Christmas is a time of giving. It’s a time to share with your loved ones, and it’s so easy to get swept up buying thoughtful (and sometimes pricey) gifts for your friends and family, or to spend a whole lot of November and December enjoying office Secret Santa, Christmas dinners, Christmas parties, and (of course) Christmas movies. Love Actually, anyone?
But sometimes, during this time of warmth, we leave ourselves out in the cold and forget to show ourselves some love. Here’s why lingerie is the best gift you can give yourself this Christmas.
Feel Iconic, Look Iconic
There’s nothing more iconic than the moment in Love Actually that Alan Rickman’s mistress shimmies into her Christmas party dress whilst wearing that beautiful red lingerie? Sure, we hate her because she made Emma Thompson cry, but she really was 100% an icon.
Let’s be real. There’s very little in the world that can make a person feel strong, sexy and empowered like a matching set of beautiful underwear. It sounds like an exaggeration, but it really does do wonders. Feeling strong and sexy over a time of year often associated with eating too much and putting on weight is super important – accept your beautiful bod year round!
Get in the Christmas Spirit
Lingerie trends are just as seasonal as any other clothing. Whilst light breezy blues, nudes, pinks, and soft floral prints might be exactly what you feel like over spring and summer, autumn and winter do seem to call for something a bit darker and more sultry, maybe something lacy, or something in a christmassy red or deep purple. If keeping warm whilst feeling sexy is on your mind, try a beautiful bodysuit under a cosy sweater or smart work blouse.
Wearing lingerie that fits your body like a glove will make all your Christmas party outfits look even better on you. We know that the statistic that 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size has been debunked, but the fact is that many women find their bras uncomfortable, or find themselves with boob-related back pain.
Speaking of Christmas party outfits – special occasions are worthy of special underwear. Whether you and your loved ones spend Christmas in your Sunday best or in your PJs and trackies, there’s no denying that December is full of special occasions and fun events. Who says underwear isn’t as important as outerwear?
Contrary to what appears to be popular belief, your bra shouldn’t be uncomfortable. It shouldn’t be lumpy, or gape around any areas, or make visible lines under your clothes (unless you want it to). It can be even harder as a plus sized babe or a blessed-with-big-boobs babe to find something that fits well and gives the support you need, but good quality, sexy DD+ bras do exist! Well made, well fitting undies will be super comfy and also enable you to continue looking heartbreakingly sexy.
Splash Some Cash
Buying good quality lingerie is a good way to scratch that retail therapy itch, absolutely guilt free. If you’re bored of buying gifts for everyone else and you’re feeling the need to spoil yourself a little, lingerie really is a gift that will keep on giving, every time you wear it. It’s not like fast fashion that you’ll be done with in a few weeks. If properly invested in and cared for, your lingerie can last you for many Christmases to come.
Aside from aesthetics and self-love, the right set of underwear just does a body good. A bra that fits well will help you be more comfortable and improve your posture. Knickers made with good quality materials that fit your cute lil’ butt just right will not only save you from weird wedgies all day but will help improve the health of the delicate ecosystem thriving in your underwear. Seems only fair to give your body a fighting chance against all the alcohol, parties and food!
In our opinion, there’s very little in the world better to buy yourself than new underwear. Christmas is just our excuse. Go forth and enjoy, you little Christmas vixen.
There’s much more to storing a bra than first meets the eye. A bra needs to lie in a certain way and has space to breathe when stored – and no, that’s not overly dramatic! Bras are arguably the most important item in any woman’s lingerie collection – perhaps even her entire clothing collection – so needless to say, caring for them in the right way is pretty important.
How you store your bras can affect how long they last, the shape they provide and how well they support your bust. It’s time to bring to order your favourite intimates…
Should I fold my bras?
It depends – does the bra have a moulded cup, such as a push-up or t-shirt bra? If so then no, it’s not recommended. It might save space in the underwear drawer but it can change a bras shape completely. Think about it – the whole purpose of a moulded bra is to mould the bust to the shape of the cup. If the shape changes, it’s going to look misshapen when it’s being worn.
Keep both cups puffed out by lining your moulded bras up in your draw, leaving a bit of space between them instead of just packing them all in. This keeps them in shape and in good condition, safe from any snagging on the hooks and underwires getting bent. If you want to be really extra, you can even buy special bra storage holders online – it makes grabbing your all-time faves in the morning so much easier!
For all your non-moulded bras such as your bralettes and sports bras, folding them in half is totally fine. Close the strap at the back first, fold the bra in half and then tuck the straps into the fold so that they don’t get tangled. Simple!
How should I arrange my bras?
For the true lingerie lover, sorting bras by style, colour or occasion makes the most sense. House all black bras together and all nude bras together, or all basics together and all date night bras together and so on and so forth. This will make life so much easier when putting together underwear choices in the morning or when you’re packing for a trip.
Speaking of packing, don’t just be mindful of bra storage at home. Treat them in the same way when you’re travelling if possible. Lay them flat in your suitcase, nested inside one another. You could even put balls of socks inside each cup to ensure that they don’t get crushed in transit.
If you adore bras as much as we at Tutti Rouge do, follow our advice and store your bras with love! You’ll thank yourself for it later when your collection lasts you many, many happy wears.
