Oh So French
Our chic guide to styling & feeling fabulous in your lingerie.
Sun-kissed skin, carefree getaways and airy dresses beg for the prettiest of laces and a rainbow of colors. I always look forward to adding fun and fabulous pieces to energize my lingerie drawer. So, on the heels of “Summer Bra Faux Pas,” I wanted to celebrate my favorite lingerie season with a few French-approved looks you’ll love to try.
Here is my list of lingerie looks to try this summer:
- All-Over Lace. When it comes to femininity, style and seduction, nothing exudes French chic quite like lace. Consider a lace bra and panty set the first layer of your look. A lace demi is a French woman’s summer staple, even under the simplest of t’s. Opt for soft laces that feel divine against your skin, in patterns and colors you’ll feel beautiful in.
- Bold Color. Bonjour, vibrant summer hues. After a long winter of neutrals, the season begs for carefree color. Layer a feminine fuchsia bra under a LBD, or fresh coral lace under a jean dress or button-down.
- Oh-So-French Navy. Nothing says summertime chic quite like nautical navy. Pair a navy bra and panty set with a French Breton-striped top or dress, or layer it under a white tank and navy blazer for stylish spin on a more classic look.
- Show-Stopping Back. Decorate an open back with a show-stopping bra that demands to be seen. Look for laces or all-over embroidered backs that draw stunning designs against your skin.
- Try the Look Push-Up.
- Peek-Worthy Straps. Skip your tattered nude straps in favor of vibrant colors and stylish accents, such as embroidery, lace, or thin spaghetti straps.
- Try the Wish Demi with exquisite embroidered straps
- Beautiful Blushes. Oftentimes, summer’s light, airy tops call for something a little more subtle. For a fresh take on the nude t-shirt bra, look for sweet, feminine shades of blush. You’ll feel pretty and still achieve that effortless and seamless look you’re going for.
- Summer Whites. There’s something about the purity of white lace on bronzed skin that’s simply radiant. A French woman views her white bra as her everyday go-to, as she adores the contrasting laces and embroidery on her skin.
Don’t go without SPF, or beautiful lingerie, against your skin this summer!
Bonjour, summer! With temps heating up, we’re entering the most fun—and most challenging time of year for bras. From airy fabrics and pure whites to strappy tanks, the season exposes a multitude of possible bra malfunctions.
Here is my list of summer bra faux pas every woman should avoid:
- Bra Misfits. The form-fitting t-shirts, airy fabrics and breezy dresses of summer call for nothing less than a flawlessly fitting bra. Start the season with a professional bra fitting and you’ll have smooth (and seamless) sailing all summer long!
- Slipping Strapless Bras. There are few things less elegant than the sight of a woman hoisting up her strapless bra. Women commonly opt for a larger band size in search of comfort; however this is sure to set you up for a wardrobe malfunction. For a fail-safe fit, make sure your bra band fits snuggly in your true size.
- Not enough support. Who doesn’t want to look 10 pounds slimmer first day of summer? Wearing a bra that properly supports will give you a smoother silhouette. If you’re full busted, look for bras with reinforced tulle in the cups. Our summer favorite: the Wish Full Cup. Not only will you love its embroidered embellishments, you’ll adore your svelte silhouette.
- Unkempt Straps. Summer reveals the straps that were once hidden under long-sleeved shirts and bulky sweaters. As a result, your straps must be in pristine condition. Keep your bras washed and replace them when the straps are worn. And non, non, non to revealing nude straps. Keep it feminine and pretty.
- Slippery Straps. Besides being a fashion no-no, slipping straps are a telltale sign that you’re wearing the wrong bra size. So rely on the experts to make sure you always have a custom fit.
- A white or nude bra under a dark top. White bras under a dark top have a way of making themselves known, no matter how hidden you think they are (flash photo anyone?). Even though whites and nudes are neutrals, they are not stylish and fashionable under chic, rich colors.
Finally, the most important faux-pas is forgetting that your lingerie is the first layer of your look. Build your summer style from the inside out and you’ll look (and feel) confident all season long!
Bonjour, visible bra straps. After years of being dismissed and hushed under our outfits, we’re so glad you’re no longer considered a fashion faux-pas.
A flirty fashion statement long embraced in France, the revealed bra strap has arrived on the style scene. When done right, showing peeks of your bra strap from under your outfit exudes unapologetic confidence.
