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24 Best Lingerie Brands


No longer limited by the mystery of Victoria’s Secret, the lingerie landscape has evolved with trailblazing brands such as Livy and Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty championing inclusivity. Modern minimalist staples like Simone Pérèle redefine elegance, while iconic names like La Perla and Agent Provocateur continue to set industry standards. Because sometimes, it’s what’s beneath that truly stands out. Discover the perfect fit or that special piece in our curated list of the 24 top lingerie brands.

A List of Best Lingerie Brands

1. La Perla

For exquisite lace lingerie and silk nightwear, La Perla remains the way forward. Founded in Bologna, Italy, in 1954 by couturière Ada Masotti, La Perla helped redefine undergarments for contemporary women at the time. With a timeless, haute couture aesthetic, it’s hard to go past La Perla as one of the best lingerie brands on the market.

Founded: 1954
Based: Bologna, Italy

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2. Savage x Fenty

Designed by pop icon and makeup mogul Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Savage x Fenty is made for everybody, regardless of size or shape. The inclusive lingerie house makes bras, underwear (crotchless styles available if you’re feeling daring), bodysuits, slips, and other intimates. Each piece is infused with Rihanna’s signature idgaf style; just wear with confidence to pull them off!

Founded: 2017
Owners: Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Bernard Arnault

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3. Livy

Seductive brand Livy makes French lingerie for the modern woman, putting a contemporary spin on the classics. The founder Lisa Chavy has a career history of working for luxury brands like Galliano, and Christian Lacroix, which is demonstrated in Livy’s designs, but not their prices; the brand is committed to making their lingerie accessible to young women.

Founded: 2017
Founder: Lisa Chavy

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4. Kiki de Montparnasse

One of the first brands to introduce the notion of undergarments as outerwear, Kiki de Montparnasse is one of the best lingerie brands for celebrating the female form; these high fashion luxury lingerie designs are made to be seen. As well as underwear and bras, Kiki de Montparnasse makes slips, corsets, and garters, that are perfect for anything from clubbing to your honeymoon night.

Founded: 2005
Founders: Jennifer Zuccarini, Andrew Pollard

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5. Fleur du Mal

Make decadence an everyday thing with luxury women’s lingerie brand Fleur du Mal. The ready-to-wear and lingerie brand makes slinky slips, silk dresses, and three piece suspender sets, in addition to the usual bras and underwear (think sheer and lacy). Created by the co-founder of renowned lingerie label Kiki de Montparnasse, Jennifer Zuccarini believes lingerie plays an important role in a woman’s wardrobe and shouldn’t be limited to special occasions. Fleur du Mal also have a range of boudoir inspired ready-to-wear pieces like silky slip dresses, robe-like smoking jackets, and bustier crop tops. Their stylish pieces have made Fleur du Mal one of the biggest and best lingerie brands for all the fashion girls; Kendall Jenner, Sienna Miller, and Rihanna (in her pre-Savage x Fenty era) count themselves as fans. Fleur du Mal’s pieces make the perfect lingerie to wear under a trench coat and surprise someone late at night.

Founded: 2012
Founder: Jennifer Zuccarini

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6. Agent Provocateur

You can’t talk about the best lingerie brands without mentioning Agent Provocateur. Founded in 1994 by Joseph Corré – son of Vivienne Westwood – and his then wife Serena Rees, the British label has become a mainstay in the lingerie industry, largely due to their (aptly) provocative campaigns starring celebrities like Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Chloe Hayward, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Agent Provocateur offers high end – and definitively spendy – lingerie like playsuits, corsets, and garters in addition to their bras and underwear, as well as accessories like chokers, whips, and chains.

Founded: 1994
Founders: Serena Rees, Joseph Corré

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7. Lonely Label

This New Zealand born label was one of the pioneers of inclusivity in the lingerie industry, consistently utilising models of all shapes and sizes. Lonely offers sheer sets in a range of colours like pale pink, olive green, red, black, white, lilac, and pastel yellow, in high-cut, brief, and cheeky styles. Pieces are on the lower end of the spice spectrum, making them a great choice for women wanting beautiful intimates on a budget. Lonely Label also recently launched a maternity collection.

