Five top shops, from kawaii to classy
Celeb favourite Peach John offers a playful sleepwear collection with sexy lines. While they offer their share of ribbon-adorned undergarments, they also tend to stay away from the extra padding and instead opt for smoother, barely-there designs. One of our favourites is the ‘no-bra bra’, a light and form-fitting creation that’ll make you forget you’re even wearing a bra while offering a perfect silhouette.
The boudoir-like Bradelis shops are not only found overlooking trendy Omotesando or in chic department stores: they now have storefronts in New York City, namely in Soho and on Madison Avenue – not too shabby. The Japanese brand has a unique three-step technique when it comes to creating a shapely décolleté, and it can apparently be done by redistributing tissue from the back, upper abdomen and underarms to sculpt and refine the breasts. Sounds a tad confusing? They do offer free consultations and expert fittings, so it’s worth dropping by to see what it’s all about. Check their website for the full list of store branches.
If you have a few yen to invest on quality undergarments, head out to Ginza for a purely luxurious experience at DIA, the upscale line from well-established Japanese brand Wacoal. The chic, sophisticated designs are a lot more La Perla and a lot less ‘cupcakey’ than the usual local offerings. Think plunging necklines, sheer fabrics, string thongs and lots of black, all hand-sewn by artisans. Their seasonal collections also feature items that can be worn out on the town, such a diaphanous cocktail dresses to complement your elegant lingerie.
If you’re in the market for frills, lace, padding and pastel-toned underwear, Tutuanna is the place to go – that is, if you can squeeze into their limited range of sizes. In addition to their extensive collection of socks and textured and coloured tights (the best selection in the city, if we must say), they also carry a popular and affordable lingerie line. The extra-padded bras will definitely give your cleavage all the dimensionality you can dream of, along with a matching pair of panties, as they all come in sets.
At first sight, Amo’s Style by Triumph is the embodiment of the word kawaii: overall a soft palette, delicate appliques and lots of ruching and trimmings. Yet in addition to all the pretty bras and frilly panties, they have black string bikini underwear, thongs and shapewear to smooth out those thighs. They also have a nice wedding section with alluring corsets, showing that the brand grows up with their clientele.