Spring, Bridal and Swim Looks From Independent Boutiques
New lingerie is unveiled with every season, but the spring is an especially good time to reevaluate what’s in your drawer. The cozy days of winter are behind us, and there’s a seemingly endless stretch of sunshine ahead. It’s the perfect excuse to indulge in some more lightweight or vibrantly-colored pieces. Plus, of course, start thinking about swimwear.
If you’re feeling ready to breathe new life into your wardrobe, here’s a handy guide to some of the best current lingerie and swimwear from boutique retailers. And as we are rapidly approaching peak wedding season, it also includes some bridal options – not that you need to be a bride to wear them!
Welcome in the new season with soft colors, sheer fabrics, and subtle floral details. Between the rich, dark tones of winter and the vivid rainbow palette of summer, pastels are the perfect transitional style for spring.
Marie Jo Avero Plunge Bra in Pink | Shop: Coup de Foudre Lingerie
The perfect blend of practical and pretty, the Marie Jo Avero plunge bra from Coup de Foudre works wonderfully under those V-necked sundresses. The flowery straps will have you feeling all nostalgic for childhood afternoons spent weaving daisy chains, and convert to halter when you want to hide them – or better show them off! It’s new in this month in this delicate, whimsical pink. Available in 30-36 A-F.
Mindy Babydoll Set | Shop: Lashes N Lace
If that gentle spring breeze were a babydoll, this is surely what it would look like. The Mindy babydoll by Fantasy Lingerie from Lashes N Lace perfectly captures the essence of this time of year, with its floaty fit, sheer fabric, and mint green color. It has molded cups, sleeves you can wear on or off the shoulder, a keyhole back, and a detachable halter tie. Plus it comes with a fabulous, ruffle-back panty. Available in sizes S to 3X/4X.
Prima Donna Alara Full Cup Bra | Shop: The Bra Lounge
The Prima Donna Alara Full Cup bra from The Bra Lounge proves that a full-coverage cup can be lightweight and graceful too. The transparent lace fabric is pre-shaped for smooth, seamless fit that still delivers on support. It’s new in this season in Crocus, a light cornflower blue. Email Fittings@TheBraLounge.ca to purchase online. Available in sizes 30-38 E-H.
Easy, Breezy Fabrics
After a season of wrapping up in cozy robes, what we need now is lingerie that breathes. Think natural fibers, looser cuts, and sheer fabrics. The light-toned styles below will not only lend a delicate touch to your lingerie drawer but also keep you cool and comfy as the weather warms up.
Lazy Girl Lingerie Enchanted Silk Bralette Set | Shop: Missy Noir
Don’t those warm weekend mornings just make you want to fling open the windows and lounge on the sofa for hours? The Lazy Girl Lingerie Enchanted Silk Bralette Set from Missy Noir is the perfect apparel to do just that. It’s made from soft, breathable silk fabric with a touch of lace, and has a draped fit that is oh-so comfy. The set is ethically handmade and available in sizes S to XL.
Angela’s Garden Embroidered Kimono | Shop: Pink Bunny
Keep the chill off while you’re lounging in your boudoir best. This light embroidered kimono from Pink Bunny also makes a great sun-cover up at the beach, pool, or even just shopping and brunch.
Antinéa Flirt Résille Tulip Demi Lace Bra | Shop: Coup de Foudre Lingerie
Light and airy, the Antinéa Flirt Résille Tulip Demi Lace Bra from Coup de Foudre is a perfect springtime piece. It’s made from soft, semi-sheer tulle, with an eight multi-threads embroidery for beautifully contrasting flowers that bloom across the white background. Part of the Lise Charmel brand, you know it’s going to be premium quality too. Available in 32-38 A-E.
Something a Little Darker
Pale colors aren’t the only way to do springtime style. From floral prints to breezy silk fabrics, these pieces are season-appropriate despite their deeper tones.
ColieCo Black Floral Bralette & Panties | Shop: Missy Noir
The print on this ColieCo Black Floral Bralette set from Missy Noir is described as ‘sweet yet moody’. It’s made from soft scuba jersey and decorated with gold findings. The bralette has a chic, V-strapped back you’ll be dying to show off, and the brief features a playful cut-out and a gusset made from breathable organic cotton. Available in sizes XS-L.
Dora Larsen Fern Half-Pad Balconette Bra & High-Waist Knicker | Shop: The Pink Duchess
Inject some bold new color into your spring lingerie collection with Dora Larsen’s Fern Balconette Bra set, launching soon at The Pink Duchess. The brand is known for its twist on retro styling and its always unexpected color combinations. In this case, pale blue eyelash laces sits strikingly over deep plum, trimmed with pops of vibrant red. Available in sizes 30-8 B-E and XXS-L.
