Many of us have a tricky relationship with lingerie. We might have grown up in households where owning our sexuality was frowned upon, or we might not have seen our body types in the lingerie models of the '90s and 2000s. Whatever our relationship to lingerie is, many modern lingerie brands have worked to dismantle the judgments, fears, and insecurities, we might have, helping us to feel confident and empowered in our skin (and a chic lacey thong).
We researched many of those modern brands to find the ones that make us feel the most confident, sexy, empowered, and bold in our bodies—from a lingerie company that has been around since 1916 to modern designers with a lens on inclusivity.
Keep reading for Byrdie’s picks of the best lingerie brands, along with some shopping advice from Paula Agelucci, the district manager at Adore Me.
Meet the Expert
Paula Angelucci is the district manager at Adore Me, a brand specializing in lingerie, lounge, sleep, swim, and more.
We are long-time Cosabella fans, thanks to their incredibly comfortable lace thongs. Aside from making a cult-favorite pair of undies, Cosabella offers stunning lingerie made with the same level of comfort, durability, and sex appeal. From cheeky chemise tops to mesh garter belts, Cosabella has a variety of lingerie styles that feel ultra-femme and whimsical. And, they also take it up a notch with super sexy bondage styles, such as this harness underwire bra and this Bondage Bodysuit.
Price Range: $30-$250 | Size Range: XS-3X | Shipping Policy: Free standard shipping over $75 | Return Policy: 30 days from purchase
Lingerie doesn’t need to be over-the-top to be sexy. Case in point: Wolford’s lingerie collection features more minimalistic styles that are ultra-sexy and luxe. From mesh bralettes and lace undies to nude push-up bras, the brand has something for everyone in its lingerie offerings. We love Wolford lingerie because it’s made from high-quality, durable material that feels functional and comfortable. Additionally, the brand makes gorgeous mesh shapewear that feels sexy and cool compared to more traditional styles.
Price Range: $45-$350 | Size Range: 32A-40E | Shipping Policy: Free ground shipping over $120 | Return Policy: 30 days from purchase
If you’re looking for beautiful lingerie in rich jewel-toned hues, we love Ilhuoma’s luxe designs. From sexy demi bras to silky suspenders, the black-owned lingerie brand emphasizes the divine feminine, inspiring empowered sensuality and self-love. The brand also has a unique approach to sustainability, with a focus on creating beautiful lingerie that is not trend-driven and designed to be worn no matter what’s in style. They also create their garments from a small production with minimum waste.
Another cool thing about Ihuoma is that it has its own unique roman numeral size range, with each numeral designed to fit a range of traditional sizes. The designs are made with maximum adjustability—with some styles even featuring adjustable back straps—to accommodate how the body naturally fluctuates. In addition to their size range, the brand also offers custom sizing through their bespoke package, making it one of the more size-inclusive options on our list.
Price Range: $93-$298 | Size Range: I-VI | Shipping Policy: $25 international shipping | Return Policy: 14 days from purchase
Carine Gilson is the epitome of luxury lingerie with stunning ready-to-wear pieces, as well as couture designs. From simple lace triangle bras to timeless slip dresses, purchasing lingerie from Carine Gilson is like investing in a piece of art for your body. The lingerie pieces are made by hand from high-quality textiles made to last years of wear when properly cared for. The thing that sets Carine Gilson apart from other lingerie brands is the designs, which are each uniquely inspired by art deco and nature with ethereal vibes. It’s the perfect place to shop for special occasion undergarments, such as bridal lingerie.
Price Range: $317-$2,800 | Size Range: 30A-38D | Shipping Policy: Free shipping over $360 | Return Policy: 15 days from purchase
Eres Paris creates lux neutral lingerie from gorgeous fabrics, taking an elevated spin on basics like triangle bras and high-waisted briefs. Whether it’s their cozy lace cashmere bra and matching bottoms or their sexy sheer cup bra and high-waisted briefs, the lingerie at Eres Paris is made to make you feel confident while also remaining comfy enough to wear under clothing or sleep in. In addition to lingerie, Eres also carries swimwear and activewear with the same level of luxury comfort and fit.
Price Range: $100-$545 | Size Range: 32B-36D | Shipping Policy: Free shipping | Return Policy: 30 days from purchase
For ornate lingerie that makes us feel confident and sexy, we turn to La Perla. The brand is home to dozens of fine lingerie options, perfect for special occasions or just because. From the bridal collection—which includes lacey briefs as well as personalized monogrammed garments—to their collection of intricate, everyday lingerie, we admire La Perla’s attention to detail, commitment to excellent construction, and gorgeous designs.
