• Mistress Cara - Lovehoney's Next Top Model!Having successfully launched the Lovehoney photo uploader and online gallery, it was time to pick our first of Lovehoney's Next Top Model!

    With over 80 brilliant images uploaded in August, it was impossible to pick our favourite, so we used our clever online randomiser to choose a photo from the collection.

    The first of Lovehoney's Next Top Models is the gorgeous Mistress Cara!

    Not only did Mistress Cara upload tonnes of beautiful images but her range of lingerie was astounding. We especially loved all of her latex gear which perfectly complemented her stunning pale skin - we'll have none of that fake-tan here, thanks!

    Mistress Cara received £100 worth of lingerie for being the first winner of Lovehoney's Next Top Model and the lovely warm glow that comes from knowing that you're helping to break down beauty barriers.

    Mistress Cara explained:

    "Winning Lovehoney's Next Top Model competition was amazing, a dream come true. I adore the product range and I can quite honestly say that there is no other website like Lovehoney for top quality goods, value and customer service.

    There is always a buzz of excitement when my postman delivers my Lovehoney order... it just seemed entirely natural to share the images of the beautiful garments with the other customers on Lovehoney so they can see for themselves how sexy and fabulous they are! I'm beyond thrilled at winning... Thank you Lovehoney!"

    You can see more of Mistress Cara's photographs in the online gallery and throughout the lingerie product pages.

    If you want to help redefine what beauty is and be in with a chance of winning £100 worth of lingerie, submit your photos now and maybe you can be Lovehoney's Next Top Model in September!

    Lovehoney's Next Top Model - Upload Your Photos Now!

    As much as we love lingerie here at Lovehoney, we're not so keen on the air-brushed, silicone-enhanced, stick-thin, abnormally-proportioned women that model it.

    Who wants to look at a series of nearly identical models wearing pinned and primped underwear that doesn't even come in their clothes size when you can see the real thing, modelled on real women?

    Lovehoney is renowned for bringing you all the latest and greatest innovations in all things sex toys and lingerie and that is why we've launched our search for models of all shapes and sizes that are willing to show off their lingerie and sexy costume collection!

    Simply take a photo of yourself in your favourite piece of lingerie or your sexiest costume from Lovehoney, find the product page then click the upload link under the model photographs.

    Upload your photos and after they have been checked, they'll appear in your personal gallery, in the Lovehoney gallery and maybe even on the product page too!

    No matter if you're a size 6 or a size 26, it is a well known fact that beauty defies society-enforced limitations, so don't be shy - upload now!

    Not only do you get the confidence booster of seeing your sexy shots online and the chance to have your photos on the product page, but you could also win £100 of lingerie and sexy costumes too!

    Every month, a photo will be chosen at random from the most recent uploads and the winner will get to choose their brand new selection of undies up to £100!

    Screw the bitchiness and predictability of Britain's Next Top Model - Lovehoney's Models are where it's at!
    Lovehoney's Next Top Model

    Find out more about uploading your photos and read up on how to take a great photo too.

    How to Wear Underwear as Outerwear

    It's unbelievably warm outside, even in the shade.

    The second you step out of the shower, you need another one because you're already hot and sweaty.

    Your make-up is running down your face and your hair either looks fried or greasy, with no happy medium.

    All you want to do is walk around in your underwear all day, fanning yourself with anything you can get your hands on!

    Whilst bra and panties may not be a viable option for a day in the office, you can strip down and show off with Lovehoney's fabulous range of underwear which can be worn as outerwear!

    The key to wearing lingerie as clothing this July, is to go simple and classy.

    G World Romantic Camisole and Shorts SetEvery woman is wearing strappy tops and halter-necks this summer but for something a little special that will make you stand out from the crowd, swap your 5 year old H&M vest top for a slinky and sexy camisole.

    G-World have produced a fabulous range of camisoles which can be worn as dual purpose underwear and outerwear.

    The G World Romantic Camisole and Shorts can be worn as a beautiful base layer under a light and airy cotton shirt or can be worn on its own with a pair of understated black trousers - gorgeous office-wear which is sure to impress!

    Due to its dual opaque layers, you're not revealing too much flesh but the underwired cups and delicate mesh detailing keeps it feminine and light - ideal for stuffy offices or shop floors.

