Danielle Vanier, photographed by David C Photography

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Clothes, fit and perspective

For someone who has never really found her own niche, I’m rather interested in niche fashion blogs. They aren’t always sites that you might instantly think of as being relevant to my interests either –
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Fashion

Kiss Me Deadly sheer 'Star' Top 5 glamorous tops to wear with a corset

There has been much discussion in the press lately about corsets thanks to the debate surrounding the size of Lily James’ waist in the Disney movie Cinderella. I won’t go into this here, as Marianne Faulkner has already said it far better than I ever could on The Lingerie Addict, except to say that corsets
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Unretouched Neon Moon lingerie models Feminism Friday: Introducing Neon Moon

As regular readers will know, I like to share things that catch my eye and a recent email about feminist body positive lingerie was certainly going to do that! The founder of a new lingerie company called Neon Moon – supported by the Prince’s Trust and currently fundraising on Kickstarter – got in touch with
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Author of Nautical Chic, Amber Butchart Bitesize fashion history, with Amber Butchart

Have you ever wanted to learn more about our sartorial past, but don’t have the time or inclination to enrol on a course? Well, if you live in London, there are plenty of opportunities to dive in without the commitment, and we have fashion history supremo Amber Butchart to thank for a lot of that!
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Leather obi belt from ASOS The A-to-Z of Accessories: Obi

The letter O was another tricky one in my A-to-Z of Accessories, and it took me a while to think of something appropriate. After much rummaging around on fashion retailers’ websites – all in the name of research! – I decided on obi. Named after the types of sash used in traditional Japanese dress, these
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Danielle Vanier, photographed by David C Photography Clothes, fit and perspective

For someone who has never really found her own niche, I’m rather interested in niche fashion blogs. They aren’t always sites that you might instantly think of as being relevant to my interests either –
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1950s bathing suits A brief history of the swimsuit

I wrote a number of academic essays as part of my MA course, and all but one were on lingerie. The remaining piece was on the history of women’s swimwear and I found it so interesting to write that I thought I’d cut it down to the highlights and share with you here. I’ve spared
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Marlies Dekkers Signature 'Gloria' waspie and bodysuit Lingerie lust list: March

This month’s list is an eclectic mix of things that have caught my eye so far in March. There were more items I could have included, but they aren’t all necessarily what you would call ‘lingerie’… more ‘underwear’. I pondered renaming this feature something a bit less femme but, I’m rather fond of the alliteration.
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Life

Poster for Barelesque Anim8te at the RVT Barelesque Anim8te

Back in 2011, some fabulous friends of mine had an idea to create a burlesque event that dared to bare and raised money for a good cause into the bargain. Barelesque at the RVT was born and my burlesque alter ego was invited along to be part of the fun, as a model for the
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Style Me Vintage, Home Review: Style Me Vintage, Home

Having already reviewed a couple of titles in the extremely accessible Style Me Vintage book series, I was asked by the publisher if I would like to review a couple more on Rarely Wears Lipstick. Obviously the answer was yes, and the first of the pair – Style Me Vintage: Home – arrived in the post
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UK poster for Appropriate Behaviour Review: Appropriate Behaviour

This week, I was lucky enough to be able to preview an exciting new film ahead of its UK release on Friday. Appropriate Behaviour is a deadpan indie comedy written, directed by and starring Desiree
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Sex / Relationships

Losing It, by Kate Monro Let’s talk about sex

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to a attend a small event to “discuss women’s sexual wellbeing in today’s culture and the myths associated with this subject”. It’s an interesting topic and one which I could debate on for hours when I have an appropriate space filled with interested people, so I said yes and hoped
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Fifty Shades of Grey Fifty Shades of media saturation

So, the infamous film of the infamous book is now showing at UK cinemas and there can’t be a single person over the age of consent who has’t noticed. Everyone’s talking about how the lead actors didn’t get along and hated being in the film, the author and director disagreed, the trailer was terrible, and then there’s
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Ann Summers Erotic Writing Competition Ann Summers Erotic Fiction Writing Competition

Now here’s an interesting way to start 2015. Adult brand Ann Summers have launched their first ever erotic fiction writing competition. As their mission is theme is ‘to make women feel sexy, fearless and confident’ they have decided on a theme that will help inspire that and so they’d like to read your stories that
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Feminism

Icon, edited by Amy Scholder Review: Icon

I was offered a review copy of a book published by The Feminist Press entitled Icon, edited by Amy Scholder and, to my great shame, it has taken me far too long to get around to writing about it. Described to me as “a collection of writings by prominent feminist writers, thinkers and performers, revealing their
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Unretouched Neon Moon lingerie models Feminism Friday: Introducing Neon Moon

As regular readers will know, I like to share things that catch my eye and a recent email about feminist body positive lingerie was certainly going to do that! The founder of a new lingerie company called Neon Moon – supported by the Prince’s Trust and currently fundraising on Kickstarter – got in touch with
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Tootsa MacGinty Autumn Winter 2013 Collection Sending a gender-neutral message to kids

Dolls and dresses are meant for little girls, while trucks and the color blue are reserved strictly for little boys—at least, that’s what some companies would like children to believe. Until recently, you couldn’t walk down a toy store isle without noticing the drastic separation between rows of pink toys aimed at girls and blue
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Reviews

Icon, edited by Amy Scholder Review: Icon

I was offered a review copy of a book published by The Feminist Press entitled Icon, edited by Amy Scholder and, to my great shame, it has taken me far too long to get around to writing about it. Described to me as “a collection of writings by prominent feminist writers, thinkers and performers, revealing their
[…continue reading]

Style Me Vintage, Home Review: Style Me Vintage, Home

Having already reviewed a couple of titles in the extremely accessible Style Me Vintage book series, I was asked by the publisher if I would like to review a couple more on Rarely Wears Lipstick. Obviously the answer was yes, and the first of the pair – Style Me Vintage: Home – arrived in the post
[…continue reading]

UK poster for Appropriate Behaviour Review: Appropriate Behaviour

This week, I was lucky enough to be able to preview an exciting new film ahead of its UK release on Friday. Appropriate Behaviour is a deadpan indie comedy written, directed by and starring Desiree
[…continue reading]