It wouldn't be fair to reserve a holiday made up of flowers and chocolate exclusively for people in relationships. Obviously, Valentine's Day is a great time to remind a significant other how much you love them, but it is an equally great excuse to treat yourself!A single Valentine's Day could even outweigh a traditional date night... Just think: You don’t have to stress over making dinner reservations or finding a new dress to wear. Instead, you can spend the holiday focusing on the most important person in your life: yourself! Sylene should always be your first stop when it is time to treat yourself or the place to send someone shopping for you.Valentine's Day should be a day focused on LOVE in all forms! All that being said we have selected a few ideas for great Valentine's Day dates with yourself or significant other and gifts from Sylene to pair with them.You don't need to wait for a holiday to schedule a date with your bubble bath. If this is already something on your weekly routine, you can spice things up by pairing your bottle of wine with homemade chocolate covered strawberries. Once you step out of the tub, stay cozier than you could with a date by slipping into the Karoline Ugg Robe.There aren't many things in life that beat a morning starting with a delicious breakfast and minimal time out of bed. The first step to bringing this to fruition would be prepping your breakfast the night before. Regardless of if you are planning on cuddling up with your Valentine or spending the morning watching Parks and Rec, you should go all out for this special occasion. We suggest this winter fruit salad recipe, grapefruit mimosa pitcher and a mushroom and swiss quiche (this way your only requirement is to preheat the oven.) To enjoy your lounging to the fullest, you'll want to dress the part. Plan to wake up in Eberjey's Afternoon Delight nightshirt. This tunic is not only cute, but it is also comfortable to be worn all year round.Avoid the crowded restaurants and opt to spend your money on tickets to something local you wouldn't normally find yourself doing. If you're in the D.C. area we have found a few events worth checking out: Whiskey Class, Silent Disco, Mixology Event, Salsa Dancing, and Wine Tasting.Half of the fun of going out is dressing up be that for your Valentine, Galentine or yourself. You might be surprised with the effect that new lingerie can have on you. It is also worth noting that your fancy lingerie doesn't need to be reserved for fancy outfits. Pairing your favorite jeans and tee with a lacy red set can make you feel your sexiest. These are a few of our favorites:The Mimi Holliday Ever Yours Plunge Underwire and Peep Bikini set is a cute contrast to wear under a chunky sweater dress with your favorite over the knee boots.The lacy red Petunia bra and matching panty by Else Petunia are great for pretty much any outfit you end up throwing on before your Valentine's Day outing!
The apple didn’t fall far from the tree for the founder of lingerie retailer L’Agent Provocateur. Joseph Corre, the son of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, opened a lingerie store in Soho in 1994 with his wife. This British brand has grown and expanded vastly since. L’Agent Provocateur has over 60 stores in 13 different countries and has added sleepwear, hosiery, swimwear and fragrances to their shelves.
Sylene is a big fan of this elegant brand and we work to keep the latest L’Agent Provocateur looks in stock. We are excited to highlight this brand and have selected some of our new arrivals along with some of our favorites that are available for purchase.
If you're a fan of French movies, food or fashion, the Vanesa Basque is an elegant pick. Not only is this the perfect look for a romantic night in, but it also does a great job creating a silhouette to die for! We love the scallop edging and the romantic yet sexy way the suspender straps pair with stockings. To complete the look, L'Agent Penelope Fishnet Hold-Ups are also available at Sylene.
If you already have a new set of underpinnings and are just looking for something pretty to add to your collection we suggest the Idalia Robe. This robe is perfect for adding a little elegance to your bedroom wear but keeps its' sex appeal with its short thigh high cut and sheer tulle fabric. If you are in the market for a gift to give a bride-to-be, this is one of our top suggestions!
Lastly, a bra named after the epitome of feminity is the Penelope Balcony Bra. This bra comes in both black and nude stretch satin with power mesh for an incomparable shape. We love the simplicity of this bra. Impressively, while providing full coverage and great support this bra still drops jaws.
