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Find Top Picks for this Holiday Season, from Swimwear to Sexy Lingerie


It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! Of course, it can also be one of the most stressful. Whether or not you’ve gotten a jump on your gift list yet, you’re in luck: Our best-in-the-biz buyers are here to point you directly to their favorite picks for perfect presents in every category on Bare Necessities.

Now, with a minimum of time and indecision, you can find something your significant other, best friend, parents, in-laws, kids and even the dog are all but guaranteed to love. Consider it our gift to you.

ALYSSA, KELLY & JACLYN, moderate bras and panties, shapewear, hosiery and sleepwear

Karen Neuburger family pajamas

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Karen Neuburger Family Pajamas
Matching jammies are great for so many reasons—bam, instant Christmas presents for everyone; so much adorable social media and holiday card potential; everybody loves new PJs! Go buffalo plaid or Fair Isle. Moms, dads, kids and the family pet can all get in on the fun, which is so rare. Everyone gets to enjoy the holiday spirit while chilling in comfort at home.

PERFECT PAJAMAS: P.J. Salvage Ski School Flannel Pajama Set
This novelty pajama is a supremely cozy flannel set for chilly nights and has fun added details, like contrasting stripe on the cuffs and collar. It’s a great gift for yourself or someone you love. To really put it over the top, throw in the P.J. Salvage faux-fur slippers, too.

Spanx Lace Collection Bralette and Brief

This shaping panty is so gorgeous, it doesn’t even look like shapewear. The front panel targets the tummy, and the delicate lace on the leg and rear lays totally flat under clothing so you’ll look flawless in that holiday dress and feel great underneath, too.  This pairs perfectly with the cute matching bralette. In fact, the Lace Collection is also offered in a bodysuit, a high-waist brief, and plus sizes!

This bra comes in a good size range and gives amazing fit, from 32C to 40G. The 3-part-cup design is supportive and molds to your natural shape, and the sheerness on the top of the cup is super sexy! So much to love for a very wallet-friendly price.

FUN UNDIES: Vanity Fair Illumination Hi-Cut Brief
The super soft microfiber fabric comes in a ton of different colors and fun prints. The silhouette flatters all body types; the reviews on this panty are amazing! The 3 for $30 deal is all the more reason to stock up.

THE HEIGHT OF TIGHTS: Wolford Lurex Net Tights
Lurex is hot this holiday season—we’re seeing it across the hosiery and intimate apparel world.  These tights are a fashion accessory that can be worn day or night to give your outfit that extra sparkle. Wolford tights are amazing, so they’re totally worth the investment to have legs worth showing off all season long.

MEGAN P., swimwear

Around the holidays, it’s so easy to forget about yourself. Whether you’re spending the season at home or jet-setting on a tropical vacation, these are the suits I’ve add to my wish list to re-vamp my swimwear wardrobe and get a head start for next season:

Becca Siren Wire-Free Plunge One-Piece

ONE-PIECE WONDER: Becca Siren Wire-Free Plunge One-Piece
The one-piece trend continues for 2018, and the green color is not only great for fall-winter, it’s also big for into the new year. This suit has a sexy, fun bikini-inspired vibe without showing too much skin…perfect for someone like me who has totally lost all her summer color!

TAKE COVER: Becca Breezy Basics Tank Cover-Up
This is the easiest, cutest cover-up to pair with absolutely any suit, and it happens to pack well.

BEST BIKINI: Freya Macrame Bandeau Bikini Top and Macrame Rio Bikini Bottom
This new group from Freya is a fashion classic…something that will be relevant for seasons to come but still hits on the current trends. This top is my personal favorite since you have the versatility of wearing the attached straps as a halter or tying the straps around your back to avoid tan lines. There are a few bottom options with the macramé detail to choose from, or you could always pair it with any black bottom you like.

MEGAN I., contemporary

DKNY Classic Cotton Custom Lift Push-Up Bra

COMFY CLEAVAGE: DKNY Classic Cotton Custom Lift Push-Up Bra This a fabulous push-up bra that gives you the lift you want without your boobs hitting your chin. Since I have wide-set boobs (TMI?), I can only wear push-up bras that push me forward, and since this a comfortable material, I can wear it all day and feel my best. It’s a no-brainer.

ALL ABOUT THAT BASE LAYER: Commando Ballet Body Off-the-Shoulder Bodysuit
This is the perfect on-trend bodysuit! I can wear it either under one of my sleeveless dresses to extend its wearability, or I can wear it alone with jeans or a skirt to rock the cold-shoulder trend. Since it has a thong back, it’s perfectly seamless, so I can wear it under any material, and it confirms flatteringly to my body.

HEATHER,  premium lingerie

OnGossamer Mesh Hip G Thong 6-Pack

THE MORE, THE MERRIER: OnGossamer Mesh Hip G Thong 6-Pack
These are our best new thongs. The price and fit are amazing, the fabric is so lightweight…it’s a must-have.

CAN’T-GO-WRONG THONG: Hanky Panky Signature Lace Original Rise 3-Pack
Love these! Really, who doesn’t? Total cult classic. We’ve also got cheeky holiday editions.

SHEER GORGEOUSNESS: Simone Pérèle Delice Demi Bra
I’m buying these two bras for myself this holiday! Nothing says romance and seduction like these two Simone Pérèle styles. I love every single color: navy, white, gray, black and turquoise.

BLACK MAGIC: Simone Pérèle Saga Demi Bra
Black never goes out of style, and would you look at that unique cut in front?! I’m obsessed.

KRISTA & AMBER, men’s and sexy

Polo Ralph Lauren Flannel Pajama Pants

HIS NEW UNIFORM: Polo Ralph Lauren Woven Flannel Pajama Pants
Every guy loves a good pair of flannel pants for cold winter nights, which is why (spoiler alert) every guy I know is getting these.

SWEAT THE DETAILS: Under Armour UA Storm Armour Fleece Hoodie
This is the perfect cozy hoodie for the men in your life. It’s available in two classic, can’t-go-wrong colors, black and carbon heather.

VELVET CRUSH: Shirley of Hollywood Lux Velvet Teddy
This chemise is sexy yet sophisticated, with its trendy lace showing just the right amount of skin. The velvet is trendy, touchable and just the right thing for the season.

STELLAR STOCKING STUFFERS: Shirley of Hollywood Lace-Top Stockings
These would literally make an amazing stocking-stuffer type of gift for all your ladies. They’re great quality at an affordable price.

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Brooke Glassberg
Brooke is the editor of this here blog. In a previous life, she was an editor at Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine. Brooke has written for Glamour, Travel+Leisure, New York Magazine and more. She’s into concerts, travel and her exceptionally adorable daughter and husband.
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