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UK Style: The Boudoir Beckons

Mar 1, 2010

by AmityUK handmade and vintage goods

I know I’m getting into dangerous style-crush territory when a trend makes my heart beat a little faster. This spring’s lingerie-inspired fashion has done exactly that and I sense I’m in trouble.

As someone who’s recently had a trial run with this style (all in the name of research, you understand), fear not! You don’t have to go all out in Superman pants-on-top-of-leggings mode. Unless you feel particularly daring of course. The easiest ways to wear underwear as outerwear is either layered up with fine knits or in small doses as demonstrated by the flickrites and bloggers below.

This week’s mashup of high fashion and indie style takes a smidge of inspiration from Jean Paul Gaultier‘s infamous cone-bra corsetry ensembles for Madonna on her Blonde Ambition Tour. However, gone is the angular, power-dressing of the 80s — pastel colours, softer fabrics and and flowing shapes take the look to new heights of femininity.

Photos via Elle

First thing’s first, the main man himself, Jean Paul Gaultier. His ingenious combo of military and lingerie styling in tempered, earthy tones is enough to induce the equivalent of a couture sugar coma. Mmmmhh dungarees.

It’s not often you see maternity wear on the catwalk (far right); if that isn’t a celebration of the female form then I don’t know what is.

Military girly open bra corset with braces

By freyagushi, $260.

Green with Envy dress

By attiladesign, $435.

Brown and Silver Silk Tie Front Top

By TheSparklingCocktail, $136.

Short Hip Overbust Corset

By electradesigns, $399.


Photo via The Sartorialist

Straight from the streets of Sydney, Australia, this adorable outfit combines vintage lingerie with a complementary pastel tee. Utterly irresistible and oh so relaxed. I’m also thrilled to see that my tough-girl ankle boots aren’t being banished to the recesses of my wardrobe till next winter just yet. They offset the gentleness of this look in just the right way.

dark pink peach slip

From gimmeNICOLE, $7.

Bloomin’ Bloomers

From SewCharmed, $47.

Vintage Grunge Ankle Boots

From MissShapes, $32.

Lace T-shirt Blue

By HandnShadow, $36.


Photos via Elle

House Of Holland layer up lace in bolder colours than most this spring, proving you can hold onto a little punk if you’re not a girly-girl (or a girly-boy, for that matter).

Vintage ELECTRIC blue LACE tank

From mapetiteamy, $16.

Mens Stretch Lace Body Shirt

By mangelamode, $45.

Fishnet Stockings

By GlorybyJeannieLee, $110.

Thigh High Lace Up Leg Warmers

By Sannica, $150.

Photos via Kingdom Of Style

Brit blogger, Queen Marie of Kingdom Of Style, provides exciting inspiration for two very different looks here. Left, she wears thigh-high garters from our very own SWANclothing, and right in a hot pink bodysuit from Lascivious. What did I mention about being daring?


By SWANclothing, $35.

Nude Lace Bodysuit

By MeowKikiClothing, $95.

  Metallic Elephant Tank Top

By newyorkcouture, $75.

Suspender Cage Garter Belt in Pink

By ClareBare, $40.

Photos via Elle

Vanessa Bruno champions sheer fabrics, fringing and a couple of little somethings known as “kneeings.” I’ve been a legging addict for years now and have a penchant for lacy little socks and leg warmers, so I can’t wait to try these babies out with a pair of denim shorts and a strappy cami.

Creamy kneeings

By fannyalioli, $49.

NEELY Tap Pant

By BoudoirQueen, $225.

Cashmere Cotton Waist Corset

By yearofthegoat, $78.


By artlab, $235.

Photo via kamicha73 on Flickr

Helsinki knitter and Yarned blogger, Jaana, is almost too chic for words. I’m loving the harem trousers teamed with the sexy bodice, structured jacket and killer boots. She’s one half Gautier perfume bottle and one half Marlene Dietrich.

Bow Landlubber TShirt

By isabelamyo, $70.

Costume Top Hat

By topsyturvydesign, $229.

dusty harem jodhpurs

From katemdot, $55.

hourglass valentines corset

By TeaAndCorsets, $175.

Photos via Elle

Let’s not forget lounge-wear while we’re on the topic of lingerie. Also known as pyjamas, but that’s not nearly as romantic now, is it? If you’re after satiny-smooth Hollywood glamour with a good dose of class, then Christian Dior is your springtime muse.

The Satine Dress

By gaudycouture, $130.

So Beautiful

From TavinShop, $850.

Parisian Princess

By clairelafaye, $765.

