World Yoga Day: What To Wear

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World Yoga Day this year falls on Sunday 26th February 2017.

Distinct from International Yoga Day (created by the UN General Council), World Yoga Day was started ten years ago by Berlin-based yoga teacher Samira Radsi.

She and her friends contacted yoga schools around the world to form a “24-hour yoga marathon” with teachers, schools and yogis globally donating their time, space and money to human rights causes. They achieve the marathon by ensuring everyone does their two hour yoga session between 11am and 1pm, whatever their time zones!

Yoga as an exercise regime is over 5,000 years old! 

It is considered so effective because it uses stretching movements to burn calories, tone muscles and promote flexibility physically, while also focusing on the act of breathing to bring benefits to our mental and emotional wellbeing. There are over 100 different types of yoga you can practice from Vinyasa and Ashtanga to Bikram, and more.

With an exercise that involves so much movement and relaxation, it’s important to choose the right clothing to stay comfortable…

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What To Wear To Yoga

Choose specific sport underwear with special moisture-wicking fabric.

This will not only keep you dry and comfortable while you work out, it is also much more hygienic for the most sensitive of body parts when sweat particles are removed from the skin. They will also help to avoid unsightly sweat patches in the wrong places. And definitely avoid anything too frilly that will move around.

Sweating is also important to consider when it comes to the colour choice of your yoga gear.

Light colours will show moisture much more easily and this might make you feel self-conscious – an emotion that doesn’t sit well in the free-flowing, relaxed spirit of yoga. Choosing darker colours such as black, navy or brown will ensure your modesty is protected.

For similar reasons, women will want to invest in a supportive, comfortable sports bra to wear underneath your yoga top. Moisture leads to lighter colours in particular becoming see-through, so a protective layer closer to the skin will make you feel more at ease.

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Freya Active Sonic Underwired Moulded Sports Bra Storm Black

When it comes to style you will want to wear close-fitting garments where possible.

Items like elasticated leggings or skimming capri pants are not only comfortable and supportive, they help the yoga instructor to check your alignment during poses, ensuring you get the most out of your sessions and continue to exercise safely.

If you prefer baggy clothes, harlem pants are a great alternative because of the elasticated waistbands and ankle cuffs.

For men, if you prefer shorts for the breathability during a hot class, a good tip is to wear a pair of sport cycling shorts underneath the looser layer. This helps with moisture wicking while also avoiding any accidental exposure.

Just check that the shorts or trousers you choose allow for a really good range of movement, as some won’t stretch during lunging for example, which is a basic movement in most yoga sessions.

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You might also like to bring a warmer layer with you to yoga, which you can take off during the class.

Often early morning yoga is cold to begin with. Perhaps the room has been empty during the night. Alternatively evening yoga can take place in gyms and studios that are shared spaces and use air conditioning at other times of the day.

If you bring a thin enough zip-top or shawl you can continue to wear it during the class for comfort if you need to. You’ll definitely enjoy using it as a blanket during the nidra – lying down relaxation!

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Tommy Hilfiger Cotton Blend Hoodie

 

What Not To Wear To Yoga

You will want to avoid tight-fitting materials such as spandex which can ride up and cause discomfort as you move between poses. This will interfere with your concentration and ultimately mean you don’t get the best from your time working out.

Similarly, if you go too far the other direction and wear clothes which are very loose, you may find them falling up/down with all the bending over involved. You don’t want to be worrying about being over-exposed with every Downward Dog!

Try to avoid cotton in the underwear department.

Cotton is light-weight and comfortable, however it holds moisture and can become heavy and sticky when wet, which isn’t so great when you’re going to be sweating (particularly during hot yoga like Bikram).

Yoga is traditionally practiced with bare hands and feet so you should avoid socks and gloves, but if you feel like you need more grip on the mat due to sweating, then invest in some quality accessories made for the purpose of sport, so that you don’t end up warmer and more uncomfortable.

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HOM Performance Air Active Long Boxer Brief – Black

Just remember that comfort is of the utmost importance when choosing yoga clothes.

The aim is to wear something that you can forget you are wearing altogether as you relax and concentrate on the task at hand!

And you’ll find all your designer sportswear kit at UtilityBear.com

Loungewear Gets Sexy

We say loungewear, you say…

comfy? Lazy? Sunday spent at home?

