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Tips to select the right shapewear
that you should know

Shapewear is probably the next best thing after lingerie but most of the women don’t know how to make the right choice as it is available in a variety of fabrics and styles. Shapewear is great as it not only helps smoothen bumps but also gives you the confidence when you want to look perfect in those fitted outfits. For those looking to invest in the right shapewear, we have a few handy tips that will help you select the perfect shapewear. So get ready to slip into your new dress.

Tip #1 – Always stick to your size
Most women tend to buy a size smaller hoping that it will give them that extra firmness and a slimmer looking figure. But this leads to bulges and makes you feel uncomfortable and look bigger. Hence, it is important that you measure yourself or get professional help from departmental stores.

Tip #2: Identify your problem areas
There are a variety of shapewear available in the market which serve different purposes and target different problem areas of the body. Here are a few most common ones:

  • Body Shapers – It covers your body from chest to hips and helps tone your chest, back, tummy and hips. It is usually available based on your bra size, so make sure you know your correct size.
  • Bust Shapewear – It enhances your bust more than a push up bra does. It helps you get a sexy cleavage while supporting your bust. This is available in your bra size as well.
  • These are usually worn on your tummy and cover your body from torso/ mid-waist to hips. It helps shape your stomach and hips giving it that sexy toned look.
  • Thigh Shapewear – It covers your stomach, hips and bottoms giving a smooth look with no visible panty lines. These control briefs are available in different lengths ranging from mid-thigh to very short. Some of them have a band at the hem so that they don’t roll up or shift.
  • Waist Shapewear – This helps define your waistline and give it a smooth contour. It covers your body from torso to waist line. This is usually worn to create a smooth curve and tone your tummy. It has multiple hooks where you can adjust the fit.

Tip #3: Know the purpose of your shopping trip
It is very important to keep in mind the occasion for which you will be wearing this shapewear. This will help you decide which one to choose rather than going through a host of different options. Nude is a safe color for regular wear as it matches with most clothes. If you are looking to buy for a special occasion, you may pick one depending on your outfit.

Tip #4: Choose the right color
The most easily available colors in the market are white, black and nude although many brands are experimenting with bold colors. Opt for nude if you are looking for daily wear or something to go under sheer clothes. For darker colored outfits, choosing the right color is not really important.

With many brands having their range of shapewear, it is critical to try them and understand which one fits you the best. Also, check the fabric before buying, especially if it is going to be used on a regular basis. The material should be breathable and seamless so that it is comfortable and does not show any lines under fitted dresses.

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How to pick the perfect swimwear
Tips that you don’t want to miss

You might love the beach, pool or simply soaking in the sun to get a tan but let’s admit it: trying to find the right swimwear is a dilemma that most women face. We all have certain problem areas that we are insecure about and want to hide. Here are some tips on how to find that perfect bathing suit.

Body type: Athletic
How to know? You know you are athletic when you have similar body proportions without a well defined waist.
Styles & Silhouettes: Give a flirty look and go for frills, pleats and embellishments to enhance your hips and busts. Bikinis are a good choice as they help break the straight line and give an illusion of curves. You can also try push-up cups and knotted top styles to enhance your cleavage.
Colours: Feel free to experiment with bright colours, prints and textures.
Faux pas: Avoid wearing bandeaus. They will give you a flatter look.

Body type: Apple-shaped
How to know? Women with an apple-shaped body are top heavy. They have broad shoulders, wide torso and a fuller bust.
Styles & Silhouettes: Opt for halter neck swimsuits with thicker straps and good underwire cups. These are great as they will give you good support, will prevent sagging and make you feel comfortable.
Colours: Light colours and small prints work well for those with a fuller bust line. You can also go with a plain top and a patterned bottom to divert the attention from the top.
Faux pas: Frilly and thin strapped tops should be avoided. Stay away from bandeaus as they will not be able to give you good support.

Body type: Pear-shaped
How to know? You are a little wider/ heavier on the bottom as compared to the top.
Styles & Silhouettes: To flatter your body shape, try matching an eye catching bikini top with a darker bottom. This will help shift the attention. You can also opt for higher cut bottoms as they take the eyes away from your lower body and give the illusion of longer legs. A great option is deep V-cut swimsuits to enhance cleavage.
Colours: Black and darker colours are great as they have a slimming effect.
Faux pas: Stay away from boy shorts, skirted style swimsuits, big prints, frilly and other heavy detailing around the hips as they will draw unnecessary attention towards your bottom.

