Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Underwear as Outerwear: The Visual Finale

Hi there! :)  The Underwear as Outerwear series has been a fun one.  I have featured some of my all-time favourite brands to portray the gorgeous pieces of lingerie and loungewear available with the ability to be rocked straight into your ready-to-wear wardrobe.  Today instead of focusing on a brand I wanted to round up this series as it started - with images of underwear as outerwear that I have found on Pinterest.  None of these images are my own and I have provided the links to them to avoid any copyright issues.

So please scroll down and enjoy these images of underwear as outerwear beauty.  From delicate glances of underwear to high-fashion takes on the trend - let's take the plunge.


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Claire x

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Underwear as Outerwear: Brand Profile and Top Picks - Nichole de Carle London (Part 2)

Hello! :)  Before we dive into the beautiful world of Nichole de Carle London for the second time around I first want to thank everyone for their comments and support throughout this underwear as outerwear series - it really gives me the motivation to keep going and just love that I am helping readers find out about new brands and the latest styles.  So keep on commenting everyone and let me know your thoughts or anything else you would like to see on the blog.  Anyway, back to today.  This is the second part of my Nichole de Carle London brand focus (read the first one here) and today we are going to get a little bit riskier in the underwear as outerwear stakes and I cannot simply wait!  The pieces on offer today need some careful styling for them to become part of your outerwear attire but that is where I come in - I am going to be your personal stylist making underwear as outerwear become a reality and boy have I picked some delightful pieces for us to play with!  Let's get stuck in!

SS14 Signature Catwalk Brief with Braces
and SS14 Signature Westminster Brief with Braces:
SS14 Signature Catwalk Brief with Braces
SS14 Signature Catwalk Brief with Braces
SS14 Signature Westminster Brief with Braces

SS14 Signature Westminster Brief with Braces
Now these pieces are special, extra special.  The SS14 Signature Catwalk Brief with Braces starts at the bottom with a beautiful geometric brief with thick black serrated cut edges which then lead up the body into a diamond, architecturally influenced panel over the stomach.  The braces finish over the shoulders with a double strap design and a focal point ring at the bust drawing attention to the bust and d├ęcolletage.  Possibly my favourite detail of the brief is the gorgeous bow-tie at the lower back, crossing over the braces to create a geometric form over the back.  The influence for this brief came from the complex beauty of the Eiffel Tower in Paris - now as a true lover of Paris this makes the piece even more beautiful to me.  The brief is available in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL retailing at £159.00 available at the Nichole de Carle London website here.  The SS14 Signature Westminster Brief with Braces is similar in nature to the Signature Catwalk brief but is slightly less detailed making it less of a statement piece but of course not deterring from its beauty.  The brief consists of geometric panels of teal and black silk leaving a jaggy edge showing off the hip bones.  The braces then lead up the body with four leading braces creating a diamond shape in the centre and then finishing over each shoulder with a simple single strap.  The SS14 Signature Westminster Brief with Braces is available in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL retailing at £105.00 available on the Nichole de Carle London website here.

Now how do we style these wonderful pieces? First things first the beautiful brief section covering our bums needs to be covered.  This is not the type of look where we throw on a top and literally walk around in our knickers with our bottoms hanging out - no.  We need to keep our dignity here.  Instead we need to show off the intricacy and true delight of the braces.  Now we can keep it simple by wearing jeans and a strappy top letting the braces over our shoulders be on show for the world, this idea would also work with a dress with thin straps.  This spin on the brief as underwear as outerwear is delicate yet at the same time it adds power and drama to the outfit.  To heat things up a little and show off another detail of the braces over the stomach we could rock a crop top pair with some boyfriend jeans or some low-rise skinnies drawing attention to the geometric form of the braces in this area.  This look would be casual but with an edgy vibe. To dress it up for evening throw on a formal skirt be it pencil, a-line or full - keep it black to tie in with the braces and pair it with an evening crop top with details like sequins or fringing in a colour to contrast with the black braces and black skirt.  These are only a couple of ideas for these briefs to be worn as outerwear. The key is to show off the straps just a little adding extra edge and intrigue to your outfit.

 SS14 Loungewear Long Night Gown:


SS14 Loungewear Long Night Gown

SS14 Loungewear Long Night Gown
Now this is a show stopper.  A classic low cut plunge dress at the front but the back is where the party starts.  Sheer lace gorgeousness falling from the bottom of the back down to the floor.  The sexy crossover straps and backless detailing just makes this dress to die for.  Ok, I keep saying dress - I know it is a nightgown but this is the underwear as outerwear series remember.  We cannot walk around in this nightgown and our knickers for a night on the town (even though this look would look irresistible in the bedroom) but what we can do is cover our bottom up add some heels and we are good to go.  To cover our bottoms I am going to suggest a pair of black leggings - think Emma Watson at the Golden Globes 2014 in that to die for red Dior showstopper dress which she paired with a gorgeous pair of black fitted cigarette pants and deep purple heels.  Not only will this option cover your modesty but it will also look very fashion-forward and will be a conversation starter for sure.  Another option would be to slip on a black silk underskirt which would die in with the loungewear theme or a black bodycon skirt.  Now of course you could step away from the black and add in a pop of colour - like a pale pink silk underskirt or navy leggings for a demure take on colour.  The SS14 Loungewear Long Night Gown is available in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL retailing at £395.00 available on the Nichole de Carle London website here as part of their Made to Order range.

