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A Guide to Different Bra Styles

Bras; what wonderful creations! So many sizes, colours, styles and whatever else you can imagine fill our wardrobes at any given time. With so much variety in the world, why settle for the same standard white bra day in and day out? Why not indulge in something a little more unique? Something that can boost your confidence and make you feel sexy in one fell swoop?

For anyone new to the luxury lingerie, in particular, we here at Dolci Follie know that there can be a number of new and exotic new terms to learn. Especially when it comes to the different bra styles, as there are actually many more styles than the simple strapless, plunge or other familiar styles that you may already be aware of.

So, here’s a little introduction to a couple of bra styles you may not have heard of yet and why they should be the newest addition to your lingerie collection!

Balconette

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Designer made and perfect for the modern pin-up girl, this is a bra that exudes femininity in every stitch. This style works on the basis that it’s a little more revealing, but still perfectly wearable for your everyday needs. The height of the cups are shorter and the straps wider set, perfect to keep hidden away even with the most plunging of necklines. It’s also a style that can pull off most looks, so you will find it in most modern collections!

Take the La Naissance d’Venus Black Balconette Bra from I.D. Sarrieri, for example. The look is electrifying, with dainty crochet that flatters the delicate silk details. A touch of illusion tulle finishes the piece with a flourish.

Harness Bra

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Next, we have the harness bra, which is less of a style and more of a statement. A very intimate trend dating back to around 2014 or so, it has left many questioning whether it’s even a bra at all. Well, ignore the naysayers because this is a legitimate wardrobe necessity. Best of all, it looks great whether you choose to wear it and bare all or if you prefer to make a statement above the rest of your clothing.

A good example of this type of bra comes from Something Wicked and their tantalising Annabel Harness Bra – a particular favourite of that collection. A little cheeky and a lot seductive, this is really a piece to get the heart racing. With delicate French Chantilly lace inserts just below the bust, for astonishing emphasis, the piece is then finished with gold harware and elastic for comfort whilst wearing.

The perfect bra for anyone wanting to indulge their naughty side.

And One More…

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While not a particular style, the fashion bra is a particular delight as it can vary from designer to designer. If there is one bra style that truly borderlines on being art, then it is without a doubt the fashion bra. Parah’s Odette Blue Fashion Bra is a fantastic example of this, giving you the look of the harness bra with the support you need in your day to day life. Also a perfect stepping stone to trying out a more risque style without taking the full plunge.

Here at Dolci Follie, we have bras galore and something to fit every woman. If these delights aren’t taking your fancy, then shop the rest of the collection for something that’s begging to be part of your wardrobe.

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Brand Spotlight: ID Sarrieri

Here at Dolci Follie, we love lingerie and the thrill of discovery that comes with finding new brands or new products. This week one, in particular, has caught our gaze; I.D. Sarrieri. True sophistication is rare, but this brand brings it flawlessly to every piece of lingerie they create with an astonishing flair.

And what’s a brand spotlight without having a look at a few of our favourite I.D. Sarrieri pieces?

The Brand’s History

Founded in 1992, I.D. Sarrieri has a long-standing history of excellence for anyone with an eye for lingerie. The signature look of the brand is the extensive Chantilly lace used throughout the collections to spectacular effect. A timeless brand, with respect to both design and comfort, they have found themselves an irreplaceable home in the wardrobe of the modern jet-setter.

Dress to Impress

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From lingerie to swimwear, the I.D. Sarrieri brand has an amazing range of diverse pieces. But, the dresses that they create are some of the most spectacular aspects of their lines.

For example, the Mysterede Minuit Long Dress is a thing of beauty, truly photos do not do it justice and it will leave you swooning in person. Sheer tulle, intricate embroidery and a magnificently voluminous skirt combine together to form lingerie fit for a Queen. This is the type of dress that will have you longing for a lounger in the sunny Greek weather, with someone on hand to hand feed you grapes – as if you were Venus herself! With this dress, you will be one step closer to that dream.

Elegance comes in many forms. But, it is at its most pure when found in the La Naissance de Venus from I.D. Sarrieri. With precise, delicate, placement of embroidery. It holds all of the intricacies of a classic piece but boasts modernity in the form of the scallop edge plunge. Truly, it would be a breath of fresh air for any wardrobe.

No matter which you choose, both of these dresses are guaranteed to create a stunning moment. They will also undoubtedly stand the test of time in both beauty, chic and sensuality.

