Student’s Guide to Bra Buying: Quality Bras for Less

Freya Ooh La La Body in Black

When it comes to buying bras, or anything for that matter, I’m what can only be described as a ‘massive bargain hunter’. It’s extremely rare that I’ll buy anything full price, and my lingerie addiction rarely evades this philosophy. The good news is there are so so so many options for frugal frillies – so for those of you waiting on payday or your student loan, you needn’t wait to kit out your top drawer!

Blog Number Two

Back in February I was kindly invited by Hannah of Hannah Bee to a bloggers event in my home county, Dorset. The crew were lingerie bloggers from all over the country. I love reading lifestyle blogs – they’re like a window into people’s lives and give away all the very best secrets of things to do and places to see.

How to tell you’re wearing your bra band too tight

Bra band too tight

In an (internet, lingerie blog) world of online calculators and a cacophony of forums dictating how you bra should or shouldn’t fit, I do get the odd email from you guys saying that despite following all of the bra fitting advice on the interweb and you’re still not satisfied with how your bras fit. No bra calculator or fitting method will work for everyone, and when I’ve had emails from readers who ask about how they get painful red marks from their new snug-fitting bands or find their bras are now far too tight to be comfortable, I need to remind them of this simple fact: you can read all the fitting guides in the world but at the end of the day you need to listen to your body – it will tell you if something’s not right.

How to extend the life of your bra, and signs that it needs to be binned

old bra

This week I was pounced on by a very good friend who wanted to take advantage of the fact she was home for Christmas, combining a Boxing Day trip to the sales with a bra fitting. Since we live in Bournemouth and to be completely honest there’s nowhere where I would trust 100% with my future maid of honour’s jugs, of course I had to do the deed myself. She’d been complaining about how none of her bras fit any more, and after getting dressed together and seeing her in her undercrackers; yes, there was quite a gape going on with her very VERY well-loved Freya Deco.

The IIYC Top Lingerie Picks for SS14

Freya Tropics Paradise underwired plunge bra

It’s been a pretty grim, grey and damp day in the UK, and despite Christmas being just around the corner, I can’t help but cast my mind forward to Springtime. Not only will we get this horrid weather out of the way (yey for Winter Solstice!), it also means that all the lovely new lingerie ranges will start to be available from January-March time. I have been scouring some of my favourite brands for their new releases and have compiled a few of my favourite picks of what’s to come… hopefully it will help brighten up your day as much as it has mine. Rain? What rain?!

Fantasy Swimwear – Ibiza 2014 Wishlist

Seafolly Festival Bandeau Bikini

Writing my Full Bust Lingerie Christmas Wishlist got me thinking about what I really really REALLY want for Christmas this year, and I decided that above anything else I’d really love a holiday. It’s been years since I’ve had a decent break, and even longer since I’ve been on a proper, good old-fashioned sun, sea and sand holiday where I do little more than read endless magazines and laze around on the beach. And so, I headed straight to the Easyjet website to take full advantage of their end of year sale.

WIN £1000 worth of Damaris or Mimi Holliday Lingerie in time for Xmas

Mimi Holliday Lingerie

Mimi Holliday by Damaris are one of the brands which I have essentially perved over for more years than I can count, but since they’re on the luxury end of the price range I’ve never been able to buy a set for myself. It’s brands like this that, let’s face it, make the best gifts and are at the top of any lingerista’s Christmas list. Some of my favourites from recent years:

UK Lingerie Awards 2013

UK Lingerie Awards 2013

It’s fast become one of the most hotly anticipated nights in the lingerie industry calendar, and the UK Lingerie Awards never fails to disappoint. Hosted this year in a new venue, the Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden, the awards were every inch the red carpeted, glitzy, celeb-littered event of previous years. It’s one of the few events where you can wear a bra as a legitimate item of clothing, so of course I took advantage and wore Curvy Kate’s starlet underneath a sheer lace top which I picked up for a bargainous £8 from my local TK Maxx. Amazingly, I wasn’t the only one rocking this trend, as I spotted at least three others sporting their bras underneath a completely see-through lace or mesh top. Coming to a nightclub near you? Who knows.

Comfy Sleepwear is All I Want for Christmas

At this time of year, everyone – and I mean everyone – seems to be asking me “what bra sets would I most like for Christmas”. For the last few years, I’ve taken this season as a golden opportunity to write myself an expansive and indulgent lingerie wishlist, which is full of bras and sleepwear that are within my budget. The French Institute of Fashion revealed that British women spend on average 72 UK pounds a year on lingerie – more than the women in Ireland and other European countries.