was my first luxury lingerie purchase at age 18. Sure, I had been buying pretty lingerie all through high school, but these were the first pieces I dropped some serious cash on after seeing it in mint on Dita Von Teese and finding out it came in pink. But clearly once you pop (the luxury bubble) you can’t stop and this set off my ridiculous, expensive addiction. It was worth every penny though! Ten years I’ve had this and only now is the baby pink silk and black lace bra and thong beginning to lose it’s stretch. It has lasted hundreds of wears and been around the world with me multiple times as a constant lingerie staple. I usually hate thongs, but this one fits perfectly, is flattering, comfortable and easy to dress (i.e., functional under a wide variety of clothes/outerwear). The bra fits perfectly and has light removable padding, which I take in and out depending on fluctuation in cup size or whether I want more or less cleavage. The waspie… oh the waspie is heaven. Moderate boning, comfortable, holds stockings perfectly in place and provides just enough control to create a noticeably smaller waist without being unnatural. The only problem I have with this- as I do nearly all AP- is how quickly the ribbons in the garter clips fall out and are lost. Whats with that guys? It would be AMAZING if Agent Provocateur added this to their classics collection and re-released it because I would buy it again in a heartbeat. If you ever find this in your size anywhere online, snap it up- you won’t regret it. 9.5/10

www.agentprovocateur.com

New today: Biofit x Playboy Collaboration

I love lingerie, clearly.  But, there are a few other things I’m also fond of (apart from just food, sex, bubble baths and a good book). One is pin-up and another is photography (a daily part of my job and the only art I buy), so I’ve always been a fan of Playboy magazine. My collection of vintage issues is amongst my most prized possessions and their recent style and content change- bringing in some incredible art directors, photographers and models who all usually work in high fashion- has been impressive. In line with this image overhaul is a collaboration between Playboy and Biofit bras by Bendon, that launched yesterday.

 

Rather than just applying typically bunny-esque aesthetics to line of lingerie, Playboy x Biofit actually caters to what is most important to both brands- the female form itself. Biofit bra’s feature varying levels of padding for different cup sizes, so those of us that want more cleavage get it and those who don’t still get a nice lift without going OTT. What I love most about these bra’s is that they mould to the shape of your breast and stay in place comfortably, additionally helped by the suede touch ‘Secret-Service’ lining. Think of it as like a memory foam mattress for your breasts. The price point is also pretty fantastic at around $40 for a bra and $15 for a matching bottom.

 

I like that Playboy x Biofit has stuck to simple styles such as classic black lace and a very ‘girl-next-door’ floral print- these two are my personal favorites- as it lets the fit and effect of the Biofit technology be the focus.  The bra, thong and Brazilian panty combinations also come in a variety of solids and there is a gartered basque for those who want to get a bit more elaborate and I really like that it has a lace-up back, as opposed to hook and eye closures.

 

It would be fantastic to see this line expanded upon in future with a wider variety of styles, but for now I’m just loving the fact that two brands in some way similar and in other ways not, can collaborate on a range of products that benefits women (and their lingerie drawers), both functionally and aesthetically. Check out the whole collection here and let me know what you think!

www.PlayboyxBiofit.com

Les Lunes 'Jessica' bra and ‘Alix’ brief. Ah yes, my eternal search for soft, triangle bras that function. In this particular shape i’ve never had much luck. They tend to either be unsupportive or flattening. This triangle bra by Les Lunes is the best I’ve come by so far. I think this is possibly due to the gathering under each breast (so it doesn’t flatten) and the strong but comfortable bamboo fabric (supportive and holds shape well, as well as having good ‘bounce back’ after washing) which I am happy to endlessly profess my love for- I love this material and find it far superior to cotton. If you are a bigger bust girl looking for a soft-cup triangle I highly recommend this- I’m a 32d and am wearing a small (so if you are very small-busted or tiny in general then even the XS may be too large for you). I love the delicate thin straps so also often wear this as a bikini top! The brief is a simple bikini-cut, but with some gorgeous little details like a subtle gathering/ruching on the butt and the waist is a fold over detail made from mesh, accentuated with a tiny black bow on one side. I like the V- shape that gives the waistline because it echoes the triangle shape of the bra and well, I love me some good lines. I travel a lot in these- being comfortable enough for long haul flights and sleeping- and LOVE that I can throw both bra and brief in the wash too and they stay in great shape. 8/10
Les Lunes Jessica Bra
Les Lunes Alix Brief

