Vacation Mode Activated: The Secret to Packing Like a Pro
By: Taylor Jackson, LSL Brands
Karen Thompson, founder of Lace Silhouettes Lingerie, opened her first store in 1988, located in Bucks County, PA. Thompson had a vision to create a unique shopping experience for women, one that they did not get in other places. Each woman is treated like a "guest in our home." Thompson her staff service guests with everything from bras to panties, to pajamas and everything in between. Today, Lace Silhouettes Lingerie has grown to five other stores in Bucks County; Cotton Company, Village Outfitters, Sunflowers, Signatures, and Fox & Holly as well as store locations in New Jersey. For 35 years, Karen and her staff remains true to the goal of inspiring and empowering women to look and feel their best every day.
According to Karen Thompson, founder and president of Lace Silhouettes Lingerie, the secret to a great vacation starts with the right foundation. I don’t know about you, but underwear is the one thing I always seem to forget to pack – so I wanted to make sure I pack like a pro this year. Thompson sat down with me to discuss her top travel tips for packing everything you need.
What is the first bra you pack when getting ready for a summer getaway?
That’s easy – The Chantelle Révèle Moi. As someone who has been in the lingerie industry for 35 years, I can say this is truly one of my favorite bras. It checks off everything on my list that a bra should have; it’s comfortable, naturally uplifting, supportive, breathable (especially on hot summer days) and beautiful. Most people don’t know this about me, but I actually prefer black bras, even in the summer! A lot of women tend to stick to nudes when the temps rise and the clothing gets lighter, but it’s important to keep black in the mix, too. This bra is a definite must-have in black. The lace detail is stunning. It lifts my girls and my spirits!
What’s the most important foundation piece to pack for a vacation wardrobe?
Definitely a strapless bra. Everyone should have a great fitting strapless bra. My go-to strapless bra is the Chantelle Norah Comfort Strapless Bra. Personally, I struggled with strapless bras for years, I always felt uncomfortable and unsupported in them. Then we started carrying this Chantelle strapless bra and it changed my perspective. I promise I am not being dramatic – I am a 36DD and It’s the only strapless bra that I don’t need to adjust throughout the day. And the hidden underwire and smooth cups give me a natural roundness that flatters any sleeveless or strapless outfit I pack.
What’s your go-to bra when traveling to or from your vacation destination?
The Chantelle SoftStretch Padded V-Neck Bra has been a long-time travel essential of mine. It is the only bra that I travel in! Whether I am traveling by car, train or plane I always want to be comfortable, and I’ll be honest, this wire free bra was a game changer for me. The fabric is lightweight, super stretchy and buttery smooth. But the best part? The pads in this bra are fused in. That means no rolling, shifting or adjusting while wearing or washing. This bra is so comfortable I even wear it to bed. I call it my pajama bra!
It’s time to get personal – What kind of underwear do you pack for vacation?
I love getting personal! I’ll even let you in on a secret. I always get new underwear before a vacation. There is something that I love about having fresh underwear before a trip. I always wear thongs, both on vacation and in my everyday life. My favorite kind are the Chantelle SoftStretch Panties. If you think thongs are uncomfortable then you need to try these. They will make you a believer! They are super soft and stretchy and feel like you are wearing nothing at all. Did I mention they are one size? It makes it so easy for me grab my quick pantie refresh before I go away!