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Here at Violet’s Knickers it would be very hard to choose a favourite piece in the wardrobe, but today we have put together what we think are the best buys this week.

We hope you agree.

All items available in Violet’s Wardrobe


Violet & Wren

Ask Violet….How do I know if i need underwired bras?



The short answer is, it’s totally up to you.

In addition to providing additional support, underwire bras often provide lift, separate, and shape the breasts, therefore enhancing the appearance of the breasts under clothing.

Some women experience discomfort from the pressure of the metal wires in the bras that makes them impossible to wear.

Larger breasts are heavier and require additional support. Underwire bras provide this support. This can help to eliminate fatigue over the course of the day. Typically, breasts that are a cup size C or larger benefit from the support provided by an underwire.

A-cup bras do not need underwire because the additional support is not needed, but many women with smaller boobs still wear underwired bras because of the uplift and shaping they create.

The most common reason women choose wire free bras is comfort. They do provide an average amount of support for all types of breasts. They can also last longer and are easier to care for. Wire free bras are also more flexible which makes them more comfortable for pregnant and breastfeeding women who have a tendency to have sensitive and sore breasts. They are also ideal for women recovering from breast surgery.

Every week Violet answers a common and sometimes a not so common lingerie and lifestyle problem.

If you have a question please ‘Ask Violet’

Ask Violet…What exactly is a balcony bra?

Suite B Lovebird Polka dot Bra Violet's KnickersThe balcony bra is wider set and the bra straps are further apart. The cups are typically  half or three-quarter boob coverage.

This is ideal if you want to wear an open,  square or low cut neckline.

It lifts the top half of your breasts, not fully covering them and a rounded cleavage giving you a sexy look.

This style is particularly suited to women with lower set breasts or broader shoulders.

Not suitable for women with narrow or sloping shoulders
0r women who have loose breast tissue

Every week Violet answers a common and sometimes a not so common lingerie and lifestyle problem.

If you have a question please ‘Ask Violet’

Royal Ascot – are you ready?

The Royal Ascot has released on its website a handy little guide as to what to wear to this seasons most fashionable event in sport. This is ideal, as it is also the event with the strictest dress code.

So here we have it, its never too early to plan your wardrobe is it!

Royal Ascot 2014 takes place from the 17-21st June. Visit for more information.


Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater.

Jackets and pashminas may be worn, but the dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code.

Trouser suits are welcome. They should be full length and of matching material and colour.

Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.

Ladies are kindly asked to note the following:
Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted.

Midriffs must be covered.

Fascinators are no longer permitted; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches / 10cm).

Ladies are kindly reminded that formal daywear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows:

Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer.



Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear black or grey morning dress, which must include.

A waistcoat and tie (no cravats)

A black or grey top hat

A gentleman may remove his hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden. The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.

Black shoes



Grandstand Admission racegoers have the choice to follow the dress code for the Grandstand or that of the Royal Enclosure.


Ladies within the main Grandstand Enclosure are encouraged to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion.

Ladies are kindly asked to take particular note of the following:
A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.

Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted.

Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines above (i.e. strapless or sheer strap tops are not permitted).

Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Grandstand Admission dress code.

Midriffs must be covered.

Shorts are not permitted.


Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.

Please note that bare chests are not permitted at any time.

In addition to the dress code advice, please note that fancy dress, novelty and branded or promotional clothing is not allowed within the racecourse during Royal Ascot. There may be instances where a degree of discretion is required in determining compliance with the Royal Ascot dress code. In such instances, reasonable judgement will be exercised.

I adore these beautiful images as inspiration for the grand day, so much so they reminded me of,  yes you know, Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady.



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Felice art Couture a touch of luxuriousness for you flirtatious ones…



Felice art Couture Blossom Chemise and knickers Black - Violet's Knickers 2 copy

Felice art Couture Blossom Chemise and knickers Black

Felice art Couture Luxury Lingerie and Loungewear

Claudia the lady behind Felice is a busy mum of two beautiful children and has a history in design which helped her lead easily into what she does now. She loves the gracefulness and beautiful detail in objects and architecture from eras gone by which lends itself to her designs which have that hint of vintage about them.

Felice lets you invite a little glamour into your life, putting yourself first, looking absolutely gorgeous. Celebrate yourself and that wonderful female shape.

