Uncover the secrets to a great looking party dress! Part One

Can you believe it? It’s that time of year again. The sound of sleigh bells are coming around the corner, it’s nearly time to pucker up for a kiss under the mistletoe and we’re all starting to get in a tangle trying to wrap those pretty ribbon bows around the presents! All of this can only mean one thing….party dress season has officially arrived!

Whether you’re planning on treating yourself to a shiny new outfit, or you’re dusting off your trusty favourite, there is only one secret you need to know to ensure your dress is looking its best…

Underwear!

Yes you read that correctly, it’s all about the underwear. Get the foundation right and everything else will fall into place. It really is that easy.

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The only thing you need to know, is make sure your bra fits!

Not only will it drastically change the overall shape it’ll give you, but do you know what? It’s actually a lot more comfortable (perfect for getting a little Christmas boogie on!) and helps improve breast health.

Our top three tips to ensure you’re wearing a well fitted bra:

1. THE BAND

  • The band should be fitted nice and snug running parallel to the bottom of the cups. If the band is riding up your back, or you can pull it a good couple of inches away from your body, then the band is too big, which means losing 80% of the support of the bra. Try going down a size or 2 and see how that fits. But remember, for every band size you go down, go up 1 size in the cup! (See our post about sister sizing)

2. THE CUPS

  • The Cups! What you are looking for is that the centre gore of the bra sits flat against your body and the top edge of the cup is sitting smoothly over your breasts. To check that the wires are not pressing on the edge of your breast tissue (just under your arm) simply pop your arm out to the side, pull away the side of the cups and check that the wires are sitting behind the start of your breast tissue (you may need to use a mirror to help, you ask a trusted friend of partner).
    • The most obvious sign that your cups are too small is that dreaded 4 boob look! (We’ve all been there haven’t we?) You’ll notice this if you find that your breasts spill out over the top, from the sides, or that the top edge of the bra is beginning to cut into the skin. Other signs to look out for include, the centre gore sitting away from your body, and the uncomfortable feeling of wires digging into you (no Christmas boogieing for you!)
    • Alternatively, if the cups are too big, then you will notice quite a gap between the bra and your breast, or an excess of fabric. If, like most of us, you have 1 boob slightly bigger than the other, then we always recommend fitting to the fuller side to ensure the best support.

3. THE STRAPS

  • The straps offer 10% each of the support in your bra, so check they are sitting correctly by popping your fingers in under the straps and lift them up off your shoulders. A well-adjusted strap should lift no more than about 2 inches. If you can stretch them up over your ears, you might want to tighten them a little.

We always recommend dropping in-store and getting professionally fitted by one of our trained fitters, but if you don’t happen to live nearby then we’ve always got our carefully crafted Bra Size Calculator on our website for you to try!

Stay tuned for part two next week, where we’ll be offering our tops tips on lingerie styles to best suit your outfits this year!

 

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Parents Guide to Buying Bras

You know how important it is for you to #FreeTheSqueeze by wearing a well fitted, supportive bra and how much of a difference it can make to your well-being, confidence and posture!

Introducing your daughter to bra fittings during the early stages of breast development is a great way to instill this positive habit of a lifetime!

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When should my daughter first be fitted?

There is no correct age in which your daughter should first be fitted for a bra. We are all different, and grow and develop at different rates. For some girls, this may be as young as 9 or 10, whilst others may be older. As a guide we would recommend getting her fitted as soon as there are signs of breast tissue developing.

Why does she need a bra?

It’s important to start supporting the breasts as they begin to grow and a bra helps to prevent any damage that can be caused to the breast ligaments.

What should I be looking for when choosing a first bra for my daughter?

If it’s her first bra that you’re looking for, then we would recommend trying a non-wired soft cup bra to begin with as girls can grow quickly and rapidly, and this helps to prevent any pressure being applied to the developing breast tissue from the wire. Soft cup bras are incredibly comfortable and a great way to start introducing your daughter to the feeling of wearing one.

What’s the difference between a padded and a moulded foam bra?

You may find that the style of bra your daughter wants may differ from what you would feel comfortable with her wearing. Many girls will say they prefer to wear a ‘padded’ bra because they offer modesty and hide their nipples which they may feel self-conscious about. In reality it is not a padded bra they are after, but actually a moulded foam cup bra. A moulded foam cup offers a seam free cup and a very light padded covering that is discreet and smooth under clothing, but does not provide any additional sizing or push up of the breasts that a padded bra will.

What type of bra should my daughter wear during PE?

The added weight of the breast tissue will cause the chest to bounce during exercise which can put strain on the ligaments and damage them. Wearing a sports bra during PE lessons or any physical activities and hobbies, is a great way for your daughter to support herself and also keep herself feeling comfortable! .

