Friday, December 21, 2012

Holiday Party Photos

The photographs from The Underfashion Club Holiday Party are up! If you were there, see if you can find yourself in these photos. If not, see a bit of what you missed.

You can see the individual images as a photo album on Facebook here:

If you'd rather sit back and enjoy a slideshow on YouTube, click here:

Friday, December 14, 2012

DIY Shimmering Tights

Don't own a pair of shimmering tights? Transform one of your own tights with glitter, just in time for the holidays! The Beauty Thesis has a photo guide:

Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday Party Winners!

Who won the Holiday Party Design Awards?
Joseph Lara of Delta Galil USA Inc. won the 1st prize, a ticket to the 2013 Femmy Gala!
Gabrielle Bizzoco and Sophia Gergatsoulis, both of Wacoal America Inc., shared the 2nd prize of one year’s free membership.

Also, the charities City Meals on Wheels, Friends of St. Francis, and The New York Foundling were each gifted $1,000!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Lingerie for the Winter

Does your lingerie collection change according to the season? As the cold winter approaches, you might want to consider lingerie designed for warmth. There's a whole variety of bodysuits, camisoles  and gorgeous embroidered pieces that can be worn seamlessly underneath warm knit sweaters.

Lingerie Talk shares their thoughts some great warm styles on their website.

"The trees are bare, the sun is setting earlier and winter is almost upon us: it’s time to reach for cuddly sweaters and extra layers to keep cozy! The transition to cooler weather and the approaching holiday season also make this time of year the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate and add different pieces to your lingerie wardrobe.
Now that skimpy T-shirts are out, and thicker layers and knits are in, try experimenting with adding a seamed bra to your collection. A bra with seams almost always offers better lift (that’s Empreinte‘s Ophelia above). And for those bustier gals, a seamed bra creates the most effective minimization.
Are your blouses forever popping open? Tired of hiding behind a sweater and forever safety pinning your shirts? A seamed bra creates a more streamlined silhouette across the bustline, which can banish pulling and gapping at the buttons. Try it!"
Read more:

Friday, November 9, 2012

Butterfly Collection's "5 Reasons Your Bra Straps Slip"

Do your bra straps often slip off of your shoulders? It might be time to start trying on a different bra size. The exact reason why it's happening to you could be one of these 5 described on Butterfly Collection's blog:

1. Your Band is Too Big
2. Your Cups are Too Small
3. Your Cups are Too Big
4. Your Bra is Designed for Taller Women
5. Sloping Shoulders

For more details on each of these reasons, read their blog post:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Happy Stockings Day!

Today is Stockings Day! Celebrate by wearing your favorite pair out this wonderful Friday night. If you don't own a pair, you're missing out on one of the most sensual pieces of lingerie to exist. Consider buying yourself a fresh pair to celebrate!

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Lingerie Française Exhibition

The Lingerie Française Exhibition at the London Film Museum is featuring 100 years of influential French lingerie! They're displaying 260 of lingerie, video installations, and a life-sized hologram delivering a trans-historic striptease. Read more about it and see a few pieces for yourself on The Huffington Post.

"They’re known for their elegance, style and poise, so it’s no surprise the French are also top dogs when it comes to lingerie.
Charting a century of French underwear, the Lingerie Française exhibition features more corsets, bras, thongs and panties than you can shake a stick at…and will make you think long and hard about those greying cotton briefs lurking at the back of your knicker drawer.
The free exhibition, which opens to the public on October 2, features collections byAubadeBarbaraChantelleEmpreinteImplicteLejabyLouLise Charmel,PassionataPrincesse Tam.Tam and Simone Pérèle."

