luxury lingerie

Bodysuits Beyond Beyonce (or the 5 Days of Christmas)

For those of you who have been following since I started this venture, you might remember that I used to run a series called “Lingerie Beyond Victoria Secret” where I discussed pieces of luxury lingerie that made me swoon. As I’ve been travelling recently, I have accidentally neglected the series, but I thought I’d bring it back in force, and show you the bodysuits that currently have my eye.

5. Madame Aime- Spring/Summer 2015– Right now this is the only look we have at the newest season of Madame Aime silky rendition of the bodysuit (hence its placement in the lineup), but is it enough! Reminiscent of vintage bathing suits and Hollywood boudoirs, complete with a sensuous dip in the back, I’m counting down for this number. Not yet priced.

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4. BlackMilk- The Battle Suit– Aptly named for its cause, The Battle Suit is one tough contender, though less of a tease than its predecessors, it could easily be worn to the grocery store with a pair of high-waisted jeans, or with the right heels, you could easily represent as the new “Single Lady.”  $105

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3. SJ Lingerie- Pearl Bodysuit and Belt– This dainty number seems right for almost any season. Whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas or trying to escape the summer heat (Daisy Buchanan style), its light airy mystique teases and pleases. It buttons oh-so-deliciously up the front making it feel more playful than bridal, but gives it a secretive Victorian sensibility. $189.00

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2. Bordelle- Bond-age Swimsuit– Not quite the playsuit you may have been thinking, while technically a swimsuit, don’t let its duality dissuade you. The flexibility which comes with it’s swimwear design allows a bit more comfort all around than bunched lace. Just enough to make an impression, this amphibious bodysuit can be dressed up or down to suit any evening’s taste. ~$351 (225 pounds)

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1. Amoralle- Cream Full Sleeve Lace Bodysuit– Call me the fourth musketeer. I am obsessed with this suit from the exaggerated necktie to the billowy sleeves. It could be worn under a pencil skirt for a sexy evening or under a ’60s sleeveless swing dress with ease. Still, alone it seems to say New Years Eve done right. The entire Amoralle collection is quite unique this season, Those who aren’t sold on this might try this or this as an alternative. $341

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Lingerie Outside of VS #2: Les Jupons de Tess

As Valentines looms ever nearer, and I make bedroom eyes towards the bag of Ghiradelli milk chocolate caramel squares in Target, it seems like an appropriate time to revisit the topic of underwear (here‘s the first installment in case you missed it). When channeling the spirit of Valentines day, my first thoughts would be: over-commercialized, brash colors, and a gaudy representation of love. But as this post is decidedly not about Victoria’s Secret, I’m going to have to dig a little deeper.

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True Love…

If I’m less cynical, I have to admit, Valentine’s day can be an excuse for romantic thrills, some saccharine frills, but altogether sentimental feels. Which is why for this Valentines, as an alternative to VS, you should consider Les Jupons de Tess.

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Deliciously frilly and decidedly French, this lingerie makes for a eventful evening and a long morning. Caroline Tannous, the lace mastermind behind the label, in an interview with Journelle described the philosophy behind the brand, “We’re a luxe French lingerie label inspired by the elegance of the 18th-century woman. We design glamorous corsetry and lingerie for a woman who, depending on her mood, wants to be flirtatious, seductive or mischievous.” What could be more perfect for Valentines… Underwear as versatile as Russell Stover (since sometimes you have no idea what you’re channeling… or eating).

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You just never know…

Still, what’s even more exciting about Les Jupons de Tess is that the one and only Petite Coquette (of Petite Coquette, that paragon of all things intimate, aka my favorite lingerie blogger) has designed a collection to premiere in their stores September 2014. Here’s a peak (and above):

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J’adore.

Two weeks ago, at the Salon de la Lingerie, his top and knickers were chosen for the Selection Catwalk (season favorites). Bravo Coquette! We’ll certainly be on the lookout for you.

For everyone else, have a Happy Valentines/ Single Awareness day. Whatever you’re celebrating, may your lingerie be divine.