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  • Trend Alert- Athleisure

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    Ditch the skinny jeans, there’s a new comfortable trend in town that is taking center stage. Blame it on Beyonce for making us swoon over her laid back look in her latest video or on Alexander Wang for making his sporty looks appear so enticing when the models walked the runway last fall. Regardless who is to blame, Athleisure is a thing and it seems like it is here to stay.

    Activewear used to consist of old gym-shorts and your oldest torn tee-shirt you could find, now athletic-wear has taken on a whole new meaning. People are more focused on their health now than ever before. And they are not only paying attention to what they are eating and how they are treating their bodies but also paying close attention to what they are wearing to the gym. Just last year we saw a significant increase from female shoppers, spending 8% more on activewear than the previous year. athle2

    Since people are paying so much attention to what they are wearing to and from the gym, designers are finally taking notice and are trying to keep up with the demand.  There are so many options now for attractive and elevated activewear that we are seeing it more and more in our day-to-day dress. Fifteen years ago we would be horrified if we saw one of our friends when leaving the gym, now athletic wear is so fashionable and functional that you could meet a friend for lunch right after you leave your sweat sesh!

    Love it or hate it,  the Athleisure is a trend is a game changer. Whether you are an athlete or a stay at home more, the combination of athletic inspired pieces and leisurewear create the ultimate look for someone that is living an active lifestyle. We love that the trend blends both fashion and comfort and is perfect for a mom on-the-go or a teen hanging out with friends. Regardless who you are or what you do, we promise you will be living in those sneakers, your fancy new yoga tights and that cashmere wrap before your know it.

    Trend Alert- Athleisure

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    SKIN EASY FRENCH TERRY SWEATSHIRT $90

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     COSABELLA TRIESTE TOP $130

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    TRINA TURK CASBAH V NECK DOLMAN TOP $96

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    TRINA TURK MESH MID LENGTH LEGGING $84

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    BEYOND YOGA BIG REVEAL TANK $69.00

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    ANITA MOMENTUM SPORTS BRA  $72.00

  • 5 Things Every Bride To Be Needs Before The Big Day

    Spring is here and the wedding bells have already started ringing! It's wedding season! Wedding season is one of our favorite times of the year because we are able to help so many gorgeous brides get ready for their big day. It is truly an honor to be a small part of helping a bride and her wedding party prepare for such a special and life altering event.  Being in the business for over 40 years now, we have learned a thing or two about prepping brides for their wedding day. We have put together a list of 5 Things Every Bride To Be Needs Before The Big Day because nothing is worse than a stressed out bride!

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    1. Bridal Robe: Every bride needs a pretty robe to get ready in on her wedding day. If you are a bridesmaid or attending the bride's shower, a cute robe makes an excellent gift that is both memorable and she will use again. We love the delicate bridal robe pictured by Eberjey but we also carry a wide variety of robes that is sure to suit your bride to be!

    2. Something Blue: You can't forget about the age old wedding traditions that have been passed down generation after generation. We love the something borrowed and something blue tradition and suggest that every bride puts her own special touch on this fun bridal past time. Wearing blue panties under your gown is a fun way to wear the color without showing it off to your guests. For the Groom's eyes only! We love this pair of blue detailed panties by Eberjey.

    3. Garter: If you plan to do the garter toss or not, it is still fun to wear a lacey garter under your dress. They are so feminine and whimsical and come in a wide variety of styles and colors, the options are truly endless. A garter can also can make a wonderful bridal shower gift from a bridesmaid, close friend or sister. We love this one by Hanky Panky.

    4. Bustier: Selecting a wedding dress is one of the most important decisions you will make before you wedding day, well that is other than selecting the groom. It is also just as important to ensure that you have the correct undergarments to wear under your gorgeous dress. Time and time again brides overlook the importance of the bra or bustier they wear under their dress and then spend the entire day fidgeting and yanking their dress up. Don't be like one of these brides and make sure you get fitted for specialty bridal undergarments at your local lingerie store. They will help assist you in finding a bra or bustier that will fit perfectly underneath. Once you have selected your bra, you might want to look into having your bra sewn into your dress. This will prevent any bra straps or sides showing. This bustier is ultra slimming and our top bridal seller and we would be happy to fit you if you live in the DMV area.