    Music Legs Opaque Striped Mini DressAnother alternative is the brilliant Music Legs Opaque Striped Mini Dress. The nautical look is very 'in' this season, so this naughty little number is sure to match something you already own.

    Despite what Trinny and Susannah tell you, horizontal stripes can be very flattering on all figures.

    The stripes actually help to enhance shapely curves and minimize waistlines, whilst giving slimmer figures a boost in all the right areas.

    Team the Music Legs Opaque Striped Mini Dress with a pair of skinny jeans, ballet pumps and a set of bright red beads and you've got that sexy nautical look down cold! Then in the evening, slip out of your work-friendly jeans and you have a lingerie-style dress which is sure to wow onlookers in the clubs and bars.

    Dreamgirl Queen Size Fully Reversible Satin Basque SetIf you're looking for a piece of underwear to be worn as outerwear on a night out, then you need the Dreamgirl Fully Reversible Satin Basque Set.

    Available in regular and plus sizes, this sensual satin set cinches you and pushes you out! Hips, love handles and tummies are all subtly hidden whilst breasts and feminine curves are emphasised due to the strong plastic boning.

    This makes perfect underwear as outerwear as it's opaque yet revealing, simple yet classy and detailed but not overembelished.

    It also has two very wearable and stylish sides which allow you to switch it round if you accidently spill your drink on it or fancy a change of outfit half way through the night!

    So what are the key elements to pulling off wearing underwear as outerwear:

    - Confidence! You know that what you're wearing is technically classed as lingerie - but no one else does. With this thought in mind, wear your outfit with pride and you'll definitely receive a compliment or two!

    - Tone it down. Most work places have a dress code, so wearing nipple tassles and crotchless undies is generally a no-no. Instead, try wearing your lingerie under or over your work outfit. A simple corset such as the Cottelli Classic Satin Corset looks fabulous over a white shirt while the Dreamgirl Satin and Mesh Ruffle Trim Baby Doll Set makes for a fabulously supportive base layer on cool summer evenings.

    - Day to night time. If you're planning on going out straight after work, underwear as outerwear allows you to do that with class, style and sophistication. If you don't feel comfortable wearing lingerie in the office, then simply fold it up and put in your bag for later - some pieces are small enough to fit in even the tiniest of clutch bags!

    Dreamgirl Aqua Diamond Fully Reversible Bikini SetSome people embrace bikini season like a long-lost sibling. Others, like me, are dreading it and hoping it passes by quickly and painlessly.

    But that really shouldn't be the case! Bikinis aren't reserved for size zero women with a tan comparable to well oiled leather, they're for everyone and finding the right size, shape and colour has never been easier.

    This June is potentially going to be one of the hottest ever which is why the bikini should become a staple piece of underwear, swimwear and lingerie for everyone. After all, if you get invited to a spontaneous pool party, you want to be prepared!

    The basic piece everyone should have in their lingerie collection is a triangle bikini. In one of the most flattering fits, the triangle bikini provides support via halter neck straps and a sexy amount of coverage that just hints at the curves that lie beneath.

    Simple and sexy, the triangle bikini can be spiced up with interesting details and sexy patterns, but beware - certain patterns can make your body look bigger or wider than it really is!

    Dreamgirl Aqua Diamond Gold Ring Swimsuit Bikini SetDreamgirl have created a fabulous range of triangle bikinis known as the Aqua Diamond range and one of the highlights of the collection is the Dreamgirl Aqua Diamond Gold Ring Swimsuit Bikini Set.

    Reminiscent of that scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this gorgeous red bikini is particularly flattering on fuller figures.

    The smooth material is surprisingly thick, allowing for extra support to the bust and the tanga-style bottoms have extra coverage to the back - perfect for complementing curves!

    To the front of the bikini top and briefs, there are smooth gold rings which will really offset your tan nicely.

    Dreamgirl Aqua Diamond Ruched and Sequinned BikiniFor slimmer figures there's the Dreamgirl Aqua Diamond Ruched and Sequinned Bikini. If you don't have curves already, this sexy piece of swimwear will create some!

    The gorgeous triangle top is lined with vertically striped sequins that mould around your bust, creating the effect of bigger, fuller breasts.

