New Year’s Eve Style Inspirations: Lingerie Guide

Need some style inspiration for the biggest soirée of the season? Start building your look with these high impact French-approved looks.

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THE LOOK: Mysterious & Magnetic

You’ll exude a mysterious, confident allure with a show-stopping lingerie piece.

THE LINGERIE: The bodysuit is one of those style pieces that has timeless appeal—and yet, can be so fashion-forward. Layer the Simone Perele Look Bodysuit over the Look Push-Up for a chic and sexy effect. Its black embroidery over nude tulle creates a tattoo effect that’s guaranteed to captivate. Now you’re ready to throw on that sheer blouse or perfect blazer effortlessly!

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THE LOOK: Total Confidence

It’s time to call upon your wardrobe secret weapons: chic, silhouette-sculpting shapewear and a must-have strapless bra that stays up all night….

 THE LINGERIE: Create that Oh-La-La silhouette with curve-hugging shapewear that’s stylish and—yes—sexy, such as the Simone Perele Top Model Collection. Also, a great strapless bra is the foundation of many beautiful dresses—so look for one that will stay up all night (so you can too). Try the Celeste Plunge Strapless with sizing up to F cup.

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THE LOOK: Unforgettable

New Year’s Eve is the time to reflect back on the year… and be unforgettable.

THE LINGERIE: Seduce with graphic prints and sensual fabrics in French Red or another sexy, bold shade. Simone Perele’s Look Demi in Red, with its tattoo-like embroidery and balconette shape, has that come-hither flair that will ignite the night.

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THE LOOK: Cozy Chic

Just because you’re staying in for a quiet night doesn’t mean your lingerie should be sleepy.

THE LINGERIE: Sensual and comfortable. Delicious laces are a must, such as the Simone Perele Celeste Triangle Wireless made of all-over Chantilly lace. Or reveal a hint of a beautiful strap under an off-the-shoulder sweater, such as the Simone Perele Amour bras in luxe Navy.

 

5 Shapewear Myths: Busted

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Shapewear is back—and it’s breaking free of generations of clichés without looking back. We couldn’t be more thrilled that the days of giant, unattractive control briefs you were ashamed to be seen in are over.

Whether you’re getting holiday party-ready or dressing for the office, the new generation of shapewear is everything you never thought it could be… and everything you’ll feel fabulous in.

It’s time to let go of old beliefs and make way for the new.

Here are our top 5 myths about shapewear:

MYTH #1: A woman should hide her shapewear from her lover

TRUTH: Leave it to the French to find a way to make shapewear look absolutely chic—and even (gasp) pretty. Look for lace accents, like the zebra lace in Simone Perele’s Top Model collection. Pair your shapewear with a bra that makes you feel beautiful. And when in doubt, go for black. That moment when your lover mistakes your Top Model Body Shaper (below) or Dress Shaper (above) for a seduction piece? Priceless.

MYTH #2: Women should wear their shapewear a size smaller for maximum shaping and slimming  

TRUTH: Ever had your shapewear roll up on you? This is the telltale sign that you’re wearing a size too small. Shapewear is designed to shape based on your true size. The result is just as effective—and far more comfortable.

MYTH #3: Wearing shapewear means you’re not comfortable with who you are

26_Topmodel_16R500_712_face-037 - CopyTRUTH: Women wear shapewear for the very same reasons they wear a bra: for support, shape and to look and feel great in your clothes. Women who wear shapewear absolutely embrace their curves!

MYTH #4: Shapewear is only for plus-sized women

TRUTH: Here’s a French secret: shapewear is truly great for ALL sizes and figures. Women of all sizes share the same mission of a smooth silhouette and flattering lines that always gives you that extra confidence to feel fabulous in your day.

MYTH #5: A woman must suffer to look svelte… Shapewear is uncomfortable!

TRUTH: All shapewear is not created equally. Look for styles in your correct size with medium control for a second skin feel and true comfort. Why do we love Simone Perele’s Top Model Collection? The zebra lace lays flat against your skin where it finishes, creating smooth, seamless and stylish curves—and its medium hold delivers just the right amount of shaping.

Now that the truth is out, you can feel comfortable wearing sleek and pretty shapewear to rock out the holiday season, and your new 2016 wardrobe, in style!

3 Ways to Embrace Your Lace

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When it comes to lingerie, I’ll never argue that style and seduction take precedence over comfort. Suffering simply isn’t chic. Feeling good in your skin…  downright sexy.

Put simply, lace is as essential to the French woman’s lingerie wardrobe as perfume is to her beauty routine. But inside the American fitting room, women are saying “non merci” (no thank you) to lacy bras and undergarments.