Friday, September 21, 2012

Cup Sizes Depend on Band Sizes

Cup sizes aren't fixed. The volumes of a cup actually depend greatly on the band that supports it. Butterfly Collection has written a great comprehensive description on how cups relate to bands, clearly explains the math and reason behind it, and even created a fantastic chart that makes it all easy to understand! Here's an excerpt:

"One of our most popular blog posts is ‘Not All D Cups Are The Same’ which explains that the volume of D cups (all cups in fact) gets bigger as the band size gets bigger. This is why a woman wearing a 32E can also wear a 34D because the cup volume is the same, only the band is different. 
Lots of women were interested in the topic but asked for some more explanation. Today's post goes into more depth about why the volume of the same cup letter gets bigger as the band gets bigger. 
What Would We Look Like If All Cup Sizes Really Were The Same Volume?As regular readers will know, cup sizes simply acknowledge the difference between a woman’s ribcage measurement and her full bust measurement. So for example both these women have D cup breasts because they both have a four inch difference between their ribcage and full bust measurements: 
Woman A is a 30D (Ribcage = 30 inches, Full Bust = 34 inches)
Woman B is a 38D (Ribcage = 38 inches, Full Bust = 42 inches)
So why does Woman B with a 38D bust look bustier than Woman A who has a 30D bust? The answer is that Woman B's bust is PROPORTIONALLY bigger than Woman A.
To put this into context let's take the 30D breasts from Woman A and put them on women with 32, 34, 36 and 38 bodies to see what it looks like..."
Read the rest of this brilliant post on their website:

Friday, September 14, 2012

New York Fashion Week 2012

New York Fashion Week came to a close yesterday. Trends and statistics have been rounded up, revealing the effects this last week has had on fashion, their designers, and their social media!

Learn about it on Mashable:

Friday, August 31, 2012

Bra Fitting Rules by The Budget Fashionista

Fashion blogger Kathryn from The Budget Fashionista knows how important it is for a woman to wear well-fitting undergarments. Read her story and list of "Do's and Dont's" on her blog!

"If your undergarments are stretched, stained, damaged or otherwise abused, throw them in the garbage . . . Now.
There is nothing more valuable to your appearance than wearing proper undergarments.
Undergarments have the power to completely alter an outfit. I mean, what’s the sense of wearing a fabulous Nicole Miller dress you got for $35 from Bluefly
if your backside looks like a carton of Rocky Road ice cream? Who cares if you just scored a ChloePaddington bag for 200 bucks if your chest is as rocky as the Rocky Mountains?
TBF put together this guide to help you discover the power of proper-fitting undergarments. Whether you’ve got a ton of junk in your trunk or barely have a trunk at all, we have a bevy of tips on finding the proper fit; details on budget places to get great underwear; and frank answers to your most pressing underwear questions. And, in true Budget Fashionista style, we encourage you to share your own undergarment tips."

Read more:

Friday, August 24, 2012

Printing A Bikini

The world's first printable piece of clothing is here thanks to advancements in fashion and technology! This 3D printer is able to print ready-to-wear bikinis made of Nylon 12. A laser melts the nylon together layer by layer with extreme precision to create a custom designed bikini right before your eyes. It's truly fascinating.

"Ever wanted to make your very own bikini before you jet off abroad but lack the sewing skills needed to create your dream look?Well look no further than N12 bikini, the world's first first ready-to-wear, completely 3D-printed article of clothing. A revolution combining fashion and technology, all of the pieces are made directly by 3D printing, and snap together without a single spot of sewing."

Read more:

Friday, August 17, 2012

Paris Report Pictures

Were you at our Paris Report event on August 7th? You might find yourself in these photos from our Paris Report album on Facebook!

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Underfashion Club: Mode City Paris Report

Our Paris Report seminar is now up on YouTube! If you missed it or wanted to see it again, you can watch the report on the MODE CITY PARIS Lingerie & Beachwear Show, presented by Mayouri Sengchanh of Carlin International here:

Friday, August 3, 2012

5 Fashion Rules

There are 5 fashion rules that everyone should follow, no matter what their style or size is. The first and most important fashion rule of the 5 listed is to make sure you're wearing great underwear! As the article on this blog states, "The foundation to looking good lies in having good foundation garments."