Be sure to check out the full collection on our website or stop by our store to see why everyone (including Kendall Jenner) can'r get enough of L'Agent Provocateur!
I think we can all agree that this presidential election race has certainly been one for the history books. Despite who you voted for, whether you’re thrilled or devastated about the results, inauguration season means cities will be filled with balls and parties. I don’t know about you, but any reason to doll up and have fun is a good reason. However, I know many of us might feel a bit bloated and bigger than usual after this holiday season. Who can blame us? The holidays only happen once a year... and the food looked and tasted way too good. That’s why we gathered a few items for you to wear underneath the unforgiving fitted gowns and dresses at whichever Inauguration party or ball you will be attending quite soon. These are guaranteed to make you look your sexiest self without any guilt.
Squeem ‘Sexy Body’ High Waist Mid-Thigh Short
Squeem has an amazing collection of waist cinchers, to compress that bloating and love handles that we all want to hide under a fitted dress. The best thing about this product is that the waist cincher has a short attached to it, shaping your hips, butt, and thighs. And let’s not forget that it’s all invisible underneath clothing. Totally safe to wear under a gown no one will know that you got a little help.
Squeem ‘Seductive’ Open Bust Vest
This waist cincher has bra straps attached to it, giving you control over keeping the waist cincher in its place. It also takes inches off your waist, perks up your breasts, and gives you that flat stomach. This is perfect to wear underneath a dress that covers your shoulders (or shows a little bit of what your mama gave you). Now that’s what I call a win-win-win-win.
Spanx Higher Power Shorty
Just like the name says, these boy shorts make you feel like you have some higher power. The high-waisted design shapes your body, giving you a flat stomach. Also, the seamlessness of these boy shorts (the comfiest of all undies) solves the panty-line problem you were worried about. Not only does it feel invisible, but it looks invisible too.
After a few too many “October Summer” days and “November Spring” weather, the fall season is finally in full action! The bustling winds have been stripping the trees down to nothing, clothing the streets and sidewalks with leaves. The temperature has been dropping, which probably means you’re feeling the need to drop your hemline as well – or even ditch the dresses and flats completely for those long pants and boots. However, many of us are reluctant to stores away our favorite skirts and loafers at the demand of the chilling weather. Thankfully, Sylene has come to our rescue with some tights, saving us from freezing our legs and feet off at the price fashion – and you know they’re not just any tights.
We love Wolford tights. Not only is the quality phenomenal, but their fashion-forward styles do not disappoint. Whether your style is streetwear, modern elegant, or simply chic, you can express your unique self with these tights and add that little “umph” to your outfit.
“Pure elegance with a sexy effect”
Amp up your legs and feet, ladies. These classic fishnet knee-highs feature a minimally bold back seam detail and a comfort top, keeping your legs comfortable and edgy. Show them off completely with a skirt or dress, or wear them under pants and loafers to give everyone a little peep of the attitude you’re rocking.
“It pays to look great.”
Look good, feel good. Look sexy, feel sexy. These sexy thigh-highs feature four pH-neutral silicone stripes inside the thigh bands to keep these stockings in place without irritating your skin. Whether you want to pair these off with a little fitted dress or skirt and show off all the lace, or keep it completely hidden under your outfit, the lace band thigh-highs will undoubtedly make you feel like the sexy woman you are.
Take advantage of the foliage and sweater weather to get sexy and edgy with these Wolford tights. Whether you go bold with a color-popping dress, go edgy your look up with a leather skirt, or go chic and casual with jeans and loafers, the Neptune Knee Highs and Satin Touch Stay Up Thigh Highs are guaranteed to be your outfit’s cherry on top.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For those of you who didn’t complete all of your holiday shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, we have some great gift ideas to make shopping a little easier for you. Take a minute to sit down and do some holiday shopping with Sylene.
