I love showing a sexy bit of bra, but I can't get away with revealing too much any more. Is there a fashionable bra appropriate for a woman whose 20s are well and truly behind her?
Full Frontal, Happy Valley
The Dictator rules: Ahem. You never need to show a lot to be attractive. Easy? Sure. But sexy? True sexiness is a subtle art (and artifice, when needed). Remember model Eva Herzigova's "Hello Boys" ads for Wonderbra? Well, strike them from your memory. Today's lingerie echoes the casual, athleisure direction of fashion. Enter the bralet. It's racy without looking tarty: think of a lacy, wireless sports bra or a short crop top and you're almost there. For once, let's start at the low end, because we love Cotton On's cheap "bralettes" (HK$79 to HK$119; Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay). They come in numerous types and colours of lace and even a bondage-inspired, tri-shaped style. You'll thank me for introducing you to LoveStories by Dutch designer Marloes Hoedeman. The quirky lingerie label offers sweet and funky soft triangle bralets (HK$500 to HK$650; lanecrawford.com). For luxe versions, visit Sheer (13 Gough Street, Central). And we're in love with the delicate mesh and lace appliqué Boudoir Bras by Fleur of England (HK$1,270 to HK$1,420). Also, don't miss selections by Eberjey, Mimi Holliday and Stella McCartney. It goes without saying, ladies, that the bra must be worn with matching undies. No exceptions.
I've read that anklets are a summer trend and I'm excited to wear one again, but I haven't seen any in the shops. Did the concept make it past the runway shows?
Shackle Me, Sai Kung
The Dictator: Well, this is one I had to see to believe. If you'd told me anklets would make a comeback at leading labels, I'd have torn apart your theory, and probably your judgment in general. Lo and behold, powerhouses such as Chloé have accessorised their spring/summer collections with chain anklets. Chloé's selection includes the Jade brass ankle bracelet with hippy-dippy peace-sign charms (from HK$2,600; Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2175 5091). Call ahead to check stock - these things are popular. Online, IaM by Ileana Makri offers delicate, gold-plated anklets with thunder-bolt, leaf or evil-eye symbols (HK$1,650 to HK$3,450; net-a-porter.com). Jennifer Zeuner captures the look with gold vermeil anklets, each featuring a single symbol, such as a butterfly, a heart or a cross (from HK$1,026; shopbop.com). Exuberant Italian brand Rosantica makes bright, multicoloured, tasseled anklets (HK$1,110 to HK$2,455; net-a-porter.com). Rebecca Minkoff's silver-tone mesh anklet is equally good at causing a stir (from HK$685; rebeccaminkoff.com). But take a hint: the deepest sources of anklets are teen-focused e-retailers such as Urban Outfitters (HK$39 to HK$140). Oh, and you'd better have nice legs and ankles, because an anklet will draw attention to your pins.
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