Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but there’s no reason you still can’t pick up a sexy piece of lingerie or two. The thing is, most specialty lingerie stores are so expensive they end up being totally worthless for the everyday person. (Seriously. $120 for a thong or $328 for a bra, Agent Provocateur? Really??) Even a mainstream store like Victoria’s Secret can get a little out of control. So forget the sexy little shops that wrap your pricey purchase in perfumed tissue paper. It’s time to get down to the business of getting down. Read on for your best bets on affordable lingerie.
TJ Maxx – www.tjmaxx.com
So it’s like this: It doesn’t really matter where you get your lingerie so much as what lingerie you get. And fortunately, TJ Maxx usually has a decent selection of the name-brand skivvies and underthings that cost twice as much at Nordstrom or Macys. Just keep in mind that you really have to sift through the inventory and it’s not always perfectly organized. But it’s worth it. I’ve found everything from high-end European brands to discounted Calvin Klein underwear here.
Marshalls - www.marshallsonline.com
Ditto on everything I said about TJ Maxx, which shares the same ownership as Marshalls.
Loehmann’s – www.loehmanns.com
Yet another spot for discount designer threads, Loehmann’s prices are always 30% to 65% off department stores. They usually have a good selection of even nicer specialty brands than you’ll find at TJ Maxx or Marshalls like Wacoal, Felina, Simone Perele and Natori. Sign up for the basic Insider Club (it’s free) and you’ll get additional discounts via email.
Beverly Hills Hosiery – www.facebook.com/beverlyhills.hosiery
Don’t let the name fool you. Beverly Hills Hosiery is located in Downtown LA and there is waaaaaay more than just pantyhose stocked in this jam-packed wonderland of fabulously priced, hard-to-find, must-have, didn’t-know-those-even-existed wearables. From thigh-high fishnets, garter belts, petticoats and corsets to sequined bras, lacy panties,
slutty sexy costumes and everything in between, this LA lingerie landmark has it all.
Forever 21 – www.forever21.com
You might be well past the 21-year-old mark, but this tween temple to trendy fashion is where you can get really cute ditties ranging from $2 lacy thongs and boyshorts to $5 bras and all manner of tanks. If you don’t want to deal with the loud music and girls half your age, just shop online.
Maidenform Outlet Stores – www.maidenform.com
Maidenform is a brand that’s been around forever and while you can get their stuff at any regular department store, if you can get to one of the outlets all over Southern Cal or Vegas you can usually find additional discounts and clearance items. You can also shop the Maidenform site which has a pretty impressive selection of sale merch like $15 bras and buy-three-get-one-free chonies.
Frederick’s of Hollywood – www.fredericks.com
Oh, Frederick’s. I’ve never shopped this store, but clearly Freddy must be doing something right considering the store has been around since 1947. And it really does have great prices on all those vampy underthings: see-through teddies, push-up bras, stretchy chemises, garter belts, corsets, baby dolls, G-strings, even shoes. There’s always a sale going on, so chances are you can get an entire
skanky skimpy outfit for less than $50.