8 common underwear mistakes you could be making

We’re well into the Christmas party season now, perhaps you’ve even attended one or two. When considering your Christmas outfit’s how much of that thought was about the underwear? Not a lot? Don’t worry we anticipated that!

When we talk about underwear, we think about bras—how we’re wearing the wrong size, how they should really fit. Underwear, however, is often overlooked,” Choosing the right type of underwear truly sets the foundation for your entire day. Taking more time to be aware of what you’re wearing can go a long way in helping you look great.

We have worked with five of our biggest suppliers and models from the lingerie industry to bring you the do’s and don’ts. So let’s get to work and correct—the eight most common underwear mistakes you’re probably making, but had no clue.


1. You’re wearing a size too small.

Now is the time to put vanity aside and go a size up in your clothes with your underwear! If they are too tight they can pinch and give you the dreaded muffin top or VPL (visible panty line), not to mention increase your chances of nether-region unpleasantness like a UTI or yeast infection.

2. You’re wearing the wrong underwear with your outfit.
A string may prevent V.P.L, but it’s not always the best underwear for your body-con clothes. If it’s made from textured material, for example, it will still show through a tight, lightweight dress. A more appropriate choice, in this case, might be a seamless boyshort, maybe one with slightly longer “legs” to prevent ride-up. Wearing a high-waisted skirt? Try a high-waisted brief vs. a low-rise bikini to help smooth out the tummy area.

3. Not trying before buying.

Fit is essential when it comes to undergarments. Even the most swoon-worthy bra can lose its “lustre” when the sizing is off. Bra shopping, in many ways, is very similar to shopping for a pair of jeans — every pair fits differently, especially across brands, so trying them on is key. We offer free shipping on orders over ?100. and returns on garments, we’re always available to answer your questions too, as we have knowledge regarding the brands.



4. Not following the care instructions properly

Always read the care instructions. Lace, silk and satin underwear and bras need a little extra love when it comes to washing, and shouldn’t be treated in the same way as their cotton counterparts. Delicate fabrics and constructions often require the use of cold water, hand-washing techniques, mild soap and air drying to maintain their like-new appearance.


5. Not getting rid of worn out pieces 

Yes, it can be hard to part with your favourite pieces of clothing, but there comes a time when you just have to “let go”. Bras and underwear that are wearing thin or sporting holes should be ditched and upgraded.

6. You’re not spending enough on your lingerie.

It’s tempting to save money on your lingerie and spend it on that pair of jeans instead—after all, that’s what everyone will see. But even if you are the only one who ever sees your underwear, remember that this is the foundation to your entire look. The right underwear has the power to make or break how you walk, talk, look and feel throughout any given day. A ?5.00 pair of underwear may seem like a great deal to start with but probably won’t stand the test of comfort, or time. The cheaper the underwear, the lower the quality—expect materials that are rough against your skin, exposed seams that dig-in as well as show through clothes, underwear that’s not lined properly, or ill-fit that can cause ride-up. Good quality underwear, on the other hand, will be made with first-rate materials for comfortable, all-day wear, superior attention to fit and will hold both its appearance and fit after numerous washings.

7. You’re wearing light underwear with your dark-colored clothing. 

Most people (we hope!) know not to wear dark underwear through light-colored clothing, but did you know you can also see light underwear through dark-colored clothing? Especially if a camera flash is involved. So if you’re wearing a black dress, it’s best to stick to black lingerie.

8. You’re wearing mesh underwear in the summer.

It may seem like mesh underwear is more breathable, but you may be surprised to hear that it’s not. Synthetic materials such as polyester hold and trap heat, moisture and bacteria—putting you at greater risk for yeast infections and UTIs, or just feeling uncomfortable all day. In the summer, it’s best to wear underwear made with natural, breathable materials such as cotton or bamboo that absorb and/or wick moisture away from the skin.

Lingerie at Wimbledon?

Some female tennis athletes have complained about major sporting brand, Nike making uncomfortable dresses that look similar to ‘lingerie’.

Lingerie at wimbleonNike has paid several athletes to wear a loose hanging dress complying with Wimbledon’s all-white apparel dress code; however some players feel it’s not ideal and that’s too revealing for the tournament.

According to the New York Times, Swedish player Rebecca Peterson said that the dress “flew everywhere” and she had to wear a long-sleeved shirt over the dress to put it in place during her preparations.

