Underwear Talk With Victoria Rafeld- Intimo Lingerie

Underwear matters, trust me when I say this. As a wedding dress designer, I require my brides to have all the appropriate undergarments ready for all of their fittings. And often, this is one of the areas brides struggle with- to find something that sits well under their gown and feel comfortable in all day!

This is why I have asked an expert for you. Victoria from Intimo Lingerie  is so passionate about helping women find the right underwear, especially brides. Here are a few questions we’ve asked Victoria about bridal underwear…

Intimo Lingerie

What made you start The Travelling Bra Boutique? And why you do what you do?

After I had my two children I was looking for a career with the flexibility to work around my family. I didn’t want to have to put my kids in day-long care to work but needed the income. An opportunity arose to work as an Independent Bra Fit Specialist with Intimo Lingerie and I decided to give it a go – it was the best decision I made! On a daily basis I have the pleasure of meeting women and helping them find a bra that fits them perfectly. For many women bra-shopping is not a pleasurable experience, so the service that I offer, making it really easy to bra-shop is so appreciated.

What is the best part about your job?

I frequently see women who have struggled for years to find underwear that really flatter their bodies, and that has a detrimental effect on their self-esteem. When I put a fantastic bra that lifts, separates and is comfortable on a woman who doesn’t feel good about themselves, then layer up with some key pieces from our ready-to-wear clothing range that flatter her shape, the transformation of that woman’s body language is phenomenal. Being able to have such a positive effect on how a woman feels about herself is so humbling and rewarding and the number one reason I love my job.

Being a bra specialist with a prestigious lingerie brand Intimo, you must see a lot of body shapes. What is the most common problem brides are having with their underwear?

Many wedding dresses don’t allow for a standard bra to be worn, so a bride either has to go bra-less or come up with a solution that won’t be seen through the dress. This is especially an issue for bigger busted girls where not wearing a bra really isn’t an option.  The choice of briefs needs to be considered too – they need to be comfortable, invisible and not cling to the fabric of the dress. A string can be a good option, but not always the best choice – sometimes a full, seamless brief is a great option, and comfy too!

What are your 3 favourite pieces from Intimo for brides?

Intimo Everyday Convertible Bra. Australia’s best strapless!! The deep plunging sweetheart neckline makes it invisible under almost everything and it doesn’t fall down or leave red marks.

Intimo Miracle contour bra. Nude seamless

Intimo Allure Midriff Brief. These are control briefs that sit right up under your bra giving a beautiful smooth line and support through the tummy. The lace on the bottom gives a seamless effect. These are actually comfortable enough to be worn all day, and they don’t roll down!

shapewear brief nude seamlessIntimo Smooth Miracle Contour bra. A fabulous option for those brides who really need support on their big day. It provides wonderful lift and shape, is beautifully smoothing and fits sizes right up to a 20G.

Intimo nude strapless

How important is it for brides to have great functional underwear on their special day?

On the most special day of her life, a bride needs to be comfortable first and foremost! If her underwear isn’t working for her, it’s going to be a long uncomfortable day!! It’s important a bride chooses a bra that flatters her shape. Underwear has direct impact on how your clothes sit, and bridal wear is no different. It’s important that right bra and briefs are chosen as that’s going to help the dress sit beautifully on the body.

And just for a bit of fun, what is your favorite cocktail?

It’s a toss up between a Cosmopolitan and an Espresso Martini…depends on my mood!

Want to pick Victoria’s brain or have her fit you in the perfect bridal underwear? Come join us at the Bride Academy and meet her in person. Victoria will be showing us the amazing Intimo range and the perfect undergarment recommendations for different shape wedding gowns.

PS. For all my lovely Cathleen Jia brides, Victoria is available to fit you in store at your first fitting with me! To see the right underwear with your actual wedding gown, now where else do you get this type of service? Just let me know at least 3 weeks before your scheduled fitting.

CJ x