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Hello Swimwear and Lingerie fans.

Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Vintage Lingerie, Crinolines, Shapewear and Couture Gowns

Vintage Lingerie, Crinolines, Shapewear and Couture Gowns

Cheers,

Maggie

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Hello Swimwear and Lingerie Buddies.

Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Kestos Art Deco Lingerie Ad

Kestos Art Deco Lingerie Ad

Cheers,

Maggie

Hiya Swimwear and Lingerie friends.

Well, it’s awesome over here, I caught a cold at the end of the long weekend and spent my holiday Monday cleaning the house, napping and looking like a glazed donut.

I feel like a big bag of poo.

I feel like a big bag of poo.

Good times!

I’m still stuffier than a hipster pottery barn pillow, so let’s have some fun looking at a vintage lingerie ad from our good buddies over at Maidenform.

MAidenform

It’s an activity that’s sure to brighten my mood.

Am I the only one that thinks that Maidenform’s idea of being a queen is rather similar to a creepy carnival? Hmmm, maybe more vaudevillian- the girl on the velvet swing-type of a thing.

The dog looks mortified to be stuck next to her and her giant meringue of a dress.

Ahh well, there’s no accounting for taste now is there… maybe she meant Queen of the Prom…

Cheers,

Maggie

Iiiiiit’s Friday Swimwear and Lingerie Buddies!!!

The Friday of a long weekend and it took me over an hour and a half to get home (normally just 30 minutes) and I’M STILL SMILING!!!!

You know why? ‘Cause it’s a long weekend and nothing can kill that kind of happy!

Just kidding, it's smoking hot around here right now, no igloos in sight.

Just kidding, it’s smoking hot around here right now, no igloos in sight.

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you all on Tuesday.

Mwahhh!

Cheers,

Maggie

Multi-nippular bra problems

Hmmmm, they forgot the beer, bbq and bikinis.... weird

Hmmmm, they forgot the beer, bbq and bikinis…. weird

Hello Swimwear and Lingerie friends.

Happy Thursday of an upcoming Canadian Long Weekend!

Today’s Fitting Tip Thursday post is a response to the fun topic of multiple nipple-itis.

Seriously, what? If we don't talk about these things, how will people ever learn how to fix them?

Seriously, what? If we don’t talk about these things, how will people ever learn how to fix them?

When wearing a bra, do you find that you appear to have four nipples, with the extra two situated close together right in the center of your chest?

That's not a great look and it can't be very comfortable either... Wanna know how to change that?

That’s not a great look and it can’t be very comfortable either… Wanna know how to change that?

It may not be a bad thing either. Certainly a quick way to start a conversation with a stranger… People love auxillary nipples on humans, just ask Chandler!

Now, most women may be able to recognize that this is occurring because the underwire of your bra cups is tipping forward and away from your chest.

Nah.. just kidding, as a gender we're really just as clueless as guys about our bodies and their general maintenance and upkeep.

Nah.. just kidding, as a gender we’re really just as clueless as guys about our bodies and their general maintenance and upkeep.

But, trust me there’s plenty out there, that would be able to figure it out and would just assume that you have the physical option of nursing an entire litter at the same time.

Hmm, not a good look for a human lady... just fine on a dog though

Hmm, not a good look for a human lady… just fine on a dog though

So let’s get that corrected shall we? I’m going to use Fantasie Lingerie as an example of correct fit, because they really do know what they’re doing when it comes to properly supporting a womans bust.

Here’s what you do.

Obivously have your sizing checked by a fitting professional because the cups are not big and/or deep enough to properly encircle and enclose your breast.

Fantasie Lingerie Tina

Fantasie Lingerie Tina

You may notice that the underwire is resting on rounded bottom portion of your breast and not underneath in the crease between your rib cage and breast where it should be.

Fantasie Lingerie Samantha

Fantasie Lingerie Samantha

This lack of proper fit is preventing the center gore from resting comfortably against your sternum (area between your breasts). Thus the underwires are being tipped forward and out.

Fantasie Lingerie Elodie

Fantasie Lingerie Elodie

If you find that the sizing is correct according to your most recent sizing, remember that all bras fit differently and that while you may a certain size in one brand/style/type of bra, another brand/style/type may require you to go up or down a size or two to get the proper fit.

