2015 was a great year for my lingerie drawer. Thanks to the extreme generosity of designers and PR reps as well as friends and family, I had the opportunity to try more new brands than ever before. [Rapid-fire roundup: I took a look at luxury UK brands like Harlow & Fox and Bosom Galore (relaunching this season as Katherine Hamilton Intimates and looking GORGEOUS), I broke outside of the UK with reviews of Samanta, Ewa Michalak (here, here, and here), Comexim, Anna Pardal, and Simone Perele, I dipped into corsets with Angela Friedman and Evgenia Lingerie, and thanks to a size change I got to run my first reviews of super-popular D-G brands like Claudette and the glorious new fuller bust range from Playful Promises.] I am still so awed by and thankful to everyone who’s offered me sets for review; even if a set hasn’t worked for me personally, it’s thrilling to have the chance to see how seriously different players in the industry take their craft, and to witness the sheer variety of styles and sizes that’s available now, compared to 10 years ago.
While I’m always delighted to accept a set for review, I wanted to take a moment to talk about the lingerie I buy for myself. Obviously if my budget were limitless my drawers would be full of silk and frills and feathers and opulent, over-the-top, editorial pieces, with a whole separate room just for my floofy robes. Seeing as how I AM on a budget, however, I try to keep my purchases focused on pieces that I know will get a lot of daily wear (and that are pretty and will make me happy).
Enell Sports Bra
So, I’m not exactly starting with the most glamorous item on the list, but I’m not exaggerating when I say I would not have been able to run my half marathon without it. As I mentioned in this post from the week of my race, there are more amazing sports bras than ever before for fuller bust sizes, but they were WRECKING my skin. My back, my ribcage, and my breast tissue were getting torn up, to the point where it was painful to exercise, or even, like, shower. The Enell sports bra was a lifesaver. I hope to do a full post at some point this year, because I had the opportunity to try a customized bra to address some of the fit issues I mentioned in my earlier post. Even with the non-customized version, though, my skin had a chance to heal, I didn’t have to cut my workouts short, and by the end of 2015 I had run over 1000 miles. Thanks for coming along for the ride, Enell!
Ewa Michalak Amorek
Otherwise known as “The Set That Made My No-Animal-Print-EVER Resolutions Crumble to Dust in the Wind.”
Comfy? Check. Classic? Check. Minimalist? Check. Budget-friendly? Heck yes. I own this in both black and red; the black even made an appearance in the Agent Carter editorial. Paramour is available in Claudette’s Encore store, which now ships to the USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, France, and Germany. All sales are final, and all prices are a total steal. Claudette styles don’t show up on Encore until no other retailer is carrying them, so this is a last chance to pick up styles you loved before they’re gone for good.
Irene Adler Corset by Angela Friedman
As you might have gathered from my four picks above, I’m not generally a luxury lingerie consumer (while it obviously varies from consumer to consumer, for my personal financial situation, luxury bras are $100 and up). Neither my budget nor my size makes me most luxury brands’ target customer, so I’ve kind of conditioned myself to assuming “This is Not for Me” whenever I’m looking at or covering luxury lingerie brands. My bespoke silk corset that I commissioned for the Women of Mystery holiday series is definitely one of the most major purchases I’ve ever made. I wrote about the experience here, and I’m not kidding when I said I’m waiting for someone to invite me to a masquerade ball so I can wear it again. Call me!
Bonus Round: FYI by Dani Read garters
These are infinitely cooler than I am.
What about you? Did you have a favorite bra or piece of lingerie you bought in 2015? Is there anything you’re looking forward to picking up in the new year?