Thank you all very much for reading, I really hope you have enjoyed this post.  Nichole de Carle London is true lingerie and loungewear luxury and with their use of top quality fabrics and incredible heart-stopping designs.  This brand deserves all the credit they receive!  My next post will be up on Tuesday, it will be the final instalment of the underwear as outerwear series where I will round up some of my favourite underwear as outerwear looks from Pinterest - I thought it would be a fitting way to round up the series!

Speak soon,
Claire x

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Underwear as Outerwear: Brand Profile and Top Picks - Nichole de Carle London (Part 1)

Hello my lingerie lovelies! :) Firstly before we dive into this gorgeous unpublished world of lingerie again I need to apologise for my absence from the blog over the last couple of months.  I have wanted to post, I really, really have because I enjoy it so much - creating the content, visualising posts, creating and sourcing images and interacting with the blogging community and of course my readers.  Unfortunately life just got in the way.  I changed job and with interview preparation, attending interviews and now settling into my new position, my own free time has just been so rare that blogging was not an option.  However, I am back now and hope to create a more regular upload schedule with two uploads a week - one on a Tuesday and one on a Sunday.  I am not setting this in stone but just want to let you know my intentions so you know when to keep your eyes open for new posts!  Ok - I need to stop talking and get on with this exciting post!

The Credentials:
Today, I have an exquisite, British brand to share with you all.  This brand epitomises my idea of fashion forward lingerie and its translatability into our ready-to-wear wardrobes is o-so-attractive - it is edgy, sexy, and ultra chic all at the same time.  The pieces are not for the faint hearted but trust me if you are brave enough to indulge in this brand, you WILL NOT regret it!  The brand is called Nichole de Carle London, a British brand with a sexy, so-fashion-forward-it-hurts image and collections of ultimate lingerie and loungewear luxury.  Trust me, these pieces I am about to show you are beyond sensational.  It is no surprise that the brand have a celebrity following that boasts the likes of Jessie J, Cheryl Cole and - my ultimate favourite as always - Beyonce (remember that famous Drunk in Love performance at the Grammy's - yes this is where she got that fabulous outfit).  Of course it was not long before the fashion pack got behind Nichole de Carle London and soon their pieces were gracing the pages of Elle and Zink magazines (to name but a few) on a regular basis. Nichole de Carle London was created in 2009 by designer and founder Nichole de Carle. Encouraged by her royal heritage with a de Carle family history of creative embassadors Nichole de Carle attended the prestigious Contour Design course at De Montfort University, later graduating with first class honours and top rate fashion jobs lined up.  Nichole de Carle progressed in her career and worked at Donna Karen, Pleasure State and Alexander McQueen where here in particular she was inspired to start her own brand. The vision Nichole de Carle had was to create a lingerie brand with a strong visual for her designs to be architecturally influenced, unique to her but yet identifiable for others - and my-o-my has she succeeded.  As you are about to see Nichole de Carle London has a strong identifiable image that lives and breathes throughout every design in each collection.  It is my pleasure to now present to you my top picks from this exquisite brand.

Top Picks:
I say 'top picks' but go on to the Nichole de Carle London website and try and stop yourself from trying to catch your breath at each and every piece you see - top picks was not easy so I am going to split it into two posts (just more gorgeousness to feast your eyes on!).  This post will be based on the more easily translatable to ready-to-wear pieces and the following post will concentrate on the more daring side of underwear as outerwear (keep your eyes peeled on Sunday for it going live!).  So let us begin.

SS14 Black Label Onyx Tuxedo:
SS14 Black Label Onyx Tuxedo - Made to Order
SS14 Black Label Onyx Tuxedo - Made to Order
SS14 Black Label Onyx Tuxedo - Made to Order
Do you recognise this piece?  Of course you do, this is the flawless outfit that Beyonce rocked on stage at the Grammy's in 2014 with her husband Jay-Z for their performance of Drunk In Love.  Ok, so that makes me like the piece even more but the reasons my heart flutters when looking at it.  Firstly, the shape, not too tight over the arms and body but just right.  The design is curve enhancing and flatters the female form perfectly with strong architectural lines over the brief area and a zip leading up to the neck which also leads your eyes - it is like a painting with such fabulous composition.  The sheer fabric is just right, not too see-through but just enough to see your bra through it.  So for my ready-to-wear spin, let's imagine - slip on a semi-sheer maxi skirt in black or white and depending on the occasion grab your favourite sexy pair of heels or throw on some white converse for a damn-my-outfit-is-sexy-but-rocking-it-during-the-day-requires-converse spin. You could also slip over a pair of classic black cigarettes pants or some wide-leg trousers, pop on a pair of heels and you have a fabulous dinner to bedroom outfit sorted.  So how much is this delightful piece?  I ain't going to lie this is expensive but hey - it's luxury you are buying here so what do you expect!  The SS14 Black Label Onyx Tuxedo from Nichole de Carle London retails at £351.00 available in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL and is part of the brands Made to Order selection.  This does not include the bra worn underneath (I am assuming this, it is not clear on the website) which is called the Black Label Onyx Plunge Bra retailing at £174.00 available in sizes 32B-D, 34B-D, 36B-C (not a fantastic range but with it being made to order, maybe we could request an alternative size - if you don't ask you don't get and all) as part of the brands Made to Order range.  A serious investment, but with this attention to detail and incredible design and quality - it is well worth it in my eyes!

