Fifi Chachnil ‘Minette’ brief. Once upon a time this was half of one of my favourite sets. But in some country, at some point in 2007, the beautiful and absolutely perfect bra that went with this was lost/stolen and I have lamented it’s absence ever since. I am usually obsessive about ‘matching sets’ and it’s hard for me to have a bra or brief that doesn’t have it’s sister. But this is so beautiful not only can I not part with it, it is my favourite pair of knickers to go bra-less with. The front: A lilac and white striped silk with small flowers. Matching rosettes adorn each hipbone. The back: The most divinely soft 1960’s-ish sheer lilac nylon. Trim the whole thing with a little cream tulle and it is a sugary lingerie confection that walks the line between sweet and simple. Comfortable. Quality. I adore it. So has anyone who’s *seen* it underneath beneath any of my stroppy, slippy dresses. The bra may be lost forever, but the minette style lives on each season over at Fifi Chachnil. No doubt one of the brand’s most popular styles as it’s released continually in different fabrics, thank heavens. 10/10
Chantal Thomass bra and brief. The signature balconette shape of Chantal Thomass’ bras are in my opinion, flawless, when it comes to decorative, beautiful lingerie (as opposed to say, a perfect t-shirt bra where shape and structure > ’prettiness’). The bulk of the ‘push’ comes from the sturdy band structure and where it joins the lightly-shaped, non-padded cups. It lifts straight UP you could say. And for this I have adored CT bras for years. Great cleavage, without any bulk or padding. Good for both big and small busted girls. Made from a printed silver satin and black stripe mesh with pale pink ribbon threaded through the black lace trim- very classic Chantal. The briefs are a perfect bikini cut, with adorable ‘butt-crack ruching’ (as I call it!) at the back and both brief and bra are insanely comfortable and give NO lumps or bumps beneath clothes. If I had to pick one style of bra/brief combination to wear for the rest of my life this would be it. Beneath a basic cotton LBD my doesn’t-usually-give-a-shit husband said “What bra are you wearing?! Your boobs look incredible!” Worth every Euro-cent… 9.5/10
Today, I am having a total Bo Derek moment, braids and all, in my Story by Tang bodysuit. Couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the start of American summer than in a piece by an Australian designer I’ve loved since I walked in her TAFE Graduate Collection as a teenager (Paying respect to both my home country and my adopted country)! Tangy (Christine) designs clothes that walk a fine between feminine and masculine, relaxed and tailored, soft but with clean lines- and that is exactly what caught my eye about this piece and decided it would be perfect as not only outerwear, but loungewear for at home, underwear beneath sheer clothes (when you want more modesty than just a bra) and recently I’ve started wearing it as swimwear too. Obviously, it doesn’t offer a massive degree of support as it’s not intended to be lingerie, but it is so comfortable (made out of an incredibly soft cotton) it is now one of my favourite bodysuits. I’ve also slept in it a couple of times and it’s as close to sleeping naked as you can get without actually being so, for I do worry about those earthquakes sometimes…. sometimes… 8.5/10
American Apparel red lace geo bra and thong. My relationship with American Apparel lingerie is very up and down- sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it. There has been a vast improvement in their women’s underwear over the last year (with the introduction of underwire bra’s and more laces) and it has become my go-to for a quick, cheap lingerie fix. This style bra (soft cup triangle shape, with a hooks on the back) is far superior to their signature slip-on, rather support-less triangles. This offers some support whilst remaining comfortable. Having a rather small-back/large-cup combo it cuts in slightly on the top of the bust, but for the price I can’t complain that it’s not perfect. I LOVE the colour, fabric pattern and the cut of the bottoms- my favourite shape thong. Love this set for lazy/comfortable days without having to be boring or dowdy with cottons or neutral colours. I’m still holding hope that AA will soon do a higher, bikini cut brief to go with their bra’s as a counterpoint to the only current options of thong or leg, shortening, hip-widening, boyish-hipster (blergh!). Would buy again in more colours. 7/10
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"This is the ‘Webbed Thong’ from UK brand Bordelle. The front of this thong is soft and feminine, made with black silk and tiny elastic ruffles around the trim. The back on the other hand is a lot more risque- which was was the selling point for me. The straps are made from soft black elastic with black bows running all the way down the middle and wrap around to the front where they are met by 2 little silk bows on the hips. These knickers have just the right amount of both fetish and femininity. They fit perfectly (I wear a small) and are very soft and comfortable. They are gentle and sexy yet make you feel a little bit naughty, just the way I like to be! I give these a 10/10!"
