A Guide to Underwear by Curvy Girl Thin


For those that don’t know me: I’m Charli From Curvy Girl Thin,
I’m 25, and I’m a Lingerie Addict.
I kid you not, my life is filled with
fantasies of black lace, sheer panties, and contour hugging satin.  I have a whole wardrobe devoted to my
lingerie collection and frequently match my dress to my pants!
I frequently lust after (and race out to
buy) the latest lingerie and I’m continually updating my collection with pieces
that are, quite frankly, completely frivolous and impractical!  Many of my items have been worn once –
When Georgina suggested I share my love of
lingerie with her lovely readers, I immediately searched through all my
favourite sites for new purchases – trawling through site after site for
something wow to share with you all.
Then I realized that a frilly, little,
see-through number isn’t that useful.  So
I went back to my wardrobe and chose three items that I really couldn’t live
The Everyday Bra
A lingerie staple for any girl, regardless
of size, shape, or age, is a simple, moulded bra and pant set.
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This Smooth Lines Floral Lace Padded FullCup Bra in Teal Green from Marks & Spencer is my current favourite.
This bra is a perfect staple for any
wardrobe as it provides a smooth line beneath clothes whilst offering a great
shape and plenty of support.
The bra is quite a bargain for DD+ lingerie
and costs only £19.50.
The bra comes in sizes 30DD – 40G and it
fits fairly true to size.  For reference,
I’m wearing the 36G.
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What I love most about this bra is the lace
detail that wraps around the side of the wide band and across the back.  It really helps create a smooth silhouette
and tucks in my back fat nicely – always a plus!
I bought the matching pants as I rarely
wear mismatched underwear – I would actually prefer to wear no underwear than
mismatched but I’m a little obsessive with my drawers!
The No VPL Sheer & Opaque High RiseShorts are really supportive and the size 18 fit me perfectly.
Good alternatives for an everyday bra are
the Freya Deco and the Panache Elan.
The Waist Shaper
I’m a massive fan of shapewear but I like
it to have a vintage edge.
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My favourite piece for everyday support and
shaping is the Magisculpt Control Waist Slip, purchasable at Simply Be.
I’m wearing the size 16/18 which really
does slim and smooth my silhouette.  The
black-spotted mesh panels give this a 1950s pin-up feel that sits smoothly
beneath your skirt/dress.
The slip is high-waisted so offers good
compression across the tummy as well as the hips.  It has a built in crotch so there is no need
to wear pants beneath – wearing them would risk spoiling the smoothed figure
created by the slip.
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The back of the slip comes with shaping
seams that lift the bum into a great rounded shape.
The length is a little short on me – but
I’m 5ft10 with a penchant for bum skimming skirts so this is definitely a bonus
in my books!  The slight gap between the
slip and the bra strap isn’t so great – back wings anyone? – but I don’t think
this would be the case on someone shorter than myself.
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At £22, this slip really is one of the most
affordable pieces of shapewear on the market but a good alternative piece is
the Marks & Spencer Firm Control Magicwear Wear Your Own Bra Body or the Maidenform WYOB Full Slip  Neither, however, are anywhere near the low
price point of the Magisculpt.
The Strapless Bra
strapless bra is a must in my wardrobe.
I wear them under camisoles, bardot tops, and frequently under sheer
tops as I love the look of my collarbones peeking through a sheer blouse.
I understand that a lot of women shy away
from strapless, claiming not to find the support that they need from the
bra.  However, find one that fits – pair
it with some sneaky boob tape and you’re away.
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My favourite strapless (at the moment) is
Bravissimo’s Contour Strapless Bra by Bravissimo.
I’m wearing the 36GG and it fits
beautifully.   This suggests that, if
like me you are between cup sizes, you may want to size up.
To keep it nicely in place, I line the rim
of the bra with boob tap which means the bra stays safely up even when throwing
my wildest dance moves!
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The band is wide which adds even more
support and the detachable straps means it can be worn in multiple ways.
It gives a great full and rounded shape to
my boobs but doesn’t give much in the way of cleavage – unless I lean forward
and wiggle a bit!
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The bra is priced at £30 which is fairly
standard for a strapless bra in this size range.
Good alternatives are the Curvy Kate Luxe or the Elomi Smoothing.
What are your lingerie essentials?  I’d love to hear any wonderful tips or
suggestions you may have!
And please do check out my blog, Curvy Girl Thin, for lingerie and pretty
dresses galore!