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."