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Hooked on a Feeling Part #3: Buying Habits

So last week we spoke to five wonderful lingerie addicts about their wearing habits; Amber - the full bust blogger from Scarlet's LetterWen - another full bust blogger shopping on a student budget from Comics Girls Need Bras Laura - a small bust blogger who writes on Morning MadonnaVicky - a photographer who specializes in lingerie & creative director of The Lingeristas, and finally Lamb, the small-bust blogger from Of Lambs and Lace. This week, we're asking them about their buying habits

Are there any styles that you lust after, but never purchase?

Amber: Bralettes! I love bralettes and many gorgeous styles that are beautiful but don't offer a lot of support. Usually I'll skip out of those, but not all the time. I'm usually open to buying nearly anything as long as I love it, but bralettes do tend to get overlooked in my buying habits.

Wen: Yes I really want to try some strappy styles and also some bodysuits with underwires but it's hard to find a fashion bra that fits well and is not too expensive for my student budget and it's quite the same for bodysuits. 

LauraOpen cup bras. They don't look so great on my shallow chest. I've grown happy with what I've got but they are the only style that makes me wish I had fuller, rounder boobs. However, as they are often completely unpractical it's not a real heart ache. It's probably better for my bank balance that I don't like how they look on me or I'd end up with a drawer full of unpractical bras and no money.

Lamb: Do Balconette bras count? Because they do not work for my shallow bust at all and make up almost 50% of the lingerie I covet. 

Vicky: I really love the look of balconette bras, but because of the style I rarely buy them, as I rarely wear anything that a balconette bra can complement.

Laura avoids open-cup bras, even if they're super cute like Show Time!

Laura avoids open-cup bras, even if they're super cute like Show Time!

Do you prefer to shop online or in store, and why?

Amber: I love online shopping, because literally all of my favorite lingerie brands and shops are at my fingertips! I am loyal to a lot of brands, so I usually know what size will work best for me even without trying a piece on. When I try a brand for the first time, I have no problem buying before I can try it on. Most places take returns, and to me, shopping for lingerie IN my lingerie is just so much fun and relaxing! No waiting in lines, just glasses of wine ;)

Wen I do prefer to shop online because I have more choices and I don't have to deal with the feeling that I am bothering the lingerie fitter when I finally decide to not buy something after trying a lot of bras. But at the end that would be more comfortable to be able to try my bras on before spending money in them, especially the unusual ones.

LauraUnfortunately Scotland lacks in any decent lingerie boutiques so I shop almost exclusively online. Shopping on the web has given me better access to brands that I find aesthetically appealing and those who sell my size. Although the fear of items not matching the size chart is a constant fear when buying. Being able to order custom made sizes from indie brands online is fantastic though and so far I've been really pleased with the results when I've used this service and gotten some wonderfully fitting pants. 

Vicky: It really depends what I’m buying. For bras, I much prefer shopping in store so I can try them on as some styles work and some don’t. Because of my small sizing, shops rarely have the size I need in store so I tend to have to buy online. I also like the ability to see the quality of the material so in store is usually my preferred choice.


The majority vote is that shopping online is the way forward!

The majority vote is that shopping online is the way forward!

Do you have styles of lingerie that you buy way too much of?

Amber: I'm a babydoll addict, and I have so so many bras, but when it comes to lingerie, I never feel like there is "too much", because there are constantly new styles and colorways being released, and always something new to catch my interest.

WenHum actually I am buying sheer balconette bras as if I couldn't have enough of them in my wardrobe. Sometimes I think I should try to wear more colorful styles (like prints for example).

Laura: There's not really a style but more a fabric, I LOVE black mesh! Luckily all my black mesh items go together so it's easy to throw on two mesh items and be matching without even trying before having to leg it for the bus to work at 6am.

Lamb: Yes, strappy black pieces. Can't stop and won't stop investing in them. I just layer them all up and wear as many at once so I don't feel wasteful about buying them.

Vicky: I buy so many high-waisted briefs yet I never wear clothing that complements me wearing them. I should probably hold back on those purchases and go for the more sensible, hipster cut!

Wen thinks she should try some more prints, like our colourful Sasha set!

Wen thinks she should try some more prints, like our colourful Sasha set!


Hooked on a Feeling Part #1 - Lingerie & Mood

Does lingerie have an emotional connection to the person wearing it? Can it alter or enhance your mood? We spoke to five wonderful lingerie addicts about how lingerie affects their mood; Amber - the full bust blogger from Scarlet's Letter, Wen - another full bust blogger shopping on a student budget from Comics Girls Need Bras,  Laura - a small bust blogger who writes on Morning Madonna, Vicky - a photographer who specializes in lingerie, and finally Lamb, the small-bust blogger from Of Lambs and Lace. Five different women, with different tastes and needs. So, let's find out...

How does lingerie make you feel?

AmberEmpowered. Sexy. Confident. Lingerie just makes me feel good. Wearing pretty lingerie feels like an act of self-care. I'm able to feel good about myself, while wearing comfortable lingerie when I feel like it, or wearing sexy playful lingerie when I feel like it. I feel like as women any act of self love and care does indeed feel like a revolution, and I'm all about making beautiful lingerie a part of my daily routine.

Wen: I am actually a pretty shy person. I have a lack of self-confidence even if I am sure my pictures show the opposite.. It's hard for me to express myself in public. Lingerie helped a lot when I was a teen. It is still helping me now. It makes me feel like I am in control, like I can do everything because my body is okay with that.

LauraFor me it depends on the set. Lots of straps, mesh and lace up detailing can make me feel incredibly badass and strong, giving me a confidence boost. Until about a year or so ago I wasn't really a confident person but wearing lingerie that made me feel strong really helped me fake it until I truly felt it. Simpler cotton and jersey sets are what I find comforting and I tend to wear them when I'm feeling low and just want to feel cared for. Others are simply just enjoyable pieces to wear and can perk up my mood. Lingerie is very deeply ingrained into my self care rituals. 

