The Ones That Got Away: Lingerie I Wish I’d Bought

The Lingerie Addict recently ran a great piece about lingerie purchases she wishes she’d made, and I enjoyed reading it so much I thought I’d share my own!

Since becoming interested in lingerie I’ve slowly learned to think about the kind of lingerie “wardrobe” I’d like to curate for myself over time (I’m wayyy more particular about my lingerie wardrobe than my actual wear-to-work wardrobe). Going to trade shows and taking stock of the full-bust seasonal offerings as a whole helps me decide which pieces to save for and encourages me to resist impulse purchases. Sometimes, though, a piece I love sells out before I’ve saved up for it, or a few seasons pass and I think “damn, in retrospect, I TOTALLY wish I’d bought that for myself.” Without further ado, here are the lingerie pieces I loved and lost:

Gossard Phoebe

Phoebe bra, thong, and suspender belt by Gossard

Phoebe bra, thong, and suspender belt by Gossard

I can’t even really talk about this one. It’s so impractical and yet so lovely, and it brings my inner ballerina so much joy. I have to cheat a little to fit into the Gossard size range, and I kept hesitating every time I thought about purchasing it in favor of bras that ACTUALLY fit, and then one day it was gone. My beautiful little tutu was gone. Good-bye, beloved.

Toad Lillie Ouvert Knickers

Vamp High-Waist Panties by Toad Lillie

Vamp High-Waist Panties by Toad Lillie

These were the first pair of ouvert/open-back knickers I ever saw from one of the first handmade luxury brands I ever encountered, and I think they’re still my favorites. Toad Lillie is no longer in production (the designer, Laurie, currently writes for The Lingerie Addict), so alas: these handmade silk lovelies will never be mine. Look at that teal-and-black lace goodness– just beautiful.

Bravissimo Can Can

Can Can Bra (£34) (28 F-J, 30-38 DD-K), Brief (£16) (XS-XXL), and Suspender Belt (£18) (XS-XXL) by Bravissimo

Can Can Bra, Brief, and Suspender Belt by Bravissimo

I kept saving money for this set last year only for one of the pieces to sell out in my size, then pop back into stock at the same moment another piece sold out, then that one came back into stock but the other one sold out, etc. The set is beautiful (and I particularly love the nice deep suspender belt), but it was released right around the holidays, and I didn’t have the extra cash to spend. I’m sorry beautiful forest green bra! I love you from afar.

Fauve Lucia in Persian Blue

Lucia bra, suspender belt, and thong in Persian Blue by Fauve

Lucia bra, suspender belt, and thong in Persian Blue by Fauve

This remains one of my favorite collections from Fauve, the now-defunct higher-end sister line to popular full-bust brands Freya and Fantasie. At the time of its release I was just learning about the different full-bust brands and was focused on building up a wardrobe of basics; I was also in an entry-level position with little discretionary income, so it never made its way home with me. By the time I’d saved the money this set was impossible to find online, and the NYC Saks only had the padded half cup style in stock (I prefer balconettes). But look at the yummy color! The silky asymmetrical bows! It came in a few other colors in later seasons, but this blue was hands-down my favorite.

Trashy Diva Flapper Robe

Flapper Robe by Trashy Diva

Flapper Robe by Trashy Diva

This is still available in size Small, and there’s a lovely red version available in all sizes, but the black and gold one is SO Miss Fisher I can’t even handle it.  Once again, when it was actually in stock my discretionary spending was reserved for basics and sports bras (and my trip to London) instead of tassel-y flapper robes. It would have been covered in cat fur immediately, but still.

Kiss Me Deadly Jezebel Knicker

Jezebel Longline Knicker by Kiss Me Deadly

Jezebel Longline Knicker by Kiss Me Deadly

Jezebel Longline Knicker by Kiss Me Deadly

Jezebel Longline Knicker by Kiss Me Deadly

Julia Lambert has this and it makes me scream with envy. Just look at it. Sheer with dots AND a blue sash and gosh, it’s perfect.

Bravissimo Darling Heart

Darling Heart bra, suspender belt and thong by Bravissimo

Darling Heart bra, suspender belt and thong by Bravissimo

This set is currently available in red, and yes, yes, I love red lingerie, but I REALLY like this original navy version. It’s got whimsy and charm, but I think this color scheme with brightly contrasting embroidery also brings a little sophistication. The name is dead on: this is darling.