What if my daughter is feeling shy about having a bra fitting?

It’s perfectly normal for your daughter to feel shy or nervous about having her first bra fitting, but there is nothing or her to be embarrassed about. Assure her that we (including us bra fitters) have all been there before! It may help to put her at ease by inviting her sister, cousin or some friends and turning it into a girls trip out. She’ll be surprised how much fun it can really be!

Here’s a couple of bras that we love:

Royce Missy Petal and Plain White 2 Pack

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The Missy collection by Royce have been specifically designed to be your daughters first bra! They contain no wires and have soft moulded foam cups, so not only are they practical and comfortable, but conveniently come in a pack of 2! Each pack consists of 1 pretty design like the petal bra featured above, and a plain white one suitable for her to wear under her school uniform. Available in an A-D cup and band size 30-36, and is also available in a cute cupcake design!

Lepel Athena Soft Cup

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Another fantastic choice for a non-wired soft cup bra, is the Athena by Lepel. It’s discreet enough for everyday wearing and suitable to wear under anything, and the added features of a lovely lace band and small pale pink satin bow detailing give it a pretty finish.

Lepel Lyla Balconette 

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Lyla is available as both a soft cup (in-store only) and as a wired t-shirt bra, so is a great transition bra when your daughter reaches the size when a little more support is needed. Lyla has seam free moulded cups to be discreet under clothing, but like Athena, features delicate lace detailing on the band.

Freya Eden Half Cup

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How about something lighthearted for after school or at the weekends? The Eden half cup by Freya features a pale floral print that’s cute and fresh, whilst the half cup style is very lightly padded to help shape the cup and offer some modesty.

We have plenty more styles available in store, and a team of friendly trained fitters, so if you have any questions, would like some more information or would like to book your daughter in for fitting, then simply drop us message and get in touch!

Meet The Panache ‘Role Models’: Mica Paris

Just over a month ago Panache launched their new campaign, ‘Modelled by Role Models’. It shares the awe-inspiring stories of a group of women who have achieved incredible things in their lives. So far we have shared with you the successes of Hannah and Martyna.

Today we…

Meet: MICA PARIS

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British singer and presenter, Mica Paris, grew up in her grandparent’s church before becoming a backup singer at the young age of 17. In the early 1990’s she released her platinum selling album ‘Contribution’, and went on to releasing 2 other albums, and taking part in West End shows ‘Mama I Want To Sing’ and ‘Sweet Lorraine’.

Although she remained behind her microphone, in 2002 Mica tried her hand in presenting and hosted the TV programme ‘Soul Solutions’ before writing her book called ‘Beautiful Within: Finding happiness and confidence in your own skin’.

Mica Paris is a patron of many charities including the Space for Music Foundation and the Amy Winehouse Foundation, along with supporting the ‘No Means No’ campaign, which fights against inequality and abuse towards women.

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WHAT MAKES A STRONG ROLE MODEL IS SOMEONE WHO’S NOT THINKING ABOUT BEING A ROLE MODEL. SOMEONE WHO IS PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT THEY DO AND IS DRIVEN TO ACHIEVE GREATNESS. IT’S ABOUT LEAVING SOMETHING FABULOUS FOR THE WORLD TO ENJOY, EVEN WHEN YOU’RE NOT HERE ANYMORE. Mica Paris, Singer and Charity Campaigner

Behind the Scenes: Bandelettes Photoshoot

A couple of weeks we had our first ever photoshoot! Exciting stuff right? The lovely Lisa from Kernow Dream Photography amazingly turned our shop here in Bodmin, into a wonderful studio for the day.

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The shoot was for the Bandelettes, that you’ve all been going crazy for! We’ve paired them up with some of our classic lingerie sets, such as the Gossard Superboost in black.

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Doesn’t Tash look lovely?! (psst. She’s also a vintage style makeup artist)

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The second part of our shoot was for our exciting new campaign #MarilynsSecret. Just in case you’ve missed what it’s about, we would love for you to join us in recreating Marilyn Monroe’s famous image, you know the one, where her dress floats up! But this time show us a cheeky peek of those Bandelettes underneath. Each week we’ll be picking a winner, so why not get involved?

Here’s a couple of the final shots! The stunning white dress and petticoat is by Oh My Honey. Definitely worth checking out!

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Even Michele couldn’t resist getting involved!

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Enter your’s on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using #MarilynsSecret #Bandelettes

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Meet the Panache ‘Role Models’: Martyna Kaczmarek

Last time on the blog we introduced you to the amazing Hannah Cockroft – if you happened to have missed it, you can catch up here.

Today, we want to share with you the beautifully selfless story of Martyna.

