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In figuring out which sports bras to buy, there are lots of things to take into account, including the style, fit, color, fabric, and features. But one of the most important considerations is the level of impact involved in the type of exercise you’re doing. As you may or may not know, it’s most important that you wear a sports bra during high-impact exercise. While engaging in medium-impact exercise, it’s advisable to wear a sports bra as well — however, you can probably opt for one that’s a little less heavy duty, depending on your breast size. But what about low-impact exercise? Do you need a sports bra for those types of activities?

In this guide, we’ll reveal everything you need to know about the answer to this common question.

What is low-impact exercise?

According to Greatist, low-impact exercise typically involves less direct force and strain on the joints, thus reducing the risk of injury. It’s typically defined as any kind of exercise during which at least one foot stays on the ground at all times. So, a few examples would include yoga, spinning, using the elliptical machine, swimming, and Pilates. Depending on the nature of the workout, strength training might constitute as low-impact exercise.

This type of exercise is ideal for those who are recovering from an injury or have experienced any kind of joint damage (particularly around the knees). It’s a phenomenal choice for increasing flexibility and strength without putting a ton of stress on the body.


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Do I need a sports bra for this kind of workout?

For many reasons, it’s extremely important to wear a sports bra during high-impact exercises, like running, plyometrics, dancing, and aerobics. Not only that, but you’ll need one with extra supportive features, such as a combination compression and encapsulation sports bra. This is because your breasts are more prone to stress during high impact workouts due to the vigorous force exerted. In order to protect the ligaments that keep your breasts looking perky and maintain their shape (called the Coopers’ ligaments), it’s crucial to wear a supportive sports bra that minimizes breast movement.

However, a low impact workout obviously exposes your breasts to less potential strain. Think of it this way: Your boobs are less likely to be bouncing around during a yoga class than they would during a jog. That said, it’s still a good idea to wear a sports bra during low-impact exercise, particularly if you have larger breasts. The fact of the matter is, even cycling and using the elliptical machine can still cause some breast movement, and according to Shape magazine, wearing a sports bra will help to protect your boobs while also warding off any potential discomfort or pain.

“Even the smallest sizes can experience permanent damage to connective tissue over time if you neglect to give them the right support,” Shape Magazine reports.

So if you’ve been thinking about going braless to that Pilates class just because you wear a B cup, you may want to reconsider.

Which sports bra is best for low impact exercise?

Choosing the right bra for your low-impact workouts demands taking your breast size into account. If you wear an A or B cup, a standard compression bra might work for you. A compression bra essentially presses the breast tissue against the chest.

On the other hand, if you wear a C cup and above, you may need the extra support provided by an encapsulation bra. An encapsulation bra encircles and supports each breast individually, thus providing a higher level of support. They tend to be more effective at minimizing breast movement, and thus also at protecting the breasts from potential pain or damage.

Regardless of which type of sports bra you choose, the bottom line is that it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to low-impact exercise. At the very least, a sports bra will provide an extra layer of fabric between your boobs and your workout top, thus preventing your nipples from showing. The most important features to look for are adjustable straps and an adjustable band — the only way to get a flawless fit from your sports bra is to ensure that you can loosen and tighten these as needed. And of course, a perfect fit is crucial to ensuring you get adequate support from your sports bra. Also, it’s a good idea to look for low-impact sports bras that are made with moisture-wicking material. That way, you can stay cool and dry while also preventing any chafing around your boobs during that hot yoga or spinning class.


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


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Parfait Active Wireless Sports Bra in Rabbit/White

Bras do a lot of heavy lifting. Not only do they hold our breasts in place, but they also support them, and even provide some level of shaping. So it makes sense that they are also one of the most complex garments to make. A lot of time, effort, and thought go into the design and manufacturing of a bra — especially those produced by high-quality brands. And they’ve come a long way over the years, too. As designers and brands learn more about women’s needs and how bras can function most effectively, bras have become more and more intricate.

Read on for a deeper dive into how bras are made. The more you understand about what it takes to bring each and every design to life, the more you’re bound to appreciate these life-changing little unmentionables.

1.  The first bra was made out of handkerchiefs.

The original bra, which was invented in 1914, looked quite different from the ones we wear today. According to The Atlantic, Mary Phelps Jacobs first created the brassiere when she realized she needed an undergarment that would be less bulky under her dress for a debutante ball. The socialite was only 19 years old.

While getting ready for the ball, she was presented with a problem: The embroidery on her corset kept peeking out from under her gown near her bust. She instructed her maid to bring her a couple of handkerchiefs and some pink ribbon, and the two women quickly sewed the materials together. The result? Jacobs was not only more comfortable and able to dance more freely (thanks to the absence of boning) but achieved a sleeker silhouette with her gown. Her invention made such a splash at the ball, and later, more society affairs, that she constructed a few more for friends. Finally, she received a patent on Nov. 3, 1914. According to The Atlantic, she described it as “a garment which is characterized by extreme simplicity by freedom from bones so that it may be finished with laces or embroideries for wear beneath a sheer waist or diaphanous gown, and which when worn is both comfortable and cool and so efficient that it may be worn even by persons engaged in violent exercise such as tennis.”