Founded: 2009
Founders: Helene Morris, Steven Ferguson

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8. babylikestopony

For the luxe lovers for whom budget isn’t an issue, babylikestopony houses everything you could possibly desire under one roof; their style is high fashion, dominatrix style lingerie – all handmade by artisans in the USA and Europe – from the likes of Bordelle, Jean Paul Gaultier, Amoralle, and Studio Pia. Additionally, if you’re in the market for restraints, whips, chains, and collars, babylikestopony has you covered.

Founded: 2010
Founder: Meg Whaite

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9. Myla

Iconic London lingerie label Myla makes super luxe, feminine pieces for the modern woman. Utilising delicate lace, and well thought out silhouettes, Myla celebrates the female form while paying homage to London; each collection is named after an iconic London location.

Founded: 1999
Founder: Nina Hampson, Charlotte Semler

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10. SIR The Label

Cult Aussie fashion brand SIR The Label make lingerie for the fashion-minded girl. The streamlined range features minimalist options as well as floral printed ruched sets reminiscent of their ever popular dresses.

Founded: 2014
Founder: Nikki Campbell, Sophie Coote

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11. KissKill

Melbourne-based lingerie label KissKill makes intimates for the woman who isn’t afraid of a little light choking. KissKill’s range is replete with strappy, lacy, cheeky styles, as well as a selection of accessories.

Founded: 2013
Founder: Jane Carrodus

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12. Journelle

For those who love to be inundated with options, Journelle is the way to go. The New York-based brand is a multi-brand, multi-label boutique, stocking lingerie in a range of styles and price points; their curated edits are particularly helpful if you’re looking for something in a particular colour or for a certain occasion (e.g. bridal, honeymoon, maternity). Not one to be upstage on the best lingerie brands list, Journelle also has its own collection; think sheer, lacy, silky, cheeky styles.

Founded: 2007
Founder: Claire Chambers

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13. Love Stories

For those who aren’t into overtly sexy intimates, Love Stories make cute and comfy, yet affordable lingerie well suited to a younger crowd. The Australian brand centres around the bralette as their pièce de résistance (and doesn’t sell underwire bras at all), so they’re more tailored to smaller breasted women.

Founded: 2013
Founder: Marloes Hoedeman

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Popular Swedish fast-fashion brand & Other Stories has a good selection of on-trend underwear, bras, and bodysuits in a wide range of cute colours and materials at affordable prices. & Other Stories is also better suited to petite and smaller breasted women, as many of their bras are bralettes, and underwire bras only go up to a size 34D.

Founded: 2010
Owner: H&M Group

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15. Simone Pérèle

French lingerie for the traditionalist; founded in 1948, Simone Pérèle makes timeless and elegant intimates, from chic suspenders and lacy sets to silk French knickers and minimalist t-shirt bras.

Founded: 1948
Founder: Madame Simone Pérèle

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16. Bluebella

High-quality, on-trend intimates at reasonable prices; Bluebella’s lingerie is designed to make every single day exciting. Whether you’re after a delicate set to lounge around in, or a strappy playsuit to wear for someone else, Bluebella has you covered.

Founded: 2005
Founder: Emily Bendell

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17. Yasmine Eslami

Following a stint working for Vivienne Westwood, Parisian designer Yasmine Eslami founded her own lingerie line and it’s grown to become one of the best lingerie brands of the past few years. With sheer tulle in a range of colours, Yasmine Eslami’s pieces are feminine, yet simple.

Founded: 2010
Founder: Yasmine Eslami

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18. Intimissimi

Founded in 1996, Italian label Intimissimi offers classic styles at (very) affordable prices. Replete with lace sets in a variety of colours and styles, as well as garters, suspenders, and silky sleepwear, Intimissimi provides women with accessible luxury.

