"For many women, French lingerie is the ultimate in beautiful underwear. Feminine but rarely frilly, French lingerie differs in style from Italian, which is more elaborate. French lingerie, on the other hand, blurs the distinction between can-can and muse, femme fatale and woman on a pedestal. Yet it is actually quite understated, its style more dependent on superb fabrics and workmanship than adornment." Cathy Horyn
|Via Worn In Perfection|
I have a penchant for beautifully made undergarments. I value, good construction, high quality fabrics that feel soft to the touch and a proper fit. Treating yourself to fine unmentionables, bras, bralettes (one of my favorite things), camisoles, robes and slips are some of life's little luxuries that are worth indulging in for yourself. There is something incredibly empowering about knowing you are wearing something incredibly beautiful underneath it all.
I prefer lingerie that is feminine. I don't want my lingerie to be overly frilly or fussy. Lingerie should be understated and subtle. I adore a touch of lace. Lingerie is the first thing you put on and the foundation for your wardrobe. When shopping for lingerie, you should touch the fabrics to ensure that the lace feels polished and soft. Most importantly the lace shouldn't snag or itch.
The majority of fine lingerie is made from pure lace and silk, however there are varying degrees of quality. Italy and France produce what many consider the finest lingerie silk in the world - woven from silk thread imported from China, the leading supplier of thread and silk fabric. Even the finest lingerie is machine sewn, so the quality of materials is what truly sets it a part.
The other day, a colleague was telling me that she had purchased exquisite bras from Dior in Paris years ago and has never been able to find the same quality in the US. The Dior lingerie that is sold in Printemps, Bon Marche and boutiques all over Paris is predominantly silk and made with premium lace. The Dior lingerie that is available in America is sold through a licensee, which accounts for why my friend couldn't find the same craftsmanship. Sometimes you just have to go to Paris.
That being said, fine lingerie is worth investing in. In Paris, I enjoy splurging at Sabbia Rosa for comely underthings. The camisoles trimmed with handmade French lace and the attention to fit make for a luxurious shopping experience. There's something incredibly rewarding about saving for something special. In New York, I'm loyal to Cosabella, Calvin Klein and Eres (a French brand that is readily available in New York), which provide a diverse assortment of styles for petite sizes. You should always feel good about your purchases and I wholeheartedly believe that feeling good starts with the underpinnings.