Which of these 5 rules do you put the most faith into?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Retro Beauty Tips

Do you have a favorite among the famous beauty queens of the past? Click one of the many women such as Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn to see what she did for her signature look! Easy Living gives some tips for you you get that look.

See it all here:

Friday, July 20, 2012

Lingerie From 500 Years Ago

A discovery that changes the history of fashion and lingerie in particular has been uncovered from beneath the floorboards of an Austrian castle. The sets of lingerie show characteristics of garments that were thought to be invented relatively recently. However, these date back to the 15th century. This brings the history of women's undergarments back several hundred years!

Read more about this exciting discovery on Daily Mail:

"It is hardly racy by today’s standards but this skimpy lingerie has certainly shocked historians.The lace and linen undergarments date back to hundreds of years before women’s underwear was thought to exist.They had lain hidden in a vault beneath the floorboards of an Austrian castle since  the 15th centuryDespite their state of decay, the knickers bear more than a passing resemblance to the string bikini briefs popular today, while the bra has the fitted cups and delicate straps of its modern-day counterparts.While it was known that medieval men wore undergarments like modern-day shorts, it was thought that women simply wore a smock or chemise.It was thought that knickers didn’t make an appearance until the late 18th century. Bras were thought to be an even more modern invention, not appearing until around 100 years ago.Hilary Davidson, fashion curator at the Museum of London, said the discovery ‘totally rewrites’ fashion history, adding: ‘Nothing like this has  ever come up before.’ She believes it is ‘entirely probable’ that something similar was worn by Britain’s medieval women. ‘These finds are a very exciting insight into the way people dressed in the Middle Ages,' she continued.‘It’s rare that everyday garments of any kind survive from this period, let alone underwear.’The undergarments were among almost 3,000 fragments of clothing and other detritus found in Lengberg Castle in East Tyrol during recent renovations.It is thought that they were buried when the building was extended in 1480 and that the exceptionally dry conditions stopped the fragile garments from disintegrating over the centuries.Beatrix Nutz, of Innsbruck University, who made the find, initially faced scepticism but radiocarbon-dating tests confirmed her suspicions. The haul included four bras and two pairs of pants. Two of the bras resemble modern counterparts but the others are described rather bluntly as ‘shirts with bags’, the August issue of the BBC History Magazine reports."

Friday, July 13, 2012

Be Your Own Bra Fitter

You already know how important it is to wear a well-fitting bra in the correct size. If you haven't gone to see a bra fitter and don't have plans to go any time soon, then consider taking a moment to measure yourself! You'll be glad that you did.
Good Housekeeping has a brief bra fitting guide here:

Taking Your Measure
Not only will a properly fitted bra feel more comfortable, but it will make your clothes fit and look better. First step: Learn how to do the math, so you can figure out your own dimensions.
1. Stand straight and relax. Don't inhale and expand your rib cage as if you're about to blow out candles.
2. Using a soft tape measure, measure all the way around your body, placing the tape measure right beneath your breasts (example: 30 1/2). Add five to that number, rounding up if necessary to the next even number (36). Congratulations: That's your band size.
3. Next step: The cup. While wearing a bra, measure completely around the fullest part of your bust (across the nipple) without pulling tight. Make sure the tape measure goes around your entire back (38).
4. Subtract the number from your band size (38-36=2). The result will indicate your appropriate cup size, based on the following guide:
0=AA  1=A  2=B  3=C  4=D  5=DD  6=DDD

Read more: Bra Fitting Guide - Find the Right Bra Size - Good Housekeeping 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Sheer Trend Spring/Summer 2012

Sheer clothing is back in style this year. It's a beautiful look that's light and allows the skin to breath through the scorching summer heat. This style that allows lingerie to show through clothing, so the line between the look being elegantly fun and too revealing is quite fine. Fashionising discusses how the sheer trend arose and, if you're not too sure how to wear it, gives useful tips on sheerness and layering.