    5. Special Shoes: Even though your dress may be floor length, you most certainly can not forget about the shoes! If you plan to have a photographer capture photos on your wedding day, then you can bet that your wedding shoes will be photographed at least once. So make sure you love them! And our wedding day is the perfect time to splurge on that pair of designer shoes you have been eyeing for years. So be sure to save up and buy the shoes! We loves these classic pumps by Jimmy Choo and these fun heels by Charlotte Olympia. You can also personalize your shoes with these special "I Do" crystals on the bottom of your shoes for your special day.

  • Say Bye Bye To Visible Panty Lines

    First impressions are everything. You meet someone for the first time and you want to leave them with the best possible idea of who you are. So why would you ruin that completely when turn around and all your new acquaintance can see is a horrible case of VPLs (visible panty lines)? How do you get rid of Visible Panty Lines? We have been asked this question more times than we can count, so we have come up with 6 simple steps to Say Bye Bye to Visible Panty Lines:

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    1. First Understand What Causes VPLs: Visible Panty Lines appear when your bottom intersects with the tight elastic of your panties. When the two meet they create unsightly indents and give your gorgeous behind an extremely unflattering appearance. The cut and construction of your panties are the two most important variables when determining if your undergarments are going to show. Also, you have to make sure that your underwear fits you correctly. If they are too small or too big, you can bet your panty lines will be visible. Remember that not all garments are created equal and same goes with our skivvies. Make sure to have your clothing in mind when you select your underwear for the day. Also remember your mirror is your friend. Make sure you give yourself a VPL check before you leave the house and if you can see panty lines showing, so can everyone else. You might want to consider changing.TC Intimates 4144
    2. Shapewear: Shapewear such as Spanx have become increasingly popular over the past few years and we know why. They help slim, smooth and tighten and can be worn by any body type. Shapewear is perfect to wear under body hugging dresses, skirts or jumpsuits that are difficult to find underwear for and on the plus side, you will look even slimmer while eliminating those VPLs all together! The only downside is that they can feel uncomfortable if you aren't used to wearing shapewear. So make sure you try it out at home before you wear to an important event.6j1661-eve-18267-c_16184
    3. Thongs: Thongs sit on the body above where most clothing tends to cling to the rump, making thongs perfect, in most cases, when trying to avoid panty lines. Do beware when you are wearing tight dresses, though. In this case, you may want to opt for a seamless thong with a wider band to avoid any love handle bulge. Also, don't forget about the color of your thong. When you are wearing white, be sure to wear a nude or skin-tone thong and when you wear black, make sure to opt for a dark hue.Commando panties
    4. Seamless:  Typically, laser-cut panties are designed with only one ply of fabric and use no elastic or thread, therefore creating a panty with very little bulk. We all know that cotton underwear is best for our health, but we also know that they can cause unsightly panty lines, too. Save the cotton for bedtime and while you are home on the weekends, but when you are heading out, consider a style that is seamless and will smooth you out.jennifer_lopez_1
    5. Commando: If you are wearing a skin tight dress and you have tried all of the options above and your panties are still showing, then now is the time that you might have to consider going commando. Of course, we don't recommend this, but there are certain cases that no matter what you wear underneath, it is going to show. So in this circumstance, there may not be any other option if you are dead set on wearing the curve hugging garment. Just make sure to be aware when you are maneuvering throughout the night you don't want to pull the infamous “Britney”.lemystere dos nu
    6. Say no to VBLs too: Now that we have solved the panty line problem, we can’t forget about the unsightly bra bulges as well! If you have excess skin that peaks out above your bra on your back or sides, no worries.This is normal but also completely easy to fix. Look for a bra with a wider band that will help smooth out your sides and give you that flawless look that every woman is looking to achieve.
  • Lingerie Trends for Spring 2015

    Now that we have done our spring cleaning and we have made room for new and fresh spring styles, it is time for the fun part - SHOPPING! Now matter how old we get, shopping is still as thrilling now, as it was when we were prom dress shopping at 17. This spring, there are so many fun new trends in fashion and in lingerie and we are here to share them all with you.