SS14 Black Label Onyx Body - Made to Order:
SS14 Black Label Onyx Body - Made to Order
SS14 Black Label Onyx Body - Made to Order

SS14 Black Label Onyx Body - Made to Order
Next up is the beautiful SS14 Black Label Onyx Body from the brands Made to Order selection.  This body with its strong lines, architectural inspired form and fashion-forward cut-outs makes this body so pleasing to the eye and I bet when worn you would feel damn sexy too.  Now this is the perfect piece to slip on a suitable pair of bottoms - imagine some ripped boyfriend jeans and some white converse or a pair of killer heels to rock it in the evening.  Or let's make it ultra chic with a black tuxedo jacket and black trousers again interchanging your footwear to suit the occasion.  As I have said before and I will say time and time again, this look is not about wearing your underwear in the streets.  It is about taking an underwear piece, a strong fashion-forward statement piece and mixing it with your ready-to-wear wardrobe in a style that celebrates the female form yet retains your class and sophistication.  The look is strong and empowering - that is why I love it so much. The beautiful SS14 Black Label Onyx Body retails at £555.00 and is available in sizes X-Small B-D, Small B-D, Medium B-D, Large B-C and X-Large B-C (again, I am not mad about the size range but it is under the made to order section so the question could be asked - it wouldn't hurt I guess).  The body is also available in other colour-ways White/White and Silver/Pewter, Black and White and the AW13 colour-way which incorporates Black, Red Lace and White.  Again, it is expensive like a mortgage payment expensive but it is an investment piece that you would love and cherish for years to come - I would hang this one out as a display!

SS14 Loungewear Playsuit:
SS14 Loungewear Playsuit
SS14 Loungewear Playsuit
SS14 Loungewear Playsuit
This is definitely the most transferable piece of underwear to ready-to-wear that I am offering in this post. Not only does it look ultra chic and fashion-forward but how comfortable does this look to lounge around the house in - in style of course!  I adore the use of decorative panelling to accentuate the body and the not-too-tight fit which gives it that loungewear, luxe vibe that I am craving at the moment.  So let's get ready-to-wear our playsuit outside (like what I did there?!) - it's simple ladies, just throw on a pair of bottoms, anything from boyfriend jeans, black tailored trousers, frayed denim cut-offs for a festival vibe or a flamboyant, structural shaped skirt for the ultimate in street style chic.  The SS14 Loungewear Playsuit made from luxurious silk, lace and powernet retails at £229.00 and is available in sizes XS, S, M and L. Other colour-ways available include Teal/Black and White/Claret/Black.

SS14 Loungewear Pyjama Trousers:
SS14 Loungewear Pyjama Trousers - Made to Order
SS14 Loungewear Pyjama Trouser - Made to Order


SS14 Loungewear Pyjama Trouser - Made to Order
Now this was and still is my had-to-catch-my-breathe moment because my-o-my these trousers are divine. The flowing fit and form that creates the most sophisticated and heart-stopping silohette is just that - heart-stopping.  Made in a loose fit design with sheer corded lace flare panels and a silk waistband these trousers are the ultimate in loungewear luxury.  And their ease to move into ready-to-wear is so simple - throw on an oversized ribbed jumper in cream or white and throw on some black heels and you are most likely to be snapped for a street style section in a fashion magazine.  Or rock them with a simple white tee and white converse for a relaxed twist on an ultra sophisticated pair of trousers.  The options are endless and wearing any of these options will also be fabulous with the strong beauty these trousers possess!  The SS14 Loungewear Pyjama Trouser from Nichole de Carle London's Made to Order collection are available in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL and retail at £195.00.  Also shown is the SS14 Loungewear Pyjama Top from the Made to Order collection which which retails at £225.00.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the stunning Nichole de Carle London brand and my top picks from the brand at the moment - I am sure there will be more in the future also!  The second part of the Nichole de Carle London post for my Underwear as Outerwear series will be available on Sunday morning!  Please comment below and let me know your thoughts on this post and my top picks - I love hearing all your feedback and interacting with my readers!

Hope you are all having a great start to the week!

Speak soon,
Claire x

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