Curves Expo: Tia Lyn
During the infrequent downtime I had from my regularly scheduled appointments at the Curves Expo, I perused other vendors and spotted the beautiful Tia Lyn lingerie collection. Last year, a sales rep mentioned the line to me, but our budget was limited. Traditional lingerie pieces needed to take a backseat to expanding our inventory of bra styles and sizes; however, seeing the designs at Curves was wonderful. Tia Lyn greeted me warmly and explained the various collections to me.
Designed specifically for women wanting sophisticated pieces which balance a vintage influence with modern support, the Tia Lyn collection sports high quality materials ranging from satin to lace to silk. Most designs feel timeless and effortlessly glamorous, and all of the items are available from size S to 3XL, making the collection perfect for plus-size women too. Furthermore, Tia Lyn created several pieces which flatter and support up to an H cup without compromising fit. Most of the models at the show were quite busty, and the pieces were still flattering. Since there are no underwires or bra sizes, don’t expect a piece which is going to lift and shape like an Elomi babydoll or a Parfait camisole, but I think these designs would be more comfortable for sleeping or lounging.
The Core Collection focuses on combining the luxuriousness of satin with the elegance of lace for a darkly romantic ambiance. All of the pieces mix well together, thus allowing women to customize their purchase to suit their body and preferences. (Note: Some pictures tread lightly into the NSFW category.)
In addition to the boy short and garter thong, the Core Collection also features a regular short and thong, priced at $28 each. Furthermore, the above pictures are of the Magnet colorway, but there is also a fashion version called Capri which strikingly mixes teal and chocolate.
While the Core Collection wows with sheen and texture, the Essential Collection reinvents the slip and camisole for a new generation. As a girl, I remember my grandmother and mom purchasing slips to wear underneath skirts and dresses, but I, along with most of my generation, never bothered with the idea. Nevertheless, as my lingerie addiction blossoms, I think wearing a slip or camisole is quietly sexy and demure, and the Essential collection succeeds in balancing the practicality of a slip piece with a vintage-inspired aesthetic.
A smaller collection than both the Core and the Essential, the Vintage feels right at home with the other designs with its mix of ornate lace and sheer black mesh.
Tie Dye Collection
Tie Dye has never knocked off my proverbial socks, but I think the subdued ombre quality of these pieces is something I could try. Not to mention, these pieces are oriented more toward lounge wear and are made of high quality jersey fabrics for a comfortable, soft finish.
There is also a silk chemise like the 9306, a shorter capri legging, and a poncho inspired top. Moreover, all of the pieces are available in Coral Ombre, Aqua Ombre, and Coral Tie Dye with some also produced in slate and plain coral. Prices on the collection are higher, but many are silk or other high quality fabrics, making these perfect for a splurge or gift.
As of now, I have two Core Collection items on order to review, but I loved what I saw at Curves. It will be interesting to watch the collection grow and develop, and we will be able to special order items shortly.