Who says demure can’t be sexy? Skip the blowup-doll cleavage by displaying your natural assets in a vintage-inspired bra-and-panty set from Under the Root, which handcrafts each item to order from upcycled cotton fabrics and lace trims.
DARE TO BARE
Brooklyn designer Clare Bare put the “racy” in “racerback” with her “Veda Totem” garter tank. Made from sheer bamboo-jersey, the body-hugging number features an original silkscreen print and four stocking garters.
OF CORSET YOU CAN
Some unmentionables demand mentioning. Take Fred and Ginger’s “My Fair Lady” corset, for instance. Ethically made in the United Kingdom from 100 percent silk chiffon and French lace trim, the waist-whittling bodice was made to be shown off.
Name-dropped by the upper-crust Crawleys on Downton Abbey, Lucile can trace its lineage to Belle Epoque “It” girl Lady Lucy Duff Gordon, who founded the label over a decade before she set sail on the Titanic. The brand today hasn’t ventured far from its roots: the “Duchess of Warwick” collection is handmade in the United Kingdom from silk and French leavers lace, just like its predecessors were.
FROM NYC WITH LOVE
The brainchild of three women from Japan, Lilipiache holds court in New York City, where it creates its luxurious underpinnings from natural fabrics such as organic cotton, silk, silk satin, and linen. A touch of intricate leavers lace, imported from France, makes its undies look particularly fetching even as a heap on the bedroom floor.