Bare Markets

When it’s too hot to get dressed, don’t.

By Rachelle Robinett December 27, 2008 Published in the August 2008 issue of Seattle Met

Wine and Roses
Victoria Hill likens lingerie shopping to fine wine tasting, and at Nancy Meyer, her downtown lingerie boutique, she’ll act as your sommelier. The Italians cultivate intricate, ornate underthings; sample the gorgeous pieces by La Perla, a line Hill helped introduce to America in the ’70s. What pairs perfectly with understated elegance? Try some semisheer, supersexy, low-slung silk briefs from the French line Eres. For the playful, Hill recommends Andres Sarda’s Spanish silk and lace. Nancy Meyer, 1318 Fifth Ave, Downtown, 206-625-9200;


Sleep on It
Some women sleep in sheer, slinky, babydoll dresses with matching barely-there triangle panties; some sleep in spaghetti-strapped, ankle-grazing gowns of European white eyelet cotton. At Ann Marie, they’ll both find plenty to dream about, from swoon-inducing bra-and-panty sets by Romania’s I. D. Sarrieri to cozy, cropped nighties (known as chemises when in Madison Park) and cotton-and-silk Italian-made tank tops by Dana Pisarro in soft taupe and dove gray. Ann Marie, 4000 E Madison St, Madison Park, 206-323-6027


Fit Right In
Former Starbucks exec Victoria Roberts traded one kind of cup for another when she and her husband opened Zovo Lingerie. At the University Village boutique the emphasis is on fit; whether you’re currently wearing a 30A or a 44H, consider letting Roberts’s tape-measurers size you up. Then check out the Zovo Collection, Roberts’s line of mercerized-cotton briefs, stretch-lace thongs, cashmere camisoles, and silk-jersey lounge pants to aptly cover your assets. Zovo, 4612 26th Ave NE, University District, 206-525-9686;


Day Trippers
Designers and owners Cynthia and Derek Federman do plenty to encourage your company: a cozy couch for gossiping girlfriends and a cookies-and-coloring station for the tots make their sprawling Derek Andrew in Bellevue a home away from home. But with offerings like pointelle mesh boy shorts from LA’s Fleur’t, second-skin bras by Only Hearts, easy Ella Moss camisoles, and jersey Juicy Couture hot pants, shoppers might be tempted to spend all day lounging in bed instead. Derek Andrew, 901 104th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-453-9888;


Slip into This
In love—with French lingerie—and insatiable in Seattle, Jennifer Carroll opened Bellefleur to give European pieces a loving home in Fremont. The pretty and practical bras, bustiers, bodysuits, and briefs by Simone Perele, Huit, and Aubade allow ladies and gents (Carroll facilitates perfect gifts by inviting her clients to register their measurements) to flirt or commit: Go for a well-priced everyday thong to kick-start your denim collection or a liquidlike lace slip to kick-start a special night. Bellefleur, 720 N 35th St, Fremont, 206-545-0222;

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