LA's best lingerie stores
For those special date nights when you’re planning to put your underthings on private display, head straight to this Los Feliz lingerie boutique, where the skivvies make as much of a sartorial statement as the dress you’ll wear on top of them. Along with cool indie labels like Zinke and Lola Haze, Panty Raid also carries a host of other date night essentials, such as hosiery, pasties, cute loungewear for the morning after and—perhaps most importantly—a whole lot of Spanx. These aren’t exactly budget brands, so be sure to sign up for the store’s mailing list to get in on their seasonal sales.
If you are ready to make a serious—and we mean serious—investment in your collection of unmentionables, there are few destinations more glamorous than Kiki de Montparnasse. Try to get past the price tags without collapsing on the floor (a $375 cage bra is on the low end of the scale), and you’ll bear witness to some utterly beautiful, quietly seductive pieces, from lingerie sets to boudoir dresses and kimono robes. Acccessorize with one of the shop’s luxurious “instruments of pleasure,” such as a pair of leather handcuffs or a sculptural vibrator.
This Century City shop proclaims that 85% of women are wearing the wrong bra size—and if you’ve been known to suffer from side-boob bulge or strap marks on your shoulders, you’re probably one of them. At Intimacy, “bra fit makeovers” are part of the shopping experience, promising to improve posture, make big-breasted ladies look thinner and the lesser-endowed appear more voluptuous. The best part: the shop carries 90 different sizes from A-K, ensuring that even if you discover you’re a size not carried by most stores, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for right here.
Think "ethical lingerie" and prettiness probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But that’s not the case at Undrest, where each piece is handmade locally in Los Angeles, from 90% California grown materials. These skivvies are made for lounging around with your love on a sun-dappled Saturday—soft white cashmere bra and panty sets, floral bandeaus and bloomers, and ruffle-edged jersey nighties are just a few of the signature pieces on offer. One word of warning: Undrest bras are best for the flat of chest, with little more than elastic providing support for most styles.
Granny panties have never looked quite as alluring as they do at the hands of vintage-inspired designers Elvia Lahman and Hannah Metz. Their line, The Loved One, takes a cue from the pin-up girls of the mid-century days, with pieces like cone bras, ultra-high waisted panties and lace-trimmed tap shorts that wouldn’t look out of place in the Mad Men wardrobe trailer. Shockingly, just about every piece in the collection is under $50, meaning you’ll have enough cash left over to splurge on some of the affordable vintage frocks that also populate the brand’s flagship boutique.
If you're anything like us, your lingerie drawer is composed of about 10% frothy, frilly pieces, with the rest taken up by plain white and black basics. For that 90%, Only Hearts has you covered. Think: plain organic cotton tees, panties and sleepwear; comfy, light-as-air bralets; and fuss-free camisoles and slips. The prices in this sweet, shabby-chic boutique are right for everyday as well, with just about everything hovering around the $50 mark. The brand also produces its own women's dress line, which is found in the shop alongside jewelry, candles and other giftable accouterments.
Agent Provocateur strikes the perfect British balance between naughty and nice—ideal for a bride-to-be who doesn't want to wear anything too fashion-forward (or too raunchy) under her pristine white dress. Along with a host of stunning corsets and bra-and-panty sets there are also plenty of big day-appropriate garter belts, stockings and bedroom accessories. After all, what blushing bride wouldn't want to ring in her honeymoon with a crystal-encrusted whip or lace-trimmed eye mask? As you may expect, the Rodeo Drive location deals in the higher end of the brand's range; head to Melrose for slightly edgier fare.
Busty babes, rejoice—your bra wardrobe is about to get a lift. The boutiques’ namesake, Jenette Goldstein, has firsthand experience with the frustrations of bra shopping for an ample bosom, and has stocked her two locations with the city’s biggest array of styles solely for sizes D-K (sorry, B cups—nothing for you to see here). You’ll find bras for both daily wear and sexy time, as well as those specifically made for swimming, sports and nursing. These bras don’t come cheap, but the effect they’ll have on your figure is remarkable— for best results, be sure to opt for a free fitting.
The Valley may seem like an unlikely place for one of the city's best collections of avant-garde designer lingerie, but we suppose even soccer moms need garter belts and nipple tassels once in a while. The brand list at Faire Frou Frou is like a roll call of today's most directional lingerie designers—think The Lake and Stars, Marlies Dekkers and more. While a lot of what's here isn't suited for everyday wear (we wouldn’t recommend pairing a cupless bra with your T-shirt), there’s plenty for those who like wearing something special under their work clothes—think: pretty lace bras in bold colors and a fully stocked Hanky Panky thong section.
We don’t normally shill for big retail chains, but we’ll be honest—when we’re on the hunt for loungewear that won’t make us snooze, this is our first stop. Half of the shop’s expansive second story is turned over to intimates (the biggest selection of any Anthropologie in LA), and the brand has been known to collaborate with some pretty big names on lingerie and lounge items, including Victoria Bartlett of VPL and LA’s own Jeannie Lee, owner of Satine. Another bonus of the Third Street Promenade outpost: its sizeable sale section, which always has plenty of marked-down chemises, camisoles and pajama pants.