Dark Desires: Hopeless Lingerie's "Tenebrae" Collection
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Dark Desires: Hopeless Lingerie's "Tenebrae" Collection

Hopeless crop top and panties

We've waxed poetic about Hopeless Lingerie many times on The Lingerie Addict. You may remember that Hopeless won our Best Independent Brand award last year. An indie darling, Gaby at Hopeless is always innovating, releasing capsule collections of limited edition pieces several times a year. One of the first designers to incorporate the strappy aesthetic, Gaby has a refreshing way of knowing exactly what her fans want. Follow her Instagram or Facebook pages, and you'll see fans of all shapes and sizes sharing their photos modeling her pieces. You get the sense her fans are really empowered by Gaby's pieces, which is exciting to see.

Inspired by B-grade and horror films, Hopeless has a unique way of subtly incorporating a sense of darkness in her collections without being so literal. Her newest collection, Tenebrae, is no exception. Inspired by the 1982 horror film by the same name, Tenebrae is Latin for darkness, especially darkness of the night and the shadow of death. And while these pieces have a certain moodiness about them, they are also a breath of fresh air. As if the brand doesn't take itself too seriously. There's a delightful play of dark secrets paired with irreverence and unapologetic confidence.

These Hopeless knickers are incredible, with several styles utilizing straps and harnesses in innovative ways. The straps are fully adjustable and meant to emphasize the curves of the female body. The harness knickers have a bondage-inspired strap that looks fantastic paired with any bra and incorporated into outerwear. Plus I love the back view and how the straps create a bit of a belt, defining the waist. Other stand-out pieces include a less-is-more ouvert panty that looks like it gives great lift and a skirted suspender that cheekily pairs athletic mesh with a twirly, girlish silhouette. Just last night Hopeless added what may be my favorite pieces, a flouncy cropped cami top with matching French knickers. As with the garter skirt, I love the play of tough-girl fabric and ethereal, super feminine silhouettes.

Hopeless Harness Panties

Hopeless strappy Panties

Hopeless Strappy Panty

Hopeless ouvert panties

Hopeless Halter top 2

Hopeless Garter Skirt

Hopeless top

These are pieces designed with comfort in mind, crafted of sheer meshes, stretch laces, and soft bamboo jersey. In fact, they are so comfy Gaby encourages you to try them as sleepwear too! Briefs are full coverage in the back so there's no riding up. Cami tops and bralettes give gentle support and are drop-dead sexy too! Sizes range from XXS-XXL, with bralettes working best on a D cup or under.

Hopeless lace bralette

Hopeless bralette

Hopeless Bra and Panties set

Hopeless Lace Crop Top

Hopeless Polka Dot PantiesHopeless Bralette

Hopeless Garter Belt

If you love Hopeless Lingerie, then you'll want to act quickly! Many of these styles are limited edition, with quantities of only 10-40 being produced. Each piece is handmade in Melbourne, Australia, so allow for 3-8 weeks for delivery.

What do you think of Hopeless Lingerie's newest collection? Are you a fan of the strappy lingerie aesthetic? Would you incorporate any of these pieces into your lingerie wardrobe?

Laurie Shapiro

Laurie Shapiro is the former owner and designer of the luxury lingerie label, Toad Lillie. Based in Seattle, WA, she now helps lingerie businesses engage their customers through brand communications and social media.

6 Comments on this post

  1. Jackee says:

    i love them all, but especially that first one. where/how do i place an order?

    • Cora Cora says:

      On her website would be the first place to check, I believe.

      • David says:

        I know this is an older post, but, I must say i love the strappy lingerie / panty styles that have been coming out by various sellers. I like them because they have a less is more factor, Sometimes its nice to feel sexy with the comfort (sometimes) of a full coverage panty without the thong wedgie.. The cut outs & open backs or caged panties are really sexy and something new & different for the panty drawer. I say this because i’m one of those men that prefer woman’s underwear styles than those of guys, the fuller cuts & wider coverage, generally make them very wearable for me and my wife likes having more strings to snap !

  2. jessa says:

    I love that they used a slightly curvier model – I’ve never seen anyone with my kind of body type in this style of lingerie before, and this has definitely piqued my interest. I never thought this style would work for me, but now I most definitely want the red harness knickers.

  3. Rox says:

    Her lipstick is a must, where can I find that color it looks so good! <3

  4. Sinead says:

    Oh God love it all

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