Ginia Silk Spot Nightie & Pajama Top | Shop: The Pink Duchess
Warmer weather calls for fabrics that are breathable and cool to the touch, and there’s none better than silk for that. Once you put on Australian brand Ginia’s Silk Spot Nightie and Pajama Top from The Pink Duchess, you won’t want to take them off. So it’s just as well that these pieces can be worn as sleepwear, loungewear, or even outerwear for formal occasions if you style them right. Nightie available in sizes XS-L, pajama top sizing on request.
La Fille d’O Bonte Playsuit | Shop: Killed In Action
There’s more than one way to do ‘light and airy’. The La Fille d’O Bonte Playsuit from Killed In Action doesn’t have a spot of sheer or gauzy fabric on it, but it sure is barely-there! Below the overt cups is one of this season’s key trends, a monowire, and the lower half is made from crossover strapping that continues in bold lines across the back. Available in sizes 2-4 (approximately US 4-8).
Although some brides want their lingerie to be as beautiful as everything else, for others it simply needs to be whatever works best with the dress and shoes. The styles below are designed to be practically invisible, so you can enjoy your day without worrying about whether your underthings are showing.
Girardi Marianne Toeless Hold Ups | Shop: Leglicious
At last, no need to choose between hosiery and toeless pumps! The Girardi Marianne Toeless Hold Ups from Leglicious are ultra-sheer to give your legs just a touch of gloss, and come in ivory or beige. Thanks to the smooth band at the top, they won’t show even under clingy dresses. Available in sizes M-XL.
Hanky Panky Original Rise “I Do” Thong | Shop: The Bra Lounge
Also available in a low-rise version, the USA-made Hanky Panky “I Do” Thong from The Bra Lounge has everything a bride could want – comfort, beauty, and sparkling Swarovski crystals. Seam-free edges mean it works well under even close-fitting gowns, and the ultra-stretchy fit means one size fits a wide range of bodies (making it perfect for gifting!). Email Fittings@TheBraLounge.ca to purchase online. Fits 35-42” hips.
It may seem like bridal lingerie doesn’t change much from year to year. White and lacy has long been the standard. But even within that framework, there’s always something new to love each season. Here are a few ideas for the style-conscious bridal lingerie shopper.
iCollection Love Song Robe | Shop: Lashes N Lace
Whether it’s for getting ready in or for the honeymoon, the iCollection Love Song Robe from Lashes N Lace is sure to make you feel glamorous. The plus-size robe is made from all-over rose lace, and has elegant bell sleeves and a scalloped trim. It’s beautiful and sultry whether you wear it over your wedding lingerie or on its own. Available in sizes 1X-3X.
Millesia Cravache Basque | Shop: Leglicious
For the bride after luxury and elegance, look no further than the Millesia Cravache Basque from Leglicious. Transparent tulle makes a statement feature of the boning channels, with floral embroidery around its edges. The design is finished off with a waist-defining satin band, subtle tassel detail, and optional garter straps. Available in 32-36 B-C.
Hot Summer Nights High Cut Teddy | Shop: Pink Bunny
For those looking to add a dash of color and stay true to something blue, Pink Bunny’s Hot Summer Nights High Cut Teddy is the perfect nuptial lingerie piece. This sexy subtle shimmer teddy has a lunging neckline and halter tie straps and is available in one size fits most.
Corporelle Embroidered Soft Cup Bralette & Knickers | Shop: Killed In Action
The Corporelle Embroidered Soft Cup Bralette set from Killed In Action holds a subtle charm. Made from delicately-embroidered tulle, it has a swan hook front closure that converts it into a plunge, and narrow shoulder straps of pleated satin. The perfect choice for minimalist brides, and anyone who wants to feel chic but comfy all day long. Available in sizes S-L.
One of 2019’s stand-out swim collections is Porto Selvaggio, designed by Italian brand Hot Couture exclusively for Darkest Fox. There’s a clear less-is-more approach, both in terms of coverage and the minimal styling. Inspired by the enchanting Salento coastline, the range utilizes innovative silhouettes for the creative woman who wants to make waves.
Hot Couture Porto Incanto Trinkini | Shop: Darkest Fox
Described as a ‘one piece bikini’, the Hot Couture Porto Incanto Trikini from Darkest Fox feels like wearable modern art. The two-part micro bottom is ultra eye-catching, made from layers of dark grey and cherry red to match the top. The two pieces are joined at the back, where the straps converge above a contrasting red thong. Made to order in custom sizing.
Hot Couture Lido Della Luna Bikini | Shop: Darkest Fox
The Hot Couture Lido Della Luna Bikini from Darkest Fox is made from the same glossy, double-layered lycra as the rest of the collection, but with the unexpected addition of sheer tulle. It adds depth and interest to an otherwise classic, triangle bikini. The set is finished with a beautiful, beaded charm which can be worn in various ways. Made to order in custom sizing.