GUEST POST: Shanay Hall lives in New York and believe it or not, has a 5-and-a-half-month old baby girl. She has been eating healthily to get her money-makin’ bod back and also doing bikram yoga. Shanay finally feels that she has the confidence back she had before she was pregnant but still loves her ‘ghetto booty’!
”Topshop Nursing Bra and Briefs: Believe it or not but the bra is a nursing bra- It is amazing! It’s from Topshop and the clasp is very simple and understated like a NORMAL bra! It has no underwire which I can’t stand as I find it gets in the way for me. There are some really nice nursing bras out there! Love the soft black lace on the lining, makes me feel somewhat sexy again! Bra: 10/10
And for the undies- Topshop again. I feel these balance the bra’s sexiness with a bit of fun and a boyleg cut is always comfy for me. Love the planets- they remind me of my high school science class. Briefs: 9/10”
Berlei Barely There Contour Bra and Barely There Micro G-string. This is the world’s most comfortable, functional bra, I swear. It’s like wearing nothing, even more comfortable than that (because take away the ‘ow’factor of having breasts that are not supported). It’s the only underwire bra I’ve ever been able to sleep in. I wear it on flights. Around the house. Running errands. Under sheer clothing. Beneath my ‘going out’ ensembles. You name it. It’s contoured, but adds no bulk. It lifts, but doesn’t give too much cleavage. It also comes in so many colours I can’t count and features extra little ‘comfort’ details like how the hook fastenings at the back are padded so they can’t dig into your back. I’ve paired this bra with matching black barely there g-string (which along with the brief version are my favourite basic bottoms as they are invisible beneath clothes and sexy without any on). Until now my only issue has been that the more colourful ‘Barely There’ bras haven’t had matching bottoms, but I’ve recently heard from the design team that this is changing soon- problem solved! Two more great reasons to buy (some more of) these? They’re currently being sold for $39 as opposed to the regular $54.95 and $5 from every pink ‘Barely There’ is donated to the Breast Cancer Network. 9.5/10
I was given these briefs by a friend and thought they would be very cute for wearing at home. However, being obsessive about matching sets I had to go get a bra in the same fabric. Not quite sure why I tried this style when i’ve reviewed it not-so-wonderfully before. Still zero support, somehow manages to make my boobs look worse and get this… the strap broke the first time I put it on and had to re-sew it. AA really needs to make a decent bra in this floral lace print, perhaps in their triangle or underwire styles, because the briefs are amazing, comfortable and a little stomach flattening and the lack of a functional matching top are the only thing holding it back. As a footnote, I thought this looked cute and kinda sexy in a retro, 70’s kind of way. My husband however saw me in it and said it was “the ugliest set of underwear (I) own…take it off.” And that was “take it off” not in a good way. 4/10
Bra and brief by Fifi Chachnil. I have a love/hate relationship with the colour pink- so often (especially in lingerie) it’s done wrong. But Fifi Chachnil’s pink, French and from-frou world is of course the one place where the shade is conceived perfectly. Soft sheer lace mesh with polka-dots and ruffle trim, topped off with tiny orange-red rosettes inspired my friend to send me a picture of this captioned “You need this- Strawberry Shortcake!” so of course it ended up in my lingerie drawer. Great support from the balconette style bra and very comfortable little low-rise briefs means this is a deluxe but completely functional set. I could be a little ‘cleavagey’ at the moment as i get a hint of overspill/cut-in on the top of the bra- and of course, I always love a suspender option- but otherwise this is pretty much ‘The Perfect Pink’. 8.5/10
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rayyjayef asked: Middle Right in the collage photo, i cant post links in an ask. No garter, just plain jane silky bra and panty/brief type. There's a house plant in the backround.
That set is by Australian lingerie label Little Minx. The bra is convertible and the brief is a hipster. Read my review of how it wears HERE. And shop for Little Minx HERE. Not sure if these exact pieces are available but you could either email their website contact or see if they’ve got anything similar at the moment. Good luck!
- Tiah xox