Truffles and Ruffles Knickers

By littlesisterlucy, $36.

Photo via Style Bubble

Once again I can’t help but go a little squealy over UK blogger Susie Bubble’s masterful ability to put a fashionable, yet 100% individual, outfit together. It’s the colours that really do it for me. I actually hadn’t quite got to grips with last season’s tie-dye fetish, so I’m more than willing to give it a second chance having been well and truly educated.

Blue Tie Dyed Slip Dress

By southernwriter, $20.

vintage happy rainbow flats

From drinkingtea, $75.

Lilac stocking with a cute bow

By yaaranetzer, $32.

Tie Dye Fringe Necklace

By Aragonltd, $80.

Lingerie on Etsy | Style Posts | The UK Edition


  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Interesting items! Love the top hat!

  • missindie

    missindie said 7 years ago

    ohmygosh looooooooove these!

  • lesleyfunkyart

    lesleyfunkyart said 7 years ago

    Loved this. So much inspiration in this article!

  • GeeZees

    GeeZees said 7 years ago

    I love boudoir....lovely finds!

  • boutiqueseragun

    boutiqueseragun said 7 years ago

    wonderful finds.I like very mutch them

  • jezek

    jezek said 7 years ago


  • PaisleyChainsaw

    PaisleyChainsaw said 7 years ago

    great article I have always had a thing for lingerie as outwear its very romantic looking.

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom said 7 years ago

    great finds, love metallic elephant tank top

  • sweetirie

    sweetirie said 7 years ago

    Love it! So many beautiful things...

  • theteabox

    theteabox said 7 years ago

    I love the "new vintage" style. The proposals presented in this article are very interesting

  • immortallongings

    immortallongings said 7 years ago

    Sweet and terribly sensual..

  • perpetual3

    perpetual3 said 7 years ago

    some beautiful picks here. cleverly collated!

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 7 years ago


  • YongS

    YongS said 7 years ago

    Love it.

  • hippiechickchic

    hippiechickchic said 7 years ago

    ooo la la!

  • aforfebre

    aforfebre said 7 years ago

    Interesting items! Love it!!!!

  • greenwoodpottery

    greenwoodpottery said 7 years ago

    I love this style of dressing! Too bad I'm usually covered in clay from my knees to my elbows - there is a secret part of me inside that wants to be glamourous in this way!!

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 7 years ago

    uops! I love specially shoes!

  • DesignByMagriet

    DesignByMagriet said 7 years ago

    I'm in love with the Short Hip Overbust Corset. Gorgeous finds!

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 7 years ago

    I wish I had money to go shopping!!!

  • atelierdewolvelay

    atelierdewolvelay said 7 years ago

    Really enjoying your posts, Amity! It's so nice to have some regular UK-centric discourse on the blog.

  • SweetSallysSoaps

    SweetSallysSoaps said 7 years ago

    Really love the New vintage style!

  • HighRidgeRockNbeads

    HighRidgeRockNbeads said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous! Love the Cashmere Cotton Waist Corset!

  • repurposefulpunk

    repurposefulpunk said 7 years ago

    Luv Luv Luv the Green with envy Dress... great pic!

  • vintagelizzy

    vintagelizzy said 7 years ago

    beats m&s hands down!! :)

  • HandmadeByAlison

    HandmadeByAlison said 7 years ago

    As a woman of a certain age and, I love the corsets...they're soooo sexy!

  • redsofa

    redsofa said 7 years ago

    very cool

  • SpringColors

    SpringColors said 7 years ago

    beautiful way cool collection. not something I'll wear but an eye candy

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 7 years ago

    Beautiful items here... makes me wish I had a boudoir. :)

  • JennySchu

    JennySchu said 7 years ago

    I'm headed to Europe in 2 weeks and am now completely inspired to make some accessories to brighten my backpacking gear :) Lovely lingerie!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    love the polka dotted stockings! nice to see such unusual fashions featured

  • LustreBeads

    LustreBeads said 7 years ago

    Beautifully naughty, I love pretty much everything here!

  • LaBronz

    LaBronz said 7 years ago

    Nice pics!!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 7 years ago

    oh, the possibilities....hmmmmm. xo

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    love love love it all!!!

  • lavenders

    lavenders said 7 years ago

    lovely !! Great pic's.

  • bejeweledbynikki

    bejeweledbynikki said 7 years ago

    So romantic and inspiring! I love artlab; one day I will own many many of their pieces!!!

