The Chantelle Set that sparked a Revolution

Many of you are probably familiar with Chantelle and their t-shirt bras, but most have not seen or tried their gorgeous fashion pieces.  A few years ago, I purchased the above set in black with blue accents. It's time for a new one, but it's been hard to part ways.  It's more than the exquisite details like the perfect straps and embroidery over stretch lace....or the way the accent colors look like tattoo on the back of the bra and bottoms. We have a history together.  A moment in time when I  felt the first rumblings of an inner revolution. 

I was visiting boutiques with a french lingerie blogger that I had written before arriving. She was lovely and after seeing all the famous spots, we decided to check out a new couture boutique that was appointment only on Rue Royal.  She had never been either and we both sort of giggled at the 13 foot wooden doors and fountained court yard while we waited to be received.  Lingerie here was custom made and very exclusive.  We were met by a very efficient, pencil skirt wearing, impeccable French woman.  

The saleswoman was very discriminating about what colors best matched my skin, what style was most flattering, etc.  She was very proud of her brand's details and finishings, very persuasive that this brand was the best.  Once we were through, I was changing back into my own Chantelle set and she stepped back into the room.  She asked in French what brand I was wearing and complimented the set to my friend. When I said Chantelle she looked surprised and perhaps a little....impressed? 

I felt savvy, grown up... but most importantly "good enough" by my own choice in lingerie. Not an easy emotion when you are standing in your underwear next to a gorgeous French woman.  After goodbyes I walked back to my hotel across the Tuileries and I knew that something had just sparked tremendous change in me.  I felt confident and beautiful and I wanted all my friends to feel the same.  

The strap of this bra has been seen by many of those friends and emulated. We have laughed that it's a revolution...to revolt against hiding and know that we are more than enough...

Check out this show stopper now at Fifth House in Black and Verde (above) coming soon.

Guide to Fall Selections

I took a fabulous trip to Italy this summer which really reinforced many of the themes we talk about at Fifth House. The Italian's passion for quality over quantity, their commitment to style and self, and their refusal to feel guilty about lingering and savoring the good things in life is really a lesson in how to live.

Beauty is self expression and no one demonstrates this better than the Italian woman. She knows her style, what colors work with her complexion and how she wants to feel in her clothes. Great care and planning go into a look that is meant to seem effortless. It's not vanity, but self esteem and more time for living that motivates her to plan.

We want you to feel confident as you build your lingerie collections as well. Our offerings this fall reflect the trends in fashion as well as our guiding philosophy of quality everyday basics.

This picture from our visit to Positano gives a peek at the hues that should make up your fall lingerie drawer. Basics should consist of gorgeous tonal pieces like shades of coral, ivory, champagne or pinks mixed with shades of greys, black and heathered blues. Emphasis should be on quality pieces that are replaced from one season to the next. For fun and color bring in pops of fuscia and plum lace or emerald silk. For special evenings have on hand black lace with hints of sparkling blue or shimmery rose gold. Luxury loungewear and soft pajamas ensure stylish relaxation and round out your collection.