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The Best, Prettiest Lingerie We Could Find Online

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You know how good it feels when everything in your outfit fits seamlessly together? It’s a satisfaction akin to lining up a perfect row in Tetris, or Marie Kondo-ing your sock drawer — the sense that everything is in its proper place. And it’s exponentially greater if it includes your lingerie, too.

Shopping for lingerie is totally different from buying a practical bra or underwear on Amazon. It’s about pleasure and indulgence: the joy of knowing each layer of your outfit is beautiful. True, we tend to buy lingerie for special occasions — Valentine’s Day, dates — but the best lingerie is the kind you can wear year-round. Maybe you break it out for a special occasion; maybe for no occasion at all.

Below, 49 options we like right now, ranging from the super sexy to the wonderfully simple.

If You Want Something Sexy

This little bralette combines gorgeous lace with some seriously sexy straps. If you’re super daring, wear the bra under a slightly sheer T-shirt for extra effect.
Available in sizes S–L.

And the panties are nice too, to complete the set.
Available in sizes S–L.

If you don’t want to do the basic black, this three-part set looks a lot more expensive than it is.
Available in sizes XS–L.

A thong with a peek-a-boo cutout in the back, so it’s extra revealing.
Available in sizes XS–L.

A garter belt is a lot of look, but it’s worth the extra effort.
Available in sizes XS–L.

This set uses floral appliqués on black mesh instead of lace, but the effect is similar. The label, Fleur du Mal, suggests you wear it under a jacket (!!!)
Available in sizes 36DD–44G.

Whoever said high-waisted briefs couldn’t be sexy never saw these.
Available in sizes 1X–3X.

Add a garter belt if you’re hoping to make someone pass out when they see you.
Available in sizes 1X–3X.

The lace in this bra still puts it firmly in the “va va voom” category, but the neckline is a bit sporty.
Available in sizes S–L.

There’s a lot going on with these, but more is more.
Available in sizes S–L.

Despite the bridal name, this is not a sweet, innocent set.
Available in sizes 38D–44DD.

Not to be worn with clothes.
Available in sizes 1X–3X.

This bralette is as pretty from the back as it is from the front.
Available in sizes S–L.

The bra is really the star in this set, but the dainty thong is gorgeous, too.
Available in sizes XS–L.

Of course if you go with the harness as well, the harness is undeniably the star, as harnesses tend to be.
Available in sizes S–L.

With an underwire and boned sides, this is as supportive as it is sexy. You can have it all!
Available in sizes 38B–44K.

The high waist and high-cut leg gives this set a vintage feel.
Available in sizes 12–24.

If You Want Something Sweet and Feminine

This feels very on-theme for Valentine’s Day, but without being too corny or over-designed.
Available in sizes XS–L.

Did someone say “hearts?”
Available in sizes XS–L.

It doesn’t get sweeter than a pink tulle balconette bra. This one is designed for fuller busts.
Available in sizes 28F–36GG.

Pair it with an equally sweet thong.
Available in sizes UK6–UK16.

How could you resist this deep red wine color?
Available in sizes 30A–36F.

Unlike a lot of other high-waisted briefs, this one has a cheeky cut on the back.
Available in sizes XS–XL.

This is another bra that’s mostly meant to be worn outside of clothing — you wouldn’t want to crush those ruffles. It’s almost angelic.
Available in sizes S–L.

When it’s on, the heart-shaped embroidery becomes clearer.
Available in sizes S–L.

As far as underwear that is pink and covered in hearts goes, this is pretty low-key.
Available in sizes S–L.

Minimal coverage and minimal design.
Available in sizes XS–L.

If You Want Something Simple

You could wear this on any given day — it’s supportive enough for it — but that doesn’t take away from its sex appeal.
Available in sizes 30D–44H.

There’s a nice, vintage appeal to these simple briefs.
Available in sizes S–4XL.

Fits like a t-shirt bra, looks like a special occasion bra.
Available in sizes 32B–36DD.

If you’re really into only wearing cotton underwear, this set is for you.
Available in sizes XS–L.

Of course there’s a high-waisted brief to go with the bra.
Available in sizes XS–L.

Minimalists deserve color, too! The go-to brand for such lingerie is Araks. You’re welcome.
Available in sizes XS–L.

You can’t beat this lavender and gold color combination.
Available in sizes XS–L.

The seams and mesh panels take this bra from the merely functional to the sculptural.
Available in sizes 34G–48H.

The not-really-cut-out details in the waistband are so pretty.
Available in sizes S–L.

Only the top half of these bra cups are sheer, creating a cool half-moon effect.
Available in sizes 32B–36E.

This low-rise mesh thong in a dusty rose color is pink but not too pink.
Available in sizes S–L.

They’re Valentine’s Day colors but wearable for everyday.
Available in sizes 34C-36E.

The cute side cutout is reminiscent of a 2000s string bikini, but so much more sophisticated.

If You Want a Slip

This flirty babydoll has no underwire, but does have a cute corset detail in the back.
Available in sizes 1X–3X.

Sometimes you want to pull out all the stops. That’s when you reach for an electric-pink slip dress.
Available in sizes S–L.

A playsuit (basically a lingerie romper) feels like something out of a period piece, in a good way.
Available in sizes S–L.

Doesn’t get more fierce than a slip dress in a tiger print (designed by Rihanna, no less).
Available in sizes L–3X.

You could almost get away with wearing this out with a pair of tights and a blazer, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Available in sizes XS–L.

If You Want a One-Piece

This red leopard-print bodysuit has an ’80s appeal.
Available in sizes S–L.

Who better to buy lingerie from than the iconic burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese? Unlike a lot of bodysuits, this one has molded bra cups with underwire for support.
Available in sizes 32B–36DD.

The ruffles on the legs make this bodysuit irresistibly sweet.
Available in sizes XS–L.

When you want to wear a one-piece, but you really don’t want to wear anything at all.
Available in sizes XS–L.

A velvet teddy is a great winter lingerie look.
Available in sizes 1X–3X.

You could actually put this on with jeans if you’re going on a hot date.
Available in sizes XS–XL.

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The Best, Prettiest Lingerie We Could Find Online