2.  There are many steps before manufacturing.

Before any cutting or sewing happens, a bra goes through a multitude of steps during the design process. Made How reports that first, prototypes are drawn up, and then after that, the pattern pieces are designed (often with the help of computerized programs). The cups and panels, core components of the bra, are typically cut out of cardboard with a computerized cutter. Once the prototype is put together, any necessary tweaks and modifications can be made. After the prototype has been finalized, it typically goes through lab testing to ensure the accuracy of sizing and quality. It is then typically manufactured in a smaller quantity for testing by designers, marketers, etc. before it’s mass produced and available for purchase.


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3.  A bra contains upwards of 20 parts.

When you think of a bra, you probably think of the main components: The cups, band, center gore, straps, etc. And indeed, each and every one of those components has a special and important purpose. Typical bras feature around 20 components, but a bra can feature as many as 50 components depending on the style. For example, a cut-and-sew bra may have more components than a basic seamless t-shirt bra with molded cups because the cups of the cut-and-sew bra contain multiple panels. Additionally, some bras (particularly those in larger sizes or specifically geared toward full-busted women) have more hook-and-eye closures on the back of the band for added support. Then there are other components, like the buckles on the straps that allow for adjustability.

4.  Molded bras require multiple machines and intricate technology.

There’s no denying that molded bras have many benefits. Not only do they offer a smooth, seamless look under your form-fitting knits, but they can also offer superior shaping for your breasts. As it turns out, making a molded bra is a pretty complex process. Stitch Diary reports that first, the cup material is held inside a mold at a very high temperature to achieve a particular shape. Two machines are used for molding: the bullet head molding machine is used on (synthetic) fabrics, while the contour molding machine is used on the foam that’s often used in molded cup bras. With a bullet head molding machine, a heated bullet head is pushed downwards on the fabric, which rests on an open plate. A combination of pressure and heat are maintained for roughly a minute to produce the desired shape. A contour molding machine, meanwhile, features a pair of heated metal molds. The flat foam sheets are stretched out and compressed between them at a high temperature for about a minute.

Now that you know how much work goes into your beloved bras, hopefully, you’ll have a deeper appreciation for them. While every brand’s process is unique, one thing is true across the board: A well-constructed, high-quality bra requires many thoughtful design and manufacturing decisions — which is why the price tag is typically well worth it.


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


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Sandrine Unlined Wire Bra in Cameo Rose

By now, you’ve no doubt heard about a lingerie shower. But if you’ve never been to one, you may be scratching your head over the proper etiquette. Of course, you know that you’re expected to bring a lingerie-focused gift for the bride. But as with any other wedding-related gathering, there is a special etiquette to abide by.

If this is your first lingerie shower and you’re not sure what the protocol is, don’t fret — we’ll reveal everything you need to know, whether you’re planning the shower or invited to it.

If you’re planning…

In order to be respectful of guests’ busy schedules, it’s super important to send out the invites at least six to eight weeks in advance. That way, invitees have plenty of time to make travel plans and request off work if need be. Mailing the invitations at the last minute not only causes unnecessary stress for guests but may result in fewer people at the shower.

The invitations

When designing the invitations, there’s one thing you definitely don’t want to forget: the bride’s sizes. After all, you want to make sure the unmentionables she’s given fit her flawlessly, and with all of the wedding-related madness, she may not have time to exchange or return items that don’t fit. Rather than including her sizes directly on the invitation, consider printing them on an insert to slip inside of it. And remember: You’ll need to include not only her bra size, but also her panty size and loungewear size for robes, chemises and other pieces (XS—XL).

The bride’s size isn’t the only thing to include, either. It’s important to ask her about her preferences for gifts, as that information could prove immensely helpful for invitees. For example, if she prefers particular stores, or is planning on launching a lingerie registry, those are details to include in the invitation. Or, you might ask her to specify a certain theme for guests to stick to in their shopping.

The guest list

The guest list requires careful consideration as well. It’s likely that the bride may not want to unwrap racy unmentionables in front of grandma or the mother-in-law, so be sure to ask her who she’s comfortable with having present. Some may opt to only invite a small group of gals (such as the bridesmaids and other close friends) and have a separate traditional shower with the rest of the wedding guests.


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The location

Another aspect that demands consideration is the location. It’s crucial not to choose a place where the bride might feel awkward opening her presents. Most people choose to host a lingerie shower at someone’s home, as this offers the most privacy, so the guests will be able to let loose and have fun. However, you can also rent a private room at a restaurant or even host it at a lingerie boutique — but be sure to ask the bride about her preferences before making a final decision. You want to ensure that she feels totally at ease while she’s unwrapping lacy underpinnings, after all.

Don’t be afraid to divy up the tasks when it comes to planning the shower. Just because you’re hosting doesn’t mean you have to take on all of the responsibilities yourself. You could enlist other bridesmaids or family members to help with designing or mailing to invitations, making decorations, baking some sweet treats, or even devising the party playlist. And as a general rule, the bridesmaids will split the costs of the shower evenly. That’s why it’s critical to discuss any shower-related expenses throughout the planning process to ensure everyone is comfortable with the costs, and that they don’t break anyone’s budget.

