Sunday, 2 October 2011

Some of the more 'unusual' lingerie at Ann Summers

Whilst I'm on the subject of Ann Summers, if the typical bra and knickers set isn't your thing here are some of the more weird and wonderful pieces from their latest collection...

Ann Summers Maria 2 Piece Set £20
This Spanish-inspired Maria bra and skirted thong set is made from semi-sheer black mesh, finished with satin ribbon bows. The 'bralet' is open at the bottom, with short, off-the-shoulder sleeves. It sure looks pretty in the picture, I'm just not sure how practical it would be to wear under clothes - there's definitely no support given here! This one is definitely 'bedroom lingerie' only.

Ann Summers Bird of Paradise bra £18 and thong £12
The Bird of Paradise set is far from your everyday lingerie! The purple bra is one-shouldered, with peep-holes and a thick, feathered trim. The matching, crotchless thong has a feathered skirt. Not your thing? The feathers are removeable on both pieces (although if you plan to remove them, you might be better off just buying a regular peep-hole bra set in the first place...). There's also a matching body available too for £30.

Ann Summers Black Swan bra £25 and brief £14
Another one for the feather lovers! This time the feathers aren't removeable and there's certainly lots of them! The longline Black Swan bra comes in black satin, as do the matching knickers. It could look very over the top but I think the simplicity of the bra combined with the all-black finish actually make this quite glamorous and classy. Still, not one to wear underneath anything tight fitting!

Ann Summers Kristina pearl bra £40
A very luxurious piece of lingerie, the Kristina pearl bra is almost too good to cover up! It has ivory satin cups overlaid with chains and chains of draped pearls, tied into a knot at the centre. If you love the 'underwear as outerwear' trend this could be a great choice for a night out worn over a camisole top. It's very elegant and could actually be quite nice as bridal lingerie, if only you could find a dress to wear over it that doesn't make all those pearls too uncomfortable or visible. It's also not too pricey considering the design.

Ann Summers Samantha Pearl 3 Piece Set, £25
The Samantha lingerie set is another one for fans of pearl lingerie - I love the open-cup bra made from ruffled black lace, pearl chains and ribbon bows! It comes with a tie-side, crotchless thong and ruffled black cuffs and collar that are attached by long strings of pearls. It's definitely very glamorous and unique! The diamante pasties aren't included but the very similar Pure Crystal Swarovski crystal pasties by Sass A Frass Designs are absolutely stunning and the perfect compliment to this luxurious lingerie set.

Ann Summers Unwrap Me cerise satin tie £15
Ann Summers seems to bring out a new version of this Unwrap Me lingerie piece every year so it must be popular... It's maybe slightly over-priced for what it is - a 12ft length of pink satin - but worth it if you don't have a sewing machine and twenty minutes to make one yourself. It's also available in leopard print and the traditional red (to give yourself as a present as Christmas!)

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