Is this a cultural difference? Or is there something about lace French women know that we don’t?

When it comes to femininity, style and seduction, nothing captures a French woman’s attention like beautiful lace. A lace bra is the first layer of her look. It’s everyday chic.

So whether you wear all-over lacy numbers daily—or your bra wardrobe is reserved for lace-free T-shirt bras, there are a few things we can all learn about wearing la dentelle (lace).

Here are some of our French-approved tips for embracing your lace:

  1. Add a touch of lace to your T-shirt bra. For smooth operators and T-shirt bra devotees, this is an excellent first step towards embracing your lace. A hint of lace on the straps, on the sides of the cups or the back of the bra gives that bit of lacy allure while staying seamless under clothing. Who knew T-shirt bras could be so chic?
  1. Meet Lace Halfway. A little lace, a little cotton = the best of both worlds. The next step to embracing your lace comes in the form of full cup bras with the support and comfort of cotton lining embellished in luxurious lace (or embroidery). You’ll get all the comfort and support of soft cotton that shapes the bust—with touches of lace that feel as soft as a whisper against the skin. Yes, please!
    • Our Picks: You’ll feel confident the moment you put on the feminine and supportive Caresse Full Cup Divine comfort, supportive coverage and the perfect amount of lace to make you feel beautiful. Another stunner: the Oh-La-La-worthy Amour Full Cup bra with sheer Leavers lace and soft and supportive microfiber.
  1. Embrace Your Lace. The secret to wearing an all-over lace bra is simple: wear it for yourself, unapologetically, in colors that make you feel beautiful and laces that feel divine against your skin. A woman should never feel intimidated or uncomfortable in her lingerie. Au contraire, lace is feminine, intimate and reflects your unique personal style, much like the scent of your perfume.
    • Our Picks: Look for ultra-soft lace, such as the Celeste Demi Plunge or Celeste Demi Full (up to G cup) with Chantilly lace which offers a curve-hugging fit. For a classic French demi, Delice never disappoints.

How to Shine in Jewel Tones

Fashion’s color palette has officially moved on from sun-kissed summer hues into richer, deeper fall and winter shades that evoke elegance and sensuality. And what could be more sumptuous and sophisticated than jewel tones?

We all know that jewels are a woman’s best friend… so it’s no surprise that jewel tones in fashion have that same je ne sais quoi we can’t get enough of. Powerful and feminine, precious shades of emerald, sapphire, ruby and amethyst dazzle us with their sensual glow.

And because I always keep my gems près de mon coeur (close to heart), jewel toned lingerie reigns supreme in my fall wardrobe. If radiance comes from within, it makes sense to begin with the first and most essential layer of our look.

Slip into these captivating, bold-hued bra and panty sets and you’ll be as radiant as the gems in your jewelry box:

Andora-DarkEmerald - CopyShine Like An Emerald. Nothing exudes ladylike chic quite like emerald green. This opulent shade is flattering on everyone and pairs beautifully with other jewel tones.

 

 


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Sparkle in Sapphire. Eyes will sparkle, hair will glisten and skin will glow in this sophisticated shade. Possibly the most wearable shade on the jewel color wheel, sapphire pops when paired with classic navy or black.  Shine on!

 

 

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Ignite in Ruby. The eternal shade of power and seduction, ruby instantly takes your outfit to the next level. When the day—or night—calls for a little extra confidence, this is the shade to rock. You’ll look and feel irresistible.

 

 

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Opulent in Amethyst. This luxe shade exudes glamour with a touch of mystery. The royal color pairs beautifully with neutrals, other jewel tones, black or white. And because purple radiates decadence, Simone Perele added Swarovski crystals to adorn their opulent Delice demi and boyshort.

Gems may be a woman’s best friend, but feeling gorgeous in your lingerie is absolutely priceless.

 

SECRET BLOG OFFER: Receive $15 off your order on the Simone Perele eBoutique with                   code: GEM15 through Monday, October 26th (minimum purchase $60). 

4 Ways to Style the New Look Bodysuit

Dramatic tattoo embroidery. A sexy silhouette. A jaw-dropping deep V-back. The new curve-hugging Look Bodysuit exudes sheer mystery, style and seduction. Jaws will drop. Heads will turn.

But can real women actually pull off this runway-worthy look?

Though intimidating at first glance, this striking one-piece is not only wearable for us non-supermodels, it’s delightfully comfortable and completely versatile.

How do we know? We asked Simone Perele Bra Fitters to tell us how they’ve been wearing it this fall. From blazers and high-waisted pants to LBD’s, this is one wardrobe piece that’s got staying power.

