Our Guide to Finding Vintage Lingerie Online


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Cherchez la femme Lingerie: Where to look, what to search, and some of our favorites

 

Lingerie has evolved so much over the last century from insanely restrictive pieces to today’s laid back make-it-outerwear look. There are so many different styles of lingerie from the 20s through 2000s including beautiful slips, corsets (and they are so in right now), lace teddies and bras. Your go-to thrift shops may not have a large array of vintage lingerie, but don’t fear- there is so much online and you can even find really cool designer pieces. We want to help you find pieces you love that make you feel empowered and look amazing. Our Inspo ranges from the 50s to early 2000s and we include options for buying them now.

Where to look

We recommend not limiting yourself to a specific resale site… however these are the ones we have had the most luck on! Here are the best sites for vintage lingerie and some of NoKill’s fav shops for inspo:

Etsy Shops

StellarVintageJeans

MarensArtMart

Kanellevintage 

VintageSlipShop

Ebay
Never underestimate Ebay –it sounds outdated but it has a great selection! A lot of people go to Depop as a default nowadays, but Ebay has so many vintage finds. The best way to go about your search is to use the search bar (keep scrolling for our keywords!), rather than specific sellers. And note: Ebay has a lot of slip dresses and corset tops for sale!

What to search:
Obviously, the more specific terms you use, the better result. If you aren’t looking for anything in particular you can browse something broad with something as simple as ‘vintage lingerie’, but if you are looking for a specific piece of clothing, use a mix of the more specific keywords down below!

 

If you want CORSETS

Search: “Vintage corset bustier top”

Rihanna in the early 2000s (James Devaney/Wire Images)

Rihanna in the early 2000s (James Devaney/Wire Images)

Products (Listed left to right):

Vintage 90s Beige Bustier, Vintage Betsey Johnson Sample Top Corset, White Pearl Lace Boned Corset Top, Vintage Flexees Bustier Bodysuit from between ‘63-‘74, White Floral Lace Bustier Top, Y2K Fuschia and Black Satin Corset Top, Vintage Black Corset Bustier Top by Carnival, Vintage Purple Intimo Amore Bustier Garters

 

If you want SLIP DRESSES

Search: “vintage sheer nightgown” “vintage womens silk slip”, “vintage chemise dress” and other words like “Negligee” and “Peignoir”

Madonna at MTV's "Madonna's Bedtime Story Pajama Party" to screen her new music video "Bedtime Story" on March 18, 1995 at Webster Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Madonna at MTV’s “Madonna’s Bedtime Story Pajama Party” to screen her new music video “Bedtime Story” on March 18, 1995 at Webster Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Products (Listed left to right):

Ice Blue Lace Half Slip,(top left corner) 60s Black Nylon Slip Dress, 50s Pastel Blue Taffeta Slip Dress, 60s Romantic Peach Slip Dress, 30s/40s Embroidered Pink Sheer Nightgown, 60s Pastel Blue Babydoll Mini Nightdress, Vintage Sabrina Elastic Waistband Half Slip with Lace

 


If you want a TEDDY

Search: “vintage lace bodysuit”, “vintage teddy lingerie”… These are not hard to find!

Ava Gardner in the 1950s for MGM

Ava Gardner in the 1950s for MGM

Products (Listed left to right):

Light Blue Satin Nightie, Gold Lace Lingerie, Pink Teddy Romper Bodysuit, Black Lace Ruffled Bodysuit, Lace and Satin Vintage Combinations, Vintage Tosca Lingerie

 


If you want BRAS and BRALETTES

Search: “vintage deadstock bra”,  “vintage silk brassiere”

Selena Quintanilla 1993 (Photo by Al Rendon)

Selena Quintanilla 1993 (Photo by Al Rendon)

Products (Listed left to right):

Black Strapless Vintage Pin Up Bra, 80’s Silk Blush Pink Bra,White Satin Bullet Bra, Black Floral Mesh Bra, 20s Pink Silk Floral Lace Brassiere, 30’s Black Bra by “Prima” with pointed bustier


 

Other useful keywords to mix into any of these searches are [Insert a decade i.e. 80s] “vintage lingerie” and descriptive terms of your style like mesh, ruffles, lacey, floral, colors, etc.

–Leah Flannery