Read it here:

"Sheer clothing: how wear it this summer.  It's the trend that dared to bare and won. Sheer fashion remains a statement to make in spring / summer 2012, and our guide takes you through all the looks, from the subtle to the sexual, from the monochromatic to the colourful. Read on to find out all you need to know."

Friday, June 22, 2012

Wine & Cheese Cave Tours

The slideshow of photos from last week's Wine & Cheese Cave Tours members only event is now on YouTube! If you were there, catch photos of yourself on the video. If not, catch a glimpse of what you missed.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Four Steps For Choosing a Sports Bra

When exercising, a woman's breasts need proper support to absorb the shock of bounce. Too much bounce can be painful and actually causes breast skin to sag. Zest has four steps to help women invest in a good sports bra.

"Breasts can bounce up to a skin-sagging 14cm during exercise. Wearing a regular bra reduces movement by 38%, but donning a sports bra cuts it by a whopping 78%, according to a Shock Absorber study.Want to see the proof? Visit the Shock Absorber website and click on Bounce-o-meter. Type in your cup size, and it will show you your breast moving on the screen with no bra, a normal bra and a sports bra.
So invest in the proper support for the sake of your bust."

Friday, June 8, 2012

Swimsuits For Every Body

No matter what your body shape may be, there is a swimsuit out there that's made for on you! Shape Magazine interviewed experts and have organized swimwear suggestions for women of 10 different silhouettes!

Here's an example of one of the body types they have suggestions for.

This one-piece by Laundry narrows shoulders and showcases the beautiful line from the neck to the collarbone. Gathered fabric hugs the body (in all the right places) for a very comfortable fit."

Read more here:

Friday, June 1, 2012

A Perfect Fit

No woman is average, and that is why True & Co is on a mission to create the perfect bra fit for women's unique figures. They studied the secrets of lingerie experts who are able to analyze the bra sizes of women at a glance and came up with a formula to determine the perfect bra fit! And it's all measuring tape-free.

See a bit of the work behind the algorithm this company is creating for making bras that fit the woman rather than the measured and predetermined definitions of bra sizes (as hazy as they are) here:

"So what did they do? The pair began researching the untold secrets of lingerie experts around the country, many of whom never even use a measuring tape to determine a woman's bust size.
'We went to bra fitting after bra fitting and spoke to experts, and the best ones didn't use measuring tape," Lam said. "They had these unwritten rules where they could look at a woman’s body and say, we think this would be best. We were able to take these rules and distill them into code.'
All you have to do is fill out a short survey about your size and problems with your current bras, then make an order. Once you get your new bras, try them on and report back to True & Co. about how they fit. The site then recalculates your needs accordingly.
Want to try it out? Head over to the website now to get free shipping."

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lingerie by Body Type

Certain lingerie styles just seem to work best on certain body types. If the shape of your body pear-like, curvy, straight, or athletic, Women's Health has expert recommendations on what lingerie would look amazing on you!

Read the tips here:

Friday, May 4, 2012

Wearing the wrong bra can impact your physical health!

Making sure you're wearing a bra that fits just right is about much more than accentuating your figure. Poor fit can have a harmful bearing on a woman's psychology and health, just as it does on her silhouette. Constantly wearing the wrong size and suffering from the discomfort and pain of it over time can actually cause permanent health issues. Bad bras tends to ruin a woman's posture, causing damage to the muscles in her chest and back. If it doesn't provide enough support, it can cause pain in the breasts or chafe skin.

Want to know more about the harm of wearing an ill-fitting bra? Million Looks has more information.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Shopping 2.0

The Underfashion Club is thrilled to be able to let you review this sold out event.  For those who couldn't make it or for those who want to see it again.  You get to hear from successful professionals who are involved in eCommerce, Mobile Commerce, Social Media and the effects on today's shopper and the shopping experience.  Take a look!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Busty Girl Comics

There are unique perks and problems that come with being a well-endowed woman. Paige knows this all to well and has created a fast-growing webcomic on the topic that's a fun read for anyone. If you're a busty woman who can relate, you should definitely check these out. The humorous and truth-telling stories of Busty Girl Comics can be found on!
If you're interested in knowing more about the woman behind the wit, read The Lingerie Addict's interview with Paige!

