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ROYGBIV – The Lingerie Color Wheel

By: Kristina

Here on the east coast we have been experiencing abnormally warm weather for the past few weeks. The flowers are budding, the birds are singing, and New Yorkers are already breaking out their flip flops! While I am really hoping this is not a sign of global warming, I’m also welcoming these signs of spring with an extra bounce in my step and the reintroduction of bold, unabashed color into my wardrobe.

This season, color is popping up as far as the eye can see. Pastels are big and neons are plentiful. Who can resist a smooth mint green or vibrant, energetic orange? Certain colors are able to inflict an emotional response in us and can help to either lift our spirits or bring us back to our zen. Therefore, this season I propose we inject some new hues into our lingerie wardrobes for a little bit of personal color therapy. And with the craveworthy pieces some of our favorite designers have released this season, there is a style for every color personality. Just follow the ROYGBIV spectrum!


Lascivious “Kitty”

Red is the color of strength, vitality, and determination. It has optimistic undertones and a dramatic allure, appealing to individuals who crave the spotlight and live life to the fullest. Red is also a widely used color in lingerie with its amped up sexual appeal. While we often tend to see a deeper, more sultry shade in lingerie, Lascivious has come out with a lighter raspberry tone that I just can’t get enough of. Still sexy and alluring, the Kitty three-piece set is more flirtatious than seductive, which is perfect for the start of spring.


Kris Soonik “Susan Motion”

Orange is the color of youth, curiosity, and warmth. Lovers of orange tend to be optimistic and fun-loving and enjoy the popularity and socialness that comes along with it. While this color is much less mainstream, especially in lingerie, it still contains a strong happy factor that just can’t be ignored. And for 2012, Pantone, the leader in color forecasting, has predicted Tangerine Tango to be their top color of the year. So get ready to see more orange on the runways and in stores this season! One beautiful piece is the Susan Motion bodysuit by Kriss Soonik. This orange is bright, yet not over the top and is sure to lift your mood when you’re feeling blah.


Mimi Holliday “Fizz Gig”

Yellow is the color of creativity, wisdom, and good cheer. It inspires a sunny outlook and freedom of thought while supporting an adventurous tenacity. Yellow is also a tricky color in fashion as it can be difficult to harmonize with certain skin tones. However, lately there has been a growing affinity towards yellows with different brands showcasing various shades from pastels to citrus, canary to gold. One such label is Mimi Holliday, which has recently introduced its Fizz Gig collection. This lemon-colored group is accented with adorable lavender bows for a fresh new take on spring style.


Behati Prinsloo for Princesse Tam Tam

Green is the color of peace, harmony, and hope. Lovers of green tend to be gentle, caring, and self-aware. It is also the color of new beginnings and can increase a sense of well-being and calmness in others. Green is also known as being a tough sell in intimate apparel; however, it has been getting an overhaul lately — as evident in this gorgeous green lace set from Princesse Tam Tam, aptly named the Joy bra and boxer. The vibrant color is shocking, almost on the verge of neon, but still manages to evoke a sense of balance and freshness.


Myla “Antoinette”

Blue is the color of poise, charm, and tranquility. It is the most popular color of the spectrum and often used by businesses to evoke a calming and peaceful atmosphere. It inspires solitude, serenity, and open-mindedness, which we all long for in these days of plugged-in, stress-filled reality. This sophisticated set from Myla does just that. The cool shade of blue is serene and charming in silky satin. Blue has also been said to be the color of good taste which is evident in this refined yet sexy collection.


La Lilouche “Anouk”

Indigo is the color of introspection, compassion, and truth. While sometimes difficult to differentiate from blue, indigo has a more royal and refined connotation and tends to be favored by a more serious and conservative personality. However, that doesn’t mean indigo can’t be sexy and playful! In fact, indigo has long been used in lingerie to lend a sophisticated flare to sultry pieces, like this Anouk romper by La Lilouche. Classy and understated, this chiffon one-piece has a nonchalant sexiness with its sparkly straps and back ruffles.


Huit “Cupcake”

Violet is the color of authority, royalty, and eccentricity. Chances are if you are a lover of purple, you tend to be artistic and unique with a witty personality and eccentric character. Take this Cupcake bra set from Huit. The noble color exudes confidence and poise while the scalloped edges and sheer fabric are both quirky and distinctive. This look is clean and easy to wear while still offering that je ne se quoi that purple lovers so avidly possess.


Dirty Pretty Things “Eloise Fluro”

Okay, pink may not be on the official color wheel, but there is no denying its place in fashion — and specifically in lingerie. Pink is one of the top sellers in the intimate apparel market and its clear as to why.

Pink is the color of romance, affection, and fragility. Those who gravitate towards pink tend to be gentle, sensitive, and mild-tempered; however, an affinity towards the bolder magenta end of the spectrum yields a more individualistic and non-conformist charm. This Eloise bodysuit by Dirty Pretty Things makes quite the statement with its contrast trim and vibrant hue. This piece will demand attention without you having to say a word.

What are your favorite spring colors this season? Let us know how you plan on incorporating them into your wardrobe!

Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

14 Comments on this post

  1. Sarah says:

    I love the energy of these spring collections! Vibrant colours & quirky designs, I’m all for it!

  2. Frank says:

    My girlfriend has most of these colors in her collection, especially blue, but usually falls back on the basics. Anytime she sees more colors in fashion, it encourages her to go through her wardrobe – lingerie and otherwise – to see what she can try. Yellow may be tricky, but you can do what she did, and collect a select piece here and there, and you eventually have several that work. Love the neons, too. Maybe they’ll be a passing fad, maybe not for everyday, but who knows?

  3. AlexaFaie says:

    I love coloured lingerie and I’m totally gutted that my bust size increased as I have some gorgeous bras which are still as good as new in yellow (2 of them) and green. I’m so pleased that colour is “in” again as for the spring/summer all my clothes are in pale-but-bright shades of yellow, green and orange. So I had yellow for under my yellow clothes and green for under my green stuff. Never managed to find quite the right shade of orange lingerie for me though as yellow and green suit me in nearly every shade, but orange is more tricky. I don’t like too pink or red an orange (makes me look washed out).

    Two of my latest corsets are in nice bright colours too. I have a pistachio green one with black polkadots and the other is a bright orange with black lace trim. So pretty. :)

  4. KathTea says:

    The world needs more yellow lingerie!

  5. Even though violet is my least favorite color, I’m sure I will go for that cupcake bra paired with the yellow suspender.

    That look makes me wanna throw out all my black lingerie!

  6. Thursday says:

    With Autumn making it’s mark here in my part of Australia, my thoughts turn to emerald green, royal blue and platinum grey – but I love colour all year round so that’s not surprising! Looking forward to getting my mitts on the new delicate peach coloured range coming up from Kiss Me Deadly for some subtle colour.

  7. Ligeia says:

    yay for colours!!! Ive noticed my lingerie wardrobe was plain black until a few weeks ago and now its changing!
    yamamay has released a collection very fluorish (i doubt the quality is really good thugh..) but the colours are cool :=)

    • admin says:

      We’re in the same boat! I wore plain black lingerie for years and years and now I feel like I’m just discovering color. But it does feel good!

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