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Valentine's Gift Guide

Whether you are a loved-up bunny or you prefer to ignore the fuss around Valentines Day, there's no fighting the holiday that's about to get everyone smoochy and doe-eyed. So we say that if you cant beat 'em, join 'em –  treat yourself or someone special with our easy Valentines Gift Guide below. Whether you are looking for something red-hot for yourself or you're stuck on sizing for that lucky, lucky partner, we have you covered. Because lush lingerie needs no excuse!

Stuck on Sizing?

Would love to surprise that special someone with a flirty little number but are unsure about sizing? Fear not as we have a selection of easy sizing options such as Audrey! Audrey comes in sizes X-Small to X-Large without the need to guess the band and cup size in the bra; with its lush strapping, lace and red colourway it is the perfect Valentines gift.

 

Retro Romance

Envisioning an evening of retro romance? Look no further than our ever-popular Bettie Page range, with the red corsolette & babydoll ticking all the boxes. The corsolette comes in a perfectly-themed red satin colourway, with mesh panels subtly creating a curvaceous retro shape. Pair with our fully-fashioned stockings for a perfect underpinning under that little pin-up number!

Still not confident about sizing? You can't go wrong with our babydoll set, which comes complete with matching (somewhat stretchy) knickers both in an easy UK 10 - 20 / US 6 - 16 sizing! With its flirty sheer tulle fabric and adorable pink rosette and frill detailing, your boo is sure to fall in love with this darling retro addition to their lingerie drawer.

 

A Naughty Night

If you are lucky enough to plan a naughty night in this Valentines, then look no further than the killer playsuit - Maya! With its lashings of strappy detailing, cheeky thong back, sumptuous lace and strategically placed peeks of the flesh, you are sure to leave them weak at the knees. There is also no need to worry about sizing as Maya comes in easy-peasy sizes of X-Small to X-Large!

 

Vintage Vixen

Are you a vintage vixen, or perhaps you would like to surprise your squeeze who's all about those sexy vintage vibes? You can't go wrong with our sell-out bullet bra, which has just come in stock in a sensuous, deep red colourway – perfect for the season. Available in easy Small to X-Large sizing, we can see this stand-out piece setting pulses racing either in the bedroom or as a centre-piece of an outer-wear outfit, especially if paired to perfection with our dark red French knickers. Add mesh gloves to complete the sultriest of vintage looks!

 

Sexy Squeeze

Loved up and want to shout it from the roof-tops? Treat yourself or your sexy bae to our Love set that is just lush perfection, and available in our full size range. With its pink satin base, red mesh and sumptuous red lace overlay, nothing says red-hot passion than Love. Pair with the matching briefs featuring sexy cut-outs, or with the kinky ouvert variety, no set is more perfect for a big reveal at the end of an evening!

 

Fuller Bust Fancy

Are you a fuller-bust darling, or maybe you are shopping for a fuller-bust bae? Our new fuller-bust fancy Irena is a perfect choice. The set comes in 32-38 DD-H (US K) and UK 8-18 / US 4-14, featuring red satin overlaid with delicate floral lace and thoughtful little details like stronger mesh at the back and thicker straps.

So whether you’re a hopeless romantic or a sex kitten, don't forget to show some love and appreciation this Valentines - with the Playful guide it couldn't be easier!

NEW YEAR, NEW LINGERIE!

It's been an amazing year for Playful Promises! One which had many milestones for us as a brand; We shot with retro babe Vintage Vandalizm for our Swim Takeover. We did an Ageless Fashion campaign, featuring models in their late 60s Pam & Lina. We made our first overwire bras for our Bettie Page mini-brand. We launched Playful Promises US, shot with lingerie connoisseur Cora from The Lingerie Addict . We collaborated with plus size blogger Gabi Fresh, and shot our Bettie Page collection on the inimitable Violet Chachki (and broke the internet). To say we've been busy is an understatement! We feel incredibly accomplished and proud, but our work is never done and we're very excited for our new projects in 2018.

And with that, the new year is the perfect time to update your wardrobe and try some new styles. You don't need a total revamp - luckily, we have quite a few pieces that work amazingly to make a drab outfit, fab! The New In Peek & Beau is especially good for styling with outerwear, so take a gander at our outfit ideas to update the pieces you have already in your wardrobe for 2018.

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Strap in with a harness!

A little red dress is great - simple, seductive, and can be accessorized however you want. We love the military-themed Tommy harness, and thought the red popping underneath it was the perfect accompaniment. Pair with brushed gold jewelry to match with that lace applique, and make sure to shimmy your shoulders wherever you go to get those tassels twirling!

