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Everyday Halloween Chic

The nights are getting longer, the crisp chill is in the air and we are all reaching for layers over - and under – those lush pieces of lingerie of ours. This can only mean one thing – that Halloween is upon us!

We are firm believers that lingerie should not be just for the boudoir, but also to be flaunted; happily incorporated into creative and fun outerwear creations! And so, we think that the spirit of Halloween can be enjoyed throughout the year, bringing spoopy inspiration to everyone’s outfits and lingerie drawers all year around. There is just no denying the long-standing links between horror and the macabre and a dark, lustful sexuality, an aspect of Halloween that can influence your sartorial choices throughout the year.

Saimhain, with its ushering of the end of summer and summoning of winter – season of passing and marking of the day when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest – can indeed seem to some as too macabre to celebrate more than once annually. But passing also means rebirth and making anew, as well as a celebration of life, most notably with Mexico's El dío de los muertes, as just one example among countless other societies celebrating a variation of the festival. In spirit of such rich and diverse celebration, it feels only natural to want to embrace an aspect of that creative artistry beyond one day.

The history of fashion inspired by the darker side of life is a long and hugely inspiring one, from Victorian mourning fashion, to the campness of Hammer Horror, to McQueen’s macabre yet beautiful "Jack The Ripper Stalks His Victims" collection among countless similar examples, fashion has never failed to draw inspiration from the macabre, reinventing itself and creating something anew. Sweeping capes, witchy wide-brimmed hats, blood-red lips or sharp tailoring of The Hunger – whether you choose to channel a classic vampire, a Universal Monster or a tragic Hollywood starlet of times gone past this Halloween, there is a way to carry a token of this inspiration with you throughout the coming months.


In opposition to the homogenised, and frequently unimaginative, high-street standard of cheap plastic horns and boring, sparkly kitty ears, Halloween inspiration does not have to be all about the tired tropes of “sexy” witches or over-done vampires. Inspiration from the darker side can be as subtle, or as dramatic, as you like.

Black lingerie beats consumer preference polls time after time, and is indeed a great nod to the dark sensuality for sure, but inspiration can also be found in rich, bejeweled velvet tones, lashings of decadent, delicious lace, sumptuous devore and playful details such as tassels, or a hint of retro glamour, as well as countless variations of everything in between. Most importantly, it can be called upon to spice up your style whatever the season.


As someone who draws style inspiration from absolutely everything around me – from modern street fashion and glamorous haute couture to the fantastical, future-noir, as well as nostalgia of bygone era vintage, films and art, and of course, the endless possibilities of lingerie styling – few things offer as much scope for creativity, artistry and self-indulgent, or over-the-top inventiveness than the myriad of possibilities offered up by the dark yet endlessly enticing celebration that is Halloween. Because who does not associate the dark with tempting, sensual allure?

Style: Grunge Glamour

Fancy going for a girly look with a little edge? Add some grunge elements for that perfect night or day look!

Use our Christina satin and mesh longline bra as a bralette (or with the cage straps peeking out of a crop top) teamed with a sparkly pencil skirt then start accessorizing.

For the day, a causal oversized denim jacket and fringed bag with brogues for classic style with a twist. In the evening be bold with a big black felt hat and silver metal cuff combined with metal detailing on a comfortable mid height heel.

1.      Topshop MOTO Oversized Western Jacket £30

2.      River Island black gold sparkle pencil skirt £30

3.      ASOS Western Tassle Suede and Leather Cross Body Bag £30

4.      Office gent Block Heel Lace Up £40

5.      ASOS Felt Fedora Hat with Wide band and stitch edge £20

6.      Miss Selfridge Caged Cuff £10

7.      Urban Outfitters Unif Shoes £80


How do you wear your Cristina bra?

Style: Festival Chic

Planning on going to a festival this year and want to look stylish even when you live in a tent and haven’t showered for days? Take a look at our festival chic style post to always look like a fashion princess!

Start with our Lucy Neon Coral Lace Longline Bra as a base to this statement look; the neon coral colour is suitable for both night and day.

The more accessories the better so hunt out bulky bracelets and bundle bangles together for a thick but fun looking wrist. Headpieces are an essential item to enhance the ultimate festival look. Feathers, beading, Aztec embroidery and bling, you name it! Team this combination together with a fringed jacket for the evening to continue into the night at the after party.

1. ASOS Boho Stone Cuff Bracelet £10.00

2. Office Cleopatra Mid Heel Casual Side Zip, Brown Leather £80 – £45

3. Topshop MOTO Folk Embroidered Hotpants £34

4. Topshop Rhinestone Tribal Headband £12.50

5. River Island Brown laser cut suede fringed cape £95.00

 If you can’t bare the thought of living without your electrical needs fear not you can rock the boho festival look regardless!

How will you wear your Lucy bra?

Strap In: The Bondage Trend

Love it or hate it, the strappy lingerie trend is still going strong!

Typically only seen in the BDSM/fetish world, bondage (a constraint used for sexual pleasure) has entered mainstream fashion over the last few years. Although not a new addition to the lingerie world (strappy lingerie has been around in certain forms since the 1940s or possibly earlier!), 50 Shades of Grey certainly had a powerful influence on the rise of bondage themes within fashion.

Music videos now have an age rating as bondage has become more glamorized, mainstream and socially acceptable, with female musicians donning the garments. Although being constrained is typically a submissive trait, these women are anything but submissive, in fact, they seem to use the garments to exert power and strength. 

In "traditional" society, if you exposed your underwear it would have been frowned upon, whereas in this day and age you could turn your underwear into outerwear and nobody will bat an eyelash. Whether its body harnesses, cuffs or lingerie strapping decor, has this generation became more liberal to experiment with elements of BDSM?

