You know what they say: it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Just ask Daisy & Elizabeth, a line of sublimely indiscreet underpinnings made in Brooklyn from low-impact fabrics such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, recycled nylon, Tencel (a cellulosic fiber derived from wood pulp) and Modal (beech trees).
Unleash her inner ’40s bombshell—and make Cupid blush—with Ayten Gasson’s delicate “Tia” teddy, cut on a flattering bias from 100 percent ebony silk and hand-trimmed with vintage cotton leavers lace from one of the few remaining mills in England.
HUNKA BURNING LUVA
Complete with ruffled borders and a taffeta bow, Luva Huva’s eggshell-blue babydoll nightie is kittenish without veering into streetwalker territory. That doesn’t mean it can’t burn up the sheets, however. Ethically made in the United Kingdom from a blend of organic cotton and soy, this is one slip that won’t spare the details.
A wry reference to one of Mae West’s provocative proclamations, Gilda & Pearl’s “Snow White Drifted” collection pairs the untarnished virtue of ivory lace and silk satin with burlesque-inspired details, all handmade and finished in the United Kingdom.
THINKING OF ENGLAND
Play your cards right and Fleur of England’s “Tease” bralet and high-waisted shortie will spend more time on your bedroom floor than an actual person. Another export from the British Isles, the retro-styled unmentionables feature French leavers lace and bands of silk in sizzling “siren pink.” Le rawr rawr.
Put the “romp” in romper with Eberjey’s bamboo-jersey playsuit. No muffin tops or lacerated thighs on display here; the elasticized waist and flowing lines cling to curves like a dream.
Sexy doesn’t have to be synonymous with punishment (well, unless that’s your kink). Love at First Blush makes its seductive“Cage” bodysuit to order in Montreal from supple jersey knit and soft elastic straps, along with flashes of sheer mesh for grownup games of peekaboo.
Channeling the sex symbols of yore (Marilyn, Brigitte, Bettie) doesn’t have to involve more hoisting and cinching than a barn-raising. Stitched to order in Melbourne, Australia, the vintage-inspired “Babette” camisole by Hopless couples pliable Modal jersey with mesh side panels for a Vargas girl silhouette sans girdle.
PLAYMATE OF THE MONTH
Straight out of a ’60s girlie magazine, The Loved One’s retro-styled underpinnings will do all the dirty talking for you. Proudly made in the U.S. of A., each piece is named after a naughty B movie: The lacy “Agony of Love” panty (far left)—has heart-stopping cutouts in all the right places.
With a name like Hanky Panky, would you settle for anything less? Awash in sultry black lace, its American-made “Galloon” bralet features alluring open seams along the front of each cup, plus a pair of satin bows for a cheeky finishing touch.
HEARTS ON FIRE
With its scalloped lace trim, sheer lace bodice, and flirty back ruching, Only Hearts’ homegrown red-hot scorcher isn’t one to mince words. A little less conversation, a little more action, please.
Like “décolletage” and “boudoir,” everything sounds naughtier in French. Another case in point? Kiki de Montparnasse’s 100 percent silk “Amour” teddy, the perfect mix of sexy and sophisticated for the femme fatale next door. Just ignore the American provenance, oui?
DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL
Who Made Your Pants is more than your average collection of skimpy underthings; it’s also a campaign for better work conditions. Its factory in Southhampton hires underserved women, including refugees from Afghanistan, Somalia, the Sudan, to churn out its knickers from salvaged overstock and mill-end fabrics, providing employment, training, and support in a safe, female-friendly environment.+ Who Made Your Pants?