Enrobe Yourself in Luxury

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Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be a Victorian lady, with a life full of romanticism and amusements? Well, look no further than the I.D. Sarrieri Mysterede Minuit Long Robe to give you exactly that feeling and more. The craftsmanship of the piece has left out no expense; embroidered lace flows deliciously to the bottom of the robe, intricate folds of tulle create the perfect illusion, with luscious silk lines to finish the piece. Truly, it is a masterpiece.

Every stitch of embroidery contains a touch of mystery, the irresistible allure of romance, and everlasting elegance. Pick up yours today and you will feel like a new woman by tomorrow.

A Delectable Bodysuit

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No wardrobe is complete without an elegant bodysuit. Whether you aim to dress to impress or for play, there’s no end to versatility when it comes to I.D. Sarrieri’s Fleur Interdit Bodysuit. With a base of flexible beige tulle, intricate black petal embroidery, a striking open back and stretch jersey base make for a completely wonderful piece.

It is a showstopper of a piece and you will have no shortage of compliments whilst wearing it. And let’s face it, a piece as striking as the Fleur Bodysuit shouldn’t stay covered. Show this beautiful piece off for all that it’s worth!

This piece suits an evening in the bedroom or one spent out on a romantic date – you will certainly be a tantalising delight in either scenario!

And there you have it! Our current favourites from I.D. Sarrieri are beautiful, they’re luxurious and above all else, they are guaranteed to make you feel spectacular as soon as you put them on. Of course, if they’re not quite what you are looking for then explore the rest of our luxurious lingerie collections here at Dolci Follie – there’s a treasure to be found on every page.

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Starting Your Sexy Boudoir Collection

Are you looking for something a little more in the bedroom? An extra touch of excitement or just something to make you feel good about yourself, either way, a good way to bring this new fire into your bedroom is by starting your very own sexy boudoir collection. From delectable bras to suspender thongs, there really is no end to your choices when it comes to injecting an extra dose of sexiness into your bedroom.

Quirky, flirty and chic; the perfect recipe for any boudoir collection is out there for you to find.

To help you in your search, here are a few pieces to help you start your very own sexy little boudoir collection today:

The Blushing Bra

There’s no reason why you can’t feel sexy but delicate at the same time. A boudoir collection is an extension of yourself, so it can be whatever makes it feel like you.

This Blush Boudoir Bra from Fleur of England is a little bit innocent and much more irresistible. Made from barely-there invisible tulle, it is embellished with exquisite embroidered Guipure lace, which is hand-stitched on the individual cups. A silk edging and thin straps are just the cherry on top of this beautiful piece. It’s the kind of bra that leaves just the right amount to the imagination, but will also have your admirer wanting more and more.

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Add a Little String

Having a little piece of your own boudoir chic isn’t hard when there are so many gorgeous examples out there. It’s only the choice that makes life a little bit more difficult; but, don’t worry we’re here to help!

When it comes to stings there really is nothing like the feeling of luxurious fabric, so we absolutely recommend the Chantal Thomass Nymphea Black String piece for just that. It is a daring mix of classic and modern, with a flirty take on bows and crinoline. The lace makes for an irresistible feel that you will love time and again. The opening on the back also adds a little touch of flirtiness – perfect for any occasion!

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A Pinch of Spice

Of course, no boudoir collection is complete without a little touch of naughtiness in the collection. We’ll leave the use of this pair of Absidem Red Janice Handcuffs up to your imagination… but suffice to say they can really add a little something extra special to your bedroom experience.

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They can also be used as a bracelet to add a little more edge to your everyday look.

And to Finish

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Sexiness is an indefinable feeling. Where one woman feels irresistible in nothing but a bra and panties, there’s nothing to say that being encased in the luxury of a fine pair of silk pyjamas can’t do the very same thing. And you can always make sure to have a little surprise underneath for later.

We suggest an irresistible pair of Olivia von Halle Lila Marilyn Silk Pyjama. Tailored, well-fitting, and inspired by Coco Chanel herself with the beautiful carmine red print. The finish is mother of pearl; adding an extra touch of luxury to your nightwear. You will undoubtedly feel like royalty whilst wearing them.

Starting your sexy boudoir collection doesn’t have to be hard. If you haven’t spotted something you love here, then check out the rest of the Dolci Follie collection today.

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The Perfect Pair to Heat-Up Your Summer Romance

Whether you’re jetting off on holiday to an exotic location, or having a staycation with an impromptu road trip to make the most of the rare British sunshine, summer is the perfect time for a break. Especially if that means spending time with someone you love. Or, perhaps even meeting your next love? Never say never, after all!

