Cherry Blossom Festival Washington DC 2015

Cherry Blossom Festival Washington DC 2015

This is our featured item for the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC 2015 which is happening this year March 20 through April 12th.   This is the Les Jupons de Tess Jane Soutien-gorge push-up bra, high waist panty, triangle bra and kimono. We feel these items symbolize the spirit and vibrance of the cherry blossoms which bloom in the springtime in Washington, DC. These pieces have exquisite detail of uncompromised quality.  Stop in our boutique to see these Parisian underpinnings or our other bra offerings for spring and summer time.  If you are looking for some unique lingerie finds and some shopping in DC then stop on in.   Our lingerie store is located at 1744 Columbia Rd NW #2 Washington, DC 20009.   

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Les Jupons de Tess Jane – Triangle Bra

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Les Jupons de Tess Jane – High waist panty

 

5 Reasons Lingerie is Essential

Brand available in store Photo credit: cosabella.com

Brand available in store
Photo credit:
cosabella.com

Life today is busy whether you are rushing to your Zumba class after work or taking the children to an Easter egg hunt; because of this, lingerie shopping may not be at the top of to-do lists. It may be considered a”special occasion” or moment of provocation. It is time to remember that intimate apparel is a daily part of our lives, it is the first thing you put on your body and the last thing you take off.  It is not just a treat for your significant other. With respect to our European inspiration we at Le Bustiere Boutique consider lingerie sensual everyday wear. For this reason, I have compiled 5 reasons intimate apparel is essential to a woman’s life.

1. Physical Benefits

Photo credit: wardrobeoxygen.com

Photo credit: wardrobeoxygen.com

Recently there have been a rash of articles like this one over the necessity of bras, etc.  Not only do bras provide support, but they improve posture and create a slimmer silhouette.

2. Confidence

There is something to be said about wearing something that makes you feel good, and there is no rule saying it has to be visible to everyone; wearing that sexy garter with stockings or a particularly pretty bra and panty set is every woman’s prerogative.

3. Clothes fit better

It is the foundation for every outfit.  Knowing which bra to wear with what makes a tremendous difference, from how that dress will drape your body to how that t-shirt will fit. It is imperative to wear the correct lingerie if you truly want your outfit to shine.

Who wouldn't feel sexy wearing this? Mimi Holliday Blossom Noir Collection photo credit: damaris.co.uk

Who wouldn’t feel sexy wearing this?
Mimi Holliday Blossom Noir Collection
photo credit: damaris.co.uk

4. Mood/Ego Booster

For me, there is nothing quite like getting dressed to give me a boost in my mood. Having the right under garments on will make you feel good and a glimpse of yourself in the mirror will always guarantee lift your mood, regardless of your body type.

5. Something for Everyone

A popular complaints about lingerie are comfort style and size. “They don’t make lingerie for curvy/busty/plus size women,” But those days are over, ladies. More and more, designers are realizing women come in all shapes and sizes. While most of these lines and designers are not mainstream, they are certainly on their way.

Le Bustiere Boutique is committed to making every woman look and feel their best, which is why we carry a wide variety of styles and sizes. We carry bra band sizes starting at size 28-44 and cup sizes up to K. Come in today to take advantage of our free bra fitting session and begin building a lingerie wardrobe fit for your life! If you are already a lingerie connoisseur, come in and add to your collection today!

Trends: Boudoir Photography

They say that the best presents you can give all have a personal touch. Perhaps a hand written note, or homemade baked goods used to be the norm; but now, people like to have a little more spice and variety in life. More and more, boudoir photography sessions have been gaining popularity across the nation.

Les Jupons du Tess High Waisted Panties w/suspenders & Samba bra (Sold separately)

Les Jupons du Tess
High Waisted Panties w/suspenders & Samba bra
(Sold separately)

At Le Bustiere Boutique, we make it our business to make sure you are ready for your close up.Whether you are a lace and romance type of girl, or if you are looking for more of a pin up and pearls look, we have what you are looking for, from exquisite romantic French lingerie to bold and modern Dirty Pretty Things.  For ladies looking for a different look altogether, our Oh La La Bandage garter skirt and matching cage bra might be your cup of tea…bandage garter skirt

More and more photographers are expanding their portfolios to include this type of work in order to take advantage of this growing trend. While you can search for your ideal photographer, we have your ideal outfit waiting for you.

