Turning French on you, Part I - Frisky foundations

July 14, 2012

To celebrate Fête de la Bastille, the French national holiday, I have decided to make a series of posts on how to recreate French women's effortless élégance. Whether they're celebrities or just anonymous beauties you run into, French women have this way of looking permanently chic and beautiful, making others envious to craziness. Having lived in Paris and being French at heart after all, I know myself some of those secrets that I am more than delighted to share with you. 
For this very first post, I will start with a selection of lingerie. I believe in wearing beautiful, sexy underwear at all times as opposed to having one or two beautiful sets that you keep for special occasions, and wearing difform, discoloured underwear the rest of the time. After all, the foundation matters, no matter what you wear. Even if I'm wearing jeans and a tee-shirt to run errands, I feel confidant and feminine if I'm wearing beautiful lingerie below.
And for those worrying about the cost of lingerie: you don't have to invest a fortune for that. I lived in Paris on a student budget, so I made it a point to hunt down beautiful, high-quality, yet affordable lingerie.

From left to right, top to bottom:
- Leopard, a basic. Bra,8$; thong, 4$, Forever21.
- Peach lace, soft and romantic. Bra, 8$; boxers, 4$, Forever21.
- Black and white lace. Bra, 8$, thong; 4$, Forever21.
- The retro temptress set. Corset, 11$; high-waist panties, 5$; Forever21.
- Retro lace panties. Don't they look so deliciously vintage? 37$; Modcloth.
- Black lace-trimmed set. Bra, 10$; panties, 5$; Forever21.
- Black ribbon-trimmed bra, 8$; Forever21.
- Black lace push-up bra, 20$; H&M (A personal favourite, the push-up effect is... perfect.)
- Rose and lavender lace push-up bra, 8$, Forever21.
- Mauve lace push-up bra, 20$, H&M.

A few tips:
- Don't shy away from affordable brands. I think that H&M and Forever21 have quite decent lingerie. But forget about thrift stores or sketchy boutique. A rule of thumb: if it looks and feels cheap, then it is cheap.
- Try as much as you can to wash your lingerie (and tights) by hand (with lukewarm water and baby shampoo) and let it air dry. If you don't have time for that, machine-wash them in a fillet with the delicate setting, and dry them on the lowest heat.

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1 comment:

Christie said...

This is such a great post! I agree about the quality of H&M lingerie, but I've never looked at F21. I'll have to now, though! Thanks so much!

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