Miss Mandalay Lacie

Lacie bra and brief by Miss Mandalay

Lacie bra and brief by Miss Mandalay

So delicate, so beautiful, and absolutely unique when it was released. There were very few upscale, luxury (or luxury-looking) full-bust brands available the first time I saw this lovely Miss Mandalay set (I can’t remember when this collection was released, but it was certainly a few years ago. I think?). Lacie felt so light and so sexy and so sophisticated, and I thought it was one of the most beautiful things I’d ever seen (still do).

What about you? Do you have any “ones that got away”?

11 Comments on The Ones That Got Away: Lingerie I Wish I’d Bought

  1. Estelle
    April 2, 2015 at 8:21 am (4 years ago)

    That robe is gorgeous! I might have to get the size small 😀

    There are so many old Agent Provocateur designs I wish I owned, but I was a student when they were releasing them. One in particular had a little tie & shirt collar on the bra and I’ve googled for images but can’t even find those!

    I also wish I’d bought Toad Lillie, and some of Arabel’s fun, colourful knicker-and-suspender sets from her first ever collection. Bought one in a clearance/sample sale & regretting not getting one in EVERY colour!

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    • Sweets
      April 2, 2015 at 11:18 am (4 years ago)

      Oh my gosh, I hope you get that robe! If I can’t have it, I want it to go to someone who will treasure it 🙂

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  2. Lee Rivers
    April 2, 2015 at 2:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Now I wish I could go back in time and transmogrify the Can Can stuff I got and say whoops it doesn’t fit and you could say I can try it and it would be serendipitously the right size and it would be cheaper than me returning it and we could all live in a magical palace on the Moon and pointe shoes would not be disfiguring. A woman can dream, right?

    The flapper robe is excellent. I am unfamiliar with Trashy Diva. I will fix this.

    The ones that got away are probably museum relics by now: the Freya Tigerlily of 2008, the black-and-gold Panache Confetti, and some early Masquerade styles (Shanghai, Inca, the Bravissimo-exclusive color Rhea). Also some fashion colors of Deco and Caitlyn (do those count?).

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  3. Lee Rivers
    April 2, 2015 at 2:21 pm (4 years ago)

    Also, lots of Fauve. The unpadded orange Bronte, some of the Evangeline colors, Dali…I just did not have the budget.

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    • Sweets
      April 2, 2015 at 9:32 pm (4 years ago)

      Same here– loved Fauve while it was here, but never quite had the budget. Adieu, Fauve.

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  4. Julia Lambert
    April 2, 2015 at 2:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh, you mean the beautiful longline knicker I own? That one? The one that matches all my bras and is soft and comfy and sexy? Tra la la…

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    • Sweets
      April 2, 2015 at 2:57 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m never speaking to you again.

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  5. Antonia
    April 2, 2015 at 3:34 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh, the Fauve Bronte (unpadded) for sure. And the Miss Mandalay Paris (which I’m hoping will come back in stock because it seems like a staple). Huit’s Cupcake line I only discovered a while ago and am SO SAD I never knew about it while it was in stock.

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    • Sweets
      April 2, 2015 at 9:31 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m like 97.8% positive that Paris will be back! It was one of the collections she brought to New York last August, so fingers crossed!

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  6. Laurie
    April 3, 2015 at 5:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing my cheeky knickers, Sweets! They were my favorite piece 🙂

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  7. Kelsey
    April 6, 2015 at 2:23 am (4 years ago)

    UGH! Why tempt me with prettys I cannot have? I am suffering from a different kind of “wish I could wear” lust. After getting properly fitted at bravissimo on a trip to England I was in a 36GG, after a few weeks I decided I was more of a 34H (no fault of the fitter, I was a little nervous and first tried on a too small cup with a 34 band and though it was too small all over so I asked for a bugger cup and bigger band). Now an H cup sizes me out of a lot but knowing more about full bust bras gave me a lot of hope because I still have a lot of options at this size and if I ever was able to go down 1-2 cup sizes the world would basically open up! Good news: I have been losing weight, the really really bad news: I went down a band size and stayed the same cup so it looks like I am now more of a 32HH which cuts out a lot of options I was just starting to appreciate 🙁 I know it is not the end of the world and I still have choices but I needed a vent and thought you would understand.

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