“When I was serving, it was coming up, and I felt like the dress was just everywhere,” Peterson said. “In general, it’s quite simple, the dress, but it was flying everywhere.”

The Czech Republic’s Lucie Hradecka wore leggings underneath the dress during her preparations.

Since the opening two days, alterations have been made to adjust the length and provide some comfort to the players.

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard was one of the players wearing the loose fitting outfit when she defeated Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-4, with her dress flying up frequently during the match.

However, not all athletes are against it.

Lingerie at WimbledonBouchard, who defeated Johanna Konta on day four at the All England Club, said that she loves the nice design, which helps her move freely.

“It’s funny that people paid a lot of attention to it, but I really think it’s really nice,” Bouchard told TSN.

Nike released a statement saying that the Nike Premier Slam dresses have not been recalled and that they have made alterations for athletes that feel uncomfortable.

Defending Wimbledon champion Serena Williams is also sponsored by Nike, however they’ve made the seven-time title winner her own signature outfit.

Story from News24.com






Sexy Lingerie, 3D Printed

Sexy Lingerie, 3D Printed to Fit Perfectly and Last Much Longer.

Having clothes thSexy Lingerie 3D Printedat fit perfectly can help make you look your absolute best. A tailored suit, or a custom fitted dress that complements your body will not only make you look good, however, they can also make you feel your best.

The same goes for undergarments and sexy lingerie, but as many of us will know, having underwear, bras, or bodysuits that not only look great but fit comfortably as well can be a challenge. Fortunately, one Jess Haughton, a fashion student from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom, has designed a line of 3D printed sexy lingerie which not only looks elegant, but can guarantee a perfect fit.

Haughton, a 23 year old from Ruislip in West London, designed the line of innovative sexy lingerie and underwear as part of a course. The sexy lingerie collection, which consists of a 3D printed stretch silicone bodysuit, a halter bra with a silicone floral pattern 3D printed onto sheer mesh, a mesh thong, and a leather harness, is currently being showcased at the Nottingham Trent University 2016 Art & Design Degree Show, running until June 11th.

Essentially, Haughton has used additive manufacturing technologies and a stretchy silicone material to create her unique sexy lingerie pieces rather than employ more traditional methods and materials like sewing and elastics. Silicone, a more resilient material than elastic, allowed Haughton a freedom of design which has resulted in more durable, smooth, and properly fitted pieces.

“Stretch silicone is amazing to work with and could really change the way sexy lingerie is made,” says Haughton. “It’s very strong and flexible when cured, and is practically impossible to unstick. It also ha3D Printed Sexy Lingeries an amazing feel to it, and when 3D printed can create more intricate detailing than traditional methods.” Haughton has even likened her innovative method of printing silicone floral patterns onto sheer mesh to a new, more modern way of making lace.

Though her current sexy lingerie designs are part of a school project, there is little argument that the market is ripe for custom designs, and there is surely to be a demand for custom fitted sexy lingerie. With the made-to-order philosophy that often accompanies 3D printed fashion items, people could have their bespoke sexy lingerie fitted to their exact measurements. That is, by simply inputting measurements into a computer (or who knows, maybe even by 3D scanning bodies for exact measurements) people could order pieces made specifically for them. The sexy lingerie pieces could also be customized in more ways than just size, for instance through bespoke detailing and style.

Emma Prince, a senior lecturer in fashion design at the School of Art & Design said of the innovative collection, “Jess has showed real innovation in developing her range of products and has developed her knowledge of this new technology which she can expand upon when she leaves university and pursues her career. It’s a great illustration of how modern technology can change the way clothing is made, leading to improvements in the performance of garments, their fit and their market appeal.”

Lingerie for Men – Right or Wrong?

We’ve seen quite a bit of news about lingerie for men recently and wanted to know how you felt about it. Feel free to comment.

Lingerie for Men

And let’s be clear here, we are not talking just about men who like to wear lingerie designed for women.

It wasn’t so long ago that moisturiser, skin cream or even hair products made especially for men was still a marketing executives pipe dream but now the supermaret shelves burst with them.

In February 2016, The Daily Telegraph reported that like guyliner and Justin Bieber, men have a track record of stealing things previously only held dear by the fairer sex. But one of the most unlikely items to try to make the jump across genders is lingerie.

Homme Mystere, is an Australian underwear company founded two years ago by Queensland entrepreneur Brent Krause and they cater exclusively for men.

“It started initially as an underwear business for guys that incorporated fabrics and accessories normally associated with women’s lingerie,” says Krause.

