Holiday Lingerie Shopping Guide: Pin-up, Burlesque, & Retro Lingerie

Hey! Don’t forget to enter the Playful Promises Lingerie GiveawayBetween Mad Men, Dita von Teese, and the rebirth of Burlesque, people are getting passionate over all things vintage. I’ve posted a few of my favorite throwback designs below, but I want to know what you think of this trend. Yay or nay… is retro lingerie here to stay?
Jonathan Aston: $11.81
Nothing says “pin-up” like a pair of backseam stockings, and I adore the vintage-inspired fancy heel on these.
Figleaves: $96.50
Dita von Teese’s second collection for Wonderbra, this festive red bra and high waist garter belt (looove those button details!) is sure to please.
Babygirl Boutique: $123.90
I go ga-ga for sheer lingerie. Done well, it’s so seductive. Plus, everything in this range was designed by Bernie Dexter!
Hepburn & Leigh: $53.55 (with discount code WELCOME)
Kiss Me Deadly makes yet another appearance on the Lingerie Addict’s blog. I own this girdle dress in two different colorways, and it’s the perfect blend of practical and provocative.
Cameo Intimates: $89.76 [Editor’s Note: As of January 2015, this site appears to be defunct]
While I don’t yet own this garter panty, I did review the stretch bullet bra here. A bullet bra and full cut panty not only represent classic pin-up, they’re flattering on almost every figure.
Secrets in Lace: $52.99
Did I mention I loved sheer lingerie? Even better than sheer alone is sheer with some accompanying detail… like the pleats on this pin-up brief.
What Katie Did: $103.31
What Katie Did is bringing the bullet bra back in a BIG way after several recent features in Vogue. This set is both classy and captivating.
FairyGothMother: $314.59
A newcomer on the luxury lingerie scene, I am already enamored of Cadolle’s slinky take on your grandmother’s favorite girdle.
Looking for vintage-styled dresses to wear over your sexy new retro lingerie? Here are three that caught my eye…

Trashy Diva: $143

Heartbreaker Fashion: $55

Modcloth: $137.99

Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

31 Comments on this post

  1. Christine says:

    One of my favorite flirty tricks involves wearing backseam stockings and a nice snug skirt. Then go up to the object of your flirting and ask, "Could I ask a favor? Would you tell me if my seams are straight?"
    Then do a little turn on your toe and take a step or two away, stop with feet close and one a foot or so behind the other, look over your shoulder at the target, and then look down like you're trying to see your seams. For maximum points, make sure to put a little S-curve into your spine with hands at or just below your hips.

    Absolutely devastating. It works with all outfits that include backseams, but I've had the best luck with making people blush when I'm wearing a snug pencil skirt and a blouse.

  2. Treacle says:


    Hi doll,
    I actually mentioned your knickers in my post about Etsy lingerie (just go back one page). I think they're fabulous! :-)


  3. Rachel says:

    i love vintage lingerie! i developed a line of silk tap pants cause i love it so much. come see:

  4. A red lipstick says:

    I must say I really hope the trend is here to stay! And even if it wont, I'll always love the lingerie from the 30's, 40's and 50's anyway, it's so beautiful. Great post!!

  5. Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle says:

    retro lingerie will always be cool i'm convinced. I love the high-waisted girdle type panties as well as sheer/ruffly–all on my wish list. Also got an email from the book people today, your book has shipped, hoping you'll have it by the end of the week or early next week for sure!

    xo Mary Jo

  6. Ligeia says:

    Vente Privee?? no idea xDD
    I still have a lot to learn from you ^-^


  7. Treacle (Stockings Addict) says:

    You and me both! Those sample sale websites are a godsend for me…have you ever tried Vente Privee where you are?

    @Couture Cookie
    Backseam stockings can turn and twist about, yes. I've found that putting them on slowly helps, as well as wearing a garter belt with a minimum of six straps. More points of attachments equals less opportunity to skew.

    @Twila Jean
    Thanks for the designer recommendation! I hadn't heard of them, and now I'm gonna go check 'em out. :-)

  8. HeatherClark says:

    I say it's here to stay! Not sure it really ever left but has just been made popular again with Mad Men, Dita, etc. I've always adored thigh highs

    I love your blog…i haven't seen a lingerie blog and your title is very clever…I can be quite dangerous in a lingerie store, I just want everything

    thanks for the sweet comment about my necklace and entering the giveaway! I'll be having another one on my blog once I reach 100 followers

    have a nice holiday!