Vicky: Lingerie is a real confidence booster for me. Even when it is worn for comfort, certain styles can make me feel great about myself.

LambLingerie is a form of therapy for me. I long ago made my peace with the notion that I'd never like everything about myself, or even come close to that but lingerie helps. It helps me like my body and it helps me to elevate my moods when I'm on a low. I adopted a 'treat your self' attitude when I was 17 to tackle my worst days of negative self reflection and that evolved naturally into a lingerie collection I feel proud to have earned my lingerie, I feel happy in myself wearing my lingerie and there's no forgetting that purchasing it helped me out in a momentary lapse of confidence.

Strappy detailing makes Laura feel like a total badass

Strappy detailing makes Laura feel like a total badass

Do you have any go-to styles when you need luck?

Amber: I love going to bras that make me feel ultra supported and sexy, one of my go-tos lately has been the Playful Promises Cordelia set, it's so pretty, gives me great support and shape, and it works really well with my body to give me stellar cleavage.

Wen: Well, when I need luck I go with my most comfy style. It has to be as cute as comfy, and discreet under clothes in term of cleavage. A set that makes me feel like everything is going to be okay.

LauraOnly recently! In November I sat my driving test and wore a red lingerie set. I feel absolutely fantastic in this set, it fits my body so well. Not only is red my favourite colour, it also symbolises good fortune in Chinese culture, so I figured it would hurt to wear it. It must have worked as I passed! I haven't been in any situation since where I've needed luck but it's in the back of my mind that if I do, I should wear this set.

Vicky: A good, old fashioned plunge bra! 

Lamb: I don't believe in luck. But being born a Manchester City fan means I was raised to consider red as a colour to be avoided, so I guess I don't wear any red lingerie on match days?

Amber likes to wear her Cordelia when she needs luck!

Amber likes to wear her Cordelia when she needs luck!

 Do you have any go-to styles when you're feeling blue?

Amber: I love something like a bodysuit, something that just wraps me up, like a robe or babydoll. I like pieces that move with me when I'm feeling down, something I could snuggle up with and fall asleep in if I'd like.   

WenWhen I am feeling blue, I often want to go with a bralette or the opposite, something impressive and very feminine. 

Laura: If I'm just not feeling my oats, a sports style bra and jersey fabrics are what I reach for. I have a grey cotton set which is the main set I put on when I'm feeling low. It was gifted to me by someone rather special and even though it's simple in design, it makes me feel closer to the gift giver and lifts my mood. The fact it's so pleasant to wear combined with the emotional element makes it a really comforting set for me.

Vicky: Something comfortable but with a little something extra, like some pretty lace or a nice pattern.

LambI tend to buy complicated, strappy designs on these days, but then again I just tend to buy them anyway? So not really, my blue days are generally spent caring about something other than my underwear.

Wen likes to wear bralettes when she's feeling blue

Wen likes to wear bralettes when she's feeling blue

Can lingerie change your mood?

Amber: It can enhance my mood, and change it for the better. Sometimes if I'm having a bad day, I'll do a little lingerie retail therapy, and get the excitement of adding a piece I've been lusting after to my collection. Or if I'm feeling a little confident and sexy, wearing a piece of lingerie that makes me feel like looks good on me, just makes me feel even more so. My lingerie collection is like a mood ring, it's varied and definitely includes all colors and styles and depending on how I feel can effect which piece I choose to wear.

WenHell yeah! Maybe this is one of the only things that can change my mood in a second. It's strange how my heart can beat faster in front of a set that I love or on the opposite, how I can feel sad when I am disappointed about lingerie.

Laura: Most definitely, sometimes dramatically. If I'm feeling sad, putting one of my favourite sets can perk me up enough that I can get through my day. On days when I'm feeling great, wearing something I also feel great in can really cement that feeling of happiness. 

VickyYes, definitely. If I’m feeling a bit self-conscious, wearing a set that makes me feel good can really brighten my mood.

LambIt's not the lingerie in itself that changes moods, it's the notion behind the lingerie. But the simple answer is yes.

Designing Peek & Beau - by Emma

Peek & Beau started off when we at Playful Promises recognized a gap in the market for alternative lingerie. The popularity of our Magdalene set with its kitsch, tongue-in-cheek naughtiness sparked this idea for me to create a mini-brand that encapsulated this darker side of Playful Promises.

Many of the Playful Promises customers are somewhat led by alternative fashion, so creating a line specifically for this audience was a natural transition from our usual feminine flirtatiousness into an edgier - but still as quirky - range. Myself being somebody who crosses from mainstream fashion into counter-culture, I also wanted to create products that people like me would want to wear.

‘Attire to flaunt’ being the tagline for the Peek & Beau line was also very important, as we noticed an influx of alternative fashion and using lingerie as outerwear, so designs that lent themselves to this way of styling was paramount to the design process.

Peek & Beau is heavily influenced by the macabre; tarot, the occult, religious iconography, horror B-movies, gothic architecture and retro fetishism. We often look to couture designers that use similar inspirations such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, Iris Van Herpen and Givenchy, as well as photographers such as Tim Walker, Nick Knight, Mert & Marcus, and Paolo Roversi.

For the 2016 collection, we went to LA to shoot with alternative model Demon Puff AKA Tilly Dinmore. Tilly encapsulated everything we wanted the mini brand to represent – somebody who follows alternative fashion, is quirky and cute, and is also influenced by retro fashion, just like we are at Playful Promises. 

Look out for more from this collection in August, but in the meantime, you can shop these new looks at!