Although still in a niche market, his lingerie is sold in more than 30 countries — 50 percent of his sales come from the U.S., according to Krause.

But despite the success, Krause admits that he’s had to overcome some major challenges.

“It’s like swimming through honey,” Krause said. “It’s an uphill battle because everyone says, ‘That’s ridiculous,’ ‘You can’t do that,’ ‘That’ll never work’ or ‘You’re wasting your time.’ You’ve just got to block out the naysayers and just keep going, and that’s pretty much what we’ve done.”

Part of the taboo with men’s lingerie has to do with society’s narrow perception of masculinity. Associate professor Catherine Bolzendahl at University of California, Irvine, believes “masculinity is built in relation to feminity.” In other words, if something is considered feminine then by nature, it cannot be masculine. Since lingerie is generally considered a feminine product, men who choose to wear lingerie are breaking that traditional understanding of male identity and thus, choosing to be feminine.

Despite overall stereotypes surrounding male lingerie, the majority of men who purchase the lingerie are straight and genuine fans of the look.

“I think it’s 90 percent — the last time I had a look about visitors and customers — are heterosexual guys,” Krause said. “Most of them, the majority of them are married…We do have the gay community buy the product, I guess, but it’s not like it’s not like it’s a ‘gay thing.'”

Krause, who also wears the lingerie and is in a heterosexual relationship, told ATTN: that his customers’ sexuality is irrelevant.

So what do YOU think? Right or Wrong?




The Best Lingerie for Body Types

The Best Lingerie for Body Types

Some types of lingerie work better with certain body types.

You or your loved one might have similar measurements at the bust, waist and hips (rectangle). You might be more like an inverted triangle, with wide shoulders, a full bust and narrow waist and hips.

Or you might be a little pear-shaped or have an hour-glass figure.

Whatever your shape, this lingerie for body types infographic will help you identify the best type of lingerie for your body type.

When you have decided on your your body type, why not take a look at the lingerie and hosiery in our store.

And why not sign up for our FREE newsletter and receive special offers, discount codes and news about new products?

Lingerie and Body Type







More “lingeire for body types” advice from Ellan Hoffman at Refinery29

What each of us considers sexy is a matter of personal preference. For some, lace-trimmed boyshorts and triangle bralettes offer just the right amount of allure; for others, the art of seduction is best achieved in bustiers and window briefs (look them up). The versatility of lingerie is part of its charm; it can be tailored to your lifestyle, personality, shape, mood, and more.

You may prefer your basic, nude T-shirt bras and bikinis for everyday, but extra-sexy essentials, like suspender belts, halter-necks bra, and bodysuits, await you off the clock. To bring your underwear drawer up to snuff, we broke down 11 common shapes and outlined tips for finding lingerie that feels tailored to yours — pairing apple-like bodies with scintillating one-pieces and carrot figures with flirty chemises, for starters. Many of the items ahead flatter more than one type, so go into the slideshow with an open mind (and lingerie drawer).

Lustre Lingerie – Meet the Team

Lustre Lingerie – Hello!

We acquired Lustre Lingerie in July 2015 and we thought you might like to meet the family team behind the business.

Lustre Lingerie. Meet the Team










Lustre Lingerie Mark WalmsleyMark Walmsley is the owner and Marketing Director at Lustre Lingerie.

A former professional musician and event organiser, Mark is now a consultant marketing director working for businesses who need expert marketing direction but not a full-time Marketing Director.

With over 20 years’ experience in digital marketing, Mark has applied his expertise to Lustre Lingerie with the aim of building it into one of the most popular on the Internet.

You can find out more about Mark here.


Lustre Lingerie - Joanne SurgeonJoanne Surgeon is Mark’s partner and she is responsible for managing the finances at Lustre Lingerie.

Jo is a fully qualified accountant (FCCA), has a Masters’ Degree in Business Adminstration (MBA) and 20 years’ commercial experience managing the finances of multi-million pound businesses.

You can view Jo’s LikedIn profile here.


Lustre Lingerie Aimee SurgeonAimee Surgeon is Jo’s daughter and is responsible for selecting, buying and adding new products to the Lustre Lingerie website.

Aimee’s background is in sales and she has a passion for travel. She spent much all of 2014 in Australia.

Aimee is particularly keen to support independent lingerie designers and makers and would love to hear from you if that’s you, and if you can deliver your products direct to our customers.

Drop her a line at shop@lustrelingeire.com and say hello.

