Given my love for everything pink and frilly, it may seem odd to you to create posts specifically dedicated to lingerie that isn’t girly. But, as much as I love it, there are plenty of frilly, feminine lingerie alternatives available– it’s the more simple, tailored, androgynous (or even masculine) shapes that are difficult to find, even though many women find that style or gender expression more comfortable, more appropriate or more attractive.
Of course ‘androgynous’ is such a subjective term that it’s hard for everyone to agree on what does or does not fit. I’ve chosen to focus on pieces designed for female-bodied individuals, but of course that doesn’t meant that’s the only way to go. Check out these 17 pieces and let me know what you think!
Light Years is an Australian brand that I love for its simple, graphic aesthetic. They have a strength and an athletic feel to both their lingerie and their models, yet it never crosses over into pure athletic wear. I love the combination of the mustard, black and white— it’s unusual, but also compelling.
I included Zana Bayne’s harnesses in my post about lingerie for men, which just speaks to how appropriate it is to include in this collection. A leather harness is a bold choice; and it can be worn equally over a floaty white dress or with trousers and a blazer. (I am mentally imagining so many styles and gender expressions that could rock this harness right now).
This bra from & Other Stories is one of the pieces that inspired a refresh of the androgynous lingerie concept. I love the bold color, the use of mesh and the double straps– the only downsides are the narrow size range (32-36 A-C) and the unavailability in the US.
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen suspenders look so attractive. These are a nightwear or outerwear piece from FYI by Dani Read that takes from menswear in the best way. If there was ever lingerie you could call dapper, this would probably be it.
I actually own this Hopeless harness and I absolutely adore it (look out for an outfit post soon!). As I’ve said, I’m a huge fan of harnesses because they are so interesting and versatile, either combined with lingerie or outerwear– this one has a little bit of an ominous air to it because it makes me think of fairytale forest roots reaching out and wrapping around your shoulders (in the best way possible of course).
I’ve already expressed my love for Michi, but this bra has got to be the best piece yet. Although it’s meant to be a sports bra, I don’t see why it couldn’t be worn in more versatile settings (or always, if you’re one of those people who’s constantly on your way to or from the gym). Isn’t that little curved mesh window above your breasts just gorgeous?
Huit is honestly one of my favorite lingerie brands because their clean, confident lines are so beautiful. The ‘Mrs Wang’ set uses opaque stripes on a sheer base– and nothing else, not a bow or a frill anywhere to mess with its simple magic.
I must confess: these Sloane & Tate Silverlake shorts are my new obsession. The just seem so soft and have that masculine boxer-brief look to them that makes them stand out from the usual cotton knickers. In fact, the whole Sloane & Tate collection makes me wish for a softer, simpler and more streamlined world.
This is an awesome bra for three reasons: 1. It’s plain, yet stunning. 3. NO BOWS. 4. It is perfect to be worn as a ‘nude’ bra for a woman with darker skin who still wants her bra to be attractive in its own right. And, as you can see from the photo, it’s a gorgeous chocolate brown that would suit any skin tone. This is again from Avocado and goes from a C-up to a European L-cup. It comes in 5 more colors, including pink, beige, white, black and mink.
ASOS’s in-house lingerie line has really been stepping up its game lately– there have been so many cute pieces! This cut-out molded bra is clearly a winner as it looks absurdly easy to wear under anything, with the addition of cool cut outs. If you’re looking for one androgynous bra this summer (that is also affordable) this should be a strong contender.
This sheer bra from & Other Stories has a slightly ethereal look different from some of the others here, but has a bold palette and color blocking that are very sharp looking. I’m always drawn the the navy and black combination– the light gray is a perfect additional touch.
VPL is one of the first brands I recommend to people looking for non-girly lingerie. The shapes, the sheer inserts and the awesome color combinations mean that they always have tons of amazing lingerie sets that have nothing to do with lace, bows or embroidery.
Topshop’s lingerie offerings are sometimes have great finds– like this orange mesh lingerie set. It’s plain and gorgeous with matching undies that finish off the look.
Although I’m not necessarily usually a fan of bandeau bras, I appreciate how Fleur’t has made a stylish lingerie set with just the simple application of 2 matching thick, black stripes.
Marlies Dekkers was the first to add strappy additions to molded bras and hers will always be the first I recommend for those who want a t-shirt bra that refuses to be boring. The turquoise color and the metal pieces make this bra a stand out.
Chromat has its own point of view and I love that. This leather bra might not be the most wearable as an undergarment, but it’s got a strong, ‘don’t mess with me’ look to it that can either go masculine or femme, depending on the circumstances.
Do you prefer your lingerie more feminine or more androgynous? Do you have a favorite piece?