Spring Trends: Aqua, Turquoise and Tiffany Blues

Blues for Spring

Autumn used to be my favorite season, but it’s almost impossible not to fall hard for spring in the South. It’s full of gorgeous flowering trees, dramatic rainstorms and beautiful natural scenery. The best part is you can even enjoy it as the weather is perfect! Every year, I find myself lightly restocking my wardrobe in honor of spring with new colors that catch my eye. This year, it lines right up with the plethora of light blue colors that are popping up in stores everywhere. This will always be one of my favorite spring wardrobe colors, whether you call it aqua, turquoise or Tiffany blue.

1. Panache “Fern” Balconette Bra from Forever Yours
I own a Panache Fern in purple from way back, but this blue colorway is tempting me to pick up another one! The floral pattern is gorgeous without feeling fussy and reminds me of beautifully painted teacups. This is also a practical bra under all kinds of outfits, which means you can buy something trendy without worrying about how much wear you’ll get out of it.

2. Claudette Fishnet Scoop Bra in Aqua from Faire Frou Frou
Claudette always comes up with amazing new colors, but this aqua version of their fishnet bra is extra fabulous. I love the high waisted panties with the attached garters and would pick this up in a heartbeat if it came in my size.

3. Candice Gwinn Lena Dress by Trashy Diva
I tried this dress on at the store awhile back and it fit me without a bra! It’s worth purchasing for that reason alone if you’re on the busty side. It’s also heart stoppingly gorgeous in person – I’m trying to avoid buying cocktail dresses since I’m fairly maxed out on them, but it pretty much took all of my willpower to not buy this dress right then.

4. Francesca Dress in Robin’s Nest by Cabiria
Cabiria does amazing designs in silk jersey and I’ve wanted to try their dresses for awhile. This Francesca dress is exactly where I like my day dresses – pretty, practical and easy to dress up or down.

5. Here Today, Lawn Tomorrow Flat by Modcloth
I’m super into flats these days since I’ve moved to a walking city. These cute blue flats from Modcloth are comfortable, trendy and won’t break the bank. These are the kinds of shoes I live in during the warm months (which is most of the year here).

6. Always Flock Together Flat by Modcloth
How can you resist pretty flats with flamingos on them?! These faux suede flats are cute and quirky.

7. Vintage Blue and Metallic Silver Embroidered Clutch at AuldMemories
My favorite purses have all been purchased from vintage shops for stupidly low amounts of money. This clutch is one of those lucky finds that is the perfect sundress accessory. I’m warming to the whole clutch purses as day wear trend and have been using mine more and more lately.

8. Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility Clutch by psBesitos
It’s blue, it’s Jane Austen and it’s a fun clutch purse. What more could you ask for? Oh, a zipper top for security. This purse is the perfect grab and go casual spring accessory.

9. Double Tag Heart “Return To Tiffany” Pendant by Tiffany & Co.
It’s impossible to talk about Tiffany blue without showcasing the color in its most coveted form: jewelry by the world famous Tiffany & Co. While most associate the company with over the top jewelry for millionaires, they also have a great sterling silver collection for us regular people too. I think this adorable mini “Return to Tiffany” pendant is a great way to treat yourself to something blue.

10. Tiffany Blue Box Charm by Tiffany & Co.
Everyone knows the Tiffany box, so it’s no surprise that they make a charm based on it. These charms are dainty and small, but would look good on a chain as a necklace or on a delicate bracelet. I aspire to be the kind of woman who can collect them one day.

Holly’s Favorite Things: Full Bust Friendly Vintage Reproduction Dresses for Spring

Image via Pinup Girl Clothing

Image via Pinup Girl Clothing

I worry a lot about variety on this blog. I tend to cover several brands heavily, for a pretty practical reason: they’re the brands I’m spending large chunks of my own money on. This does mean that the blog runs into the vintage reproduction world more than it probably should – one of my goals for the spring is to try and work some modern pieces back into my wardrobe. I see lots of great dresses I’d like to highlight but don’t want to do it individually and overwhelm people. The “Holly’s Favorite Things” posts are my new solution! I’ll cover a category of stuff that I love and is currently on my mind and lump it all together into one post. If you’re feeling the same way, go to town and make a shopping list. If not, tune it out and come back the next day. I suspect these will show up covering clothes, outerwear and lingerie.