    Lingerie Trends For Spring 2015

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    Pretty in Pastel: Master spring's easy elegance with soft pastel shades in both your wardrobe and in your lingerie drawer. Whimsical colors mixed with delicate lace details create the ultimate girly combination. - Model Wearing: Heidi Countour Balconnet Bra - $62

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    Detailed Bras: These detailed bras are so eye-catching that you will want to show them off. This trend may not be for everyone but if you are willing to take the risk, we promise there will be a high reward. Of course you can still wear these bras under your clothing, without showing the entire world but we do love that this trend is catching on and we hope to see much more of it as the temperatures warm up. - Model Wearing:

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    Femme Florals: Botanical prints are sure to be a hot commodity this spring in home, fashion and in lingerie. We love everything about this romantic inspired trend and think that your wardrobe will be sure to flourish with the addition of flower printed bras and panties. - Model Wearing: Marie Jo Axelle T-Shirt Bra - $137

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    Strawberry Ice: Pantone selected this tasteful and tasty color amongst its top 10 colors for Spring of 2015 so we are sure that we will be seeing much more of it this coming season. Strawberry Ice is an updated version of her younger sister pink but the feeling is much more updated and refined. Infuse your underpinnings with some fruity shades and we promise you will be tickled pink! - Model Wearing: Mari Jo Avero Countour Pluge Bra - $120

    There are so many reasons to look forward to the start of spring! When you are ready to to update your lingerie colors this season be sure to drop into Sylene so that we can help you find a color and style that suits you best. And don't forget about our Spring Cleaning Bra and Panty Trade in Event! Trade in your gently used bras for $5 off a new bra purchase and trade in your panties for $2.50 off the purchase of a new pair of panties!

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  • Spring Cleaning: Cleansing Your Lingerie Drawer

    Spring Cleaning: Cleansing Your Lingerie Drawer

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    The weather is warming up and we finally have some extra daylight, which are all signs that point to spring being on its way! After enduring the most dreadful winter ever, we are ready to welcome all the things that come along with this bright and cheery season. And much like how you clean out your closet at the beginning of each season, we think your lingerie drawer should get the same spring cleaning treatment.

    We can all probably agree that there are some things at the bottom of our lingerie drawers that need to be tossed and are borderline questionable. So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty on how you can clean up your lingerie act in these simple steps.

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    Dump Your Drawer: First you have to see what you are working with, so dump your bra and panty drawer on your floor and start creating piles. Create groups of things you love, things you haven't worn in over a year and things you absolutely hate. Having these three piles will help you start paving the path towards total lingerie organization.

    Love: With the items you love, make sure that you look through them carefully to ensure that your favorite pieces are still in good condition. If they are starting to wear out, make a note of the style and brand so that you can re-purchase your most loved items. Keep the items in great condition and place them back in your drawer.

    No Love: Start going through your pile of items that you haven't touched in a while. Go through each item, one by one and ask yourself why you haven't worn it in over a year. If the bra is old and worn out, toss it. If the straps are worn and the cups are misshapen, throw it out. If it doesn't fit you properly, get rid of it. If there are pieces that you have held onto because they are pretty but not as functional, it’s ok to hold on to them.

    Hate It: If you hate a certain pair of underwear and cringe when you look at them, it is probably safe to say that you can get rid of this item. And if you feel this way about it, there is a good chance others will feel the same way. Place these items into the get rid of pile.

    Donate or Toss: Go through the items that you are ready to part with and sort these pieces into  “Donate” and “Toss” piles. Bras that can be donated should be in good condition, no one wants your old beat up and worn out bra. Also there is no need to donate old briefs with holes in them, those you can toss as well. There are many different places you can donate your bras, including Sylene, in exchange for some killer discounts. Starting today through April 7th, we are offering $5 off the purchase of a new bra with trade in and $2.50 off the purchase of a new panty with trade in.

    Organize: With the items you plan to keep, place them back in your drawer in an organized fashion. Make sure that your bras are stacked in a way that they are not disturbing the form and structure of the bra. If they don't all fit, maybe look into a different storage solution to house your undergarments. We promise keeping them in an orderly fashion will extend the life of your bras. Now you will also have room to add new spring styles into your wardrobe!

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    Be sure to head into Sylene with your gently used bras for discounts on brand new ones! All bras will be donated to the women of Interfaith Works.

     

  • NYFW Spring Swimwear Trends

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    NYFW Spring Swimwear Trends

    It is hard to believe will be transitioning into Spring soon, as we are getting pounded with snow. For many of us it is hard to plan what we are going to wear when we wake up that day, let alone think of what is to come for the next season.  But rest assured, there are some great things to come for Spring and we just had to share them with you! One of the Sylene team members had the opportunity to attend New York Fashion Week last September and she reported back to us on her favorite swimwear trends for spring and what we can expect to see in the near future.

