After a week off from Follow Fridays, I thought I’d better make it up to you. What better way to do that than an interview with the biggest lingerie blogger on the planet? That’s right, folks, today’s interview is with Cora, aka Treacle, the gal behind The Lingerie Addict.
The Lingerie Addict is a real hub of information about brands, bra fitting and businesses, all written from a rich wealth of different perspectives. As well as main contributor Cora, The Lingerie Addict has columnists (including Holly of The Full Figured Chest) who not only help make the blog that little more awesome, it really helps solidify the idea that lingerie can be owned and enjoyed by anyone – that there’s a lingerie addict in all of us.
Please could you give us a little introduction?
Definitely! My name is Cora Harrington, and I’m the founder of The Lingerie Addict, currently the most popular lingerie blog in the world. Though I’ve been blogging for 4 and a half years, I’ve only been a full time blogger for the last year or so. Before that, I was a crisis counselor and specialized in working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and family members of homicide victims. I live in Seattle, WA, and I’m engaged to be married next March.
When did you start your blog and why?
I started blogging because I was very interested in lingerie, but had no idea how to shop for it. I didn’t know what to buy, where to buy it, or when to buy it. There just wasn’t much information available for lingerie newbies like me. So I started writing reviews of the lingerie I was purchasing, and later, as my confidence grew, I also began sharing things I’d learned about garter belts, corsets, stockings, and other items. Though my blog was very small at first, it’s grown slowly, but organically, over the years until The Lingerie Addict is what you see today.
Which other lingerie blogs do you read the most?
Great question! I read them all (I have a practice of adding new lingerie blogs to my Google reader as soon as I find them), but the ones I’m most passionate about are The Lingerie Lesbian, Butterfly Collection, A Slip of a Girl, Spokes n’ Daggers, and Sweet Nothings NYC. It’s a really exciting time to be a lingerie blogger; there have never been more blogs focused on intimates than there are right now.
Where do you recommend people go get fitted?
Ooh…that’s a tough question! I prefer encouraging people to know how a properly fitting bra is supposed to feel than encouraging one bra fitting method or one specific boutique. I’ve yet to find a bra fit calculator that gives me a consistent result (much less the right bra size!) and I’ve found that even boutiques can be a bit hit-or-miss depending on who you get and what their personal preferences are. I often recommend that my Stateside readers visit a local Nordstrom, not just because they carry a range of brands in a ton of sizes, but also because they have fantastic customer service. Bra fitting is such an intimate experience that being treated well when you walk in the door is of the utmost importance.
Which brand do you think suits your shape and style best?
For me, the brands I prefer and find most flattering have a lot to do with the occasion. I tend wear a lot of Betsey Johnson and On Gossamer on an everyday basis, but when I want something a little nicer, Huit, Kiss Me Deadly, and Love Claudette are my go-to brands.
What is your ‘desert island’ lingerie set?
Hmmm…I can’t really say that I have one. But if I were on a desert island, I imagine comfort would be paramount and I’d go with a lace bralette and boyshort set from Hanky Panky or a mesh set of the same from Cosabella.
What, in your opinion, are the biggest trends in the lingerie world this Autumn/Winter?
I’m seeing three major trends: lace (in trims, overlays, and accents), metal hardware (take a look at Bordelle and Made by Niki this season to see what I mean), and corsets (including bustiers and waist cinchers).
Are you a plunge or a balconette girl?
Balconette. Plunge bras just seem to draw a lot of attention to my sternum. I much prefer the shape and silhouette of a balconette.
What is your lingerie guilty pleasure?
I don’t really think I have one. Nothing about lingerie makes me feel guilty, and I wear everything I buy. Lingerie is to be enjoyed, not agonized over. If it makes you feel guilty, don’t get it!
What do you think is missing from the current lingerie market?
I’d love to see more bras for smaller busts, both misses size and plus size. Women who wear A, AA, or AAA cups are all-but-ignored by the lingerie industry, and the bras out there for them are often very padded. I also feel like plus size women with smaller busts (A, B, and C cups) are ignored as the full bust and plus size markets are often smushed together…when the truth is, not every plus size woman has large breasts. There’s been so many innovations for women with straight size busts and full busts lately; it’d be nice to see some of the same for the smaller bust market.
Thanks so much Cora for sharing your perspective with us!
Read more about The Lingerie Addict here: http://www.thelingerieaddict.com/
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