Temperatures are dropping and layers are multiplying as people bundle up for the fall/winter season. Unless you're planning a getaway to a southern clime (last-minute trip to Barbados anyone?), it will be a good six months before your bare legs see sunshine, or before your arms feel the warmth of summer rays (cue the seasonal-affective-disorder tears here).
But just because we're putting on more layers than the Michelin Man doesn't mean we have to abandon all sense of indulgence and luxury. And just because we're entering the season of comfort (carb-rich foods, roaring fires, cozy knits), doesn't mean we have to abandon all notions of beauty.
How about trying some beautiful lingerie under all those layers? Maybe before you reach for your wool and cashmere, why not start with a base layer of silk and lace? It's a surefire way to heat things up (even if no one but you ever sees it), and you'll be surprised at how it can provide a little confidence boost. When you're wearing beautiful underpinnings you stand a little taller, your clothes fit a little better, and you smile, knowing that underneath it all, you're dressed to the nines.
Bold geometric straps and high-waisted briefs give this set a retro vibe, perfect for under pencil skirts and twin sets.
Lonely Hearts Sabel cut out bra $99 and high waisted brief $70, lonelyheartslabel.com
Pink can be precious, but not when it's done in a vibrant shade. This is a welcome pop of colour underneath fall's dark layers.
La Perla Studio Elodie bra $78 and thong $34, journelle.com
Never forget what day it is with the grown-up version of a childhood favourite.
Stella McCartney Knickers of the week $195, netaporter.com
The sweetness of pink lace is tempered by black accents and a modern double band style.
Triumph Nightingale by HC Underwire Bra $64 and Midi Panty $44, us.triumph.com
This exquisite black corset is definitely an investment piece, but it can pull double duty, peeking out from underneath a blazer for some added heat.
Agent Provocateur Mercy corset $690, agentprovocateur.com
Hang on to summer sunshine with this bright bra and panty set. Orange you glad we found them?
Anthropologie Faenza balconette bra $74 and high-waist briefs $58, anthropologie.com
Feeling cheeky? Embrace your inner exhibitionist with this peekaboo style.
Fleur du Mal Lace bondage bra $125 and panty $85 fleurdumal.com
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