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Pretty in Punk

Bodysuits are a dream to style - just chuck on a skirt and a jacket and you're ready to go! The Margarita body is the perfect accompaniment for a night out, with it's plunging neckline and black lace. We've paired it with a tartan kilt and leather jacket to offset it's feminine charm with edgier pieces.

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Modern Vintage

Our brands can be mix & matched together too! The Bettie Page Longline Overwire works perfectly as a bralet to wear outside and with a pencil skirt. Over the top we've zipped up the Kendalle Waspie to enhance that retro hourglass shape and create the illusion of an LBD.

What are your New Years resolutions?

Ethical Fashion

There is no doubt that ethical consumption has become a growing part of the conversation around the textile and fashion industry in recent years.  But how much of this is a trendy buzz-word used by companies large and small to entice increasingly ethically-conscious consumers, and how much of it is authentic, pro-active movement for change?

Debate around the ethics of textiles and fashion is a long-standing and many-fold one. It can however be broken down into two main concerns, namely the increasingly devastating impact it has on the environment, as well as distressing levels of abuse of working conditions and practices of the workers in the developing countries.

As an ethically-conscious brand, Playful promises aims to contribute to affecting real, tangible change. Not only all of our factories ethically audited, but we have also put in the research to ensure that we donate to the very best organisations advocating practical change to communities, countries and aspects of environmental impact that need it most. As a part of this effort, Playful Promises donates boxes – sometimes numbering in their dozens or hundreds, to organisations such as Traid and Giving World Online, both of which have a proven, long-standing record of affecting change in the areas we feel passionate about. We do this several times a year to ensure that our continued, practical support can help make a difference.

  Gulafsa embellishing, photo courtesy of Traid

Gulafsa embellishing, photo courtesy of Traid

So what change can we, as a fashion brand, affect? Most people have likely, by now, either heard of or have investigated in some depth the impact their consumer choice has on the environment and the working conditions of workers in the developing world. The case is evident none more so than in fashion and textile industry where surplus or unwanted garments are amassed in huge landfills, the environment is being polluted with synthetic fibre, and the workers producing the garments are frequently working in unsafe and unhealthy conditions, often underpaid and being subject to questionable working practices. Women, and frequently, children, bear the brunt of such working conditions, and we could not call ourselves feminist if we were not doing our outmost to improve the working, economic and social conditions of women making our garments for us.

 Checking out one of our factories earlier this year. On the left is a machine that makes bra molds and on the right is a technique for ensuring strappy bras are created with accuracy across each size - using a paper pattern!

Checking out one of our factories earlier this year. On the left is a machine that makes bra molds and on the right is a technique for ensuring strappy bras are created with accuracy across each size - using a paper pattern!

Traid aims to reduce the negative environmental and ethical impact of the textile industry by working towards the aim of increasing textile recycling for aid and international development. This is achieved through a number of ongoing projects, such as ending child and forced labour use in countries such as India, by encouraging large brands to focus on transparency of their supply chain. While the difficulties of monitoring the entirety of a lengthy production chain of a garment are notorious, funding initiatives such as supply chain mapping ensures that a more ethical change can be affected.

Another successful ongoing project that has been funded by Traid over the last three years has focused on expanding sustainable cotton production in countries such as Ethiopia, by supplying the funding and tools to the farmers to convert to organic, non-GM cotton farming, hence reaping the health, environmental and economic benefits of higher-value Fairtrade cotton. Ethiopia is set to increase its organic cotton production in the coming years, and we here at Playful Promises cannot encourage our fans enough to become ever-more aware as consumers, to check your garment labels and support such initiatives with your purchases. Funding and donations from ethically-conscious and eco-friendly brands like ours make all the difference.

Giving World Online focuses on similar causes closer to home, with their ethos of working towards “a society in which no one is in want because nothing is wasted”. The organisation works with a number of charities and local community groups to redistribute surplus goods from businesses and corporations within the UK, affecting a positive change within poorer UK communities as well as helping to stem the catastrophic rise of landfill sites. And this is where we, as a small brand, feel we can help make a difference.

The last report from Giving World has assessed our last donation, with our contribution of 530 garments coming to the value of £2120, which was able to help 270 women. Supporting women across the world – the members of the workforce who are frequently the most marginalised, underpaid, undereducated and abused - is very much part of our ethos and feminist credentials.

Women supporting other women – however small the business or however seemingly fledgling the initiative -  is one of the best incentives we can think of to affect some real, long-lasting change.