Body type: Hourglass.
How to know? You have those enviable great curves with a tiny waistline.
Styles & Silhouettes: Girls with an hourglass figure are the most blessed ones as they can sport most styles. Feel free to play with colours, prints, graphics and different cuts, anything that will enhance those sexy curves. You can also choose belted styles or swimsuits with detailing at the waist to show off your waistline. Mesh and lace inserts look fabulous as well.
Colours: Experiment with different colours but stick to matching bikinis.
Faux pas: Don’t mix and match your tops and bottoms as they might end up making your body look disproportional.

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Bridal makeup tips and tricks
to get that glowing look

Planning your outfit, jewellery, lingerie and shoes are some of the essentials to-do things on your wedding list. But probably the key part is your wedding makeup. After all, you will be the centre of attention and would love to have your family, friends and guests admire your beauty. Whether you are doing your makeup yourself or hiring a makeup artist, here are some quick and simple tips to get that flawless look on your D-day.

Choosing a good makeup artist: When selecting a wedding makeup artist, make sure that he is comfortable with customizing the makeup according to your face, wedding location and time. He should be used to working with different tones and shades and working according to different light settings. Always ask for a small trial so that you know what you are going in for and can discuss the makeup accordingly. If you are doing your own makeup, practice for a couple of days and click some pictures so that there is no chaos on the wedding day.

Dress & personality: Your makeup should reflect your outfit and personal style. You need to look good but having a pancake of makeup on will end up making you look anything but you. Experimenting drastically with your look might end up making you feel uncomfortable. If you are more outgoing and sexy, play with bold colours, coloured eyeshadows and deep red lipsticks. For the more shy and reserved ones, pink, peaches and neutral tones look the best.

Skin tone: Your makeup should complement the colour of your skin tone. The idea is to highlight your best features and conceal some to give a flawless and radiant look. After all, everyone is going to be looking at you. If you are fair, bright reds and oranges will really help enhance the colour of your skin. For olive skinned women, choosing a good foundation is the key. Deep reds and maroons are great colours.

Wedding location and time of day: The colour palette that you pick will really depend upon the location & time of the wedding. If you are having a beach, outdoors or day wedding, opt for a more natural look with pinkish and peachy tones. With those having a ballroom or evening wedding, colours liked red, copper & smoky eyes work really well.

A few other tricks:

  • Wearing a darker eyeliner and mascara than usual really helps your eyes stand out in pictures. Play with eyeshadows. Start with a darker shade on the exterior of your eyelids and then move onto a lighter shade to highlight those beautiful eyes.
  • Never skip on the primer. A primer is a very essential step before you start applying foundation. It helps even out skin tone and serves as a great base for long lasting makeup. You will definitely need your makeup to last through all the dancing, eating and crying.
  • Apply a little more makeup than usual as all the heavy lighting will definitely tone down your makeup.
  • Don’t use a lip liner that is darker than your lipstick or lipgloss. This gives a very harsh and uneven look.
  • Always carry your wedding dress or a picture or a fabric swatch for the trial makeup. This will help the artist understand the colours and help you plan and decide your look accordingly.

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Cotton Crush
The “not so boring” everyday bras

American actress and model Paz de la Huerta, may have found her fetish in lingerie just like millions of women world over. The one thing that differentiates and identifies the individuality of these women is the idea of ‘sexy’.

With temperatures rising (literally) in a tropical climate in the sub- continent like ours, sexy just got a new meaning. It’s not the Nylon blended push up bras or the likes. It’s the cotton bra! The boring and monotonous undergarment just got spunkier this summer with bright and fun colors that keep the summers alive and skin breathing!

It is no unknown fact that cotton is the fabric of summer! Coco Chanel may have quoted saying she doesn’t wear bras and one might think it is ideal to go braless this season, but wearing light cotton undergarments always help stay more comfortable and cool. A common misconception about such bras is that they offer no support. However, this has been proved wrong with the fashion changes of recent times.

PrettySecrets has been the first to identify this trend with the launch of the comfy fit bras. With the scorching heat and monsoons round the corner, this new collection is the best thing that can happen to your lingerie closet!

Floral prints, polka dots, pop colors and pastels mark the beginning of this fun season which is ideal to show off your sexy lingerie worn under tank tops or sheer kaftans. Cotton bras are exactly what they sound like – bras made with cotton. Some of these feature cotton only in the cups, while other bras are cotton all over. Many of today’s modern lingerie are usually blends containing some cotton but also other materials to help provide more structure and stretch resistance.

