Figleaves are one of the most talked about lingerie brands in the U.K. Their ethos is centred on believing in the transformative power of great lingerie and swimwear. Every piece combines premium quality, the perfect fit and practicality. Now, if you follow me on Twitter, you have probably seen some of my tweets about the best places to buy lingerie, as a larger chested girl, finding the right bra has always been somewhat of a challenge so Figleaves has always been a welcome addition to my list. As well as their own brand, they also sell fabulous lingerie from brands such as Curvy Kate, Gossard, Freya and Panache.
I had the opportunity to get a first look at their SS19 (Spring/Summer 19) collection. The press day was held at the chic Mortimer House in West London. On arrival, I was greeted by a member of the team and there were some very talented nail artists on hand. The collections were in a fairly large showroom and were separated by colour and theme.
The smoothing range is all about comfort. Think minimalist lingerie that is perfect for every day wear. Homage has been paid to elegant embroidery and some of the bras would be perfect for nailing the underwear-as-outerwear trend. The collection features a lot of black, nude and brown hues and sizes are available in A-E cups. All of the briefs i this range have no VPL which is always ideal. Also featuring in the range is a gorgeous, shape enhancing bodysuit, which is ideal for creating the illusion of a slimmer shape.
One thing I love about Figleaves is that there is something for everyone. Wedding season will soon be upon us so the brand are launching two new bridal edits. Bridal lingerie prides itself on comfort, style and definition so I’m sure the pieces will be instant hits.
Heading in a new direction, two new collections with clothing brand Joules and burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese were also announced. Joules are staying true to their aesthetic of bold and vibrant prints while the DVT collection just oozes unfiltered glamour, just like it’s namesake. A highlight was the colour story – there were a lot of bras in pastel shades. The Pantone colour of the year, coral, was also present. My personal favourites were the cornflower blues and there was a beautiful Freya bra that I definitely have my eye on.
As a large chested woman, it can be difficult to find the perfect bra, so here are some tips:
- Get fitted – go to a store and ask for a fitting. Don’t be discouraged if one shop isn’t able to cater to you, just stop looking.
- Have an idea of what you are looking for – whether it’s a plunge, everyday or full cup bra, this will provide you with a sense of focus as well as ensure you don’t overspend.
- Lingerie looks just as good on bigger chested women too – there’s this stigma attached to big boobs. Most women are under the impression that there aren’t any nice bras for them and this is a big lie. What you do need to realise is that you will need a lot more support then someone who is, let’s say, an A cup.
- Be prepared to spend ££ – If you want a bra that will stand the test of time, you need to be prepared to part ways with your money. Cheaper bras won’t give you the support you need. Also, every 6-9 months, you will need to buy another one, so it’s always best to buy 2-3 bras on a shopping trip and alternate between them all so you get more value for your money!
- Take advantage of sales – If money is an issue, wait for the sales. Fig Leaves have really good discounts. I also shop at Brastop and Debenhams.
I hope these tips are helpful and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave one below.
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