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Pretty in Pink | Loungewear Edit

pink loungewearHere 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 feels to wear it. Here are some of our favourite loungewear looks, all in a pretty pink…


Add a bit of luxury to your evenings and weekends with this shell pink silk romper: this one’s low in stock, so don’t blame us if it’s gone by the time you get to it!


Remember when sweatpants were the clothes you didn’t want to be seen in? Now they’re everywhere, being touted as “sports luxe”, or the perfect weekend wear. These baby pink joggers by Rxmance will look good with grey, and are almost too cute to reserve for lounging in.


Because you can never go too far wrong with stripes, can’t you? (On second thoughts, don’t answer that…)


This might not instantly strike you as “loungewear”, exactly, but there’s nothing more comfortable than a simple jersey dress, and for those of you who like to look like you’ve made a bit of an effort – even when you’re just lazing around at home – there’s nothing easier to wear, either. The best bit? This is the kind of dress you can wear absolutely anywhere, so no need to hide it away at home!




Top 10 | Valentine’s Day Lingerie Sets

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 you?)

We really hate to add to the overwhelming pinkness of the week, then, but… lingerie. We love it. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, really, isn’t it? More importantly, it’s the gift you can give yourself, so even if you’re not celebrating Valentine’s day this year, it’s the kind of thing you might just consider buying anyway, just because.

In the gallery below, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite lingerie sets and separates from the UK high street. You CAN, of course, spend a small fortune on lingerie if you so desire (and if you have the funds, then we can’t say we blame you…), but you can also get some really sweet little sets on a serious budget, and that’s what we’re concentrating on here. Proving that “cheap” doesn’t have to be synonymous with “nasty”, and that Valentine’s day lingerie doesn’t have to mean putting up with scratchy, synthetic fibres, here are some of our favourite pieces – just click on the individual images to go directly to the product page, where you can buy them online.

Will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day tomorrow? What will you be wearing, if so?

GALLERY: Valentine’s Day Lingerie Sets


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…


little black dress outfit

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 bra for it a little bit tricky: the wide shoulders require straps set as far apart as possible, like Aurelia’s, plus a cup that will boost cleavage without protruding above the top of the dress. Balconnette styles work really well in this respect as the cups are cut to remain hidden under low necklines. This one also has removable pads, so you can decide exactly how much of a “boost” you want.

The Accessories: Kate Spade ‘Grande’ bow peep toes; Alice Pearl sparkle necklace;Valentino bow clutchMAC ‘Ruby Woo’ red lipstickCiaté Nail Polish in ‘Mistress’

Here are some other little black dresses, with the bras we’d choose to wear with them:


Of course, there are as many styles of little black dress as there are bras to go with them, and that’s where you come in. Want to win £900 worth of Love2Shop vouchers plus a £100 Ann Summers voucher? Of course you do! Here’s how to take part:

The Competition:

  1. Create an image of your perfect Christmas party outfit, featuring a little black dress and a piece of Ann Summers lingerie.
  2. Post the outfit on your blog, linking back to
  3. Email the link to your post to In addition to your link, they’ll also need your full name, email address, postal address and phone number.

Entries close at midnight on December 16th, so make sure you’ve submitted your entry by then. You can also check out the competition hashtag on Twitter – #AnnSummersLBD, and if you’re taking part, feel free to post the link to your post here, so we can all see what you came up with!

The Prizes:

Overall winner: £900 worth of Love2Shop vouchers, plus £100 of Ann Summers vouchers.

2 Runners Up: £50 Ann Summer voucher.

All eligible entrants :  15% discount code for

Good luck!

* This post was brought to you by The Fashion Police in collaboration with Ann Summers. All opinions are our own.


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

Two women in valentine's day bikinis

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. When the day comes, it will be imperative to wear red, pink or both. Yes, even if you’re a guy.
3. Your clothes WILL have hearts on them. Yes they will. Don’t even TRY to resist this.
4. No one has even the slightest clue what to buy their significant other for Valentine’s day.
5. So they’ll all probably go for the flowers/chocolates/lingerie option they would’ve gone for anyway, even without all those press releases designed to tell us that what our partner REALLY wants for Valentine’s day is an iPad mini. Or a matching pair of knit caps. (And yes, we DID receive press releases suggesting both of those options. All we can say is we’d rather be the girl who gets the iPad…)

Is any of this actually true?

With the probable exception of point number 5, we’re going to guess “probably not”. Maybe it’s just us, but we don’t know anyone (or any adult, anyway) who wears lots of pink hearts on their clothes on Valentine’s Day, having spent the preceding two months in a frenzy of indecision thinking, “Good God, WHERE can I find pink clothes with hearts on them to wear on Valentine’s Day, WHERE?”

The thing is, though, we all need to wear lingerie, right? (Um, unless you’re someone who prefers to go commando, obviously. You can feel free to skip this post, if so…) And we can all appreciate a nice set of lingerie regardless of whether or not we have a “special someone” (GAG) to celebrate the “big day” (DOUBLE GAG) with, no?

You can read this post, then, as a suggestion of what you COULD wear on Valentine’s Day (or buy the woman in your life), if you want to. But you can also read it simply as a collection of really pretty lingerie, that you might want to buy yourself to wear on ANY day of the year.

It’s totally up to you. For now, though, there’s a much more pressing question on our minds: why ARE those two models out in the woods in their underwear? And why has only one of them realised what’s happening?

Valentine’s Day – or not – lingerie: a roundup

featuring products from Florence & Fred, Next, George, M&S, Debenhams, and Dirty Pretty Things

Crimes of Fashion, Lingerie

Underwear as Outerwear: the Venus bustier

underwear as outerwear

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 one, and the reaction seems to be largely positive, as if no one else has noticed that hey, the model isn’t wearing any clothes! (Also: the poor love must be FREEZING. As our mothers would undoubtedly point out around about now…)

Tell us: would you do this? Would you wear a bra as a top? Or does this strike you as a clear-cut crime of fashion?

[Buy it]
Crimes of Fashion, Lingerie

Citizen’s Arrest: Lascivious Kasia Fringed Waistcoat

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 item, well, your guess is as good as ours…

[Buy it]

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.

Lingerie, Swimwear

Style On Trial: Swimwear that looks like underwear

Norma Kamali lace bikiniSo 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, swimwear?

You can buy the briefs (£95) and top (£200) from Net-a-Porter.

Lingerie, Wanted!

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 it did the same for you, just click here to buy it…


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 it, but you can pre-order now at Louisa Via Roma: click here to do it!

What do you think?


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 not it?

Serious question, then, because we’ve never had the opportunity to wear a 4475 underpinning, so we know nothing about these things: is a designer slip that much better than a regular one? Is it worth spending that much on one? Anyone?

Fashion News, Lingerie

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 not all. According to the press release on this, the bra “is literally flying off the racks”. Literally? This we have to see: seriously, two sizes bigger is all well and good, but a bra that can FLY? Awesome.

The bra costs £20, comes in black, fuchsia and grey, and can be purchased online here. If you do miss out, however, don’t worry: more stock will arrive in September, and will include white, leopard and zebra print versions.

Lingerie, Style On Trial

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?

Crimes of Fashion, Lingerie

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 bottom of that mystery but in the meantime, if you want to channel Gaga, you can buy it here for £19.99.

Crimes of Fashion, Lingerie

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!]