Other considerations

Also, it’s typical for someone to take on the responsibility of recording information about all of the lingerie that the bride receives — that way, she has a much easier time writing her thank you notes later on. The host or any of the other bridesmaids can take on this task. In addition to recording the name and mailing address of the guest, they should also record details about their specific gift.

If you’re attending…

Finding the perfect gift

Before you start eagerly shopping for the perfect gift, it’s super important to check the invitation for key details that can help guide you. Hopefully, the invitation will include the bride’s size — but if it doesn’t, feel free to reach out the maid-of-honor to find out more info. The invitation may also provide some guidance on the bride’s preferences. If you’re not sure about her taste, you can ask the maid-of-honor (or even the groom) for some tips on where she likes to shop, or her favorite colors. Still stumped? A silky robe, cute PJ set, or a basic bodysuit are always a safe bet, and a little less risky in terms of fit than a bra. Or, you could always opt for a few pairs of basic thongs or bikini panties, which are a surefire crowd-pleaser.

If the bride has invited you to both a regular shower as well as a lingerie shower, you may be confused as to whether you’re expected to provide gifts at both. Ideally, the bride will have specified that you’re only obligated to buy one gift. If she hasn’t, rest assured that it’s par for the course to only purchase a gift for one or the other. If you want to buy two gifts, that’s your choice. However, if you’re on a tight budget, rest assured that you can pick which shower to buy for.

All of these etiquette tips should come in handy in preparing for a lingerie shower. That said, there’s one more tip that’s equally important: Don’t forget to have fun. A lingerie shower presents a phenomenal bonding opportunity for all the bride’s closest friends and family members, and the best thing you can do is show up with an party-ready attitude.


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

When it comes to things that can make your workouts easier and overall more enjoyable, there are a few obvious essentials: a comfy pair of sneakers, a water bottle, an energy-boosting playlist, and of course, a supportive sports bra. Some women even underestimate the power of a well-made, supportive sports bra. It not only has an impact on your appearance and comfort but even your health.

Wondering how a supportive sports bra can make a difference in your sweat sessions? Here are a few ways a supportive sports bra can make your workouts better:

It can be more flattering.

The fact is, support translates to lift — as in, when you’re wearing a supportive sports bra, your bust will simply look better. This is especially true if you’re doing any cardio or high-impact exercise. And who doesn’t want to look good while they’re breaking a sweat? It may not be your top priority (hopefully getting a good workout is), but it’s still a nice perk.

It can help you feel less self-conscious.

We’ve all been there. You’re in the middle of running, jumping, dancing, or some other form of cardio, and you’re totally distracted by how much your boobs are bouncing around. Not only does it distract you, but it may make you feel a little self-conscious. Maybe you’re looking around the room in that aerobics class to see if anyone else notices. Or maybe you’re feeling anxious about whether fellow joggers on your path can tell. Either way, you shouldn’t have to feel awkward or embarrassed while you’re exercising — in fact, you should be feeling the opposite: totally confident and powerful. Fortunately, a supportive sports bra can allow you to feel just that.

It can ease some of the strain on your Cooper’s ligaments.

Ever heard of the Cooper’s ligaments? These bands of connective tissue are what help the breasts to maintain their shape and structure. In other words, they keep your boobs in position and looking perky. As we age, those ligaments very gradually stretch out. There are other factors that can have a negative impact on these ligaments, such as weight fluctuation, multiple pregnancies, and smoking. And wearing a supportive sports bra is one of the best things you can do to protect them.

When your boobs aren’t well supported during an impactful workout, that can take a toll on the Cooper’s ligaments, eventually causing them to stretch out. And when they stretch, the breast tissue begins to sag. So, if you want to maintain a perky looking bust for as long as possible, be sure to wear a supportive sports bra — particularly during medium to high impact workouts (as these can pose the most strain on the Cooper’s ligaments).


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It can reduce or eliminate breast pain and discomfort while working out.

If you’ve ever felt some breast pain after a run, you’re not alone. The culprit? A sports bra with insufficient support. When your breasts don’t have enough support during a vigorous workout, that can put a serious strain on them. According to the National Health Service, breasts can move up to about 15 centimeters while running. And that multidirectional movement can cause pain after exercising.

Your workout may leave you feeling a little tired or your muscles a little sore, but it definitely shouldn’t be causing you breast pain. Fortunately, a supportive sports bra can prevent any kind of discomfort, so you can enjoy your sweat session from start to finish.

It can give you the support you need to work out harder.

When you’re not stressing over how much your boobs are bouncing, or tugging away at it due to discomfort, you can focus on what matters: your workout. A supportive sports bra allows you to put all of your thought and energy into your exercising, and you may be surprised by how much more you get out of it as a result. A sports bra that’s not supportive enough may actually lead you to cut a workout short due to discomfort of self-consciousness. It may also compromise your form when doing certain moves. When an inadequate sports bra is not holding you back, however, you may find yourself being able to run an extra half mile or doing one extra set of burpees. Remember: Your bra should never hinder you from fully investing in whatever your chosen form of exercise is.

