The Lingerie That Got Away: 5 Pieces I Wish I’d Bought

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Every once in awhile, I like to reflect on certain undergarments I wish I’d purchased. There’s so much new lingerie coming out all the time that unless you have an unlimited budget, some of it is bound to slip through your fingers. Most of what I miss out on, I’m okay with. But every once in awhile, I find myself looking wistfully at Pinterest or Google Image Search and wishing I’d done things differently. Here are the five most recent pieces I should have bought.

Ari Dein ‘Song Dynasty’ Chemise

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I didn’t know what to make Ari Dein when they first debuted. I thought the line was pretty, but I didn’t understand luxury lingerie. And I couldn’t fathom why someone would spend hundreds of dollars on a chemise. Over the last few years however, my tastes have changed, and I now have a greater appreciation for and understanding of certain luxury lingerie brands (though some of them remain just plain confusing). I’ve literally had dreams about this chemise; it visits me at night and taunts me with what could have been. While this entire collection is sold out most everywhere by now, Faire Frou Frou does have at least one of these chemises left in a size Small…and it’s on sale. (though still a splurge). I recommend picking it up if you’re just as enamored at the interplay of gold leaf on sheer silk as I am.

 

Emerson Fry Rose Silk Camiknicker

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I first stumbled across the Emerson Fry Silk Camiknicker on Pinterest and it was love at first sight. Lately, I’ve been smitten with all things blush, tea rose, or peach, and who doesn’t love the feel of soft, smooth silk against their skin? This vintage-inspired camiknicker seemed perfect for lounging, whether you were in a fancy hotel or a bare bones studio apartment. It’s the kind of garment that makes you feel like you’re on vacation, no matter where you actually are. Alas, lots of other people felt the same way and this luxurious camiknicker is no more. Even worse, it appears that Emerson Fry has discontinued their entire lingerie collection. Words cannot adequately express my sorrow.

 

Kiss Me Deadly Jezebel Knicker in Emerald

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By now, everyone knows how much I adore Kiss Me Deadly. I love the brand. I love the models. I love the styling. I love their stance on diversity and body snark and ethical manufacturing. I love everything about them. Not surprisingly, I also own almost everything they make. However, this gorgeous high-waisted knicker somehow escaped my notice. I don’t even remember when it was released, and I follow Kiss Me Deadly obsessively. That diamond dot mesh. The gorgeous shimmery taffeta. The improbably large (but oh-so-amazing) bow at the back. I weep for what might have been. As with many small brands, pieces like this are only made in limited runs…so once it’s gone, it’s gone. Forever. And now I’m crying again.

 

What Katie Did ‘Josephine’ Corselette

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When it comes to What Katie Did’s leopard print Josephine corselette, the word that best describes what I’m feeling is anger. Anger at myself for letting this item slip away again and again and again. I knew it was limited edition. I knew it was being phased out. I knew that the pieces on sale were the final run. And I dillied and dallied and twiddled my thumbs and I told myself I didn’t need anything else in leopard print and that I didn’t need another retro girdle. Then I finally made up my mind and committed to buy the darned thing, but it was too late. The Josephine was gone. The end. No more. Bye bye. And I don’t know if I’ll ever be able forgive myself. This corselette reappears at least once per week on my social media accounts due to the many pinup profiles I follow. I can see it’s always going to be out there…a constant reminder of my folly. Edit: I got a wild hair to check Girdlebound, and they still have the Josephine corselette in stock. Rejoice!

 

 Velda Lauder Corset

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While the tone for most of this post has been pretty tongue-in-cheek, I want to get serious for a moment with the last name on this list. A little more than a year ago, Velda Lauder, master corsetiere, passed away suddenly. Her work was world-renowned, and I had the privilege of seeing it in person when I visited the Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris. I told myself that one day, I’d eventually save enough to own a corset from her. I didn’t see the need to be in a rush. I thought there was plenty of time. And then she was gone. And she is irreplaceable. I saw some of Velda’s work for sale on eBay for awhile, but it seemed a bit risky to buy. Now I wish I’d gone ahead and taken the risk. Because there will never be another Velda Lauder.

 

What do you think of the five names on this list? Are there any pieces out there you wish you’d bought? Let us commiserate and weep together in the comments.

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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9 Comments

  1. Honey!
    18/07/14 at 14:19

    Cora! KMD Jezebel knicker in emerald is still at Joanna’s Wardrobe! Please please buy it and do a review!
    https://www.joannaswardrobe.com/emerald-jezebel-longline-knicker

  2. 18/07/14 at 17:19

    Cora, this post really hit home for me. When you’re a lingerie addict who has a budget, it can be so hard to pick and choose one piece over another, and it’s definitely made me have my fair share of pieces that were the one that got away. Great picks, and now you have me wanting to make a list of the things I’m still lemming!

  3. feoa
    18/07/14 at 17:29

    i love the idea of a camiknicker! What other brands make them?

  4. Honey!
    18/07/14 at 21:31
    • 19/07/14 at 4:06

      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      (That about sums up my feelings right now!)

  5. 19/07/14 at 6:30

    I just feel so happy for you when I see your readers helping you to find those long lost pieces <3 and yes I do have some of those "got aways" too…

  6. Avanavera
    19/07/14 at 14:17

    The Josephine corselette is still in stock on Girdle Bound fyi (I reblogged the link on tumblr but I’m not sure if you saw it and I’d hate for you to miss out on it!). I’ve been staring at it for ages but I’m not sure if I’d like the silhouette.
    http://www.girdlebound.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=GVG&Product_Code=L3013&Category_Code=WKD

  7. 20/07/14 at 11:31

    I too saw some of Velda Lauder’s corsets on eBay a while ago and was lucky enough to snap one up (at an absolute bargain price). I went against everything I usually tell myself and just bought it purely on the size on the tag. I had no idea of the shape other than a basic picture, or hip spring or material or lining or boning or…(you get the picture). It turns out it is one of the best corsets I own. It fits incredibly and although larger than I’d usually wear, it is SO comfortable I can’t tell you.

    Do keep your eyes peeled in case any more come up! I’m still searching in the hope that I can buy one or two more…

  8. 21/07/14 at 16:49

    Cara, Linea Intima still has some of the stunning Ari Dein chemises in stock (and on sale!). Let us know if you’re interested in purchasing one..we will ship to you!

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