  9. clarewbrown says:

    I love retro lingerie! I am loving the seamed tights… they are SO cool.. this girl I work with had them on the other day and I thought they were sooo cute!

  10. michelle_ says:

    dita von teese looks uber sexy !
    love pin up styles so much .
    curvy girls are awesome :D

    looking fabulous !
    enjoy your last few days of 2009 !
    hope you havent wasted this year for nothing ;)
    visit my blog + comment + follow !
    GLISTERS AND BLISTERS. blogspot . com

  11. Jennifer Fabulous says:

    Oooh I really hope vintage lingerie is here to stay! I'm a curvy girl, so this is the only type of lingerie that looks good on me! :)
    I adore everything you posted by the way.

  12. SoCalMan says:

    I don't think retro has ever left us, but the resurgence in media portraying the styles of the 40s and 50s has surely made it easier to acquire vintage-inspired pieces not solely focused on Rago girdles or pin-up sets.

    My fear is that when this trend starts to wane, the inspiration will wane as well, and designers will lose interest, as with the trend comes the revenue.

    Designers need to better embrace that not every woman is a waif, and more women conform to the curvaceous figure of Joan Holloway, and not Twiggy.

  13. Kashaya says:

    I really like it so I hope it's here to stay.=)

  14. Stephanie says:

    I love this retro look it is fabulous. :) My favorite is the red set of lingerie. It is fab. :)

  15. Tights Lover says:

    I'm guessing you probably know my opinion on the issue of retro lingerie ;-)…

    I love the KMD girdle dress….and am definitely jealous that you own two!!

  16. COCAMIA says:

    I absolutely think retro should stay! I love this post and feel the need to polish up my under garments…thanks for the inspiration…xo

  17. Twila Jean says:

    If you love sheer nylon panties. dont forget about Nancy King Intimates, she makes a high waist 50s style pin-up panty, in super sheeeeeeer nylon, for about $5.00 a pair! cant beat that price.

    AND they are made in the USA!

  18. Isquisofrenia Style says:

    oh burlesque so sexy
    i could never look so awesome wearing that
    hahah but its ok
    ill stick to just tights


  19. Cafe Fashionista says:

    I'd definitely say it is here to stay. If Mad Men and Dita von Teese have anything to say about it, it will be around for a long, long time!! :)

  20. Janus says:

    We can hope that it's here to stay. Personally, I find retro lingerie much more interesting than a thong.

  21. Kelly says:

    I think pinup/retro revival styles are more "trendy" now, so in a few years the selection might be toned down, but a lot of people love the style just because it speaks to them and not necessarily because it's in style lately. So I don't think the big names like SIL or WKD will have much problem keeping their businesses afloat even after the trend becomes less mainstream.

  22. Style, via TIa says:

    Retro is here to stay! I adore it.

  23. Maggi says:

    Retro lingerie needs to stick around for sure! Love your picks!

  24. Winters Reaper says:

    I now believe….

  25. Couture Cookie says:

    I love sheer lingerie, but always say no thanks to stockings with seams…. they seem to never look straight enough when I put them on. :D

  26. Katie says:

    Love retro lingerie, it look great on so many types, but alas as with fashion styles come and go. I just want this one to stay as long as possible.

  27. Monika P. says:

    oh yes! I adore every single piece shown right here.

    Monika from J'adore Fashion

  28. Petra Bellejambes says:

    Yay, double yay! Here to stay, as long as I have a penny in my purse. Loving the Hepburn & Leigh, but they are all very tasty my dear Treacle.

    Gracias – Petra

  29. Leah says:

    Hmmmmmm… I can wear that trashy diva dress plus the backseam stockings.

  30. PrincessSteph says:

    great post lovely!

    i own the bra and undies by secrets in lace and the garter that they do with it is fab-u-lous!

    everything is so nice that you profiled. well done!

  31. Ligeia says:

    I so adore this post
    Retro lingerie is a YAY for sure *-*

    As you may have imagined, the KMD is my fave and also the fairygothmother dress-thingy is fabulous (with the sirena in black hehe)

    The Bettie Pleated Panty is beautiful too but reminded me to KMD pin up brief so i will resist the temptation of buying it heheh

    And that leopard dress is to die foooor

    gosh, Im broke. Your blog is bad for my adiction to buy but I love it <3

    feeling better?? hope so :-)

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