What’s trend-proof, seasonless, and always in style? It isn’t a trick question; it’s lingerie.
While Bare Necessities starts with bras that make you feel your most confident, we also go beyond bras to the best sexy lingerie you’ll find in one place, from mild to wild.
Our expert sexy buyer Krista Molinaro brings together the little lacy pieces that look great, feel comfortable and boost your confidence. What could be better with Valentine’s Day right around the corner or, let’s be honest, any night you want to make more interesting?
Krista rounded up her top picks of our most popular lingerie to make browsing a breeze, so you can get to the fun faster.
“Just the right touch of peek-a-boo is what makes great lingerie. To me, sexy always still leaves a little something to the imagination,” says Krista, who recommends looking for what you would feel the most comfortable wearing. “You can feel sexy and still have coverage in a teddy or chemise or, if you’re looking to start a fire, you can bare more skin in an open cup or a crotchless panty.”
Read on for her can’t-go-wrong racy recommendations of the best lingerie.
Best Overall Lingerie:
Mapalé Cage Lace Wireless Bra and Garter Set
The reviews say it all: this sheer stretch lace set reliably delivers. It’s the definition of modern lingerie, with its subtly cage-inspired cups that stretch to fit chests both bigger and smaller, provocative ultra-low-rise G-string, and elasticized garter belt with heart-shaped cutouts (don’t forget to add thigh highs).
It’s sweetly cheeky—not too over-the-top—and comes in an impressively broad choice of colors to set the tone you’re going for, be it bubblegum pink that would be just the thing on a honeymoon or a firestarter in red that would take care of Valentine’s Day. The quality for the price is another check in the pro column. Finally, many fans find it downright comfortable, with an impressively great fit on a wide range of body types.
Most Comfortable Lingerie:
Seven ’til Midnight Temptation Lace Wire-Free Romper
This romper is proof positive that you can wear lingerie without itching to remove it straight away. The somewhat sheer stretch lace with feathery eyelash trim is soft, not scratchy. It has a snap closure cotton panel that not only feels fine but makes it adjustable and lets you leave it on as long as you’d like. The ribbon tie in back also allows for a fit that’s true to you. More than a few reviewers said they wear it around the house all day long.
Its contemporary styling is what really makes this romper a standout: How unexpectedly sexy are the cap sleeves, nipped-in elastic waist and shortie shorts? It’s basically the hottest lil mini you ever put on. Try it in black for a sophisticated vibe, red for a festive feel or white on an innocent night.
Best Luxury Lingerie:
Simone Perele Delice Demi Bra and Boyshort
There’s no shorter shortcut to feeling like a million bucks than exquisitely decadent lingerie, and arguably no one knows of these things better than the French do.
The delicate, scintillating Simone Perele Delice Demi Bra is made of sheer seamed and embroidered tulle in the most gorgeous ballerina colors for throwback glamour you can absolutely wear any day of the week and/or reserve for special occasions. Especially paired with the coordinating cheeky bottoms (do not miss the back view!), Delice is the height of refined elegance and taste. Truly, lingerie never looked so ladylike.
Most Affordable Lingerie:
Dreamgirl Sweetheart Crotchless Boyshort
While we’ve amassed a substantial selection of affordable lingerie under $40 that won’t put a dent in anyone’s budget, turns out all it takes is 12 bucks to bring someone to their knees.
These best-selling, low-riding, heart-motif boyshorts (again, check the rear view), which are also available in extended sizes, entice in the front with a keyhole positioned just above the cutout; from behind, they frame and flatter. They also score for being soft and comfy No bra need even apply.
At three for $30, you can treat yourself to the black, the red and the white. Who knew so little fabric could be so evocative?
Best Lingerie with Inclusive Sizing:
Oh Là Là Chéri Plus Size Open Cup Teddy
It’s not as much of a stretch anymore to find fabulous plus size sexy lingerie because designers appreciate that it doesn’t hurt to have curves to really work these pieces! This little number is our best-selling proof.
It’s one of our most enduringly popular plus-size picks because while this lace teddy looks like sweet nothing, it’s actually made to play up your best assets. Underwires lift and support even without proper bra cups; stretch lace gives a smooth finish without obstructing the view; ruffles guide the eye where you want it and, according to reviews, the access is sheer perfection.
Jezebel Ruffles Galore Babydoll Set
Sexy doesn’t have to mean raunchy; if you get off on girly, then this is the getup for you.
Black, red and pastel sherbet shades set a romantic scene; the same can be said for the tulle and contrasting lace ruffles, as well as the velvet ribbon that trim its foam-lined, underwire cups (surprisingly substantive!) and flowy hemline.
This one also comes with a cute matching low-rise mesh bikini that’s flagrantly embellished in back for a flirty vibe that’s hard for anyone to resist, whether you’re newly together or far from it.
Dreamgirl Studded Mesh Wire-Free Garter Set
Prepare to shock and awe.
This one size fits most (2-14) mesh bondage harness will have your body locked and loaded. Thick black elastic with metal rings and grommets on the choker neckline and garter straps turn you into a dangerous dominatrix fully in control of your night. Pair with the matching G-string or add (or subtract) your own pair. “This is literally the sexiest thing I have ever owned and almost gave my boyfriend a heart attack,” wrote one reviewer. Don’t think there’s higher praise when it comes to making a night memorable.