What you probably don’t say is “latest celeb fashion trend.”

However since back in 2012, celebrities have been bucking the trend and bringing the indoors outdoors, making pyjamas and loungewear a legitimate fashion statement.

Of course, only certain brands, styles and patterns make it to the “acceptable outside” list, and obviously we stock them all here at UtilityBear.com!

Lounge Pants

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Miranda Kerr is just one of many celebs making a statement in comfy pants – from the quirky patterns to travel long haul to the sports/yoga style for a morning at the park with the kiddies; these cool bottoms are no longer confined to days spent house cleaning or hungover-at-home.

And with some tailored cuts and cute styles from the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and their Iconic Cotton Long Pant, we’re glad this moment has come because it would simply be a waste if no one saw them!

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Joggers

 

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And not of the “sweaty running” variety. No, stars such as Rihanna have been rocking the jogger look in recent years. Sometimes it’s a simple tee or hoodie combo to get to the gym or rehearsals, but more impressive is their integration into urban night-time style.

You could team these Jockey Off-White Melange Jogger Pants with a satin bomber jacket and high heeled boots for a new take on the utility sports luxe trends.

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Yoga Pants

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Ah, the humble yoga pant. No longer confined to the mirrored dance studio or gym-selfie, celebrities like Jessica Alba are regularly papped in a yoga pant ensemble, giving them that just-about-to-work-out look so popular among modern students and mums alike.

And what’s not to love about these Tommy Hilfiger Fitness Cropped Leggings? A stretchy tencel fabric blend for a supportive, stretchy fit and a beautiful navy for all seasons.

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Sexy Pyjamas

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Pajamas/Pyjamas/PJs/Jim Jams… call them what you like, but they have never really entered the real of fashion, despite many designer catwalk and celebrity attempts to make it so. But step in the new era of pyjamas – the slinky, designed pyjama pant, a la Rosie Huntington Whitely.

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To achieve this look yourself Calvin Klein have brought out a beautiful set this season, with loungewear top to match. The Seductive Comfort Lace Trim pant will make you feel as comfy as home when you’re out and about (and looking chic while you do it!)

Hooray for Hoodies

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Hoodies used to be a symbol of teenage rebellion (so much so they were almost banned from retail stores and public places back in the noughties!) But now, celerities are rocking oversized sweaters and hoodies as the acceptable “off day” get up to hid your sins and give your body  a Sunday break from being pushed in, pushed up and taped on a Saturday night!

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Alessandra Ambrosio perfectly captures the trend and the trick, it seems, is to purposely buy a man’s oversized jacket/jumper to give the best effect. Look no further than our Tommy Hilfiger Cotton Blend Hoodie for the ultimate comfort and cut!

 

So stick with us at Utility Bear for all your designer loungewear, pyjama and underwear needs…

The Future of Underwear: in 2017

Happy New Year Grizzlies!

We hope January has been good to you. It’s been good to us.

The cubs at the UtilityBear warehouse have packed more designer sale items than ever before, sent around the globe, with love to all of you!

Of course this time of year the world of fashion is gearing up for Spring Fashion Weeks and a sneak peek at the latest trends. And while the same happens for undies and swimwear, what interests us more is the technicality behind the latest designs.

2017 is the year underwear goes futuristic!

And not in a spaceman way – although that would be pretty cool too, right? No we’re talking about new technologies, production advancements and cool new designs. Pants are becoming Smartypants!

If you want to be ahead of the pack then you’ve come to the right place. Seeing as we’ve educated you on the history of underwear, now let us take you on a tour of where underwear and lingerie is headed in 2017… AND BEYOND!

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Enhancing underwear isn’t just for lady bears.

For the last decade we’ve seen huge advancements in the technology behind what is now affectionately known as “Undie Armour.” Control wear and shape wear started with Spanx and their revolutionary body stockings and has since moved on to slimline, seamless materials incorporated into stunning lingerie designs and everyday wear.