In search of stocking stuffers? Regardless of age, Sylene has you covered with Happy Socks for the wee ones and Wolford tights for your friends. We have separate boxed sets of Happy Socks for boys and girls to keep their toes warm this season. The funky patterns will give this classic gift some extra excitement. This is also the time of year when cocktail parties crowd our calendars. Luckily, Wolford has the perfect tights to keep warm while looking fabulous at any occasion. The ‘Romance Tights’ have a transparent dot pattern that leads up to a thigh high bow. Wolford is known for their elegant and comfortable tights; these are the perfect stocking stuffers for the socialite in your life!
If you have already purchased a gift but are looking for something extra to let your lady know how sexy she is, Sylene has an endless list of options for you to choose from. One of our favorite festive sets is the Mimi Holliday ‘Amartllis Peep Knickers’ and matching corset bra. This lacy number is sure to get her in the holiday spirit while cozying up with you and a mug of hot cocoa. The floral lace and red silk corset laces up to offer structured support and amplified sex appeal. The ‘Peep Knickers’ wrap low on the hips and are equally gorgeous with the Mimi Holliday signature clasp at the top.
Finally, the holidays are not complete without a fresh set of pajamas to wear by the fire. Ugg has our favorite set this year with twill plaid pants paired with a super soft jersey tee for the special man in your life (boyfriend, husband, son, father… who doesn’t love new pajamas?)
These last pajamas would make a great gift but after shopping for everyone else you might need something to wear while wrapping everything up? Try Bedhead’s Lipstick PJ set and thank us later.
ATTN: Pumpkin Spice lovers...fall is finally here! The reasons why this season is so magical are endless. Changing leaves, cozy fires and slipping into your cutest sweater/boot combo to name a few. Once summer is officially over (and we say goodbye to our swimsuits for a bit) many of us see this as a time where we can get away with putting on a few extra pounds. From Halloween candy to Thanksgiving pies to holiday cookies, it is nearly impossible to resist the goodies! The smartest way to approach the next couple months of temptation is to set a practical exercise regimen. If you keep active while indulging, you don't have to feel nearly as guilty!
Luckily, Sylene has curated awesome activewear this season to inspire you to get to the gym when your cozy bed tries to trick you into watching Netflix under the covers.
For our yogi friends we suggest Beyond Yoga's "Move With It" mesh bra. The Spacedye fabric and mesh cutouts are sure to get you excited up to get to class and bend into your camel pose. This bra is ideal for women who need medium support. If you are in need of a little extra support, try Anita's Active Sports Bra, this bra accommodates sizes A-F!
Here is a great video of getting into camel pose, said to wake you up more than a cup of coffee!
Activewear is not only worn in the gym these days. That being said, everyone should own a good pair of black leggings. Having a pair of leggings you feel comfortable in is a must this fall. These Essential Gathered Long Leggings are one of the most versatile items you can add to your wardrobe. You'll be wearing these to sleep in, stretch in, grocery shop in, and any other activity you can think of. Beyond Yoga has perfected the legging by ensuring they keep their shape and color wash after wash.
Try this 5 minute stretch routine for your healing muscles on your off days!
Now that you have your bra and leggings covered, Trina Turk has the perfect top to finish out your look. The Draped Jersey Tank is a great top to sweat or snuggle in. The laser cut details on the back add a funky touch to a tank that will match all your activewear. Don't make excuses! There are bound to be days you can't schedule time to get into the gym; plan to wake up a early and get your cardio in at home. Try something new with this Kickboxing video.
Set yourself up to enjoy the next few months by working out and you'll thank yourself a few months later come swimsuit season! A sure way to motivate yourself to get into the gym is to dress the part. Get ahead of the curb and stop in Sylene or shop our activewear online before the holidays take over!
Sylene is excited for the Bra Trade In Event starting today! Bring in your gently used bras and save $7.50 off a replacement. You will also receive $2.50 off a new pair of panties for your donated pair, or $10 for your bra and panty set.