Here at Le Bustiere Boutique,our job is to help you achieve the look you want with pieces that will stand out and bring out your inner sex kitten. Whether you already have your session booked, thinking about it or considering it in the far future, we definitely have what you want, so come in today!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!!

March has begun. Hopefully (and I think everyone in my neck of the woods would agree) spring will soon be upon us and what better way to help warm things up than to come into Le Bustiere Boutique and find something that will heat things up?

Sometimes the dress code is a little casual...

Sometimes the dress code is a little casual…

With today being Mardi Gras, I had to tip my hat to a celebration that encourages a little more skin than usual. I wanted to pick something daring and seductive, but something you could wear without feeling like you were only wearing beads and a mask (Sometimes the dress code can be quite lax).

Dirty Pretty Things was at the top of my list for this week’s picks for many reasons, all boiling down to their wearability, comfort and style. Their MIA cupless bodysuit is flattering with its vertical black and white stripped pattern, whose sheer material gives us just enough of what is underneath. This particular piece is hot right now, especially since singer Ellie Goulding literally ROCKED the stage at her concert in Germany wearing it.

Ellie Goulding concert in Germany wearing the DPT Mia cupless body suit Photo:  dailymail.co.uk

Ellie Goulding concert in Germany wearing the DPT Mia cupless body suit
Photo: dailymail.co.uk

Ellie chose to pair it with a bondage inspired brassiere and black high waisted shorts. While I dig the naughty retro look, I prefer to pair it with Dirty Pretty Things’ black satin waistcoat.

MIA Cupless Bodysuit (S,M,L)

MIA Cupless Bodysuit
(S,M,L)

Personally, I like this look because it shows off the clean lines a little better, while also makes it a very wearable outfit with some skinny black jeans. We even featured it at last months’ pop up lingerie show!

Braver women can choose to wear it sans waistcoat and paired up with some tasteful pasties, but that’s another scenario entirely….

Photos: dirtyprettythings.co.uk

Photos: dirtyprettythings.co.uk

Mark your calendar, fans, because Le Bustiere Boutique is proud to announce we will soon be carrying swimsuits! So come in and get ready for spring break, your beach get away or just because. Come in today and get ready for a month that is beginning with the hottest, sexiest celebration all year long; but not the only! We are only three months into the year and there are a lot more celebrations requiring our sensual selection, even if the celebration is just for you!

And keep in mind, we DO have an excellent collection of pasties.

Weekly Picks: It’s All About the Lace…

For this week’s picks, I decided to take into account the growing trend of “erotic glam” and present a taste of what Le Bustiere has to offer. This week’s picks not only fall into the vintage section of the glam trend, but I always find that lace adds a romantic feel to anything. I am also in love with the vintage styles that have popped up all over fashion weeks this month, because they are styles that flatter any type of body, which is any girl’s dream.

This Be Wicked lace overlaid romper is the epitome of vintage revival.

Be Wicked Romper with Lace Over Lay (S, M, L)

Be Wicked Romper with Lace Over Lay
(S, M, L)

The shaped, padded cups provide excellent support and frame, while the loose fitting sheer top layer helps hide any problem areas you might have. It is an ideal addition for any girl’s wardrobe; it can be worn with a high waisted skirt and blazer to add a bit of whimsy to a working outfit or with a short skirt to the club. Due to the top layer, I wouldn’t recommend pairing with pants or jeans, but if you decide to, rock it, girl!

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Le Jupons du Tess Clouds Bra & Thong
Assorted Sizes

On the more intimate side, this lovely and romantic bra and panty set from Le Jupons du Tess can make any girl feel like a princess. The Clouds bra has built in underwires that provide gentle lift, while the handmade lace and adorable bows bring to mind

Le Jupons du Tess Clouds Bra and Thong (Back view) Assorted Sizes

Le Jupons du Tess Clouds Bra and Thong (Back view)
Assorted Sizes

that 30’s vintage feel. The matching thong brings it into modern times, adding a vixenish attitude.