Les Lunes 'Jessica' bra and ‘Alix’ brief. Ah yes, my eternal search for soft, triangle bras that function. In this particular shape i’ve never had much luck. They tend to either be unsupportive or flattening. This triangle bra by Les Lunes is the best I’ve come by so far. I think this is possibly due to the gathering under each breast (so it doesn’t flatten) and the strong but comfortable bamboo fabric (supportive and holds shape well, as well as having good ‘bounce back’ after washing) which I am happy to endlessly profess my love for- I love this material and find it far superior to cotton. If you are a bigger bust girl looking for a soft-cup triangle I highly recommend this- I’m a 32d and am wearing a small (so if you are very small-busted or tiny in general then even the XS may be too large for you). I love the delicate thin straps so also often wear this as a bikini top! The brief is a simple bikini-cut, but with some gorgeous little details like a subtle gathering/ruching on the butt and the waist is a fold over detail made from mesh, accentuated with a tiny black bow on one side. I like the V- shape that gives the waistline because it echoes the triangle shape of the bra and well, I love me some good lines. I travel a lot in these- being comfortable enough for long haul flights and sleeping- and LOVE that I can throw both bra and brief in the wash too and they stay in great shape. 8/10

Les Lunes Jessica Bra

Les Lunes Alix Brief

H&M strapless bikini. Okay, so this is technically a bikini. But I’d love to review this as underwear for one simple reason. This strapless bikini top performs better than 95% of the strapless bras I’ve tried in my life and therefore I actually wear this set a lot AS underwear (and when it’s summer and/or any situation that requires a swimsuit it is wonderfully convenient). It has underwire and lightly moulded, but not padded, cups and a very sturdy plastic clasp at the back. It is one of only maybe 3 strapless bras I’ve ever found that supports, flatters, is comfortable and does not move. The simple bikini brief-cut bottom sits not too high, nor not too low and as it has no tie-sides or such adornments it is very smooth under clothing. Again, totally comfortable. Both are made of a durable lycra, with a marbled lilac, pale yellow and cream pattern, quite unique actually. I’d say this is my favourite and most versatile swimsuit and one of my top sets of ‘underwear’ to go under strapless, clingy or body-con outfits, elevating it from mere swim status to high-rotation place in my lingerie drawer, though of course it’s not as smooth and flat as say, seamless micro fibre, but it is far better looking. As if that wasn’t enough, what I paid for it? $5 in an H&M end of summer sale. As underwear? An 8/10. As a bikini? 10/10.
H&M swim is available here and clearly they do great strapless bikini tops for those of us with a bust who never thought them possible… 

H&M strapless bikini. Okay, so this is technically a bikini. But I’d love to review this as underwear for one simple reason. This strapless bikini top performs better than 95% of the strapless bras I’ve tried in my life and therefore I actually wear this set a lot AS underwear (and when it’s summer and/or any situation that requires a swimsuit it is wonderfully convenient). It has underwire and lightly moulded, but not padded, cups and a very sturdy plastic clasp at the back. It is one of only maybe 3 strapless bras I’ve ever found that supports, flatters, is comfortable and does not move. The simple bikini brief-cut bottom sits not too high, nor not too low and as it has no tie-sides or such adornments it is very smooth under clothing. Again, totally comfortable. Both are made of a durable lycra, with a marbled lilac, pale yellow and cream pattern, quite unique actually. I’d say this is my favourite and most versatile swimsuit and one of my top sets of ‘underwear’ to go under strapless, clingy or body-con outfits, elevating it from mere swim status to high-rotation place in my lingerie drawer, though of course it’s not as smooth and flat as say, seamless micro fibre, but it is far better looking. As if that wasn’t enough, what I paid for it? $5 in an H&M end of summer sale. As underwear? An 8/10. As a bikini? 10/10.

