Bye Cotton Briefs, We're Buying This Silk Underwear From Now on

It’s frequently said that we dress with the intention of impressing others, which if we’re brutally honest is sometimes the case. But lingerie? What lies beneath our clothing is our little secret, and we’ve personally found that it can really give us a real boost of confidence as we go about our day. Which is why we’ve made it our mission to elevate our underwear drawers—starting with the best silk lingerie money can buy.

We don’t normally think much about our lingerie (unless, of course, a new dress or top requires a specific piece), and we think it’s high time to give our smalls the attention they deserve. Enter: our roundup of seriously luxe underpinnings. Far from a once-a-year Valentine’s Day treat, silk lingerie is one of the most special things you can invest in, and it really pays to buy the real deal.

Don’t be fooled by similar shiny materials. They might look the part, but silk is only considered pure when it’s made solely from the floss spun by silkworms. It’s a timely process requiring the utmost skill and care—and that alone is reason enough for silk’s sought-after status. Impossibly soft with a beautiful sheen and depth, it feels heavenly on skin, which is likely why it’s so popular with artisan lingerie designers.

But where do you find the best silk lingerie online? We’ve made easier for you to sift through the brands by creating our very own digital silk lingerie directory featuring our most-loved sets…

Fleur Du Mal

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Fleur du Mal

A cult NYC label that counts the likes of Bella Hadid and Ashley Graham amongst its loyal legion of fans, Fleur du Mal creates sassy lingerie that’s just made to be seen. The brand also creates swim and ready-to-wear. 

This rich hue will look stunning against olive and dark skin tones.

We adore the nude lace and chartreuse silk colour combination.

This barely-there thong is ideal for wearing under even the slinkiest of dresses.

Emma Harris

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Emma Harris

Emma Harris’s decadent designs yield total pinup status. Catering up to a FF cup, the British atelier proves gorgeous lingerie needn’t be restricted to smaller sizes. 

This bra also comes in grey, champagne and petrol colourways. 

We can’t imagine more luxurious-looking knickers. 

This brief sums up the word “sexy” with its double-strap detail. 

Iris London

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Iris London

Situated at the intersection of romanticism and structural wearability, Iris London features heavenly creations with an emphasis on support. Expect corsetry and straps set against layers of luxury silk and lace.

Much like swimwear, high-waisted bottoms are all the rage when it comes to lingerie this season. 

Featuring layers of silk and lace, this set is luxury on every level. 

Myla

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Myla

Made by hand using traditional Italian techniques, Myra lingerie exudes glamour from every cup. Opt for an old-school vibe with one of its bralettes, or for a more contemporary approach, choose a minimal triangle bra.

The deep berry hue and fresh cream lace provide the perfect contrast. 

Give your lingerie drawer a chic-over with Myla’s pure silk French knickers. 

Try wearing this bralette with a half-buttoned white chiffon shirt and jeans for your next girls’ night out. 

So flattering we’re snapping up these briefs in black too. 

Fleur Of England

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Fleur Of England

Consider your daily lingerie forever elevated with Fleur of England’s expertly crafted sets. Of course, there are colourful creations to be had, but the styles we’re buying into are the sensible yet special white, black and nude hues.

Who knew your trusty moulded black bra could look so luxe? 

Because every woman needs timeless black underwear in her collection. 

You’ll never tire of this pairing of delicate lace and soft-to-the-touch silk.

This brief style sits low on the hip for a flattering shape. 

Elle Macpherson Body

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Elle Macpherson Body

Lingerie designed by a supermodel? We’re definitely here for that. The Elle Macpherson Body collection is peppered with precious silk designs that look premium but won’t break the bank.

Also available in a rust shade, at this price we’ll take the two!

You’ll be hard pressed to find cuter pants than this cute pair with a flippy hem.

These smooth padded cups will enhance your natural silhouette. 

Polka dots are still going strong—and now it’s time to usher them onto your smalls. 

The only hard part is choosing which set to splurge on first…

Opening Image: Lucy Williams/Frances Davison