How to Wear the Look Bodysuit:

Tip: The Look Bodysuit can be worn solo, over a plunge bra, or for the complete effect—over the Look Push-Up (front closure with optional halter straps).

Be A Sheer Style Maven: This bodysuit is too stunning not to reveal… if only just a hint in a certain light. Wear it under a black sheer or semi-sheer blouse to create an air of mystery.

Elevate the Look of Your LBD (Little Black Dress): Your LBD has a new little secret. The curve-hugging bodysuit, paired with the Look Push-Up, makes a striking ensemble under your favorite black dress. Low back anyone? Show-stopping gorgeous.

Set Your Style A-Blaze: Layer this wildly stylish bodysuit under a classic black blazer and it will give the entire outfit a cool, chic vibe. Pair it with a slim high-waisted pant or pencil skirt for a polished-but-sexy look.

Go Graphic in Black and White: Wear the Look Bodysuit under a structured white button-down shirt tucked into high-waisted black paints or a black leather skirt for a graphic update on a timeless color combination. Subtle peek-a-boo embroidery makes for a chic update on your usual white button-down shirt.

 

How to “Lunch” Like the French

There is something deliciously luxurious about a leisurely lunch, complete with good company and a delicious glass of wine, that begs to be experienced. It’s as if time stops and nothing exists beyond the joyful hum of conversation shared over a beautiful meal. These are the things that nourish the soul.

Having spent my summers in either Provence or la Bretagne (Brittany) since I was born, this comes naturally to me. Though I must admit, my daily pace seems far more conducive to a grab-and-go lunch than a two-hour tête-à-tête.

Whether you’re on vacation, enjoying a leisurely weekend, or in need of a longer pause from the work day, here’s my recipe to embracing lunch à la française:

  1. Stop the Clock. Try a little experiment: Toss your 15-minute lunch habit à la fenêtre (out the window) and stop the clock. For a couple of hours, disconnect from your to-do list (and your phone) and live in the moment, unrushed and unfussed. Unravel the experience in small steps, savoring course by course, sip by sip, and pausing in between to take it all in.
  1. Sip Wine with Lunch. Of course, we all know that wine heightens the flavors of a meal, but that doesn’t seem à propos when we’re grabbing a quick sandwich or salad. A glass of wine completes the stop-and-enjoy experience.
  1. Multiply Your Courses. There’s something beautiful about the way a meal naturally unravels when enjoyed over multiple courses. Stimulate your palate with small courses that satisfy each of your senses. Here’s an échantillon (sampling): a colorful tomato and basil salad drizzled with olive oil and sea salt, a delicious smelling caramelized tarte à l’oignon (onion tart), a few crisp leaves of salad accompanied by a selection of cheeses, and a cool scoop of sorbet framboise. Ahhh, je rêve (I’m dreaming)! All accompanied by the sound of a crispy baguette being broken.
  1. End with a Café. You’ve laughed, you’ve sipped, you’ve relished every bite… but there’s more. In France, the typical way to close the palate is with a small espresso. The ritual is a brilliant way to end the meal on the right note. You leave the table satisfied and the kitchen is closed; no snacking or hovering over your fridge until dinnertime. Fini!

Bon appétit!

How to Get Saint Tropez-Style Beach Waves

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Brigitte Bardot rocked French-approved beach waves in the 60’s

No place sizzles like Saint Tropez in summer. The sun is ablaze, the rosé is flowing and the jetsetters are superbly chic. Picture-perfect beaches, oceanside bistros and expansive yachts are speckled with French A-listers turning up the heat in the season’s most coveted styles, complete with oversized sunglasses and effortlessly tousled beach hair.

Carefree and sexy, beach waves have a signature summer vibe that’s ultra-wearable for day or night. To recreate the look, I consulted with my friend, editorial hair stylist, Montana Sutton.

Here’s how to create Saint Tropez-style beach waves:

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Step 2: Flip your head upside down and scrunch your hair from ends to roots.

Step 3: Flip your head back up and continue to scrunch as hair air dries.

Step 4: Once hair is completely dry, mist lightly with medium hold hair spray. Remember to hold hair spray at least ten inches away from hair.

Step 5: Take large sections of hair and wrap them around the barrel of a curling iron, leaving the ends loose (do not clamp the iron onto hair), to create loose natural waves.

Step 6: After curls cool, run your fingers through your hair to loosen curls and create a tousled wave look.

Marion Cotillard put her own spin on brunette beach waves with a stylish updo

Marion Cotillard put her own spin on brunette beach waves with a stylish updo

Voilà! Now all that’s missing is a bronzed glow and a private yacht. Send me a postcard from Saint Tropez, s’il vous plait!