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Royce Lingerie Specialist.

October is such a special month,  we all join together to help raise money to beat cancer!

I thought I would take this opportunity to write a short blog post about our non wired, mastectomy bras supplier, Royce Lingerie who will be donating £1 from every bra  they sell throughout the whole of October.

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Royce are world leaders when it comes to non wired bras. They have been specialising and producing wire free since the early 90s. Royce have designed a truly outstanding mastectomy bra that is innovative in style, superbly comfortable and containing X-Static silver fibre to aid the healing process.

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting one of the owners Jane Fleming, when I attended their in house advance training program and factory tour.

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This was such a wonderful experience, being able to meet, measure and fit some truly remarkable ladies who had undergone mastectomy surgery (single or double!).

The ladies told us of there experiences and later allowed us to measure and fit them in lingerie from the amazing range that Royce offer.

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Royce are very dedicated to what the do and helping ladies who require non wired bras in all areas, not just mastectomy. They have utilized the technologies and designers they have to create a teen bra collection which feature sizes 28AA- 36D, a beautiful non wired collection in a full range of sizes and a maternity collection which range up to a 40K!

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Royce is enormously proud to be a British company.  All our products are designed by our dedicated and gifted team here in UK, and we know that our customers – along with discerning people the world over – appreciate the design excellence as well as the quality and craftsmanship that go into creating the ‘Best of British’.

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Images courtesy of Royce Lingerie

If you’re a Bride to Be and soon to be wed and just don’t know where to start when it comes to what to wear beneath your wedding dress, then this might just be of some help. We find many Brides leave finding their wedding underwear to the last minute, either they’ve been losing weight before the big day or they think it will simply be a case of popping into town to pick something up. Unfortunately this tends not to be as straight forward as they imagine.

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A wedding dress is a really special dress not just by its very nature but by its design and fit as well, so quite often requires some special lingerie for your wedding day. This is really why it shouldn’t be left to the last minute and taken for granted that it will be an easy task. So where do you start when looking for your bridal underwear? Whatever you decide upon, it’s important that it works in complete harmony with you and your wedding gown.

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If your dress already has a lot of boning throughout the bodice then a wedding corset with plenty of boning is more than likely going cause some discomfort. Resist the temptation when you hear a corset can take up to 4″ off your waistline in seconds. Properly fitted they can, but the 4″ has to go somewhere! A wedding corset is very good at helping to shape and sculpt your figure to a more hourglass silhouette and providing support over your midriff. Some bridal corsets also have underwired cups and also give good lift, support and shape to your bust too!

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Many wedding dresses have sweetheart or bateau necklines and therefore require a style of strapless wedding lingerie to go beneath. This is where it begins to get more tricky and even more so if your size tends to be less well stocked in high street shops, so a bit more time and patience is called for. A strapless wedding bustier could work well for this style, it would still provide some shaping to your figure as well as underwired support for your breasts.

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It’s important to get fitted and go and try on bridal bras, you want to make sure it doesn’t give you a bulge over the top of the cup or alternatively that the cups don’t fall forward when you lean over, leaving you feeling unsupported and exposed! A dress that is made from a light material, such as silk or satin may also show any fancy lace edging or a heavily padded cup will be quite noticeable. Your wedding day lingerie should be the unsung hero of your wedding day, comfy and supportive and not seen by your guests and photographer!

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Comfort has already been mentioned a few times, because it’s important. Your wedding day does pass by quickly but comfort really is king, so bear this in mind when it comes to your undies. If you’re not a thong kind of person then your wedding day is not the day to try. You don’t want to be fidgeting and shuffling all through your day trying to get comfortable, stick to briefs or hip huggers if that’s what you’re used too! You can get underwear that don’t have elasticated edges so don’t show the dreaded VPL!

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Shapewear is quite a popular option these days with brides wanting to make sure that everything is tucked in to look their best in the wedding photographs. Bridal shapewear has evolved quite markedly over the years with some nice pieces available in whites and ivories to suit dress colours. When it comes to colours, try and make sure that you get bridal underwear that matches the colour of your dress. Most important of all is to try your wedding day lingerie on with your dress at some point to make sure they compliment each other and you’re comfortable!

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The importance of wearing a correctly fitted nursing bra.

It is such a magical time in a women’s life when you find out that you are expecting! Your first thoughts are, I wonder if we are having a boy or a girl? We should start decorating the spare room… and most importantly, you have the excitement of choosing names.

After a while the over excitement wears off  and whilst you are still overjoyed you start to think about an notice the other side of pregnancy, such as the morning sickness, the weight gain and change in moods. Over the coming weeks you will feel more focused once your emotions settle down. You may feel the need to start nesting, and part of this is getting thing ready for when baby is born.

The nursery/babies room will more than likely be first on the agenda followed closely by which buggy/stroller to have, however as you start to show more you will need new clothes and underwear. The correct fitting nursing bra is a very important item to be on the list to purchase.

When choosing a nursing bra, it is important that you get a suitable comfortable and supportive bra. If you choose to breast-feed, you’ll need a nursing bra where the cups can open and close easily, with plenty of room for your little one to sit comfortably (and for you to feel comfortable too!). It’s essential that the bra is supportive but not constrictive as this can cause medical problems like mastitis or blocked ducts.

If you choose to breast-feed, you might find that using breast pads inside your bra helps to reduce any leakages: a night-time nursing bra can also be helpful for this.

One of the most important things to remember about buying a good nursing bra is not to jump the gun and get a new bra too early on in your pregnancy. You might have noticed already that your breasts have got bigger – it’s likely that they’ll grow even more after the birth so it’s important to wait until near the end of the pregnancy until you get measured for a nursing bra. importance of wearing a correctly fitted nursing bra.

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Here are a few tips for buying a maternity bra

* Always invest in a good quality bras. It is most important that you are wearing a supportive yet comfortable bra, (some of the cheaper brands do not have the same structure and support as other brands)

* A correctly fitting maternity/nursing bra should still sit the same way as your everyday bra, flat against your ribs cage.

* A none wired bra is best as they are more comfortable and there is less chance of your underwires causing any issues with your milk ducts as your breast grow. Many nursing & maternity bras now have what is known as re-inforced cotton in place of the underwire. This is where designers have added extra cotton in the shape of an underwire to maximise support and comfort for each breast as they develop and become heavier.

* You will see that most good supportive nursing & maternity bras have wider straps that you may be use to on your everyday bras. This is to help support the growing weight of your breast as the become larger. It is your back that should take the weight of your breasts and to do this you will require good strong straps, the wider they are the less they will dig in to your shoulders and cause you discomfort.

* Maternity bras can be worn to bed if you feel comfortable doing this, it can help to prevent leakage in bed. Simply add a breast pad in to you bra before you go to bed, this should usually last till the morning, however you can add two for extra protection.

* When getting fitted you will be advised to purchase a bra that fits you on the tightest setting, this will help save money in the long run as it means that you can loosen your bra as your as you grow.

* We would recommend that you book in for a fitting when you start to show or when you notice that you everyday bra is no longer suitable, (this is usually around 12-16 weeks in to your pregnancy) and have regular fittings thereafter, (this does not mean new bras each time, but simply to make sure that your bra is still supportive and most of all comfortable for you) especially one at about 4 weeks before baby is due to make sure that your bra is still suitable for when baby is born and your milk starts to come through, this is when your breast will increase in size quite rapidly.

* As with all bras, we advise that you hand wash them. This will help preserve your bra and keep it looking newer for longer. Hand washing your bra will help to maintain its original shape and fit as apposed to a washing machine which will over time distort the shape and fit of your bra.

Some information sourced from Panache Website