We live together in Hockley is Essex, close to where the River Thames meets the North Sea.



About Lustre Lingerie

Lustre Lingerie is an online lingerie store offering over 750 products from 26 fantatic brands.

We offer free shipping in the UK for orders over ?45 and charge the equivalent of ?5 per item for delivery everywhere else in the world. Overseas customers wishing to by 2 or more products can request a bespoke delivery charge.

We operate a rewards programme and we sell gift vouchers.

Do please drop us a line at any time at shop@lustrelingerie.com.

The 20% discount voucher for Sunday 1st November is “Lustre11”.

Mark, Jo and Aimee.
Lustre Lingerie

The Ultimate A-Z Lingerie Glossary

Here is our ultimate lingerie glossary:

Babydoll, a short nightgown, or negligee intended as nightwear for women. A shorter style, it is often worn with panties. Babydolls are typically loose-fitting with an empire waist and thin straps.

Basque, a tight, form-fitting bodice or coat.

Bedjacket, worn over a nightgown or negligee for warmth and modesty.

Bikini, a two piece consisting of a bra and panties, G-string or thong.

Bloomers, baggy underwear that extends to just below or above the knee. Bloomers were worn for several decades during the first part of the 20th century, but are not widely worn today. Also a nickname for cheerleading briefs.

Bodystocking, a unitard. Bodystockings may be worn over the torso, or they may be worn over the thighs and abdomen. They are typically used by women in order to appear slimmer.

Bodysuit, a leotard-like undergarment, usually skintight or formfitting. Another form of shapewear.

Bodice, covers the body from the neck to the waist. Bodices are often low cut in the front and high in the back, and is often connected with laces or hooks. Bodices may also be reinforced with steel or bone to provide greater breast support.

Boy shorts, a style of panties, so named for their resemblance to male shorts.

Brassiere, more commonly referred to as a bra, a close-fitting garment that is worn to help lift and support a woman’s breasts

Bustier, a form fitting garment used to push up the bust and to shape the waist.

Camisole, sleeveless and covering the top part of the body. Camisoles are typically constructed of light materials and feature thin “spaghetti straps.”

Camiknickers, camisole and knickers joined as one garment. Most commonly referred to as a teddy and, most recently, as a “romper.”

Cheeky, a term used to denote that the garment exposes the bottom part of the buttocks.

Chemise, a one-piece undergarment that is the same in shape as a straight-hanging sleeveless dress. It is similar to the babydoll, but it is fitted more closely around the hips.

Corset, a bodice worn to mould and shape the torso. This effect is typically achieved through boning, either of bone or steel.

Corselet, or merry widow, combined brassiere and girdle. The corselet is considered to be a type of foundation garment, and the modern corselet is most commonly known as a shaping slip.

Corsage, similar to a corset. While corsets are commonly constructed of bone or steel, the corsage utilizes elastic.

Drawers, a pant-like garment worn during the 19th century for modesty and warmth. Some drawers were split-leg, in that the crotch seam was left open.

French maid, a form of ladies’ fantasywear. One of many popular costumes used as lingerie.

G-string, or thong, a type of panty, characterized by a narrow piece of cloth that passes between the buttocks, and is attached to a band around the hips. A G-string or thong may be worn as a bikini bottom or as underwear by both men and women.

Garter/Garter belt/Suspender belt (British), used to keep stockings up.

Girdle, a type of foundation garment. Historically, the girdle extended from the waist to the upper thigh, though modern styles more closely resemble a tight pair of athletic shorts.

Granny panties, a nickname for panties that are high waisted and cover the buttocks considerably.

Hosiery, close-fitting, elastic garments that cover the feet and legs.

Jersey nightshirt, a long, loose T-shirt made of cotton, polyester, nylon, or diaphanous chiffon. Another name for a babydoll or camisole.

Kimono, is a T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn so that the hem falls to the ankle, with attached collars and long, wide sleeves.

Knickers, an alternative word for panties.

Negligee, a dressing gown. It is usually floor length, though it can be knee length as well.

Nightgown, or nightie, a loosely hanging item of nightwear, may vary from hip-length (babydoll) to floor-length (peignoir).

Nightshirt, a shirt meant to be worn while sleeping. It is usually longer and looser than the average T-shirt, and it is typically made of softer material.

Panties, underwear that come in all shapes, fabrics and colours, allowing you to have lots of coverage or barely any coverage at all.