  • TheOoakTree

    TheOoakTree said 7 years ago

    OOOooo I love all the corsets! The are gorgeous!!!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    I agree, Susie from Style Bubble is a genius when it comes to putting together a look. I love her blog! Nice finds here!

  • ialbert

    ialbert said 7 years ago

    creative designs

  • laurelinsailor

    laurelinsailor said 7 years ago


  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 7 years ago

    Turning up the heat!! go Electradesigns! All items and photos are pretty rad! Now this is what I call a great morning!

  • Tumus

    Tumus said 7 years ago

    ooo great finds! Makes me long for those warm and mild spring/summer nights!!

  • Ferociter

    Ferociter said 7 years ago

    I love Boudoir Queen's styling!

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 7 years ago

    The fashion world never ceases to astound!

  • UltimateOrganicSoap

    UltimateOrganicSoap said 7 years ago

    This was a great article - I've now favorited many more Etsy artists!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Ooooh la la! I want the polkadot hose. Love the runway pics.

  • StarbringerCreations

    StarbringerCreations said 7 years ago

    *love love love*

  • pinkytoeclothing

    pinkytoeclothing said 7 years ago

    nice picks!

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 7 years ago

    UK rocks and they are cutting edge of design! Love it!

  • PunchDrunkPrince

    PunchDrunkPrince said 7 years ago

    hottttttt (yes that many 't's)

  • REtroCYCLEd

    REtroCYCLEd said 7 years ago

    This is a great post, thanks! I have some boudoir picks in my shop right now, both sexy nightgowns with matching boudoir jackets...

  • capriciousme

    capriciousme said 7 years ago

    Love the Pickford Onesie. Adorable.

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits said 7 years ago

    wow, lovely! the top picture reminds me Ms hannigan in orphanie annie- "littleeeeeee giiiirrrrrrrrrls!, hickup!" I love the combination of lace, muted pastel silks and leather cropped shoes and sandals! so breezy feminine yet bada$$. LFW! thanks for sharing!

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 7 years ago

    Oh how daring, sexy, and so feminine! I just bought some black and purple knit lace fabric to make something for my shop. Now to work up some design ideas.

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    A little daring, but feminine and pretty too. I love that blue Satine Dress. With warm weather coming, this article makes me want to try and wear something similar.

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    Seems to me that beautiful women are just a little bit more sexy when they wear a little lingerie or hide a bit istead of go for full nudity...and these choices prove it! Awesome selection.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Boudoir just the word makes you swoon. Lovely fashions!

  • VintiqueLa

    VintiqueLa said 7 years ago

    the best collection of etsy items I've seen in a while. Thanks for sharing!

  • RubyStudios

    RubyStudios said 7 years ago

    Men's stretch lace body shirt?? No, no, no! Ouchy--that corset! The Bruno sheer fabrics are nice. Like the soft, peachy colors and the royal blue, too!

  • jdhandmadedesigns

    jdhandmadedesigns said 7 years ago

    I feel it all harks back to the new Romantic style of the 80's even if it is more ornate and decorative, it's easy to see it's roots.

  • kadlubik

    kadlubik said 7 years ago


  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 7 years ago

    Very cool!!

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry said 7 years ago

    so pretty!!!

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 7 years ago

    I have to say, as much as I appreciate the originality and creativity of these fashions, it is just not for me! haha

  • MariesVintage

    MariesVintage said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous, spot on picks!

  • AnnaLela

    AnnaLela said 7 years ago

    what a fantastic collection. thank u for sharing

  • HummingbyrdJewelry

    HummingbyrdJewelry said 7 years ago

    I'm all for the light, draped, comfy look. I'm not much of a corset wearer but I love the shape. And the muted greens, blues, grays and peaches in satin and lace are luscious. Some very inspiring stuff there.

  • pouch

    pouch said 7 years ago

    it was via Style Bubble that I first found etsy about 3 years ago!

  • nocturneofsalome

    nocturneofsalome said 7 years ago

    Pretty. I liked the article in this months W about lingerie as outerwear, too. So cheeky.

  • nonsuch

    nonsuch said 7 years ago

    Great selection! LOVE.

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 7 years ago

    Wowzaaaa! Ooo la la!!!!

  • RobotsAreAwesome

    RobotsAreAwesome said 7 years ago

    Well, I liked the Green with Envy dress, made me think Steampunk.

  • LovMely

    LovMely said 7 years ago

    i'm loving how lace and flowy dresses are coming back in style for the Spring...shoulder pads were huge on the runway...not sure if i can pull the shoulder pads look off, but i'm definitely going to give it a go!

