5 French Lingerie Tips for Every Woman
*This post is done in partnership with Bravado Designs,
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One of my most remarkable memories from one of my Paris trips is the visit to the lingerie shop.
French women are the epitome of fashion, chic, confidence, charm and seduction, it is no wonder that their lingerie takes up as much as nearly 30% of their spending budget. They know that confidence starts with a good foundation and “unmentionables” are the major part of it.
The importance of the basics multiplies by about 10000000 when the conversation revolves around a new or an expectant mom. Why? The answer is simple: this is one of the most vulnerable times in woman’s life when she has the greatest need to not only look but FEEL beautiful and confident in her appearance.
I am partnering with Bravado Designs today to share some of the best tips I’ve learned while in Paris. Want to look and feel like a true Parisian? Read on!
SHOW IT OFF
French women view lingerie as an extraction of their wardrobe. They don’t always hide it. This concept needs a little clarity, though. When French allow the underpinnings to show, it is something that is worth looking at. Choose a bra with full coverage, the type that is not see-through and makes it be a statement of your wardrobe. Bravado just released a fantastic new nursing bra in a snow leopard print which has “french chic” written all over it. Paired up with a delicate complimentary grey or beige, it becomes a statement piece of its own while allowing for simple and easy nursing access. Bravado bras come with additional “invisible” closure, you don’t see, unlike the traditional clasp. I promise no-one will EVER guess you are wearing a nursing bra then.
PICK THE RIGHT SIZE
This is one of the biggest issues that many new moms face. The body changes during the pregnancy and WHILE lactating. One of the most helpful tips I have received from a chic Parisian lingerie consultant was to go for STRETCHY FABRICS THAT SUPPORT. I have to capitalize all four words because every single one is important. No matter if your chest is voluptuous or you can easily go bra-free, the breast size DOES change during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Having something that would support the changing tissues well helps to preserve the natural shape of the body, avoiding stretch marks, muscle damage, etc. It is also very important to know your size and to pick the right fit for your body. I am NOT a small chested woman, but I am “small-ribcaged”, which is rather problematic to fit. Somehow, the majority of the lingerie designers think that small ribcage equals small breast, which is far from the truth. Look for extended cups. In Bravado's original design I use an S PLUS size, which gives me exactly the coverage AND support I need for my 32DD chest.
MAKE IT PRETTY
French love beautiful detailing. This is an essential part for french women when it comes to feeling pretty. Lingerie that has beautiful lace detailing is a rare find among the matron-y nursing bras that are “comfortable” or “supportive”. Trust me, having a comfortable and supporting nursing bra that is also beautiful will go miles for your self-esteem and confidence at any given time, but particularly during those early postpartum months. Despite whether you are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, a nursing/maternity bra is a must, in my opinion, as it morphs to and with your changing body (and changes are many during that period)
BLUE IS THE NEW BLACK
Ask any french woman, and she will confirm that a navy blue bra is a must in her wardrobe. Why? Because it’s fun, different, classic but with a twist and simply elegant. French women LOVE navy blue. It took me a little bit to catch on to this trend, but after trying, I got hooked. Bravado’s Silk bra in blue appears to be sold out in almost every store I went to. I am suspecting, it’s the French moms who are buying them in bulk. I’ve never seen a navy blue nursing bra before - have you?! I’ve always come across the basic black-nude-whites. This is definitely a refreshing color!
INVEST IN QUALITY
No-brainer for everyday wear, right? But what about maternity/nursing? I will be honest, I was VERY surprised when I looked at the price tag of one of the (cheaper!) nursing bras at the lingerie shop in Paris. It read almost 90 euros. In answer to my raised eyebrows, I heard “Tu ne le mérites pas?” (don’t you deserve it/aren’t you worth it?), which cleared all my doubts - aren’t we, ladies?!