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Runway to Realway: Lingerie Fashion Trends for S/S 2011

Even though it's still sleeting in Seattle, the calendar tells me spring is here, and that means it's time for a little wardrobe update with the latest fashion. I've already touched on some of the trends in my Curve Report and also in the article 10 Lingerie Sets You Need This Season. But if I've learned anything from years of reading Vogue, it's that you can't talk too much about fashion... especially when it comes to incorporating the latest looks into your everyday wardrobe. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to express your style with your lingerie this season. Here, I'll talk three trends I'm really loving right now --- lace, prints, and brights.


I am obsessed with lace this season, and I'm sure you can understand why. Lace is the epitome of elegance, class, and luxury and it's a material that looks just as seductive on innerwear as it does on outerwear. Zinke's white lace romper (available August 2011) is a beautiful take on the white lace trend (as seen on the Brioni runway), while Myla's Lotus Chemise and Agent Provocateur's Penelope Basque perfectly capture the seductive power of black lace (as seen in the Zac Posen and Francesco Scognamiglio shows, respectively).


A fashion classic, leopard print makes a reappearance this season, but in a more subdued way (as seen in the Blumarine show). Stella McCartney embodies the essence of this new neutral with her Marguerite line. Spring just isn't spring without floral prints, but even if Issac Mizrahi's dress isn't to your liking, you can still indulge the trend with the Watercolor Roses bra and panty set from Calvin Klein. Finally, polka dots are back in a big way. Moschino's polka dot-print suit is a bit "loud" for my tastes, but I love the romantic pastel dots from Emily B. Best of all, this is a maternity bra, so my new Moms can indulge the lingerie love too! My curvy and plus sized readers may also want to take a look at Elomi's Cherry Blossom print bra and brief set.


Bright colors are huge this season, especially shades like grape, plum, and coral.  Fendi, Diane von Furstenberg, and Issa all showed gorgeous, vibrant colors on their runways for this season and the lingerie world doesn't disappoint. Treat yourself to Emporio Armani's balconette bra & brief, Fleur of England's "Tease" Balcony Bra & Brief, or Mary Green's silk "Satin Doll" chemise... the lavender and berry shades flatter a variety of skintones.

What's your favorite lingerie trend from this season? Tell me in the comments!

Photo Credits: All runway images from Lingerie images from their respective stores.

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.

4 Comments on this post

  1. Dollbecky says:

    I love lace but as someone who has been on a 5 year hunt for the perfect floral bra* I'm always keen for more more options in a good floral :D

    *a large rose print in pinks and reds

  2. Kayla @ TheEclecticElement says:

    I'm with you on the lace-I SERIOUSLY love it!! I'm always drawn to lace-themed items :)

  3. FancyLingerieStore says:

    We still love the leopard print, glad to see its still in the spring line-up even if subtle. Thanks!

  4. Petra Bellejambes says:

    Dear Treacle,

    Like you, I am all over the lace lingerie. Lace supports practically every personality, every mood you can own in the course of a day or night, demure and shy, provocative and on the prowl, you just can't top lace for full feminine effect.

    Nice trend spotting m'dear!

    xxoo – Petra

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