Men! This is your guide to buying Valentines lingerie!

We know that the  pressure of underwear shopping for your partner can be, a little overwhelming! With so many styles to choose from, different cuts, fabrics, colours, and that’s before even getting started on the size! Where do you begin?

Well consider us your lingerie buying guardian angels! Luckily for you, we know how to buy lingerie for women, and we have some alternative options for you too! This Valentines Day, you will not go wrong…

Pick up the perfect set for the ultimate surprise – Just remember these 5 TOP TIPS:

1. It’s all about the size! Especially when it comes to the bra! And this is no guessing game, oh no. When she’s not around find her favourite bra (with hope she’s not wearing it that day!), have a little peek on the label (it will look something like ‘32E’) and make note of her size. We stock cup sizes B-JJ and band sizes 28-44, so we’re sure to have what you need.

2. Get to know her style! Take a moment to look at what she likes…yes I’m sure you’ve seen it all before, but take a closer look this time. Does she prefer vibrant block colours? Love feminine floral prints? Or does she prefer lace in classic tones such as white, black or nude? With a rough idea of what she likes, we can also help further in store, or via email, and point you in the right direction.

3. Once you’ve got the style nailed, it’s time to think about the different shapes bras come in! Some women prefer a full cup, others a balcony, whilst many prefer a plunge. Check the style of shape your partner has more of, and you’re sure to get it right. And if you’re not too sure what those cuts look like, you can find a little guide down below.

4. And lastly, we cannot forget about her knickers! Every women loves to match her undies, we recommend 2-3 pairs per bra. But ask yourselves this first… Is she a thong lady? Or does she favour shorts or briefs?

5. Once you’ve found the perfect lingerie…Don’t forget to ask us to Gift Wrap it for you!

Or why not buy her an experience?!

With our Luxury Fitting Experience vouchers, your lucky lady can indulge herself in £50 worth of lingerie, a style consultation over a glass of bubbly and a relaxed and comfortable bra fitting from one of our professionally trained fitters. To top it all off, we’ll even throw in a goody bag with some lovely gifts!

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Buy in-store or give us a call on 01208 816446

And a Gift Voucher doesn’t have to just be a ‘gift voucher’ either, turn it into a sweet sentiment – Wrap it up in a cute box and tie a ribbon around it, but most importantly add a touching note; tell her you love her, but you just knew she would do a better job than you ever could. As you know, we women do like to be right!

Additionally, Mish offers Gift Voucher’s in a range of prices from £10 – £500, which can be brought in-store.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

 

 

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

Last week we mentioned there was only one secret you needed to know to ensure your party dress is looking its best – and that’s getting your underwear right! Now that we’ve got the sizing bit of out of the way (for tips on finding your fit, view our post from last week), let’s get onto the fun stuff! STYLES!

Just over a week ago The Daily Mail released their ‘Ultimate Christmas Party Dress Hot List’ and it really is the ultimate list, we can guarantee you there is a style to suit whatever your shape, budget and event!

So to make your life just that little bit easier this Christmas (because we all know there is so much to do this time of year!) we have picked a couple of our favourite styles from the list, and handpicked the perfect lingerie solution for it!

Are you ready to be inspired?

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Dress: Low Cut V-necks
Bra: Gossard Superboost Padded Plunge in Twilight
Why: Superboost offers a low front centre gore and thin straps for minimal coverage, meaning no unsightly bra flashes!

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Dress: Wrap Dresses
Bra: Fantasie Elodie Balcony in Cobalt
Why: Elodie is the one for wrap dresses as it’s balcony style has wide set straps that will sit perfectly underneath. Wrap dresses are great if you require a bra with a higher front for that extra support!

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Dress: Plus Size
Bra: Elomi Anushka Plunge 
Why: Elomi is always are go to style for fuller breasts! They offer fantastic support and are absolutely gorgeous. We think Anushka will jingle all the way this Christmas with it’s fiery red colour and pretty lace detailing!

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Dresses: Spaghetti Straps & Strapless
Bra: Panache Evie Strapless in Nude
Why: Seems obvious really doesn’t it? Strapless dresses need a strapless bra. But what about those with those teeny tiny thin straps? Best to keep the straps away and opt for strapless there too! We love Evie by Panache as it offers all the support of a normal bra and it’s paneled cups means it has an amazing fit!

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Dress: Sheer
Bra: Panache Evie Strapless in Black
Why: There’s nothing more feminine and classic than a sheer or lace panel! So again, lets not ruin the appeal with unpleasant straps, and guess what? Evie also comes in Black.

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Dress: Tailored Shifts & Bodycons
Shapewear: Spanx High Waisted Mid-Thigh Shorts
Why: Shapewear is perfect for smoothing out your silhouette and emphasing all your curves! Just what the fitted dress called for.