Pro tips

Obviously, a supportive sports bra can benefit your workouts in a multitude of ways. But don’t forget that in order to get maximum support from your sports bra, it needs to fit properly as well. A sports bra will typically need to fit slightly more snug in the band — though it shouldn’t be uncomfortable or restrict your movement or breathing in any way. You’ll be able to get the best fit (and thus, the most support) from a sports bra that comes in traditional band/cup sizes (rather than XS-4XL). Note that the most supportive sports bras will combine both encapsulation and compression technology, and underwire can also provide a little extra help in this regard. If you haven’t been fitted by a professional in the last six months, it may be time to get re-measured. That way, you can ensure that any sports bras you buy fit you flawlessly, and provide the support you need to protect your breasts, no matter what physical activity you’re participating in.


Related: How To Find A Supportive Sports Bra


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Parfait Active Wireless Sports Bra in Rabbit/White

At its best, planning a lingerie shower is incredibly fun. After all, it’s an honor to have the opportunity to celebrate the bride and shower them with a plethora of pretty new underpinnings.

At its worst, though, planning a lingerie shower can be a tad stressful. Where should you throw it? What information do you need to include on the invitations? How many activities do you need to plan? These are just a few of the questions that may arise while you’re putting the shower together.

But don’t fret — this checklist of do’s and don’ts should help you to plan the perfect shower (without all the hassles and headaches).

Do’s

Do send out the invitations at least a month in advance.

It’s important to give guests plenty of time to check their calendars, request off work if need be, and make travel plans. So be sure to send out the invitations between four and eight weeks before the actual event. Also, include an RSVP date on the invite so that you can get an accurate headcount ASAP.

Do include the bride’s sizes in the invitation.

Aside from the obvious details (date, time, location), the most important thing to include on the invitations are the bride’s sizes. Make sure you have their sizes for not only bras (both band and cup), but also panties and sleepwear/loungewear (S, M, L, etc.). Rather than including this info directly on the invitation, print it onto a separate insert that you can slip inside. If you provide guests with the bride’s sizes, the bride is less likely to have to return items because they don’t fit.

Do give guests a little guidance.

If the bride is very particular about her lingerie, they might want to compile a registry. That way, invitees can shop directly from the wishlist. If the bride does create a lingerie registry, you’ll obviously want to include a link to it on the invitation. This helps to not only guide guests in their purchasing decisions but also lessens the risk that two people accidentally buy the same item. If the bride doesn’t want to open a registry, you can still help point guests in the right direction by offering up the names of a few of their favorite stores, and you can include these suggestions on the invitation. Or, you might include a few descriptors for guests to stick to when shopping. For example, adding a theme on the invitation like “hot honeymoon” or “classy date night” might be helpful for attendees.

Do make sure the location offers privacy.

Most lingerie showers tend to be hosted in someone’s home (such as the bride’s, the maid of honor’s, or another friend’s). That said, you can definitely throw a lingerie shower in another location. However, the most important factor to consider is privacy. The bride will be opening up underthings, after all, and may not feel comfortable doing that in certain public places. You can certainly rent out a private room at a restaurant, but remember that wait staff will still be coming in and out of the room to refill drinks, etc. One alternative option is to have it at a lingerie boutique. Some independent shops will allow you to reserve the store for a block of time, and turn the shower into a shopping party. Or, if you’re planning a very intimate lingerie shower with a small group of ladies, you might rent out an elegant hotel room.

Do consider a goody bag or giveaway.

It’s definitely not required — but putting together a goody bag or giveaway is a fun way to thank guests for coming. If you go the goody bag route, consider a satchel with one pair of panties, a scented sachet for their lingerie drawer, chocolates, and a mini bottle of bubbly. Or, if you’re doing a giveaway, you might have guests guess how many pairs of panties are in a vase or a jar, and the one who’s guess is the closest gets a robe, PJ set, or a gift card to a lingerie store.


Related: The Best Places To Shop For A Lingerie Shower Gift


Dont’s

Don’t invite everyone.

Compiling the guest list is a very different task for a lingerie shower than it is for a traditional shower. Think about it this way: The bride is going to be unwrapping some sexy unmentionables, and they may not want to do that in front of their mother-in-law or grandma. Remember: If they’re having two showers, they definitely don’t have to invite everyone to both. So ask the bride who they’re comfortable with attending before sending out the invites. The lingerie shower tends to be a smaller, more intimate affair, and can even be combined with the bachelorette party if desired.

Don’t let guests think they have to buy gifts for both showers.

Very often, if a bride is having two showers, the guest list will look quite different for each. However, if there is some overlap in terms of who’s invited, make sure that guests know they’re not obligated to buy multiple gifts. Guests who are invited to both a traditional shower and lingerie shower should know that they can choose which one they bring a gift to.

Don’t forget to plan some games just in case.

Even if you don’t think you’ll need them, it’s a great idea to have a few games or activities on deck just in case. This is especially true if some or many of the attendees don’t know each other, as games can act as spectacular ice breakers. Whether it’s lingerie bingo, pin the panty on the bride, or a lingerie-themed cookie decorating station, the possibilities are endless. One particularly popular activity is to have guests anonymously give the bride their gifts, and then the bride has to guess who brought what.

Planning a lingerie shower definitely requires some time, effort, and careful consideration. But by taking these do’s and don’ts into account, you can make sure that it’s a shower both the bride and the guests remember fondly.


