20 Sexiest Lingerie Styles

Say goodbye to blah beige knickers and stock your underwear drawer with these pretty little underpinnings.

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Feel for Florals

Nude and black are classics in the boudoir, but what snags our hearts is the triple satin strap detailing.

 

Wacoal bra, $62; wacoal.com

Courtesy of Wacoal

Waist Away

With a high waist and retro fit, these briefs could have had their own cameo on Mad Men.

 

Chantelle briefs, $45; nordstrom.com

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Petite Nature

Gaping bra cups plague the flat-chested ladies among us. Find your perfect fit with a demi-bra constructed with a smaller bust in mind. The floral embroidering is just a pretty plus.

 

Lula Lu bra, $56; lulalu.com

Courtesy of Lula Lu

Hip Hip Hooray

Boy shorts are sexy in the same way that wearing your husband's button-down is sexy. This style puts a feminine spin on them with black lace.

 

OnGossamer tanga, $24; ongossamer.com

Courtesy of OnGossamer

Body Language

Don a form-fitting dress with an extra dose of confidence in this smoothing (and still sexy!) bodysuit. The deep plunge and ultra-lift cups make it flattering and versatile.

 

Va Bien bodysuit, $80; vabien.com

Courtesy of Va Bien

Show It Off

Is it a cami? Is it a bra? It's the best of both: the extra panel keeps a lid on wayward cleavage, so wear it with a tee or blouse with a deep neckline.

 

Victoria's Secret bra, $50; victoriassecret.com

Courtesy of Victoria's Secret

In the Red

Red puts a little femme fatale into a basic lacy set. Flat-chested gals, take note: the bra is designed to lift your girls and push them out.

 

Hanro bra, $79; shop.hanrousa.com

Courtesy of Hanro

Slip of the Hip

Introducing...a slip that looks just as good as whatever dress you wear over it! Plus, it firms, shapes and controls any of your problem areas.

 

Nearly Nude slip, $149; nearlynude.com

Courtesy of Nearly Nude

Shape Up

Shapewear gets a leg up with a retro-fitted cut and (surprise!) black lace. It smoothes and slims to create a tauter tummy.

 

Assets by Sara Blakely thong, $22; spanx.com

Courtesy of Spanx

A Little Bit of Lace

A teddy is one of those things you don't think you need—that is, until you find one with delicate eyelash lace in a pretty shade of cinnamon.

 

Zinke All Things Nice lace jumper, $138; shopzinke.com

Courtesy of Zinke

Show and Teal

Nearly-neon teal piping perks up a classic, blush-colored bra. Plus, the vivid shade is über-flattering on any skin tone.

 

B.Tempt'd bra, $35; btempted.com

Courtesy of Wacoal

Fit to Flatter

Don't be fooled: this may seem like your basic panty, but the cut on the leg is high, which gives the illusion that your stems are longer. And let's be honest—who would say no to longer-looking legs?

 

Bali panty, $11; herroom.com

Courtesy of Bali

Midnight Confessions

Want full coverage without sacrificing style? For women with a fuller bust, this style supports a bigger chest and relieves shoulder strain. Plus, the dark blue shade is a refreshing riff on the classic black.

 

Playtex bra, $15; onehanesplace.com

Courtesy of One Hanes Place

Violet Hour

Few associate the Gap with pretty underpinnings, but this just changed our mind. The intricate scalloped edging and deep purple hue make for a surprisingly sultry set.

 

Gap bra and hipster set, $55; gap.com

Courtesy of Gap

Hint of Vintage

The classic floral lace has a retro, Victorian feel, but it's the the combination of grey and pale pink that really stole our hearts.

 

Elle MacPherson bra, $65; barenecessities.com

Courtesy of Bare Necessities

Take the Plunge

Like a good man, a pretty bra for full-busted gals can be hard to find. This style lifts and supports, but the sweet ribbon bows and cherry-red hue are a welcome feminine touch.

 

Freya bra, $60; barenecessities.com

Courtesy of Bare Necessities

A Sneak Peek

A lace panel is sultry without giving too much away (consider it a sly wink compared to a full-on smile), and the exclusive "Silky Skin" fabric is perfect for a good night's sleep.

 

Hanky Panky chemise, $84; hankypanky.com

Courtesy of Hanky Panky

Dare to Go Bare

Don't let holding up your girls be your strapless bra's sole responsibility. With scalloped edges and bits of lace, it can look good, too.

 

Calvin Klein bra, $46; macys.com

Courtesy of Macy's

Pretty Little Panels

Consider this a corset for the modern woman. The bustier shape is inherently sexy, and—not to be too candid—we've never seen such beautiful bra cups.

 

Josie Natori bra, $48; natori.com

Courtesy of Josie Natori

Flirt With Fuschia

Lace is an obvious way to up the naughty ante, and in a hot pink hue, it gets extra fun.

 

H&M bra, $15; hm.com

 

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First Published March 20, 2012

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