Image via Trashy Diva

Image via Trashy Diva

The vintage reproduction companies tend to be slightly hush hush about their new stuff, but some previews are filtering out now and some things are even up for pre-order. Since the lingerie brand previews are mostly done, this seemed like a good time to cover some spring dress highlights. The lead image in the post is the Downtown Dames dress by Pinup Girl Clothing, which I adore. I would need the right occasion for it and I think you need some serious attitude to pull it off. With the wrong accessories, it could get theatrical very quickly. However it does combine some of my favorite things: gold, music notes and great cleavage.

Image via Trashy Diva

Image via Trashy Diva

Trashy Diva was all about solids with gorgeous beadwork last season, but this season returns to my truest fashion love: novelty prints galore. Two dresses have been put up for preview, which also serve as a sneak peek at some of the gorgeous prints we can look forward to. The bad news? They don’t come out until at least April 15th, so you have to wait. The good news? As soon as they go on sale I will be walking my butt over to the nearest Trashy Diva store and writing up a full report on the new stuff. These Crepe Myrtle and Blue Hawaii prints are the best kinds of novelty prints. They’re fun, bright but still wearable as day to day pieces. Trashy Diva should be releasing each of these in multiple dress styles, which means there should be something for everyone. So far neither of these styles is my favorite, so I’m desperately hoping one of my closet staple cuts will show up as part of the range. More Sadies, Lillian and Maria dresses please!

Image via Pinup Girl Clothing

Image via Pinup Girl Clothing

I’ve reviewed the Jenny dress cut here, but I haven’t really fallen in love with any of the prints since the Neverland fabric. This orange version has won my heart, although I have serious doubts about my ability to keep all that white space up top clean! Pinup Girl Clothing always goes big in terms of bright colors for Spring/Summer, so this print is actually on the restrained side for them. This dress is wearable with some drama and feels fun and fresh.

Image via Pinup Girl Clothing

Image via Pinup Girl Clothing

I have one of the Birdie dresses in the red roses print with short sleeves, so I’m intrigued by the new spring Birdie dresses with long sleeves. I’m not sure these will work with the New Orleans weather, but I love the prints and colors. While I’m a fan of all three colorways, this blue and yellow one is my absolutely favorite. These dresses look great on full busted ladies and are perfect for lunch dates, cocktails or brunches. They also pair well with vintage hats – the giant fluffy skirt just makes you want to wear one!

Image via Pinup Girl Clothing Instagram

Image via Pinup Girl Clothing Instagram

Image via the Pinup Girl Clothing Instagram

Image via the Pinup Girl Clothing Instagram

I can’t seem to resist a good Disney print, so I squealed when I saw these previews up on the Pinup Girl Clothing instagram account. Fans of the classic Disney Sleeping Beauty movie will recognize the sartorial dilemma – pink or blue! Luckily this dress and skirt will be produced in both colors, so you don’t have to enlist your local fairy trio to make the decision for you. This dress and skirt should be available around May.

Do you love any of these dresses? Which is your favorite?

 

Need a Glam Squad? Start with Harlow & Fox.

Discovering a new designer to drool over is certainly worth blogging about. Holly was kind enough to put me in contact with the mastermind behind UK brand, Harlow and Fox. Being able to visit Leanna at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan last week was definitely an experience I felt lucky to have. Her sizes range from 30-38 DD, E, F, FF, G; XS-XL. The entire collection is made in Britain, and as you’ll see made with only the best quality materials. With the debut collection launching just last November, Harlow and Fox has already made quite the impact, and we still have her newest collection to look forward to which will be available this October!

Flipping through lookbooks and browsing styles online is always fun (duh, that’s how I waste spend the majority of my time), but actually seeing garments in real life and being able to touch them is a whole other animal. First, Leanna showed me her debut line, some of my favorites I’ll highlight below. Generally, what you need to know is that this line values luxury, decadence, and certainly didn’t take any shortcuts in terms of design or construction.