If you’re planning a weekend away with your partner or otherwise, you’re probably putting a lot of thought into what you’ll wear under your clothes or by the pool. It’s a very important decision and one you shouldn’t rush into. A romantic getaway can be a great time to try something new and it’s always fun to experiment a little with our lingerie, as even a small change can give you a sexy boost that makes your getaway plans even more special.

Whatever your summer romance plans, here’s a quick guide to help you discover a pair for those romantic getaways.

Half Cup or Demi Bras

Looking for a look that is flirty, yet still classy? Then a half-cup – or demi – bra is the perfect little piece for you. This partial-cup bra style covers up to half or three-quarters of the breast. Designed to give an uplift, this style is perfect for showing off a little more cleavage, leaving you feeling confident and flirty.

A good example of this style comes from I.D. Sarrieri and their Colette Underwire Half Cup Bra. It has a classic style, with a striking orchid colour palette, making it the perfect undergarment for any outfit. But, the half cup just gives it that little extra touch of sexiness. Making it an ideal confidence boost even as it supports you through a busy workday.

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Alternatively, you can also turn up the heat by choosing a demi bra style in beautiful leather, where the cups provide shape and support so you feel as amazing as you look. Pair this bra with a black suspender thong or simple black lace briefs.

Cut-Out Swimwear

Perhaps one of the biggest swimwear trends this year, cut-out styles is sure to make you feel confident and sexy on the beach or lounging by the pool. Make the trend work for you with subtle (or not-so-subtle) cutouts in your bikini top, or with a stylish low-cut open back swimsuit. Take the Fleur of England Paradise Print Cut Out Swimsuit, for example. It’s bright, light and with just that little touch of flirty, making it just the right thing whether you’re at the beach or just down at your local pool.

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And it has the extra benefit of making you feel like you’re on holiday even when you’re not.

Feeling even more adventurous? For a style that’s a little more daring, and one that will really turn up the heat, choose a brightly coloured bikini or swimsuit with daring cage-strap detail across the breast area. This look would work well with some high cut bikini bottoms, or a plain sarong for beach-to-bar glamour.

Whether you want to turn up the heat in the bedroom or on the beach this summer, the varied and tantalising collection on offer here at Dolci Follie is bound to have what you are looking for. So, what are you waiting for? Shop the full selection now and find the summer heat you have been missing.

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Beach Looks For Summer 2018

Summer is just around the corner and as the weather heats up, so too should your wardrobe. After all, there’s no better time to invest in your summer wardrobe staples than right now. So if you want to truly make a lasting impression on your holidays then look no further.

At Dolci Follie, we understand how important it is to feel comfortable yet striking when you hit the beach. Which is why the right swimwear is vital to give you a sense of confidence as you step onto those golden sands for the very first time. No matter if you’re simply lounging around sunbathing all day, playing a round of beach volleyball or sipping a well-deserved Mojito; helping you feel like the best version of you is what Dolci is all about.

So, with that in mind, here are a few of our favourite summer looks to help add a dash of inspiration to your shopping experience.

The Perfect One Piece

If swimsuits are usually your go-to beach attire, then look no further than Asceno’s latest collection. With an emphasis on quality and vibrant design, what is truly a stand-out feature of the Asceno brand is the emphasis on contemporary and complementary silhouettes. So, whether you are enjoying a little urban sun or in a much more exotic locale (lucky you!), you simply can’t go wrong with this brand.

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The Neutral Bold Stripe Classic One Piece, in particular, is an understated but stylish choice. With neutral shades and pleasant colours, as well as comfortable adjustable straps, this swimsuit is perfect for those who are looking for a stylish costume to flatter their shape. The new double-lined, textured, fabric also gives you a little bit of extra support if you feel it is needed. This soon-to-be-a-classic is also available as a two piece if you’re looking for something more contemporary.

Bikini Babe

Now, we know that not everyone is a swimsuit lover. If you favour bikinis, then there’s also plenty more to choose from. Parah’s range of chic Italian inspired designs is the perfect choice if you are looking for something just a little bit special. The particularly luxurious Marrakech Triangle Bikini could be your new favourite summer wardrobe addition.

With its beaded detail on the bottoms and the gold lines on the top so reminiscent of golden waves this is a bikini that makes you feel like you are on holiday every time you wear it, even when you’re not! Made with the lure of the Mediterranean in mind, you can almost believe you have uncovered a unique treasure of the region in this bikini.