But for too long, the men-folk were forgotten. The focus was on comfort, not style. Until now. We’re seeing a rise in pouch-enhancing technology and designs, aimed primarily at making you look your best when wearing only your boxers, with a helpful lift up and out where it counts! Check out newcomer brand Bjorn Borg for some serious-scaffolding-seam action:

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The majority of modern advancements have come in the field of fabric technology. Big brands are now incorporating moisture wicking capabilities as standard, even in day wear ranges.

But as fans of a good burst of physical exercise ourselves (well, sometimes), we have been super impressed with the performance designs that arrive into us each week. From Jockey Sport’s microfibre range providing breathability and moisture regulation to HOM’s performance trunks that allow the skin to breathe, avoid overheating and a dries quickly, you’ll never again have to worry about the nether regions when working out!

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Forever Frillies

In times gone by designer brands who were confident in the quality of their products would offer a returns policy should anything fall short on customer satisfaction.

Brand whizz kids Sloggi have taken it even further with their Evernew Range. Having invested for years in technology, design and durability, Sloggi are so confident in the endurance of their products that their latest guarantee is more than a return policy. It is completely unlimited and unconditional. Yes, really. They promise to stand behind every single product in the collection.

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If a product does not deliver on their quality promise, customers simply return it to them at any time for an exchange. It’s a game-changer.

But what underwear advancements are we still waiting on?

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Thanks to Nestle Fitness back in 2013, we’d already been introduced to the “tweeting bra” which raised awareness of breast cancer by tweeting each time the celebrity wearer unclasped her bra via a bluetooth sensor.

But now US army medical researchers are developing “smart underwear”with sensors hidden inside the waistbands. The sensors can track heart rate, body temperature and perspiration, and then send all the information back to a central monitor.

Of course in the army, the purpose is to judge which trainees are coping best under stress. But this technology could easily be used with gym-goers for example, bringing the training tracking off your arm or smartphone and straight into your training gear!

Goodbye FitBit, Hello FitBits!

For all your smartypants designer underwear needs, join our VIP Cub Club with your email address online now and Like us on Facebook for the latest competitions and deals!

6 Things To Cheer You Up in January!

Well wasn’t Christmas fun?!

We love all the eating, drinking and sheer merriment mixed in with a big dose of HIBERNATION in front of a roaring fire.

But alas, it must end, as it does every year. January comes and brings with it sales (hooray!) so check out UtilityBear.com for our New Year offers if you’re shopping!

However, if you’re feeling too down of spirit to get out and about, then fear not, we’ve compiled our list of top 6 things that will cheer you through the supposedly “saddest” month of the year…

 

To Feel Better About Yourself…

Sometimes you don’t need a person, or place, as an excuse to just treat yourself.

A new piece of designer underwear underneath even the wooliest of Winter jumpers will make you feel a bit more motivated to attack the day with attitude.

And Tommy Hilfiger brought us the very sets for this at Christmas when they introduced the perfect mix of comfort and style in their new lace bras and briefs:

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Motivation To Hit The Gym…

Sometimes it only takes some cool new gym kit and we suddenly feel better about that 5am alarm call on a cold, dark morning.

HOM to the rescue then, with their new Performance Explorer Trunks that don’t just look good – they come with the latest technology to help you feel good too:

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To Look Good At The Gym…

As if the famous Calvin Klein Bralette couldn’t get any better (it was basically the blogger/celebrity underwear item of the year in 2016!) they’re back with a bang in 2017.

Although it’s not a structured fitness garment, wear the new silver to and from the gym and you’ll feel as funky-fit as you hope to be really soon:

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To Impress The New Year Lady Bears…

Perhaps finding the perfect mate is on your to-do list in 2017?

Well you’d do well to impress in some of the underwear styles we have coming up the lines!

This slick pair from Tommy Hilfiger are one of our favourites just now, and they even come in a gift box, in case it’s your Best-Bear-Buddy who needs a nudge in the right direction with his resolution efforts:

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To Look Forward To Spring…

It isn’t that far away you know, we’re on our way to sunny days, flowers and a literal spring in our big bear steps!

We can see the Spring colour scheme already coming through with brands like Bjorn Borg bringing us dark pastels and brighter check patterns in their popular boxer trunk multipacks:

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Or Curl Up And Keep Hibernating…

Our brand friends know us too well.

Yes us bears like a Winter Party as much as a Summer Picnic, but we also like to chill out too.