Here are some French-approved tips for showing peeks of your bra straps from under your outfit.
- Make it appear deliberate. This style is only chic if it’s an intentional component of a put-together look. The exposure should look like deliberate layering.
- Keep your straps in mint condition. Your worn-out favorite bras are not good candidates for this look. Make sure your straps are clean and unfrayed, and of course, stylish (for example: subtle touches of lace, embroidery, or delicate spaghetti straps).
- Be color conscious. Exposed straps must be done with the right color bra. Exposed bra straps work best with black straps under a black spaghetti strap dress, or red under red, for example. Feeling a bit more risqué? Navy under white can be stylish and edgy.
- Sex appeal in moderation. A little strap goes a long way. When it comes to perfecting this look, always keep in mind the French art of toute en modération (everything in moderation) by keeping the rest of your look classic and tailored.
- Don’t go nude. Skip exposing your nude t-shirt bras in favor of coordinating colors and pretty details. The look will appear more elegant and intentional.
How to Wardrobe It:
- Off-the-Shoulder Chic. A little something off-the-shoulder is the perfect opportunity to allow your straps—and sexy peek of your collarbone—to show. Try the look with a flowy sweater or off-one-shoulder top.
- Open Back. Wondering what to wear under your sexy summer top or dress with a slinky open back? Look for a bra that demands to be seen, such as intricate lace back patterns or playful colors. You’ll make an oh-la-la impression as you walk away. Try the Look Push-Up, with a show-stopping tattoo-inspired back.
- Let it Sheer. There’s something sweetly feminine—and yet thrilling—about a pretty bra peeking out from under an elegant sheer or lace top. Be sure to match the color of your bra to your top for a subtle and sophisticated layered look.
Feel confident in experimenting your peek-abo wardrobing looks with some of our favorite straps: the timeless Delice Demi with refined spaghetti straps and floral accent, the romantic Amour Demi, with stunning embroidered straps, the Andora 3D Demi, with intricate guipure detailing and the ultra-feminine Wish Demi with high-fashion straps.
How did a sexy plunge t-shirt bra become a number one seller? We sit down with Katia Charle, Simone Perele’s Designer and Creative Director, who carries on Madame Simone Perele’s legacy of lingerie savoir-faire. Katia gives us an exclusive behind-the-bra look at our best-selling Amour 3D Plunge.
What inspired you to design the Amour 3D Plunge?
Many women have expressed: it’s not possible to feel beautiful in a t-shirt bra. So I designed a bra that is practical for everyday but stylish and refined. A seamless curve-hugging plunge t-shirt bra is a must-have for all women. Often, women think they need to sacrifice style and little details for an everyday bra. But this bra makes us feel beautiful and truly does it all.
Why did you choose to work with Leavers lace?
Leavers lace, made in Calais, France, is the only lace that is woven instead of knitted. The result is superior softness, as well as an exquisite richness and depth that is visually stunning. By placing the lace at the sides of the cups, you get that touch of chic style, while still being invisible under clothing.
What’s the secret behind Simone Perele’s 3D spacer fabric?
There is a significant difference in the quality of spacer fabrics. Simone Perele was an innovator of high quality 3D spacer material, which is why we are known for our technical excellence. Soft and supple to the touch, our spacer fabric hugs curves to perfection feels like a second skin. This bra gives a beautiful shape without adding volume. It’s also lightweight and breathable, making it a great everyday bra.
What makes this bra so comfortable?
Madame Simone Perele herself said: “The best part of a Simone Perele bra is that we forget we’re even wearing one!” I couldn’t agree with her more. Amour’s soft and breathable spacer fabric truly conforms to a woman’s curves and the plunge shape hugs the décolleté.
Who is this bra made for?
Everything about this bra was meticulously studied to provide superior comfort and support. I’ve designed this bra to fit and support all silhouettes, from B cup to F cup. This bra was made for women who desire to feel beautiful every day. The lace accents and modern spaghetti straps attract a wide range of women.
What makes this bra so universally flattering?
The secret is in the finely tuned balance between curve-hugging coverage and an ultra-flattering and feminine plunging neckline. The plunge shape also makes this bra very easy to wear and style; it’s effortless under everything!
Memorial Day is quickly approaching and—at last—marking the official beginning of summer. It’s time to take out your favorite long weekender bag and get ready for the first getaway of the season.
As you fill your bag with chic essentials, don’t forget to include your prettiest bra and panty sets. Besides not taking up much room, they’re a must for feeling confident, stylish and sexy throughout the weekend.
Before you head out on your next getaway, make sure you have these must-have lingerie pieces packed in your weekender bag:
- The Pretty T-Shirt Bra. A woman must always be comfortable when she travels. Opt for a seamless and breathable t-shirt bra with pretty details in a feminine and flirty color. Try the Caresse 3D Plunge in eye-catching Berry or the Andora 3D Demi in beautiful Blush.
- The Sexy Demi. To keep your outfit totally chic from the inside out, pack a sexy lace set. the open décolleté of a demi gives a flattering silhouette, and pretty straps are a must for peeking through sleeveless tops. Try the Delice Demi in Navy (perfect under your Breton striped top), or the Amour Demi in sun-kissed Coral.
- The Pretty Convertible Bra. Be prepared for your favorite sleeveless tops and dresses with a fabulous convertible bra. Try the Amour Push-Up in ivory or rich Anthracite.
- The Fail-Safe Strapless. Weekend getaways always call for a flirty dress, so it’s essential to have a strapless bra you’ll feel confident in. Look for a plunging neckline with a seamless look and fit that stays in place without sliding. We love the cult-favorite Velia Strapless Bra or the 6-Way Multiposition Inspiration Strapless.
- Matching Bottoms. To achieve true jet-setter status, a woman should always travel in style and remember to pack matching bottoms. Don’t forget a few extra pairs of Invisi’bulle seamless panties for those tennis outfits and linen pants. (Click here to read more about the power of the matching bra and panty set).
Voila! Now you’re ready to jet set… à la française. Bon voyage!
Sleeveless and summer dress season is quickly approaching, along with the everlasting wardrobe dilemmas of bra strap etiquette. When your look calls for something smooth, seamless and strap-free, nothing is as sleek or discreet as a strapless bra.
Yet for many women, the thought of purchasing—or wearing—a strapless bra can induce nail-biting anxiety. We’ve all experienced the strapless bra that creeps down throughout the day or evening, leaving us frustrated, uncomfortable and completely unsupported. What a letdown!
La bonne nouvelle? (The good news?) Not all strapless bras are created equally. The right strapless will be your wardrobe secret weapon… the “piece de resistance” that saves the day (and your outfit).
What To Look For:
- The Right Size. Your search should always begin with a proper bra fitting. Many women are wearing too large of a band size, which is the Achilles heel of a strapless bra and is sure to set you up for a wardrobe malfunction. Important: if the bra doesn’t come in your size, don’t buy it! The bra should fit you.
- Silicone Grips. This is one of the secrets of a properly designed strapless bra. Look for silicone grips that run along the seams of the band. This will assure a fit that stays in place.
- Lightweight Contoured Cups. An overly padded strapless can add weight and interfere with the fit. Look for lightweight contoured cups that offer a flattering shape without adding extra volume.
- Take the Plunge. The plunge strapless is a wardrobe essential, sleek and perfect under every clothing neckline. Try the Velia Strapless.
- Convertible Straps. For versatility, pick a style with optional straps that can be worn different ways. You’ll be prepared for any and every spring/summer outfit. Try the Inspiration Strapless Bra with convertible straps that can be worn 6 ways.
- Nude & Black. A woman should own at least two strapless bras: one in a natural skin tone (such as nude or blush) and one in black.
My final rule about strapless bras: when a woman finds a strapless bra she loves, she is likely to tell other women about it. Ask your friends or your local bra boutique about those cult-following bras you’ll always feel confident in. And when you find that perfect strapless? Share the love, and buy two!
Finally, spring style is making its way into our closets, and with it, some much-anticipated color. When it comes to this year’s fashion color palette, pink is in full bloom. We’re seeing everything from soft blush to vibrant berry tones. The feminine shades add immediate style credit to your wardrobe. Yes, pink is officially chic.
Here’s how to sweeten up your spring and summer style with feel-pretty lingerie looks in the season’s prettiest pink hues:
Blushing Beauty. Feminine and sophisticated, rose quartz is officially in style for spring and summer 2016. Swap out your nude bras and sweeten your silhouette with this subdued tone that adds a fashion-forward touch to your ensemble.
- How to Wear It: Blush plays like a neutral, so it’s ultra-versatile for spring and summer. Pair a pale pink bra under a crisp white button down. Blush also adds an elegant finish to pale neutrals such as chic beige and heather gray.
- Try the Wish Demi or Full Cup, the Andora 3D Demi, or the Inspiration Strapless in Blush.
Simply Cool in Coral. Though we’ll always have a soft spot for blush, this season we’ve warmed up to a sun-kissed coral pink hue. Carefree and effortless, coral is the season’s coolest way to wear pink.
- How to Wear It: For a chic touch of contrast, layer a coral lace bra under a button-down jean shirt or jean dress. Coral also plays perfectly under any pastel shade.
- Try the Amour Demi in Coral Pink (SS16 limited edition color).
Vibrant in Berry. To channel an edgier vibe, opt for a sexy and playful berry pink bra and panty set. Fiercely-feminine, nothing exudes power-dressing quite like this bold hue. Seen or unseen, when wearing vibrant pink lingerie, you’ll walk a bit differently and exude total confidence.
- How to Wear It: Think of brighter shades of pink more as an accessory, or a first layer of your finished look. Layer it under sleeveless tops and dresses—or wow for date night with the hot hue under a LBD. You can also add a touch of thrill to muted tones, such as khaki, beige, olive, navy and gray.
- Try the Caresse 3D Plunge in Berry (SS16 limited edition color).
The season’s color du jour has the power to transform an outfit into something sexy and sophisticated, or edgy and chic. So whether you’re feeling soft and sensual, slightly wild at heart, or simply in need of a style refresh, give one of these shades a try… and rock it with confidence!
There’s no doubt that coordinating lingerie has a secret power, but is it truly wearable? Attainable? Every day? This is one French secret we’re willing to share.
It’s all about intention. When a woman wears something beautiful and coordinated beneath her clothing, she sends a powerful message of confidence to herself and to the universe. The matching bra and panty says: “I’m worth attention to detail and feeling good!”
Put simply, it’s power-dressing from the inside out. Your look is complete. You carry yourself a little differently. Exude a little mystery. Affirm your femininity. Feel sexy. Ignite your self-confidence. And voila, bonjour, French mystique!
HOW TO ROCK THE LOOK:
Power in Numbers. Double up (or more) on panties to match each bra in your lingerie drawer.
Natural Selection. A woman should always have options. When buying a set, reach for at least two different styles. For example, a boyshort and a tanga (with a Brazilian-style back), or a bikini and a retro brief.
Comfort is Key. A woman should never have to sacrifice style for comfort. Look for sets with matching panties that are soft and effortless, with fabrics you’ll feel beautiful and comfortable in. Yes, lace can be divinely comfortable! Don’t believe us? Try our best-selling Amour panties.
Panties to a T. There is no exception to the rule of matching, even when it comes to your favorite t-shirt bra. In fact, wearing a matching set has the power to elevate even the simplest bra to everyday-chic status.
Need a little inspiration? Discover our picks of matching sets for every style and size:
- Everyday Chic. Try the curve-hugging Amour 3D Plunge t-shirt bra with the supersoft Amour Tanga and Boyshort made of everyday-wearable Leavers lace that lays flat under clothing.
- For Full Busts. Reach for the exquisite embroidered Wish Full Cup bra and matching Wish Bikini.
- Stylish & Sexy. You’ll love the flawless fit and sheer seduction of the Delice Demi (try the Navy for spring/summer) and matching Delice boyshort.
- Perfect Comfort. Complete the look of our best-selling Andora 3D Demi t-shirt bra with the always-effortless and perfectly seamless Andora high quality Cotton Bikini.
Hello, matching set. Bonjour, confidence!
Do French women wear nude t-shirt bras?
The bare truth is… not really. Though you might find a nude bra in her lingerie wardrobe, it’s most likely made entirely of lace, and even more likely, surrounded by a slightly more adventurous palette of pretty underpinnings. This includes a selection of what I like to call “Paris-chic neutrals”: beige, blush, gray. These effortless wardrobe essentials offer the subtle effect of a nude bra, with the added touch of French style we can’t get enough of.
Here are 4 Paris-approved neutrals you’ll love to cheat on your nude bras with:
Mink: This grown-up hue behaves like a nude but with far more sophistication and style. Layer a mink-colored bra and panty set under everything from crisp whites to rich browns for an all-over chic effect. Try the Inspiration Non-Molded Bra in new Sand.
Blushing Beauty: Pretty and practical, blush lends a soft, feminine touch to your look. You’ll exude romance in a beautiful blush lace or embroidered demi bra layered under airy spring and summer tops (try the Wish collection in new Blush for spring). Or, for an easy update on the nude t-shirt bra, try the favorite Andora 3D Demi and matching Cotton Bikini or the Inspiration Non-Molded bra in Blush.
Paris Gray: In the French color wheel of style, every shade of gray is chic. This all-season lingerie essential plays beautifully with navy, beige, gray, black and white tops. You’ll love the soft hue of the new Andora Sahara, accented with hints of coral woven into the straps and underband. Or the deep, inky charcoal Amour Anthracite, offering a new spin on classic black.
Peau Rosé: When the moment calls for a subtle shade of nude, opt for this French take on the everyday classic. Known as “Peau Rosé” (“Blushed Skin”), this flattering hue disappears under spring and summer white T’s and button-downs. Try the look in the Caresse 3D Plunge or Caressence 3D Plunge. So soft and sexy, you may just make him blush…
Spring is all about easy elegance… so re-inspire the look of your favorite nude bras and embrace the stylish side of neutral.
The topic of what bra to wear under a white top has been hotly debated on both sides of the Atlantic. Since every woman has a different take and comfort level, here are all of your options, ranging from least to most risqué.
No matter what bra you wear under a white or semi-sheer top, there are a few rules every woman should play by. Your bra must fit flawlessly—no bulges, gaps, falling straps or sliding bra bands please! It must be in mint condition (tattered straps to the trash please). Pretty details and fabrics that make you feel beautiful and confident are always a plus.
Here are my Oh So French style-approved tips for what bra to wear under le blanc (a white) top:
THE INVISIBLE NUDE T-SHIRT BRA
The nude T-shirt bra is undoubtedly the most modest, invisible option under any white top.
HOW TO WEAR IT: Look for a curve-hugging spacer bra that molds to your shape, like the Delice 3D Demi, or for full busts the Revelation 3D Demi Full, both by Simone Perele. For a bra that disappears completely for a barely-there look, try an unlined nude bra.
THE BLUSH T-SHIRT BRA
Pale pinks are a feminine update on the classic nude bra and are just as practical. When worn under white, blush disappears on paler skin tones.
HOW TO WEAR IT: Add stylish details, like the embroidered straps on this Andora 3D Demi, for a feel-beautiful finish, while still being practical.
THE NUDE LACE BRA
What if your everyday nude bra had a sexy twist? Touches of lace are discreet but also beautiful and chic.
THE RED BRA
Top secret style alert! Here’s a tip that French women have sworn by for years: red is just as invisible as many nudes under white tops. Sultry shades of rouge are discreet under white, yet secretly seductive underneath. (And just imagine the oh-la-la you’ll get when your petite surprise is discovered!)
HOW TO WEAR IT: Any red will do, but the darker your skin tone, the more invisible the red will look under white.
THE COLORED BRA
Think of your lingerie as the first layer of your look. Try matching the color of your bra to another aspect of your outfit. Or turn up the heat in an obviously bold color. A pop of colorful lace under a loose white tee is an edgy yet chic combination in spring and summer. There’s something so thrilling about breaking the rules!
HOW TO WEAR IT: A navy-hued bra gives a chic edge to a classic white shirt and jeans. Also, when going for bold color, pair it with casual, looser fitting clothes and simple accessories to keep the ensemble in balance.
THE BLACK BRA
Whether your inspiration is Carrie Bradshaw or iconic French femme fatales, a black bra under a white top, when done right, is rebelliously chic and fashion-forward.
HOW TO WEAR IT: The black should be noticeable but not distracting (not to be worn under a super-sheer white shirt). Avoid satin finishes and look for feminine touches of lace to soften the look. Or, opt for a ultra-wearable charcoal gray. Finally, style it so the look appears intentional (such as matched with black pants or pumps).
CAUTION: BLANC SUR BLANC (WHITE UNDER WHITE)
Generally, white under white is a fashion faux pas, however this look can be chic when done right. Because white is the most visible color bra you can wear under a white shirt, style it the way you would a black bra. Look for pretty lace, ultra-feminine details, and wear it with unapologetic confidence.