The best feature about cotton bras is that they can be worn by women of all body types. This unprejudiced piece of lingerie is perfect for:

  • Women who adore comfort and find synthetic materials cause discomfort
  • Women who Women with allergies to certain materials
  • Women who prefer natural materials

So ladies, don’t hesitate to experiment with the good ol’ cotton and bring a sexy twist to your summer essential!

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Wardrobe essentials
every stylish girl must have

A girl can never have too much of anything, be it clothes, shoes or bags. It’s familiar when a woman stands in front of her closet and says “Oh my god, I have nothing to wear.” But there are some classic items that will make up the foundation of your wardrobe and can be just worn anytime. Check out these staples that are essential for every fashionista.

Sexy Lingerie: What’s on the inside reflects outside. Good fitting lingerie is essential as it affects your body shape, posture and confidence. Invest in some basics such as a T-shirt bra for your regular T-shirts/ tops, a lacy push up bra for those parties and night-outs and seamless panties to hide visible lines under your denims and dresses.

Plain white tee: A basic white tee is easy to wear and really versatile. You can wear it tucked under a pair of skinny jeans, a blazer or a skirt. They go really well with all printed pants too. Add on some accessories or even a scarf and you are ready!

Skinny Denims: A pair of skinny blue jeans are essential for every stylish girl and can just go about with anything and can be worn anywhere. Be sure to find the right size and fit.

Little Black Dress: A staple in every woman’s wardrobe, the little black dress was popularized by Coco Chanel in the 1920s. Since then the dress has remained timeless, chic and fun and can be worn on any occasion, casual or formal. Make sure to choose a silhouette that flatters your body. Pair it with the right accessory such as a string of pearls or strappy red sandals or even a fresh hairstyle and you are good to go.

Lounge wear: Every girl needs a pair of soft, fun and comfy lounge wear for the evening after a day of hard work. Choose a pair of lightweight pajamas and top and do experiment with different prints.

Oversized Sunglasses: When size matters, nothing is more glamorous than a pair of oversized sunglasses. They are great to protect your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun and add that extra oomph to your face. Choose a style and shape that suits your face.

A big handbag: A nice handbag is a great reflection of your personality. It is very fashionable and is great to fit in anything such as phone, wallet, keys, iPad, hair brush, lip balm and other daily essentials. A good quality neutral or black leather bag will match with any outfit.

Statement Jewelry: Jewelry is a girl’s best friend. Any jewellery such as a neckpiece, bold cuffs or delicate earrings add a feminine touch and are apt to go with any look.

Red ballet flats: They are casual, comfortable and can be worn with anything. But how about a pair of red flats instead of black? They are striking and can be worn with any dress, shorts or even a good pair of denims.

Strappy Heels: Black, silver or gold…a pair of strappy heels make your legs look taller, sexier and can be perfectly paired with any cocktail dress.

3 fun ways to show off your bra
3 fun ways to show off your bra
Make a style statement!

Gone are the days when showing your bra was considered trashy. Revolutionize your lingerie drawer as now, there is a lot more that you can do with it. Showing off your bra is a new fashion statement. If your bra shows off your outfit, it becomes a really important part of your look. Here are some fun and sexy ways to rock those visible bras and bra straps. Go for it!

Add a colour contrast: Pull out those sheer chiffon and lace tops from your wardrobe and pair them with pop coloured bras. Try and stay away from basic coloured bras such as white and nude. Be experimental! Wearing bright coloured lingerie can really help liven your day. For an everyday casual look, you can also wear a basic tank with a contrast bra. If your bra is going to show, make it look deliberate.

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Show off those trims: Your lacy and embroidered bras can be perfectly paired with loose boyfriend shirts and cut out tank tops. You can also add a delicate look and pair these lace bras with your cute V-neck or oversized tanks and let the lace peek out of the neckline. Sometimes, showing a bit of lace is sexier than showing the entire bra. Team it with a pair of jeans and high heels.

show off trims

Button down: Wearing a nude or white coloured bra with a white shirt might not seem very exciting. Play with colours and prints and add a contrast with a bright coloured bra. For printed shirts, pair them with plain colours. Unbutton the top two or three buttons and show off your bra or bandeau with style. Team it with jeans, tights or shorts.

