The easiest way to make a corset outfit suitable for the Summer months is to pick a pastel shade. Obviously, it would be risky to go for white or ivory if it’s a wedding you are thinking of, but this pale pink outfit (above) is light without causing drama – always remember not to have a bigger train than the bride! The minute floral sprigs on the corset add a clear seasonal air to the outfit, and as it is cotton lined, and the skirt is silk, the fabrics are light and airy. The relatively demure cut of the corset means you won’t worry the ministers delicate sensibilities, but if you are worried about the bare shoulders and decolletage, add a shrug, stole or scarf to cover up. As with many corsets, this really doesn’t need any jewellery, but a clutch and perhaps a small fascinator would be sensible for the day.
This outfit is easily recognisable as a Dior-esque, New Look silhouette – always a classic for a glamorous event, or anything with a retro theme. The bold florals on the corset (above) bring the seasonal element but are strongly hued enough to manage being paired with black without losing their impact. A halter neck gives the impression of modesty, whilst the full circle skirt over a petticoat will have you twirling with enthusiasm!
If you are going to an event with fans of the 40′s and 50′s, wear the above with seamed hosiery and classic heels. For a more contemporary look – perhaps for a daytime wedding – try bare legs or sheer, skin toned hosiery, and perhapsa more modern heel that picks up on a colour in the corset.
This is the same skirt, this time styled for Ascot! This outfit means you can enter the Royal Enclosure – here in the UK there are some interesting rule about being near royalty, and the end result is modest necklines and big hats. For the Royal Enclosure, you must be wearing shoulder straps of not less than one inch, and you must have a hat, or a “substantial fascinator”. We’re not entirely sure which this is – somewhere in between perhaps!
This outfit (above)is very classic, almost red carpet with the hair down, with a trained skirt and bold contrast panelling, but with the red and black colourway would be bit much for the average daytime Summer Wedding. For the evening though, its a fairly simple and stylish option. Again, if the bare shoulders would upset a more conservative audience, a cover up is always a useful option. One of our ex-staff members is addressing a large group of bankers next week, and will be adding a fairly extensive shrug to her corset outfit!
Alternatively, for a more cocktail party look, pair a pencil skirt with a paler colour of corset. If you wanted to make this more daytime, lose the black hosiery, and add a hair flower. In this case, we kept the skirt in a nice quality of cotton, which is great for warmer times, and tones down the overall level of formality.
Last, but not least, two outfits that are great if you’re off to an evening party and really love your lingerie! A high waisted skirt is a fantastic addition to your wardrobe if you have a slight addiction to lingerie that’s so good you want to show it off. On the left, we’ve paired a Cadolle high waisted satin shapewear skirt (which has a beautiful corset-laced effect back) with an Ayten Gasson silk teddy. Ayten’s styles are perfect for a fun, flirty show and are perfectly respectable over a bra and under a skirt. Her laid back frills both complement and contrast with the sleeker skirt that would look more formal with other styles, and she often shoots her styles in a Summer garden setting.
On the right, we’ve put a Kiss Me Deadly bra with a high waisted cotton skirt and a waterfall style chiffon shrug – as you can see, a shrug really does make an outfit look very different, and with a detailed midi or longline bra and no skin showing, it simply looks like an unusual dress. With the feathers ( is this substantial enough?) and the black and red colour scheme, this would be great for a glamorous evening party – or perhaps a show or dinner club.
Of course, many of you have no doubt done this better than us by now – so why not send in your pictures? Just send them in to us…corsets @ luluandlush.com
This Christmas, warm up to sexy gothic, burlesque, and vintage vixen fashions. Whether you’re looking for show-stopping statement pieces, private bedroom teddies, or feminine dresses and corsets for everyday wear, we have it covered. Read on for some of our top picks for pressie season. And if you want to find out more about each item, then just click on the image.