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A Little Cover Up

Lastly, but certainly not one bit least, we have a gorgeous collection of kimonos and kaftans for those long summer evenings lounging on the beach or enjoying a nice glass of wine and extremely pleasant company at the bar. For this, we suggest our unique and vibrant Blue Tie Dye Short Kaftan. Not only is it ideal for taking the edge off of that summer breeze, but it also provides you complete protection from the sun.

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Still not quite finding the right piece to make your summer 2018 sizzle? Don’t fret, the full Dolci Follie beachwear collection abounds with plenty of bikinis, full swimsuits, kaftans and more to make you feel as comfortable on the beach as you do in your own bedroom. So, shop now to find your new favourite beachwear.

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Stylish Spring Colours To Bring The Sunshine

We all know that every now and again it’s a good idea to brighten up our wardrobes and update it a little. After all, not everyone will know we’re rocking the same style from many seasons ago even in 2018, but deep down you will and that’s all that matters. Better relieve yourself of the guilty conscience hanging over your lingerie drawer now than continuing to regret it later.

So, with that thought driving you on, don’t be afraid to delve into our collection of fresh and exciting spring favourites for this SS18.

Dress Light

Spring this year is all about light neutrals and delicate pastel colours with soft textures. Lace and silk are at the forefront this season, creating a classically elegant look with a contemporary twist. Celebrate as subtlety leads the way with some of our beautiful designs specially selected for this spring.

Stay light and breezy in a boudoir ball gown like this Loveday London piece. Intricate details bring this Zerena Boudoir Gown to life, with exquisite lace features in a gorgeous reddish colour that accentuates multiple skin tones. Not just for the bedroom, this gown works perfectly paired with your favourite summer heels; making it ready for work or play whenever you are. After all, nothing says spring like a long flowing gown adorned with flowers!

Every flawless spring dress needs some sultry underwear for underneath. So, why not pair this sweet dress with something a little bit naughty? Something for you to know and your partner to find out about later. If you need inspiration, look no further than Bordelle’s Red Harness Thong. The perfect spring surprise!

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The Perfect Playsuits

For another element to your collection, is the ideal fit for anybody looking for a unique piece this spring. Bodysuits and playsuits are always firm favourites, famous for their stylish look but with a comfortable fit – a must-have for this year. This Mimi Holliday ‘Beau Daquiri’ body is a playful look for this spring. Featuring bold embroidered love heart patterns contrasting the fine mesh material on the body. This body has been tailored to flatter the curves for every figure, creating an enviable silhouette.

Bikini Ready

Lastly, created in anticipation for those long summer nights, the Fleur Of England Dusty Pink Triangle Bikini is a vacation must-have. A sweet yet flirtatious piece, including light padding for comfort and support on the beach. The soft colour combination with strap detailing make this bikini truly unique and a sure winner your friend’s will approve instantly.

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Keeping it simple and sweet, with a little bit of naughtiness hidden underneath, is the key to this year’s spring fashion. Floral details paired with light pinks and beige materials come together to help create a spring look to remember. The pieces in this delicate trend can also be teamed with bolder, brighter colours to add another dimension to your look.

Update your spring collection now; you will feel bold, you will feel fresh and you will love the way you look. Shop the full Dolci Follie selection today and treat yourself today. Or send the link to that special someone – hint, hint!

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Dolci Follie’s New Year Resolutions!

Another new year means another new set of News Year’s Resolutions! This time, the team at Dolci Follie decided we’re not going to pretend to ourselves that we’ll suddenly turn into fitness enthusiasts and be jogging all over the city, or magically develop an aversion to biscuits and chocolate. No, this year, we’re setting ourselves a realistic goal, that is actually enjoyable and can only make us feel better every day! Yes, this year, our New Year’s resolution is to wear beautiful lingerie every day.

What? We don’t already? It may seem hard to believe, seeing as how we’re surrounded by luscious lingerie and too-die-for bras at the boutiques, but a number of us admitted to being rather bad when it came to wearing our lovelier lingerie often. Having discussed it before Christmas, a number of us on the Dolci Follie team know that we too-easily succumb to the lazy, auto-pilot dressing of just picking our washed-out, greying, old bras each day and keeping our lovely silk or lace items for ‘special occasions’!

It’s an easy trap to fall into, but an awful habit! With each of us being true lingerie enthusiasts, and constantly falling head over heels in love with at least half the items we get into the boutique, it’s fair to say we all have a pretty substantial collection of gorgeous bras and knickers. So why aren’t we wearing them enough?!