And last but not least is something to chase away those winter blues (and also hide some of those winter pounds we can’t wait to shed for spring!). Our Lavender Lace Over Lay Corset from ICollection is a must have for this coming spring, with its black lace edging and metallic (and magnetic!) front clasps. There is no need to be frightened of this particular piece, which begs to be worn

Pink Brocade Corset Photo courtesy of ICollection (32, 34, 36)

Pink Brocade Corset
Photo courtesy of ICollection
(32, 34, 36)

by itself, paired with some hot skinny jeans and pumps. This corset will push in what needs to be in and provides an excellent frame for your pushed up breasts. And yes ladies, they will be up and proud, which is the point. Prepare to wow your significant other, your friends, and yourself when you see just how hot this piece will make you look and feel! Come into Le Bustiere Boutique today! We provide a variety of sizes, including a variety of plus size lingerie and corset choices. Come in and recieve a free bra fitting and a fun private atmosphere in which you can let down your hair and leave feeling like the confident sexy person we all have inside! Along with monthly events, we will soon be offering a variety of party packages, including bachelorette and private parties for you and your friends! See you soon…

Erotic Glam: The New Face of Lingerie

It seems that women today are tired of choosing between functionality and sensuality. And who could blame them? Every girl wants to feel sexy and comfortable. The new trend in lingerie this year is giving them just that. Beginning with the Salon Internationale de Lingerie in Paris in January, the new exciting trends can only be described as “erotic glam”, which emphasized subtleness and seductiveness, not trashiness and vulgarity.

Dirty Pretty Things Embracing the Vintage Erotic Glam trends

Dirty Pretty Things
Embracing the Vintage Erotic Glam trends

But what does this mean for the regular girl who doesn’t necessarily keep up with lingerie trends? Well, one trend that will be hard to miss is the vintage style that is experiencing a resurgence in popularity this season. The push up bra is key here; they aren’t just for smaller girls anymore. More and more, designers are heralding the busty girl, extolling the curves of everywoman’s body. So if you got em, flaunt em’, ladies! The best part is that comfort is on the top of designers’ list, blending fashion and functionality perfectly.

Another big trend this year is the corset. These staples of burlesque are becoming more and more popular as the vintage aesthetic heats up this year. One of my favorite styles to emerge this season is the waist-cincher, which can be worn under or over garments…or with just a naughty panty.

ICollection Lace Waist Cincher (S, M, L)

ICollection Lace Waist Cincher (S, M, L)

Le Jupons du Tess High Waisted Clouds Panty

Le Jupons du Tess
High Waisted Clouds Panty

Obviously the burlesque inspired garments are hot this year, and the erotic glam trend is falling in stride with high waisted panties, garters, and garments keen on extolling a woman’s natural lines such as her bust and back. Adorning these seductive garments are a plethora of beads, feathers and the like to enhance a design’s beauty. Others, like Arensky, are choosing to use bold colors and patterns to make their statement with pieces designed to work with a woman’s body and enhance natural attributes. The best part of all is that comfort is not sacrificed on the alter of fashion; all designs have been thought out for both glamour and comfort!

Here at Le Bustiere Boutique, we keep up with the trends to make sure you leave the store feeling your best. Our goal is to ensure that everyone gets what they are looking for, so come in today!

Love Is In the Air…

February: the month of l’amour.
What better place to get anything you need for this sexy month than Le Bustiere Boutique? Whether you are single or attached, this week’s pre Valentine’s Day picks will give you or your special someone something to look forward to at the end of the week!
If this is the appetizer, imagine the meal…

Oh La La Merry Widow w/Garters (S,M,L)

Oh La La Merry Widow w/Garters
(S,M,L)

Our Oh La La Merry Widow bustier will flatter every body type. Removable garters allow you to add a little va va voom by pairing it up with some sexy stockings or, if one prefers, you can remove the garters in order to pair it with some flattering pants or jeans to throw your partner for a loop when they discover the sexy lace underneath.

For more adventurous ladies looking for something with a little more pizzazz this Valentine’s Day, our new Be Wicked line has just the answer you are looking for. This flirty and fun set is just what the love doctor ordered for any girl that wants to add some pink ruffles to their special night.

Be Wicked Pink Hearts Set (S,M)

Be Wicked Pink Hearts Set
(S,M)

The fashion bra comes with two sets of straps,straps, giving the wearer the option to cross them for a lifting razor back style, a halter style or the traditional bra style. However you decide to wear this little number, rest assured that your day will look a little brighter.

So come in today to find a little something special for Valentine’s Day or even for tonight. Every night can be special when you visit Le Bustiere Boutique…

New Arrival: Let’s go Commando

Sometimes, a girl just needs some extra help. On that note, Le Bustiere is now stocked with wardrobe aids from Commando to help out with anything from a little boost to sudden emergencies.

