Winter White: White Lingerie Gets A Sexy Makeover

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Who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day? It’s the first few days of January and here on the East Coast we’re seeing lots of white following Winter Storm Hercules which blanketed New York City under 6” of powdery goodness. However as the storm lifts and the buzz of the city picks up once more, the soft heavenly snow is destined to turn a sad shade of grey making future commutes an unpleasant challenge battling slush, ice and surly pedestrians along the way.

But as I write this, the pristine snow is still fresh, remaining untouched, while the grimy transformation has yet to begin. I am reveling in the cozy warmth of my apartment with a full Netflix roster and a mug of hot chocolate. I can hear Bing Crosby‘s Walking In A Winter Wonderland echoing in my head and I thought it only appropriate to honor this fleeting, peaceful moment with an ode to the virginal color that symbolizes purity, youth and innocence – perfect for the start of the New Year.

Most often the color white in lingerie has become characterized into two stereotypical categories. The first being bridal which symbolizes chasteness and is usually classic and feminine in design. While the second is basic, often with no frills and designed for comfort and modesty. But as times change, we see more lingerie designers breaking the mold enticing us with new designs, ideas and innovations. The fashion rule book has gone out the window and consumers are embracing the newfound ideas of what sexy can look like. White can be sexy. White can be naughty. And white is no longer reserved for honeymoons and simple basics.

So as I garnish my hot cocoa with marshmallows, cuddle up with my Angora Persian cat and settle in for a day of whiteout conditions, I’d like to share 12 of my favorite white and off-white lingerie pieces (one for each degree Fahrenheit on this peaceful winter day) to inspire you to look at the color in a different way.

Lilith Bodysuit by Ludique

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Romanian label Ludique has taken lace-up to a whole new level with their Lilith bodysuit mixing the strong bondage-inspired details with delicate tulle, satin and hints of lace.

Raphaella Corset by Agent Provocateur

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Agent Provocateur has hit the jackpot with their pleated tulle and lace Raphaella corset. Gold hardware and removable laced-on hip panels inject an extra dose of seductiveness into this classic antique silhouette.

Arpege Bra and Brief Set by Huit

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Quintessential French label Huit dazzles with the Arpege soft cup bra and high-rise brief. Available in an array of bold colors, this all white version oozes class and sophistication with it’s smooth mesh panels and luxurious Leavers lace details.

Veiled Slip by Shell Belle Couture

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This breathtaking Veiled Slip by Shell Belle Couture utilizes an intricately applied veil in front with floral adorned sheer mesh. The low-cut back and fishtail hemline only add to the allure of this sensual vintage-looking chemise.

Coquette Bra, Knickers and Garter Belt Set by Mimi Holliday

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Black and white is a classic color combination that will never go out of style as is evident with the Coquette set by Mimi Holliday. The delicate snow-white eyelash lace is offset by rich black velvet trim and bows making this 3 piece set refined, elegant and timeless.

Eva Blanche Kimono by Belle Et Bon Bon

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British label Belle Et Bon Bon has captured my heart with their elaborate lace and applique details often strategically placed to highlight the curves of a woman’s body. The Eva Blanche Kimono is a sexy alternative to its historically traditional silk counterparts with intricate eyelash lace and deep side cut outs providing a teasing glimpse of the body beneath.

Gia Shelf Bra and Harness Thong Set by Bordelle

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Bordelle’s signature strappy harness designs have translated into some super sexy separates including the Gia set in white with cream adjustable straps. Equal parts naughty and nice this set is sure to make its wearer feel bold and confident.

Spring/Summer ’14 Chemise by Jenny Packham

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While this demure vintage-looking chemise will not be available for purchase until Spring/Summer 2014 it’s grace and beauty are enough to hold my interest and is sure to send me checking the website for the remainder of the season. The sheer fabric drapes delicately and hints as to what lies beneath while the waist cinching and ornate lace emphasizes it’s feminine charm.

Dancing Dots Bra and Panty Set by Von Follies by Dita Von Tease

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Polka dots have quickly become a symbol of classic femininity and playfulness. No longer the stuff of child’s play these kitschy prints are here to stay. The Dancing Dots collection from Von Follies is a cute interpretation of the girlish print paired with black lace to give it a more grown up feel.

Sparkling Jasmine Bodysuit by La Perla

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La Perla can do no wrong season after season. This Sparkling Jasmine Bodysuit is a beautiful mix of tulle, satin and embroidery with plunging neckline and delicate lace underwire cups. Laced with lurex threads the subtle sparkle adds a touch of glamour to this elegant design.

Cacharel Camisole and Panty Set by Claire Pettibone

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Claire Pettibone has turned fantasy into reality with the Cacharel Set in adorned French lace. The camisole and panty set feature satin ribbon, silk rosettes and pearl details hand stitched onto the delicate floral perfect for lounging around cloaked in ornate luxury.

Amel Bra and Panty Set by Marie Meili

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The Amel Push Up Bra and Hipster Set by Marie Meili is a pretty yet practical set in classic black and white. The plunge push up cups and button details give this comfortable set a refined feel while the smooth fabric and flat lace eliminate bulk for easy every day wear.

How do you feel about white lingerie? Do you see it as more than just basics and bridal?

Kristina

Kristina

Lingerie Designer specializing in fashion & trend.

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10 Comments

  1. Thursday
    08/01/14 at 5:08

    I’m afraid I have never been a fan of white lingerie – white looks terrible on my skin and I do find it difficult to see it outside that overly basic/bridal dichotomy. There are some stunning designs here but I can only think they would look so much better in a different colour! Shades of warm ivory, cream and soft beige work for me, but I’m more likely to reach for a vintage peach when I want to channel something classic and sweet. The Huit and Jenny Packham pieces in particular need peachifying ;)

  2. Evija
    08/01/14 at 11:05

    Can’t really use white lingerie since most of my wardrobe is black. It’s a nice colour though, but the design really needs to be something special for it to be something really nice.

  3. MJ
    08/01/14 at 15:13

    I would sell a kidney for that Jenny Packham chemise. Oh. My. God.

  4. roccoriel
    08/01/14 at 16:59

    I like white lingerie. I have some sets I bought for my wedding/honeymoon that I hope to get wear out of beyond those days. It would be sad to only use them one time, and I plan to use them on many occasions in the future!

  5. 08/01/14 at 17:27

    I love white corsets, but prefer to stick with nude or black colors for my everyday wear.

  6. Michael A. Moran
    08/01/14 at 19:33

    My favorite outfit is in the first photograph. Unfortunately it doesn’t say who the maker is. I tried searching the photograph on Google but did not find anything that said who made it. Who made that first outfit?

    Thank you!
    Michael

    • 09/01/14 at 0:25

      Hi Michael,

      That first photo is a stock image. Unfortunately, I don’t know who made the lingerie set shown in it either. :-(

      –Cora

  7. I’m seriously in love with ALL of these pieces! If I had to choose a favorite, I’d pick the Agent Provocateur piece-that’s simply stunning! I’m not quite sure if I’d be brave enough to wear white though. LOL

    Stay warm!!

  8. Arnita Dantzler
    11/01/14 at 19:09

    White lingerie has such a sexy innocence about it! I think it can and should be a staple in any woman’s lingerie wardrobe (if she and/or her partner likes it).

  9. 30/01/14 at 9:38

    Hello dear TLA team! I am thrilled that you have mentioned in your selection one of my Ludique designs, this is such a great recognition for my creative work and I am very proud to be present here, in one of your great articles. Thank you so much and I am always at your disposal for any other information! xo Ruxandra

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