Price Range: $88-$1,465 | Size Range: 32B-32E | Shipping Policy: Free shipping | Return Policy: 28 days from delivery date
Liberté is one of our favorite fine lingerie brands because they are focused on creating luxe designs inspired by early undergarment tailoring with a modern twist. They create everyday bras and undies that moonlight as premium lingerie, with beautiful lace detailing and maximum comfort. We also love this lingerie brand because they’re designed with bigger busts in mind, as cup sizes run from C to H and styles—such as the Bowery Mesh Plunge Bra—are supportive and chic.
Price Range: $40-$117 | Size Range: 32C-38H | Shipping Policy: Free shipping over $100 | Return Policy: 30 days from shipment date
We’ve been shopping at Brooklyn Fox in Brooklyn for nearly a decade and are thrilled that their curated collection is now offered online. Featuring brands like Cosabella, God Save Queens, and Only Hearts, the small business lingerie shop is the place to shop if you want to see the best lingerie items from a variety of brands. We love this shop because they’re always so knowledgable about fit, comfort, and style and are so helpful when it comes to figuring out the best size for you, as they have an in-depth bra fit guide on their website and also offer personalized fittings at their Williamsburg, Brooklyn location.
Price Range: Price range varies, depending on the brand | Size Range: Sizes vary, depending on the brand | Shipping Policy: Standard shipping | Return Policy: 7 days from the delivery date for exchange or store credit
Anya Lust is a lingerie destination spot, centered around unique and whimsical designs from a variety of brands. It’s the perfect place to shop if you prefer something a little more curated to your playful style, as the brand carries unique garments from brands like Bracli, La Musa, and Agent Provocateur. From the Venus Underbust Corset—which is like a Sandro Botticelli painting for your body—to the Olivia Lace Slip to the Flora Bodysuit, Anya Lust’s online lingerie shop feels like stepping into a fantasy world.
Price Range: $42-$795 | Size Range: Sizes vary, depending on the brand | Shipping Policy: Free shipping over $100 | Return Policy: 14 days from the delivery date
If you love crystals, you’ll love the lingerie offerings from Dbleudazzled. The Black-owned undergarment brand specializes in custom bedazzled undergarments and is beloved by celebrities such as Beyoncé, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, Lady Gaga, Shania Twain, and Cardi B. The lingerie items are inspired by founder Destiney Bleu’s life-long passion for dance and costume with incredible designs such as the Supernova Catsuit and the Satellite Open Cup Bra.
Price Range: $40-$500 | Size Range: S-XL | Shipping Policy: Standard shipping | Return Policy: No returns
Nubian Skin is another one of our favorite Black-owned undergarment brands. The London-based company focuses on a curated collection of lingerie that complements a range of skin tones. If you’re looking for undergarments that are truly nude, Nubian Skin helps you find your perfect match with their robust Skin Tone Guide, using a variety of makeup shades to help you find your perfect hue. From sexy mesh bodysuits to cotton brief undies, the lingerie brand offers items for the everyday and special occasion.
Price Range: $27-$189 | Size Range: 36AA-38FF | Shipping Policy: Free shipping over $100 | Return Policy: 21 days from purchase
For Love & Lemons
We are obsessed with For Love & Lemons lingerie, which immediately transports you into a fairytale with botanical-inspired designs that are whimsical and oh-so-pretty. With frilly designs like the Swirl Eyelet Bodysuit and sexy yet subtle styles like the Maeve Underwire Bra and matching Thong Panty, For Love & Lemons creates a mix of pretty intimates—they even have some styles made for lingerie legend Victoria’s Secret.
Price Range: $29-200 | Size Range: $29-$159 | Shipping Policy: Free shipping over $50 | Return Policy: 31 days from shipment date
Cult-favorite lingerie brand CUUP is all about modern and minimal styles. We love this brand because they make gorgeous-looking everyday undergarments with a lingerie twist, plus they’re supportive, comfy, and, did we mention gorgeous? What impresses us most about CUUP, though, is the brand’s commitment to body image and dismantling century-old sizing systems to create undergarments that fit real bodies—they also aim to design bras and undies in a range of neutral hues that match a variety of skin tones. From their iconic Balconette Bra (which comes in neutral hues and this mustard yellow color that we are obsessed with) to their silky and sexy Scoop Bra, CUUP makes undergarments you’ll want to wear on repeat.