Let us know what you think!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cleaning Your Undergarments

Delicates are, of course, delicate. You should always be mindful of the design and material of your bras and panties when washing and caring for them. Some are sturdy enough to withstand a gentle cycle in the washing machine, but they should still be washed in a mesh bag so it doesn't snag onto anything. Others should be hand washed only, especially it's a good quality bra!

Here are some tips to help make your lingerie last.

"Because it is worn so often and loses elasticity over time, a bra generally lasts no longer than two years. But proper laundering can help ensure that bras and other intimates age gracefully. So how delicate do you need to be with delicates? Perhaps not as delicate as you think....
To ensure thorough cleaning, wash underwear in light loads. Use the gentle cycle with warm water and all-purpose detergent, unless the label specifies “mild.”Tumble dry items that contain spandex on low or air-dry them to prevent shrinking. Hand wash delicate items, as with fine bras and lingerie.
Rinse them well when you get home from the pool or the beach to remove chlorine or salt water, which can cause fading or changes in color;chlorine can also damage elasticity. Launder by hand or in the machine, as with everyday bras and lingerie. Air-dry.
In most cases, wash as for underwear. If the item has underwires, use a mesh bag. Since shapewear typically contains spandex, air-dry or tumble dry on low."

Read more about how to care for your undergarments on Real Simple! Click here

Friday, March 23, 2012

Variation of Bra Size by Brand

Do you find yourself needing bras of different sizes depending on the style, material, or brand? The variance of bra sizes among brands makes finding the perfect fit feel like a guessing game. Finding your size through rough estimates makes finding the correct bra size challenging for some women.
Lucky Magazine investigates this by observing 5 bras from different brands, measuring them at identically marked sizes and comparing results.

"To help figure out which size you are at what brand, we measured the end-to-end length of T-shirt bras from five popular lingerie lines—Calvin Klein's Level 3 Seductive Comfort Customized Lift, Victoria's Secret's Full Coverage, Gap's Favorite T-Shirt, Bali's Back To Beautiful and Elle MacPherson's Bare & Bold—to compare proportions. Consult the charts below to see how you size up. (Or down!)"

See the charts here: 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Why Lingerie Retailers Don't Carry More Sizes

Women are left very disappointed when they find a lovely piece of lingerie, but soon learn that the retailer doesn't carry their size. What's even more disappointing is that for most of these women, this isn't a rare experience for them by any means.
Lingerie retailers usually carry sizes only within a certain range, making it necessary women of different sizes to resort to specialty stores for their intimate apparel.
Why is it that lingerie retailers don't carry a wider variety of sizes? Catherine from Kiss Me Deadly has done a lot of research and pondering on the subject and has shared her theory with The Lingerie Addict. Read it here:

"Catherine:I once wrote a huge thing about this containing some basic stats ideas, and I’m going to return to that, but because it’s pleasingly simple and very gross, let’s talk fingers first. A small amount of people have no fingers. Some people have less than 10. And a very few people have extra fingers (depending on your definition of fingers). This means that the average number of fingers is less than 10. But would you make gloves with less than 10 fingers? No, because the average isn’t always the same as the most common – which, in this case, is 10 ( or 8 fingers and 2 thumbs, for the pedants)."

Read more:

Friday, March 9, 2012

Proper Bra Storage

If you want to maintain your bras shape and extend their lifetime, it's essential that you care for them correctly!
When storing your bras, be sure to keep the cups facing upright and to stack them one on top of the other. Never invert the cups and be sure to keep them wrinkle-free.
Follow The Wife has bra storage tips on her blog that you should check out!

