Why is green lingerie so unloved?
You’d think that at this time of year — with spring about to burst and the bars flowing with green beer to mark St. Patrick’s Day — lingerie designers would jump on the bandwagon with seasonal styles in this most verdant of hues.
But no. Hunting for green fashion lingerie among all the nudes, blacks, whites and this season’s candy-neon delights is harder than finding a four-leaf clover.
Luckily, we’ve done some homework for you, and below you’ll find an assortment of pieces that show real imagination in their use of green shades. (Click on the brand names to find shopping options.)
Any one of these will add an unexpected dash of zest to your intimates wardrobe. And just ask any Irish boy — yes, green can be very sexy!
This is a preview image from the forthcoming fall collection, I Love Polska, by the wildly original German-Polish designer. Few product details yet, and we don’t know what the embroidered green trim is all about, but we couldn’t resist this sneak peek: it may be one of the most beautiful items you’ll see all year.
Kudos to Stella for giving us the marvelous Elodie Hopping bra ($120) shown here and in the main photo above, as part of last fall’s lingerie collection. The shimmering emerald hue will provide a memorable accent against any skin tone. Matching briefs, too.
This sheer, lace-trimmed soft bra and thong set comes from last year’s Fairyland collection by the Colombian label Amulette. Truly exquisite and the shade is actually much lighter than the photo makes it look. Worth searching for.
This combination snakeskin/camouflage print comes from the California label’s Butterflies collection of last year. You can find this print in a bralette, boyshort, thong, cami or the babydoll shown above, which is the most costly piece at $82. This range is currently on sale so move fast before inventory disappears!
Natori’s Underneath collection offers this set called Feathers in a “whisper green” shade. Includes a lace-trimmed plunging underwire bra ($64) and matching embroidered briefs ($30).
Princesse Tam Tam
This is the Colombe tulle triangle bra and midi-brief from PTT’s very colorful spring 2011 line. Available in two other demure bra styles and boxer shorts, and several other colors — but we like this gentle shade, which is called vert villa.
The Delicious set is an Only Hearts staple; a simple, functional jersey bralette (and matching short) with lace trim and crossover back. The OH site no longer lists the olive shade shown here, but hunt around and you might get lucky.
Elle likes to use various tints of green as accent colors, but with the new Frances range in her Obsidian collection she lets the ivy green stand alone. The Frances line includes an underwire bra ($95) and culotte ($50) as well as a thong and gorgeous, lace-trimmed chemise.
This new lingerie and loungewear label isn’t shy when it comes to concocting ultra-romantic green finery with a very old-world feel. Above is the Lady Capulet bra ($95) in ruffled silk chiffon and matching Via Cappello satin boyshort ($89). Dramatic, original styles in very appealing colorways.
UK’s noted creator of luxurious silk boudoir sets in nouveau vintage styles, Ayten Gasson included this lovely olive ensemble in last year’s collection. The line is called Elizabeth, and includes a bra, skirted knicker, a teddy and a waspie. Look for great markdown prices now as the label makes room for its new collections.
If you’re determined to make a St. Paddy’s statement fast and (relatively) cheaply, you can find lots to choose from with major brands like Victoria’s Secret, Cosabella or Hanky Panky — these brands have more color options than Crayola. HP offers its signature stretch lace thongs in a variety of cuts and numerous shades of green — have a look at their palette above to get a sense of all the choices!