Under Cover: Lingerie You’ll Love—for YOU

By Erin Donnelly

If Hollywood is to be believed, there’s not a single woman on the planet who doesn’t have a silky pink teddy and matching garter belt underneath her clothes, just waiting to be ripped off by a tall, dark and handsome stranger. Ha! In reality, it’s ratty bras that provide about as much support as a Kleenex, and high-waisted granny panties that would make Urkel raise an eyebrow. Oh, and matching bra and panty sets? Not happening.

But why do we single gals wait until we get a new lover to high-tail it to Victoria’s Secret? What happened to indulging ourselves and enjoying the simple pleasures of a beautiful satin chemise against our skin? Or wearing stunning bras that would never be referred to as “over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders”? We’re not talking about raiding Pamela Anderson’s closet and stocking up on slutty full body stockings and crotchless panties; it’s merely about treating ourselves to a touch of stylish sensuality and self-indulgence. And if someone else should happen to see them, well, all the better.
Read on to find irresistible boudoir essentials for day and play.
Sexy & Sensual
Okay, so being sexy doesn’t hurt either. Yes, the only man you see after dark is usually Jon Stewart, but that will soon change. And do you really want him to catch you in Day of the Week undies and a jog bra? Didn’t think so.
Instead, tempt him with these ooh-la-la pieces—but first, a reminder: There’s sexy, and there’s trashy. PVC, latex, and crotchless knickers may work for porn stars, but there’s something to be said for a little mystery. Unless it’s his birthday. Even if you’re flying solo, wearing lingerie that you feel comfortable in will in turn help you feel sexy and confident.
What to look for: Demi cups, lace trim, bows, babydoll slips, sheer material, slinky slips and robes, matching bra-and-panty sets (sorry!), and anything that speaks to your inner Sophia Loren or Catherine Deneuve.
Agent Provocateur Veronica Bra and Brief: Pink satin with a French lace overlay is trés magnifique.
Julianne Aimee Satin Chemise: Warning: This satiny, lacy number may cause heart attacks. Add your own sexy heels and glass of wine.
Chantelle Couture Balcony Bra (shown, above): Who knew pinstripes could be this sexy? This bra is surprisingly versatile too, as it can easily be paired with simple black panties.

Elle Macpherson Intimates Belladonna Contour Bra (shown, right): Pair this scalloped-edge ink blue stunner with the matching boyshort. Thongs are so overrated.

Leigh Bantivoglio Papillon Lace Chemise: If you don’t want to reveal a lot of skin, this calf-skimming number is just right. Great for taller, more curvaceous body types.
Myla Body Silk Collection: Channel a 1940s starlet in this seductively smooth collection of bras and knickers. Totally timeless and tasteful.
Oscar de la Renta Palace Paisley Charmeuse Robe: Follow up your bubble bath with this sensually silky printed robe.
Everyday Undies
Unless you live in the Playboy Mansion or have a sizable trust fund, wearing luxurious lingerie on a daily basis may not be feasible. Still, comfy, everyday basics can still be alluring. Rather than lapse back into your saggy panty habit, have fun with styles that feel great and look cute. You have the rest of your life to wear droopy drawers.
What to look for: Girly prints, feminine details, boyshorts or hip-hugging briefs (revered by men everywhere, and way more comfortable than thongs), playful colors, and ultra-soft fabrics that you can’t get enough of. Steer clear of high-cut briefs, panties that bunch up in the back, worn or holey fabric, pieces with built-in body support, and bras that don’t fit (most lingerie boutiques will happily measure you on the spot to ensure a perfect fit).
Luca Sea Peach Bra & Panty Set (shown, left): Luca’s known for her girly-chic style and the ability to pull off contrasting prints—like this floral bra and striped brief—with success.
Wolford Forming Dress: This nude body-shaping slip keeps your tummy, butt and thighs in check without looking too mummy-like.
P.J. Salvage Pink Dot Com Solid Chemise (shown, below): This simple chemise is comfy enough for bedtime or lounging around the house, but still has sex appeal thanks to brown lace accents.
Princess Tam Tam Nebuleuse Underwire Triangle Bra: This lightweight bra is best-suited for smaller chests, but the dotted lace trim is too pretty to pass up.
Victoria’s Secret Ultrasmooth Seamless Hip-Hugger: Kiss panty lines goodbye with these seamless and versatile (and comfy! and sexy!) low-rise shorts. They’re available in every color imaginable, so stock up.
Stella McCartney: Coming soon to a Stella McCartney boutique near you: the eco-minded designer’s new lingerie collection featuring organic cotton and silk in soft pastel shades.