This luxurious collection of fine couture pieces is made from the most beautiful silks and a generous touch of sparkle with glittering Swarovski crystals and made with love, by hand in Germany.

I am so pleased to have Felice in my wardrobe, I do hope you enjoy Claudia’s beautiful luxury lingerie as much as I do. Vx

See below Violet’s little chat she had with Claudia

Felice art Couture cashmere playsuit 21- Violet's Knickers copy

Felice art Couture cashmere playsuit

Felice, meaning ‘happy’ – is used in our family as the second name for girls.
I love the way it has the same meaning in several languages.

Seeing a thought through, transforming all the way from being just a mere vision to finally materializing as this gorgeous item in a chic shop window.

Anyone who​wants a little help to ‘shine’.

Felice items make you feel special and desirable, they have the power to turn a girl into a goddess.

I love working with high quality materials, admire ‘old school’ craftsmanship and thoughtfulness being put into an item – which can be hard to find in the market space of today.

On a fashion level, amongst others, I really admire the works of Elie Saab.

I love to travel and spend time with my family… I have two wonderful children who keep me on my toes.

An awful lot of things! Felice benefits from the quality and excellent craftsmanship of the German studios our items emerge from. And I guess our stockists appreciate our German punctuality…

This must have been living on a tiny little island of the coast of Nicaragua – cooking a top a beach bonfire and washing up the plates in sea by the light of the moon. However I also love my more civilized time outs to places like Ibiza or the Maldives, well equipped with a suitcase full of Felice resort wear.

Shop these amazing pieces and much more at Violet’s Wardrobe

Claudia Felice art Couture

Claudia the designer

50 Life Skills Every Woman Should Know By 50…..

We found this post on the Huffington Post website, and found it very interesting.

Firstly some of them are a bit bemusing and secondly why wait till 50, action now! We particularly like No 3 

1. Recognize a true friend and value their presence in your life.

2. Trim their own bangs.

3. Make a fool of themselves and not worry about what people are saying.

4. Complete their own tax returns.

5. Sharpen knives and carve a roast.

6. Confidently select their own wine.

7. Stock the essential ingredients in a pantry (a pasta, canned tomatoes, good olive oil).

8. Locate all their family’s important papers.

9. Light a grill and then cook on it.

10. Say what they really want in bed.

11. Program and operate their TV (this is easier said than done!).

12. Recognize when to try harder and when to walk away.

13. Whip up an impressive signature dish.

14. Buy bras that really fit and wear clothes that are flattering for their figure.

15. Maintain their own yard.

16. Tell a few really spectacular jokes.

17. Make a case for a cause they believe in.

18. Create a real retirement strategy.

19. Tell off at least one person who deserves it.

20. Recognize when their doctor may not be right and then go on to prove him or her wrong about a particular health concern.

21. Accept a compliment without getting flustered.

22. Say “no” — even to family — without feeling guilty.

23. Make small talk with just about anyone no matter what their age.

24. Put together a piece of “assembly required” furniture.

25. Swim or ski or play tennis.

26. Paint a room.

27. Assemble an emergency First Aid kit.

28. Protect themselves from an attacker.

29. Repair the faucet, toilet and other basic items around the house. (This includes sealing windows and doors too.)

30. Make guests feel comfortable at a party.

31. Shoot and edit a video for family and friends.

32. Use a GPS — and also read a map and use a compass.

33. Give a toast in front of a large group of people.

34. Detect a lie.

35. Negotiate a raise.

36. Tell a good story and also really listen when one is being told.

37. Keep a computer and the information on it secure.

38. Buy or lease a car without getting ripped off.

39. Reach out to a friend and ask for help.

40. Speak a second language — at least a little bit.

41. Enjoy being alone whether traveling, seeing a film or eating out.

42. Manage money digitally.

43. Strike a real balance between work and home.

44. Connect and start a new computer or TV or any other device.

45. Develop a skill that can be passed on to a child or grandchild.

46. Forgive themselves.

47. Change the subject.

48. Shed a toxic friend.

49. Keep a secret.

50. Relax and meditate, confident in the knowledge they will move through the next stage of their life with courage and determination.suki-waterhouse2