H&M swim is available here and clearly they do great strapless bikini tops for those of us with a bust who never thought them possible… 

The Daily Knicker x Jesse O’Brien 

I’m going through a bit of a phase right now of blurring the lines between lingerie and fashion. The concept of ‘Lingerie dressing’ has been around for a long time (slips as dresses, lingerie details such as ribbons and bows on outerwear, corsets as tops) but what about fashion as lingerie? Or loungewear? Incorporating traditionally ‘formal’ garments into our underwear drawer by paring them back or even just wearing something OTT with a relaxed attitude, in an everyday environment?

Sometimes I like to wear my most flowing dresses around the house like an old movie star would her boudoir robe, or borrow a tailored men’s shirt to wear to bed. It might be ‘fashion’ but sometimes, treating your favourite luxury pieces with an air of nonchalance can feel surprisingly indulgent. 

My friend Jesse drove from LA to visit me in San Francisco and shoot some of my favourite ‘around-the-house’ ensembles. Inspired by Helmut Newton’s polaroids and a blend of masculine and feminine pieces,  we shot this simple story on instant film, over bellinis on a Tuesday afternoon. As you do. And some how, such a casual at-home hangout felt so much more glamorous when doing it in bed wearing Gucci…

Hope you enjoy and get inspired to wear your bra to check the mail or that gown to just casually watch Netflix!

For more of Jesse’s amazing polaroid project, check out his website and instagram.

Links to some of the pieces shown (or similar) here:

Gucci men’s tailored shirts

Vintage Ossie Clark

Noe Undergarments ‘Peter’ slip

Dresses by The Reformation

Dita Von Teese ‘Madame X’ bra

Courtshop suspender jeans

Lonely Lingerie’s ‘Lux’ Underwire Bra and Brief. I was super excited when I found out Lonely was now doing underwire bras. They’ve been my favourite ‘pretty soft-cup bras and briefs’ for the past couple of years with their innovative designs and always on point colours and fabrics. Best of all, they fit great and are comfortable. So I was excited to see if they could nail the same level of fit/comfort with an underwire. The answer? Yes, they have. I adore this bra, made from a thick, pink (subtle) animal-print mesh, with signature Lonely strap details and metal O-ring hardware. This is such a wonderful, sexy and fun alternative to an everyday underwire bra, with all the comforts of one. Along with support and versatility of wear beneath clothes. I always love a bikini cut brief (90’s child, I guess), and this is such a great, simple one with matching bra-strap like straps on the hips, joining the front piece to the back. Again with O-ring details. It basically is super comfortable, whilst still being gorgeous and perfectly matching the bra. I wish so desperately Lonely would start doing suspenders, then the whole thing would be perfect! But that’s my only personal and frivolous, borderline OCD qualm. This also comes in black! 9/10.
Buy ‘Lux’ Underwire Bra by Lonely here
Buy ‘Lux’ Brief here

Lonely Lingerie’s ‘Lux’ Underwire Bra and Brief. I was super excited when I found out Lonely was now doing underwire bras. They’ve been my favourite ‘pretty soft-cup bras and briefs’ for the past couple of years with their innovative designs and always on point colours and fabrics. Best of all, they fit great and are comfortable. So I was excited to see if they could nail the same level of fit/comfort with an underwire. The answer? Yes, they have. I adore this bra, made from a thick, pink (subtle) animal-print mesh, with signature Lonely strap details and metal O-ring hardware. This is such a wonderful, sexy and fun alternative to an everyday underwire bra, with all the comforts of one. Along with support and versatility of wear beneath clothes. I always love a bikini cut brief (90’s child, I guess), and this is such a great, simple one with matching bra-strap like straps on the hips, joining the front piece to the back. Again with O-ring details. It basically is super comfortable, whilst still being gorgeous and perfectly matching the bra. I wish so desperately Lonely would start doing suspenders, then the whole thing would be perfect! But that’s my only personal and frivolous, borderline OCD qualm. This also comes in black! 9/10.

Buy ‘Lux’ Underwire Bra by Lonely here

Buy ‘Lux’ Brief here

Lingerie Lovers: L’Amour The Lady Provocative of Bump & Grindercise

I’m thrilled to interview Australia’s premier burlesque star and fellow lingerie lover, L’Amour The Lady Provocative. A woman epitomised by the Australian Burlesque Festival’s description of her- “A sexed up 60’s bombshell, with killer curves..” But Ladies and Gentlemen, there is much more to this modern day Jayne Mansfield.

