Lingerie Ideas for the Honeymoon

Here's how to pick a few key pieces that suit your style.
by Heather Levine
  1. The Sophisticate

    photo by Anastassios Mentis

    What to pack: For you, it’s all about looking put-together, so you’ll definitely want to stick with a matching set or a stunning stand-alone chemise. It’s the details that will really show off your sophisticated style. Look for menswear-inspired trims, like bow ties and pinstripes. On lingerie, they’re more ladylike than macho. As for color, nude hues (caramel, tan, blush pink, or cafe au lait) will keep you covered without seeming too stuffy. A contrasting trim, like in black or burgundy, automatically adds a refined elegance to these skin-toned shades.

    We love: The look of a delicate demi cup bra and panty set. This one with scalloped lace trim, tiny bow ties, and structured seams is both sexy and chic.

    Microfiber bra, $60, and panties, $28, for stores

  2. The Femme Fatale

    What to pack: Show off your curves in body-hugging corsets (or pretty much anything with lace-up accents), barely there thongs, and sexy, sheer pieces. Feeling a bit more feisty? Go ahead and throw in a garter belt or fishnet stockings. Remember, with these seductive styles, basic black is anything but ordinary. Carbon-colored lace or silk immediately ups the sex appeal of even the most ho-hum intimate apparel.

    We love: Lace-trimmed bras and sheer panties will help give this style a slightly risque edge, but they’re actually easy to wear (and even comfortable). The lace on this full-coverage bra shows just the right amount of skin, and the French-cut boy shorts prove that even briefs can be very enticing.

    Black lace bra, $64, and sheer panties, $32,

  3. The Girl Next Door

    What to pack: Ribbons and bows are dainty details that can help add a touch of fun to your lingerie collection. Opt for ruffles and pleats to amp up basic whites. And, while matching sets are always cute, you shouldn’t be afraid to step up your style with a whimsical silk slip, a tulle nightie, or even eyelet bloomers. Or try playing with new patterns: Polka dots and hearts in cheery colors will surely be a hit. Do you need a hue clue? Think bubble gum, coral, salmon, and other shades of orange and pink.

    We love: The look of this adorable baby-doll slip. Layers of airy tulle are oh-so-innocent.

    White nightie, about $411,

  4. The Glamour Queen

    What to pack: Be seductive without showing too much skin in a long nightgown, or wow with a more revealing set. The fabric and color of your lingerie are the key. Choose luxurious silks and satins embellished with rhinestones, and focus on jewel tones to look like boudoir royalty. Load on the jewels and slide into some crystal-studded stilettos for extra decadence.

    We love: Felina’s ruby red, crystal-studded bra, $42, satin-trimmed garter belt, $38, and lacy thong, $19,

  5. The Wild Woman

    What to wear: Cozy up in a fur-trimmed slip or get your paws on some silk panties; either way, it’s the pattern that defines your style. Exotic prints will have even the tamest newlywed ready to pounce. For flashier styles, search for hints of red, or choose something a bit more subdued by opting for bold black and white.

    We love: Cosabella’s Sex and the City lingerie collection. While Carrie’s quirky fashion sense is a fan favorite, it’s most definitely Samantha’s signature provocative style that you’re after.

    Leopard print bustier, $148, and matching thong, $18,

  6. The Romantic

    What to pack: Satin ribbon paired with antique crocheted lace trim adds an air of enchantment to fresh silhouettes. Your ideal fairy-tale colors: luxurious rich tones, like burgundy or navy, or softer shades, like sage green and rose. Looking for something a bit more glamorous? Gold and silver metallic trim will offer a touch of shine without looking overly glitzy.

    We love: Anything with a wide band trim at the waistline (it’s perfect for hiding a problem tummy). This quaint set, which has eyelash lace, ribbon trim, and a bold, blue hue, has such old-world appeal.

    Fayreform lace-trimmed bra, $70, and bikini, $30,

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