With the change of seasons comes a change in our wardrobes – and even our lingerie drawers. You’ve probably got your faithful bras and styles that you know will serve you forever, but underwear is subject to trends and fads, just as the rest of the fashion industry. If you’re looking to update your lingerie collection for the Spring/Summer season, here’s what we’re currently obsessing over…
Fashion is more diverse and innovative than ever and many of us are experimenting more and more with personal style and more unique, bold pieces. With our outfit choices going beyond simple t-shirts and jumpers, body contouring pieces and seamless bras and pants are having a moment in the lingerie world. We’re looking for functional pieces in nudes and neutrals – again, a colour palette that’s huge with fashion brands everywhere – to keep our bodies looking great underneath our clothing. Our Jasmin EZT blush t-shirt bra will be your perfect companion for this trend and is a staple in any girls lingerie collection.
If there’s one fabric we’re going to be seeing a lot of in the lingerie trends this coming season, it’s velvet. Many brands such as Calvin Klein introduced velvet sets last year and they were a huge hit, so we’re very pleased to see many other brands following suit. This luxurious fabric will see you through to Autumn/Winter and beyond and is guaranteed to impress for date nights and special occasions. This fabric looks especially gorgeous in pale pastels and rich, jewel tones.
Comfort is key
You might have known we were going to throw a bralette in here somewhere. Lingerie wearers everywhere are still loving them – and so are we! We wear our underwear every day, so why not make it as comfortable as possible? Comfort is a trend that we’re seeing throughout the fashion industry. Tracksuits, joggers and hoodies are the hot pieces of the moment – and our Instagram feed is full of them! This vibe is creeping into our lingerie drawers and we’re all grabbing for super soft and lightweight materials and as little under-wiring as possible for that duvet day feeling in your back-to-back meetings.
High waisted knickers
High waisted knickers have gone from strength to strength in recent years. They’re a nod to old-time glamour and decades gone by. There’s a reason why they’ve been so popular in the past – they look amazing on pretty much everyone. Their high-rise means that curves are accentuated and as well as looking fabulous, they leave you feeling comfortable and secure – particularly if you’re having a day where you’re feeling bloated and not your best. High waisted knickers have got your back. Check out our Phoenix high waisted brazilian knickers, available in staple black and nude colour-ways, plus baby blue and two different styles of lace.
The well-loved underwear as outerwear trend opens up a world of never-before-considered opportunities to anyone’s wardrobe. The possibilities are endless; from cute and subtle, to bold, sassy statements and everything in between. Everyone owns underwear, so there’s no reason not to flaunt it and give this trend a whirl. Lingerie is so in that it’s out, ladies.
Bossing in bodysuits
Arguably the easiest place to start with this trend is a bodysuit, such as our much loved Eva body. This ‘go to’ body is designed to be seen, in any number of ways. It has daytime potential, paired with a dose of double denim action in a denim jacket and high waisted jeans combo. The brave amongst us can take it to the next level for the evening worn underneath a sheer dress, or opt for a little more coverage with leather-look trousers or a skirt.
Body’s are a definite head-turner and made for the girl who loves to make a statement with her fashion. Blogger-babe Cara bossed this trend by pairing our Eva body with a red co-ord and we’re obsessed!
What’s not to love? Probably the most comfortable lingerie option out there, bralettes are lightweight, soft and so easy to wear. In recent times, bralettes have become as much as a fashion accessory as they have a lingerie garment. Bralettes are certainly no longer exclusively for lazy, comfy Sundays.
Again, you can go from one end of the spectrum to the other with a good bralette. We’re slightly biased but you can’t go wrong with our Taylor Noir. It’s at its most versatile when layered subtly as part of your outfit. We’re talking pretty frills of lace peeking out from underneath low necklines on your shirts or slouchy knits. On the flipside, for evenings and nights out simply wear it as a crop top with high waisted trousers or a skirt. It’s longline design and cups to lift and support means you’ll feel the perfect amount of covered up and super sassy!
Knickers? As part of your outfit?!
Yes, you read that correctly – we can confirm that it is possible with the right pair of knickers! We were super inspired by Sarah who styled up our Phoenix Floral Brazilian knickers with an all-black look. The harness waist detail on these high waisted Brazilians makes them the perfect little-something-extra for an evening outfit.
With underwear as outerwear, it’s all about thinking beyond the bedroom. If you need some inspiration on working your lingerie into your outfit, head to our Instagram page @tuttirougelingerie. Our Tutti Rouge girls nail the trend every time and we’re always sharing their looks.
Wearing a matching set of lingerie has been proven to have an impact on a woman’s self-esteem. It comes as no surprise, with the lingerie industry going from strength to strength in recent decades as women welcome experimenting with their underwear, embracing it as much more than simply a practical garment. Lingerie is no longer just bras and knickers. There’s now the option of bodysuits, corsets, teddies, slips – the list goes on and on! There’s styles, shapes and colours to suit everyone, with intricate lace, bows, ribbons and ruffles. Lingerie has taken on a whole new meaning, symbolising femininity and sexiness. Continue reading “What Makes Lingerie so Empowering?”
For many girls, a high waisted brazilian style pair of knickers ticks many a box on the checklist for the perfect undies – comfortable and secure, yet sexy and feminine. They commandeer the middle ground between a thong and a ‘granny pant’ and provide the best of both worlds.
Don’t you just hate it when your bra straps just won’t stay up? Girls, we’re sure you’ll agree that this issue is a huge bugbear for women the world over! When you’ve readjusted them for the hundredth time in a day, you know that your bra is probably trying to tell you something… but where are you going wrong exactly?
Let us clear up a little myth – padded and push-up bras are not just for smaller bust women! If you’ve been blessed with a fuller bust, it does not mean that you should shy away from these styles. Own it and enhance it!
So, what is the difference between a padded and a push-up bra? Both are designed to enhance the appearance of our boobs, but they work in two quite different ways.