Founded: 1996
Founder: Sandro Veronesi

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19. Cosabella

This Italian label is a lingerie mainstay for a reason; known for their comfortable fit and colourful, lacy designs, Cosabella has something for every occasion. The family-owned company produces high-quality intimates for everyday wear, special occasions, maternity, and nursing mothers.
Founded: 1983
Founders: Ugo Campello, Valeria Campello

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20. Porte-à-Vie

The brainchild of former Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Kirstie Clements and colleague Lisa Hili, Porte-à-Vie was destined to be a definitively high-fashion lingerie destination. Created with pleasure in mind, Porte-à-Vie was created with pleasure in mind, and empowers both men and women. The carefully curated intimates store offers upmarket lingerie, loungewear, accessories, and toys for the woman who isn’t afraid to take control of her pleasure.
Founded: 2015
Founder: Lisa Hili

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21. Honey Birdette

Created in 2006, Honey Birdette brings a unique sense of sassy chic to the fast fashion lingerie industry. Found around the world, their boutiques stock a vast range of strappy, lace lingerie sets, as well as leather garments and accessories (think crop tops, collars, harnesses, and cuffs).
Founded: 2006
Founder: Eloise Monaghan

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22. Carine Gilson

For the luxury lover; French-native Carine Gilson combines an unparalleled level of craftsmanship with scrumptious materials like Lyon silks and Calais lace to produce beautiful, upmarket lingerie. Gilson’s eponymous label specialises in handmade silk-satin lingerie and nightwear, with hand-cut lace adorning many of her pieces.
Founded: 1990
Founder: Carine Gilson

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23. Dora Larsen

Sick of endless plain black and nude sets? Look to contemporary label Dora Larsen for colourful yet chic lingerie sets. Dora Larsen playfully incorporates multiple colours into a single piece, making for cheerfully sexy sheer lingerie. Dora Larsen offers whimsical bras, underwear, bodysuits, and sleepwear.
Founded: 2016
Founder: Georgia Larsen

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24. Victoria’s Secret

Likely the most widely recognisable brand on this list due to its annual fashion show, Victoria’s Secret has remained a lingerie mainstay for a reason. The American fast fashion brand has a bra style for everyone, with plain and lacy options in push up, plunging, and t-shirt varieties. In addition to bras, bralettes, and underwear, the lingerie giant also offers slips, babydolls, teddies, loungewear, and sleepwear.
Founded: 1977
Founder: Roy Raymond

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Buying Lingerie

For many men, the mere thought of purchasing lingerie can be more daunting than planning an elaborate date night. While chocolates, flowers, and candlelit dinners are relatively safe romantic gestures, navigating the intricate world of lingerie often leaves even the most romantically adept feeling out of their depth. This sentiment remains surprisingly consistent, despite the plethora of information available online. In an insightful conversation with Lisa Hili, co-founder of the renowned Australian lingerie and adult-wares website Porte-à-Vie, we explore the reasons behind this common apprehension and offer strategies to elevate men’s lingerie-shopping confidence and prowess.

1. Step one: getting over the fear factor

Whether you’ve stepped into a store only to turn right back around, or made it all the way to an online checkout, only to chicken out, the fear is real. Don’t let this be the thing that holds you back, however. Knowledge is power, and arming yourself with a few guidelines will have you expertly selecting satin and lace in no time. “From the outside, to the untrained lingerie consumer, the world of lingerie appears to be an entirely foreign world; unfamiliar terminology, complicated sizing, endless options. As such, for some gentlemen, buying lingerie for their significant other can be a shot in the dark, doomed to end in returns and disappointment.”