So if you’re not up to anymore festivities. If you can’t face tackling the New Year Resolutions just yet, then grab one of our cosy pyjama sets, like this one from Jockey, and just ride that January wave in comfort and style:

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5 Common Underwear Problems And How To Fix Them

Hello again Grizzlies and welcome back to the blog that gives back!

We’re busy at UtilityBear HQ getting our festive stock and promos sorted so keep your eyes peeled for our countdown deals. We’ve also welcomed some new designer brands to the stockroom this month so remember to sign up to our VIP newsletter to get all the latest styles and news straight to your inbox before anyone else.

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In the meantime, we thought we’d impart some more worldly wisdom that we’ve accumulated along the way on our adventure in designer underwear around the world.

This week, we’re tackling the five most common underwear problems (and don’t worry, we come bearing solutions!)

 

Wayward Waistbands

Maybe you’re finding unsightly indentation marks on you skins at the end of the day from a too-tight waistband. Or perhaps the once taut elasticated waistband is now lacking the hold it used to give you. Either way, this is normally a sign that the fit of your underpants are no longer a good fit for you. A simple size-up will avoid marks and chafing, whereas new elasticated microfibre waistbands and synthetic-blend materials will stretch to your shape and give you the support you need.

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Hot Pants

If you’re literally feeling too warm down below – especially if you’re sweating before you even make it inside the gym – then it could be a sign that your underwear is trapping moisture too easily. Cotton is often chosen as a natural fibre, soft against the skin, but actually cotton absorbs moisture. What you really need is breathable materials that are moisture-wicking. Temperature is particularly important for male groins as heat can affect important health issues like fertility.

Wedgie Warfare

There’s nothing worse than finding yourself in a constant wedge battle with your knickers. It’s not just an uncomfortable situation – but one that is awkward to try to fix, especially in public places. With proper fitting underwear, the dreaded wedgie should never happen to you. If it strikes you regularly, particularly in boxers or trunks, in can be caused by a lack of elasticity in the leg bands to keep them in place and in shape.

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Itchy and Scratchy

Aside from health issues, the most common cause of itching in the nether regions is in fact due to the washing detergent we use on our clothes. Many brands of laundry detergent have high levels of things like perfume or cleaning chemicals. The best way to avoid this is to opt for a hypoallergenic product where possible, preferably non-perfumed and ideally made for sensitive skin; which is exactly what your private parts consist of!

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Most lady bears will know this pain, as will some grizzly men-folk. When you’ve picked the perfect outfit to suit your mood, the weather and the occasion – one that will make you feel your best… but you can’t wear it because the specific underwear you need to go with it is in the laundry. Thats why we often suggest buying at least 3 sets of everything you might need from colour combinations of whites, blacks and nudes, to a selection of shapes in items like briefs and bras that will sit seamlessly beneath your clothes and give you the hidden support you need to look your best.

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So look after your “bear bums” Grizzlies!

How To REALLY Wash Your Underwear

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We deal in the best underwear at UtilityBear.com

We hunt it down, travelling over countries and oceans, to meet the best designers and bring you the best deals.

But once we send your goodies to you in our bear-themed boxes, well then it’s up to you to keep them looking fine and feeling great for as long as possible.

So we felt it was our duty to call out some underwear myths and share some grizzly tips that we’ve learned by working with some of the world’s greatest brands:

 

How To Wash Bras

When we think about the importance of washing lingerie correctly, it’s never more important than with bras.

That’s because they can lose their shape easily. The elastic can wear out and any underwire can eventually push through the material encasing it. All these elements need to be looked after to ensure a bra keeps providing the optimum support.

Regular washing every few wears (2-3) is recommended, meaning Lady Bears will need enough of each colour and style to allow for rotation.

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Hand washing is by far the best method. It allows for gentle soaking (obviously using a gentle detergent, too) and rinsing in cooler water. Then simply hang to air-dry. Though do avoid bright sunlight, which can fade colours!

If you feel you have to machine wash, try to use a cool cycle with a gentle spin, while the bra is clasped shut but NEVER use the tumble dryer afterwards. The hot air can break down the spandex that gives bras their elasticity!

 

How To Wash Boxers and Knickers

Most basic every day underwear (unless specifically created for sport) is designed to be machine washable on a daily basis.

