Posts Tagged: lingerie

Apr 13

Skweez Couture from Jill Zarin

Unless you are a size 0-2 supermodel, we can all benefit from the help provided by a support garment. Especially if you’re wearing a figure hugging dress. Or having a fat day.

I met both those criteria last Saturday so tried out the new Skweez Thigh N Mighty Shaping Thigh Short from Jill Zarin. I’ve never seen an episode of The Real Housewives of New York City but apparently she is/was on it.


Skweez Couture is her range of shape wear that comes in three control levels:

Tight skweez – for everyday wear
Tighter skweez – Comfortable extra control for where you need it most. Targeted slimming and trimming
Tightest skweez – Firm control contours your body and gives maximum compression

The range includes control briefs, slips, shorts, tights and camisoles and is available from sizes S (bust 34 – 35, waist 26.5 – 27.5 and hips 36.5 – 37.5) to 2x (bust 47.5 – 49.5, waist 41 – 43 and hips 49.5 – 51.5).


The Thigh Shaping Short is meant to smooth the tummy and sides, trim and slim thighs and hips and smooth and lift the rear. If you’re smaller than a UK 8 you probably won’t need it as I found the S a perfect fit and it didn’t crush or squeeze the life out of me. I wore them under a rather slim fitting skirt but they did a great job of holding me in in all the right places and I particularly like that they go from mid-thigh to right under the bust so you’re getting full scale coverage here. They don’t roll down when you sit and seem to make you sit up straighter which is a plus. You can wear the shorts under a dress or trousers which is why I prefer them to camisoles or slips.

They are the standard price for (good) shape wear but are currently on offer on QVC so act quickly!

Sep 12

The Rigby & Peller Experience

If you’re anything like me, buying lingerie usually involves a trip to M&S or John Lewis where you pick up the same size bra you’ve been wearing since you were a teenager.

Turns out that is not best practice as weight loss or gain, pregnancy and general ageing can affect the size and shape of your breasts over time. It’s only by having a trained professional get their hands (and eyes) on you that you know you are wearing the right size, shape and style of bra.

It has been approximated that up to 80% of us are wearing the wrong size bra. I was pretty sure I wasn’t part of that demographic and that the size I’d been wearing pre and post children was the correct one, so I thought my invitation to receive a fitting at Rigby & Peller would simply involve trying on lots of pretty bras.

More fool me. Without a tape measure in sight, the lovely Rowanna took a look at my bare chest (yes, you do have to get the girls out) and went away muttering something about cups and balconies. She returned with a selection of bras in a back size 2 down and a cup size 1 up from what I currently wear.

I scoffed at her selection but once they were on, I really could see and feel the difference. As clichéd as it sounds, wearing the right size bra really does make you feel better. I settled on the Rigby & Peller Alondra in dove grey; the colour looks amazing against a brown skin.

The Rigby & Peller experience is second to none – the staff make you feel extremely comfortable, ask questions about your lifestyle to determine the fit and style of bra best for you and know all there is to know about bras, basques, swimwear, shape wear and everything in between.

A Rigby & Peller bra is not cheap, prices start at £40 but considering you wear a bra more often than you don’t, a good and comfortable fit is certainly an investment worth making. Rigby & Peller hold a Royal Warrant which means they have regularly supplied goods or services to certain members of the Royal Family so you know your undergarments are in good company.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Rigby & Peller are encouraging us to recycle and donate our old bras in aid of UK charity Breast Cancer Care. In return for each old bra donated for recycling in one of their stores, you will receive £10 off every new bra bought. You can also get 20% off selected pink ranges throughout October.


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