Price Range: $18-$78 | Size Range: 30A-44H | Shipping Policy: Free shipping over $75 | Return Policy: 30 days from purchase date
Spice things up with Love Honey’s collection of lingerie and sexy costumes. We love this budget-friendly lingerie brand because its designs are playful and unique. From the Long Sleeve Lace Garter Stockings to the Fierce Tough Love Wet Look Studded Open-Cup Teddy, the lingerie brand makes fun and ultra-sexy lingerie styles to fit virtually any body type. With standard sizes ranging from small to 6XL, plus size designs, and a price range under $100, this is one of the most inclusive lingerie brands on our list.
Price Range: $13-$85 | Size Range: S-6XL, plus size styles | Shipping Policy: Free shipping over $49 | Return Policy: 60 days from purchase date
Third Love is committed to creating high-quality bras and underwear that actually fit well, and are reasonably priced. As an added plus, their undergarment styles are also really pretty and styles like the Lace Back Cheeky and Lace Contour Plunge Bra double as sexy lingerie. In addition to undergarments, Third Love also carries sexy sleepwear ensembles, such as the Boho Lace Sleep Romper.
Price Range: $15-$216 | Size Range: 32A-44H | Shipping Policy: Free shipping over $100 | Return Policy: 60 days from purchase date
LaSette is a Los Angeles-based Black-owned lingerie brand with designs made for day to night. The brand features simple yet ultra-sexy styles, such as the Strapped In Thong and Back to Basics Slip. We love this lingerie brand because the styles feel effortlessly cool and chic and the offerings are a little more minimal, so we don’t feel decision fatigued, or the need to buy excess styles we might not wear.
Price Range: $45-$280 | Size Range: XS-XL | Shipping Policy: Standard shipping | Return Policy: No returns
Founded by Josefina Almeda Cruz, a Filipino entrepreneur, Natori is another one of our top picks for the best lingerie brands because they carry a good mix of timeless styles and modern designs. From luxury lingerie items like the Lolita Chemise to modern lace pieces, such as the Floral Romance Long Sleeve Catsuit, Natori is a combination of fun, sophisticated, and classy. In addition to creating high-quality lingerie offerings, Natori is also committed to helping you find the perfect fit with their virtual bra fit sessions.
Price Range: $16–$795 | Size Range: XS-3X | Shipping Policy: Free ground shipping | Return Policy: 30 days from the delivery date
For the vintage lover, Soroité is a must-shop. Inspired by a group of sisters and their mother’s passion for vintage and luxury fashion, the sustainable lingerie brand carries unique and rare lingerie finds, as well as some reworked items. From throwback La Perla designs to antique slip dresses, Sororité has some truly remarkable lingerie treasures, plus their own reworked designs (we love this one-of-a-kind rose bustier). In addition to vintage lingerie, the brand also carries upcycled designer jewelry and fun accessories like pearl beaded belts.
Price Range: $88-$725 | Size Range: Sizes vary, based on item | Shipping Policy: Standard shipping | Return Policy: No returns
Agent Provocateur is another iconic lingerie brand on our list, with some of the sexiest and chicest styles. It was founded in 1994 as a small boutique but is now one of the biggest lingerie companies, centered around celebrating sexuality and freedom. The brand’s lingerie sets range from simple to intricate with gorgeous, high-quality construction and fabrication. Compare to other lingerie companies, the brand has an average price range that spans anywhere from under $100 to over $1,000. But, they also offer more budget-friendly styles through their online outlet store.
Price Range: $40-$1,555 | Size Range: 32A-38G | Shipping Policy: $20 standard shipping | Return Policy: 28 days from purchase date
For a size and wallet-inclusive lingerie brand, look no further than Love, Vera. The black-owned brand has a fantastic price range from $40 to $130 accompanied by excellent sizing with bra cups ranging from A to DDD and bottoms ranging from S to 4XL. On top of that, they also carry curve styles to fit more bodies. Sizing sets them apart from other lingerie brands, but it’s not the only way Love, Vera aims to be inclusive. The lingerie brand also offers a lingerie bundle, which allows you to get nine sale items for under $100.
Price Range: $40-$130 | Size Range: 32A-44DDD | Shipping Policy: Standard shipping | Return Policy: 14 days from the delivery date
Bordelle is both bold and endearing—and is one of the most fashionable lingerie brands on our list. The UK-based brand offers sexy and cool lingerie designs, with an edgy twist. We’re currently obsessed with the Kora Rose collection, which includes everything from mesh balconette bras and matching thong underwear to more bondage-style silhouettes such as the Ouvert Wire Bra and rose gold collar.
