Non-Lacy Lingerie That's Still Super Sexy

Photo: Courtesy of COS.
Lingerie isn't what it used to be — which means, it's never been more fun to shop for undies. They're not just practical, they're trendy. A delicates drawer isn't simply stocked with the basics anymore; it's treated as a wardrobe. And what's defined as "sexy" in that wardrobe is no longer limited to lacy.

Nowadays, there's a wider range of materials that feel and look just as good as that delicate lingerie standard — and they're way cool. Mesh makes its mark, jersey goes for the cozy-sultry vibe, and even denim makes its way into intimates. In the world of lingerie, opting for the offbeat when it comes to material and texture opens up doors you didn't even know existed. We found 18 non-lacy sets that are unexpectedly sexy and undoubtedly cool.
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The Classic
Not only is the silky sheen of satin a worthy, sexy alternative to run-of-the-mill lace, it gives off a glamorous, retro feel. This matching set has harness straps and subtle paneling on the bra cups and bottom that give it a sophisticated vibe.
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The Mesmerizing Mesh
Barely there mesh covers up all the right places, then lets a little bit of skin show elsewhere — all the while channeling the 1980s pop goddess who lives in all of us.
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The Anti-Lace
This perforated, mesh-like material is Negative's answer to sexy lace: more thrill, less frill. It still feels special and elevated, but it's adaptable for everyday wear.
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The Longline
We can't decide what type of matching set we like more: that of the Taylor Swift variety, or that of lingerie. This longline and high-waist-undie pairing dresses you up when you're at your most dressed-down.
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The Sweet Set
Two shades of pink — one in cotton crepe, one in silk — that are almost too sweet. The contrast in hue and texture, though, puts a contemporary spin on a textbook feminine pairing.
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The Denim Dream
How much do you love denim? Take your obsession to the next level with an indigo soft-cup harness bra. Extra points if you wear it with boyfriend jeans or layer it under a Canadian tuxedo.
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The Layered Look
A bra so nice, you'll want to put it on twice — and luckily, that's the style. This two-in-one bra is all about playing with visuals. The cups are layered in alternating red and pink mesh, which then plays off the rosy brief.
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The Fuzzy Fun
Before you write this set off as way too impractical, know this: The puffs are removable. So you can wear the soft jersey like it's a second skin — then break out the fuzzy pom-poms for the heck of it.
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The Cheap Thrill
While good lingerie is worth investing in, it doesn't always have to be a splurge. You can pick up this mesh-microfiber two-piece at your local H&M and feel instantly elevated at your very first layer.
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The Lovely Lilac
Nothing but (power) net. The dusty lilac shell is trimmed with purple stitching and gold elastic — a detail that feels sporty and elegant simultaneously.
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The Straight-Edged
The bandeau style fits almost like a bib-neck top, with a higher flat neckline than what is usual for this type of bra. No need for crazy material or color play: The diamond stitching throughout creates a simple and elegant pattern.
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The Wild Child
Animal prints in intimates don't have to feel cheesy. Pass on the leopard and go for more offbeat patterns like these Dalmatian-esque spots. The mesh paneling along the cups of the bra and all along the back of the brief makes this set sexy — in a less obvious way.
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The Arty Alternative
Does the name of this style sound familiar? That's because the Swiss embroidery on it was inspired by a certain tower of the same name in Paris. Completely sheer, with an elegant blue motif that visually becomes one with the body when worn.
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The Sexy High-Rise
Blue is the chicest color. And high-rise undies are secretly the chicest trend in undergarments. Throw it back a century with this retro style done the modern way, in a lightweight mesh-and-cotton set.
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The Femme Fatale
All the smolder of red lace, but with edgier netting, cutouts, and strategically placed appliqués for a look that's far from expected.
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The Sweet Spot
Bubble-gum pink and mustardy yellow may not sound super appetizing. But the colorblock effect (anchored by a dark-gray trim on both the bralette and the brief) is the right kind of weird.
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The Superstar
The name of this style implies it's for those with a skip-the-velvet-rope lifestyle — which means, duh, all of us. Regardless of your Hollywood ranking, the sheer embroidered cups and brief and the elaborate quilted band are perfect for those who enjoy the finer things in life — and those who aren't super keen on lace.
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The Cheekster
As if a see-through front weren't enough of a wink, the high-waisted briefs get the same treatment in the behind (the panty is shown here backwards) — and in the shape of a heart!

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