Soft luxury: two words that tell you just about everything you need to know about Skin Lingerie.
We’re not talking fleece nighties or silk camisoles here. This is high-end cotton lingerie and loungewear designed for the spa-loving crowd and all you city dwellers in drafty, overpriced lofts. If you dream of spending your summers in the Hamptons and your winters at Canyon Ranch, this is the line for you.
Skin is a NYC-based lingerie shop designed to fill a specific void: designer/owner Susan Beischel launched Skin in 2003, with the specific aim of catering cotton lingerie to a discerning crowd:
“Most cotton lingerie out there was either too mature, or too juvenile. I wanted to create a more sophisticated fashionable look that women could wear more often,” she says.
The result: fresh, chic, irresistibly comfortable lingerie made primarily from pima cotton. The collection is targeted at an upscale demographic with lifestyles and vacations that necessitate the word “luxuriate.” (The brand is carried at luxury resorts and spas, with many of its clientele discovering the line while in various states of indulgence.)
Prepare to drool over these organic pima cotton pieces:
The cotton sleepshirt tunic (above and top photo) can also do double-duty. Wear it to bed, as a resort cover-up, or belt it over jeans.
The cotton French lace bra is guaranteed not to itch. This soft cotton bra has fine lacy inserts that up the sex appeal without compromising comfort. The matching French lace chemise (above) offers the same style features for your evening wear needs.
The lounge gown is perfect for just that: lounging. For the daring, the backless halter dress is also a viable choice for a night out. Candlelit dinner for two, anyone?
Shop for Skin online, unless you happen to frequent boutiques in the Hamptons or select international upscale lingerie boutiques, department stores, spas and resorts. You don’t have to live like the rich and famous to dress like them.