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Dress: High Necklines
Bra: Fantasie Allegra with Side Support in White
Why: High necklines can really show off your shape, so stop your breasts from looking east & west by choosing a bra with an added side support panel in the cups! Side support helps project your shape forward and will keep you looking neat and tidy.

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Dress: Cocktail Dress
Bra: Tutti Rouge Jessica Plunge with Tutti Booster
Why: Some dresses really do want that va-va-voom! And Jessica is the only one you need for that. Jessica comes with Tutti Booster pads in 2 different sizes, so you can tailor that oomph from day to night!

If you’re still struggling to find your perfect match, then why not pop in-store with your party dress and we’ll get you sorted! Alternatively, drop us an email at mish@mish-online.co.uk with a photo of your outfit.

 

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!

 

#FreeTheSqueeze Our First Blogger Event – Review 3

Happy friday ladies!

You might have remembered that last month we hosted a blogger event at our shop in Bodmin? Well here is another great review of the day, this time by the fantastic Slummy Single Mummy!

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Read all about her day with us here.

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Now, we have a special little thank you to give to Jo from SSM. Team member Stacie attended a blogger workshop back in February, run by Jo herself! It was such an inspiring morning, and Jo was so lovely, that we decided we needed to invite her and some other local South West bloggers to pop over to spend the day with us, and viola, it was the beginnings of our blogger event!

So, thank you Jo!

The Bra Series: What is a Balcony Bra?

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We know, we know – shopping for bras can be a nightmare. It’s a minefield out there. What are all these bras? What difference do they make? And how on earth do you choose?

That’s why we welcome you to: The Bra Series

As part of our #FreeTheSqueeze campaign, we’ll be introducing you to the wonderful world of bras (and if that bra is right for your boobs). By the end of this series, you’ll know so much about bras, you’ll be calling up ITV, challenging The Governess (or old ‘Frosty Knickers’ as Bradley likes to call her) to a bra special on ‘The Chase’.

So let’s begin:

What is a Balcony Bra?

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Panache Jasmine Balcony Bra in Black & Pink Houndstooth Print

The Straps

A balcony bra (or balconette, as you may know it by) has wide-set straps that sit right on the edge of the cup. It creates a square-ish neckline that makes the balcony perfect for wearing with a variety of stylish, low-cut tops and dresses (go on, show off your décolletage).

The Cups

The trusted balcony offers just the right amount of coverage (about ¾ of the boobs), so is a fantastic option when you’re looking for that extra something, to make you feel super feminine and glamorous, but also, incredibly supported.

The cup is usually made up of 3 parts, which will mould to your breasts, and make the most out of your natural shape. The wires come up about mid-way on your chest and fully encase your boobs, to enhance your cleavage.

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3 Part Cup – Fantasie Susanna in Fuchsia Balcony Bra (with side support)

Side Support

Some balconies have this amazing secret panel known as side support (it’s not really a secret, nor is it secretly hidden, but it makes it sound snazzy right?), which will project your boobs forward, and keep you looking neat and tidy. So, if you happen to have wide-set boobs, with a considerable gap in between them – or your boobs are quite full on the side – then a balcony with side support will be the perfect choice for you.

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Fantasie Julia in Blueberry Balcony Bra with Side Support

Balcony Plunge

A sister style of the Balcony, combining all the benefits of both Balcony and Plunge – it’s the best of both worlds. The cups provide less coverage than a standard balcony, but more than a regular plunge, creating a beautiful sweetheart line to frame your chest. If you’re busty, it’s got the oomph, without compromising on the support. Rest assure, your boobs are not going anywhere.

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Freya Doodle Balcony Plunge Bra

Is a Balcony right for me?

A balcony is a great all round bra, and suits almost all kinds of boobs.

They are especially good if you have boobs that are fuller at the bottom. The shape of the cup will naturally lift you up, giving you that fabulous cleavage you’ve always dreamed off.

If you find that your breasts are fuller on top, you may want to opt for balcony styles that have a top panel (quite often in lace) with a little more stretch in it. Bras with stiff or fixed fabric used on that panel, could end up cutting into that fullness, giving you the appearance of double boobs (even if the rest of the cup fits well) – I think we can both agree here, that’s a big no, no.

Just for fun

And in case you happen to be sat here wondering “Where does the name balcony comes from?” (and why wouldn’t you be, it’s an odd name for a bra after all, isn’t it?) – Well apparently, back in the day at the theatre, men would supposedly look down from their balconies, trying to catch a glimpse our lady lumps! – they couldn’t see this type of bra from above (shame on you men. Tsk tsk).