Eleanor Almond Collection

Eleanor Almond Collection

The Eleanor Almond Collection was pure elegance, the bra was lined with the same silk that was shown on the outside, so literally what would be touching your skin is the same as what you’d be showing off on the outside. A garment that’s basically reversible, the bra has matching items within Eleanor Almond including the suspender and thong which I’ve shown above. Check out the rest of the Eleanor here.

Alexandra Waist Cincher (left) Bra and Classic Brief from harlowandfox.co.uk (right)

Alexandra Waist Cincher (left) Bra and Classic Brief from harlowandfox.co.uk (right)

Next I was obsessed with the Alexandra Collection which incorporated metallic foiled lace, and again everything was double lined with lace which means feeling silky soft against your skin. With lingerie always aiming to support and be beautiful, it’s rare to find something that hits both marks while also feeling luxurious so you’ll be more than happy to slip into them! Above is a photo of the waist cincher, which I took, and another shot from her website which may do a better job at portraying the beauty of it all (The Waldorf is nice, but could use better lighting). You can shop the rest of the Alexandra here.

Isabelle Bra and Brief

Isabelle Bra and Brief

The next set that I had to share was the Isabelle line from her latest collection. While these used sheer embroidery, they were still lined with a netting that really gave the illusion that it wasn’t even there, leaving just the romantic black coil-y embroidery on your skin. The straps on the bra and garter as well as the paneling on the briefs were all black silk, while the clasps were a beautiful gold. See what I meant by not taking any shortcuts?

Robes, robes, robes. Augusta Scarlet Kimono (left); Eleanor Almond Robe from harlowandfox.co.uk (right)

Robes, robes, robes. Augusta Scarlet Kimono (left); Eleanor Almond Robe from harlowandfox.co.uk (right)

I’ll finish up with robes, because everyone loves a good robe. You can wear them sauntering around your house looking like the total queen that you are, when in reality you just didn’t feel like putting on pants quite yet. And robes are flattering on everyone. Clearly I have a thing for robes. Anyway, Harlow and Fox has the Eleanor Almond Robe which is sheer and beautiful and perfect in it’s own. And then the Augusta Scarlet Robe which is another garment that’s part of the new collection. When I saw this piece I had a reaction that I honestly was not expecting. You may think I’m being dramatic because we’re really just talking about clothing here, but the total decedance and glamour that it had was hard to wrap my head around. It had double layers of silk satin and hemmed with braiding and hand-knotted fringes. And let me tell you, it was heavy! Living in New York and having winter last 9 ½ months, this was definitely something that would keep me warm and cozy while I hibernated.

While I wish everyone could meet Leanna who was just as charming as her garments, I’ll have to sign-off instead by strongly encouraging you to check her out, and keep up with the latest happenings.

Happy shopping!

Want of the Week: “Darling” Multiway Top By Sugarshape

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It’s 30 degrees today, but I’m staying inside and pretending that spring is near anyway. I love spaghetti strap tops, but I hate having my bra straps on show. While I love the Bravissimo halter tops in terms of looks, they don’t come in my size. All of this means that I’m extra excited that the ever innovative Sugarshape has released a multiway top, just in time for the Spring/Summer season. This top can be worn with regular straps, as a cross back, as a halter and even as a strapless top!

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These tops have built in bras for shape and support, all sized by Sugarshape’s intuitive measurement system. Instead of cup sizes, Sugarshape uses measurements and sizes bras simply by band and full bust measurement. I’ve tried it before and am a fan.

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These tops come in basic black and white, but I’d love to see them in colors too! How about red or navy, Sugarshape? I’m looking forward to trying one of these later this summer when it warms up, but in the meantime I’ll continue drooling over Sugarshape’s gorgeous new bras.

