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Playful Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Whether you're loved-up or your love life's lackluster, V-Day is coming and you can't escape it. Either way, stay away from those fuzzy cutesy teddies holding hearts saying "I Wuv You", pre-written cards with heartfelt, cheesy poems, and boxes of Cadbury's Milk Trays and get your beau - or yourself - something they/you actually want this Valentine's with our gift guide!

Which ever way you see Valentine's - a day or romance, or another money-grabbin' holiday - let's not deny the importance of showing love for others, and most importantly yourself. Any day with an excuse to either buy and wear pretty lingerie and get loved-up is alright by us. We have pieces for every kind of beau this year:


1. The Retro Romantic

If your beau is into retro style and a total sweetheart, the Bettie Page Ostritch Feather Babydoll is the ideal gift! Just pink and fluffy enough to be cute, and sheer enough to be a little sexy. The babydoll comes in sizes UK8-18, and as it's nightwear you can be a little lenient on the sizing if you're not totally sure. Your boo will also appreciate something comfortable to wear after a big V-Day dinner! If you really want to spoil them (or yourself), pair with the Peach Corsolette for a super-sweet peachy pairing! 


2. The Vintage Vixen

If your lover leans towards the sexier style of lingerie, and Bettie Page is their style icon, then the Bettie Page Eyelash Lace set is perfect. It also has a matching suspender belt which you can pair with our authentic Fully Fashioned stockings to complete the look. Perfect for a little surprise underneath a fitted dress if you want to do a big reveal at the end of the night!


3. Sparkle-Loving Sex Kitten

For babes with a penchant for gold and sparkly things! The Karine is ultra-feminine, but not too cutesy if your beau is a little on the sultry side. This set is available across our entire size range, so no stress about finding something for yourself or your partner's tricky size! Adorned with velvet bows, this set is a real showstopper.


4. The Fashion-Forward Fancy

If bae is all about current trends and a lover of simple styling, then the Betsy set is ideal! The soft triangle bra ensures comfort and perfect for those with petite busts or like non-wired bras for lounging. The detachable harness can be used to enhance any outfit, making this set transitional from underwear to outerwear. 


5. The Sexy Squeeze

And finally, something ultra-sexy, in a red-hot colourway and adored with eyelash lace, the Tamara Rust is an absolute perfect set for Valentine's! Ideal for a naughty night in, the Tamara features the perfect amount of strappy detail and is available across our size range.

Shop our complete Valentine's Gift Guide here

The Independent Brand Love-In

Every year we take part in the lingerie ‘Secret Santa’ with a host of wonderfully creative independent brands organised by Karolina Laskowska. It is an opportunity to get gifted some amazing lingerie and to help promote our community to the wider world. The world is becoming a more homogeneous place every day and by independent brands working as a community we can try to counter this as well as help foster creativity.

I was ill the week before Christmas and I popped into our studio on Christmas Eve and there was a parcel from Chile on my desk. I felt so curious. I didn’t remember ordering anything from Chile but there it was something all the way from Chile on the desk inmy office in London. I love it that our community is spreading so far and wide.

Inside it revealed that I’d got the amazing Toru & Naoko. They were generous enough to send me 3 sets as a gift. They were in a sparkly gift bag and each set was in cased in its own pouch (I’ve already used my 3 pouches for hair and make up products!) I love a bit of pretty but useful packaging.

My absolute favourite set was the Alexia Bra with Sharon Panties. These are so me. I love strappy sets. The fit was excellent. I wear a 34C/34D and despite not having any wire the fit felt very comfortable. I also really liked how the knickers had adjusters on all the strappy cut outs so they could be adjusted to my exact measurements.

What I noticed generally was the quality of materials and attention to design detail. There are lots of clever little twists to the design. I also liked how they had managed on The Tempest panties to make cotton panties feel glamorous. They are a lovely soft fabric but with daring detail. I haven’t seen this done before and it felt innovative.

Here’s a few snaps of me to give a feel of how good the fit is and how great the design.

Fully Fashioned & RHT Stockings

Playful Promises is full of exciting new things at the moment! First it's the much anticipated Bettie Page collection, then the gorgeous Spring Summer 2017 arrives with styles in ALL the sizes, and now, we've taken the plunge and decided to create our very own Fully Fashioned and RHT stocking range for the Bettie Page collection!

Elmer Batters, 1967

Elmer Batters, 1967

The range includes Fully Fashioned Stockings in Black and Chocolate, and RHT Stockings in Black, Chocolate, Electric Blue and Champagne.

And why is this range so special?

