5 favourite lingerie retailers
One of the questions I get asked the most for boudoir photoshoots is what do I bring? We stock a selection of babydolls , vintage garments, bodysuits and corsets for but it is always recommended you bring along something nice. In particular for bridal boudoir as this is such a personal gift to your partner. Whether you’re looking for lingerie ideas for a boudoir session, that special piece your wedding night or just because you deserve to treat yourself, here are some top lingerie retailers who will fulfil all of your under garment fantasies, from true vintage, retro reproduction and even some extra luxurious latex!
Space out sister
2nd Floor, 74 Francis St, D8, Dublin, D08 T993
For lingerie enthusiasts, Space Out Sister is Ireland’s only dedicated shop selling vintage nightwear and loungewear. Stocking true vintage pieces that consist of night gowns, slips, bullet bras and boudoir slippers, ranging from the 1930s all the way up to the 90s, as well as being an official stockist of vintage reproduction specialists What Katie Did, Playful Promises and Solstice Intimates.
As well as being available online, Kiki (the owner) has created the most exquisite physical space, reminiscent of a 1950s boudoir, excelling at providing a most relaxed and luxurious shopping experience.
What Katie Did
‘What Katie Did’ is a powerhouse of vintage 1940s and 1950s reproduction lingerie. They create a variety of corsets, lingerie and hosiery, all suited to many different body types and needs.Their size ranges from UK 8-26, witch cup sizes A-G. If you’re looking for shapewear, bullet bras, loungewear and suspender belts to fulfil your pinup girl needs, ‘What Katie Did’ is the place for you! Especially well known for their seamed stockings which come in a wide range of colours such as teal, red, pink and baby blue etc. Such experts in this area, they even post videos and tutorials on how to wear their lingerie in the most authentic way possible!
Hot Knickers Lingerie
Hot Knickers Lingerie is an Irish company in Cork run by former costume designer Ali. She combines the glamour of the 1940s and 1950s but reproduces their pieces with modern day comfort and support. All of their materials are ethically sourced with breathable fabrics, and they offer a bespoke service for all customers.
Ali is currently also making beautiful covid-19 masks!
Founded in 1970 Ann Summers has since managed to expand to over 140 high street stores in the Uk, Ireland and the Channel Islands and Spain.
There are many individual suppliers of the range as well in Ireland including the private group Lace and Tassles . I recently acquired a bodysuit similar to this stunning one on Maura and it’s just divine!
‘Playful Promises’ is another UK based brand which features a whole host of lingerie, swimwear and loungewear ranging from the playful to the practical to the downright luxurious. Their pieces are ideal for all body types and whatever it is you’re looking for, you’re almost guaranteed to find it in their treasure trove of an online store. They are also stockists of Bettie Page Lingerie which specializes in bullet bras, knickers and other loungewear inspire by the bombshell pinup queen herself!