(We cannot confirm how factually accurate that is, but never-the-less, it made us chuckle).

Stay tuned for our next post, where we’ll be revealing the wonders of the Half Cup.

View our entire range of Balcony Bras at mish-online

Balcony Bras at Mish Online

(left) Lepel Lilly Moulded Balconette Bra – (right) Freya Eden Balcony Plunge Bra

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Charnos Violet Balconette Bra

Want help to #FreeTheSqueeze ?- Say goodbye to bad fitting bras!

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Happy belated 2015! – It’s been a great start to the year so far, and it’s about to get even better with the launch of our new campaign, #FreeTheSqueeze

But first…Let me ask you this: Would you put your feet in shoes 2 sizes too small? No? That would be silly right?! So why do it to your boobs?

Think about how uncomfortable it is when you’ve squished your feet into a pair of shoes, that don’t fit (no matter how gorgeous they are!). It hurts. Prohibits your movement. It might even cause you physical damage!

Well…The same applies to your boobs.

#FreeTheSqueeze was born, because I value empowering the women I meet every day. I want you to know, that bras don’t need to be uncomfortable. It is possible for a bra to be pretty, fashionable, comfortable and supportive all at the same time, we really can have it all!

#FreeTheSqueeze is about spreading that positive message, so you, and your boobs can enjoy the realisation that a better more comfortable fit, might not actually be that hard to find!

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Over the coming weeks, I’ll be releasing my top tips for finding that perfectly fitting bra (and how to spot a badly fitting one!) right here on the blog, Facebook and Twitter – If you want to keep up to date, you know what to do!

And to celebrate the launch of #FreeTheSqueeze, we’re offering 1 very lucky lady the chance to win a year’s supply of Freya, Fantasie and Elomi lingerie – I know, you love us 😉

To be in with a chance, head on over to our Facebook page: Mish Online

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Giveaway ends 13th March. Winner will be selected at random. Full terms and conditions apply.

Men’s Guide to Buying Lingerie

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Right men, it’s time to know your limits!

So you’re thinking about treating your one and only to a gorgeous collection of lingerie this Christmas, but just don’t know where to begin? It can all seem a little daunting can’t it, well there’s no need to be a Grinch about it anymore. The team at Mish are here to help with our guide to buying lingerie!

If the pressures of underwear shopping are adding up to be too much, then keep it simple!

Buy her a Luxury Fitting Experience, right here, at Mish! Included is £50 worth of lingerie, a style consultation over a glass of bubbly and a relaxed and comfortable bra fitting from one of our professionally trained fitters. To top it all off, we’ll even throw In a goody bag.

Additionally, Mish offers Gift Voucher’s in a range of prices from £10 – £500, which can be brought in-store.

A Gift Voucher doesn’t have to just be a ‘gift voucher’ either, turn it into a sweet sentiment. Wrap it up in a cute box and tie a ribbon around it, but most importantly add a touching note; tell her you love her, but you just knew she would do a better job than you ever could. As you know, we women do like to be right 😉

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But if it’s the ultimate surprise you are looking for then just remember these 5 TOP TIPS:

1. It’s all about the size! Especially when it comes to the bra! And this is no guessing game, oh no. When she’s not around find her favourite bra (with hope she’s not wearing it that day!) and make note of her size. Mish stocks from cup sizes B-JJ and band sizes 28-44.

2. Know her style! Take a moment to look at what she likes…yes I’m sure you’ve seen it all before, but take a closer look this time. Is she vibrant? Love feminine prints? Bold colours? Or does she prefer lace in classic tones such as white, black or nude?

3. Once you’ve got the style nailed, it’s time to think about the different shapes bras come in! Some women prefer a full cup, others a balcony, whilst many prefer a plunge. Check the style of shape your partner has more of, and you’re sure to get it right.

4. And lastly, we cannot forget about her knickers! Every women loves to match her undies, Mish recommends 2-3 pairs per bra. But ask yourselves this first… Is she a thong lady? Or does she favour shorts or briefs?

5. Once you’ve found the perfect lingerie…Don’t forget to ask us to Gift Wrap it for you!

Mish carries an amazing collection of bras and knickers in all different sizes, styles and colours, from sophisticated classics to flirty on-trend lingerie sets. No matter what her style is, we’re sure you can find it with us!

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To view our full range, click here

And if that wasn’t enough, then our Wish List service has made it even easier for you men this Christmas. The lovely lady in your life can simply visit us in-store and pick out her favourite styles and looks. We’ll then safely store her size details and choices ready for you to just pop in and pick out the one to surprise her with! Guaranteed perfect size and fit, guaranteed satisfaction.

Get the mistletoe ready…

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