How to increase the support of your unworn bras.

Every few months you should go through your bra drawer and try on bras that you almost never wear. Check if they are still bras you need and if not, don’t throw them away, this is what you need to do with them and how to give them the most support.

When I think about how my underthing make me feel, they make me confident, I feel beautiful and that I can conquer the world. It is my privilege that lingerie makes me feel like that when there are women in the world who need underwear in order to avoid some of the worst abuse a woman can go through.

Women in poverty who do not have access to clean underwear obviously have the hygiene factor to be concerned about. The huge issue is that a lack of underwear is a problem for many women in countries including Kenya, Zimbabwe and Senegal. Females who do not wear underwear become vulnerable and a target to rapists and sex traffickers. If a woman is wearing underwear, she is seen to have a male in her life who takes care of her, a husband or a father for example. She is basically seen to have a bread winner who can provide this essential piece of clothing making her less likely to become a victim of rape or trafficking.

This problem is very real. In 2012 South Africa’s statistics showed 127.6 for every 100,000 people in the country will encounter rape or some form of sexual assault. This crime is also rarely punished.

So, how can you get more support out of your unworn bras?

There are a few charities that you can send bras to which will transport them to these countries but I want to focus on Smalls For All. Smalls for all was founded in 2009 and since its launch, they have collected 226,858 items of underwear, distributed 152,153 and recycled 34,400 bras at last count this year.

Smalls for All accept never worn or hardly worn bras so if you would like to donate please see how to here, they accept any size. They also collect new packets of children’s underwear ages 3-15, and women’s underwear sizes 8-16. Remember that knickers must be new so when you are doing your next supermarket shop, please consider picking up a packet.

Image taken from the Smalls for All website.


I would suggest teaming up with some friends who have hardly worn bras and post them off together to save on postage and it is better for the environment.

Please do what you can and donate what you can.


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Lingerie as Outerwear AW16

Party season is fast approaching and at Claudia May Lingerie we adore lingerie as outerwear. If you are not keen on the idea of lingerie as outerwear on an everyday basis, an event this season is your opportunity to come out of your comfort zone.

Before we get on to what to pair what with, we want to discuss how to break out of your comfort zone to then feel even more fabulous.

Step one
Question how much of your body you want to show. We have a principle that we choose either our legs or our cleavage. That is just our preference as we like to feel modest in some areas. If you are totally comfortable with bearing more, feel free and embrace your confidence.

Step two
Choose a piece of lingerie that works with your body requirements. If you do not want your nipples on show, find something you can wear a bra under or nipple pasties to keep your nipples at bay.

Step three
Try on your entire outfit a few days before you debut lingerie as outerwear. You want to make sure you do not have a last minute panic before going to an event so allow yourself to see the complete outfit so you can interchange parts of the outfit or start afresh. Remember this is about your comfort and even if you decide to scrap lingerie as outerwear, you can hide a beautiful matching set under normal outfits to boost your confidence.

Our picks for lingerie as outerwear.

We adore pairing a body with a pair of jeans and heels. It is a simple and sophisticated look that many can pull off. Bodies are fitted to your skin but somehow manage to flatter in all of the right places.


This Corolle Body by Maison Lejaby is simple yet sophisticated. It can be worn with a strapless bra underneath for added support but allows you to feel modest as well as sexy. We would recommend wearing a nude strapless bra underneath so you do not deter from the beautiful detailing on the bust. We would pair this with a dark shaded tulle skirt for added sophistication but also for a seasonal look for your autumn and winter parties.

The Bare collection. Janay Body offers a gorgeous low V back. Claudia loves to pair this body with high waisted jeans because of the white band being just where her jeans come up to. She feels as though it works well and brings her waist in.
The bare collection is ultra soft as well as Eco friendly so you can wear this and feel like you are doing the world some good. We would recommend wearing nipple pasties or plasters over your nipples as you can not wear a normal bra under this body because of the back. This product is also available in a stunning coral colour.
We would wear this look for a night out with friends.


If a body isn’t to your taste you could try a camisole top. Despite being nightwear, camisoles, such as the Soie Belle by Maison Lejaby, are far too pretty to never been shown outside of the house. You can wear this as a top out as well as going to bed. We also look for any excuse to wear out most comfortable lounge wear out and about. Pair with any trousers and a simple jacket. This is a perfect look for a more formal, business event.


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