Sex & Dating | September 29, 2020 10:19 am

Take It From a Woman: 15 Lingerie Brands You Should Know, None of Which Are Victoria’s Secret

She will thank you. Trust us.

Victoria's Secret Alternatives
Thirdlove

Yes, I see you.

Well, I used to see you … pre-pandemic. Black Friday shopping, last-minute Christmas panicking, Valentine’s Day, two days before her birthday, blindly browsing the 7-for-$27 panty section and hurrying down the street with a pink-and-black striped shopping bag in hand.

When it’s time to do some gift buying for your S.O., it’s okay to admit you often consult Victoria.

Victoria’s Secret was once the mecca of lingerie, and for many, it still is. However, in recent years, VS hasn’t been doing so hot. In January, CEO Les Wexner stepped down from the company, which had been dealing with a variety of setbacks including declining sales, the cancellation of its televised fashion show and transphobic remarks from the brand’s former president and chief marketing officer. 

Many on the outside criticized the brand’s refusal to be more inclusive, noting the brand’s lack of diversity in sizing and the aspirational (and completely unattainable) “Angel” model imagery. Not to mention the quality of the products is complete crap.

Luckily, though, where Victoria’s Secret has failed, dozens of other, lesser-known lingerie brands are excelling. And it’s important that you, a man who should be buying luxurious lingerie for the love of your life not just on special occasions but also on random Tuesdays, should know about them all. Well, not all of them, but 15 we deem to be worthy of her closet and your money. 

Below, you’ll find a variety of lingerie brands offering everything from traditionally sexy pieces to laid-back, everyday styles to uniquely designed, one-of-a-kind undergarments that are built to last and made to fit all body types comfortably and confidently.

CUUP

CUUP

CUUP — a brand that’s most likely been popping up in her Instagram ads — makes modern, minimalist and quite beautiful lingerie designed to accentuate her natural shape. Ranging from sizes A-H, the brand’s unlined silhouettes feature a lightweight high-performance fabric, making these bras a laid back yet elegant everyday option. We’re calling your attention to two sexy staples: The Plunge, a supportive bralette-like bra, and The Balconette, a more structured bra both featuring semi-transparent mesh cups with opaque seams. But you can’t go wrong with any of the super comfortable thongs, high-waist briefs and other bottoms, either.

Thistle and Spire

Thistle and Spire

The female-founded, NYC-based intimates brand puts a twist on lingerie classics, offering some seriously unique-looking bras, bodysuits, thongs, bralettes and garters for a vast variety of sizes. Shop embroidered bustiers, stunning V-Wire bras, sexy snake thongs and a darling blush garter with a removable choker.

Thirdlove

ThirdLove

Offering 80 sizes, including half-sizes, ThirdLove is serious about letting no boob go unsupported. And the selection of undergarments isn’t ugly! If your S.O. is on the bustier side, you’ve probably heard a complaint or two about larger cup sizes getting the boring, beige end of the stick. But with ThirdLove, you’ll find a range of stylish supportive styles from the brand’s best-selling, ultra-comfy T-shirt bra (that includes memory foam cups) to sexy lace balconette and plunge bras along with flattering everyday underwear styles.

Hanky Panky

Since 1977, Hanky Panky has delivered insanely comfortable, high-quality lingerie, bralettes and panties without compromising good looks. While the NYC-based brand offers gorgeous babydolls, slips, teddies, bras and more, Hanky Panky is best known for its signature one-size-fits-all stretch lace thong which might just be the most comfortable lace thong in the world. Oh, and to make it even easier, you can shop the highly-coveted thongs in convenient gift sets.

Agent Provocateur

Agent Provocateur

The iconic British lingerie retailer offers exquisite, impeccably crafted, and thoroughly captivating pieces — each distinctively designed to invoke a range of moods and desires. Find playful, provocative designs, sophisticated sets, romantic lace looks and striking boudoir pieces.

The Great Eros

The Great Eros

Husband and wife duo Christina Viviani and Emilio Ramirez started The Great Eros with the intention of crafting intimate lingerie that has everyday wearability. The simplistic, delicate designs spread throughout a collection of bodysuits, bras and undies, and boast high-end fabrics, like a second-skin Italian mesh and a breathtaking geometric Italian lace.

Araks

Araks

While Araks offers size-inclusive lace-y lingerie, sleek slips and basic cotton bralette/underwear sets, the brand’s standout pieces are really its super fun, silk chiffon color block bras and matching panties. So cute and so comfy she’ll never wanna cover them up.

Chantelle

Chantelle

Launched way back in 1949 as a shapewear manufacturer, Chantelle lingerie has become a standout brand in French lingerie. Now offering more than just shapewear, the brand is a favorite for its one-size SoftStretch collection of breathable, quick-drying, flexible undergarments, as well as its line of comfortable, stylish, durable bras available to all bust types.

NET-A-PORTER

Love Stories

For smaller chest sizes, Love Stories makes some of the most elegant and unique bralettes and panties I personally have ever laid my eyes on. The array of delicate satin and lace-trimmed pieces feature a mix of pastel colors and interesting patterns, resulting in a dreamy, one-of-a-kind piece she won’t forget.

Natori

Natori

Natori offers simple, sophisticated, more traditional-style lingerie crafted from high-quality materials you can feel. From sleek, satin lace slips to lightweight, “Cherry Blossom” lace racerbacks and a range of cute bottoms, the luxury lingerie brand has successfully combined comfort and sensuality.

Garmentory

Lonely Label

Auckland-based brand Lonely Label makes vintage-inspired lingerie that’s eccentric yet still romantic for all body types. Shop uniquely bold styles like the above delicate, bright green floral lace high waist brief with a matching underwire bra, or this gorgeous, soft yellow eyelash lace bra and matching brief.

Shopbop

Eberjey

Known mainly for its highly coveted, crazy comfy PJs, Eberjey also sells similarly soft lace bras and thongs, sexy camisoles and flirty chemises she’ll not just feel good in — but will have no problem drifting off to sleep in.

Only Hearts

Only Hearts

Originally an NYC boutique that specialized in only heart-shaped objects, Only Hearts has now expanded into the world of lingerie, sleepwear and apparel with pieces worn by Cardi B, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Moss (to name a few). Offering romantic but lively undergarments made from soft fabrics and unique patterns, Lonely Hearts has a ton of pieces we love, but our faves right now are this flirtatious, bright pink bralette and adorable, polka-dot babydoll set.

Farfetch

Fleur du Mal

Inspired by the famous collection of poems by Charles Baudelaire, Fleur du Mal celebrates chic femininity and sexuality with exquisite garments meant to be worn every day. The luxury lingerie brand boasts delicate lace embroidered thongs and garters, beautiful satin balconette bras, devilish bondage strap bodysuits, romantic satin slips, corset-style belts and more alluring styles.

Bluebella

Bluebella

Founded in 2005, Bluebella specializes in opulent, modern lingerie, including bras, panties, garters and bodysuits with floral designs, soft silhouettes and intriguing cage-effect strapping. While almost every piece is undeniably gorg, the brand’s best-selling Nova bra, thong and garter make for a serious show-stopping ensemble.  

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