Related: The 7 Golden Rules Of Lingerie Shopping


We Highly Recommend

Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

Perhaps you’ve been toying with the idea of a boudoir shoot for quite some time. Or maybe you heard about a friend’s experience, and find yourself intrigued. Or, alternatively, maybe you’ve only recently heard about this type of shoot, and are simply trying to learn more. Whatever phase you’re in, you probably have a lot of questions. After all, if you do go through with the idea (which I fully encourage you to do!), you probably know that means stripping down to your skivvies in front of a near stranger. And while that may sound a tad nerve-wracking (or potentially terrifying, depending on your personality), a boudoir shoot can actually be a super exhilarating, confidence-boosting, and even downright fun experience. I should know — I’ve done one myself, and I’m eternally grateful that I did.

But before you let your nerves get the best of you, know that many of your ideas about what a boudoir shoot entails may be due to misconceptions around this kind of photography.

In this guide, I’ll bust four of the most common boudoir shoot, so you can pursue yours worry-free.

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Myth #1: You must have an occasion.

It’s certainly true that many women opt to take the plunge and do a boudoir shoot specifically to celebrate a special occasion — such as an anniversary or a birthday (whether theirs or their significant other’s). Boudoir shoots are also becoming increasingly popular for brides who want to give their grooms some sexy photos when they finally tie the knot.

That said, you definitely do not need to have an occasion to do a boudoir photo shoot — I certainly didn’t! I simply felt like I was the most self-confident I’d ever been, and I wanted to document that with some photos that could serve as a reminder of this special time in my life. I felt proud of my body and I knew that the shoot could help me to see myself in a different light. So there’s no reason to wait until Valentine’s Day or your wedding day to book a shoot. Go ahead and book one just because you feel like it — that’s a good enough reason in itself! Trust me: you won’t regret it.

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Myth #2: You can only wear lingerie.

This is one of the most persistent myths about boudoir photography. Indeed, it’s pretty common to wear bras, panties, teddies, bodysuits, babydolls, etc. during one of these shoots. After all, they’re all about showcasing the sultrier side of yourself, and lingerie is designed to accomplish just that. However, there are so many ways to interpret “sexy” that don’t necessarily include lingerie.

If you’re going for a more modest or demure look, you might consider loungewear. A cute silk PJ set with a cami and tap shorts or a satin robe can still look subtly seductive, especially at the right angle. You could even slip a strap or sleeve off your shoulder for a coy touch. Additionally, many women opt to bring articles of their partner’s clothing to add a more personal vibe to their shoots. For example, a men’s button-down shirt can look super sexy when it’s undone a bit at the top (or not buttoned at all!), whether it’s paired with a lacy Brazilian thong or a simple pair of boyshort panties. Or, if your SO has played a sport, you might bring along one of their jerseys to wear.

The bottom line is — don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to your ensembles for the photo shoot. Even a sheer off-the-shoulder sweater, a slip, or a V-neck T-shirt can look alluring with the right pose.


Related: How To Find A Local Boudoir Photographer


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Myth #3: You have to be in a relationship.

Sure, lots of women decide to do a photo shoot for their significant others. After all, it makes for quite an incredible gift. Not only do boudoir photos allow a partner to see you in a different light, but they also provide some pretty tantalizing visuals to look back on for years to come.

But let’s be clear: You definitely don’t have to be in a relationship to do a boudoir shoot. In fact, pursuing one of these shoots when you’re single is a stellar idea. This kind of photo shoot can give you a massive (potentially much-needed) self-esteem boost. And doing it just for you is a phenomenal act of self-love. It’s a way of thanking your body for everything it does for you — all while looking fabulous. And it’s also a great way to remind yourself that you don’t need someone else to make you feel like a goddess. When you look back on those photos weeks, months, or years from now, you’re bound to feel some pangs of pride, whether or not you have a significant other by your side.

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Myth #4: You need to have a certain kind of body.

Without a doubt, this is the most unfortunate myth about boudoir photography. “I’ll just wait until I lose X number of pounds.” “My skin isn’t perfect enough to do that.” “I won’t look good on camera.” These are some of the insecure thoughts many women often have when considering a boudoir shoot. Some think they have to look a certain way to do a boudoir shoot when that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’ve seen boudoir photographs of women in all shapes and sizes, and every single one was nothing short of stunning.

If you’re feeling some self-doubt or self-consciousness creeping in, that’s all the more reason to do a boudoir shoot. A professional photographer will be able to capture just how beautiful you really are — and you may surprise yourself. Sometimes, those perceived “flaws” are actually what makes a particular photograph stand out. And ultimately, looking at these photos may help you to embrace your unique figure and get over some of your hangups.

Feeling a little more informed? Now that you know some of the most common misconceptions about boudoir photography, you’re better prepared to plan the boudoir photo shoot of your dreams.


Related: How To Plan A Boudoir Photo Shoot


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for your boudoir photo shoot, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


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When you’re buying a present for a lingerie shower, you typically have a registry to work with that makes your task easier — one that might be filled with kitchen appliances, dish sets, decor, bedding, and bath items. But as for a lingerie shower — that presents a whole different challenge. Some brides will actually provide a registry with a wishlist of particular underpinnings they want from certain brands. However, that’s not always the case. If you’re wondering where to shop for a lingerie shower, you’re not alone. Luckily, you have lots of options to choose from.

