Didn’t get the gift you were looking for? Spoil yourself this holiday season by picking out a Perfect Pair from the 2012 Aerie Limited Edition Holiday Collection! Candles and holiday lights needn’t be the only things that sparkle and shine –let it come from you both now and later when the lights dim. Don’t be shy… ;)
Earlier in the month, I received a big surprise box in the mail. It had pieces from this collection, and everything I pulled out of the box seemed to get prettier and prettier. Aerie is the lingerie and sleepwear line of American Eagle Outfitters. Aerie’s rep said:
“Our focus this holiday is around sparkle, shine and pretty details. Our limited edition bra and underwear collection features sequins, rhinestones and beads!”
I’m going to tell you about these gorgeous bits of lingerie now.
Pictured are a variety of limited edition and newer items. Aerie’s collection combines colors, lace, silk, cinching, shimmer and smolder to wow everyone! Some of these stretch lace panties you might just wear from day to day. Then a night that calls for red lips, higher heels and a little more skin comes along, and parts of the collection may be layered underneath (or instead of) your LBD.
1. Stretch lace panties in tanga, bikini and thong cut. With more than a dozen colors to choose from including nudes, vibrant jewel tones, rich black and bright fluorescents, you can suit almost any outfit with these. They don’t show panty line through pencil skirts, cross my heart! And the lace holds up to multiple machine wash/dry cycles. I happen to be wearing the atomic blue lace tanga as I type this!
I had some trouble with the thongs giving wedgies, but not when wearing tights or pantyhose, oddly enough. Only when I wore them alone under skirts. My teen reviewer with a higher, more athletic tush didn’t have that problem at all. In fact they were her first thong panty, and she took to them beautifully.
Their vintage lace collection doesn’t stop there. This non-itchy, stretchy lace is also on 3/4 length sleeve T’s, camis, nighties and more. See the whole line here.
2. If you want to hide a special gift for him under your dress, the red Hailey bra has lace panels that follow up the straps, and would play a pretty peek-a-boo under the right cardigan or blouse. The website shows “beet” as the available color. My bra is actually bright strawberry red. The cups contain memory foam that molds around your natural shape perfectly and pushes your breasts toward the open, plunging center of the bra. The matching thong features a black and gold bow. These panties drove me crazy the first 2 times I wore them, but a few washings seemed to soften them up so that they would stay in the right place.
3. Just hearing the name Juliet makes one think of romance and insatiability. The Juliet bras are all balconette bras, evoking the heaving bossom image of the Shakespearean heroine gone by. Gold and glittering accent threads weave throughout the lace on the black cups and wings of the black/gold Juliet. Removable push-up pads have their own, soft pockets in each cup. The only drawback we found in wearing this bra is that the band size ran small. If you’re 34″-36″, get the 36. The 34″ fit our reviewers smaller than US dress size 6.
And see that panty with the #3? That gorgeous, matching black and gold panty has a sheer lace back and tiny triangle panel in front. A little exposure, a little sophistication and a lot of sexy! The medium we had is very true to size.
4.The lovely, black bra pictured in #4 is another Juliet balconette trimmed in lace and encrusted in sequins that twinkle in the firelight. It’s still available in black in B&C cups, and we recommend you pick one up soon if you like bling! This bra also has removable push-up pads.
Another sequined option is the Scarlet adjustable cleavage bra. A slider between the cups at the gore of this bra lets you find your va-va-voom in a second! This is totally discreet and I hear stays in place well once adjusted. This bra is also available in a pretty pinot burgundy color (lighter than merlot), which I have seen is also hot for skinny jeans this season.
For a matching sequin thong to go with either bra, Aerie offers the aptly named Aerie sequin thong, which must be a hit because it is selling out quickly!
5. the Reese limited edition Pushup bra in snow blue is a color somewhere between lavender and cornflower. Guilty Pleasures described this set best when they said, “And bows, not just tiny cutesy glued on things, but genuine sewn-in, big, frothy gift wrapping for The Girls. Unfortunately, this piece is sold out. It’s still available in black with gold lace overlay here. The matching panty has a much higher lace waistline for a more vintage look. I found it odd that the large blue bow on the bra was a contrasting indigo blue, while the panty had a matching tone-on-tone blue. This bra does not sacrifice in comfort, however, and our teen review said she can wear it for a full day of school with no problem. It doesn’t poke and the padding isn’t too stiff.
Remember to wrap yourself up for the naughty and nice parts of the season, and stay in touch throughout the year on Aeire’s Facebook page!