The natural materials like cotton cope best in medium-to-gentle cycles in water that isn’t hot, as this can break down the fibres and elastic. The labels will usually guide you as to the optimum suggested washing machine setting.

You’ll ideally want to wash these bottom-half underwear items after every wear as they will quickly get smelly, if not dirty.

Hand-washing is often the preferred method by designers, if you want the items to last longer, but regardless of your method a non-alcohol detergent is definitely advised. Not least because you wear these items close to your sensitive skin for long periods of time.

Again for drying, as with bras, hanging in shape to line dry would be the best idea for pants and boxers. Some every day items can be dried in a dryer on a cooler setting, but you should still check regularly for any loss of elasticity or shape.

This is why we usually recommend upgrading to new underwear at least every 6-9 months, to ensure you’re getting the optimum in support from your styles and fabrics.

 

How To Wash Lingerie

Of course we know that underwear and lingerie can be two different beasts.

This is especially true when it comes to maintenance and washing.

Lingerie sets will usually be made with less hardy materials such as silk or lace and include delicate features like bows. Silk should always be professionally dry cleaned where possible, and if not, then definitely hand-washed using cool water and a chlorine-free soap.

If your underwear is sturdy in shape and material but has delicate accent elements, using a laundry bag in the washing machine can prevent these from breaking off or getting caught up in other items of clothing.

Shapewear and control underwear is much like lingerie in its treatment, simply because the fibres involve a lot of elasticity. Therefore, shapewear should be treated like a more delicate garment; hand washed, in cool water with gentle detergent, and air-dried back into shape.

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Laundry Hygiene

Now we realise that much of this washing advice goes against hygiene information around the killing of germs, i.e. the higher the temperature, the better!

And this is true for many household items like towels and bedding, where washing at temperatures above 60 degrees can help to kill bacteria and dust mites.

With delicate lingerie and designer underwear however, it is equally valuable to soak and rinse items repeatedly, to leave them completely clean.

 

Tighty Whiteys!

Although 100% cotton undies can cope with some bleaching to remove stains and brighten the tones, we would advise you stay away from anything chlorine-related for all other underwear items!

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If your underwear is looking tired or your lingerie has seen better days, you’ll get the best designer brands at the best prices with the cubs at UtilityBear.com – the online underwear specialist for your underwear necessities!

 

Add Some Pumkin Spice To Your Underwear Drawer

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Hallowe’en is upon us, Grizzlies, but that doesn’t mean that the dark nights bring with them dark and boring underwear.

Far from it, in fact.

Some of our favourite designer underwear brands at UtilityBear.com have ramped up the colours and patterns this season. Perhaps the popularity of Pumpkin Spice across food, drink and decoration has made it’s way to the fashion world, too.

Gone are the brown and burgundy tones of days gone by…

Instead, feast your eyes on these latest arrivals!

The Calvin Klein superior cotton low-rise jersey trunk get’s a seasonal twist with deep blue, rust orange and mint-grey in the latest three pack (from £36.00).

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Tommy Hilfiger have upped their trunk game, too, with the latest Icon Trunk 2-pack. The high quality cotton fit remains the same, as does the signature logo waistband. But the art-deco take on the military camo is a seasonal must-have (from £35.00).

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“Baby, it’s cold outside…” but it’s warm in here, thanks to Jockey’s famous cotton long-pants twin packs. This season, they’ve ditched tradition to bring the thermal trend bang up-to-date with cool blue and checked designs (from £54.99).

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If you’re working out, you can now do it in style with a classy update of bright featured waistband on the new HOM performance explorer trunks. The cool camouflage print joins the same breathable fabric and comfortable fit.

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Of course, our email subscribers this week benefitted from a secret, VIP Calvin Klein sale – so you could update your wardrobe FOR LESS by joining the VIP club at UtilityBear.com

Check the new arrivals each week to keep up-to-date with the latest styles and hot, new designers wanting to join our “Cub Club” real soon…

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The Bridget Jones Effect: Big Pants You Are Beautiful!

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The third movie instalment of Helen Fielding’s loveable character Bridget Jones Baby has maintained its place at the top of the cinema lists through out September.

But it seems that self-deprecation and and embarrassing moment humour weren’t the only crazes Bridget Jones made popular again.