    There were many stand-out trends for Spring that walked down the runways inside Lincoln Center including: lace, ruffles, menswear pieces, mesh, and western inspired looks.  Swimwear made an appearance in many of the runway shows and we were excited at what we saw.  Zimmerman showed dressed up swimwear that almost looked like it could double as evening wear!  They showed high waisted bottoms with ruffles that were paired with bra tops with lace overlay.  They also showed sheer white lace cover-ups that almost had a western chic feel to them.  It is safe to say that we should expect to see lace and ruffles make an appearance in swimwear styles for next year.

    We also caught a few swimwear inspired styles at the Custo Barcelona show where they featured simple bikinis under beautiful mesh open-weave cover-ups with intricate geometric designs.  Seeing multiple mesh looks made us think that this is also a trend that we could be seeing for resort wear for next spring/summer.  They also showed bold printed one pieces with cut-outs and high waisted two-piece styles that had capes!  Although we are not sure how that would translate at the pool or beach, it was interesting to see on the runway.

    At Mara Hoffman we saw beautiful pastel colored suits with high waisted bottoms and some with cut-outs. We also saw beach and lounge wear in bold prints that had a laid back and relaxed feel to them.  Many models that walked down the runway wore baseball caps that seemed to be 90's inspired with a longer than usual brims.  It seems that many designers are beginning to catch on to how important protecting our skin really is and our "hat's off" (literally) to Mara for making it fashionable!

    Spring may seem far away with all of the snow we have been getting but we are pretty excited for the new trends that we saw and our spring styles have already started arriving at Sylene. Come in and take a look at our new Spring styles and we have no doubt you will be on trend for your next beach vacation!

  • The Great Escape

    If you are living on the east coast currently, then you know that the weather has been less than ideal, down right unbearable. We have just been hit with snow and there are rumors that another storm is headed our way. Are you kidding? Where is spring when you need it? Instead of sticking around and braving the frigid temps we are thinking it is about time to plan an escape to somewhere warmer. We have rounded up our favorite new items that we will be packing along with us on our great escape.

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    1. Rayban Round Metal Glasses;  2. Clarins Sunscreen;  3. Vix Nile Bia Bikini;  4. Melissa Odabash Panama Hat;  5. Melissa Odabash Alanna Coverup; 6. Ipanema Laurel Flip Flop

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    Everyone needs one great bikini and this one by Vix is it ladies. It is super flattering and the colors scream beach getaway. Pack this suit along on your vacation and we promise you will want to wear this the entire time! Model wearing the Vix Nile Bia Bikini .

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    Packing a versatile coverup is essentail for any tropical escape and this one is so gorgeous you will be wearing it more than just to the pool. Wear it over your bikini during the day and then pair with jeans or wear a white slip dress under and you are ready for dinner! Model wearing Melissa Odabash Alanna Coverup.

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    A comfy pair of flops are key when packing for a warm weather trip and we love these because they give you a bit of height and the gold detail is super cute. We promise these will be your go-to sandals on your next vacation! Ipanema Laurel Flip Flop

    panama-hat-4888-c_5335Nothing is more important than protecting your skin from the sun, especially your face. This Panama hat by Melissa Odabash fits like a dream and can be worn with almost anything you pack along to the beach! Melissa Odabash Panama Hat

    We wish you safe travels!

  • Fifty Shades Of Grey + Valentine's Day

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    You might actually be living under a rock if you haven't heard of the latest steamy romance novel-turned film, 50 Shades of Grey. The novel was first published in 2011 and has absolutely swept the nation, selling 60 million copies and spawning two sequels, titled Fifty-Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. So it comes at no surprise that most women are a little giddy for the movie to be released on February 13th and we are sure the release date had nothing to do with Valentine's Day at all..

    Along with the the other 200 million women out there who are dying to see this movie, we can absolutely not wait either. Being in the lingerie business ourselves, we are most interested to see what lead character, Anastasia Steele, will be wearing. Seeing as she plays the role of girlfriend to handsome billionaire, Christian Grey, we can only assume her lingerie will be as steamy as the love scenes.

