Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by Vanity Fair Lingerie.
Vanity Fair is one of the most famous names in intimate apparel, and after introducing their “Women Who Do” campaign and sharing a bit about the company’s 100+ year history, it just makes sense to now spend a little time talking about some of my favorite pieces from this iconic brand. To me, the heart of Vanity Fair’s new campaign is all about showing how lingerie helps you move on with your life and get stuff done. Quality, affordable, accessible underpinnings are Vanity Fair’s mission, and I think these six items in particular are the perfect basics for an intimate apparel wardrobe.
When it comes to lingerie, comfort is key, but many people want something that feels special, even pretty, as well. And, of course, lingerie that works under what you wear to work is important too. That’s why I like this Full Coverage Wirefree Bra. As someone who lives in bralettes, wirefree bras are a great way to get a little extra support and structure without the added weight or pressure of a wire, and the flat, no-show lace on this piece is the perfect for getting the beauty of lace combined with the invisibility of a traditional molded cup bra.
As I’ve mentioned a few times now, I’ve got a bit of a thing for eye catching fabrics, and I especially enjoy how the lace print design on this bra subtly frames and shapes the bustline. As the caption above indicates, Vanity Fair’s Beautiful Embrace bra is a fuller figure piece (fitting band sizes 38 to 42), and I think little details like this matter even more when you’re building a bra for a larger frame. Though I’m usually a fan of all black when it comes to my lingerie, I have to admit to being partial to the rose beige tone shown here. There’s just something very classic and very vintage about this shade, and I think it complements the fabric especially well.
I love slips, and Vanity Fair has a history of extraordinary (dare I say breathtaking) vintage slips. Part of what makes slips so wonderful is their versatility. Yes, a slip can work well as an extra layer under skirts, dresses, and blouses, but it’s also ideally suited for loungewear. And at $22, this Rosette Lace 26 Inch Nylon Slip is practically a steal. Get one for work and one for home (or two for work and two for home!). Speaking from personal experience, I can’t say I’ve ever felt like I owned too many slips.
Much like slips, camisoles are an amazingly adaptable piece of lingerie. More than adding warmth as an extra layer, they can also smooth over a too-noticeable bra line or help with hiding a shaping garment (particularly of the high-waisted variety). They also work excellently as outerwear. The lace trim on the Illumination Camisole, for example, makes it ideally suited to pairing with jeans or khakis and wearing like a “regular” shirt. There’s just no reason to hide your lingerie when it’s this nice.
Despite being a devoted fan of boyshorts and hipsters, 100% nylon retro-style briefs will always hold a special place in my heart. Now I mostly use these as “costume” pieces for photoshoots and the like (after all, you can’t get any more pinup than this panty), but for those of you with more practical considerations, the Perfectly Yours Lace Nouveau Brief is also great for avoiding visible pantylines. Not only is this particular style a bargain at $8.50 (combine it with the nylon slip from earlier in this post for an authentic vintage ensemble!), it’s also available in several romantically-toned colors. My personal choice (besides black) is the neutral Fawn shade.
I’ll end things on a more modern note here with Vanity Fair’s Illumination with Lace Bikini Panty. I love bikini cuts because I find them to be incredibly comfortable for everyday wear, and the lower rise is better suited for the lower waistlines of today’s fashions. I’ve also found that the wider sides of a “hipster” panty are better suited for wider hips than a string-style bikini (let’s be real – panties that dig in are not comfortable). The bright pink shown above is my favorite color, but at only $10/pair, you can buy all six colors (two of the black, of course) and have something new almost everyday.
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