Illusion Tips

Looking great and feeling confident sometimes need a little help - learn how to make the most of what you've got with some clever illusion tips.

What pants to wear under white linen trousers

White linen trousers look great.

Photo of Farhi white linen trousers

White linen dresses and shirts look great. But what looks bad, really bad is white underwear under white.

This summer there is no need to have any visible pants or bras under beautiful white linen.

Just match your underwear to your skin tone.

Myskins skin tones chart

myskins.com has 21 different skin tone shades.

Myskins ColorMatching

They have a range of shapes and sizes of bras and pants and they are all perfect for the summer look.

It’s a US online company but worth looking at their website to see the range and also check out the before and after video of the difference it makes when you match your lingerie to your skin tone.

5 best ‘invisible’ bras to smooth out your silhouette

1.  I never thought I’d use the words “stylish” and “Spanx” in the same sentence yet the Spanx Bra-llelujah! lace underwire contour bra shown in black and also available in nude has stunning looks for a bra that promises to banish the dreaded back-fat.

Photo of Spanx Bra-llelujah! lace underwire contour bra

Spanx is known for its functional-looking designs and you won’t be disappointed by the wide range of  Bra-lleluhah! bras available all aimed at banishing back-fat whilst minimising, uplifting etc.

2.  Marks and Spencers have used pretty lace side panels to provide their solution to the back-fat problem through the Flatter-Me range.  Pretty in pale-pink animal print up to D cup and  also available in the DD+ range shown here in shocking pink.

Photo of Marks and Spencer Flatter-Me™ Animal Print T-Shirt Plunge Bra

Marks and Spencer Flatter-Me floral lace DD+ t-shirt bra

3.  Triumph’s answer is termed Body Make-up.  The emphasis here is on clever figure-hugging fabric and the bra comes with an added bonus of not having a label!

Photo of Triumph Body Make-up push-up bra

4.  If you are after the perfect non-padded T-shirt bra that will make your bust look fabulous, Gossard’s Glossies plunge bra is available up to a G cup from Figleaves.com.

Photo of Gossard Glossies plunge bra in Mocha

5.  And now for the ultimate invisible bra – this has to be the Nuditi bra from Nudwear – backless and strapless, it is made from a clear soft silicone gel.

Photo of Nuditi Bra

 

 

La Rouge Boutique versus Agent Provocateur

It’s the sensational v sensible debate.

Money is getting tighter but you have expensive tastes. Wouldn’t we all love to own this luxurious ensemble from Agent Provocateur?

It’s seductive but your bank manager would prefer sensible.

Sensational would mean spending £565 on this three piece ensemble of naughtiness.

Photo of Agent Provocateur baby doll in red

Who wouldn’t look fabulous in this Alina babydoll from agentprovocateur.com. It’s £345 worth of wonderful illusion hiding bumps and lumps to look truly fabulous.

Photo of Agent Provocateur Alina Bra & Ouvert in Red

Team it with this delicate but bosom cradling bra and you can add £110.

The matching Alina briefs have french lace and frills but they will add £110 to your bill.

So although you are undoubtedly worth it and the money will have been well spent if it makes you feel even just a little bit fabulous – it might be worth taking a look at this online boutique

LaRougeBoutique.co.uk has something equally frivolous in red that will cost less than £60 for all three pieces.

Photo of Sequin Sheer BabyDoll in red from La Rouge Boutique

This sequin embroidery sheer net baby doll costs £27.99 and has a ribbon trimmed hem.

Photo of La Rouge Boutique Red Diamond stretch lace bra and strappy shorts set

The red Diamond stretch lace bra and waist enhancing briefs are £29.99 for the set and would look great under the baby doll.

Sensible enough to please your bank manager?

How to be a cover-up sensation on the beach?

Whatever your shape

Whatever your size

Whatever you don’t feel confident about

Make this summer different.

So if you are a big girl, a curvy girl, a skinny girl, a too ashamed to take your clothes off kind of girl – keep reading because we can help you create the illusion of fabulous and give you the confidence to walk the beach in style.

Have you heard of swim bras and swim briefs? We had certainly missed this one. So check out Elomi Swimwear  available online and at Debenhams.

 

This bra in black gives up the support and comfort you need without the fear of falling out of an itsy bitsy bikini.

Team it up with the black high waisted briefs to pull in and flatten where you feel you need it. This range is called Yarra and what makes it truly fabulous on the beach is this flared tankini that you wear over the top of the bra and briefs.

It’s in tan, chocolate and black animal print and worn with the swim briefs and swim bra it is perfect for sitting on the beach, walking to the bar and for taking a stylish dip.

The whole outfit exudes confidence according to designers Elomi and after taking a look ourselves we believe them.

But what if you are not curvy and your confidence dips because your hips stick out or your chest is flatter than the M25?

We love this Tahloola slashed, fringe cover-up from Agent Provocateur. Wear it over a bikini or swimsuit and cause waves on any beach this summer. It’s the ultimate confidence booster. We make no apologies for featuring this item yet again.

 

But don’t be put off by the Agent Provocateur price. It’s gorgeous but this ASOS Crochet Fringed Beach Tee at only £30 is a good alternative for those looking to create an illusion this summer.

It’s crocheted, has a ribbed bodice and tassel fringing from the waist downwards. The tassels feel great as you sashay across the sand.

All three beach outfits will allow seductive swirling this summer whatever it is we are trying to hide.

Any other tips for making a confident entry to beaches?

www.elomilingerie.com

www.agentprovocateur.com

www.asos.com/Women/

There’s more to Ann Summers than sex …

There’s more to Ann Summers than sex …

… Or so my daughter told me when she recently came home with an Ann Summers bag. Worried at what she might have bought I was relieved to see two perfectly lovely bras – one red, one black. They’ve both been washed and still look good and my daughter claims they are the most comfortable bras she has ever had. The cups hold her in place and look good underneath tight clothes.

Not brave enough to venture into the shop myself I decided to have a peek online. And this is what I found.

This matching bra and pants set is Boudoir’s ‘Illusion’ tip for this week.

Photo of Anne Summers balconette bra and pants with suspenders set in purple

The high waisted pants are very flattering. The contrasting shades of purple with the mesh panels are attractive enough to distract attention from any of those bulges some of us might just have. The suspenders are detachable and sizes range from 8 to 20.

Complete the illusion with the balconette bra. It fastens at the front and the longline design is perfect with the high waisted pants.

Photo of Anne Summers bra & pants with suspenders set in purple rear view

How many of us have walked by an Ann Summers thinking ‘not for me’?

Maybe there’s more to it than rubber and rabbits?

http://www.annsummers.com/c/lingerie

Karren Brady rescued by big pants on red carpet …

There are times when we all need a bit of … shall we say trickery … or an illusion … a bit of smoke and mirrors … or to be blunt scarily big pants! Our grannies knew these tricks but called them foundation garments. It’s a lingerie art form that seems to have been lost for years and is now making a big comeback.

Photo of Karren BradyFlicking through the latest edition of Woman&Home it was a relief to read Karren Brady has succumbed to [Read more...]