Lingerie

pink loungewear

Pretty in Pink | Loungewear Edit

Here at The Fashion Police, we’re big believers in investing in the basics: most people are happy(ish) to spend money on a dress for a wedding, say, or a pair of evening shoes they’ll hardly ever wear, but when it comes to things like lingerie, activewear and undies, they’ll resent parting with their cash, and go for something cheap n’cheerful, instead. That’s all well and good, of course, and we’re not saying you should take out a second mortgage to re-stock your lingerie drawer, but cheap basics can be a false economy – and even on days when you’re not planning to leave the house, it feels so much better to slip into something that looks as good as it…

Top 10 | Valentine’s Day Lingerie Sets

Top Ten Valentine’s Day Lingerie Sets We figured we should probably talk about Valentine’s Day. It’s just… we don’t really want to. Seriously: unless this is your first time on the internet (In which case, welcome, and don’t look any further – this is the only site you’ll ever need…), we’re guessing you’ve probably had your fill of gift guides, flowers, and various red and/or pink things by now. We also have a sneaking suspicious that most of you probably don’t really care all that much – or, at least, not the extent that you’ve been anxiously counting down the days since Christmas, as all of the press releases we’ve been receiving lately would have us believe. (You haven’t, have…

Fashion Police bra guide

Underneath the LBD (And a chance to win a £1000 shopping spree with Ann Summers and Love2Shop)

The Fashion Police have always believed that the right (or wrong) lingerie can make or break an outfit: there’s just no point in splashing out on the perfect dress if you’re going to ruin it with the wrong “underpinnings”, so today we’re teaming up with Ann Summers to bring you some of our favourite bras to wear with a little black dress as part of your Christmas party outfit. We’re also offering the chance to win a £1,000 shopping spree by entering Ann Summers’ blogger competition, so read on for more information…   ♥ The Dress: 1950s Trudy party dress, £95. 20th Century Foxy ♥ The Bra: ‘Aurelia’ balconette bra, £40, Ann Summers The cut of this dress makes finding a…

VAlentine's day lingerie

Screw Valentine’s Day: let’s buy some lingerie!

Valentine’s Day lingerie from Dirty Pretty Things Valentine’s Day. There’s just no escaping it, is there? Every year, as soon as Christmas is over (and actually, sometimes even BEFORE Christmas is over…) The Fashion Police inbox starts to get flooded with press releases about Valentine’s Day, which, these helpful missives inform us, is “just around the corner!” Now that the much-anticipated day actually IS just around that corner, though, we figured we should probably start paying attention to those press releases, and find out just what it is they’re trying to tell us. And what they’re trying to tell us is basically this: 1. Everyone in the world is in a complete state of hysterical anticipation about February 14th 2….

underwear as outerwear

Underwear as Outerwear: the Venus bustier

This is the ‘Venus’ bustier. As you can see, they’re using the word “bustier” in its loosest possible sense, because, as far as we can make out, this is just an excuse to go out in public wearing just your bra. It’s a NICE bra, granted, but honestly, we’ve had nightmares which look a bit like this, and in which we’re walking around in public when we suddenly realise we’re only wearing clothes on one half of our bodies. We’re becoming increasingly convinced we’re alone in this, however, because “bra as top”, like “leggings as pants” and “net curtains as skirts” seems to be a growing trend: we frequently come across photos of models wearing outfits a lot like this…

fringed waistcoat

Citizen’s Arrest: Lascivious Kasia Fringed Waistcoat

Our thanks go to Fashion Police reader Caroline for calling in this particular crime of fashion. Now, ordinarily we don’t involve ourselves with lingerie. (Er, we’re assuming this is supposed to be lingerie. These days you can never really tell, though, can you?) After all, as long as people aren’t wearing it in public, it’s really none of our business. But… an invisible waistcoat? With fringes? And people are paying £119 (full price) or £59.50 (sale price) for it? In such large quantities that it’s now low in stock? Folks, it looks like we’ve worked out what The Emperor wears in private. So at least that’s one mystery solved. As to the mystery of who else might wear such an…

Extreme sheer: YSL stretch-chiffon halterneck bodysuit

We’re a-hoping and a-praying that this bodysuit will only ever be used for purpose: as an underpinning for a backless halterneck dress. But that little shred of doubt loiters in the back of our minds, knowing, as we do, that the Lady Gagas of this world have so little respect for fit-for-purpose fashion… Yves Saint Laurent certainly know how to relieve a fashionista of her hard-earned cash: this beauty will provide very little support a no coverage to speak of for the bargain price of £520. You’d have to wear your backless halterneck an awful lot this summer to justify that cost per spend! But yours from Net-a-Porter.

Starstyling holograph leggings

Daylight Robbery? Starstyling holograph leggings

Is everyone else seeing a pair of fishnet tights with a few sequins stuck to them?  Good, so are we.  Topshop however, see £145 of leggings.  That’s right folks, £145!  And they’re calling them “leggings”.  Now repeat after us: leggings are not pants.  Fishnet anything are not leggings. But wait!  It gets worse!

