For an instantly flirtatious bedroom vibe, there is nothing like a babydoll. Popularised by the 1950s film of the same name, these are now an essential ingredient of the boudoir and come in a huge range of styles.
The wonderful thing about the babydoll is that it can be as over-the-top or as understated, as erotic or girly, as you like. Go totally frou frou with ruffles, bows, even pom poms and feathers, or simple and elegant in delicate chiffons or luxurious silks.
And if you’ve steered clear of babydolls in the past out of concern they won’t give your bust the support it needs, take another look, as there are a number of brands making babydolls with built-in support right up to a K cup, and they are just as pretty and sexy as those for smaller cup sizes.
These are a few of our favourite babydolls for autumn/winter 2013.
A classic floaty sheer babydoll with fabulous ‘swish’, the Selma flock spot babydoll and matching thong from Boux Avenue takes its inspiration from the styles of the 1960s. Flounces and ruffles all the way.
Buy: £35 from Boux Avenue, sizes 8-16.
We love this season’s vibrant jewel tone makeover of Mimi Holliday’s popular Bisou Bisou collection, and the silk satin babydoll looks gorgeous in the opulent azure blue and black. With a flattering drape and teasing open front, this is a luxe must-have.
Buy: £127 from Mimi Holliday, sizes XS-XL.
FLEUR OF ENGLAND
The luxury British brand offers a different take on the babydoll with its signature bodycon style and this season you can buy the classic Fleur of England contour babydoll in the stunning Belle de Nuit collection in black silk with exquisite embroidered sheer tulle cups.
Buy: £165 from Fleur of England, sizes S-L.
CLEO BY PANACHE
Cleo is the young, fun and flirty brand from Panache, so a babydoll is the perfect new addition to the brand’s collection. The short little Marcie babydoll has an open back and mesh polka dot skirt and has built-in cup sized support from D to J cups.
Buy: £35 from Simply Beach, sizes 28-28 D-J.
Fun and curvy lingerie brand Curvy Kate’s new collection has a more grown up and sophisticated feel this season, and the new Lola babydoll suits this vibe perfectly. In black and almond with a pretty satin hem, the babydoll is based on the brand’s Daily Boost bra and is cup sized up to a K cup.
Buy: £39 from Simply Be, sizes 28-40 D-K.
Coming soon from fuller fugure brand Elomi is this lovely bright Babydoll in the brand’s new Izzy collection. Totally girly from the lilac colour to the hot pink ribbon and delicately ruffled hem, this is the perfect piece to brighten up winter nights.
Buy: launching in November, prices from £64, see Elomi’s website for stockists. Sizes 34 G-H and 36-42 E-H.