The word “lingerie” conjures many thoughts in the human brain, perhaps including visions of silk and lace or feelings of love, romance or attraction. Undergarments come in varying degrees of fit and function, with plain, sturdy brassieres and nightgowns at one end of the spectrum and risqué items such as transparent body stockings, leather thongs and peek-a-boo corsets at the other. To meet the needs and wishes of the capital city’s diverse population, there are some excellent small businesses offering lingerie from the subtle to the highly suggestive.
At Last Bra and Lingerie
2063 Arena Blvd., Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834
At Last is a lifesaver for those who have previously had to deal with ill-fitting, poorly made lingerie. Having the wrong bras, in particular, can give a woman back and shoulder pain along with a host of other problems and annoyances. Uncomfortable straps that slip, wires that dig into flesh and worst of all, bras that actually make her appear overweight, slumped or sloppy are a thing of the past. A personal consultation with a certified fitter from At Last helps customers find bras that will greatly enhance their comfort, support and appearance. The shop’s selection includes sizes that are hard to find elsewhere, including cups up to K and bands from 28-44 inches. At Last also offers beautiful, high-quality lingerie such as bustiers, garters, teddies and silky nightwear in classy, sensual styles. Channel your inner glamour queen and go Hollywood style with a sultry black negligee with a rich feather boa trim.
2401 Arden Way, Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95825
Kiss-n-Tell is the adult store version of a candy shop bursting with sweet goodies. Neon pink G-strings, leopard-print pasties, filmy bras with zippers and chains, crotchless purple-rhinestoned panties and red leatherette corsets are just a few of the shop’s offerings. The lingerie is not intended to provide great support or to last for years; this is meant to be titillating and no-holds-barred sexy. Many of the undergarments are themed, in styles that could make naughty nurses and French maids blush. Underwear for both women and men, bras and handcuffs are also available in edible forms, and specialty gadgets and other accessories abound. The shop is clean, bright and most definitely for adults only.
Yve’s Fine Lingerie
3984 Douglas Blvd., Suite 130
Roseville, CA 95661
This elegant Roseville shop has an excellent reputation, both for the lingerie and for the customer service. Yve’s is particularly helpful to women needing sizes that are hard to find in a brick and mortar store; websites offer many sizes but the fit and quality can be suspect. Brassieres are available in 32- to 46-inch bands and in cups from A to J. Along with tasteful negligees, teddies, garters and other sleepwear, the shop features some swimwear and maternity lingerie as well. Much of Yve’s inventory comes from European design houses like Conturelle, Elixir and Simone Péréle, the evidence of which is high-quality lingerie and high price tags.
Prevues – A Fashion Fetish
2417 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Prevues is a midtown institution with numerous fans loyal to the eclectic clothes, vintage attire, edgy accessories, outlandish costumes, shoes and lingerie. Some of the latter are traditional, such as frothy baby-dolls or the occasional teddy, but much of it leans toward tiny, tiny club wear, pimped-out barely-there bras and the like. The shop is filled top to bottom with fun things to check out, and there are certainly unique items to be found. Guests should bear in mind that many among Prevues’ clientele are exotic dancers, cross-dressers and drag queens, and come here to get their necessities. Wildly styled wigs, pancake makeup, loud rhinestone jewelry, stripper cage accessories, fur panties and eight-inch platform stilettos are well stocked. For those unfamiliar with goth lingerie, Prevues is a must-see.
Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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