    Not only does this bikini emphasise your chest, it works wonderfully on flat bums too! The tie sides help to create smooth sexy hips and the back is shirred in the centre, shaping the buttocks into perfect curves.

    Worried about tan lines? Then pick up a C-String bikini! These clever pieces of 'invisible' underwear just slide into place and allow you to tan your thighs, hips, bottom and stomach without the fear of those leftover pale patches.

    They also come in a range of different colours with matching bikini tops too! If you're pale skinned then go for the shimmering red bikini for a stark yet sexy contrast and for darker skin tones, go for the polka dot version - it really highlights your colour!

    Hustler Lingerie Polka Dot BodyIf you're still unsure about flashing your flesh, maybe consider a bikini 'body'. These are designed to be a cross between a bikini and a swimsuit, so give you the cut of a bikini but the coverage of a more substantial piece.

    Hustler Lingerie do a fantastic set of 'body' bikinis - one in sexy polka dots and one in cherry print. As you can see, the key features include:

    - Tight, tie-up bust that pulls the breasts against the body in a curve-creating, support-enhancing fit.
    - Tie side briefs which flatter hips and bums.
    - Extended central section that covers the stomach.
    - Cute patterns and sexy bows that draw the eye to your favourite parts.

    Whichever style and design you prefer, these are all available and in stock at Lovehoney today! And with something to fit every budget, you're sure to pick up a bargain.

    Penthouse Cupcake Bra and Panty SetNow is the time to finish spring cleaning your lingerie drawer with the aid of Lovehoney!

    Get rid of those knickers in boring blacks, throw out those thick laddered tights and update your style with the biggest thing in fashion since the new series of Britain's Next Top Model.

    This season is all about lingerie in pastel colours.

    With an essence of spring time flair and blooming buds, lingerie in light and playful colours is sure to attract the right kind of attention.

    Whilst others are sticking to tired blacks and worn out reds, the sexy and daring amongst us are slipping into lingerie in baby blues and light pinks. Not only do these colours make you stand out from the crowd but they give your skin a healthy, creamy glow which is simply irresistible.

    But if you think pastels look washed out and dated, let Penthouse Lingerie prove you wrong.

    The incredible Penthouse team have created a line of lingerie with a cute cupcake theme which is made up entirely of pastel colours that really pop!

    Penthouse Cupcake CorsetLight pinks, blues and greens are all complemented by fresh white details and the gorgeous cupcake print is stunningly unique.

    The range of lingerie that comes in this cute cupcake theme is pretty exciting too! The Penthouse Cupcake Bra and Panty Set is sure to be a big hit with burlesque beauties and the Cupcake Corset is a definite winner with those who want something sexy to wear out on the town.

    For those who are still scared to take the leap into the sexy world of pastel prints, there's the Penthouse Cupcake Thong and Gift Set. With cute accessories like this, you can add a little bit of candy coloured cuteness to your life, without going the whole hog.

    Dreamgirl Queen Size Underwire Ruffle Trim Baby Doll SetBut what about other pastel pieces? Well for curvier girls there's the simply sexy Dreamgirl Queen Size Underwire Ruffle Trim Baby Doll Set which goes up to a size 24. This teasing little set is highlighted by pastel pink ruffles and baby pink satin bows which are evocative of 1950's French fashion.

    When it comes to the little details, accessorising pastel colours is easy! Get yourself a set of stockings in white or flesh tones and they won't distract from the gorgeous lingerie itself, just complement it.

    Dreamgirl have created a fantastic set of white sheer stay-up stockings that come in plus size too.

    Sheer and sexy, these stockings are designed to be both comfortable and attractive. The wide lace tops have an almost classic look to them while the modern silicone thigh bands ensure that these stay-ups stay up!

    Still unsure if you can pull this style off? Here is the Lovehoney quick-fire guide on how to wear pastel colours:

    • Wearing pastel colours is all about being feminine - accessories should be equally as girly, made up of light colours and materials, and a pretty pair of high heels is a must.
    • Bright and contrasting make-up will give your lingerie a chic and retro look. Bright red lips and feline black eyes add a burlesque twist, whereas pale make-up will just make you look anemic!
    • Pastels give you a flirty and playful look that your partner will love! Hold your head high and play up to your naughty new look by acting confident, even if you don't necessarily feel it - you'll soon reap the rewards!
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