Is it a dress? Is it underwear? Is it shapewear? Or do definitions even matter?
Welcome to the boundary-blurring world of Made By Niki, the British cult label that’s turning shapewear into must-have lingerie.
If you haven’t slipped into one of Niki’s slinky multi-functional minidresses or “power lingerie” sets, be prepared to leave your preconceptions behind.
This is shapewear meant to show off our fantastic figures, not squish and pinch underneath your little black dress.
No wonder then that Made By Niki’s sexy body-sculpting pieces are showing up as often on the street as they are in private. In particular, the Slinkies minidress (above left), which is really a stretch slip with some added muscle, has become clubwear du jour for many British girls.
Created by designer Niki McMorrough, Made By Niki has been a favorite in Europe for a while. And, with an expansion of the brand to over 100 stores in 17 countries (and a srong online presence), North American gals are now drooling over Niki’s designs too.
You can find MBN items on ASOS and Topshop and in boutiques like Journelle, Coco De Mer, Faire Frou Frou and Secrets From Your Sister (Toronto).
Here’s a quick look at Made By Niki’s catalogue:
Fresh Foundations started the MBN shapewear revolution by combining fine fabrics with vintage corsetry construction.
Check out the Sheer Wireless Front-Cinch Bra, a wireless adjustable bra that even a busty woman can appreciate. It flatters and cinches while still looking delicate in French charmeuse and lace with vintage-inspired ribbon straps.
The ivory version is must-have bridal lingerie. The soft lace, sexy details and flattering cuts work wonders under the gown and on the wedding night.
A new line, Slinkies are “grippy on the inside, slippy on the outside,” allowing you to effortless layer over these little numbers. Some fashionistas even dare to wear the Control Mini Dress solo, it’s that flattering and confidence-boosting.
And get this — the Slinkies line includes a high-waisted, control-top thong. Yes, you read that right!
Bonus: Slinkies are made from antibacterial control fabric that wicks away moisture, allowing you to feel as fresh and sleek as you look.
Made By Niki occasionally releases limited-edition pieces. With only 100 pieces available worldwide, each item comes with a gold hand-painted label in Niki’s own writing. Valentine’s Day, anyone?
The gallery below will give you some good ideas about the various Made By Niki collection. Most individual pieces are available in black, ivory and aqua. Click on the photos below for product info.