I have a lot of bras. Truthfully, I wear two or three of them all the time—a seamless nude bra and a padded black push-up are my everyday staples. But I can never say no to a pretty bra. Therefore, I have lots of pretty bras all crumpled a drawer. Additionally, last summer I went through a bright bra phase and now I have lots of bright bras crumpled in the drawer, too. Typing that made me cringe a little bit. My bras—pretty, bright or basic—should not be crumpled anywhere!

Read it here:

Friday, March 2, 2012

Your Bra Transforms Your Body

Wearing the incorrect bra size can really do some damage on a woman's silhouette. With the right bra size, a body can be completely transformed into a smoother, leaner figure with breasts held upright in the right place. These women's before-and-after pictures show how drastic of a difference a bra fitting can make.

See the Shape Magazine before-and-after bra fitting collection here:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Alleviating Back Pain

Having large breasts causes back pain for many women, even after a proper bra fitting. This blog on Venusian Glow has bra tips that'll help ease back pain caused by heavy breasts and/or bad posture caused by them. More hooks, a tighter band, and wearing a soft, lightly supportive bra to sleep are all ideas that can help.

"For a lot of people, finding the proper bra size is enough to prevent back pain. Unfortunately,this isn’t the case for everyone. Some women will still experience those discouraging backaches no matter how well-fitted their bra is. There are many causes for back pain, but having heavier boobs, or posture that is bad because of them, can really exacerbate these issues.
   Breast reductions are often touted as the only solution for breast-related back issues, and for some women, they are the best choice. But if you DON’T want to have a reduction, there are a few other tricks you can use to ease your pain."

Friday, February 17, 2012

Linda's Bra Problem Guide

With more than 80% of women wearing the wrong bra size, it's no wonder why there are so many issues and questions regarding their fit and appearance floating around. For the most common bra problems among women, Linda The Bra Lady has the reasons why they happen and the answers to help you find your correct size!
Check out her Bra Problem Guide if you have any questions regarding the fit of your bra's band or straps, breasts, any medical problems, uneven sizes, or anything else.
"It's important to care for your bras properly. Every woman knows how painful the wrong bra can be. Learn how to solve your bra problems here, once and for all."

Read it here:

Friday, February 10, 2012

Femmy Gala 2012 Videos!

The photos are videos of the Femmy Gala 2012 are in!

Check out the designs and winners of the Student Design Contest of the year:

If you were at the event, you could spot yourself in this photo collection:

Our special host, Carson Kressley, announced the honorees with a charming humor that made it all so much fun:

You can see more photos of the event on our Facebook page: Femmy Gala 2012 Photos

Friday, February 3, 2012

Femmy Gala 2012

The Femmy Gala 2012 with our special host, Carson Kressley, was a blast! The honorees of the year were Century 21 Department Stores, Fruit of the loom, Top Form Brassiere Mfg. Co. Ltd, Penn Asia Co. Ltd, and Victor Vega for their innovation and dedication to our industry!

Speaking of innovation and dedication, check out the gorgeous designs of this years Student Design Contest. They're all so beautiful, it's difficult to pick a favorite!

From left to right, here are the contesters and their designs.

2012 Student Design Contest

1. Claudia Mesiti's "Linear Opulence"

2. Nina Trimble's "Deco Diamonds"

3. Lauren Haron's "Sheer Radiance"

4. Amy Gianforcaro's "Diamond Cut"

5. Yecca Zeng's "All the Right Angles"

6. Nicole Ward's "Pure Abstraction"

For more coverage on the event, see the article on The Wall Street Journal that highlights some of what went on!

"Nestled in the comforting bosom of awards season, somewhere between the SAG Awards and the International 3D Society Awards, was this year's Femmy Gala.The Femmys is the "premiere event" of the Intimate Apparel field, as well as a fund-raiser for the Underfashion Club, which supports and encourages new talent in the field through scholarships, awards, internships and the like. In our newly set life-long quest to infiltrate the Oscars of every industry, the Femmys suddenly found itself at the very top of our list."

Read more: