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The #stayathome coronavirus lockdown created a situation, where clothes we normally don’t pay attention to became our main outfits for the day. Sweatpants and oversized sweaters win over a pair of jeans and a blouse we used to wear to work everyday, as they are just soooo much more comfortable! Plus, right now, we can finally dress for ourselves, not for anyone else. I feel that it’s a good occasion to share my favorite places to buy great lingerie and loungewear – things you can wear at home everyday and feel sexy and comfortable at the same time.

I’m a big lingerie fan and strongly believe that wearing underwear you specifically chose because of the way it makes you feel, can do magic to your self-esteem.

Why? 1) it’s hidden under your clothes, so you wear it just for yourself, not to prove anything to anyone else 2) even though it’s hidden, you remember about it and it’s a reminder that your body is worthy of something pretty that doesn’t play any other role than to be pleasurable to you.

Please, do me a favor, and next time you buy new underwear pick something because you like the way you look in it (or since you can’t try it on now, how you imagine yourself in it). Give yourself this gift of attention, pay tribute to your own sensuality and sexuality. I’ve heard from women coming to my boudoir photo shoots that a visit to a lingerie store can already do so much to make you feel good in your body – it can remind you that your body is not just a mere vehicle for all the thoughts and activities, but a temple on its own – cherish it.

Disclaimer: I’m only sharing here brands that I personally truly like, I’m not getting paid for any of the links.

1. BLOOM & BOUDOIR – PETITE FIT FOR SMALL BREASTED LADIES

Bloom and boudoir lingerie

This UK brand specializes in bralettes for women with small breasts. You will find a diverse selection of lace and crochet underwear: bras and panties. Plus: they support charity! £1 from every bralette sold goes to Look Good Feel Better—a charity that helps women fight the side effects of cancer treatment.

Prices: £25-30 for a set of lace panties and bra, £15-20 for a bra

Visit Bloom & Boudoir website

2. ANEKDOT BOUTIQUE – UPCYCLED LINGERIE MADE IN BERLIN

Bloom and boudoir lingerie

Larissa in Anekdot Boutique set, photo by Monika Kozub | Berlin Boudoir

I worked with Sofie (Anekdot founder) personally on a look book for her collection last year, so I can give my word that all you read about it is true. She started the company on her own and still travels every year to look for the best luxurious lace leftovers in small shops in Florence, which otherwise would have been thrown away. She sews everything herself with a help of a few other women – all done in Berlin, sustainable and eco-friendly. They also have a wide selection of swimwear.

Prices: 69-79€ for a bralette, 39-45€ for panties, 115-120€ for a set.

Visit Anekdot website

3. IVORY ROSE – FULLER BUST LINGERIE DD-G CUP

Bloom and boudoir lingerie

Another brand from UK, this time for women with fuller bust. They provide bras, knickers (ah, this British name for panties!), bodysuits and nightwear. What’s more – they claim to use only #realwomen for their photos and no Photoshop – based on their Instagram account, I believe them!

Prices: £12-20 for a bra, £5-9 for knickers.

Visit Ivory Rose website

4. MONOLOGY – LACE BRALETTES THAT ARE WORKS OF ART

Laverne Bralette Monology

Another brand from UK, this time for women with fuller bust. They provide bras, knickers (ah, this British name for panties!), bodysuits and nightwear. What’s more – they claim to use only #realwomen for their photos and no Photoshop – based on their Instagram account, I believe them!

Prices: £12-20 for a bra, £5-9 for knickers.

Visit Ivory Rose website

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