I’m sure every woman would love to have a lingerie drawer (or a lingerie walk-in wardrobe!) stuffed to the brim with luxurious swathes of tulle and lace, but the reality is that most of us can’t afford to splash out on designer lingerie more than once or twice a year.
So if you can only afford to buy a few nice pieces of lingerie, which ones do you go for? Well, I propose a ‘capsule lingerie drawer’ – like a capsule wardrobe, these are the top 10 essential lingerie items that can be mixed and matched to create all sorts of gorgeous lingerie sets!
1. Black Lace Bra
The Little Black Dress of the lingerie world, a quality black lace bra is a must-have for lingerie drawers around the world! Personally I think sheer lace is the sexiest option, but if you prefer your bras padded then one with a lace overlay is just a beautiful.
Wear With: black lace knickers for casual but sexy daywear, or team with an under bust corset and stockings for special occasions.
2. Black Cotton or Satin Bra
A practical but pretty option for daywear, the smooth cotton or satin fabric won’t show through tight-fitting clothing like lace can do, but the black colour keeps it just as sexy. Plain doesn’t have to mean boring!
Wear With: black lace knickers for cute and casual everyday lingerie.
3. Black Lace Knickers
Just as every woman needs a black lace bra, so too should you invest in a pair of high-quality black lace knickers (or thong, if that’s what you prefer).
Wear With: anything and everything! Black lace knickers can look ultra sexy, or simply fun and cute, depending on what you team them with.
4. Nude Cotton or Satin Bra
Of course, it’s not always practical to wear black! If you’re wearing white or a light colour, the best lingerie shade is not in fact white; nude or ‘flesh tone’ is far less likely to be visible through the fabric. This is an essential lingerie item to wear under those crisp white shirts and semi-sheer blouses, so be sure to invest in a good quality one that matches your skin tone as perfectly as possible.
Wear With: Black lace knickers for cute and comfy daywear, or team with a black suspender belt and nude stockings for a contrasting finish.
5. Black Lace Suspender Belt
Adding stockings instantly turns any lingerie set super sexy, so for that you’ll need a high quality suspender belt. Opt for black which is classic and matches any black lingerie – even if the lace pattern is different, or you wear it with plain cotton, silk or satin, it’ll still look like a matching set!
There are all sorts of suspender belts out there, from wide, stomach-flattening ones to super-simple elastic strip belts. Simply pick out your favourite one, they’re all gorgeous!
Wear With: black lace bra and knickers for sexy occasion wear, or for an even more glamorous and unique touch wear on top of a black under bust corset with a black lace bra.
To be continue…