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Autumn/Winter 2014 Preview: Curvy Kate

Image from Curvy Kate

Image from Curvy Kate

I’ve always loved the look of Curvy Kate and selfishly, liked them even more after their slight size revamp since I can fit into their bras again! The upcoming Autumn/Winter season shows Curvy Kate doing some genuinely innovative new stuff along with re-releasing some fan favorites in gorgeous new colorways. The whole collection seems smart, carefully curated, functional and extremely fashionable.

If I saw one theme among all of the collections for A/W 2014, it was that full bust companies are embracing babydolls and bra sized camisoles wholeheartedly. Even Sculptresse is offering a fantastic babydoll! Curvy Kate is taking it one step further with pieces like this flirty bra sized camisole set shown above, which I absolutely adore. It’s basic, beautiful and totally unique to Curvy Kate.

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I loved the Carmen Rose longline set in pink, so I’m glad to see it making a comeback in black and boysenberry. I love the purple accents against the black! This set will definitely be headed for my personal lingerie drawer as well as the camisole set.

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I didn’t love the first incarnation of the Ritzy, but I’m also more averse to black lingerie than some people. The red version is totally stunning (can I have the matching shoes, please?) and fans of the shape will be pleased to see it coming back in multiple forms.

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On a more practical note, I’m pleased and intrigued by this peek at the new strapless/multiway offering. There’s pretty much zero choice out there beyond an H cup right now beyond the Elomi Maria, so it will be nice to see another player try out some new options.

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Curvy Kate is also debuting some totally new bra shapes as well such as this Wonderland bra! There will also be more plunges and a return of the Smoothie and traditional Showgirl shapes.

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Check out the rest of the photos below to see the full line and let me know what you think in the comments!

Autumn/Winter 2014 Preview: Sculptresse

 

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I loved the way Sculptresse’s bras fit and felt during their first season, but the design details felt a little safe. If there was some kind of award for most improved brand for Autumn/Winter, Sculptresse would win it in a heartbeat. The brand has gone from a speciality plus size brand to a brand that makes women in multiple size ranges say “I want that bra.” At this point, Sculptresse is doing more than filling in a sizing hole – they’re making a fierce fashion statement. Plus size women have been looking for a brand to take on Elomi for a long time and finally someone has stepped up to the plate.

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The Chi Chi bra above is a whole new look for the brand! I love the leopard print in the unconventional colors as well as the shape. I will be taking this one for a spin.

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The second piece I’m seriously coveting is something I never thought I’d see from Sculptresse: a gorgeous babydoll with beautiful butterfly embroidery and sheer top panels. This whole thing is just perfection. If you’re not into babydolls, there’s a bra and panty set version as well. It’s called the Paradise, which seems pretty fitting to me.

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This floral May set is retro and fun, although not quite as shockingly different as some of the others.

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The Flirtini is another new style that oozes retro charm. This will be perfect for those who are less fond of frilly lingerie and more into graphic prints and patterns.

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Even the more basic pure lace line is showing some color! While white and beige will still be offered, this purple/pink set has been added as well.

What do you think of the new look of Sculptresse? Let me know in the comments! I’m counting the months until the Chi Chi and Paradise babydoll are released, honestly. 

 

Full Bust Friendly Dress Review: The Derica Dress by Fleet Collection

Image via Fleet Collection

Image via Fleet Collection

Like most bloggers, I tend to take pictures of stuff when I wear it and then bank the images for later. Unfortunately, I also have a tendency to forget so I have a huge backlog of reviews to get to! One of my recent resolutions was make sure all of my pictures made it to the blog, which is being helped this week by the fact that I came down with a rotten case of the flu over the weekend. I’ve been warding off the flu germs that everyone else seems to have, but it seems like obsessive amounts of handwashing wasn’t quite enough to keep me flu-free. However, this does give me a chance to get some reviews up of amazing dresses that I haven’t quite managed to write a longer piece about yet.

Image via Fleet Collection

Image via Fleet Collection

I’ve reviewed two Fleet Collection dresses previously, so today I’m going to talk about a third. I honestly bought this dress for the amazing back cutout. I love the look on other people, but it’s nearly impossible to find a dress with a cutout back that doesn’t expose your bra if you’re full busted. I was hoping the Derica would be the answer. This dress is only $68, but I’ve also caught a few Fleet Collection dresses on sale for even less.

