Reminder: You don't need a partner to buy yourself something sexy.

Mackenzie Dunn
Updated Jan 22, 2021 @ 4:12 pm
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It's 2021 and we are no longer behind the idea that wearing lingerie is only for the pleasure of a partner. This year, we're vowing to take back our sexuality, and that includes the clothing (or lack thereof) that makes us feel good. We believe that wearing sexy, silky lingerie is an empowering way to define our own femininity and boost our self-esteem when it comes to looking and feeling good in our bodies, and in our skin. It's a form of self-love that shows we're worthy of being and feeling sexy—with or without a partner.

Even if you're the only one who will see these pieces from the best lingerie brands, we challenge you to treat yourself, do some self-exploration, and see how the pieces make you feel. Take some time to admire and get to know your body and treat yourself to cozy cotton nightgowns, fierce bodysuits, and lace teddies. Find a piece that speaks to you and your style—you deserve it.

Now excuse us while we slip into something a little more comfortable…

The best lingerie brands to treat yourself to right now:

1. Best bras: ThirdLove

24/7 Lace Balconette Bra
$70
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ThirdLove

If you're looking for a sexy bra that's not only comfy but can double as lingerie, look no further than the direct-to-consumer brand Thirdlove. Beloved for its size inclusivity (bras are available in cups A-I including half-cup sizes and bands 30-48) along with its selection of high-quality styles, you're bound to find something that works for you. This lace balconette is functional and supportive, with a touch of gorgeous floral lace that feels sensual and special.

2. Best thongs: Hanky Panky

Original Rise Thong
$22
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Nordstrom

Hanky Panky is a brand that makes some of the most buttery soft lace thongs around and we love that they come in a variety of styles and a rainbow of colors. For your first pair, we recommend springing for their original rise. They're perfectly stretchy, hit right at the hips, and won't show through your clothes.

3. Best teddys: Savage x Fenty

Floral Lace Teddy
$49
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Savage x Fenty

Obsessed with Rhianna's size-inclusive lingerie line? Us, too. The brand features tons of fun and stylish pieces, including this plunging V-neck teddy in soft pink that is complete with a cool cutout back. If you really love it, you can sign up for an optional membership program that will send you new items each month and give you access to lower prices.

4. Best pajama sets: Victoria's Secret

Georgette Lace-up Back Cami Set
$59.50
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Victoria's Secret

It's likely that you haven't walked into a Victoria's Secret since your middle school mall days, but if you're wanting to dip your toe into the world of lingerie, their charming cami and short sets are a great start. This bright lace cami is cute and comfy, while the cheeky boy-shorts make for the ultimate sleeping set.

5. Best Bralettes: Aerie

Gingerbread Lace Plunge Bralette
$17.47
( $$34.95 )
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Aerie

Aerie reigns supreme when it comes to comfortable yet romantic bralettes. Choose from tons of different colors and styles—from this sweet lace option to seamless or padded ones. They're constantly updating their selection so you have plenty of gorgeous bralettes to buy that can be seen peeking out from your favorite tank—or not.

6. Best corsets: Adore Me

Jasmine Black Corset
$29.95
( $$49.95 )
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Adore Me

Adore Me not only has an impressive size range (spanning from XS to 4X) but the prices are impressive, too. For under $50 you can score tons of sexy pieces, including sets, bustiers, chemises, and more. There are thousands of styles to choose from and you can even sign up for a monthly subscription box that will send you personally tailored items picked out just for you. 

7. Best bodysuits: Bluebella

Natalie Bodysuit
$46.22
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Bluebella

The luxury lingerie brand is all bout standing out with rich lace pieces like this bodysuit as well as risque (and revealing) two-piece bra and underwear sets. If you're looking for a "wow" piece that leaves little the imagination, this lingerie brand is definitely for you.  

8. Best slips: Intimissimi

Silk Slip
$79
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Intimissimi

From slips to camisoles to bodysuits, and more this affordable Italian lingerie brand features tons of classic, timeless styles that suit and flatter anyone. 

9. Best chemises: Oh La La Cheri

Valentine Soft Cup Babydoll Chemise & G-String Thong
$43
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Nordstrom

A lace babydoll is a sultry lingerie staple, and Oh la la Cherie makes plenty of beautiful options that won't break the bank. This one comes with a matching thong and is made of a knit fabric that clings to you in all the right places, without being too tight.

10. Best for plus-sizes: Cacique

Spot Lace Bodysuit
$59.95
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Cacique

Every body deserves to feel incredible and that's why we love Cacique. The brand believes that sexy comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Plus, it's not afraid to get real about what makes boobs and butts both fascinating and frustrating at the same time (amen). Honoring all curves and natural contours, Cacique uses a "fit database" of 2000 women who test every Cacique bra, panty, and bodysuit before it's on your bod—so you know it'll flatter you in all the right places. 

11. Best for small breasts: Pepper

Laid-back Lace Bra
$54
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Pepper

Pepper is a brand dedicated solely to honoring the members of the IBTC, with the goal of creating sexy, functional bras for small boobs of all shapes and sizes. With gorgeous bras like this lace one available in sizes as small as 30AA (only up to a 38B), you'll feel comfortable and confident while donning a sensual piece of lingerie made just for you. 

12. Best sustainable underwear: Girlfriend Collective

Shell High Rise Thong
$14
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Girlfriend Collective

If you're looking for soft, stretchy underwear that molds to your body, look no further than Girlfriend Collective. From classic briefs to high-rise thongs, their lightweight, breathable fabric is made from 80% recycled plastic bottles—meaning you can even recycle the panties (instead of throwing them out) when you're in need of a new pair. 

13. Best Nightgowns: PJ Salvage

Soft Slip
$50
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Shopbop

When it comes to lingerie, sometimes you just really want to be comfortable. And we don't blame you. PJ Salvage makes the comfiest, most luxurious essentials. This jersey nightie is soft enough to wear to bed anytime, and the added lace bodice makes it feel just a little bit more special.

14. Best robes: Anthropologie

Rose Kimono
$88
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Anthropologie

We can't recommend lingerie in good conscience without including a satin robe for you to throw over it all (or just to wear over your coziest PJs) and surprisingly, Anthropologie has an incredible selection of upscale robes. This gorgeous ivory one features a dainty lace hem and lace-trimmed sleeves.