As Playful Promises love all things playful, flirty and a little bit dirty we opened our arms to the curious and naughty. Our Cristina Black Satin and Mesh Longline Cage Bra with matching briefs features layers of strapping and a harness brief. The bra is a classic longline style which is both sexy and sophisticated. 

One of our guest brands, Hopeless Lingerie, is a specialist in bondage inspired lingerie. For the more daring wearer their Jennifer Frame Ouvert Knickers are perfect; with adjustable strapping giving a made to measure feel.

For a more subtle introduction to strapping why not try the Hopeless Lingerie Suzy Bralette. This is a less provocative but still strong piece with a soft jersey cup, which can be worn as lingerie or out and about as outerwear.

Fl*sh You & Me also create their own harnesses, which are at a slightly lower price point than Hopeless, with a more colourful approach. The Ruby Harness in Mint is a personal favourite, which brings colour to any summer outfit in the daytime or spice up an outfit in the evening.

For those who are more angelic and pure, but hold a secret love for strappy pants, the Fl*sh You & Me White Double Cross bra with matching garter belt and briefs is ideal as it's sweet and seductive. When wearing the garter belt with the briefs this is a killer combo highlighting the waist, and the multiple strapping on the briefs emphasizes the curve to the hip.

With imagery and video so accessible, and with more lingerie brands than ever before, will this bondage trend continue to grow? I hope so!

Do you love this trend? How do you style strappy lingerie as outerwear?

What’s your lingerie style?

As you may have noticed, over the last few months we have been bringing in lots of exciting new styles in classic black, naughty cupless and shades of shocking pink and mint green. As we were oohing and aahing over these in the office (and discussing which ones we wanted to snap up for ourselves!) it became clear that, even though there is a big crossover in our tastes, the PP girls all seem to be drawn to different styles of lingerie for a number of different reasons!  From customising and styling to layering and accessorising,  from carefully coordinating pieces to nonchalantly mixing and matching, from picking out styles that will drive our partners crazy to wearing things that just make us feel good that day; we all have our own style and preference when it comes to lingerie.

So it got me thinking – how do you wear yours? Do you rock a daring seamed stocking or a cage bra strap under your work wear, or is it strictly under wraps beneath your day-to-day clothing? Or maybe you save your fancy pants for special occasions – for seductive weekends away and ‘date night’ only!  Whatever your lingerie style, I’m pretty sure we’ll have something that will suit, from the ‘all eyes on me’ to the ‘for your eyes only’ :)



Is your workplace dull and drab? Is your office dress code formal and stuffy, or the opposite, so laid-back and scruffy that it makes you want to scream? Fight back against the mundane - they’ll never know that beneath your work attire you’re clad in shocking hot pink and daring black eyelash lace!

Virgin Rose

Keep this religious-inspired printed bra close to your heart! Featuring gorgeous red roses, soft lace print, a ghostly Virgin Mary and a faded sacred heart, you’ll feel positively virtuous when wearing this retro-kitsch 50’s cut soft cup bra, also available with matching knickers.


Silky, feminine and luxuriant, slipping into this lilac bloomer knicker and soft cup bra set will make you feel like a film star no matter what your day holds!  So what if you’re running late for work or the trains are on strike? You’ll be too busy radiating glamour to care!


Lily Open Cup Bra

For when you need to bring out the big guns – as it were – our quarter-cup Lilly bra both tempts and teases, drawing attention towards scandalously exposed flesh whilst also offering support for your curves – right up to an F- cup. A hint of false modesty makes this bra the ultimate seduction weapon!

Nina Ouvert Knickers

With built-in suspender straps, soft lace on black satin, and a thrillingly ouvert peek-a-boo opening, these briefs are serious business – elegance, sensuality and unabashed titillation.  These are definitely boudoir knickers, but hey, the world is your boudoir! Just make sure you don’t have a Marilyn Moment and walk over an air vent in a floaty skirt. You have been warned.

Grace Cage Bra

Somewhere between deliciously demure, and unapologetically outrageous, lives our very own burlesque star Grace.  A simple open-cup bra with cage straps, this design is versatile and can be styled in the way that makes you feel most comfortable – and which makes you feel most sexy. Whether layered with other strappy bra tops, worn with playful nipple nipples, or simply as is – with décolleté bared – it’s visually striking and instantly alluring. Bravo Grace! 



The corset has been around since the 1300s (depending on who you ask) and it certainly doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. There’s something iconic about the corset and its transformative power; the styles have changed over the years, but in recent times there’s been a move towards corsets being ornate and decorative rather than merely plain and functional. Try pairing a waspie with a pencil skirt and a Bardot neckline top for instant glamourpuss chic.

Hella Body

Wearing underwear as outerwear is a smart style trick which was first popular in the 1980s and made a comeback on the catwalks a few years ago, with camisoles and suspender belts being mixed with shorts, jackets and blouses to create a look which is both intimate and streetwise.  Dress this one up with tonnes of chunky jewellery, or try layering it with sheer fabrics and belts.

Cage straps

We love cage bras at PP! That’s why you’ll find this feature on the Peacock, Anastasia, and Grace and Ruby lines. Adding a quirky twist to traditional bra support straps, this design will liven up a low-cut dress or add interest to a vest top or sheer blouse; or the Anastasia floral bodysuit could be worn with a bolero and high waisted skirt for a daring but sophisticated look. Or just with tights and heels if you’re channelling your inner Gaga… 



So tell us, what's your lingerie style?