Norma Kamali lace bikini

Style On Trial: Swimwear that looks like underwear

So you’re languishing on the beach, and a girl walks past in her underwear.  Only she’s not in her underwear, she’s wearing a bikini by Norma Kamali that looks like underwear, but isn’t. We like the overall style of the bikini – the shape is so lovely and retro and we’d wear this as underwear in a flash.  Or as swimwear were it a solid fabric.  We’re just not sure we can get on board with the lace swimwear. What do you think of this concept (there’s a one piece costume available too)?  Would you wear swimwear that looks like you accidentally wore your lacy undies to the pool?  Or do you prefer your swimwear to look more like, well,…

Denim lingerie? Er, yes please!

Here at The Fashion Police, we’ve always been of the opinion that denim is best kept for jeans only: and, OK, maybe the odd jacket or two, if we’re feeling in a Blossom kinda mood. We’ve also always been kinda fickle, though, and this month we’re surprised to admit that Topshop have managed to turn us around on the issue of denim lingerie, although admittedly they’re at an advantage here, because we believe this to be more denim coloured, rather than the kind of fabric your jeans are made of. Still, we’re not sure if it’s the polka dots, or the ruffles, or if we’ve maybe just been denim-lingerie-lovers all along, but this little set triggered our “cute” reflex. If…

Christie’s $959 lingerie set: worth it?

Well, it sure is pretty… but is it $959 worth of “pretty”? We’ll let you be the judge of that one: while The Fashion Police are partial to the odd piece of extravagant underwear, the fact that it’s hidden underneath our clothes (or quickly discarded, in the case of the “strictly-for-the-bedroom” stuff) makes us reluctant to pay more than the monthly mortgage repayment for it, which means we’re clearly not part of the target audience for this one. This set is by Christies, and the bra is covered in Swarovski crystals (hence the high price), while the matching g-string also has Swarovski details. If you want to wear them, we’re afraid you’ll have to wait until November 22nd to do…

Spanx or Slip? When the underpinning costs more than the dress…

“Wow,” we though, flicking through the dresses section over at Bergdorf Goodman. “Would you lookit that! This dress looks EXACTLY like a Spanx slip! And God knows, those aren’t exactly cheap either (although, let’s face it, there are less expensive versions around), but hey, at least they’re not $475!” This Roland Mouret slip – we beg your pardon, underpinning – is, though. Which makes us wonder: why? What is it about THIS slip that makes it worth almost $500? Is it made of magic? Does it turn you into Heidi Klum? What does it do that Spanx doesn’t? Because surely it can’t just be that it has the name “Roland Mouret” stamped on the label? Please someone: tell us that’s…

Marks & Spencer’s 2 Sizes Bigger Push Up Bra Predicted to Sell Out by Saturday

We’ve heard of waiting lists for handbags and shoes, but a waiting list for a BRA? Yes, 1,600 people joined the pre-launch waiting list for Marks & Spencer’s 2 Sizes Bigger Push Up Bra, but that was just the tip of the iceberg, because since it went on sale last weekend, the bra has been selling so fast M&S predict it’ll have sold out completely by this Saturday. As the name suggests, the bra is designed to make you look, er, two sizes bigger.  It does this using a super-light foam which is half the weight of traditional gel pads, and also has straps that can be crossed at the back to give the girls even more of a lift. And that’s…

The Hairy Underwear Collection, by Nutty Tarts

We’re telling you, kids, anything goes these days in the world of fashion. Seriously, not only can you now wear your pubic hair ON TOP OF your knickers, you can also apparently wear your knickers on top of your tights. And that’s not all you can do…

Style on Trial: Alexander Wang chiffon lingerie pants

As if the harem pant weren’t controversial enough, Alexander Wang has taken it a step further making it sheer. These chiffon lingerie pants, $450, are a bit confusing. The subtle paper-bag waist, slouchy silhouette and not-too-baggy harem-ness of the pants actually start to convince us that the style is actually rather chic. We can see an old Hollywood screen siren wearing them to bed – as actual lingerie, as the name implies. But the problem is that people will definitely wear them out in public. Does that become a problem? The opaque boxer-short-like lining bothers us. We understand why it’s there, dear God some modesty is in order. But still…it looks weird, no?

River Island mesh and lace strappy body

Yes.  Quite. We were speechless too when we saw this on the River Island website.  This appears to be a black lace lingerie set, held together with a section of black mesh.  Whilst we have just about got our heads around the return of the bodysuit for this season, we cannot understand why such a garment as this should exist at all. It is listed on the website as a going out top but we would really rather it was in the underwear section, if it has to appear on there at all.  We can’t help but wonder just who would wear this when Lady Gaga will wear this, and in what situation?  We will attempt to get to the…

The Dress Like A Toddler Trend continues: Care Bear suits by Kigu for ASOS Hit

We WERE going to make this the Ugly Harem Pant of the Day (joke!), but we know a lot of you are actually quite fond of the Dress Like a Toddler trend, when it’s applied to items of clothing designed to be worn in the privacy of your own home, so all we’re going to say about these Care Bear suits is that they exist, they’re $85.47 and they’re available from ASOS. And that we somehow don’t think this guy’s getting lucky if he wears this to bed tonight… [Thanks to Colette for the report!]