Whether you're dressing for yourself or for a certain someone, there are times when you want your underthings to leave a big impression. Red is always racy and black is beyond chic, but right now we think you should consider something a little...bolder. Our suggestion? Take inspiration from Proenza Schouler's incredible S/S 11 show and opt for sexy, sheer things in vibrant or high-contrast color combos. (The purple/black lace Blouson Dress ($12,950) and the fluorescent yellow Silk Slip Dress ($1625) are two amazing runway references.) Executing this look is easy: just go for lingerie with simple, even slightly sporty, silhouettes and subtly girly details, like unfussy ruffles or ruching. Then, whether you wear our picks peeking out from underneath a silky draped tank or let them show through a sheer slip dress, you'll look modern and amazing-just as you should.
1. Deborah Marquit French Lace Balconette Bra ($195) and Briefs ($110) in Fluorescent Yellow
Of all the gorgeous knickers we called in for this story, Deborah Marquit's highlighter-yellow pieces elicited so many squeals of delight it's ridiculous. And with good reason: there's something so lovely about the contrast of the classic French lace balconette bra and matching pair of briefs with such a shockingly modern color. Of course, if you'd like a less expensive (and not quite so neon) option, we have that too: simply check out Urban Outfitters' Lace Triangle Bralette ($16) in Bright Yellow or Free People's Cheeky Lace Bra ($38) in Limeaid.
2. Mimi Holliday by Damaris Piece de Resistance Lace Bodysuit ($130)
What our next piece lacks in color, it more than makes up for in stunning style. This white lace bodysuit is gorgeously sheer and we have to admit we're obsessed with the contrasting black velvet trim. Worn underneath a silky blouse, this bodysuit is the sort of foundation piece that will make you feel elegant all day-or night-long. Need something with a little more support or just want a bra-and-panty version of this bodysuit? Try the Piece de Resistance Lace Underwire Bra ($85), which goes up to an E cup, and the matching Lace Tanga Briefs ($55).
3. Only Hearts Whisper Bralette ($55) and Whisper Ruched Hipster ($36) in Real Coral
After the S/S 11 shows, we knew one thing: the season is all about bright coral. While we love this warm and flattering tone on everything from lipstick to party dresses, it's particularly magical on lingerie. Only Hearts' amazing Whisper Bralette and Ruched Hipster are a testament to how pretty and powerful spring's must-have hue can be, especially on such refreshingly understated designs. Additionally, you should check out American Apparel's Micro-Mesh Triangle Bra ($14) in Scarlet and the Micro-Mesh Low Slung Panty ($11) in the same hue.
4. Agent Provocateur Roxie Leopard-Effect Lace Underwired Bra ($150) and Lace Thong ($90)
As one of our favorite purveyors of fancy-yet-kinky lingerie, we often associate Agent Provocateur with elaborate garter belts and ridiculously luxe pasties. And while the British brand definitely knows how to do naughty in a high-class way, they've also designed a beautiful cobalt blue bra for spring, complete with matching underwear. The sheer lace has a subtle leopard print that's just a little risqué, while the vibrant hue makes it totally au courant. Is it worth the splurge? We think so! But if you'd rather save a little on your lingerie, you might want to check out Free People's Cheeky Lace Bra ($38) in Royal, as it has a similar look, but a lower price point!
5. Sexy Panties and Naughty Knickers Flirt Soft Bra ($50) and Flirt Knickers ($37) in Purple
For those readers who love lingerie that offers a blend of femininity and strong form, definitely check out the Flirt Soft Bra and Knickers from Sexy Panties and Naughty Knickers. Available in the stunning purple shown above, as well as fluro pink and black, the bra has a streamlined look we love, while the panties are perfectly sweet. Can't decide what color to buy? Well, why not indulge in all three-we won't tell, promise!
Proenza Schouler runway images, courtesy of PR Consulting