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.

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.

Mark

Hold Ups Traffic!

Hold up’s are becoming increasingly more popular recently and it’s easy to see why with there varying designs and colours. Many women are finding that they feel better about there self and sexier when wearing hold up’s to a pair of tights. Due to the varying styles women are finding many more ways to put an outfit together with hold up’s. You can wear them day or night and there are many designs for both.

Day Wear Hold Ups

black hold ups

 

With these Ballerina Pherom Nero hold up’s you are sure to stand out in the office. Feeling good about yourself is key to success. They are more comfortable than tights due to you being able to move easier and not feel restricted. I know that whenever I wear tights I feel like I can barely move the top of my legs and also feel like I am constantly pulling them up because I feel like they are too low. This is not an issue with hold up’s however as they stay firmly on your leg and you are not restricted at the top of your thigh. A simple yet professional way you can wear your hold ups to work is with a pencil skirt and a blouse or top.

Night Wear Hold Ups

Be more creative at night to what you can during the day. Feel confident and sexy in what you wear and let other people notice how good you are feeling about yourself. Try a bolder style or colour at night to keep your outfit unique.

ballerina white

These white Ballerina hold ups are beautiful with intricate embroidery around the top and down the sides of the legs. They are sexy and classy and will go with near enough anything in your wardrobe. Take a risk and go for a colour thats not just black.

If you would prefer to stick with the colour black but want a bolder style then these are perfect.

black hold ups

 

The delicate embroidery at the top and down the legs makes them a bolder piece to go in your wardrobe. You will love the way in which your outfit becomes unique and stronger with this pair of Ballerina hold ups.