Sylene is donating the collected items to The Bra Recyclers, a company dedicated to contributing to women less fortunate while benefitting the environment. The Bra Recyclers learned that "95% of textiles, worn or torn, can be recycled but only 15% are actually recycled". The founder saw an opportunity to improve this statistic and positively impact families around the world. This company believes “the more you give the more you receive. Our success is not just driven by revenue, but by the impact we make in the lives of families in our communities.” The Bra Recyclers uses collected items to make cushion for red carpet events. The donated underwire is removed and sold to metal recyclers to support breast cancer research.
Here are some facts and pointers to help determine if your bra is ready to be recycled:
8 out of 10 women aren’t wearing the right size bra. That being said, there are thousands of bras that can be reused or recycled. Your bra sizes change 6-8 times in a lifetime. This change happens during and after childbirth and with weight gain/loss over the years. It should also be noted that the use of birth control can also effect the bra size you should be wearing. On average women own 6 bras and only end up wearing 2 of them. If you have 2 bras in rotation, the lifetime of your bras will be 6-9 months. That being said, if your underwire is digging into your flesh, its time to part with your old favorite and invest in a comfortable bra that will give you better support from Sylene!
We hope to see you (and your previously loved bras) in the store from October 14-28! The more you trade, the more you save, so dig around in your lingerie drawer and come see us to treat yourself to a likely much needed upgrade. Every woman has that bra she never wears, use yours for good during Breast Cancer Awareness month.
It is hard to believe 41 years has gone by since the opening of Sylene's first lingerie store in 1975. A lot has happened since the beginning, this post will focus on accomplishments and where we have been since the beginning of this wild adventure!
1975 was anything but boring. The Watergate scandal flooded the news, Bill Gates founded Microsoft, NBC aired the first episode of Saturday Night Live, and Sylene opened on Fairmont Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland. Before opening, Cyla’s parents warned her about the difficulties of being a business owner. Cyla was not discouraged by the hard work ahead and was sure she had what was needed for a successful business.
After a few years in business, Sylene became the area experts in fitting prosthetics for mastectomy patients. The shop became known for their mastectomy fashion shows as a way for women to celebrate their strength. As business grew, Cyla’s sister Helen Kestler joined the business in 1980. Helen was able to free up some of Cyla's time by assisting in managing day to day operations. A few years later, in 1987, Cyla was invited to the White House to fit the first lady Nancy Reagan after her mastectomy. This was a huge honor for their business; safe to say all of their hard work wasn’t going unrecognized!
In 1999 Sylene moved to a new home in Chevy Chase, where it is located today. The ladies of Sylene are always thinking of new ways to get involved and give back to the community. As a result, in 2004 the Bra Trade In Event was born. This event gives women the opportunity to trade-in old bras to be donated to less fortunate women in the area. After donating, you receive a discount towards replacing your lingerie in the store. (We encourage you to participate in the upcoming Trade In Event starting October 14. You will save $7.50 off a new bra and $2.50 off any new panty when you trade in your pre-loved items!)
Sylene launched a website in 2006 to expand their client reach outside of the DC area. The website is a great way to shop curated lingerie when life becomes too busy for store visits. The following year, Sylene was voted Best Lingerie Store by Bethesda Magazine. It is truly a blessing to turn your dreams into reality, and to have a sister as a co-worker is the cherry on top!
The ladies of Sylene are so grateful for these wonderful years and looking forward to many more to come. We can say with confidence that we have the greatest clients in the world, thank you for making this possible! Join us in celebrating our anniversary by participating in our special savings event. (Details for our Anniversary savings can be found on our homepage)
Melissa Odabash is one of Sylene's favorite designers and her swimwear is proudly hanging in our shop. This former model is known for her swimwear designs and has been noted by Vogue as creating the "Ferraris of swimwear." Odabash has a great celebrity following and her designs have been worn by Beyonce, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Rihanna, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Melissa was born in New Jersey in June 1971, she began her career living and working in Italy walking the catwalk. After emerging herself into the fashion scene, Odabash felt inspired to create her own swimwear line. She made these suits by hand and started selling them to independent boutiques in Milan. She immediately had great success and gained recognition world wide. Odabash's designs were featured on the cover of multiple American fashion magazines, expanding her audience greatly.
