Vintage Inspiration with a Twist: Impish Lee Lingerie

Editor’s Note: NSFW images below.

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Like a lot of new lingerie brands I’m discovering now, I first found out about Impish Lee through Pinterest. I actually think the dotted lace bodysuit below may have been the first thing of hers I saw, and I remember being impressed because no one’s doing 80′s-style teddies with the high cut legs right now…except Impish Lee.

Like a lot of Etsy lingerie designers, Impish Lee’s pieces are soft and unstructured. There’s a definite loungewear quality to all their intimates; it’s not “just” lingerie. And while the historical inspiration is obvious (I’m seeing elements of 4 different decades in a collection that only has about a dozen sets), it’s not “vintage” lingerie. And while I do love my 50′s-style girdles and garter belts as much as the next person, I also dig lingerie from later decades, so it’s great to see some other shilouettes at work here.

Standard sizing runs S-XL, fitting a maximum US size of 14/16, but they also offer custom sizing, so even if you’re outside their technical, I definitely think it’s worth getting in touch if you see something you like. Complete sets (including bodysuits) range from $110 to around $170. A lot of their items appear to limited edition, so that’s something to keep in mind as well.

What are your thoughts on Impish Lee and what do you think of the general resurgence of independent designers? Are there any items in this post you’d love to own?

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Cora

Cora

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.

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2 Comments

  1. 01/06/14 at 13:42

    I had featured this brand on my blog in 2012 I think, and she was kind enough to make a custom set for me to review. I know a lot of her designs were made from re-purposed fabrics. Like the set I got came from an ore-purposed sweater that was dyed and cut into a cami and knickers. I thought the set was cute, but for the price, it’s just not something I’m willing to spend. There was also a bit of a stain on the cami when it arrived, but despite that, the set was pretty it just wasn’t my style. Maybe the brand has grown and changed in the last 2 years, I don’t know. It looks as though the designs have changed since I last took a look at her shop. But with so many great handmade brands that I already love, I would have a hard time trying this brand again especially at the price range.

    • 03/06/14 at 5:07

      Thanks for the review, Amber!

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