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Do’s and Don’ts of showing off your bra outdoors:

  • Make sure that your bra fits well. This is really important if you want people looking at your bra. Moreover, the fitting will affect your posture and the way your clothes fit.
  • Don’t show off your everyday dirty torn bras. Avoid colours such as flesh coloured tones or nudes as they just look odd.
  • Do style it well. Try and match your bra to your top or outfit so that it looks well coordinated. If you are a beginner, start with a basic white/black bra or black lace bra before you go on to experiment with different colours.
  • Don’t wear a bra as a top. Unless, you are lazing at the beach, your bra is not a shirt or a top.
  • Sport the look with confidence. Don’t appear uncomfortable or fidget with it.
  • Wear a proper bra. Opt for full coverage bras for your sheer and lace tops. For strapless dresses and tanks, you can wear multi-way bras with embellished or fancy straps.

Image Credits:

  • Colour contrast: www.fashionara.com
  • Show off trims: blog.surfstitch.com
  • Button down: thestyletab.blogspot.in

Beat the rains
Beat the rains
With these 5 simple indoor exercises

Are the rains dampening your outdoor workouts?

If you love running outside or can’t help but getting wet while going to the gym, try out these 5 simple exercises that will keep you fit during the monsoons. They can be easily done at home without any equipment and will help you stay in great shape even in the rainy season. Get set go!

Push-Ups: Lie down on your stomach on the floor or a yoga mat. Now push your body upwards with your palms and toes touching the floor. Then come down and try to touch your chest as close to the floor as possible and then push up again. Do 20 reps.

Jump Squats: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Lower and push your hips backwards keeping your back straight as if you are sitting on a chair. Then jump as high as you can and when you land, lower your body in a squat position. Repeat and do 20 reps.

Plank: Get into a push up position on the floor. Now bend your elbows and rest your weight on your forearms. Your body should be in a straight line and the elbows should be beneath your shoulders. Hold on for about 30 seconds. Repeat thrice.

High Knees: Stand in one position and bring your knees high up to your chest as fast as you can. Switch legs and use your abs while doing this workout. Repeat and do 30 reps.

Burpees: Burpees are great as they don’t need any equipment and work your entire body. Start in a standing position with your feet a bit apart. Now, lower your body by squatting and placing your hands in front of you on the floor. Kick your legs back and come to a push up position. Then, raise your chest and kick your legs back to the original position. Stand up with your hands raised and jump to clap. Do about 15-20 reps.

To start with, do these exercises slowly. It is important to practice the right form and maintain a good posture. You can always increase the intensity of the workout by gradually increasing the number of repetitions. Make sure to wear comfortable and supportive activewear, especially a good fitting sport bra.

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Make your Valentine’s Day special
We have the scoop

With Valentine’s Day round the corner, couples in the city are trying to come up with the best plan to spend the day with their loved ones

For those who run out of ideas, PS has listed few ideas that can make the day special for you and your loved one.

  • Stay back home! Switch off your phones, cook a meal and watch a romantic film together.
  • Organize a romantic getaway.
  • Spa day for two.
  • Go dancing, it is another way to hot things up on Valentine’s Day.
  • And if you are single, fret not! Love yourself.

Buying a gift for your Valentine!

Top 5 best valentine gifts for your lady love

Single on Valentine’s Day?

Be your own Valentine and show yourself some much needed attention — there are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day when you’re single!

  • Make it a girl’s night! Go out and get all the ingredients for those awesome cosmos, grab new pj’s and have a “romcom” movie-a-thon.
  • Treat yourself to a spa day! There’s no reason you don’t deserve a massage too, even if you’re going to see a professional to get one.
  • Have a party! Invite all your single friends over to your place. Entertaining is always so much fun and you won’t feel alone with all of those people at your place.
  • Ask a guy friend! You can totally go on a platonic date, even if you spend the time laughing at all the cheesy couples.
  • Go to the gym! Not romantic, but if you’re frustrated that you haven’t found that person to spend your life with, use that energy and focus it into a great workout. You’ll leave feeling energized and better than when you went in.

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How to buy Bridal lingerie
Special day of your life

It is the most special day of your life, we want to help make it just perfect for you…

Imagine the morning of your big day, you’ve just put on your wedding dress, you take a look in the mirror and realise oh no!!

“I can see my bra straps!”

“Gosh these knickers are smaller than I thought!”

Here are some tips prettysecrets would like to share for all you would be brides.

