Charlotte – The Fox in Florals: I have a confession to make. I do not own an assortment of overtly sexy undergarments. The very thought of see-through lace makes me shudder, suspenders bring me out in a cold sweat….. And when faced with the prospect of donning the full-on traditional first-night bridal garb for W-day I was very close to having some kind of mini meltdown.
It’s not that I think those that have the confidence to swank around in their saucy smalls don’t look lovely – they do. Positively ravishing in fact. It’s just that I’ve given it a go (on more than one occasion) and for some reason or another I have just ended up feeling like a bit of a berk.
My underwear collection falls into two distinct categories, plain and practical and “pretty prints”. The former is as described, T-shirt bras and bikini briefs in a range of white, black and nude tones and the latter is a vast array of colourful brights and rich hues courtesy of Monsieur Klein.
It seems I feel foxiest in florals. And now I’ve come to terms with that fact I think I’m ok with it. I have finally gotten over my deepest darkest desires to one day emerge as some kind of riding-crop yielding Miss Whiplash or a marabou mule wearing Marylin-esque Hollywood siren.
It’s just not for me.
Oh and for the O’Shea big day due to the no-need-for-a-brassier backless gown all I wore was a pair of silky flowery Calvins. And actually?…. that suited me just fine.
Ahem. Although I do have one secret weapon.
Jenny – The Curator of Corsetry: I bought my first corset from Vollers in 2002 to wear to a company Christmas Ball. I knew everyone else would be wearing a posh dress, so I wore my corset with a pencil skirt and killer heels, to try and be a little different. I felt quite conspicuous at first, I arrived and everyone was wearing a ball gown type dress from Monsoon or Coast, and looked really classy… And there’s me, looking like all I needed was a PVC whip and a gimp mask! It took approximately 3 glasses of wine and endless compliments on such a beautiful choice of corset before I could breathe out and enjoy myself. There began my love affair with corsetry.
To me, wearing a corset makes me feel empowered, and secure (despite it looking like my bangers might very well make an appearance if I’m not careful). Always being told how curvy I am I learnt to use them to my advantage (rather than hide them away) and embraced my womanly shape. Why should I hide myself away just because I’m not a perfect 10? I’m aware I don’t resemble Dita von Teese, I am far from having a perfect body, but I am a woman, with a womanly shape, and there’s nothing society can do to make me feel ashamed of what I look like.
Fortunately my wedding dress had a built in corset, a selling point considering I was up the duff and worried about showing. I would recommend a dress with a bit of inner structure – does wonders for your waist line (and posture!) I had Mr O help me out of my dress at the end of the night, then went and slipped into this.
I don’t tend to wear my corsets out in public these days, I’m not sure they’d like me running around Park n Shop with my heaving cleavage and grocery shopping list! I save them just for Mr O now…
If being married has taught me anything, it’s that wearing lingerie is necessary sometimes, to remind my husband that despite the smell of baby sick, I am capable of still being sexy still.
Vix – The Girl Next Door: I used to be a thong girl but as I have grown older (and a bit plumper) I cannot resist the good old (big-ish) pant!! I like the ones that are just big enough to cover my unsightly bits but small enough to still look sexy, well I think so anyway…. I just like to be comfy and feel attractive in my grundies. I still wear the odd thong or two, it depends on what I am wearing on the outside I suppose.
When it comes to my wedding I will definitely be sporting something comfy and sexy too. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not always a comfy girl, I do have some occasional saucy stuff that makes the odd appearance here and there (!) but the majority of the time the ‘girl next door’ pants are the best way forward for me.
So Then – What About You Gorgeous Lot?!: As you know with all things Rock My Wedding it’s about doing it your way – and that goes for what you wear underneath your clothes too, be it stockings, big pants or nothing much at all…
Have you bought your W-day underwear yet?
Are you going for a more traditional “first night” look complete with bridal basque and blue-ribboned garter?
Or do you favour a streamlining pair of spanx?
And more to the point…..Do you even care?
We would love to hear your thoughts this afternoon lovelies.
Big What’s Important Is What Feels Right For You Love
Charlotte, Jenny and Vix xxx