Derica Dress

This dress is an XL, which has plenty of room in the chest area! Even better, it covers my bra straps. I love the little white embroidery details on this dress. It’s a nice casual yet eyecatching design. The fabric is a nice high quality knit that is supremely comfortable.

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As for the back cut out – it works perfectly! My bra is covered and there is just a hint of skin as a cool design element. I’m completely impressed since lots of companies at higher price points can’t even manage this kind of design so well. The fact that a reasonably budget friendly company is doing this absolutely blows my mind.

Derica Dress with Cardigan

 

I get lots of questions about dress lengths, so it’s probably worth mentioning that I’m 5’4″. If you’re full busted the waistline will hit higher on you, which also obviously changes the length of the dress a bit. This is just knee length on me, which is my perfect hem height.

This is yet another Fleet Collection dress that I will wear everywhere during every season here. They’re great for running errands or for meetings when I don’t feel like going all out. My only warning is that they’re not machine washable and the dye bleeds a lot by my standards. Wash them in cold water by themselves and dry them flat on a towel you won’t mind dyeing the same color as the dress.

Have you guys tried Fleet Collection yet? Do you plan to?

Full Bust Bra Review: The Olivia Bra by Tutti Rouge

Image via Tutti Rouge

Image via Tutti Rouge

This set was provided by Tutti Rouge. All opinions are mine. 

Tutti Rouge made a splash in their first season with unusual colors and prints, so it’s only logical that they would continue to build on their love of cool prints for their second season. This season features several trendy and unexpected takes on old favorites like florals and geometric prints.

This bra features lots of details that I think of as the Tutti Rouge trademark: interesting accents at the gore, pretty lace ruffles and their signature heart shaped metal sliders. While I love prints, this isn’t one I would have tried on my own. I absolutely love it and now feel like I’d take a chance on any of the Tutti Rouge prints now after having tried this bra.

So how does it look on a person?

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This is my normal size of 34HH and it fits perfectly – the sizing of this line has definitely changed for the better, in my opinion.  They’re still built on the wider side if you’re used to Polish brands, but are comparable to the Panache Tango in terms of wire width. The gore is nice and low, which is lovely to see in a bra with this kind of cup size range.  The bra is made of a thick satiny material that feels far more expensive than most bras at this price point.

My only note is about the straps: Tutti Rouge sets their straps wider than some brands, which can be trickier if you have narrow or smaller shoulders. They don’t slip off my shoulders and haven’t bothered me, but I know it’s an issue that lots of people look for.

I’m totally thrilled by this season of Tutti Rouge, both in terms of fit and style. At this point I think they’re more than on par with more established brands like Cleo. While I know the cutesy look isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, I really love the look and feel of their bras. Tutti Rouge sets feel special, even though they’re extremely budget friendly. I can’t wait to try the new Spring/Summer offerings, but I can see myself picking up at least two more of this current season as well. I don’t think I can pass up the parasol print bra!

What do you think of Tutti Rouge? Have you tried their lingerie yet?

Full Bust Bra Review: The Mae Set in Black/Ivory by Tutti Rouge

Image via Tutti Rouge

Image via Tutti Rouge

This set was provided by Tutti Rouge. All thoughts are my own.

I reviewed two Tutti Rouge bras last season for The Lingerie Addict – the Liliana and the Betty. While I loved both in terms of shape and design, I found the sizing to run on the small side and other bloggers found issues like inconsistent band sizes, etc. One of the good results of all of this is that there was enough feedback that Tutti Rouge talked about reworking some of their sizes and cuts – and they have! I was lucky enough to  get to try two gorgeous sets from the new line late last week and I’m so excited about them that I’ll be talking about Tutti Rouge in detail both today and on Wednesday.

I was sent two sets in 34HH and a size L briefs – the Mae Set and the Olivia Set. I’ll start with the more basic set today and move onto the geometric pattern print set on Wednesday. The Mae set was something I would never have bought for myself normally, but I ended up really loving. I’ve never been big on either black or beige lingerie, but this set has just enough fun details to turn it into something special.

