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How I learnt to embrace body positivity in the lingerie industry

Working at a lingerie brand, you’d think that it would be difficult to maintain body positivity – scantily-clad airbrushed models are the norm, and not much can faze us! However, working at Playful Promises, which is run by women with feminist values, working within the lingerie industry has taught me a lot about embracing body positivity.

A lot of this body confidence comes from our customers. Playful Promises stock from a UK8 to a UK24 (US 4 – 20), so there’s a lot of size diversity in the customer base. The lingerie is on the more risqué end of the spectrum, but seeing women of all sizes buying sexy and provocative pieces is a huge inspiration! Everybody deserves to feel sexy and wear the lingerie of their choice.

Babes in Playful: @jezra_m, @jess_megan_, and @alexagivesnofucks

Babes in Playful: @jezra_m, @jess_megan_, and @alexagivesnofucks

Seeing all different types of bodies in our lingerie always makes me feel like I CAN be as confident with my body as they are. Being positive about other people’s bodies is often the first step to finding confidence in yourself, something I have definitely noticed a change in. The women who wear our lingerie with confidence are so inspiring!

Seeing all different types of bodies in our lingerie always makes me feel like I CAN be as confident with my body as they are. Being positive about other people’s bodies is often the first step to finding confidence in yourself, something I have definitely noticed a change in. The women who wear our lingerie with confidence are so inspiring!

Some people wear lingerie for their partner – which is totally okay, and a lot of our customers like to do so – but we’ve also found that a large group of people love to wear lingerie for themselves. Wearing things that make you personally feel sexy, beautiful and happy is a wonderful way to promote self-love. It’s like wearing your best dress – the “look good, feel good” mentality is one that resonates with and works for a lot of people. There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of vanity!

Another means of self-love is the act of buying the lingerie for yourself. Treat yourself! Everyone has days when they feel down, and sometimes retail therapy is just the pick-up you need. Not everything can be fixed with material possessions, but treating yourself as you would treat someone you love is a good start. Little things are often what help get you through the day.

The lingerie industry can be a difficult place to be body-confident in, especially when there are companies who use body-shaming tactics as a way to promote sales, and others that completely ignore the fact that they’re not inclusive. However, there are a few brands, established and upcoming, that consistently strive to be more diverse, inclusive and represent a range of body types. From a brand perspective, the idea of body-positivity is an important one, and it’s definitely important to our customers. This makes us want to continue to expand our size ranges, represent a range of bodies and keep sending a body-positive message out there.

So, here’s a list of ways you can embrace body positivity too!

1.  Take selfies! Put on your favourite lingerie and take hundreds, thousands of selfies! You don’t have to send them to anyone, or put them online. Embrace how hot you look in your new or old-faithful set!

2. Treat yo’ self – as aforementioned, treating yourself is a great way to help encourage body-positivity. This doesn’t necessarily have to mean buying something lavish and expensive. A pair of cute knickers sometimes do just the trick, but other ways of treating yourself can simply include running yourself a bath, moisturising yourself, painting your nails. Simple acts of kindness to your body help when sometimes you can forget to look after yourself on particularly bad days.

3.   Be positive about other people’s bodies – this one is really important! Once you start to be positive about other people’s bodies, of all shapes and sizes, then this could help you feel more positive about your own body. Talk about other people with positivity, then talk about yourself the same way you do about others. Self-talk is important – I often try to imagine myself saying things I say about myself to someone else – if they would be upset about it, then don’t talk to yourself like that either!

4.  Related to number 3, speak positively about yourself. You don’t have to do this in front of other people, it can be as simple as writing down 3 things that you like about your appearance, and 3 things that aren’t about your appearance. Do these whenever you feel a bit low and remember what you’re worth! Some good examples that aren’t about your appearance include; being good at making others laugh, keeping in touch with friends, good at hugs, etc!

5.   And finally; you’re allowed to have days when you don’t feel 100%. Don’t be so hard on yourself – it’s not easy keeping up body-positivity 24/7. Sometimes you do need someone else to tell you you’re beautiful, and that’s totally okay! Learning to pick yourself up is important, but when you’re struggling never hesitate to go to someone who will help you back up. You’re only human, and sometimes a little bit of TLC is necessary!

Do you have any of your own body-positive mantras or tips? Let us know in the comments and on our social media!

New Stockist: Revival Retro in London

Everyone knows that London is a buzzing hub of creativity, style and uniqueness, which is why we're so happy to announce that we now have a lovely stockist in Central London!

Revival Retro is a stunningly decorative shop based near Fitzrovia, London - just a stone's throw away from Tottenham Court Road and tucked away from the busy streets. The design of the shop is art deco-inspired, and does not disappoint with it's antique knick-knacks, vintage-inspired clothing and jewelry. 

They're stocking some of our newest collection, including the beautifully feminine Amelia, the tough-but-sexy Imogen Curve, the boudoir-favourite Emerald Cordelia, and finally the 1920s-inspired Emily gown and chemise. They even have some of our older designs, like frilly knickers and corsets!

If you're in London, make sure to pop into Revival Retro for a hugely warm welcome from their lovely staff, and to try on some of our fabulous lingerie!

You can visit Revival Retro at 30 Windmill Street, London, W1T 2JL

or online, at

Styling Grace & Patience

New in to our mini-brand Peek & Beau are the Grace teddies (one in sumptuous satin, the other in wicked wetlook), and the Patience suspender vest. Peek & Beau's tagline is 'Attire to Flaunt' - and these pieces are certainly flaunt-able! So, to put our money where our mouth is, we're gonna show you how to style these pieces as outerwear! Starting with Grace in Satin and Lace...

The Grace in Satin and Lace is the more girly of the two, which makes it a perfect going-out piece. Here I've simply put it with thigh high boots because it works fabulously as a stand-alone piece! 

As it's England and it will inevitably get chilly, you can layer up the Grace with a fluffy oversized jumper. Finish the look with some hold-up lace tops and Docs and you'll be cosy AND fashionable!

And now, onto Grace Satin's more daring sister, the Grace Leatherette...

Go all-out daring dressy punk realness by layering the Grace Leatherette over a fishnet bodystocking and pairing with some killer platform boots! Even better if your fishnets are ripped.

This is much more of a daytime look! Despite it's rock'n'roll aesthetic, the Grace Leatherette can still be made a little more feminine. I've paired it here with a pink jacket and some spotty flatforms for lots of clashing!

And finally, the Patience suspender vest!

The Patience is super versatile! Here I've decided to show off the garter detail by layering some cut-off shorts and stockings, as well as pairing the Rosaline bra underneath it.

You can also go a bit more subtle by hiding the garter detail underneath a skirt, and simply wearing as a sheer vest which makes a simple but cute daytime look!

Have you got the Grace or Patience yet? If so, how have you styled them?