Commando products

Commando products: Cleavage Cupcakes, Takeout fillers, double sided tape strips and dots and reusable nipple concealers

Commando “takeouts” act like a filler, at times adding a whole cup size for those looking for a little extra va-va-voom. For those who wish for just a little boost, Commando Cleavage Cupcakes will definitely make the girls perk up and be noticed! Made to feel and look natural, the best part is the comfort level; I felt nothing when I tried them, but the girls definitely felt stellar.

So remember, here at Le Bustiere, we want to make you feel like a celebrity without those pesky wardrobe mishaps. Even if you are just looking for some double sided tape or perhaps something that will help you wear that no bra shirt, we have it all, so stop in today!

Weekly Picks: Dirty Pretty Things and Arensky

Sometimes despite the fresh routine the new year promises, we can find our enthusiasm stall. I know January can be both inspiring and tedious all at the same time. So what can a girl do to give herself a little extra oomf?
Le Bustiere has the answer. Whether you are the sunny girl who longs for spring or the rosy cheeked gal who loves snow and hot chocolate, we have just the thing for you.

DPT Ava Bodysuit (S,M,L)

DPT Ava Bodysuit
(S,M,L)

London based Dirty Pretty Things offers a bright, flirty selection with their Ava bodysuit. This gold mesh and silk chiffon creation will brighten anyone’s gloomy mood and brings to mind all the bright things in store for the spring. Whether it peeks out from a under your cardigan or let’s loose after hours, it will definitely make anyone’s frown turn upside down.
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Since not every girl is looking for the spun sugar look, our second selection comes from the

ARENSKY Indice Set (Assorted sizes)

ARENSKY
Indice Set
(Assorted sizes)

Brazilian designer Arensky. While this bra, clincher and panty set may not bring spring to mind, it is safe to say it is also a heck of a mood lifter. The well padded bra provides comfort and style while the waist cincher and thong complete the look. Designed to bring out the best features of the female form, try it under a sweater dress to turn heads and give yourself a sexy secret to smile about.

Remember to come in and browse through our selection, including our new spring collection pieces that will make you long for warmer weather. Don’t forget, Friday January 31st marks our next Burlesque workshop with Ms. GiGi Holliday, so don’t forget to sign up!

A Good Bra is Hard to Find…

I like to think of the bra as the foundation garment. Where it all starts. It holds everything up, and if you don’t have a good one, the worse the structure looks.
Same principle applies with a bra. It often baffles me how many women don’t take the time to find a truly great bra.

To be fair, most of us become accustomed to wearing a certain size. Unless something significant happens (pregnancy, weight gain/loss, etc), we pretty much stick with it. I admit I am guilty of this as well. Then I realized I spent more time and consideration on shoes than things that shape my body.

My priorities shifted, to say the least.

The reality is that the entire scope of women do not all fit between sizes 34B-38DD. How do you know you are wearing the wrong size? Take a look:

At Le Bustiere, the very first thing we do is offer you a free bra fitting, to make sure we get you into your TRUE size. Not in stock? Don’t worry; we are more than happy to order it for you.

Here are a couple of tips on how to find the perfect bra:

1. GET MEASURED/ TRY IT ON!
It sounds so simple. But it’s not. If you are anything like me, you loathe even imagining crowded dressing rooms and long lines. But in this case, I have learned it is better to just suck it up and do it. Luckily, our store has two lovely dressing rooms whose spacious, vintage atmosphere provides not only privacy but actual room to move.

2. Straps are adjustable for a reason
Pretty self explanatory; Perk those ladies up!

2. Do not be afraid of the sizing system
Another reason why it is important to be measured. Your band size might be a 33, for example. So do your go for the 32 or the 34? The answer is simple. Why not both? Forget the size and play with different combinations until you feel comfortable.

3. Not all bras are created equal                                                                                                             You know how at H&M you can be an 8, but at The Limited you are a 4? Lingerie is the same. We tend to forget that these are GARMENTS, like any shirt or pair of pants.

Some run small, some big. Cut, material and quality affect the overall fit. A Curvy Kate bra is not the same as an Arensky bra for so many reasons…

Arensky Delicado set

Arensky Delicado set

Curvy Kate Gia bra and panty set

Curvy Kate Gia bra and panty set

Notice the difference?

It’s amazing how many women I’ve seen come into the store and find themselves amazed at the transformation when they are put into a properly fitting bra. One customer exclaimed, “I think you just took off 10 pounds!”

Another threw her old bra into the trash and walked out in a new one, declaring every woman who comes in should do the same. So ladies, come in and be transformed!