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Zoe Saldana to become new face of Calvin Klein

By emilyborrett on July 9th, 2010

Zoe Saldana's sexy CK shoot

If you’ve seen Avatar then you’ll remember its sexy female leading actress, Zoe Saldana, being all blue and leaping about on screen. Well, now she’s set to become the face of Calvin Klein’s new underwear campaign. I personally think she looks way better without the body paint and dodgy dreadlocks.

Said Zoe Saldana, on her revealing photoshoot for CK: “Calvin Klein has always put forth such beautifully executed campaigns and it’s very exciting for me to be associated with such an iconic, globally recognised brand.” She’ll be joining the legion of other beautiful famous faces that have modelled over the years; Calvin Klein’s ad campaigns not only kick-started the career of actor Mark Wahlberg in the 1990s, but were also responsible for supermodel Kate Moss’ climb to international fame. Calvin Klein ads have most recently featured such famous faces as the star of Twilight, Kellan Lutz, Eva Mendes and tennis star Fernando Verdasco. Congratulations, Zoe!

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Lady Gaga loses her (Rigby and Peller) knickers

By Andrea Petrou on May 11th, 2010

Lady Gaga introduces pants as outerwear

Oh dear it seems Lady Gaga has got her (loaned) knickers in a bit of a twist.

The singer borrowed a range of underwear prototypes from Rigby and Peller to use in her upcoming video. However, part of the collection has been lost in transit leaving the lingerie brand stuck as it needed the garments back for its press show.

Only three sets of the seven, sets which included skin-coloured basques with black contouring and matching high-waisted knickers, as well as sheer black lace bras and pants, made it back.

A representative for the brand, which also supplies the Queen, told The Metro: “Obviously we were delighted that Lady Gaga wanted to use our new pieces in her next video but we did stress we needed them back in plenty of time for our press show.

“They are all hand-made and unique designs that are simply priceless and are not available anywhere in the world so we are really disappointed not to get them back in time for our major showcase of the year.

“The last we heard the underwear was still ‘Awol’ and we are not sure when we will see them again. If we don’t get them back then it could hold up the whole production of our AW10 collection as they are the prototypes.”

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Fashion Tips, Features, How to Wear

How to: buy the perfect bra

By Lauren Bravo on April 27th, 2010

129842.jpgYou can’t build a house on bad foundations, and nor can you build a killer outfit without the right underwear. With 70 per cent of women wearing the wrong size, the nation’s breasts are in distress.

Not having a live-in Gok Wan to hoist ours up in front of a three-way mirror, it can be easy to forget all about them and let those bras fray, straps sag and our boobs spill over into unwelcome territory. Then there’s the fact that whatever our age, going for a bra fitting will always make us feel like a gawky 13-year-old, blushing beetroot while our assets are fondled by someone resembling Mrs Beeton.

But with underwear as outerwear a massive trend for summer, what better time to reclaim control of your chest? Start by going for a free in-store fitting (we love John Lewis and Debenhams for their motherly service and huge range of lingerie brands), or failing that, measure yourself using the guide below.

Bra (left), £30, Monsoon.

Measuring yourself:

Start by using a tape measure to measure all the way around your rib cage, under your bust, at the place the bottom bit of the bra would sit. Make sure it stays level all the way round, not slipping down at the back. Then look at your measurement in inches – it it’s an odd number, add five. If it’s an even number, add four. That’s your band size (otherwise known as “the unflattering bit”. But don’t be tempted to vanity size; most people who tell you they’re a 28F will be LYING).

Next, measure around the fullest part of your bust and compare it to your band size (the rib measurement + 4 or 5) to determine your cup size. If the bust measurement is the same as the band size, you’re a cup size A. If it’s one inch more, your cup size is B. Two inches more makes your cup size a C, three inches more makes a D, four inches makes a DD, five inches makes an E, and so on through F, FF, G and beyond. If your bust measurement is smaller than your band size, you’re probably measuring wrong. Or a boy.

118520.jpgTrying them on for size:

Wear something fairly representative of your wardrobe when bra shopping, so you can see what will work best under your clothes. If your wardrobe is an army of plain white t-shirts, don’t go shopping in a corseted cocktail dress and wonder why you only buy lacy half-cut balconettes. Also, don’t go to a fitting wearing an empire line dress, which you will then be forced to tie round your hips like an apron in an attempt to hide your modesty in front of the nice fitting lady (that was the voice of experience, in case you didn’t catch it).