There are three main location types to consider: department stores, online stores, and independent boutiques. The advantage that department stores and online stores have is that they typically boast a much larger inventory, and therefore, a greater variety of lingerie to choose from. Not only will they carry a wider range of brands, but they’ll also just have more products within those lines. So if you want to have lots of options, either an online store or a department store may be your best bet. On the other hand, small lingerie boutiques are a great option for different reasons. These shops tend to carry hard-to-find brands, which means you’re potentially more likely to find a unique shower gift that stands out. Also, you may be likely to get more one-on-one attention from staff at a small boutique, which can make for a more personalized shopping experience.

Not sure where to shop? Here are our top 4 picks for finding that perfect lingerie shower gift.

Nordstrom

When it comes to lingerie, Nordstrom has a truly impressive collection. Not only does the store carry high-quality brands, but it also has notoriously helpful staff (why not get one of their famous bra fittings while you’re there?). Bras, panties, bodysuits — Nordstrom basically has it all. They even have a selection of bridal lingerie that includes stunning teddies, robes, chemises and more. If you see something you like online but want to pick it up in person, you can even do a search to see which local stores have it.

Lord & Taylor

While we’re on the subject of department stores, don’t overlook Lord & Taylor. Their intimates shop spans bras, panties, and more — and like Nordstrom, they also have a bridal lingerie category, which includes bralettes, babydolls, and bodysuits, among other products. If you’re shopping online and need some advice, you can live chat with a stylist or personal shopper, who might be able to give you some guidance on sizing, fit, etc. As with Nordstrom, you can either ship the gift directly to you or pick it up at your local Lord & Taylor store.

Neiman Marcus

Perhaps one of the key benefits to shopping at Neiman Marcus online is how easy it is to find precisely what you’re looking for. Once you’re in the Lingerie & Shapewear category you can filter by such categories as bras, bodysuits, panties, accessories, and garter belts, among other options. You can also filter by size, color, price, and even occasion. The wedding category is chock-full of jaw-dropping, elegant intimates for her big day, her honeymoon, and beyond. If there’s a Neiman Marcus near you, you can check to see whether the items you want to buy are available at your local location as well.


Related: The 7 Golden Rules Of Lingerie Shopping


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HerRoom

There’s a reason why HerRoom is such a popular site — it’s completely dedicated to lingerie, and since the store specializes in underthings, you know the selection will be nothing short of breathtaking. Be sure to check out the sexy lingerie category, which features bras, panties, hosiery, garters, sleepwear, and more, all of which can be filtered by size, color, brand, and even “lifestyle” (contemporary, luxury, etc.). Additionally, under the feature filter, you can select “bridal” to view pieces and sets that are specifically geared toward your recipient.

Your Local Lingerie Boutique

It’s hard to beat your local boutique when it comes to finding some lingerie that will make the bride feel special. Plus, if you know a local shop that the bride loves to shop at, the staff might have her shopping history saved, and therefore be able to make suggestions that are more tailored to her tastes. Don’t hesitate to let the sales associate know that you’re shopping for a bridal shower — with some info about the bride’s size and personal style, she may be able to make some stellar recommendations. And of course, don’t forget to ask for a gift receipt just in case something doesn’t fit.

Pro tips

Hopefully, the invitation to the shower will provide info about her sizes. However, if it doesn’t, consider touching base with the maid-of-honor or the groom to find out what bra and panty size she wears — that way, you can ensure your gift is more likely to fit flawlessly. And as a result, you’ll lessen the likelihood that she’ll have to return your gift, which could be a hassle. Also, you may want to check in with the bridesmaids to make sure you don’t accidentally purchase the same gift. Most of all, try to have fun. Shopping for a lingerie shower gift should be an enjoyable experience — after all, you’re hunting down some pretty underpinnings that will give the bride joy for years to come!


Related: How To Find A Local Lingerie Store You Will Love


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

The day is fast approaching, and you’re feeling equally excited as you are nervous. And why shouldn’t you be? A boudoir shoot is a life-changing experience — one that has the potential to shift your self-image, boost your confidence, and give you some incredible memories to look back on, to boot. That said, there’s a lot of preparation that goes into this kind of shoot. Not only do you have to choose the right photographer and plot out every outfit you’ll wear, but you also have to figure out what kind of makeup and hair look you’ll be going for.

Once you’ve done all the initial legwork, you can kick back, relax, and start mentally preparing for your close-up. But not so fast — there are some essentials you’ll want to bring along with you.

Here’s what you should pack to ensure your shoot goes as smoothly as possible:

Beauty products

If you aren’t going to have a makeup artist and hair stylist on site, and you’re doing your own makeup/hair (or having someone off-site do it), it’s a really good idea to bring some products to the shoot in case you need some emergency touch-ups. For example, having lipstick to re-apply as needed is key. You also might want to bring along some eyelash glue if you’re planning on wearing falsies, just in case they start coming off and you need a little extra adhesive. Bring along a spray bottle of makeup setting spray, which you can quickly spritz to refresh your look and deflect any shine to ensure you have a matte finish on camera. Don’t forget to pack a bottle of hairspray, which you can use to fix any flyaways that appear during the shoot.

