Have you ever thought about why black lingerie is such a classic? Amazingly, it goes all the way back to Victorian times. It’s fitting that the same era gave us the tradition of the white wedding dress and began to promote the idea of fashionable all black outfits for women.
Queen Victoria was actually responsible for associating white with brides and bringing fashionable all black outfits into the public eye. She got married in a white silk dress, which was an unusual choice at the time. As a result, brides have been wearing white ever since!
Unfortunately, she also became a widow early on after Prince Albert died. It was customary for women to wear all black mourning outfits for anywhere from several months to two years after their husbands died, but Victoria was so heartbroken that she spent the next 40 years in mourning clothes. However, one didn’t have to give up fashion if they were in mourning. As this custom became more popular and mourning periods became longer, there began to be an insatiable demand for black clothing, lingerie and corsets. Once black clothing became popular, Hollywood took this idea and ran with it. Major screen stars portrayed vampy women in black gowns and lingerie, ensuring it’s popularity for generations to come.
We also love black lingerie because it’s so effortlessly wearable. If you’re going to invest in a luxury piece, black is a great color choice. It means that you can mix and match your items with other pieces in your lingerie drawer and that they won’t feel dated as trends change. Today we’re featuring some of our favorite pieces of black lingerie that we’ve created, so you’ll have some easy pieces to get your classic lingerie collection started with!
This gorgeous sheer silk slip can be worn as lingerie or as outerwear. We love it layered over garter belts and stockings for a striking boudoir look, or worn over a plain slip beneath as a nod to the lingerie as outerwear trend. We’ve
added luxurious details like a double layered silk waistband and black and gold crystal buttons, designed exclusively for us. This slip is a great piece that can add opulence and texture to your lingerie collection.
Demetria Full Cup Bra:
If you do like matching sets (and really, who doesn’t?) this slip matches perfectly with our beautifully embroidered Demetria bra. We’ve added double layered silk side panels for comfort and shaping and finished it all with gold hardware to match the buttons on the slip skirt. This bra makes a stunning set with the skirt or you can mix and match it with all of your other black lingerie pieces.
Viola Jet Kimono:
This sumptuous robe is made from black eyelash lace and gold tulle to create a piece that is dramatic yet easy to wear. The black silk waist tie adds an extra bit of flair, and better yet, this robe makes for an incredibly chic cover-up for an evening dress, so there’s even more ways to wear it.
Viola Jet Longline Bra:
Longline bras can be tough to find in larger cup sizes, so we knew we wanted to make one as part of this collection. We’ve kept it simple with an extraordinarily high quality Leavers lace and added black silk side panels and gold hardware to finish the look. This also works really well as a statement piece under sheer blouses, or for a meant-to-be-seen peek of lace with lower necklines. We even had this piece worn by the Dutch director and actress Sanne Vogel on the red carpet, with a long flowing skirt and a sheer cover-up, for a beautiful outerwear look, so there’s lots of possibilities.
Aurora Silk Waspie:
Our Aurora collection is a collaboration with the amazing designer Karolina Laskowska. It’s slightly more bondage inspired than our regular collections, with removable straps and harnesses to change up the look, and has a whole range of
stylish and unusual pieces to go with the standard bras and panties. This silk waspie features duchesse silk and our favorite Leavers lace. This piece is made to order, so make sure you order at least 8 weeks in advance of the occasion you want to wear it for - we’re also able to create custom colors for this, so just let us know if you have something special in mind!
Aurora Lace Capelet:
Sheer capes are surprisingly versatile things! You can wear this piece over a bra and panty set, but we also love it with evening dresses and for boudoir shoots. This is a gorgeous heirloom quality piece that you can wear with everything and pass down to your children: it will never go out of style.
Aurora Skirted Lace Waspie Corset:
This corset and skirt ensemble is one of our favorite pieces in the entire collection! The corset creates a beautiful cinched hourglass shape with spiral and flat steel bones, while the French Chantilly lace skirt adds a textured look to the piece. Detachable suspender straps mean that you can wear this with or without stockings, depending on your mood - it’s also a great way to bring some style to a simple black dress, worn over it as a real statement piece.
Persephone Draped Back Gown:
This 1930’s style black silk gown is perfect for those of you looking for a luxurious nightgown or loungewear piece, cut to fit a fuller cup size. The silk sash ties at the back to create extra shaping while the bias cut silk in the skirt flows over curves beautifully.
Persephone Suspender Belt:
Everyone needs at least one classic garter belt and this one is a great piece to start with! Sheer black and gold stretch mesh makes up the suspender belt, while silk covered straps help you attach your favorite stockings. This will go with everything in your lingerie drawer, yet the outlines of metallic gold really elevate it to something extra special.