Meet: MARTYNA KACZMAREK

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The ‘Day in the Life’ campaign was launched after Martyna Kaczmarek decided to donate blood on her 18th birthday at a regional blood centre in Poland. Martyna used her own personal experience of donating blood and initiated the idea of organising blood drives at her own school. The first blood drive was a huge success and the ‘Day in the Life’ campaign was born; now a registered charity hosting blood drives in schools and sports stadiums across Poland.

Martyna is credited with motivating countless young people and adults alike to consider the idea of donation, with her ‘Day For Life’ campaign having expanded to several major cities across Poland. There’s no better role model than an individual dedicating their time, efforts and talents to an important cause that will save thousands of lives every year.

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I THINK WHAT MAKES A STRONG ROLE MODEL IS CREATIVITY, INDIVIDUALITY AND THE ABILITY TO OVERCOME OBSTACLES. I FEEL HONOURED AND PROUD THAT I’M CONSIDERED TO BE A FEMALE ROLE MODEL. Martyna Kaczmarek, Campaigner

Mailyn’s Best Kept Secret… Bandelettes!

Today is Marilyn Monroe’s birthday. Happy Birthday Marilyn! And we’ve joined forces across the pond with Bandelettes to launch a new and exciting photo challenge ‘Marilyn’s Best Kept Secret’.

If Bandelettes existed back in the 1950’s then we know that Marilyn Monroe would have swooned over the pretty lace thigh bands. Not only do they look gorgeous, but they also stop thigh chafing before it even starts (hallelujah right girls?)

As an icon of style, glamour and femininity, Marilyn Monroe has continued to inspire and become a positive role model for many women today, and we want to celebrate that!

That’s why, we’d love it if you joined us to snap yourself recreating the iconic moment when Miss Monroe’s white dress cheekily floats up – but this time flash a little of those stunning Bandelettes! Grab some friends and have fun snapping!

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Each week, a lucky winner will be selected at random to win an a pair of Bandelettes to compliment and complete your summer wardrobe, so thigh chaffing will forever be a thing of the past! Each winner will be featured right here on our blog, as well as on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

A recent customer at Mish, Zoe, had these lovely words to say about the anti-chafing thigh bands; “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for stocking Bandelettes! I have never felt so sexy wearing a skirt and I just needed to share how extremely happy and comfortable this has allowed me to be.”


 

To enter, all you need to do is:
• Photograph yourself wearing a pair of Bandelettes and recreating Marilyn Monroe’s famous image.
• Share your image on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using #MarilynsSecret and tagging us @MishLingerie (Twitter and Instagram) @Mish Online (Facebook).


 

The photo challenge will close Friday July 31st.

To find out more about Bandelettes, please visit:
http://www.mish-online.co.uk/lingerie/bandelettes.html

Meet the Panache ‘Role Models’: Hannah Cockroft

Last Tuesday Mish was lucky enough to have attended the launch of the Panache campaign ‘Modelled by Role Models‘ at the BAFTA in London, it was a great night, and a truly inspirational campaign.

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Modelled by Role Models celebrates six female role models – each chosen for their individual strengths, achievements and contributions to society, as well as their healthy approach to body image. In an industry so focused on physical attributes, Panache felt compelled to champion the next generation of role models.

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All the ladies modeling in the campaign are beautiful, but they are also, so much more. Every single one of them has completed outstanding achievements, often showing great selflessness and drive to help others.

We want to share their stories with you.

Meet: HANNAH COCKROFT

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Hannah Cockroft MBE, is on the Great Britain Paralympic development team. Born in July 1992, Hannah suffered 2 cardiac arrests, which resulted in damage to 2 areas of her brain and left her with deformity to her legs and feet and weakened hips.

Not letting this dampen her spirits Hannah started her sporting career on both the paralympic basketball and discus teams before moving on to solely concentrate on wheelchair racing in her early teens.

In 2010 Hannah broke her first world record in the T34 400m and now holds the world records at T34 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m. In June 2010 she broke 7 world records in 8 days, at the same time as becoming ‘Prom Queen’, completing her A-Level exams and competing in her first ever-International overseas competition.

In 2011 Hannah was nominated for the IPC World Athletics Championships, held in New Zealand. Her senior debut on the Great Britain team saw her bring home 2 Gold medal thus causing fans to call her Hurricane Hannah. She went on to be awarded an MBE for services to athletics in 2013 and winning the IPC Euorpean Champion T34 100 Gold & T34 800 Gold in 2014.

“THE ADVICE THAT I’D GIVE TO ANYONE WHO WANTED TO FOLLOW WHAT I DO IS GRAB EVERY OPPORTUNITY THAT THEY’RE GIVEN. DON’T BE SCARED – GO OUT, GRAB IT AND ENJOY IT!” Hannah Cockroft, Paralympian

Find out more about the campaign here