Price Range: $118-$997 | Size Range: XS-XL | Shipping Policy: International shipping | Return Policy: 14 days from the delivery date
We’re long-time Maison-Close fans, particularly because their lingerie items are so stylish, cool, and make us feels bold. The brand makes a range of styles, including more minimalist sexy lingerie like this sheer garter belt and matching thong, as well as this futuristic metallic suspender ensemble and this sexy sheer catsuit. The brand feels accessible and cool, with lingerie styles that are meant to be worn out of the house.
Price Range: $25-$600 | Size Range: 32B-36D | Shipping Policy: Free shipping over $89 | Return Policy: 30 days from purchase date
Fleur Du Mal
Fleur Du Mai brings on the glam with a collection of beautiful lingerie sets and undergarments. The luxury lingerie designer carries everything from sexy ensembles to everyday essentials. Whether you’re into something more simplistic like the Charlotte Bandeau Bra and matching High Waist Bottoms or something a little more revealing like the Dotty Demi Bra with matching Dotty Cheeky undies and garter belt, this top lingerie brand has something for everyone. Right now, we’re loving the playful Banana Balconette Bra with matching Banana Tanga undies and garter belt as well as the Satin Bullet Bodysuit, which would look so chic with a pair of high-waisted jeans and heels.
Price Range: $28-$695 | Size Range: 32A-36DD | Shipping Policy: Free shipping | Return Policy: 20 days from shipment date
Bum Cake is another one for vintage lovers. The brand offers high-quality vintage lingerie that embody confidence, and empowerment, and are ultra-sexy. From vintage slip dresses to thrifted lace teddy tops, the black-owned vintage shop curates the most incredible finds. Sizes vary depending on the item, but each product page features measurements so you can ensure it’s the right fit before ordering.
Price Range: $30-$165 | Size Range: Sizes vary depending on the item | Shipping Policy: Free shipping | Return Policy: No returns
This London-based lingerie brand is one of our favorites, thanks to the excellent range of sizes, price range, and adorable styles. One thing that makes this brand stand out is how easy it is to shop for your body type with Bluebella’s Shop By Size page. This helps you narrow down styles available in your cup size, saving you time (and disappointment when you realize something is sold out in your size). From bondage bras to sporty knickers, Bluebella carries a variety of lingerie styles, making it easier to find your next set.
Price Range: $20-$129 | Size Range: 30A-42G | Shipping Policy: Free shipping over $60 | Return Policy: 30 days from receipt
Sexy and seductive is the main focus at Honey Birdette—and they certainly deliver. The boudoir-inspired lingerie company creates everything from provocative corset sets to bondage-style undergarments, as well as femme bra and undies. Plus, they have an online outlet, where you can shop for lingerie items at more affordable price points. In addition to lingerie, Honey Birdette also has a Pleasure Parlour featuring bespoke accessories, like massage oil candles, bondage kits, and a best-selling vibrating panty.
Price Range: $135-$565 | Size Range: 30A-41H | Shipping Policy: Free shipping over $150 | Return Policy: 45 days from purchase
Lingerie brand Mariemur is centered around creating a new vision of “feminine” with a mix of leather and lace ensembles. From pink Leather Leg Garters over mesh bodysuits to fishnet bras and collars, the lingerie brand is a fun mix of delicate and powerful. They also feature garments made for wearing out of the house, like the Gven Top and Poppy Leather Bra harness, which you can wear over a solid bodysuit or tank.
Price Range: $27-$398 | Size Range: 30AA-40C | Shipping Policy: Free shipping over $200 | Return Policy: 14 days from delivery date
Italian lingerie brand Intimissimi has some of the most beautiful, chic, and classic styles. Whether you’re on the prowl for the perfect silk slip dress to wear in the bedroom and out of the house or want a sexy “something blue” babydoll top for your wedding night, Intimissimi has your needs covered. Something cool about this brand is it aims to educate its customers, not just on sizing and proper garment care, but on popular lingerie textiles. If you’re looking at the fabric and wondering what it all means, you can learn more about each textile used on the brand’s fabric guide, which covers everything from silk to eco-friendly modal and leaves you feeling like a lingerie expert.
Price Range: $15-$179 | Size Range: 32A-42DDD | Shipping Policy: Standard shipping | Return Policy: 30 days from the delivery date
Adore Me is one of our favorite lingerie brands for a few reasons. First, the price range for the level of quality is outstanding (and kind of shocking, to be honest). But, on top of that, the brand offers a subscription service, which is kind of similar to Fabletics but for lingerie. It works like this: Each month, you visit the online showroom between the 1st and 5th to shop styles at discounted prices. If you don’t see anything you love, you can skip the month. Plus, you can always cancel and choose to shop their styles as needed. The subscription is great because you get access to more sales, discounts, and other perks (such as a free set on your 6th order).