Not only is L’Amour, in my mind, one the best burly-q artists performing in the world today, she is a living breathing pin-up of the Russ Meyer variety. An otherworldly sex kitten that seems to have stepped out of your hottest retro fantasy- a dreamworld where women have bangin’ curvaceous bods, with lots of attitude and it’s all covered in sequins and sparkles, served up with a wink and a smile.

She’s also a mother, a wife, designs and sews her own costumes and lingerie and is the creator of the fitness craze ‘Bump & Grindercise’, a burlesque inspired workout that is the most fun thing I’ve ever done to stay in shape. If I ever can’t get to a gym when I’m travelling or at home and don’t feel like boring myself senseless on a treadmill, I play L’Amour’s ‘Bump & Grindercise’ videos on YouTube and bust out some jumps and pelvic thrusts in my hotel or living room. All this is designed to be done in some pretty seductive ensembles. A workout you can do in your lingerie? Yes please (and lucky for us, L’Amour is currently working on a DVD, which I personally can not wait for)!

I fell in love with L’Amour’s impeccable personal style on Instagram, where she posts her stunning self-made performance pieces, lingerie lust-haves and the references that inspire her. All always leave me swooning. Obviously, she has a special relationship with gorgeous underthings considering she is star at both putting them on, taking them off and making them. I talk to L’Amour about her love of lingerie and what inspired her to create the most glamourous and downright enjoyable workout I’ve ever done…

What inspired you to do burlesque and start the fabulous Bump & Grindercise?

I love everything about performing burlesque. The costuming,makeup and exotic tease on stage. I have lived and loved this lifestyle for over 7 years.

In that time I have squeezed out a couple of kids, sewn thousands of sequins, dreamed up storylines and costumes and brought them to life on a stage!

I am constantly immersed in lingerie and big hair and wouldn’t have it any other way.

But the busier my life gets and the less frequently I perform, the more I crave the heart pumping feeling of stage and the excitement of creating costumes and picking the perfect music! This is where Bump and Grindercise came in.

I created Bump and Grindercise so I can fit all of my loves into one explosive package and share it with likeminded kittens! It is a dance fitness class combined with all the elements of a burlesque.

Bump & Grindercise has been such a hit that I toured and sold out in both Sydney and Brisbane. There is also a DVD in the works for 2014.

 

How does lingerie factor into your work?

 

I love lingerie, always have and always will. As a young girl I was inspired by vintage pin-ups in stockings and garters. Today, I’m inspired by many lingerie labels, both modern and vintage fashion magazines and the burlesque world. Lingerie that I create for costumes and performance is very different to the lingerie I create to wear in the bedroom or under a vintage wiggle dress.

My Performance lingerie needs to be made of strong dance lycra/spandex and able to handle stress and quick changes. If it’s a g-string I alter the pattern so the string is extra thick and comfortable to dance and crawl in with no accidents. The fabric needs to be strong enough to support lots of rhinestones and E6000 glue and last for a long time.

My lingerie created for the bedroom is soft and sheer. Laces, sheer mesh, ribbons and peek-a-boo panties are my favorites.

I have recently starting getting back into corsetry, I love creating strong waspie corsets to wear under or over a baby-doll style wiggle dress with fluffy pumps and huge hair.

I’m currently designing and sewing my 2014 Bump and Grindercise costumes.

I’m inspired by lace lingerie, boudoir sex kittens and waspie waists.

Bump and Grindercise costumes need to be strong and handle the sweat and jumping around involved in my classes!

 

What is the appeal lingerie holds for you personally?

Lingerie is a big part of my life, I’m always wearing it. Either for performing, Bump and Grindercise classes or a night at home with my sweetheart.

With lingerie you can be naughty in a black lace set with a tight lace waspie or sweet as sugar in a sheer pink mesh baby doll with lace garters and suspender belt.

I love wearing a full set of something deliciously naughty with a wrap dress on top and some fluffy mules out to dinner or drinks. People may see a peek of lace at your cleavage, or the top of a sheer stocking when you cross your legs, but no one knows the secret of the divine sex kitten under that dress. That excites me.

 

What was the first beautiful piece of lingerie you remember buying?

