Are High streets taking a step too close?

So we all know that the high streets designs consist of  of designs watered down from designers (as well as their own) but has H&M this season taken it all a bit too close?


Looks very similar to Dirty Pretty Things...


This bra styling...


looks suspiciously like Damaris’s SS12 range.


Signature strapping is also being used...


like from Marlies Dekkers ranges.


What’s happened to inspiration rather than imitation?

Marlies Dekkers SS13 and hardly a strap in sight


Looking forward and totally curious with what Marlies Dekker’s 2013 collection would bring. Her signature style of strapping criss-crossing the body, back and forth, has been seized (as many beautiful trends are) by the mainstream high streets. A look into Topshop last season and H & M this season, highlights the strappy effects.
So stand forth this collection, with hardly a strap in sight. Just beautiful well crafted elegant designs.

Strap me in....

Remember a time when bra straps were meant to be hidden, when showing your bra strap was faux pas. A halter neck required a strapless bra. Pretty bra straps or even clear bra straps could be bought when wearing that racer back. There are actually forums discussing if it’s okay to show your bra straps.


A lingerie label who designed bra straps to be seen, back in 1993 well before ‘Lady Gaga’ showcased her undergarments simply by shying away from outerwear; was Marlie Dekkers, with her ‘Undressed’ label.

Her strong statement lingerie saw multiple straps to be seen.

Having always loved this look, I’ve been disappointed that I’ve been unable to find my size of 30DD, so have always been on the look out for other brands that designs are similar.

Bordelle launched their collection in 2007, but sadly come in S, M and L.

This year Ultimo, has designed a strappy bra, well more of a cut out bra. ‘The Forbidden Shelf bra’ but sadly, again no sign of my size.

Topshop bra

Topshop bra

And now Topshop has launched lingerie with straps to be seen, and when it hits the high streets, it shows there is never a more appropriate time to don your lingerie to the outside.  
I just have to hope that this trend becomes main stream in the larger cup size, that or head back to my sewing machine.