Peignoir, a long outer garment which is frequently sheer and made of chiffon or another translucent fabric

Petticoat, an underskirt. Petticoats were prominent throughout the 16th to 20th centuries. Today, petticoats are typically worn to add fullness to skirts in the Gothic and Lolita subcultures.

Pettipants, a type of bloomer featuring ruffles, resembling petticoats. Pettipants are most commonly worn by square dancers and people participating in historical reenactment.

Robe, a garment worn to cover the body. A robe may be floor-length, knee-length, or shorter, and it is commonly worn over and as lingerie.

Slip, typically worn underneath clothing. Originally, slips were worn to prevent underwear from showing through thin clothing and to help clothing to hang properly on the body. Slips are found in both full and half styles, and are typically made of smooth fabric like silk or satin.

Spanky-pants, Spankies, or Spanks, a type of shapewear most commonly worn by cheerleaders. Spanks help to create the illusion of a slimmer figure; they are often worn as shorts, tanks, or girdle-like bodices.

Stockings, another term for hosiery.

Stringbody (sv), a tight, benlöst full body garment whose lower tail consists of a narrow piece that goes between the buttocks. The garment has been developed from the much older bodysuits.

Tanga, a type of panty featuring full back and front coverage, but string-like sides that are typically thicker than those found on a string bikini.

Tap pants, a type of short typically made of lace, silk, or satin.

Teddy, an undergarment that resembles the shape of a one-piece bathing suit because it is typically sleeveless, and sometimes even strapless.

Torsolette, a shorter version of the corselette. It is very similar to the Basque, and is sometimes called a merry widow. The Torsolette may also feature detachable garters.

Trunks, a type of briefs, usually color-coordinated, most commonly worn by gymnasts under their leotards.

Undergarment, a garment which one wears underneath clothes. Also known as “underwear.”

Unitard, a one piece, skin tight garment. Though not typically worn as lingerie, a unitard is considered a type of shapewear.

Ballerina Hosiery “Hush Hush” Video

Ballerina Hosiery

We’re delighted to offer the latest stockings, hold ups and tights from the fabulous Hush Hush collection from Ballerina Hosiery.

We thought you might like to see the Ballerina Hosiery promotional video for the Hush Hush Collection.


Ballerina Hosiery established in 1989, it’s one of the fastest growing companies in the hosiery industry in Europe. Since the beginning, we have specialized in design and manufacture of lingerie and hosiery products for women and children.

Ballerina Hosiery experience and expertise in creating unique collections of high quality tights and stockings are the result of teamwork of skilled designers, qualified technologists and people who directly supervise and support the production process. Thanks to specialized, modern machinery, we are the manufacturer and creator of fashion hosiery with unique capabilities, including more than 150 different models divided into several lines.

We fully understand our customers and their sensitivity to beauty and aesthetics. We always listen to their needs. That’s why two times a year Ballerina® designers develop new designs and solutions, embedded with the latest fashion trends and tailored to customer needs.

Our products are present at the largest trade events in Europe. Every year we take part in trade fairs in Paris, Lyon, Moscow.

Ballerina’s® hosiery products focus on comfort, elegance and high quality. The attention to precision and control at every stage of production on our modern machinery guarantees the highest  quality of our products.

We use the best grade raw materials and the latest technologies. Have a look at our collections of  tights, stockings, leggings for women.

Until next time … be fabulous.


New Year.. New Lingerie!

The new year usually means a new you! Or that is what you seem to promise yourself… Therefore, you need to make sure that your lingerie is suited for the year ahead. Upgrade your lingerie to a set that is confidence and also figure enhancing. We have chosen some of our favourite everyday and seductive sets.

New Year!

Celebrate the new year in style, upgrade your lingerie to a set that is seductive and figure indulging.

New Year - Lustre Lingerie

Enter the new year feeling sexy and body confident. Our Avanua Sonnet Set is a beautiful and unique open bra and suspender belt in sheer black lace. Make sure your body looks and feels as amazing as it should do.







New Year - Lustre Lingerie


Our Irall Erotic Ella set is a stunning lace set with diamante detail. This set provides the support that you need and can either be worn for everyday wear or for those special occasions. Make sure that you are upgrading your lingerie in the new year! Out with the old and in with the new..







New Year - Lustre LingerieWhy not try something different this New Year? Our Beauty Night Luisa set is a daring halter neck bra in black lace with panties that have splits up the side. Treat yourself and your partner to a sexy set that is sure to make pulses race.