Diversity In Lingerie

Recently, some other bloggers and I have been thinking about diversity in the world of lingerie. At the moment, it is extremely rare to see full-bust lingerie modelled by anyone who does not fit the usual mould – namely white, young, able-bodied, feminine, conventionally attractive, moderately curvy, slim cis women. There is little to no representation of women of colour, plus size women, women with visible disabilities, older women, women with other body types, trans* women, women with body hair, or women with scars/cellulite/stretch marks. For this reason, we would like to start a campaign: one asking for Diversity In Lingerie.

DIL Sign

#DiversityInLingerie

We would like to encourage lingerie-wearers of ALL bodies and backgrounds to join in with this. As a white, able-bodied, hourglassy cis woman in her 20’s, I would say bodies similar to mine are already fairly well represented, so I am not participating to ask for more models that look like me. By participating you can show the lingerie industry that, yes, you would buy lingerie from a diverse group of models, not just the ones currently shown. To be clear, this is nothing against the body types currently shown – all women are real women, and all bodies are good bodies. Rather, we would like to see a bigger range of models, so that ALL people can see someone they can relate to and identify with when looking for lingerie.

Jessica Abidde for Kiss Me Deadly

Jessica Abidde (Kiss Me Deadly)

What really sticks out to me is that there is a huge discrepancy between everyday women and the average lingerie model. 14% of women in the UK are POC, but less than 7% of Bravissimo‘s items are currently modelled by POC on their website, and Freya and Panache‘s latest collections are modelled almost exclusively by white women. The average women’s waist size in the UK is around 33 inches, but on Brastop‘s selection of new styles, 95% of the sets shown are modelled by women with undoubtedly smaller waists. When it comes to older women, women with visible disabilities, trans* women, or women with body hair, representation is basically non-existent.

Kelly Knox

Kelly Knox (Britain’s Missing Top Model)

Starting from now, if you would like to join the campaign, just take a picture of yourself alongside the hashtag #DiversityInLingerie. It doesn’t have to be in lingerie or even include your face – you can be fully clothed, in your undies, whatever you like. Then, post it on as much social media as you can and make sure you type the hashtag in the text accompanying your post. You can also email it to June at Braless in Brasil to put on her blog, or feel free to add it to my (or another blogger’s) facebook page or to send it anonymously through a message. The more people participating the better!

Pitcha (Chrysalis Lingerie)

Pitcha (Chrysalis Lingerie)

Finally, here are some amazing articles that discuss the importance of diversity and representation in the lingerie industry far better than I ever could:

Throughout today, other bloggers will be coming out with their own posts and pictures, so make sure to check out Braless In Brasil’s post for the links! What do you think? Will you be participating?

Keeping Cool in Camille

As a bra blogger, I spend a lot of my time perusing the world of lingerie. In particular, I have recently developed a huge love for robes – La LiloucheClaire PettiboneGilda & PearlJenny Packham…a girl can dream! Unfortunately most of these items are out of my price range, but that doesn’t stop me from daydreaming of evenings filled with feathers and silk. Recently, I have been looking around for more attainable options, and soon came across Camille Lingerie.

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Camille stock a variety of affordable lingerie, including both their own bras (32-42 A-FF) and Royce Lingerie (28-40 D-K), but what I most liked the look of was their range of wraps. Luckily for me, Camille very kindly offered to send me an item of my choice, and I decided to try out their luxury peach satin bath robe in a size 14/16. I found this size to be a good fit over my bust, though I did find the waist and shoulders were slightly big due to my narrow frame.

Camille Peach Robe full

I wore the robe here over a set of black lingerie, just to lounge around the house. I found the robe to be a good length on me, and the tie waist is perfect for giving me some definition. The material is very silky and light, which means that this robe has become a staple for me in hot weather – I love being able to cover up, keep cool, and still look fabulous. Obviously it isn’t quite as glamorous or luxurious as the robes I fantasise about, but I dare say it’s an excellent choice for now.

Camille Peach Robe sitting2

I was worried at first that the embroidery on the shoulder would make the robe look somewhat dated, but upon receiving it, I have found that it sets off the look of the robe quite nicely, giving the robe a more sophisticated, vintage look. Lastly, as a huge fan of all things peach, I think it goes without saying that I love the colour! There is something about this shade that I just adore for lingerie, and robes are no exception.

Is anyone else a robe fan? What’s your dream robe? 🙂

Item provided for review by Camille Lingerie. Though I received this free of charge, this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.

Summer Fling, Don’t Mean a Thing

A few months ago, Bravissimo released their Summer collection. There weren’t many pieces in my size range, but one in particular caught my eye: the Cherry Fling. Featuring gingham bows and cute cherries, it’s a stunning retro-inspired bra that I knew I had to try! As a current 30K/KK, I first tried this bra in a 30K (pictures/review here), which was too small in the cups for me. I also found the 30K to run tight in the band, so it fit more like a 28KK. With this in mind, I reordered in a 32K.

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I think you can see in the pictures, but this is a much better fit! As I hoped, the band was nice and firm, so it fit like a more true-to-size 30KK. Others have also said they found it regular in the band, so it seems this bra may have a lot of variation between sizes. I found the bra to give the usual upfront, naturally uplifted/rounded shape that I’ve come to expect from Bravissimo. There is some slight wrinkling at the bottom of the cup, but this does disappear with further adjusting. The cup is made of a denim print laminate material, similar to the kind used for the Dotty Spot, which I find to be a very sturdy, supportive choice. As with many other Bravissimo bras, there is extra lining in the upper section for HH-K cups, but as it’s a sheer white material I didn’t think it detracted from the look of the bra.

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I found the wires fairly standard for Bravissimo: a somewhat high but narrow gore, with mid-width wires. I have a relatively narrow root, so the wires are about 2-3cm too wide for me – not wide enough to be uncomfortable, but it does cause some wrinkling at the side. A lot of bras in my size range have cups that come up too high under the arm, but I found this bra to be better than many others. It still isn’t particularly low, but the underwires don’t dig in and the sides of the cups don’t irritate my shoulders, so it’s a win in my book! The bra sports the usual fully adjustable straps and three hooks and eyes, which are two things I always look for in a bra. I’ve got to say, I’m very pleased with this bra! It’s hugely comfortable, the appearance is just perfect, and most of all, I’m so happy to finally have a bra I don’t quadboob in! All in all, I would definitely recommend this bra, especially for any fans of 50s-inspired fashion.

The Cherry Fling is currently available for £29 at Bravissimo, with a size range of 28 E-J, 30-38 DD-K. For another review (and a fabulous cherry-chocolate ice cream recipe ;)), check out this post on Sweet Nothings.