    So if you plan to see 50 Shades of Grey with your valentine, then we suggest you pick out something special for the post show. Because if the movie is anything like the books, well then you better be prepared for things to heat up once you get back home. Check out our top picks for Valentine's Day success below.

     

    IMG_1999Wow your Valentine in this stunning duo by L'Agent Provocateur. Model is pictured featuring the Penelope Corset and Penelope Suspender Brief.

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    Play up the romance in this effortless chic set by L'Agent Provocateur. Model is pictured featuring the Vanesa Basque Corset and Vanesa Mini Brief.

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    Surprise your valentine with something chic yet unexpected! Model is pictured featuring the Mimi Holiday Chocolate Chip Body Suit.

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    You can't go wrong with a flirty silk baby-doll slip like this one from Mimi Holiday! Model is pictured featuring the Zoom Silk Satin Chemise.

    Wishing you all a happy Valentine's Day and please feel free to comment below if you have any lingerie questions for us!

  • Ask The Bra Lady: Jan/Feb Edition

    Love our Ask The Bra Lady section of our newsletter? Well if so, you will be happy to hear that we are now publishing these questions on our blog as well! And if you don't receive our newsletter, let us know so we can change but in the mean time you can find all of her helpful information right here on our blog.

    Q. I’d like to treat myself to a pretty bra and panty set but I wear a large cup size. Is it my imagination or is it that all the pretty, sexy bras are for smaller busted girls? All the bras I see in my size look like harnesses! I would love to find something that is not full coverage. Can you suggest something for an F or G cup girl?

    Alissa N.

    A. We carry many beautiful bras that fit your requirements. And Diamond from Prima Donna’s luxury collection sounds like just what you are looking for. This bra is a deep plunge style with invisible support. Both the bra and panty are crafted from  beautiful corsetry lace, satin ribbon and embellished with ultra-fine details. It is stylish, sensual, and sophisticated. You can’t help but to feel indulged in this set.

    PrimaDonna_Diamond_Black_04_low_resBra 32-44 C-H cups $155, Panty S-XXL $72.

    Q. I have a winter vacation planned to Antigua. I have always prided myself on a nice waistline but something has happened and my middle seems to have become thicker. What type of suit would you suggest for me?

    Kathy M.

    A. There are a number of swimsuit styles that would work for you. We always say you need to enhance the positive while detracting from the negative. A bandeau suit is a good choice as most of us have great shoulders and one’s eyes tend to go upwards naturally. This one from Karla Colletto called “Flounce” camouflages the middle with its cascading ruffle that optically reduces your waistline. With a hidden underwire, you get the bonus of added bust support.

    KarlaColletto_C2015_277000Available in black with moss, red or cobalt flounce in sizes 8-16 $276.

    We want to hear from YOU! Send your questions our way and we would be happy to answer them in our next issue of Ask The Bra Lady and here on our Ask The Bra Lady Blog.

    BraLady@Sylene.com

  • New Year, New Resolutions

    happy_new_year_2_1920As we approach the new year ahead, we look back at the past 365 days and reflect on the good and the bad, what we achieved and what we strive to in the new year. There are many things that we were beyond grateful for in 2014; our loyal customers, family, friends, pets, and our health to name a few. And even though 2014 was a wonderful year, we only hope that the year upon us will be even better. We have laid out or resolutions and are ready to tackle them in 2015! We want to hear what your resolutions are! Share them in the comments below!

    Stay Fit and Committed to Health: Our health is so important to us and as we age it is even more important to stay active and to watch what we eat. This year we are looking to keep consistent and to add something new into our workout routine, to keep things fresh and new!

    Make Time For Me: Many times we work so hard focusing on our business and others around us that we forget to think about ourselves. This year we are going to take a little more “me” time and maybe even indulge in a spa appointment every now and then!

    Spend Quality Time With Friends and Family: This one is huge for us. Family is extremely important to us and we are committed to spending more quality time together in 2015. Whether it is a family trip somewhere or just chatting over coffee, this is something that we will be focusing on in the new year.

    Give Back: We are very blessed to have a roof over our heads, own a successful business and to have a happy and healthy family but many people are not as fortunate. It is important to us to give back to our community and to help others in need and in 2015 we look to do more of this kind of work. We do a lot of giving back through the store, so if you are interested in joining us please comment below so we can inform you when we do so.

    Wishing you a happy and healthy 2015!

    -The Sylene Team

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