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Whether you feel hot and/or bothered, summer’s heat encourages disrobing. So how to be sexy when it’s sweltering out? We had an R-rated conversation with Kelly Morales, our sexy lingerie buyer here at Bare Necessities, to get some advice on more risqué lingerie.

“Ever since the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy came out a few years ago, sexy has been booming,” Kelly says of the series that cast a new light on the dark art of seduction. That said, showing off your sexy side will always be important—humankind depends on it! Here’s the happy twist: Coy and coquettish to brazenly risqué lingerie, it’s all about what you find sexy. “We’re just here to help make it happen,” Kelly says.

Less is definitely more, she advises. In the heat, you really want to wear as close to nothing as you can. Read on for her take on how to conjure up your seductive side in more risqué lingerie. (Fair warning, links definitely NSFW.)

Bare Necessities: Risque Lingerie – Oh La La Cheri crotchless teddy


Called “teddies” in this realm, sultry bodysuits are such a modern, strong, in-control look. “The trend goes all the way from shapewear into sexy because it’s about looking sleek—it streamlines every figure whether or not you’re wearing it under clothes.” In this application, though—mesh or lace, straps and ties—teddies are a more fun than functional form of risqué lingerie. Variations include cupless and crotchless styles, like this lacy crotchless teddy from Oh La La Cherie (and sometimes both, as in this Oh La La Cheri teddy).

Bare Necessities: Risque Lingerie – Oh La La Cheri boyshort


There’s no confusing your everyday undies with these lacy thrillers and, for the first time, Bare Necessities is offering 3 for $30 pricing here, too. “We’ve found she’s constantly looking for newness. It’s about fun and spontaneity, and she’s told us she wants novelty in her lingerie drawer—she isn’t wearing the same things over and over because they’re made to be seen and to surprise,” says Kelly, who suggests checking out Oh La La Cheri’s Goodnight Kiss boyshorts and the Dreamgirl Sweetheart Crotchless boyshorts.

Bare Necessities: Risque Lingerie – Dreamgirl lace teddy


Sexiness should be effortless. We’re seeing a lot of one size fits all (OSFA) lately. “We sometimes call this category ‘five-minutewear’ because it’s all expected to come off, so a perfect fit can take a backseat to a sexy look,” Kelly says. That’s why there are so many floaty silhouettes, or strappy tops with chemise-style bottoms. Even bras are grouped by S/M/L because they cover just a portion—they’re not meant to provide support so much as (forgive the wordplay) titillation. Shy about delving into risqué lingerie? You can’t go wrong with Seven 'til Midnight's Satin Bow bras and panty set. Our best selling OSFA: the sweet, astonishingly well-priced Dreamgirl Deep Plunge lace teddy.

Bare Necessities: Risque Lingerie – Rene Rofe Plus Size Choker set


This world now goes up to 3X, in figure-flattering plus-size styles. For a bra and panty set, Kelly suggests Rene Rofe's Plus Size Choker set. More of our most popular: this Oh La La Cherie Lace babydoll and Open Cup teddy.

Bare Necessities: Risque Lingerie – Dita Von Teese Madame X bra


Some less revealing sexy styles can absolutely log extra hours as part of a daytime outfit, like the Contradiction Strapped Cage t-shirt bra. Kelly suggests wearing these sorts of pieces under a tank or button-down to add edge.

Bare Necessities: Risque Lingerie – Jezebel babydoll


You can absolutely find a gorgeous, complete set for $50 or $75. “This world is attainably priced so you’re able to bring out something new for each rendezvous,” Kelly explains. Hanky Panky After Midnight has been super-popular for walking the line between tasteful and risqué. For example: the $52 Peekaboo bralette and matching $32 crotchless hipster. And the Jezebel Ruffles Galore babydoll set rings up right around $50.


Tousled hair and sultry eye makeup go a long way. Look and feel the part in burlesque-inspired, sensory-heightening add-ons like:

Light a candle, draw a bath and crank up the A/C. Then enjoy those steamy summer nights.

Brooke Glassberg

From the desk of: Brooke Glassberg

Editor at Bare Necessities

Brooke oversees all the words here at Bare Necessities. In a previous life, she was an editor at Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine. Brooke has written for Glamour, Travel+Leisure, Food Network and more. She’s into concerts, travel and her exceptionally adorable daughter and husband.


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