7 Tips for Buying Lingerie

Watch any fashion makeover and you’ll find that what you wear underneath certain garments is just as important as the clothes themselves. An ill-fitting bra can turn even the chicest sheath into a fashion fail, and panty lines will instantly detract from form-fitting pants.

Quality lingerie can be pricey but is ultimately worth the investment. And like most things, intimates often go on sale and can be found at a great discount if you know where and when to look. Here are several tips from Kendall Perez on finding lingerie for less, as well as ways to extend their shelf life.

1. Get Fitted
Before you even think about buying a new bra, get fitted. Retailers like Macy’s and Nordstrom offer bra fittings, along with lingerie specialty stores like Victoria’s Secret. You may assume that by now, you know what size fits you best, but you might be surprised what you can learn from a professional. Check out Good Housekeeping’s article on what to expect.

2. Know Your Brands
You can find great deals on bras from discount retailers like TJMaxx and Ross, but you need to know your brands before you buy. A cheap bra will fall apart quickly, so avoid purchasing just any type for budget’s sake. Wacoal, Maidenform, Calvin Klein and Vanity Fair are all top quality and can typically be found at these stores for reasonable prices.

3. Shop Online
Once you’ve been properly fitted, ordering online will be easier than ever and allow you to take advantage of great deals. For example, I can use the size and style reference card provided to me by a Victoria’s Secret salesperson and take advantage of their online coupons from FreeShipping.org without sacrificing fit.

4. Take Care
As with most things, taking proper care of bras will increase their longevity. Hand wash delicate garments in cold water with gentle detergents. Alternatively, place bras in a mesh bag and wash on the delicate cycle to prevent any snagging. Always hang dry and take a queue from lingerie stores for storage: Place bras in rows within in your dresser drawer.

5. Quantity Counts
In addition to taking proper care of your undergarments, owning multiple bras will keep each one from wearing out too soon. Be sure your boudoir includes the basics, like a nude or skin-tone bra to wear under white garments. For other must-haves, consult this list from The Budget Fashionista.

6. Buy Multipurpose
Though it’s important to own multiple bras, it’s also helpful to own a bra that can adapt to numerous styles. Most brands offer a bra with adjustable straps which you can use with racerback, strapless, and one shoulder styles, like the Butterfly Convertible Multi-Function Bra by Dominique.

7. Consider Additions
Buying one bra for every style of outfit you own will get pricey fast. Accessories like bra clips, petals and extenders represent an inexpensive way to adapt existing lingerie to the style you want to wear. Nordstrom offers cute, heart-shaped clips for just $8, but you can also find them at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Kendal Perez is a frugal fashionista and bargain shopper who helps fellow shopaholics find hassle-free ways to save money. As the marketing coordinator for Kinoli Inc., site manager for a family of money-saving websites, Kendal has the resources to be an extreme couponer but prefers a less complicated approach to staying in-budget. Kendal has been quoted in such media outlets as CNN Money, FOX, ABC, NPR and Kiplinger Personal Finance. For savings tips and more information, visit HassleFreeSavings.com.

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Beyonce named People’s World’s Most Beautiful Woman 2012

People has named Beyonce their World’s Most Beautiful Woman, 2012. Here’s her cover!

The singer opened up about motherhood (she welcomed her first daughter this year) and her husband Jay-Z.

“I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth … I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth.”

The “Crazy in Love” singer, 30, and her husband of four years, Jay-Z, 42, have gone gaga for Blue, born Jan. 7 in New York City. “She’s just the cutest thing,” gushes Beyoncé, who croons one-of-a-kind tunes to her daughter and professes to “love” changing diapers.

So who does her daughter most resemble? “She looks like Blue,” says Beyoncé, who is back to her pre-pregnancy weight and gearing up for her first post-baby concerts, Memorial Day weekend at the Revel Atlantic City. “She’s her own person.”

“The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy,” she adds. “The word ‘love’ means something completely different now.”

Do you agree with People’s choice? Is Beyonce the most beautiful woman of the year? If not – who would get your vote?

More at People

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Heidi Klum bares all in a new ad for Astor cosmetics!

Heidi Klum has been the face of Astor cosmetics for more than two years, but I had no clue until these new pictures surfaced!

In her latest campaign, the super-model posed completely nude wearing nothing but body paint.

The 38-year-old looks stunning in the new picture. She posted the picture on her Twitter page, and said “I had another fun photo shoot for Astor celebrating color!”

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Get the Look: Nina Dobrev’s Perfect Blowout

This weekend, The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev showed off her always-perfect coif when she attended an environmental benefit in Bel Air for her co-star and off-screen boyfriend Ian Somerhalder’s foundation. What’s the secret to her beach-meets-glam polished, bouncy waves?

Nina’s hairstylist Alicyn Blackman points to the the Black 15in1 Treatment ($20; black15in1.com), a formula that uses keratin and sunflower seed extract to leave strands shiny, frizz-free, and hydrated. “I applied the product from Nina’s roots to ends, then blow-dried her hair until most of the moisture was out,” she said. Blackman created additional texture with a medium-barrel curling iron, then sealed the style with a final spritz.



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