Making Adjustments

It is an art form to wear beautiful JV lingerie. No matter what. When our shapes change, after a diet–or a baby(!), we needn’t turn away from the lingerie side of our lives. It can change  with us. Jane’s Vanity offers a few suggestions. As the song goes, “...the fundamental things apply, as time goes by.” 

We recommend, as time goes by, that you collect some professional friends. Our special favorite in Portland is Thuy Thu Ho and her Tailor Chic Tailoring and Alterations at 1031 SW Morrison. Be charmed by her deft reshaping of a bra or panty. She can shorten hems and cuffs, too. Actually, she’s a magician.

You might also create your own kit of “notions,” such as assorted-color bra extenders and some “chicken cutlets” of various sizes (also called breast enhancers). Keep these handy shape shifters nearby when you’re in the mood for a  personal lingerie and loungewear fashion show. It’s a serious business that will take some time. And a mirror. As you readjust straps etc, you can experiment with new ways to wear your favorites. And catch what needs alteration, mending, or a gentle bath in Soak, a liquid laundry soap for delicates. Give your lingerie storage some love, too, with an eye to charm and visibility.

Speaking of mending, you can do it. Falke stockings, for example, are so well-made that they will last for years with a bit of attention. If your hosiery develops a hole or snag, you can usually fix it. Not sure how to proceed? Watch a video. Some of our nicest chats with friends have been conducted while sitting by a sunny window with needle and thread.

Although our friend Cora Harrington is no longer writing her blog “The Lingerie Addict,” the content remains online. And her book, In Intimate Detail, is available in hardback or on Kindle. Harrington has a lot to say about care of yourself as well as your lingerie.

Washing, mending, and rethinking are all fine. But the key to the lingerie life is to wear it. We wish you the daily boost of doing just that, in your Jane’s Vanity sparkling best.

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