Eco-Chic Valentine’s Day Lingerie

By Ecouterre

No mixed messages here. Tell your valentine what's really on your mind with salacious underpinnings that will do all the dirty talking for you. The best part: These 21 boudoir-boosters pay tribute to Cupid and the planet. Because, a lover who puts ethics first? That's hot.

Above: "Sexy" doesn't have to be synonymous with "flesh parade." Plus, think of the mileage PACT's organic-cotton camisole-and-bikini combo will get outside of date night.

DARE TO BARE

Talk about heavenly bodies. Handmade in downtown Los Angeles from bamboo jersey, Clare Bare's "Astral" boy short is bound to launch a few things into orbit.

 

FROM NYC WITH LOVE

The brainchild of three women from Japan, Lilipiache holds court in New York City, where it creates its luxurious underpinnings from natural fabrics such as organic cotton, silk, silk satin, and linen. A touch of intricate leavers lace, imported from France, makes its undies look particularly fetching even as a heap on the bedroom floor.

 

ORGANICALLY YOURS

Who says you've got to be cruel to be kind? Ethically made in the United Kingdom, Ayten Gasson's scallop-edged camisole uses peace silk" that spares the silkworm without spoiling the fabric.

 

WICKED WAYS

Straight out of a '60s girlie magazine, The Loved One's retro-inspired skivvies offer the same seedy indulgence as the B movies they're named for. "Sin in the Suburbs", a high-waisted panty made in the United States, features enough English netting and lace to stop a heart cold.

 

DEVIL IN THE DETAILS

Stoke the embers with Between the Sheets' red-hot lace cami. Made in the United States from silk charmeuse and intricate leavers lace, this Art Deco-esque number is a shoo-in for sin.

 

SUGAR AND SPICE

With its eyelash-lace detail and tutu-like peplum, Zinke's American-made "Quinn" cami is a sweet-and-saucy confection worth swooning for.

 

UNDER COVERS

You know what they say: it's what's on the inside that counts. Just ask Daisy & Elizabeth, a line of sublimely indiscreet underpinnings made in Brooklyn from low-impact fabrics such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, recycled nylon, Tencel (a cellulosic fiber derived from wood pulp) and Modal (beech trees).

 

IN THE ROUGH

Bazsarózsa knows you don't have to pile on the frills to exude sex appeal. Crafted in New York City, its organic-cotton longline bra is refreshingly uncomplicated, with enough subtle details to keep things interesting.

 

OPPOSITES ATTRACT

Made to order in Washington from low-impact-dyed organic cotton and lace, the "Carousel" bralette by Sandmaiden is a study in contrasts.

 

STELLAR DESIGN

Stella McCartney designed her "Stella" range to provide a “nearly nude wearing experience.” Comprising French Calais lace and silk, together with organic-cotton gussets and recycled metal hardware, the elegant underthings are as sensible as they are scintillating.

 

SIDEKICK

Roses are red, violets are blue, Loup Charmant's organic-cotton bloomer is a burlesque show for two.

 

PEACHY KEEN

Put the "romp" in romper with ALAS Sleepwear's apricot teddy jumpsuit. Made with Global Organic Textile Standard-certified organic cotton and colored with AZO- and formaldehyde dyes, the one-piece features an elasticized waist that skims curves like a dream.

 

OOH LA LA

With its peekaboo lace and satin bow accent, Eberjey's coquettish bamboo-cotton chemise is modestly immodest—an amuse-bouche, if you will, for what lies ahead (and beneath).

 

'NUFF SAID

With a name like Hanky Panky, you wouldn't want to settle for anything less. Take your pick from the American-made brand's vast array of low-rise, mid-rise, and high-rise thongs. (They even come in organic cotton.) Can't decide on a color? Snag a "panty pack" and keep your options open.

 

ALL-AMERICAN

Better get this party started soon—Flint and Tinder's women's undies are available only for a limited time. Like its male counterparts, each pair is "100 percent manufactured in America" from a blend of Modal and Spandex.

 

CROWNING GLORY

A little less conversation, a little more action, please. A vision in red, Naked Princess's American-made bodysuit features French leavers lace, plus scalloped trim around the hips and bust as a cheeky finishing touch.

 

XOXO

Wear your heart on your sleeve? Please. Only Hearts' red-velvet hipster brief features a sheer rearview cutout that doesn't mince words.

 

KEEP IT SHORT

Channel the vintage vixens of yore (Marilyn, Brigitte, Bettie) with Deborah Marquit's NYC-made lace brief. Top optional.

 

GIVE 'EM THE SLIP

Turn sweet nothings into salacious somethings with Brook There's silk-charmeuse slip. Stitched in Portland (Maine, not Oregon) and dyed a soft lilac with low-impact dyes, this is one number you'll want to see crumpled on your bedroom floor.

 

No Mixed Messages

Sultry red slip ($79) by Luva Huva, ethically made in the United Kingdom from a blend of organic cotton and bamboo.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ecouterre is a website devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design. We’re dedicated to showcasing and supporting designers who not only contemplate cut, form, and drape, but also a garment’s social and environmental impact, from the cultivation of its fibers to its use and disposal. Our ethos: To follow the evolution of the apparel industry toward a more environmentally sound future, as well as facilitate a conversation about why sustainable fashion matters.

 

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