Just what type of lingerie is suitable for a princess bride?
As the royal wedding date of Prince William and Kate — call her Catherine now — Middleton draws closer, the majority of people are focused on who will design Kate’s bridal gown and what it will look like. What we want to know is what Kate will be wearing underneath.
Sure, someone marrying the future King of England will likely have her trousseau custom-made and hand-sewn out of the most luxurious and expensive materials around, but that doesn’t mean other brides can’t get the princess treatment,too. Plus, as the future princess is a lady who frequents high street stores, enjoys supermarket pizza and is planning on living without servants, we wouldn’t be surprised if a few off-the-rack, name brand pieces of lingerie make it into her trousseau as well.
Interested in scoring a few pieces that are fit for a princess but don’t cost a king’s ransom (well, maybe just a prince’s…)? We’ve compiled some of the best around that would suit the youthful and fashionable style of Kate Middleton and other brides like her.
The UK luxury corset brand, designed by Polish-born former costume designer (Tomb Raider, Batman Begins) Asia Smaga, claims to be able to reduce waist sizes by up to three inches while providing support and flat looking tummies. They’re pretty much the answer to every bride’s prayers. While celebrities and royals like Kate Middleton will often turn to the imitable Mr. Pearl or their own dress designer for wedding day corsets, other brides can order their underpinnings from design houses like Ender Legard, which also sells bodysuits and lingerie in addition to their corsets. Online ordering is available through the Ender Legard website, and with haute couture options available you can choose the corset best suited to your dress and frame.
Madame V has positioned itself not just as a lingerie company but as a luxury lifestyle brand bringing high quality products to women who wish to embrace the core concept of the company. “Love is at the heart of Madame V – the love for yourself and the love you wish to share,” declares the brand. Perfect for any bride on their wedding day and honeymoon. Madame V, which was established in the UK in 2002, also offers a diverse set of styles to compliment any taste, and in addition to lingerie also designs kimonos, corsets and silky nightwear. From the sweet Romantica line to the naughty and sensual Femme Fatale you can have a different look for every night of your honeymoon. If you prefer buying on the Internet head to Madame V’s online shop.
Strumpet & Pink
Strumpet & Pink, the last word in luxurious undies, hand makes their creations in Great Britain out of 100% fine silk. The designs are beautiful and playfully creative with a vintage edge, and the styles include ruffles, bows, floral appliqués and peek-a-boos with names meant to make you dream. For the girl with ballerina fantasies and Black Swan nightmares the line has a black, tutu-inspired creation named after the movie—not to mention the decadently romantic Swan’s Tale in white—as well as others, like Key Lime Pie, a diaphanous and ruffled confection that recalls lazy summer days and happy times at the beach. Luxurious and decadent, Strumpet & Pink is a perfect fit for any princess bride. These pieces leave function at the door and are designed to be seen. Select styles can be purchased at specialty boutiques and online at shops like Catriona Mackechnie.
Early reports have Beatle Paul McCartney entertaining guests at William and Kate’s private wedding reception, so why not keep it all in the family and have his daughter design the wedding trousseau too? Even if your wedding is going to be Beatle-less you can still snag some Stella style for your own boudoir. Stella’s vibe is all about clean lines and organic sensibilities, as well as lingerie that’s sexy in its sweet restraint. Choose from bra and panty sets, babydolls and pajamas, silky separates and luxurious robes. Stella McCartney’s designs are for the grown-up bride who wants functional lingerie that feels good and looks better, and are totally in tune with Kate Middleton’s streamlined, classic-with-a-twist style. The line’s selection of nude-toned bras, panties, corsets and garters would be the perfect choice for any bride’s trousseau. Available for purchase in store or online.
Rigby & Peller
The official corsetieres to Queen Elizabeth since 1960, Rigby & Peller is generally thought to be the front runner when it comes to providing Kate Middleton’s bridal trousseau. Depending on how much coin you’d like to drop on your wedding finery you can choose between the firm’s bespoke and prêt-a-porter lingerie options. Rigby & Peller can be purchased in boutiques across London and online.
So while we’ll likely never know exactly what Kate Middleton ends up with in her trousseau, brides like her can definitely take pointers from the future princess’ style when deciding on their own wedding and honeymoon lingerie.