  • Shop for your wedding lingerie with the same amount of scheduling and time that you did for your wedding dress.
  • Go shopping with a person who you share a great comfort level with, who knows your personality and understands your style.
  • Always remember your shopping partner plays an important role in choosing your bridal lingerie.
  • Try the lingerie on with your wedding dress. Just because it fits and looks good on your body does not mean it will fit or look good with your wedding dress.
  • Always go for comfort, satin and silk they are all time favourites for bridal lingerie as they are comfortable. Avoid going for any bra with annoying wires that might cut into your side on the wedding day.
  • Choose the right colour according to your wedding dress. Bridal lingerie is more than just red. Just like the shades of love, passion, lust, and devotion vary, so should the mood and color palette of your lingerie. The new hues that are ruling the roost, include shades of lavender, maroon, rose, purple, and plum.
  • If you have a big bust, avoid styles like push up, cross back, halter neck and strapless.
  • Buy an extra pair of what you plan to wear on your wedding day. Accidents happen ! You can leave the tags on and return them after the wedding if you don’t end up using them.

Bras under blouses

  • Low neckline – If you have decided on a sexy low neckline, you must opt for a strapless bra. Often, brides are unhappy with the kind of support provided by strapless bras. If you fall under this category, go for plunge bras. They provide adequate support and at the same time can be concealed easily.
  • Backless Blouses – Backless blouses are really popular among brides. After all they add an oomph factor to your overall look ! You can pair your backless blouse with an adhesive or stick on bra.
  • Heavy Blouses – Many brides complain about flat bust look when they wear blouses with a lot of stone and bead work. Opt for padded bras, if this problem sounds familiar to you. These bras provide you better shape and add definition to your chest area.
  • Figure Hugging Lehengas – Many brides wear normal underwear only to realise that their panty lines are visible. It is essential to buy good quality seamless underwear which will not show up.

Nightwear

This is your chance to show off your sexy bride side, be it on your first night or your honeymoon. Not sure of what to wear? That’s what we’re here for !

What fabric is more bridal than lace or satin ? It’s sexy yet innocent at the same time.

Honeymoon

A beautiful beach, clear azure sea and a sizzling sunshine. Welcome to your honeymoon! Your honeymoon is all about, luxury, pleasure and romance! So relax and enjoy in style.

Check our Swim & Beach collection

Bridal lingerie should be a reflection of your personal style. Considering that you’ll be on your feet and around cameras all day it’s absolutely essential that you choose lingerie you’re comfortable in.

Check our Bridal collection here http://prettysecrets.com/lingerie/bras/bridal

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Beach Holiday
keeps a doctor away!

Yes, it is true. We give you few health reasons to get yourself to the beach pronto.

  • SUN

Yeah, you heard us right. Exposure to the sun causes our brain to increase production of serotonin – which is the hormone that controls our feelings of happiness and wakefulness. Dont overdo it ! Too much exposure is not good.

  • SOUL

Just lie down and hear the rhythmic and gentle rumble of rolling sea waves, and a cool ocean breeze. Doesn’t it sound destressing?

  • SAND

Walking barefoot in the sand is great for stimulating the muscles in your feet as well as working your calf muscles. The sand also massages the soles of your feet, which improves circulation.

  • SLEEP

Yes, that worn-out feeling after visiting the beach is actually a good thing! The exercise can help you fall asleep faster, as well as remain in a deeper sleep for longer.

TIME TO SHOP FOR THE PERFECT SWIMWEAR

It’s often quite difficult to find the perfect swimwear because we usually face difficulties like where to shop? What to shop? What would flatter your figure and yet keep it stylish. But at prettysecrets.com you will always find a huge variety of swimwear that will take care of all your problems.

The Best Swimsuits for Your Body Type:

  • Small On Top

If you are small on top: Try frills, ruffles or fringes. Embellishments will pump up the volume and will create that optical illusion.

  • A Bit of a Belly

If you have a bit of a belly: Try one piece in Abstract prints. Abstract prints will distract from other unflattering curves.

  • Bigger Booty

If you have a Bigger Booty: Try bottoms with rings. Not only do rings look cute, but they keep your suit from riding up and exposing that extra junk.

  • Busty

If you are Busty: Try a V-neck with a mesh insert. This style shows just the right amount of cleavage and elongates your figure, minimizing the fullness of your breasts.

Tips

  • If you know you’re going to hit the beach the next day or have a pool party planned apply some self-tanner the night before. You will want to shower in the morning so that you are fresh, but the subtle, extra color will make you more confident.
  • Sarongs: They are versatile enough to use as a cover up for just your bottom or as a little dress for more coverage.
  • Ensure you are packed well in time as there’s nothing worse than showing up to the sand or by the pool realizing you forgot something you really needed.
  • Necessities for your beach bag: Suntan lotion, Lip Balm, Leave In Conditioner, Water Bottle, Cleansing Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Sun glasses, Hat, Towel, Magazine or your favorite book.