Can't always fathom the appeal of Matt Damon but he does look very dapper on the cover of Esquire, I must say. Anyway, on the fashion pages of the August issue you'll find these rather special briefs by Brazilian designer label Rosa Cha for Speedo. Want to wow 'em on the beach? They're yours for £100.
"I want... a little luxury," says the August issue of Redbook - and Calvin Klein is just the label to provide it. This floral print set (it's called Cashmere, appropriately enough) looks right at home on this treat-yourself page of jewellery and powder puffs. Push-up bra $39, hipster brief $24, US only.
The weather is still rubbish so we might as well go straight into autumn/winter. Trend news? The waist is back, everyone (see Dolce & Gabbana, above left), so here are three of our favourite ways to get that all-important hourglass shape this season.
With the Rugby World Cup around the corner, men's underwear Jockey have converted the try of the year before it even starts. Rugby's hottest young talent and New Zealand All Black player, Dan Carter, is modelling their underwear. Get your Jockey here
My sources say he is the most exciting player and definitely one to watch. After seeing these I'll be watching...
Planning to pay a visit to a Tennessee prison after 6 August? Better not wear a thong, then - or a "water brassiere", for that matter. They've both been banned under new visitation rules, according to tennessean.com. Why? "Prisoners 'don't need any help getting turned on' or out of hand, said Correction Commissioner George Little."
Conclusions? Well, we've now identified this year's Hunk in Trunks, best Sister Act and Best Accessory (clue: it's not the headscarf). Check out our inaugural beach awards here; and do let us know if you disagree with any of our choices .
Devastating news - sales of stockings are down 50 per cent in the last year. It's all down to the popularity of opaque tights and leggings, apparently. The Sun, naturally is very concerned and launched its Save Our Stockings campaign today.
We're with The Sun on this one. One, suspender belts are having a moment right now. Two, how else to accessorise all the forties looks coming through for autumn?
Phew! Loads of figleaves.com mentions in the July 30 issue of Star in the US. Clockwise from top right: Le Mystere's "supportive" Dream Tisha bra, $66; Jezebel's Caress bustier, $45, "for an instant hourglass shape"; Elle Macpherson Intimates Coranto bra, $65 ("wow him with lace"); Felina's Hint of Skin bra, $39 - because "nude works under everything."
Lovely feature in this month's InStyle with everything you ever wanted to know about the bra - and then some. Three figleaves.com bras were included: the Wacoal push-up iBra, £48 ("ideal for when you want 'invisible' undies"); the Lejaby Tahiva full cup bra, £49, in this season's new mahogany colourway ("an ultra-supportive seamed style, good for bigger busts"); and the Charnos Cherub strapless, £30, ("the ultimate problem-solver for tricky necklines") coming soon in teal.
Some derring-do for you today, courtesy of swimmer, explorer and eco campaigner Lewis Gordon Pugh. He hit the headlines this week when he swam the North Pole dressed in nothing but his Speedos, cap and goggles in order to draw attention to climate change. Want to know more? Read all about the 1km swim in his blog here. PS. The Speedo briefs are a good look but better suited to Marbella, we feel.
image: Jason Roberts Production
Thanks to our friends at Freya for this celeb spot - it's Geri Halliwell taking her Arabella bra out for a trot on Hampstead Heath recently (NB looks lovely if you're doing nothing more strenuous than a light stroll, but if it's proper jogging you're up to then we really would recommend a sports bra).
image: big pictures
We're just off the red eye from Miami, where the world's most influential swimwear show has just finished. And the good news is there are plenty of new trends for next spring/summer. The big colour story is coral - all over for girls with a great tan or skin tone or as a highlight - most effectively with green - for us pasties. More subtly, cosmetic tones are important, particularly a really pretty blush. Metallics come in all hues - from golds at our new brand Shay Todd to turquoisey blues at Cosabella. Print wise, it's animal magic, with all manner of creatures from seahorses to tigers putting in an appearance. Trend wise - think handcrafted. From crochet, to macrame, to knits - yes knits - best seen at Rosa Cha and Vix (pictured). As for embellishment, last season's burnished gold rings have been replaced by enamel and jewels. And our favourite collection - Letarte, which encapsulates most of the above while maintaining its distinctive South Seas handwriting. With many of the collections arriving at figleaves.com this November why not book that winter holiday now?
As the Facebook/MySpace debate rages on (my vote goes to Facebook) it looks like Facebook has entered into one of the other common debates of our time… boxers or briefs?
Of 1000 responses received on the site, a whopping 85 per cent voted boxers.
Here at figleaves.com, we love them both - vote now!
The Swim Miami 2008 shows have kicked off (see the video of last night's LYCRA show, below) and naturally we're all agog to see what Jessica Simpson comes up with for her debut swimwear line, showing Saturday. The figleaves.com team is out there, of course, so watch this space for the latest Miami news as well as the swim trends coming your way for 2008.
Today's fascinating underwear fact: Never mind the invention of the printing press; literacy improved in the Middle Ages thanks to discarded underwear, reports science blog Omni Brain. All to do with the fact that early books were printed on cheap rags (ie. old undies), apparently.
So should we all be chucking out our knickers in order to raise literacy levels today? Well, we'd certainly be a whole lot better at spelling Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana and Diesel if we had some discarded logo waistbands to learn from.