My first beautiful expensive set was actually a gift from my husband- he knows all about my very serious relationship with lingerie! It was from a boutique that is no longer open in Melbourne called Smitten Kitten, it was my favorite place to go and soak up the beauty of lingerie.

One Valentines Day he surprised me with a black and violet lace balconette bra, matching sheer knickers and a pair of thigh-high stocking socks with ribbons on the top. When he gave me the beautiful pink box I was so excited! At the beginning when TJ and I first started dating neither of us had much money so this was a big deal! I still have the bra hanging up on our wall in our room today.

 

What are your all-time favorite pieces of lingerie?

This is a tough one! A black Agent Provocateur waspie, a cream and black lace Pleasure State corselette, my own handmade waspies as they fit me like glove and are stronger than any corset I have ever bought.

What are your current favorite items?

Currently I am wearing lots of sheer lace and thin strapping details on the bottom that I have made myself, I’m also very excited about the new designs I’m working on for the new term of Bump and Grindercise!- Sheer lace leotards and tiny waspie belts, oh my!

 

What is on your personal wish list for future purchase?

I would really love Agent Provocateur fluffy mules and any one of their beautiful sets. Bra, waspie, suspender belt and knickers- The whole deal!

 

How do you look after your lingerie and/or store your collection?

My performance wear had double thickness in the knickers lining so it can be hand washed over and over then hung to dry, my larger jewel encrusted costumes are mostly un-washable they need to be dry cleaned.

Everything gets covered in glitter spray and sometimes body makeup.

The lingerie I make for Bump and Grindercise classes and home I hand wash and I sometimes use those lingerie bags for the dance lycra costumes. Always hang to dry and I need to be careful if they have rhinestones on them.

 

What do you think your lingerie says about you as a person?

Hmm… that I’m a naughty little sex kitten!

You are amazing at making your own pieces for your act, would you ever consider a L’Amour lingerie label? There is always pieces I see you’ve made yourself that I would definitely buy!

I get emails and comments from people every day asking if I can make them costumes or lingerie. I would love to, but I never went to school to learn how to make patterns or create garments to fit someone from their measurements so I find it quite stressful making something for someone else. If I found a seamstress, but was the designer and helped create the garments this would be something I would LOVE to do. ‘L’amour Lingerie’- haha! What a delicious dream!

 

Have fun and get fit (or just perve on L’Amour) by visiting www.bumpandgrindercise.com.au

and check out some of my favourite videos of L’Amour and Bump & Grindercise at these links…

L’Amour, The Lady Provocative, at The Dixie Evans Benefit, 2013

Bump & Grindercise on tour

Bump & Grindercise workout- The Grind

Bump & Grindercise routine

Agent Provocateur ‘Jet’ Bra & Ouvert. Talk about a bad gal set! This bra and ouvert (open crotch knickers) are constructed from a sheer black mesh, with cut-outs and adjustable PVC strap detailing. This style definitely got a lot of attention when it was launched and i’m sure was on a lot of people’s wish lists. I did notice on various social media feedback where the people who had bought ‘Jet’ were not happy with the fit. Personally, I did not have any of these problems. Not sure if it’s because i coincidentally took a gamble and ordered up a cup size and down a band size, or if it’s a chest/torso shape issue, because I find both the bra and overt to be extremely flattering. Obviously, being made out of PVC straps with adjustable metal hardware this is not the most comfortable ensemble on the planet but damn, it blows people’s minds when they see it. I love and think it’s going to be a collector’s set for fans of AP. 7.5/10.

Agent Provocateur ‘Jet’ Bra & Ouvert. Talk about a bad gal set! This bra and ouvert (open crotch knickers) are constructed from a sheer black mesh, with cut-outs and adjustable PVC strap detailing. This style definitely got a lot of attention when it was launched and i’m sure was on a lot of people’s wish lists. I did notice on various social media feedback where the people who had bought ‘Jet’ were not happy with the fit. Personally, I did not have any of these problems. Not sure if it’s because i coincidentally took a gamble and ordered up a cup size and down a band size, or if it’s a chest/torso shape issue, because I find both the bra and overt to be extremely flattering. Obviously, being made out of PVC straps with adjustable metal hardware this is not the most comfortable ensemble on the planet but damn, it blows people’s minds when they see it. I love and think it’s going to be a collector’s set for fans of AP. 7.5/10.