Mae Black/Ivory Set in 34HHWhen I took this set out of the box I was worried that it would read as too french maid, but it’s kicked up a notch by the thoughtful details and luxurious materials. I praised both of these aspects of Tutti Rouge last season as well. The tiny red flower details break up the graphic nature of this set and the two contrasting laces make the design feel expensive and intricate. As someone who works with lingerie pricing on a regular basis, I’m so impressed by how expensive these bras feel when Tutti Rouge is essentially a budget line. Their satins are thick and soft and the laces are intricate and unique. This bra feels like an $80 bra rather than a $48 bra. In terms of design details and fabric quality, I’d easily rate these bras over Cleo by Panache which tend to be supportive but plain in terms of fabrics and detailing.

In terms of fit, there have clearly been some much needed revisions since last season. These cups are deeper and seriously supportive, while the band is right on target. The gore tacks perfectly without scratching as well. Most people reported Tutti Rouge bras to run at least one cup size small last season, but this fits in my Elomi/Panache/new Curvy Kate size, meaning their cuts have become more standardized. While this will upset the people who the old cuts worked for, I suspect this will help them gain a ton of new customers this season. The straps are still wider set than some other brands, so you may have to do some adjusting if you have smaller shoulders.

In addition to this bra being well made and gorgeous, I’m throughly impressed with Tutti Rouge’s willingness to listen to their customers and make changes that made their line stronger. So many companies dig in and rework the same thing over and over, so it’s wonderful to see Tutti Rouge showing that they’re willing to keep innovating over multiple seasons.

Check back on Wednesday for my review of the Olivia set!

Holiday Bras for Full Busts: A Gift Guide

Holiday Bras for Full Busts

While you can find lots of gift guides dedicated to the bejeweled bras of the world, but I personally believe that the best holiday lingerie are sets that can be worn on multiple occasions. All of these sets are festive, holiday appropriate and work under everything from a formal dress to a t-shirt. After all, what’s the fun of holiday lingerie that you tuck in a drawer after wearing it once?

1. Sharon Bra by Kris Line
For the first time, Brastop is stocking large cup Kris Line sets in colors on a regular enough basis that I can include them in guides like this! Luckily, both sets available right now are nice and festive. I love the silver color of this set combined with the basic t-shirt bra shape.

2. The Princess Bra in Scarlet/Chili by Curvy Kate
The colors of this bra are perfect for the holidays without being too literal. The clashing chili and scarlet colors are lovely together and the bra is a useful shape that goes under everything.

3. The Jasmine Bra in Wine by Panache (Exclusive to Bravissimo)
This colorway of the Jasmine Bra is only available through Bravissimo, which is sort of a shame if you’re a US buyer. That said, the bra is a hit with everyone and this colorway is wonderfully seasonal, so it may be worth the international shipping as a holiday treat.

4. Satine Nouveau Basque by Bravissimo
Everyone’s quick to credit Curvy Kate and Parfait by Affinitas when it comes to bringing back sexy basques and babydolls, but lots of people forget that Bravissimo has been making basques in a huge range of cup sizes for several seasons now. This is the latest and is based on the fantastic Satine shape. The color is sexy yet useful and it will fit perfectly in the bedroom or under your favorite party dress. The Satine is one of the lowest plunges I’ve tried, so this would be a great option underneath truly low cut dresses.

5. Toni Bra by Kris Line
This set reminds me of sugarplums and holiday sweets, but is wearable no matter the season. As a bonus, this full cup design by Kris Line gives incredible lift and great shape under clothing. At roughly $50 per set, these bras look and feel far more expensive than they are.

6. Deco Honey Bra by Freya
While I have many feelings about how Freya keeps churning out Decos at an alarming rate, I think this green holiday Deco release is right on target. Lots of women need seamless plunge bras to go under party dresses but hate beige. This is perfect for someone who is a tried and true Deco-holic or for someone who wants to try something in between festive lingerie and pretty shapewear.