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It doesn’t matter whether you wear lingerie for yourself, a partner (or partners! Do you, boo.) or everyone who watches your OnlyFans page—there’s just something about the act of wearing lingerie that can make us feel sexier than when we wear anything else. And while certain styles of lingerie are classics that never go out of style, there are also plenty of lingerie trends each and every year of which to be aware. It’s likely that whomever sees you in lingerie won’t care whether or not the piece is currently on-trend (They probably have other things on their mind, hehe), but staying on top of trends is, quite frankly, fun. So buckle up, lingerie-lovers, because there are some seriously sexy looks to rock in 2021.
In general, lingerie already comes in myriad forms. The lacy bra that you wear every single day because it gives you confidence? That’s lingerie. The sexy bodysuit that you often pair with jeans for a cool going out look? That’s lingerie, too. The strappy babydoll you save for special occasions? Lingerie, baby. Basically, if it’s a bit sexy and makes you feel confident, consider it lingerie. With that in mind, it makes sense that there are so many different lingerie options out there—from all different types of brands. Subtle, over-the-top, barely-there: You name it.
Of course, whenever we’re shopping, it’s nice to know which styles and pieces are currently trending. Are crotchless panties in or out? Is red lingerie très chic or a major faux pas? Should we stock up on lacy looks or opt for something simpler? There are so many questions—and all I want are answers.
Thankfully, the co-CEO of lingerie brand Journelle, Sapna Palep, actually has those answers. (!) She talked to STYLECASTER all about the chic lingerie trends we can expect to rule in 2021. After all, there’s no better way to learn about upcoming trends than hearing them straight from the mouth of a lingerie brand’s CEO, am I right? So allow Palep to take you on a journey through every lingerie look we’ll be sporting in the coming year.
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Ouvert Your Eyes
According to Palep, the French are inspiring 2021 in a major way. “A huge trend for 2021 is the rise of the sexy backless and crotch less panty typically called ouvert—which is the French word for open,” she says. “Now more than ever, women want to feel sexy every day, and these bottoms leave little to the imagination, allowing you to show off your best assets.”
Mesh Crotchless High-Leg Bikini
These Savage X Fenty high-leg crotchless panties come in several different colors (and sizes XS through 3X), so if you’re totally into the ouvert vibe, go ahead and stock up.
Open Gusset Hipster Panties
If you’re already obsessed with Hanky Panky’s iconic lace thongs (seriously, who isn’t?), up the sex appeal with these leopard open gusset panties, which have a cute keyhole opening on the bum and a crotchless middle.
The color of the year? “One word. Red!” Palep says. “We all need something to brighten up our day, and I think in 2021 we will see women turn to the color red to do just that. Throughout our own Journelle collection, as well as the independent designers we work with, we are seeing the emergence of varying shades of red and it’s going to take over next year.”
Red is sexy and powerful, so of course it’s a go-to lingerie hue. “It’s a bold way to feel confident in your skin no matter what the day has in store for you,” says Palep, who adds that you can play with any shade of red and find your fave.
Valentine Soft Cup Babydoll Chemise & G-String Thong
If you buy just one set of lingerie to wow your S.O. and make you feel hot AF, let it be this red-hot number, complete with lacy chemise and matching thong.
Maralyn Unlined Plus Bodysuit
If fire-engine red feels too on the nose, choose a slightly deeper, more blue-toned red hue that’s just as sexy, but ever-so-slightly more subdued. AdoreMe has tons of options, but this dot-mesh bodysuit is especially cute.
“Lace is a big trend for next year,” says Papel. ” Who isn’t dreaming of their next European vacation right now? Bring a small, European luxury into your life with French and Italian lace lingerie.”
This applies to one-piece lingerie, too, but Papel also encourages lacy sets. “When you’re wearing a lacy three-piece set, you can almost hear the chatter of a French marche or feel the intoxicating energy of a bustling Italian piazza,” she says. Sounds good to me!
Savage Not Sorry Lace Bodysuit
Lace of any color is cool, but let’s be honest—there’s just something especially chic about black. If you don’t want to feel too classic, spice it up with a bodysuit like this, which features a huge cutout right in front to spice things up.
Reign Cami & Short Set
This Adore Me two-piece lacy set is just as perfect for wooing a partner as it is for sleeping. Honestly, if you’ve never slept in sexy lingerie-style pajamas, you haven’t lived.
The Bodysuit Comeback
“Bodysuits are making a comeback for 2021,” says Palep. “They are a great way to dress up and dress down all at the same time—you can throw a blazer on over your bodysuit to look put together for your next Zoom meeting, or feel comfortable yet sexy in a one-piece-wonder while lounging at home. They are very versatile and fun to wear.”
This black lace bodysuit from Journelle is all kinds of sexy. And since lace is another 2021 lingerie trend to look out for, you’re killing two birds with one sultry stone. Weird way to use that metaphor, but you get the idea!
Mesh Temptation Bodysuit
There’s a fine line between animal print lingerie looking sleek and too over-the-top—but this Cosabella mesh bodysuit is sheer (Get it?) perfection.
Bid Discomfort Adieu
This trend might not look as sexy as the others on this list, but real talk: what’s sexier than a bra that feels good? Papel predicts a major trend will (finally!) be “the high-quality bra that actually fits. Now, women are demanding that their bras fit like second skin. Not only are they looking for a high-quality construction but also a comfortable fit.”
“This will continue to be a wardrobe staple, says Papel. “Despite the funny memes we all saw on social media, even during a pandemic, women are still not abandoning their bras in everyday life.” Might as well make sure you have a bra you love, then!
24-7 Classic T-Shirt Bra
The 24/7 classic t-shirt bra is ThirdLove’s best-selling bra. Featuring memory foam cups and availability in sizes 30A to 44I (plus the brand’s signature half-cup sizes), you’re sure to find the perfect fit.
Underwire Sports Bra
Just as important as a properly-fitted everyday bra is a great sports bra that won’t make you dread going to the gym even more than you already do. Larger-chested ladies should consider grabbing multiples of Wacoal’s new underwire sports bra, with its wide straps, supportive wire and comfortable fit (Confession: I wear it even when I’m not working out!).
A version of this article previously appeared in October 2020.