Fantasie Lingerie Lizbeth

Fantasie Lingerie Lizbeth

At the end of the day, your size is more of starting point. The real test is the fit. You could have several different sizes in your lingerie drawer and they all may fit perfectly. Sometimes life is just like that. Confusing as hell and willing to mess with you.

Cheers,

Maggie

Happy Wednesday my sweet Swimwear and Lingerie friends.

Continuing on my lovely journey of exhausting interviews and the occasional soul wrenching rejection, I have to say, it is a welcome relief to come here and chat with you.

Today’s pin up image features a lovely if completely uncoordinated lady trying to take a picture.

Seriously? Could she look less natural?

Caption: “Hmmm….The book said having my knees and elbows touching would create a revealing picture… I’m not so sure I’m doing it right though…”

On a brighter note, I’m really glad her shoes match her dress!

Cheers,

Maggie

Happy Tuesday Swimwear and Lingerie buddies.

I’m on the interview circuit right now and can’t give this “granny panties” ad the attention it deserves. Which totally sucks!

That's it... just bah!

That’s it… just bah!

It’s no fun needing to find work.

I’m sure you’ve all had to do the interview process before so hopefully you can empathize with the demands on my time.

That's me, knee deep in it and completely bogged down.

That’s me, knee deep in it and completely bogged down.


So, here’s hoping you can answer the question that Beau-Sure asks; “When it comes to panties, who’s got the excitement?”

Answer= ???

Now, I know you’re all a crafty and snarky-fun crowd, so you get to do the heavy lifting this Tuesday.

Leave me a quick comment and let me know how you would spoof or mock this ad with your favourite rebuttal.

I’d also be happy to hear any other thoughts you have on this lovely example of vintage lingerie advertising.

Cheers,

Maggie

Happy Monday my dearest darling Swimwear and Lingerie fans.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and to all of my lovely readers in Quebec, I hope you’re enjoying your long weekend!

Plum pretty Sugar Between The Seams

Plum pretty Sugar Between The Seams

I bought a gorgeous Silk Road Sweet v-back tunic from Plum Pretty Sugar a while back and thought that now would be a good time to tell you all about the experience.

Have you come across Plum Pretty Sugar’s designs before? They’re wonderful! Bright, colourful and pretty. These oh so feminine clothes were definitely calling to me. I hear they’ve now added an XL size to the range, so that’s great news for the curvier ladies and I may give that size range a try too.

Plum Pretty Sugar

The photography on the site is fabulous and definitely shows off the clothes nicely. Unfortunately, while the clothing seems to fit the pictured models beautifully, it wasn’t a great match with my shape. I have curves. Lots of curves. In fact I have wide shoulders and rather wide hips. {even my curves have curves}

Plum Pretty Sugar Tunic Silk Road Sweet

Plum Pretty Sugar Tunic Silk Road Sweet

The fit was a bit off for me in both my shoulders and my hips and my bust was rebelling even with a minimizer bra. sigh.

I really wanted to like this tunic, because the silk is so delicately light and the colours are so pretty and summery. But the shoulders were actually too wide, which doesn’t happen very often. I was able to just add a little knot in the back stabilizer sash of wide v-back to make it fit a bit better. But then it was time to pull it down over my hips and… yah, not so much.

Definitely don't want to bust the beautiful silk by trying to force it.

Definitely don’t want to bust the beautiful silk by trying to force it.

These tunics are cut pretty slim in the hips, so if you have a short torso and wide hips, you may need to do some serious adjusting.

I will be removing the stitching from the sides all the way up to the waist and making a bit more room for my hips. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to wear it!

I was curious if it was just my Jessica Rabbit-esque body that was the issue so I had several friend and family members give the tunic a shot too and they also found the hip area tight and the shoulders rather loose. So, I suppose that it is the styling of the tunic that isn’t working so well for me.

Plum Pretty Sugar Silk Tunic

Plum Pretty Sugar Silk Tunic

On a brighter note, if you have wider shoulders or really like a loose drapey fit in the shoulders and a tighter fit in the hip, then this tunic was made for you!

Plum Pretty Sugar's Tied Up With String

Plum Pretty Sugar’s Tied Up With String

I also purchased their Tied Up With Strings Tunic, but I’ll save that review for another day.

