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.
RED OR DEAD
Dress for danger with Luva Huva’s traffic-stopping negligee. Ethically made in London from a blend of organic cotton and bamboo, this is one slip that won’t spare the details.
In Bloom prides itself on putting Ma Earth first. The London-based brand manufactures its skivvies in a family-run corsetry factory in the north of France, just 200 miles from its headquarters. “Energize” comprises a blend of Tencel and organic cotton and Oeko Tex-certified trims and dyes. ” It is very important for us that our lingerie respects and protects your skin,” says Emily Huc, In Bloom’s founder and designer.
Stella McCartney designed her “Stella” range to provide a “nearly nude wearing experience.” Comprising French Calais lace and silk, together with organic-cotton gussets and recycled metal hardware, the elegant underthings are as sensible as they are scintillating.
You know what they say: it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Just ask Daisy & Elizabeth, a line of sublimely indiscreet underpinnings made in Brooklyn from low-impact fabrics such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, recycled nylon, Tencel (a cellulosic fiber derived from wood pulp) and Modal (beech trees).
Hopeless’s fetish-inspired “Ellen” harness cage will leave little doubt to what’s really on your mind. Stitched to order in Melbourne, Australia, the barely there accessory can be layered over other lingerie or worn commando for grownup games of peekaboo.
With its scalloped lace trim, sheer mesh panels, and close-to-nude shaping, Only Hearts’ American-made bra-and-panty duo isn’t one to mince words. A little less conversation, a little more action, please.
NOW YOU SEE IT
There’s a reason why “lacy” rhymes with “racy.” Charini’s intricate bodysuit is a heart-stopper in reclaimed lace, handwoven silk panels from artisans in Sri Lanka, and coconut-shell button placket details.
With a name like Hanky Panky, would you settle for anything less? Decked in sultry black lace, its American-made “Peekaboo” babydoll features a flared skirt, scalloped trim, a satin ribbon tie, plus a matching G-string for a cheeky finishing touch.