Backup outfits

If you plan on wearing stockings of any kind, always bring a backup pair. Hosiery can tear and snag so easily, and those little snafus can ruin a perfectly good photo. While we’re on the subject of backup stockings, it’s smart to have a couple extra outfits with you as well, just in case something gets stained with makeup or you decide it’s not the most flattering option after all.

Snacks

Trust me, you’ll be surprised at how much work posing for the camera can be — and it’s super important to stay hydrated! By the end of my first boudoir shoot, I felt like I’d done a mildly strenuous strength training workout. So be sure to bring along a large bottle of water. It’s also a good idea to pack a snack in case you need a quick boost of energy — something that has a little protein but won’t weigh you down. For example, a bag of almonds or pistachios, a string cheese, or a granola bar are all phenomenal options.


Related: How To Find A Local Boudoir Photographer


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Cora Unlined Longline Bra | Cora Bikini in Pale Blush

A robe

When you first start shooting, it’s not uncommon to feel a little bashful — I know I did. And I was so grateful that I brought along a simple silk robe because it allowed me to ease into the shoot. The photographer took a few test shots while I still had my robe on. As I got more comfortable, she instructed me to slip it off my shoulders, and then slide it down to my waist. Before long, I had dropped the robe to the floor, but I was surprised by how stunning the shots with my robe came out! Not only did it help me to get my bearings at the beginning of the shoot, but it also served as a seductive prop of sorts.

Heels

You’ll probably want to wear flats, slip-on sneakers or some other kind of comfy shoe on the way to the photographer’s studio (and on your way home after it’s over). But don’t forget to pack at least one pair of jaw-dropping heels to change into during the shoot. Wearing heels completely changes your posture, accentuating your calves and naturally pushing your derriere outward. Nude and black are definitely the most versatile colors in terms of matching with your outfits (and nude has the effect of visually elongating your legs), but if you’re wearing neutral lingerie, you can certainly have fun with a different color heel, like red, blush pink, or silver. In terms of heel height, my photographer recommended opting for a pair that’s at least 3 inches in order to achieve the most flattering look.

Jewelry

Don’t underestimate the power of some striking baubles. Even the simplest demi-cup bra and thong panty set in a solid color can look instantly more elegant with a killer pair of chandelier earrings, or a statement necklace. Pack a box with plenty of options so you can run them by the photographer and discuss which will look best on camera. And of course, jewelry isn’t the only accessory you can bring to your shoot. Consider bringing along some extra items from home — like your partner’s tie or your bridal veil — which can really add a personal touch to your photographs.

Packing the right things won’t only help you to feel more prepared the day of your boudoir shoot, it will also ensure you get the most beautiful possible shots. A boudoir photo shoot is a truly special experience, and by bringing along these items, you can have peace of mind that nothing gets in the way of you enjoying every minute of it.


Related: 5 Lingerie Outfit Ideas For Your Boudoir Photo Shoot


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for your boudoir photo shoot, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Cora Unlined Longline Bra | Cora Bikini in Pale Blush

So, you’ve been invited to a lingerie shower. These types of specialized showers have become increasingly popular in recent years, and serve as a spectacular opportunity to arm the bride with some stunning new underpinnings for her wedding night, honeymoon, and beyond. But what should you buy? Of course, you could play it safe with a flattering bra and panty set, but if you don’t have a strong grasp on the bride’s personal style and preferences, that could be risky.

If you’re looking for a lingerie shower gift that the bride will gush over, consider these creative options.

Parfait Panty

There’s no denying that every woman can always use a few more pairs of panties. Having more in her arsenal allows her to push off doing laundry for a few extra days, and besides, having more options to choose from means she’ll have a panty style for every mood and occasion. Rather than purchasing an elaborate lingerie ensemble, consider picking up 4-7 pairs of panties in different colors. Then, to present them in a playful and aesthetically pleasing way, layer them in a mason jar to create a panty parfait. The unusual packaging is bound to stand out amidst simple boxes. Ideally, you’ll want to incorporate some variety – so consider including at least one bikinithongboyshort, and hipster (unless, of course, you know the bride prefers a specific style).

Bottle of bubbly duo

Who says you have to give the bride lingerie? There are plenty of gift options other than unmentionables that still fit the theme. Start with an assortment of her favorite scented bath bombs or a fancy bottle of a luxe bubble bath. Then, accompany that gift with an actual bottle of bubbly for the bride to enjoy with her groom while soaking in a relaxing bath. It’s a gift duo that’s both sultry and sweet, and it’s sure to come in handy on a romantic date night in.

Chic lingerie essentials

If you’re more of a practical gal (and you know the bride is, too) then opt for some lingerie storage essentials that she can use to keep her underthings organized and in tip-top condition. For example, a lingerie bag is super useful for separating her bras and panties in the washing machine and protecting them from damage. A special bra hanger can also be helpful for storing bras if she doesn’t have the space to keep them all in a drawer. Why not include a travel bag for her lingerie as well, which she can even use on her upcoming honeymoon? A special compartmentalized cube for her bras and panties will allow her to keep those delicates separate from other garments, thus preventing them from getting squashed while traveling. Don’t forget to throw in some scented sachets to make her lingerie drawer smell heavenly.