Well, Fully Fashioned Stockings and RHT stockings are not widely manufactured. This is because these types of stockings are made on original Full Fashioned 1950s machinery that knits the stockings from 100% Nylon - only a small handful of these machines still operate today, which makes these stockings extra rare! After the stockings are knitted, they are glass ironed. As for the seams, these are created on original Union Special machines. To know if you have a genuine Fully Fashioned stocking, you'll have a "finishing loop" on the top of the stocking which is used to finish the seam. They are then dyed and steamed on a flat metal leg to tighten the knit and shape the stocking.

Our Fully Fashioned Stocking collection, in Black and Chocolate!

Our Fully Fashioned Stocking collection, in Black and Chocolate!

This process creates a stocking with little to no stretch, yet fits the legs perfectly because they are shaped in such a way. The iconic seam on Fully Fashioned Stockings have a purpose to join the stocking together, as opposed to modern seamed stockings where the seam is added on afterwards. What you're left with is a stocking with a seam up the back, from the heel (which can be a point heel, a Cuban heel, Havana heel or a Manhattan heel.) 

RHT Stockings are a little different, and don't include the seam or fancy heel. RHT stands for Reinforced Heel & Toe, so on these stockings - you guessed it - the toe and heel are reinforced. They're for anybody who doesn't want seamed stockings and want some simpler!

Our RHT Stocking selection, in Black, Chocolate, Natural and Electric Blue

Our RHT Stocking selection, in Black, Chocolate, Natural and Electric Blue

Our RHT and Fully Fashioned stockings go perfectly with our Bettie Page range for an authentic retro aesthetic. Pair with wiggle dresses, pencil skirts and any of our suspender belts for a beautiful 50s look!

Stand Out At The Christmas Party!

It's coming up to Christmas party season, and already the Christmas party-outfit panic in ensuing. Finding something festive, yet cute enough to feel good can be a little tough. We're saying a big old "nope" to novelty Christmas jumpers and flashing earrings and came up with 3 outfits perfect for the festivities. Who knows, maybe you'll get a kiss under the mistletoe this year from the cutie you keep passing on your way to the photocopier...

The Anna Sequin Cape isn't just for the boudoir! Wear over a little fitted LBD with some bling-y earrings and sexy ankle boots. Finish off with cat-eye flicks and wear your hair up to show off those sparkles!

Gold & red are the perfect paring! Wear the Jessica bodysuit with a lipstick-red pencil skirt, your hair tied up in a red headscarf and some antique gold earrings to finish it off. Be matchy-matchy with red lippy and nails.

Grunge it up in the Lucinda Slip! This nightwear piece can translate to a going-out dress. Wear with a choker, killer platform heels and wine red lip-stain and nails. Finish off with fishnets and a faux fur coat.

Will you be wearing Playful Promises for Christmas this year? Make sure to tag #prettyinplayful on your pictures!

Lingerie Secret Santa

Each year, we partake in Lingerie Secret Santa with other indie brands. Whilst an excellent opportunity to get some presents for ourselves, it's also a chance to showcase other brands that work hard in the industry and share a like-minded ethos. Bringing these brands together will hopefully encourage more people to shop independent brands this Christmas once they see the thought and impeccable design that goes into each piece!

To kick it all off, here's a few key pieces from each brand to give you a taster of what they do:


1. Betty Blue's Loungewear - Nell Teddy

2. Abigail Greydanus - Latex Red Riding Hood

3. All Undone - Ariel Set

4. Alma Robles - Polka Dot Set

5. Buttress & Snatch - Cupcake Set

6. Elisa Poppy - Hecate White Set

7. Harlow & Fox - Viola Almond Tie Side Brief

8. Karolina Laskowska - Libra Bralet

9. Kiss Me Deadly - Cupless Vargas Dress

10. Nubian Skin - Midnight

11. Pillowbook - Aime Set

12. She & Reverie - Clamshell

13. Sugar Lace Lingerie - Baby Blue Sugar Set

14. Tight Laced - Star XVII

15. Manoela Marandino - Ella

16. Nearer The Moon - Daphne Bodysuit

17. Toru & Naoko - Tempest

18. ... and finally, it's our Karine set (coming soon!)

Just taking a look at the diversity of each of the brands is so inspiring! There's something for everybody, and every budget. Anyone would be more than pleased to get something from these designers, so make sure to check each of them out and get prepared for gift buying this year.

It means a lot to us to support other indie brands, so having this festive event each year is a wonderful way to exercise this and have fun at the same time. We're super excited for our recipient to get our gift!

Will you be shopping indie this year too?