Wednesday, 1 January 2014

The Gok Wan Collection

Happy New Year Everyone.
I can't believe the new year is here already, it seems like only yesterday that I was wrapping my Christmas presents and putting them under the tree!  I hope that by now your sales shopping is in full swing and that you've managed to pick up some bargains.
January is always a good time to pick up a gorgeous party dress that you've had your eye on for a reduced price.  Shops like ASOS and Simply Be always have amazingly gorgeous dresses but sometimes they're a little too pricey for our budgets to stretch to, especially at the time of year when we're busy forking out for other peoples presents.
Gok Wan and I 
The undergarments we wear are often crucial to the way that a gorgeous dress looks on our bodies.  Shapewear can really help with this and Gok Wan has some gorgeous pieces available at Simply Be.  Today I'm going to share with you the latest pieces from the Gok Wan range as well as the rest of the line to show you what is available to you when choosing key pieces to wear under your new clothes... or alone- as I'm sure you'll agree, some of these pieces don't want to be covered up!
For his tenth collection, Gok has created a range that is all about glamour and beauty personified with a true 1960's print- dog tooth.  All of the Shapewear is available in dress sizes 12 to 32, back sizes 32 to 46 and cup sizes B to G.  This collection is right up my street!
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All images courtesy of Simply Be
Gok's range of Shapewear is ideal because it does what its supposed to but looks fashionable and sexy while doing it.  The latest collection is all about creating smooth lines, flattering the figure and helping to keep everything where it is ideally supposed to be.
First up is the Gok Wan Waist Slip in a retro black and white dog tooth style that sits under the bust.  This one has a light control fabric that is designed to smooth the waist and tummy creating a gorgeous silhouette.  It comes with detachable suspender straps in both black and neon yellow.
Next are the Gok Wan Pull Me In Pants that are available in black or white and in blush, crush and sweet slate from an earlier collection.  These are designed to give you support around your tummy, bum, hips and thighs all while being comfortable to wear.  They have a medium control power mesh panel, curved front seam boning, gold stitching to the waist and they're highwaisted.  What I like the most about them is that they are super smoothing over the bottom so that you don't get a VPL and they have cut off legs which will stop any chub rub at the thighs which can be so uncomfortable, particularly if you're having to walk quite far.
Then there's the Gok Wan Balconette Bra which comes in either black and white or purple dog tooth style that are both retro and glamorous.  According to Gok, if you liked the Banger Booster bra that he created then you will love his latest design.  The Balconette style bra really enhances the cleavage which is great if you're wearing a lower cut top and you want to show off your assets!  Whether you opt for the black and white or the purple, you'll get two sets of detachable straps- black and neon yellow in the monochrome version and black and purple in the purple version.  The bra matches lots of other pieces in the shapewear range so you'll be able to be all matchy matchy too.
Next up is my personal favourite, the Gok Wan Underwired Bodyshaper that comes in both the purple and the black and white dog tooth style.  I love this because the bra is built into the shape wear itself.  Available in black and white, or purple with the detachable straps I've spoken about above, this is sure to give you light control all over.  I find that these styles are better for larger women as they hold everything in and prevent the Shapewear from rolling down.
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All images courtesy of Simply Be
The Gok Wan High Waisted Control Brief is the perfect accompaniment to the Balconette bra as it comes in both of the colour ways and the same dogtooth style. They're high waisted so they'll offer a light control and will look great under a pencil skirt or highwaisted trousers.  I'm not a fan of briefs as I tend to opt for thongs, since I find that briefs roll down on me but for someone without such dramatic proportions as I (large tummy, small bottom) then these would be great.
The Banger Booster Bra came out with Gok's earlier collection that I posted about here.  Available in black, white and sweet slate, this plunge style bra is designed to be both comfortable and supportive to wear and it is a personal favourite of mine as this is a style of bra that really suits my bust.  It features invisible seaming that enables the back of the band to be completely smooth against the skin, allowing for an even more comfortable fit which you need when you're wearing a bra all day.
Available in black, white and blush, the Curve Controller is designed as a figure fixer, a quick way to achieve smooth lines and an hourglass shape.  I like this one a lot because it gives lots of support and is easy to wear with it being shaped a little like a swimming costume.  It has a powermesh lining at the front and the whole piece is made of a stretchy material.  It has a hook and eye gusset that you can adjust for an accurate fit and the plunge cups are lightly padded.  The great thing about the Curve Controller is that it doesn't give you a VPL and it has straps that can be adjusted to either cross over or become a halter so you'll be able to wear it with so many different outfits.
The ultra sexy Gok Wan Sassy Slip is next up.  Available in black, white and sweet slate it is sexy, glamorous and oh so feminine.  This is a multiway slip that has powermesh inside, a hook and eye gusset and a softly padded bra cups which can be worn strapless.  Don't worry about your boobs coming out to play- the bra of this slip has silicone elastic and centre back fastening to hold you in place.  For added sexiness, there's detachable suspenders, clear straps and gold stitching.  Lush!
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A strapless bra is an absolute staple in my underwear draw as it really makes the difference to so many outfits, especially as I love wearing strapless dresses and boob tubes, particularly on holiday.  The Multiway Banger Booster has extra padding and a silicone edge to offer plenty of support.  It is made of a super soft fabric to ensure that it feels comfortable to wear and it comes with clear straps, if you want to wear them.  This one is available in black or white and in blush and sweet slate from an earlier Gok collection.
The Gok Wan Divine Outline is a body sculptor that you wear with your own bra, to give you softer lines and a smooth shape.  Its available in black and white with gold stitching detail and is made from soft feel fabric that offers a medium level of control.  It has multiway, front padded straps for extra comfort and support too.
Finally for those who love their support pants, the Gok Wan Slicker Knicker is for you.  With all round stretch material, light boning and a front powermesh panel these knickers offer medium control and have an adjustable hook and eye gusset for the ultimate fit.  They're high waisted too to suck you in and prevent rolling, helping you to achieve the look of a smoother tummy.  The seems have the gold stitching that is synonymous with this line and they have a soft, seamless knicker line to help you to avoid having a VPL.
You can shop the full Gok Wan line here.  Let me know what your favourite piece is!
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