Shapewear is often seen purely as ‘slimming’ underwear that people wear when they’re desperate to squeeze into a size smaller than normal. And sometimes that is the case – never underestimate the power of a pair of big knickers when your favourite dress is feeling a bit tight! – but shapewear is far more than that.
As well as the tummy flattening and bum-lifting abilities, these foundation garments are also useful for avoiding VPL, creating a smooth line under thin or close-fitting fabrics, or accentuating your favourite body parts.
The right shapewear doesn’t need to be tight and uncomfortable. We’ve come a long way since the girdle. Modern shapewear styles have loads of stretch to provide gentle support, not corset-like restriction, and there’s something to suit every outfit.
Here are six ways to improve your look with some cleverly chosen foundations…
TV Fashion Recap is a biweekly column featuring the best of TV fashion. Every other week, we recreate our favorite outfits from the most recent episodes of all of the hottest shows. Stay tuned; we may feature your favorite show next!
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Every other week, I break down the best of TV fashion, featuring my favorite looks from the last two weeks. This week, I was inspired by The Rachel Zoe Project and Psych. Read on to check out the outfits!
Welcome to the fifth post in our series on “Game of Thrones” fashion. If you haven’t read them already, be sure to check out our previous articles on fashion inspired by House Stark, House Lannister, House Targaryen and House Baratheon.
Photo: HBO official promo wallpapers
House Tyrell (my personal favorite of the Great Houses of Westeros) pretty much has it made right now. They rule “The Reach”, the southern region of Westeros, a beautiful, fertile land that has made the Tyrells ridiculously wealthy – almost as ridiculously wealthy as the Lannisters.
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It’s been slow and steady, but warmer weather is approaching and with it comes fewer layers, lightweight fabrics and lots of new trends to try.
One of my favorite things to wear during this transitional period is sheer clothing. There’s something quite summery about see-through fabrics, yet they can also be paired with more “substantial” pieces, like boots or jackets, until the weather stays consistently warm.
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Do you struggle with transforming your outfits from day to night? Don’t worry, CF is here to help turn that daily annoyance into a fun challenge. Class to Night Out focuses on one piece per week, and aims to help you take your look from study sessions in the library to dancing the night away.
Remember how awesome skorts were, back in the day? These skirt/shorts hybrids made playground activities a breeze, especially if you were a girly-girl like me and absolutely refused to wear pants. (What? They were uncomfortable. I came around by fourth grade – I swear.) I was so ’9os fabulous that I even had an overall skort that made running around like a maniac all too easy.
Rejoice, fellow skort-lovers, because they’re back! As culottes, that is. It’s a much fancier name, but they’re essentially the same thing (though today’s culottes are much more stylish than the floral-embroidered denim skorts I used to own). Culottes look super sleek and a bit retro on everybody, so I thought I’d devote this week’s post to showing you how to style a pair of culottes for both a day of classes and a night out.
Welcome to the fourth post in our series on “Game of Thrones” fashion. If you haven’t read them already, be sure to check out our previous articles on fashion inspired by House Stark, House Lannister and House Targaryen.
Photo: HBO official promo wallpapers
House Baratheon is the current ruling house of Westeros, so you’d think their lives would be relatively drama-free, right? Wrong. So wrong. I won’t spoil anything for you new viewers, but the Baratheons’ grip on the Iron Throne isn’t exactly as strong as they thought, which is why three factions are soon brawling over which Baratheon is the true king.
Given our past posts on British artists, it’s become apparent that CF has been missing one important piece in the puzzle. That piece is orange, has an affinity for Legos, and is currently touring with Taylor Swift. If you guessed Ed Sheeran, you are correct!
This uber-talented singer/songwriter/musician has already topped UK and US charts with his album ”+”. If you’re not familiar with this red-haired phenomenon, you might be familiar with his single “The A Team.” Fun fact: he’s also written songs for One Direction in the past. I give him an A+.
While Ed Sheeran’s guitar chords and vocals are definitely amazing, I can’t help but be inspired by his insanely detailed lyrics. With a few key pieces, you, too can translate his songs into wearable looks! Below, I’ve created a few outfits inspired by Ed Sheeran’s music. Scroll down to see them!
It’s been a lot easier in recent years to find pretty sets for larger busts, but many of us who wear an E cup or above are still limited to only a handful of brands. Spreading your wings and trusting a new brand requires a bit of a leap of faith. You need a bra that’ll do the job and support a larger bust, and a lot of the more boutique brands are hard to find if you don’t have a specialist lingerie store nearby.
Miss Mandalay is one of those brands I’ve had my eye on for a while, but never tried out because the high price tag coupled with the lack of places to try it on left me wondering it was worth the risk.
It turns out it was. A while ago I finally took the plunge (pun intended) and bought this Vava bra (£42). It completely converted me to a Miss Mandalay fan. The bra feel secure and supportive, but it has the look of a bra not designed for fuller busts – fairly thin straps, soft, sheer fabric and a balconette cut that comes quite low and creates a lovely shape. It’s one of the comfiest ‘fashion’ bras I own and has quickly become one of my favourites.