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Mismatched: How to Artfully Style Non-Matching Lingerie

Alan Wizemann

Posted on September 03 2020

Mismatched: How to Artfully Style Non-Matching Lingerie

You’ve finally found the bra of your dreams and rejoice, it’s your size! But wait—the matching panty is not the panty of your dreams (hi, fellow thong-haters) or your size is sold out. We’ve all been there and whether you’re a strict matchy-matchy lingerie wearer or you take more of a Broad City approach to your underpinnings (absolutely NO judgement here), sometimes you just need to look a little put together in your underwear!

Photo: Comedy Central

There are two routes to go when trying to pair lingerie buddies (bra + panties + whatever else you want to add in) that were not born together: the Fooled Ya! They’re Not Even The Same Brand route and the Too Effortlessly Chic To Care About Matching Underwear route. Either route requires at least a little bit of thought, unless you’re just that effortlessly chic (I am most certainly not). So here are my workaround tips to help you find a match made in mismatch heaven!

Workaround #1: Matching Colors or Color Schemes

This one should seem pretty obvious but it’s always been my go-to rule for choosing pieces that work together. The easiest color to match is obviously black. In terms of lingerie, it rarely has any (detectable) variation in shade and black pieces, when worn together usually look like they go together. This goes for darker colors (like navy) as well.

Yasmine Eslami Joanne Balcony Bra in Deep Sea and The Great Eros Canova Thong in Navy

If the piece is a harder-to-find color, consider choosing a complimentary hue while still matching the shade (i.e. the Stella McCartney pairing in the top image). For instance, pair pastels with pastels and darker colors with darker colors.

Workaround #2: Matching Materials

If you’re going the Fooled Ya route, consider what material the piece is made of. If you’re trying to match lace with lace, I recommend choosing pieces with a similar style of lace (i.e. floral or geometric) and gauge (thickness/sheerness of the lace). This will help both pieces look visually similar while you’re wearing them. Mesh can be somewhat easier but make sure that the mesh is a similar level of transparency to the piece you’re trying to match.

Lonely Dillon Underwire Bra + Noelle Wolf Soul Lace Bikini Brief  /  Lise Charmel Eco Affinite Soft Bra + Samantha Chang Jet Set Thong

Workaround #3: Matching the Designer

Some designers (like Mary Young) create capsule collections with many interchangeable pieces that can be mixed and matched. Other designers (Only Hearts) will produce a collection based on a set color story for each season so there may be a couple of different styles in the exact same color.

Matcha Color Story from Mary Young

Workaround #4: Thinking Outside the Box

This workaround may be best suited for the Too Effortlessly Chic crowd but is always worth a thought even if you’re trying to be more matchy-matchy. Sometimes you have to broaden your horizons to find the perfect mismatched set. Have you considered a floaty tap short to go with your sexy little bralette? What about a silky camisole to go with that LBP (Little Black Panty)? Adding different pieces beyond a bra or panty can help create a complete ensemble.

Yasmine Eslami Lily Soft Bra + Icone Brigitte Lounge Short / Samantha Chang Silk Cami with Lace + Lonely Ziggy Lace Tri Brief

The bottom line with mismatching is that it sometimes comes down to gut feeling. When you find a holy grail of bra or panty that makes you feel like a million bucks, your assets will glitter no matter what you pair it with. But if you get stuck and need help, we’re always here to help you find the perfect piece!

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