These days, Melissa spends much of her time in Palm Beach and you can tell this by her permanently sun kissed skin. Not only is she an incredible designer, but she is also a incredible person underneath her string bikini. Melissa has prided herself on choosing her models with care. She doesn't look for the skinniest models when advertising her suits, but instead Melissa celebrates women with a little more curve to their figure.
What we love most about Melissa is her huge heart. She has designed suits for women who have gone through mastectomy surgery because she knows the importance of always feeling beautiful in your skin. Odabash joined forces with the charity Future Dreams after living through her sisters experience with cancer.
Sylene couldn't be more proud to carry Melissa Odabash's swimwear and we continue to be inspired by her charitable designs. Shop Melissa's line here.
The greatest part of summer is the healthy dosage of Vitamin D our skin gets on the daily. While wearing the proper SPF to protect yourself from sun damage is most important, finding a swimsuit that is meant for your body comes second. In order to properly indulge in the warm summer weather, let Sylene help find a swimsuit that's right for you. Sylene offers a wide range of swimwear for women of all shapes and sizes. Use this summer swimsuit guide to find the right fit for you.
Ladies with a larger bust may have the most difficult time finding an appropriate suit that doesn't lose its sex appeal. String bikinis often leave chestier girls overexposed and under supported. When searching for the right swimsuit try tops with built in underwire or thicker straps for additional support. Miss Mandalay's Bardot Halter Bikini Top is available in E-FF and has two yellow straps to provide proper support. The pattern of this adorable suit paired with the bright yellow cutaway is sure to turn some heads for the right reason this summer.
Full figured beauties share the same struggles with searching for support while also finding a flattering cut to highlight all the right areas. When opting for a two-piece, get Robin Piccone Flora High Waist Bottom and matching Keyhole Halter Top. If you'd like to cover up a little more, one of our favorite one-pieces this season is Magic Suit's Yves Color Block Halter. This beautiful suit delivers form, fit and function. The layering of the fabric will have you feeling confident while the halter will have you feeling supported.
This might come as a shock to some, but small busted women have problems when swimsuit shopping too. In order to add an illusion of a larger bust without the help of your Wonder Bra. an embellished top can aid in this department! The extra padding in this Nanette Lepore Merengue Bikini will give you a fuller cup without looking padded. If you're in the market for a strapless suit (best for avoiding tan lines) pick a suit with some sort of ruffle or tie to accentuate what you've got! This Lisa Maria Fernandez Poppy Stripe Bikini is perfect for you.
Athletic girls can have curves too! With colorful prints, ruffled details, and padded cups you can highlight your body so it appears you have a curvier body. The Melissa Odabash Brussells Lizard Underwire Bikini has a killer pattern and the feminine shape that your body needs. The fold over bottoms are extremely flattering and add a little bump to your backside. This suit is also perfect for a pick up game of beach volleyball, you won't need to worry about your top slipping off!
Lastly, if you qualify as pear shaped, our first word of advice is to skip the boy shorts. Boy shorts can attract unwanted attention to your bottom half while there are many suits made just for you. After you toss the boy shorts, try a slimming suit like Miraclesuit's Solid Sanibel One Piece. This gorgeous suit is a slimming black fabric draped in just the right places to look 10 lbs lighter in just 10 seconds! If your mind is set on a two-piece, try this Tommy Bahama Pearl U-Ring Tankini! This suit offers +50 UPF protection with a U-Ring for a sexy touch. This top has built in tummy control and adjustable straps for a perfect fit.