Best of Boston

BEST Lingerie

2013 BEST Lingerie
Forty Winks

Forty Winks

Cambridge

Need we spell it out for you flashy underwear shopkeepers? They’re called unmentionables for a reason. At Forty Winks, you select from the neatly and thoughtfully organized undies, demis, bralettes, pajamas, and swimwear, and attendants provide discreet guidance on fit… read more»

2012 BEST Lingerie

La Perla

Boston

The Italian scanties here are certain to up the ooh-la-la of your lingerie drawer. The internationally coveted line has been cherished since the ’50s for its handmade lace and embroidered details, and at the Boylston Street location you’ll find seductive… read more»

2011 BEST Lingerie
Photograph by Jared Leeds

Forty Winks

Cambridge

We know they mean well, but we’ve had it up to here with overzealous lingerie consultants treating us like long-lost members of the Ta-Ta Sisterhood. Enter Forty Winks, a year-old Harvard Square spot that knows precisely when to offer help… read more»

2010 BEST Lingerie
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Intimacy

Boston

When it comes to underthings, there are places for function (Macy’s, Lord & Taylor) and places for fashion (Agent Provocateur). But Copley Place’s Intimacy is both kinds of shops in one. Flattering, well-priced, practical lingerie and bra-fit swimwear (the biggest… read more»

2009 BEST Lingerie

Agent Provocateur

Boston

When we need support, we wade through the beige and white underthings at Intimacy and Nordstrom, where polite ladies wielding measuring tapes thoughtfully correct our ignorance in thinking we were a B cup. When we need lingerie, however (the kind… read more»

2008 BEST Lingerie
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Intimacy

Boston

Oprah’s a fan, and so are we. Here’s why: Inside the luxuriously appointed dressing rooms at this lace and silk emporium, bra specialists give no-pressure, tape-measure-free assessments (get past the fact that they’re handling your goodies, and you’ll find their… read more»

2007 BEST Lingerie

French Dressing

Boston

The sheer variety of intimates from Aubade, Eberjey, Cosabella, Skin, and Hanky Panky (still the most comfy thongs around) that you’ll discover at this pretty, boudoir-size boutique, discreetly located in the flat of Beacon Hill, would be enough to set… read more»

2006 BEST Lingerie

French Dressing

Boston

Parisians have always been experts in intimate indulgences and alluring unmentionables. This petite spot brings both to notoriously reserved Beacon Hill. The elegant, playful shop—dressed up with overstuffed chairs and a sparkling chandelier—has an extensive inventory of both naughty and… read more»

2004 BEST Lingerie

Lingerie Studio

Boston

Drop into this light-filled, low-key Newbury Street lingerie shop, and you’ll find women sifting through the hangers with two hands, both arms full of merchandise. To be sure, it’s difficult not to touch the smooth, fine cotton, and intricate lace… read more»

2003 BEST Lingerie

Lingerie Studio

Boston

When it comes to lingerie, there’s a fine line between terrific and trashy, seamless and tasteless. And while sequins and intricate decoration may look great on window models, they often leave something to be desired after a day of wear…. read more»