Cheers,

Maggie

It’s Tuesday my lovely Swimwear and Lingerie Freaks and that means it’s time for our weekly Totally Retro Tuesday post!

I have to say, this one REALLY cracks me up. Maidenform just doesn’t disappoint in their bra marketing do they?

Look! She’s a heroic firefighter!!!

Complete with satin shorty-shorts and sparkly silver disco gloves!

Now, I wasn’t really paying a lot of attention waaaaay back in the late 70’s or early 80’s, but I’m pretty sure that professional firefighters weren’t more into {questionable} fashion than safety.

She’s going to singe the fancy elastic band on her bra that they’re trying to promote.

I think my feminist side just facepalmed

I think my feminist side just facepalmed

She certainly is living it up in her dream of being a firegal… it’s simply amazing what those Maidenform bras will inspire women to do isn’t it?

Now, we’ve giggled at lots of Maidenform ads {like this totally dorky one!} here on Swimwear and Lingerie, but… this one is really rather painful isn’t it?

Not to mention dangerous.

Going to a masquerade party or bowling in your bra is one thing, but hitching a ride, in a completely unsafe manner, on a fire truck while only wearing a bra and shorts that are clearly flammable is just inciting public stupidity… even if it is in a dream state!

Cheers,

Maggie

Happy Monday my lovely Swimwear and Lingerie Junkies.

Toad Lillie is the star of today’s post. I’ve mentioned Laurie’s wonderful handcrafted silk lingerie many times before (like here, I also got a little Toad Lilli-ish here, went Toad Lillie crazy here and mentioned them while discussing International Women’s Day over here… oh and also here and…. you get the idea), but I thought I would give you a real feel for just how fabulous it really is.

The vamp quarter cup bra in teal and black silk.... sigh, so very, very pretty!

The vamp quarter cup bra in teal and black silk…. sigh, so very, very pretty!

I treated myself to the Vamp Quarter Cup Bra awhile back. Unfortunately, I had to break one of my hard and fast lingerie rules and grab it in a size too small… {gasp!}

All hypocrites put your hands up... and they stay there, and they stay there....

All hypocrites put your hands up… and they stay there, and they stay there….

I know! What a hypocrite, Right?

{please read the following passage as typed in a whining tone… since that’s how it sounds in my head…}

…but… but… I really, really, wanted it…. PLUS, it’s a quarter cup bra in a balconet style, so REALLY, most of my breast would be uncovered ANYWAY….and it doesn’t come in my size and Laurie makes it all by hand and is an independent so I’d rather own a piece of her exquisite work then miss out…

Toad Lillie Vamp Quarter Cup Bra: check out the lace detail

Toad Lillie Vamp Quarter Cup Bra: check out the lace detail

…also… it’s not like I was planning on wearing it for very long… a quarter cup bra is really only practical for one thing… lying in bed and reading Fifty Shades of Grey. Am I right?

FYI- if yo ulike a good giggle check out this SNL spoof of this amazon commercial for Fifty Shades of Grey

Am I forgiven? PLEASE?

Maybe if I tell you a wee bit more about this severely sexy bra, you’ll get the obsession. Firstly, it’s handmade of the most sensuous silk and feels like an absolute dream.

Toad Lillie Vamp Lingerie Set

Toad Lillie Vamp Lingerie Set

The cups are soft and gentle and the little bit of cheeky black lace that comes up and over the top of the quarter of a cup of fabric is also soft and comfortable. Summary= Wickedly cozy.

Now, because the cups too small, my breasts could have been pinched and uncomfortable if I were standing up, running after children, chasing down a print job at work or any other action than just sitting around feeling like beguiling wanton creature.

Toad Lillie Glace Tap Pant: please note, mine are in black!

Toad Lillie Glace Tap Pant: please note, mine are in black!

I paired the bra up with the slippery Glace Tap Pants that designer/genius Laurie Shapiro kindly made to match in black. If you haven’t tried tap pants, consider this your intervention…. you really need to give them a shot, they’re the perfect loungewear and work under a skirt or dress too!

The waist is higher and very flattering and the length just grazes the base of my tushy. I love these french knickers and have been sleeping in them now that the weather is so steamy!

Toad Lillie's First Fashion Show!

Toad Lillie’s First Fashion Show!

I feel every inch the retro-glamorous, pin up kitten and I love everthing about the look.

Cheers,

Maggie