Every woman needs to indulge in a lingerie upgrade now and then. When you’re piling on layers to ward off winter chills, having something slinky and silky against your skin reminds you to channel your inner bombshell. As Senior Manager of Operations for Journelle, Karen LaPorte explains, “Well made and great-fitting lingerie makes you stand a little taller and feel more confident!” If you’re not quite sure where to begin, we’re here to help you bring your unmentionables up to date.

For starters, it isn’t just bras and underwear anymore! Women’s lingerie as outerwear isn’t a totally new concept: slip dresses, 80s Madonna in a bustier, etc. Well, this season designers have taken it to new heights. On spring runways, Prada showed models wearing filmy boudoir jackets over their outfits. You may not want to take it that far, but sheer lacy peek-a-boo layers are everywhere from skirts and gowns to blouses and pants. You really don’t have to be an exhibitionist to pull them off. Keep things demure by wearing a shorter body-con dress, skirt or even pants under your filmy number. When you really want to knock ’em dead let it all hang out with just an opaque bra and granny panties for cover.

Read Related: The Best Plus Size Lingerie for the Curvy Girl


Even have no desire to put your under-things on display, granny panties have reached sexy status overall, so toss your thongs and get comfy. No panty lines, no panties in a bunch and they can double as shapewear!

In the spirit of multitasking garments, bodysuits are having a moment right now. They’re easy, versatile and fabulous for layering — especially when you want an easy office-to-cocktails ensemble. Next, take comfort and multitasking to new heights with activewear inspired lingerie. Think the sporty style and support of a sports bra re-imagined in sheer, shimmery fabrics that you can move in.


Liven up your nude, white and black basics with a few pops of color. Jewel tones like deep berries or black and cobalt are this season’s must-haves. If you find yourself in a hopeless lingerie rut, check out a few of the latest indie labels for something fresh. For Love & Lemons, Toru and Naoko and Land of Women are just a few of the growing number of indie offerings. For those who absolutely dread lingerie shopping, you can order a chic, affordable custom-fit bra online from True & Co.

Now, we know that most women over 25 who don’t spend their evenings walking red carpets aren’t going to show up at the next party in a see-through gown and granny panties but it is a shame to keep such pretty things under wraps. So get flirty and break a fashion rule by letting your slip show or your bra peek out. That little bit of lace will add just the right touch of allure to your basic LBD.