  • ivyberry

    ivyberry said 7 years ago

    I have the Envy dress in my closet and it is made of AWESOME! Tiina does amazing work and is worth every penny! And the Topsy Turvy Mina hattie? Also amazing. Hattie in my icon is a TTD.

  • artlab

    artlab said 7 years ago

    Brilliant! I'm thrilled to be included here. Thank you!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 7 years ago

    Time to re-feminize my wardrobe!

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi said 7 years ago

    WOW ! Cool!

  • PamelaAngus

    PamelaAngus said 7 years ago

    fabulous post!!!!

  • PhineasandLou

    PhineasandLou said 7 years ago


  • mingtaphotography

    mingtaphotography said 7 years ago

    Great Spring collection!

  • PomLove

    PomLove said 7 years ago

    amity! i am in love with this collection! nothing gets me going right now like bloomers, doilies you can wear and any type of 40's style lounge wear... so katharine hepburn. now i just need a cary grant:) LOVE.

  • BetaBoutique

    BetaBoutique said 7 years ago

    Stunning collection! Incarnation of elegance and femininity, indeed

  • pieintheskyjewelry

    pieintheskyjewelry said 7 years ago

    I really like the top picture as a whole. However It is the picture I like..I can't figure out what is for sale there. I also love the way this blog features designer next to the alternative on Etsy. I suppose for lingerie the professionalism of the photo makes us think hhmmm maybe we would look that sexy like the model does. So from that perspective I give 100% thumbs up. As for jewelry, I was taught to sell the piece of jewelry not the tree, leaves or whatever one would use as a backdrop. So I am in constant I get stuff to fill for background or keep it simple? Anyway great article!! and fabulous picture.

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 7 years ago

    Great collection!

  • AmityUK Admin

    AmityUK said 7 years ago

    For pieintheskyjewelry - here is a link to the item for sale in the header image: Thanks to all for the great input!

  • lavenderlemon

    lavenderlemon said 7 years ago

    i love this article!Thanks so much for all the inspiration!<3

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 7 years ago


  • katherynmd

    katherynmd said 7 years ago

    I'm glad to see the feminine, sexy, classy styles coming back & what better place than Etsy! Wonderful article.

  • autumnray09

    autumnray09 said 7 years ago

    Wow, this is definately eye candy!! I'm certainly going to persuade my husband to go shopping with me. The long wear really recieved my attention. Very elegant and stunning!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    seeing lace on men is a very interesting look. like the mix of green, military kacki with silk and lace.

  • MeowKikiClothing

    MeowKikiClothing said 7 years ago

    Awesome entry! Thanks so much for featuring my bodysuit! :) xo Heather

  • aisglass

    aisglass said 7 years ago

    soo beutiful

  • shopKCQ

    shopKCQ said 7 years ago

    Glorious finds *drools*

  • loopinloop

    loopinloop said 7 years ago

    Lovely picks, thanks for sharing!

  • katemdot

    katemdot said 7 years ago

    so many inspiring looks -- bring sexy to everyday clothes. thanks for including my jodhpurs!

  • RoomForCake

    RoomForCake said 7 years ago

    This beautiful selection has me daydreaming in pink! I love the gorgeous photography as much as the boudoir clothing!

  • TheSparklingCocktail

    TheSparklingCocktail said 7 years ago

    What a great article!! Right up my alley. Thanks for including my tops! xoxo

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 7 years ago

    interesting and inspiring! thanks for compiling this collection of looks :) The mens lace really stirs my sense of normality

  • Talula

    Talula said 7 years ago

    So glad to know I'm in "style"... I wear my slip dresses all year long...

  • BellaLili

    BellaLili said 7 years ago

    Dior is Divine!

  • BellaLili

    BellaLili said 7 years ago

    Dior is Divine!

  • Agentplay

    Agentplay said 7 years ago

    oh love it! So want Alice Wonder Pants!

  • puscake

    puscake said 7 years ago

    Yowza! I want to go to the UK!

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 7 years ago

    hip overbust corset and bloomin bloomers are neat

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 7 years ago

    BoudoirQueen, an Etsy dream! Creating lingerie-inspired fashion is my passion...Cheers to vintage french lace & Spring! Thanks for the great layering tip. Layering over fitted t-shirts is great if you need a bit of warmth or aren't quite ready to bare it all! Wonderful Article.

  • norakaren

    norakaren said 7 years ago

    wow..this is a real runway! I love budoir queen and all the glamour posted in this article!

  • hulagirlsoapco

    hulagirlsoapco said 7 years ago

    the Satine dress is divine!