2. Get a Grip on the Basics of Buying Lingerie

The first step to overcoming this fear is to break it down to basics. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why women love lingerie so much, so using this knowledge to your advantage is the first step towards getting the formula right. Learning the differences between a brassiere and a baby doll will make all the difference (if in doubt, refer to the handy glossary at the bottom of this page.) “The first thing a man must consider when buying for their significant other is: what will make her feel her the sexiest? Before you take the leap and purchase, take the time to observe her style and preferences. Does she prefer a bra or bralette; a thong or a brief? Is she inclined to hide or accentuate a particular body feature? Does she opt for colours or does she stick to a monochrome palette?”

“If you can, take a sneaky little peek into her underwear draw to confirm her size. If you are not in a place in your relationship to do this, don’t fret, most online retailers size in small, medium and large, and provide comprehensive size guides based on individual brands.

“Still unsure? Choose an item that is elasticated or adjustable, providing an additional margin of error. Remember, Valentine’s Day lingerie is for occasional wear, to be pulled out of the lingerie draw to mark a special day. Fit is important, but it doesn’t have to be as precise as something for everyday wear.”

3. Avoid the Common Lingerie Buying Mistakes

So now you have a starting point, it’s time to look at the common mistakes all those “other” guys make. While this may seem obvious, don’t be too selfish when selecting her new knickers; just because you think she’d look banging in a burlesque brassiere, if it’s not her style then you’ll have sadly missed the point.

“While the lingerie you purchase is just as much for you as it is for her, try and find a middle ground between what lingerie you want to see her in, and what lingerie she will want to wear. While you may want black, strappy and barely there, if she’s a colour, lace and full coverage lady, try and find a set of lingerie that has a bit of both, keeping both parties feeling sexy and satisfied.

“When buying lingerie online, be sure to read the product descriptions carefully and consult the brand specific guidelines on each product page to ensure you purchase the most exquisite fit for the leading lady in your life.”

4. Get the Right Lingerie Outlet for an Easy Win

One of the best features of the internet is the ability to hide behind a screen and not have to have an embarrassing in-store conversation. The downside, however, is that you miss out on the helpful interaction that a shopkeeper can provide, which comes in particularly handy when you haven’t the first clue about what you’re buying.

5. Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help with Buying Lingerie

While an online store may lack the smiling (or possibly smirking) shop assistant, it doesn’t mean they’re lacking human interaction. Shooting an email through is the best way to get assistance, and given that they’re all pros at the other end, there’s no such thing as a stupid question.

A Glossary of Essential Lingerie Terms

  • Babydoll: A short nightgown, typically paired with matching panties.
  • Balconette: A type of bra with a low cut and minimal cups which creates a straight line across the bust.
  • Boning: Rigid additions (usually plastic or metal) to a piece that add shape and structure.
  • Boy Shorts: Panties that offer full-coverage, but which are still more revealing than standard boxers.
  • Bustier: Similar to a corset, a bustier is a versatile garment that spans from the bust to the navel, and is fixed at the back with a hook-and-eye closure.
  • Camisole: A sleeveless, usually loose-fitting undergarment, similar to a singlet.
  • Chemise: A type of sleepwear longer than a baby-doll, which is usually tighter at the top and loose-fitting at the bottom.
  • Corset: A type of shapewear that typically laces at the front and uses lots of boning to add volume to the bust.
  • Demi Cup: Bra cups with a smaller coverage that add lift without compromising comfort.
  • G-String: Contrary to popular belief, not exactly the same as a thong, a g-string offers no coverage at the back, and joins the gusset to the waist via only a string.
  • Plunge: A type of bra with a deep “V” shaped neckline.
  • Push Up: An underwire bra that also has padding, adding at least one cup size to the wearer’s bust.
  • Slip: Similar to a chemise but tighter-fitting; worn under a dress to stop clinging.
  • Soft Cup: A bra with no underwire, and the most comfortable for everyday wear.
  • Teddy: A one-piece garment that can feature a snap-crotch closure, often worn instead of a camisole.
  • Thong: Similar to a g-string, offering minimal coverage, with the goal of reducing the chances of a visible panty line (VPL).
  • Underwire: The wire that runs underneath a bra’s cup, providing shape and support.

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