The first excuse we all gave was “I’m really lazy at hand-washing, I never have time”. A popular excuse, but a pathetic one! Hand-washing lingerie isn’t the nightmare we might pretend it is. Especially when using the new, time-and-effort-saving products such as Eucalan, which use natural oils and antiseptics meaning there’s no need to rinse, and meaning that “hand-washing” really only means putting your lingerie in warm water in the sink for an hour. Then all you have to do is take it out and place it on a towel to dry…easy!

Another excuse that came up was “oh, but it’s not so comfortable to wear all day”. Now, this is a fair excuse – none of us want to be distracted by rubbing underwires or digging-in straps all day. However, just because a bra is beautiful, doesn’t mean it’s going to be uncomfortable – and at Dolci Follie, this is something we really know. We choose to buy from brands who think about fit as well as style. One of our most popular brands, Mimi Holliday, is popular precisely because they make lovely lace and silk bras that consistently fit well and are comfortable all day. We never advocate buying an uncomfortable bra because we know that you’ll never end up wearing it. So, my advice as far as uncomfortable bras go is: get rid of them, and find a brand that fits well and looks great – because there’s lots out there that do!

Another reason that your ‘special occasion’ bra is uncomfortable may be because it’s the wrong size. Lingerie specialists advise that we should get ourselves re-measured every year or so as our bodies are constantly changing, even without us noticing, and as we all know it is imperative for comfort and support to be wearing the correct size bra. For this reason, it is ludicrous to save our most precious lingerie sets for special occasions, as we may only get to wear it once or twice before changing sizes!

We all know the amazing impact that a truly sublime lingerie set can have when you wear it; it can make you feel ever more beautiful, special, and confident. It’s a small and easy way of paying attention to yourself and treating yourself – even if it’s simply for your own eyes to admire and appreciate! It can inspire you to sit up that little bit straighter, and smile that little bit wider.

So, at Dolci Follie, we’re going to make sure this is a New Year’s Resolution that doesn’t fizzle out at the end of January (and we can say that with confidence, because we’ve seen the new collections coming to the DF boutique and can’t wait to get our own SS13 sets! Here’s a little sneak peak!

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Dolci Follie Opens in Spitalfields

We’ve been listening to all those who have begged us to bring some Dolci Love eastwards, and have opened a Pop-up Store in the famous Spitalfields Market!Our gorgeous and wide-ranging Dolci Follie collection is now spread across our two branches. We also have a number of new items debuting in the Spitalfields store so make sure to pop down and check them out!

We’ll be expanding our range at Spitalfields over the next week, but here’s a sneak peak of the pop-up boutique so far! If you’ve never visited Spitalfields, now is a great time to come! There are several exciting events and special evenings taking place in and around the market over the next few weeks – find out more here: www.spitalfields.co.uk/

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There’s a wonderful range of shops and a very large market (particularly great at weekends, or, for the vintage-lover, on Thursdays) plus a huge selection of restaurants, bars and cafes to warm up in! We also have two new members of staff at Spitalfields ready to help you find the perfect lingerie, loungewear or swimwear – meet Chloe and Mariko!

Come and pop in and say hi at, 4 Market Street, Spitalfields, E1 6DT. Market Street runs alongside Brushfield Street in a covered walkway.

See you soon!

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UK Lingerie Awards 2012

When Simona and I pulled up outside the awards venue, there was already a bustling group of photographers and press waiting for the celebs to arrive! The event was held the truly breath-taking venue of One Mayfair, a converted church with a stunning hall and beautiful original details.

The space had been wonderfully decorated and lit for the awards. We were ushered upstairs to enjoy an aperitif, and looked down excitedly at the carefully arranged tables. After catching up with fellow retailers, designers and industry experts, we went down to find our seats and eat a delicious meal. My highlight was definitely the semi-freddo for dessert…delectable! Then, with everyone sat at the very edge of their seats, the awards were announced.

A number of our brands scooped up prestigious awards, including Made by Niki who won not one but two awards: Most Innovative Brand of the Year and Independent Directional Brand of the Year.

Dirty Pretty Things won New Designer of the Year, whilst Kiss Me Deadly won the public vote for UK’s Favourite British Designer.

And, of course, Dolci Follie won Independent Retailer of the Year!

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The announcements ended with the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to Lingerie Retailer and Dragon Theo Paphetis. Whilst he couldn’t be there to accept the award, he did send a hilarious acceptance video!

We were then entertained (and persuaded to get dancing) by the Swing Ninjas for the rest of the evening!