It’s February! The month of love has officially started and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you’re planning to prepare a sensual night in the comfort and privacy of your own home, or you’re dreaming up of a special romantic getaway for just the two of you, one thing’s for sure: it's important that you not only look great on the big night but feel great as well. And what better way to highlight all the right curves and swerves of your body than with some sexy lingerie? Armed with just the right tools, a woman can be incredibly confident and radiate power, even with just wearing very little.
Confused at where to begin? Don’t sweat it. We’ve rounded up the 12 best lingerie brands to check out for this holiday season:
Specializing in handmade underwear, the Paris-based Belgian designer launched her brand of lingerie in 1994 and was an instant success. Commissioning everything from scratch, Gilson only uses the finest silks and lace sourced from Lyons and Calais as materials. Such opulence comes with a price as her pieces are amongst some of the (if not the) most expensive ones out there. However, if you are planning to invest in quality luxury lingerie, (and your wallet can take it), then certainly the hailed Princess of “Dessous Chics” and her collections are worth taking a peek into.
Although not as pricey as Carine Gilson, this French company is still a force to be reckoned with in the lingerie world (and by your bank account). Named amongst one of the most luxurious lingerie brands by Forbes magazine, I.D. Sarrieri has been consistently featured in Vogue and GQ. For about 55 years, the brand has been drawing inspiration from vintage lingerie pieces, haute couture and pret-a-porter de luxe fashion trends. They specialize in making bustiers, garter-belts, triangle or unusual push-up bras, and “Marilyn Monroe” style panties.
When you have iconic sex symbol like Brigitte Bardot as one of your most faithful fans, you can be sure that you’ll be remembered. Paris-born Thomass opened her label in 1975, (then known as Ter et Bantine, her first ready-to-wear brand), and quickly cemented herself a place in the fashion scene with her off-beat, bohemian yet humorous undertones, and use of surprising materials such as wax cloth, flannelette or Lurex mesh. Initially introducing lingerie as outer garments in her fashion shows in the 70s, today Thomass’ collections still retain that same whimsical, naughty and seductive spirit that took the world by surprise.
4. Curvy Kate
Made for the more curvaceous woman, the UK lingerie brand burst through the seams in 2009 and isn’t showing signs of slowing down. An excellent choice for the more buxom and top heavy, Curvy Kate offers a colorful and comprehensive collection of D-K cup lingerie, but are just as committed to their smaller busted counterparts as well. Best-known for their “Star in a Bra” competition, the brand prides itself in using new and original designs that focus on attitude rather than age. Their collection is excellent for the young (or the young at heart) fashion conscious customer who is fun, flirty, lighthearted, and carefree.
Ideal for special occasions without breaking the bank, Louise Ferdinand Lingerie’s chic lingerie are handmade out of luxury fabrics and offer comfortable support. Named after her mother and father, Sandra Palmer’s modern twist on classic aesthetics come in an array of silhouettes and sizes, ranging from AA to KK cups. This is a plus, since the handmade luxury lingerie market have yet to cater to larger-breasted women on a widespread scale.
Making use of indulgent French and Italian laces, silks, cashmeres, and other fine fabrics, but crafted entirely in the United States (Southern California), Naked Princess is the brand to go to if you prize comfort above all other things. Their designs can be worn as innerwear or outerwear, with materials that provide stretch and comfort while flattering a woman’s shape. Their products come in a wide range of sizes, are wonderfully cozy, and are impressively durable. These will last; their panties are an especially worthy investment for the long haul.
7. Made by Niki
Winner of the UK Lingerie Awards Most Innovative Brand in 2012, Made by Niki has some of the most creative and original undergarments out there. A quick glance at their award-winning the Made by Niki String Collection showcases why they’re so highly favored by both famous and everyday women alike. If you’re looking to standout and make a favorable impression with something different, edgy, and yet still intensely sexy and classy, Made by Niki is for you.
This French company aims to combine comfort, creativity, and modernity in its designs while still being affordable and subtle enough for everyday use. The pieces are comprised mainly of classic lines and aren’t that frilly or too overtly fancy. However, they’re still seductive enough for that certain something more. If you’re looking for something simple but sensual, and something you can wear anytime you want to give you that extra oomph underneath your clothing, take a look at Huit’s collections.
If you need a little extra lift and enhancement to maximize what you’ve got, then The Little Bra Company is for you. A great believer of the old adage, “good things come in small packages”, its founder Emily Lau designs appealing lingerie that helps fill that need for a bustier silhouette for those with a more lithe figure. Their collections are feminine and give a believable boost for those looking for the added push. They specialize in hard-to-find smaller bans and cup sizes, such as 28-38A and 28-34B. They also cater to 28-34C cups, and are more suited for those who run on the petite end of the spectrum.
A cruelty-free lingerie company based in Toronto, Canada, proprietress Erika Shuhendler takes pride in her company’s stance on being sweatshop and animal free. Their collections are a little offbeat and kooky compared to most, as Purrfect Pineapples’ designs are girly but different, alternative but very pin-up, all in an array of colors, designs, and sizes. Ranging from small to extra large, they do custom orders for plus sizes and custom corsets for those feeling adventurous.
11. Kiss Me Deadly
Sultry, seductive, and sensual, this UK small brand is immensely popular for its retro lingerie look. Their sizes are generously cut, and their silhouettes are very giving. Consistently rated highly by customers and lingerie aficionados alike, Kiss Me Deadly is an amazing lingerie company with extremely flattering pieces. Their sizing chart is a little tricky as they do not have any references to UK dress sizes, as they feel that those are very misleading given the variations of such in many companies. However, they do offer comprehensive help in properly aiding you in finding the right fit. As a general rule, they tend to make their items bigger in the rear than on top, believing that women come in all shapes as sizes. Their products are based on their market, not the shape they think you should be.
12. Atelier Bordelle
If you’re all about looking and feeling powerful, then this UK company’s collections are what you need. Their designs toy with themes of seduction and domination, as is evident with their body-con silhouettes blended with customized satin elastic bands, producing luxury S & M pieces. Their undergarments are a little edgy and naughty, as even their bridal collection contains hints of mischief and risqué, but still retain a high level of class and elegance to them. They take individual orders upon request and have added made to measure services as well ensuring a snug and well-fitted look on your womanly curves.
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