When trying on bras, do them up on the loosest hook to make sure there’s room for inevitable stretch. Make sure the central band sits flat against your body, and that you can comfortably fit two fingers underneath the straps and back band. If the underwiring is digging into your armpits, try a demi-cut style that sits lower under your arms. Check for double-boob (too small on the cups), back-boob (too small on the band size, or bottom band too narrow) and belly-boob (straps too long or fabric too stretchy). A good bra should be like a building society – reliable, unlikely to collapse, and generates interest on your assets.

Bra (right) £7, Matalan

Different types of bra:


The most everyday of your everyday undies (excluding those knickers with the rip you save for ‘those days’), the humble t-shirt bra is a top drawer staple. If you wear t-shirts, that is. Made without a raised seam so it won’t show under clingy fabrics, this bra tends to be function over fashion, and often pretty uninspiring – however, comes up trumps with this subtly sexy nude number.


Balconies will always be associated with romance and beauty, and their namesake bra is no different. It will lift and separate your god-given two, giving you a heaving, shelf-like bosom the likes of which Juliet would be proud to woo Romeo from. Classier than a push-up, and equally flattering to big and small boobs alike, balcony bras are an aesthetic winner. But be warned, they’re not the best option for jiggle-reducing. Or sport.

Check out the view from this Miss Ultimo balcony.


Vintage underwear has never been so hot (apart from when it was, well, new) and the longline bra is one of the chicest ways to bring a little pin-up to your underpinnings. They serve a great practical function too, by creating a smooth line right down to your waist, in a move I like to call “back boob begone!”. And if you don’t fancy donning someone else’s old bra, there are plenty of gorgeous new longlines to choose from in the shops – this FrostFrench number is a particular favourite.


Like chilli sauce and glitter eyeshadow, push up bras are only to be used sparingly. We’re a long way from Eva Herzigova’s infamous Hello Boys campaign – these days it’s more a case of Coo-ee Boys, Over Here… Under this Smock Top and Military Jacket. But it’s still a rare woman who doesn’t have a boob-booster tucked away somewhere in her collection. For cleavage with class, try a Princess Tam Tam creation like this one from ASOS.


It’s the bra men will never understand the point of, but minimisers can be a saviour for girls who don’t always want to flaunt their wares. Under androgynous outfits, ruffled blouses and shift dresses, a good minimiser will streamline your silhouette and offer more support than Arsenal’s home terraces. This sheer bra from La Redoute is proof that minimising doesn’t have to mean mundane.

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Review: Underwear as outwear Coco corset top

By Andrea Petrou on April 8th, 2010

CouCou Nick.jpg

While we’re on the topic of underwear we thought it was about time we gave you a little review.

Underwear as outerwear was a hot trend last season, and while it’s slowly fazing out, it’s not going without a fight, with many people still opting for this look on a night out.
Back in January I was sent an underwear set complete with corset and undies from Wickedelic Lingerie.

Although the top wasn’t meant to be worn outside the house, it’s straps and monochrome design, plus it’s comfort , made me decide that I’d give the outerwear as underwear look a go, after all, if it’s good enough for Miss G, it’s more than good enough for me.

So did anyone bat an eyelid or is this piece of fashion so integrated into our everyday lives that no-one even looks twice? I took my corset on a night out to find out.

Corset’s first drink: Local Bar
My corset’s first visit was a local bar where people were gearing up for a causal night in front of the footie. Although I was wearing jeans I felt very out of place amongst the jumpers and if anyone was going to comment on my “nearly nude” dress sense, I thought it would be here, especially given the tie back. However, when the coat came off no one even looked my way, and I didn’t even get served quickly.

Verdict: Even though I was dressed as a WAG footie fans weren’t interested in my underwear top.

Corset’s second drink: The tube
Thanks to the Mayor of London’s ruling, my corset and I didn’t technically have a drink on the tube, but it was still an outing. Although I don’t usually take my coat off on a tube, research forced me to do so, and although I got a slightly surprised second glance from a woman, my journey wasn’t uncomfortable at all. In fact, as we moved closer to the city my corset began to make friends with the other range of similar tops worn by girl’s getting ready for a big night out.

