The most common question I see in the lingerie blogosphere is this one: where can I get lingerie that is beautiful, sexy, that comes in my size AND is a reasonable price? And the truth is, this is not an easy question to answer, especially given that the idea of a “reasonable price” varies wildly. With these 5 brands I just want to get you started on places to look for lingerie that won’t break the bank and still keep you looking and feeling sweet and/or sexy. I have tried to post images of pieces that you can get the whole set of (bra, panties, garter belt, etc.) for around $50 or less. I hope this helps on your search for the perfect lingerie and let me know in the comments if you have had good or bad experiences buying from these companies.
What I love about ASOS is their gigantic selection– they have some affordable lingerie and some completely over-the-top luxury pieces. The ASOS brand pieces are of a good quality for the price and manage to be trendy without being unwearable. I’ve ordered from them several times and always had excellent customer service.
Topshop is ideal if you’re going for young, cute and trendy. I’ve bought a ton of bras and panties from here in the past few years and I’m a big fan. A caveat: they do tend to wear out if you wear them a lot, especially the stretch mesh. I have a ripped a couple of holes in mine by not being careful. They also once lost track of a shipment of lingerie for a month– happily it turned up again.
3. New Look
New Look is another UK high street store that sells some simply adorable lingerie. I am especially fond of the Kelly Brook collection– I have a set from there (Kelly Brook eyelash lace bra + briefs + suspender) and it is cute and comfy and good quality. Only problem is that their fulfillment center must be staffed by morons because I received a pair of briefs 4 sizes larger than I ordered. Luckily now it’s all sorted.
4. Hips and Curves
Hips and Curves specializes in plus size lingerie and I think it’s essential to put it on this list because it can be especially difficult for plus size ladies to find good lingerie. Several of the other retailers do offer a reasonably large range of sizes, but Hips and Curves has a large collection and some fun and pretty pieces that fit all sorts of tastes. They also do costumes! If you’re into that.
5. Frederick’s of Hollywood
Frederick’s of Hollywood has a reputation for being trashy– and they can be. However, tucked in there among the crotchless panties (which aren’t ALL bad anyways) are plenty of gems (sometimes bearing a striking resemblance to some high end designers). If you’re a little more daring, I would give it a shot– I’ve never been brave enough to give it a try, but it may happen one of these days.
Are there any other places you guys know of and can recommend? Do you think I’ve left out any important resources? I’m always looking for more shops to look for cute and affordable pieces.