Related: How To Buy Lingerie For A Bride


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Luxe loungewear

If the bride isn’t your bestie or you don’t really feel confident about picking out lingerie that will line up with her personal style, you can always opt for loungewear instead. A silky robe or PJ set can be equally sexy, and is also immensely practical – after all, there may be times on the bride’s honeymoon and beyond when she simply wants to lounge around in something comfy.

Gift card to a favorite place

If the bride didn’t provide a registry with specific lingerie pieces she wants, you may feel hesitant to pick out pieces for her. After all, what if she doesn’t like what you chose, or it doesn’t fit quite right? A gift card is an excellent option. All you have to do is ask the maid of honor or her hubby-to-be what her favorite store(s) are, whether it’s a department store or lingerie boutique. Offering her a gift card is a less risky move because you’re allowing her to shop for unmentionables that she totally loves.

Mood-boosting extras

There’s no denying that a lingerie shower has an inherent theme of seduction. But that doesn’t mean you necessarily have to buy the bride lingerie in order to adhere to that theme. Consider giving her a gift bag filled with some goodies that will help her and her future spouse get in the mood — like some massage oils, decadent chocolate truffles, or sensual scented candles. These are precisely the kind of fun extras that the bride and groom are unlikely to buy for themselves, but they’ll definitely appreciate during and after the honeymoon.

There are so many unexpected gift options for lingerie showers that go beyond bras and panties. If you’re looking for something that’s useful yet unusual, consider any of these out-of-the-ordinary presents.


Related: 5 Things To Look For When Buying Lingerie As A Gift


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

We’ve all been there — you’re having a pleasant conversation on a dinner date or breaking it down on the dance floor with your girlfriends, and then suddenly the brutal realization hits: your strapless bra is steadily slipping. Now you’re faced with the awkward task of pulling it back up — only to find that it starts sliding downward once again minutes later. It’s not just a nuisance when your strapless bra keeps falling down, it’s also downright embarrassing and uncomfortable. So, why won’t your strapless bra stay up? And what can you do about it?

In this guide, we’ll dig into all the top sources of this common problem, plus some potential solutions.

Your strapless bra doesn’t fit well

If your strapless bra won’t stay up, there’s a good chance you’re wearing the wrong size. Specifically, it’s likely that the band is too big. Very often, you’ll need to opt for a smaller band size than you’d normally get when you buy a strapless bra (you can compensate for this by going up a cup size, and that’s called your sister size). Why? Well, a tighter band is more likely to stay in place. Of course, the band shouldn’t be so tight that it causes discomfort in any way, but it should feel as snug as possible. The only way to know if you’re wearing the right band size is to get measured by a pro, so if it’s been six months or more since you’ve done so, we advise heading to your nearest department store or lingerie boutique for a bra fitting.

The bra band isn’t wide enough

Speaking of the band — if it’s too narrow, that could be another cause of your strapless bra slippage. This is especially true for full-busted women. In fact, the larger/heavier your breasts, the wider the band you’ll need on your strapless bra. A wide band provides more support than a narrow one. That’s why you may find that a strapless bustier or even a strapless longline bra is more likely to stay up than a typical strapless bra. That extra material under the band contributes to the support (and as an added bonus, provides some shaping benefits!)


Related: Finding A Supportive Strapless Bra: 6 Do’s and Don’t’s


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Jeanie Strapless Contour Bra 4815 | Jeanie High Cut Brief 4803 in Black

Your strapless bra is past its prime

Another reason why a strapless bra might keep slipping down is that it’s simply too old. Any bra will begin to lose its elasticity and stretch out over time, and as previously mentioned, when a bra becomes too loose in the band, it is less likely to stay up. The lifespan of a bra will depend on how often you wear it, and whether you wash it and dry it with care, but as a general rule, it will likely only last for about six months to a year. Note that strapless bras have to do a bit more work than the average bra (after all, they’re supporting your breasts sans straps), which is why they tend to wear out faster. Want to get the most wear out of your strapless bra? Then make sure that it fits snug on the loosest band setting — that way, you can tighten it as needed when it continues to stretch out with wear.

Final considerations

If you’ve addressed all of those possible problems and your strapless bra still won’t stay up, there are a few other tried-and-true tactics you can try. For example, you might try safety pinning the bra to your dress or top. Or, you can use double-sided fashion tape to hold the bra against your skin. Another popular trick is to take a removable strap from a convertible bra and wrap it around your torso under the cups, connecting it to the opposite side. This tends to make the band a tad more secure, thus preventing the bra from sliding downward. Lastly, consider opting for a longline bustier if you’re full-busted. A longline bustier is designed to hug the torso and provide extra stability and support for bigger busts, in addition to keeping the strapless cups in place.

Ultimately, the best way to make sure your strapless bra stays up is to buy one that’s high quality and fits you flawlessly. It may sound like a lot of effort to find the perfect one, but here’s the thing — avoiding the hassle of tugging at your bra all night is downright priceless.


Related: Should You Buy Your Lingerie Online or In Store?


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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Jeanie Strapless Contour Bra 4815 | Jeanie High Cut Brief 4803 in Black
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