Price Range: $15-$55 | Size Range: 30A-46I | Shipping Policy: Free shipping | Return Policy: 30 days from delivery date, $5.95 restocking fee
Etam is one of the oldest lingerie brands and blends timeless styles with modern designs. Founded in 1916, the French lingerie brand has a variety of luxury lingerie styles ranging from intricate to simple, making it a one-stop shop for undergarments. Whether it’s a sensual lace corset or a tulle silk bra that doubles as an everyday essential, there’s something for everyone at Etam. One of the most impressive things about Etam is, that despite being over a century old, the brand continues to adapt and progress. In 2018, Etam created a responsibility pact, promising to move toward more sustainable fashion through eco-friendly or upcycled fabrics, responsible practices, and fair trade.
Price Range: $12-$115 | Size Range: 32B-36C | Shipping Policy: Free shipping over $100 | Return Policy: 30 days from delivery date
What to Look for When Buying Lingerie
Bodysuits: Stretchy Material and Adjustable Straps
“For bodysuits, look for a good stretch material to support you,” says Paula Angelucci, the district manager at Adore Me. She also recommends looking for styles with adjustable straps for the best fit.
“Make sure babydolls are cup-sized and have an underwire, so you get the fitted look at the top,” Angelucci explains. “The bottom part doesn’t need to be too tight-fitting, so you get a perfect flow on the bottom.”
Bustiers: Adjustable Straps
Angelucci recommends bustiers as “a great option to camouflage and smooth excess side breast tissue.” She recommends investing in a bustier with adjustable straps and three back clasp options to give you the ideal fit and comfort.
Corsets: Full-Tie Options
“Corsets are a must-have staple in your lingerie wardrobe,” says Angelucci. “For corsets, you want a full tie option in the back with tight-fitting clasps for the front—this will give you the most flattering fit,” she explains.
Everyday Bras: Breathable Fabrics and More
“When shopping for comfort bras for everyday wear, look for soft, breathable fabrics and stretchy materials,” Angelucci recommends. She also says it’s best to find options with fully adjustable elastic straps, as well as three back clasps so you can ensure a good, comfortable fit.
What is the difference between lingerie and underwear?
Both lingerie and underwear are meant to be worn under clothing, next to the skin—however, they have some distinct differences. “Underwear is typically worn for functionality and practicality,” says Angelucci. “Lingerie, on the other hand, also serves aesthetic purposes.” Lingerie typically involves lacy and more delicate materials with revealing silhouettes worn for special occasions. “To put it simply, underwear is bras and panties, while lingerie is so much more,” she explains.
What are the different types of lingerie?
“Lingerie compromises everything from bra and panty sets to teddies, babydolls, chemises, and beyond,” says Angelucci. While the different types of lingerie vary, there are a few staples Angelucci says everyone needs in their wardrobe, starting with a corset. “Corsets are innerwear that has become a favorite option for outerwear and look great when paired with jeans or worn under a jacket,” she explains. Bustier sets are another lingerie must-have, as it's versatile enough to wear all day. And, of course, you can’t go wrong with a sexy and classic bra and underwear set.
How do you care for lingerie?
“Using the washing machine might sound tempting, but the best way to take care of your lingerie sets is to wash them by hand,” Angelucci explains. “This way, you’ll avoid ruining the delicate materials, and will also make sure your lingerie lasts longer.”
To wash your lingerie, Angelucci says to always use cold or lukewarm water with a gentle soap or mild detergent. “First, let the delicates soak for a few minutes, then gently wash them and rinse well by running cool water through the item until the water is no longer soapy,” says Angelucci. “To remove any excess water from the fabric, you can carefully press it but do not wring.” To dry lingerie, Angelucci recommends laying them flat on a drying rack and says to never use the dryer “as the hot temperature will ruin your lingerie.”
In addition to proper washing, the way you store your lingerie is also important. “Keep your bras, corsets, bustiers, and panties flat or slightly folded in a drawer,” Angelucci recommends. “To avoid wrinkling, you can hang teddies and babydolls on padded hangers or fold them in tissue paper when storing them in a drawer.”
Why Trust Byrdie
Contributing writer Jessie Quinn has a bachelor's degree in fashion journalism. From working in the fashion closet and interviewing designers at NYLON Magazine to now writing about the best style trends for various publications, Jessie researches and sources the best fashion finds. When researching the best lingerie brands, Jessie looked at companies with various size ranges, variety of styles, and construction quality. She also considered brands with a focus on sexy lingerie as well as everyday comfort styles.