If trends in the underwear industry are anything to go by, then big pants are back and they are beautiful!

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Of course when we think of embarrassing big knicker moments, Reneé Zellweger’s portrayal of Bridget in the famous “Hello Mummy” scene with Hugh Grant has no gone down in cinematic history.

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The underwear shown in the film were a far cry from the glamorous or sexy lingerie one would want to be wearing should such a moment arise, but underwear brands have realised the reasons why so many women identified with Bridget’s plight:

We like comfortable underwear. So why not make it look good, too?!

At UtilityBear.com we work with some of the world’s biggest designer brands in underwear, swimwear and lingerie, and we have noticed an upward trend in the styles coming in over the 2016 seasons.

Knickers are getting bigger, utilising more comfortable fabrics, while still maintaining exciting colours and beautiful finishing details.

So we’ve curated some of the best here for you. No need to thank us ladies, we know the score!

Big Pants Can Be Sexy

One look at the latest Triumph Contouring Sensation Highwaist Panty Briefs and you may not recognise modern shareware for being just that – but it is!

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Triumph are one of our favourite brands for shareware because they can do it with style and science! The new breed of Bridget Jones-style “Granny Panties” have come a long way from the big, baggy styles and don’t possess the rigid lines of the first wave of control wear we saw a decade ago.

When it comes to everyday comfort though, we always say you can’t go wrong with a pair of Sloggi briefs. They come in all shapes and sizes for whatever the day will throw at you, but their latest range of Laser Cut Light Hipster Pants are as beautiful as they are impressive.

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The light series uses laser cut technology for a seamless, comfortable design, while the sparkle designs add a touch of glamour. The Sensitive Seric Souplesse fabric is light, highly breathable, moisture-controlling and durable when washed.

Tommy Hilfiger’s Printed Briefs bring the rich Autumnal colours of the season together with a sexy animal print-like pattern and infuse them together in an expertly fitted cut to offer the optimum support and comfort for everyday wear.

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The great thing about this is when paired with the matching lace triangle bra, it makes for a stunning look without the fuss and discomfort of other lingerie sets made only for night-time use.

Of course, usually when we are on the hunt for some glamorous lingerie, we need look n further than our brand friends Fantasie, who do exquisite detailing and figure-enhancing shapes like no one else.

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But the Fantasie Jacqueline Short Briefs are proof that sexy can be supportive and comfortable too. The big pant cut is turned on its head with jacquard detailing and Swiss embroidery for a sultry take on the boy short style.

And we couldn’t possibly talk about impressive pants without mentioning Freya!

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The Freya ranges through Spring/Summer and now into Autumn/Winter have brought us the epitome of elegance. The Freya Chameleon Short is just one example of how a supportive pant cut can be paired with quality craftsmanship and beautiful patterns to create a stunning lingerie look.

To see our full selection of the best designer knickers, pants and lingerie curated around the globe just for you, visit UtilityBear.com and let our cubs do the hard work for you!

Fall Fashion Lingerie Trends 2016

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Autumn Winter fashion runway shows from New York, London and Milan brought us a wealth of new and reborn trends for the coming Fall season.

Some trends are for outerwear only – including layering, metallics and ruffles.

Other trends however, can be updated easily in the underwear drawers of Lady Bears and we’re here to show you how!

Here at UtilityBear.com we believe in bringing the best designer quality and fashion styles to lingerie land and with every new fashion trend comes an equivalent matching item in the underwear drawer.

 

NUDE

Varying tones of nude, camel and rose-gold return this Autumn Winter after their explosion in 2015, showcased for Fall by Céline, Loewe and Valentino among others.

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Calvin Klein have found the perfect tone for this trend; named “Dune” and offered it in both top and bottom matching sets:

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OFF SHOULDER

A trend usually reserved for the Summer months, the off-shoulder peasant look is moving through the Autumn months in both top and dress styles. Bigger, 80s ruffle styles donned the models of Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant too.

