Style: what to wear UNDER what you wear

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again… it’s what’s underneath that counts”

jesus fernandez lingerie from Buenos Aires
jesus fernandez lingerie from Buenos Aires

It’s the slipperiness of the silk, the sauciness of satin, and the delicate lingering of lace that can make lingerie so arousing.

Lingerie (including corsets, camisoles and a few garters) has been a passion of mine for a very long time.  It still is,  but to a lesser degree because I already own so many pieces. It takes a special man to appreciate your lingerie…because when it comes right down to it we women know that most all men don’t care how nice your lingerie is.  They just want to see us naked.

JF lingerie - I LOVE this complete outfit
JF lingerie – I LOVE this complete outfit

On the other hand, as you begin to remove whatever you happen to be wearing overtop (remember it’s Valentines Day this Sunday) isn’t it much more seductive to be seen in a lacy, racy number than in granny underwear?  I’m just saying…..I think he’ll take notice even if he never says anything.  Men have it so much easier.  A nice pair of boxer shorts that aren’t torn to shreds (eww) – perfect!

JF lingerie lace triangle bra & panties
JF lingerie lace triangle bra & silk/lace panties

But honestly I’ve always been attracted to beautiful lingerie whether it be retro romantic, sexy, plain pretty or terribly trashy (reserved for special occasions).  Keep in mind that interpretations of what makes underwear sexy varies from woman to woman, and from man to man.  The sexiest part is the way it makes you feel…kind of like a signature perfume.  In fact, nothing except your perfume gets as close to your skin.

Having said that, I also really like some of the sporty combos I’ve been seeing (since it doesn’t make any sense to wear lace to the gym).  It gives you an underlying (ha, ha) confidence just knowing you have it on.  A little secret.

That’s why I added lingerie to my repertoire of things to sell in boutiques and online.  I found a special brand in Buenos Aires when I walked by a store that was closed – the  mannequin in the window was wearing a set I wanted.  It was very simple but extremely lovely and feminine (with no wiring, padding or anything of the like and I had never seen anything quite like it in North America) so I went back the next day and bought it then asked to speak to the owner.  We had a meeting and I ended up getting the exclusive rights for sales in Canada at the time.  The line sold very well to repeat customers who understood the workmanship, guys who wanted something special for their ladies and an actress who starred opposite Tom Cruise (filming a few scenes in Vancouver) who came into the shop directly from the airport specifically looking for lingerie. She mentioned seeing the ad I had put in the Vancouver Sun (for the first time) on the flight over from Los Angeles.  She took several pairs into the dressing room and left with five sets.

It was a good run even with the complicated European sizing difference, but I decided to end the lingerie business to concentrate on other areas.

I like this quote from a Passion for Lingerie – “You know it’s a bad day when you put your bra on back to front and it fits better”

La Perla - Bra: $408 Thong: $128
La Perla –

Here are a few ideas of lingerie sets I think are simply sublime – although they won’t replace your can’t-live-without seamless t-shirt bras and commandos.  Still…….necessary!

Kiki de Montparnasse - sold at Bra: $225 Panties: $155 Garter: $150
Kiki de Montparnasse – sold at:


L'Agent buy Agent Provocateur. Sold at Bra: $110 Panties: $50 Garter: $65
L’Agent by Agent Provocateur. Sold at:



My Love of Lingerie Board on Pinterest at:


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