French Women Swear By These 7 Lingerie Brands

Elinor Block

Honestly, I don't think there'll ever be a time when I'm not obsessed with French style. When I think about the women who influence me the most, it's Caroline de Maigret, Michele Lamy and Jane Birkin (she might be British, but her style is unmistakably French). And as Paris continues to be home to some of the biggest fashion houses in the world and the inhabitants of the French capital continue to be purveyors of effortless style, I don't see this love affair ending any time soon.

While we often talk about how les femmes françaises know how to create the ultimate chic wardrobe (ballet pumps, a Breton top and a pair of classic blue jeans), there's one area of their attire that we don't talk enough about: lingerieMuch like their clothing, we've come to assume (or at least I know I have) that French women are experts in lingerie. Is it because the word lingerie comes from the French word for linen? Or maybe it's because of the stereotype that French women wear their silk shirts with just the right amount of lace bra showing? Despite the fact that it was the British who championed bras, rather than corsets, during the late 19th century, I still look to French women for lingerie advice.

I decided to ask some of my favourite French fashion influencers to ask them which lingerie brands they rate and why. Because there's nothing better than getting actual advice from French women, n'est pas? Ready to upgrade your underwear drawer to a whole new level of chicness? Keep scrolling for the seven French lingerie brands influencers rate, and then shop our edit. 

"The two words that are the most important when it comes to French lingerie? Comfort and elegance. French women love invisible, sculpting, refined and timeless underwear while at the same being on-trend when it comes to shape, materials and colours. This is exactly what brands like Lejaby and Chantelle offer. They're popular brands because they tick all these boxes and offer neat, elegant and modern finishes for a chic and natural look."

"I love that Maison Lejaby has recently revamped its look. This is great because the quality is so good and ideal if you have boobs. I also like Livy for a bit more of a fun look, but it's still super chic. Then there's Eres—it's known for swimwear but it's also great for lingerie as its shapes and colours are on point. It's really delicate too, which is another reason why I like it so much."

"I've always been a fan of Chantelle's designs, but it's their artistic direction and sensibility that I'm particularly inspired by, such as their collaboration with Musée Rodin to showcase their new 'Softstretch' collection earlier this year. I also love Ysé. This is a brand that creates pretty, feminine and very affordable lacy bracelets and under-wired options that perfectly embody my concept of French style. I also love their photos and campaign images, which promote a range of real body types."

"For me, Aubade has the most glamorous and ultra-feminine pieces, they’re beautifully crafted sets and are collectibles that I’ve kept for years in my wardrobe. But I also love lingerie from Etam. It's fun, colourful, inclusive. They come up with cool collections, they're good quality and affordable."

SHOP FRENCH LINGERIE BRANDS

1. MAISON LEJABY

Maison Lejaby Dahlia Stretch-Tulle, Lace and Velvet Underwired Bra (£83)

Maison Lejaby Stretch-Mesh Soft-Cup Triangle Bra (£50)

Maison Lejaby Dot Flowers Stretch-Tulle and Lace Underwired Soft-Cup Bra (£65)

Maison Lejaby Flocked Stretch-Tulle Bodysuit (£83)

Maison Lejaby Gaby Satin-Trimmed Stretch-Jersey and Lace Briefs (£30)

2. ERES

Eres Montsouris Panthéon Chantilly Lace and Tulle Underwired Bra (£225)

Eres Luxembourg Courcelles Satin-Trimmed Stretch-Lace Briefs (£120)

Eres Enchantée Popeline Stretch-Leavers Lace Balconette Bra (£220)

Eres Lumière Lydia Soft-Cup Triangle Bra (£155)

Eres Charivari Tumulte Leavers Lace-Paneled Silk-Blend Satin Briefs (£115)

3. CHANTELLE

Chantelle Soft Stretch Jersey Bodysuit (£38)

Chantelle Absolute Invisible Stretch Underwired Push-Up Bra (£56)

Chantelle Festivité Stretch-Lace and Tulle Briefs (£27)

Chantelle Stretch-Jersey Soft-Cup Padded Bralette (£40)

Chantelle Pyramide Lace-Trimmed Stretch-Jersey and Tulle Underwired Bra (£56)

4. LIVY

Livy Deep Kiss Stretch-Jersey and Lace Briefs (£36)

Livy Ella Satin-Trimmed Embroidered Stretch-Tulle Underwired Bra (£81)

Livy Deep Kiss Stretch-Lace Underwired Bra (£68)

Livy Uppernight Satin-Trimmed Stretch-Lace Soft-Cup Triangle Bra (£53)

Livy Underground Jersey-Trimmed Stretch-Tulle Underwired Bra (£70)

5. ETAM

Etam Triangle Avec Armatures En Dentelle (£27)

Etam Triangle Avec Armatures (£30)

Etam Triangle Brassière Sans Armatures (£27)

Etam Triangle En Tulle (£24)

Etam Soutien-Gorge Corbeille (£24)

6. YSÉ

Ysé Stroll on the Seine (£21)

Ysé What Young Girls Dream About (£51)

Ysé Batignolles Triangle Bra (£47)

Ysé Tanga Free Friends (£30)

Ysé Soft Half Cup Bra Les Amies Libres (£51)

7. AUBADE

Aubade Lien de Velours Lingerie Set (£85)

Aubade Danse Des Sens Low-Rise Floral-Lace Thong (£39)

Aubade Nudessence Stretch-Tulle Half-Cup Bra (£60)

Aubade Danse Stretch-Lace Half-Cup Bra (£75)

Aubade Danse Des Sens Low-Rise Floral-Lace Thong (£39)

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends you need to know. 

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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