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Of course a lack of straps or shoulder fabric requires a good-fitting supportive bra that is also strapless. Thankfully our friends at Fantasie have created one of the best in their smoothing underwear strapless nude bra:

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FLORAL

Floral patterns are a regular feature on catwalks from year-to-year, however we’re most used to seeing them in bright or pastel colours for Springtime. The 2016 floral trend is much earthier in tone, encompassing an array of designs from bright oriental to tight gypsy field. It was seen at Balenciaga and Christian Dior to name a few.

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Again, Fantasie transfer this trend into lingerie better than most in our opinion. The bright Summer styles were a huge success on UtilityBear.com and we expect similar success for the rich, luxurious Autumn-Winter Darcie floral set too:

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LACE

The quintessential trend of the darker months – lace brings an air of vintage style and glamour without compromising on coverage. Keno and Marc Jacobs had a strong ‘Victoriana’ influence for their Fall shows in particular.

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Lace is one trend that converts really well into the underwear fashion trends, as it is so easily added to comfortable shapes. Our latest favourite comes from Jockey who have added lace touches to their bikini briefs, hipster briefs and pyjama shorts for the coming season:

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Whichever fall fashion trend you’re excited to add to your wardrobe this year, you will find all the essential designer pieces in underwear, accessories and bags, for male and female bears at UtilityBear.com!

 

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The 4 Essential Mens T-shirt Styles

We’re all for minimalism here at Utility Bear Towers.

Too much clothes = too much washing and ironing. And we couldn’t do that to the Lady Bears (wee jokes!)

In all seriousness though, we know a fair bit about clothing and underwear by now, seeing as how it’s our business to find the best and bring it to you.

And we’ve learned that the old adage is in fact true; less is more.

If you invest in the right cuts, styles and colours, you can buy just four T-shirt styles that will see your wardrobe through all seasons, trends and occasions:

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1. Crew Neck

Crew neck is the classic T-shirt style made famous by Marlon Brando. You’ll recognise it by the close-cut round neck, short sleeves and the medium-fit around the torso.

Not generally the best idea for wearing under shirts because the sleeve lines show – we’d recommend the tank vests or long-sleeve options below if you’re chilly in the office – however that’s OK, because they look mighty fine on their own. Especially if you throw a groovy design on the front. Not to blow our own trumpet, but…

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However, don’t get carried away with the latest design trends. With all T-shirts it’s a good idea to own a selection of basic , plain colours that underpin any seasonal colour trends: usually white, black and grey. Brands like Tommy Hilfiger will often produce these in handy multipacks for you:

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This way you’ll always have a classic Tee in the wardrobe for any occasion.

 

2. V Neck

Ah V-Neck, the great divider of the men’s fashion world. Some grizzlies love them, others loathe them, largely due to the variation in the depth of the neck that has become popular in modern times.

The fact is, a well-cut V neck T-shirt has its place in your wardrobe, particularly for special nights out where you want a more tailored look. Or perhaps underneath a dress shirt that is unbuttoned at the neck, to show a flash of colour or add depth to a layered look.

Our friends at Jockey often sell basic sets in double packs to ensure there’s always one to hand if you fall behind in the washing!

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3. Tank Top

The vest style is noticeable by the absence of any sleeves. Might seem silly, but actually this makes for a really versatile T-shirt style.

Great for hot Summer days or holidays, when you don’t want the dreaded “Farmer’s Tan” lines on the ol’ biceps. Likewise, in Winter months, tank tops can be worn under shirts and jumpers as an added layer, in the style of a thermal vest.

We always look to Wolsey for these items, because no-one knows under garments for all seasons like the guys who warmed the toes of the first Antarctic explorers!

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4. Long-Sleeve Top

“It’s not a T-shirt!” we hear you cry. Well that’s a debate for another day.

What we can all agree on, is that no essentials wardrobe is complete without a close cut long-sleeve top. It’s one of the most versatile pieces of clothing, worn on its own for a simply-tailored look, or worn underneath casual shirts with the sleeves rolled up.

Like it’s Tank Top cousin, the long sleeved T-shirt can be used to bolster the warm layers of an outfit in colder months, or worn alone for a chic look in warmer climes.

Again, all our designer brands excel in shape, comfort and style when it comes to basics, like this black specimen from Jockey:

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For these essentials and more, remember to come see us at UtilityBear.com on the regular.

We’ve got basics and bravos, from your underwear and clothing essentials to your designer lingerie and lusted-after accessories.