|1. Corset Belt: Petite women are always asking us if we have a fashionable corset they can show off on top of their clothing, as a belt. The FairyGothMother steel-boned laced corset belt is the perfect accessory to a night on the town.|
|2. Alice Corset: This powder blue, feminine corset is given a soft, romantic feel with a flowing, breathtaking tulle skirt. With a fanciful dress like this, she’s bound to conjure up images of Winter Wonderland.|
|3. Tailored Pinstripe Corset: This corset looks best for women with D-FF Cups who want to show off their curves and tiny waistlines. This design enhances the female figure for a sexy twist on business professional pinstripe.|
|4. Catherine Teddy: A vintage, pin-up style, navy teddy is the perfect pajamas, offering soft snuggly silk satin that you can cuddle up to. This little ditty is flattering enough to lounge around in.|
|5. Bra and Hipster Knicker: This combination offers a break from black, with navy satin-meets-mesh. Girlish bows and see-through nuances create a sultry look for the bedroom this season.|
|6. Sian Hoffman Super-Shaping Girdle: Wear seamlessly beneath a cute vintage dress or pair it with a Burlesque outfit. This is one of the most comfortable outfits we have, with black power mesh side and pack panels and crimson silk steel boned panels.|
|7. Boy In Every Port Undies: Looking for a small stocking filler? Check out these cute, satin, tattoo-inspired hipster briefs! They go on smooth under any outfit for a seamless and comfortable look.|
|8. Sparkle Clips: Another great stocking filler: For a standout statement during the next Burlesque show, try Sparkle Clips, which come in black, red, or purple. These clips hook onto suspenders to add a bit of shine for that special show.|
|9. Tattoo Swallows & Teapot Necklace: Add this fashionable tattoo-inspired necklace to a stocking for an exciting surprise. Made of silver-plated brass, this necklace is affordable, yet enduring.|
|10. Gift Voucher: Not sure what to order or what size to get? Simply purchase one of our gift vouchers, starting at £10, which will be emailed to the recipient for easy online ordering.|
As Winter draws in and we spend more time inside, turn up the heating and remember that lingerie isn’t only for the bedroom. Here are our top ten items we think you need to survive this winter!
|So as the cold months draw in don’t despair, just turn the heating up and …!|
Celebrate the arrival of spring and beat those January blues with a splash of pink! It’s nigh on impossible to feel down when you’re draped in silk, in such a beautiful, vibrant colour…
With their vintage Nottingham lace trims and luxurious silks, we’ve all been lusting after every item in Ayten Gasson’s new collection! The delicious combination of magenta silk with latte-coloured ribbon trim makes the ‘Isobel’ camisole and knicker set seem good enough to eat. As well as the mouthwatering Isobel set, we also love Ayten Gasson’s other new ranges – Eva and Tia. Toast the forthcoming spring with Champagne, in the matching silk Eva teddy, or underwired bra and knickers set for a little more support. Her signature open-backed kimono makes a comeback in the black Tia range, which goes perfectly over the ruffled knickers or bias-cut teddy, also in black silk.
And God Created Woman’s silk satin bias-cut camisole and lounge pants form the most comfortable and glamorous outfit in which to spend the long January evenings. Carefully created to suit every need, the camisole features adjustable straps whilst the wide-leg lounge pants have an attached sash, which crosses over at the back and ties at the front, for a perfect fit. Also available is their opulent full-length silk kimono with contrast obi belt, in the delicate spring shades of peach, lilac and plum.
The alluring Giselle’ babydoll from Australian designer Sally Jones fastens at the front with diamante buttons, which provide the finishing touch to the magenta silk skirt and sheer French eyelash lace cups. Trimmed with scalloped lace, the set is completed by matching tie-side knickers. This is the latest addition to Sally Jones’ decadent hand-made collection, which also includes silk chemises in pewter, lilac and midnight blue.
This week we are delighted to add to our Ayten Gasson range a few carefully selected items from her unique Spring/Summer collection. Our favourites from the Annabel set are the silk georgette cropped kimono, camisole, knickers and tap pants with cotton trims, pictured here in cream with black and also available in green with cream trim. Most of all, we adore the all-in-one flattering bias-cut teddy, shown here in green with cream trim and also available in the other colourway.
The gorgeous teddy is also available in delicate oyster silk satin, trimmed with eqxuisite hand-crafted bridal lace, as part of the Grace collection. Pictured to the right of the teddy, is the Emily blush pink bloomer pants and matching babydoll, finished with a cream ribbon trim, perfect as light and comfortable loungewear.
It may be steeped in retro style, but Burlesque is thoroughly modern in the way it’s both empowering and provocative. With pin-up girl choreography, luxurious Burlesque lingerie, cupid bow painted lips and coiffured hair – it’s an intriguing art form. But how does one acquire the essence of Burlesque?
Begin with the sentiment. Burlesque lingerie queen Dita Von Teese defines Burlesque as being all about women ‘embracing their inner bombshell and having fun with dressing up. It’s a different kind of sexy. Its all about the fantasy smoke and mirrors of it all.’ (Source: CBS News).
Burlesque gals also know it’s a lot to do with perfect underwear. Burlesque lingerie is opulent, decadent and divine. The garment equivalent of heady scent, inky-black nights and rich butter frosting. When properly fitted, it can enhance the voluptuous curve, or help to define it.
From gorgeous corselettes for streamline and control, to fabulous deep frilled black satin knickers. Or, try soft short kimonos and lush satin bustles to perk up your panties’ set. Lingerie brands such as Ayten Gassons, Kiss Me Deadly, Modern Courtesan, Lulu and Lush and FairyGothMother all evoke a Burlesque mood.
Once enticingly attired, you can then charm and beguile. A humourous sashay here, a Bettie Page style hula shake there, an elegant turn and a cheeky moo-moo pout – only then can you reveal a tantalizing glimpse of your luscious Burlesque lingerie.