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 7 years ago

    ohhh fashion! fashion to left and fashion to the right! we can't never get enough of you! have you seen my fashion illustrations!!! best, park

  • princessdoodlebeans

    princessdoodlebeans said 7 years ago

    OH YES! A most wonderful collection of nice little naughties!

  • BoudoirQueen

    BoudoirQueen said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for including Boudoir Queen! I love the Neely tap pants! I was very excited and blogged about lingerie being on the runways this season . Thanks for pointing it out to everyone!

  • marbled

    marbled said 7 years ago

    Love it! So many beautiful things

  • darkponydesigns

    darkponydesigns said 7 years ago

    Loved this article and the collection of finds! Nice. xoxo Robin

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 7 years ago

    Oh La la!..... is it hot in here? Only one man photo, we need more sexy men photos in this grouping. : )

  • madgirlvintage

    madgirlvintage said 7 years ago

    love! love! love!

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 7 years ago

    Love it! what a great selection of photos and buys..

  • marsia

    marsia said 7 years ago

    Well done! A beautifully illustrated article. Keem them comin'!

  • juliebeers

    juliebeers said 7 years ago

    wow I love the opening photo!

  • emmasgems

    emmasgems said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring! Love the romance of it all!

  • stilettogirl

    stilettogirl said 7 years ago

    Oh yes!!! Love it! I don't have anything like this in my shop because I covet every piece of early vintage lingerie for MYSELF! Just waiting for the snow to melt to break out some of this lovely frippery! Bring on the sexy summer! Great pictures,and inspiration!

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele said 7 years ago

    Interesting items! Love it!!!!

  • AFarmersDaughter

    AFarmersDaughter said 7 years ago

    Hand and Shadow is so Beautiful...Yeahhhhhh Georgie!!!!

  • dustyrosevintage

    dustyrosevintage said 7 years ago

    Love that this was posted. So high fashion and romantic. It's great to see how many breathtakingly beautiful and sexy things are happening here!

  • BaysideBoutique

    BaysideBoutique said 7 years ago


  • BaysideBoutique

    BaysideBoutique said 7 years ago


  • WithNowhere2Go

    WithNowhere2Go said 7 years ago

    I love that you spotlighted this fabulous trend, but where are all the "real" women at? I'd like to see some models with the range of body types we ladies truly have. Every woman can rock this style!

  • emilybidwell Admin

    emilybidwell said 7 years ago

    this is fabulous!

  • gimmeNICOLE

    gimmeNICOLE said 7 years ago

    weoo! I'm in the best group by far. lingerie as day wear? RARR!

  • chelsuba

    chelsuba said 7 years ago

    kneeings look like a interesting invention,Im wondering if I could possibly get away with them or whether I would look like I was wearing bandages from a accident. Im loving the 'romantic grunge' look at the momment though,peachy pinks are beautiful teamed with old black boots.

  • idlehandsdesigns

    idlehandsdesigns said 7 years ago

    This article made my heart flutter as well ❥ thanks for the inspiration Amity.

  • lostfeathervintage

    lostfeathervintage said 7 years ago

    So whimsical and romantic. Truly inspiring. Something about the vintage lingerie I love.

  • AmityUK Admin

    AmityUK said 7 years ago

    WithNowhere2Go - Hear, hear! I long for the day I can include catwalk images with a range of women of all sizes. Thank you for the comments everyone, this was SO much fun to put together.

  • ShaggyChic

    ShaggyChic said 7 years ago

    Here is a shop with some vintage items Boudoir Barbie this is one of my favorites

  • AfricaAtelier

    AfricaAtelier said 7 years ago

    Great article Amity, it makes me crave even more for the summer when I can flitter around in something pink and sweet!

  • hillbillyhulagal

    hillbillyhulagal said 7 years ago

    Love the entire article. I am an dire Betsy Johnson fan. I really can say I enjoyed each and every photo and all the shops were great. Congradulations!

  • mixeralex

    mixeralex said 7 years ago

    Well done

  • MoruaDesigns

    MoruaDesigns said 6 years ago

    Yeay for corsets!

  • StAnnesPixies

    StAnnesPixies said 6 years ago

    I have often thought that the lingerie and lacy sleepwear was the prettiest clothes in stores. The idea of layering these is right up my alley as I'm not going to show quite so much skin, LOL! I once made a beautiufl top and camisole out of an antique slip with embroidery on it. I still love wearing them.

  • wholesalecosmetics

    wholesalecosmetics said 6 years ago

    I like Military girly open bra corset with braces, Wholesale Clothing -

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