Verdict: People were as disinterested in my choice of clothing as much as they are when they see a pregnant woman standing up in a packed carriage.

Corset’s last drink: Central London Bar
To be honest I didn’t expect to have any comments here, after all, a Saturday night out is full of girls getting dressed up and having fun. However, on taking my coat off in the queue I got a dubious once over by the bouncer, and when I walked past him to reveal my open back, I was hauled back out and asked for ID leading me to wonder whether wearing slightly revealing clothes suggests your trying to hard. Once inside I could have been wearing a T-shirt, no-one batted an eyelid, and I even got a compliment about my top while queueing for the ladies.

Verdict: Underwear as outerwear has become a huge trend, with many people taking this look as the Saturday night out norm. However, if you want to carry off this look we advise investing in some quality underwear. Going out in that discoloured Marks and Spencer bra will not have the desired affect.

Our lovely underwear set was called Coco and you can buy it here now for £25.

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Celebrity Style, Yay or Nay

Lily Allen wears underwear as outerwear but would you follow the trend?

By Andrea Petrou on January 22nd, 2010

Lily Corsett.jpgWe’ve been banging on about underwear as outerwear for a while now, and we’ll be reviewing a corset set later on next week, after we’ve attempted to wear it as outerwear in a few clubs.

However, we’re still not 100% sure about the trend, which is has previously been sported by the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Britney Spears.

And these new pictures showing Lily Allen performing in a corset top made for underwear haven’t done much to settle our fashion minds.

The pop starlet, who is no stranger to this style, wore a tiny lace-covered corset, teamed with Chanel mock-stockings for a gig in Australia and although she pulls it off better than some celebs we still don’t know what to make of it.

What do you think about this trend? Does it work and would you wear it or do you think undies should remain firmly out of site? Let us know by leaving your comments below.

Celebrity Style

Tess Daly models La Senza’s festive lingerie collection

By Andrea Petrou on October 27th, 2009

Tess la senza.jpgNot content with her beauty range at Marks and Spencer, Tess Daly is also lending her name to one of our lingerie favourites, La Senza.

The Strictly Come Dancing presenter has modelled a range of lingerie from the stores new collection for the festive season.

The company said Tess’s Steal The Show campaign, which features the 38-year-old in a showgirl setting with top hat and cane, aims to bring together the two sides of every woman – playful and fun, yet glamorous and confident.

Lisa Bond, marketing director for La Senza said: “Tess epitomises everything the La Senza woman wants to be.

“She is gorgeous with a great sense of humour and a fabulous sense of fashion.

“She is also a working mother and we feel our customers will really aspire to the fact that she always looks amazing whilst juggling her family and career.”

Designer Fashions

Fashionable gifts for him

By Andrea Thatcher on November 29th, 2007

mengifts.jpgAfter talking with my mom, sisters and many friends with husbands or boyfriends, I’ve come to the conclusion that guys really like getting practical gifts like socks, underwear, shirts, and ties for Christmas or any other holiday–probably so they don’t ever have to go shopping. But how boring, right? So, I’ve come up with a few ideas to get them the practical gifts they want with a slightly fashionable twist to make you actually want to buy it for them. Get him a luxe dress shirt like this Liz Claiborne Wrinkle Free Sateen Shirt for $45 or this Yarn-Dyed Silk Blend Shirt on sale for $43.99. Express has stylish 1MX Fitted Shirts like the one above in brown Trimming Stripe for $54.50. They also have sauve Narrow Silk Ties for $34.50. Continue to the jump for more gift options.

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YouTube Watch: animal print lingerie

By Andrea Thatcher on October 8th, 2007

Animal print lingerie is huge this fall, and what a cute and sexy trend to have! For a look at a top style, check out this YouTube video by Getting Underneath, the video blog for They review a leopard print bra and underwear set from Betsey Johnson. You can get the set yourself at The bra is $38, the cheekini bottoms are just $18, or get the low-rise thong for $16. Also check out this Betsey Johnson leopard print cami for $42. There’s nothing better than knowing how hot you look underneath your clothes!

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