9 French lingerie brands you need to know about

These are the French lingerie brands Parisian women swear by when they want a luxe update for their lingerie drawers.

Best French lingerie brands composite image: three models wearing lingerie
(Image credit: Aubade / Chantelle / Etam)

We've found the best French lingerie brands that are as comfortable as they are chic, to help you achieve effortless style. After all, great outfits, start with great lingerie. 

It's no secret that French women have style. In fact, 'French girl' fashion is totally a thing, with people trying to find out how to get that effortless look. While it's mostly down to them shopping the best French clothing brands, it also all has to do with the exact pieces they invest in. Be it one of the best blazers for women or a sensational cashmere sweater, but it all begins with their lingerie drawer. 

France is known for its luxury lingerie sector—with many brands launching throughout the 50s and 60s making their name in corsets. Now, these same brands are carefully crafting some of the best bras made from luxury silks and lace. And these are not just the bra styles essential to any underwear collection—including the T-shirt and triangle to the push-up and plunge—some of the best underwear and best shapewear is made by the labels on this list. 

Good lingerie can be expensive, but it underpins your whole capsule wardrobe. Just like investing in the best designer bags, great lingerie offers an instant confidence boost. These are the French lingerie brands that'll make you feel as good as you look.  

Best French lingerie brands—where to shop

  • Aubade—best for luxury lingerie from $75 / £55
  • Chantal Thomass—best for fashion-forward design from $34 / £25
  • Chantelle—best for inclusive cup size bras from $38 / £28
  • Eres—best for smaller cup sizes and swimwear from $100 / £74
  • Etam—best for everyday bras and briefs from $12 / £9
  • Lise Charmel—best for romantic design from $80.90 / £59
  • Maison Lejaby—best for quality fabrics from $33 / £32
  • Simone Pérèle—best for A-H cup sizes bras and swimwear from $50 / £37
  • Ysé—best for affordable but beautiful lingerie from $32 / £24

Best French lingerie brands as chosen by our fashion team 

1. Aubade

composite image of models wearing best french lingerie brand Aubade

(Image credit: Aubade)

Reasons to buy
+Over 60 years of experience in the lingerie business+Carefully constructed bras for comfort up to G cup+Beautiful lace lingerie crafted in Paris

Looking for lingerie with a premium feel? Aubade was founded in 1958 in Paris, since then it has developed its key bra styles along with starting lingerie trends that'll never go out of style. With each bra needing a minimum of 24 pieces to be created, you can rest assured you're in the hands of experts and that the fit will be great. 


Aubade Joyau Éternel Push-Up Bra 
RRP: $212 / £115 | Sizes: 30-38 A-E
This push-up bra is big on details. With delicate embroidery and trimmed with a sparkling jewel, it is an incredibly glamorous design. The bra also features removable padding to give you varied shaping options. 

Aubade Joyau Éternel Push-Up Bra 

RRP: $212 / £115 | Sizes: 30-38 A-E

This push-up bra is big on details. With delicate embroidery and trimmed with a sparkling jewel, it is an incredibly glamorous design. The bra also features removable padding to give you varied shaping options. 



Aubade Trésor Infini St-Tropez short
RRP: $147 / £89 | Sizes: 1-6
Showing off a hint of bare skin, this striking pair of briefs features delicate embroidery. With a sensual scalloped edge, these stylish short, shaped briefs are truly special.  

Aubade Trésor Infini St-Tropez short

RRP: $147 / £89 | Sizes: 1-6

Showing off a hint of bare skin, this striking pair of briefs features delicate embroidery. With a sensual scalloped edge, these stylish short, shaped briefs are truly special.  



Aubade Écrin Noir Triangle Bra
RRP: $428 / £219 | Sizes: 30-38 C-E
Jewelry ring detailing with diamanté, satin bows, pretty lace, this bra offers sensuality in droves. The criss-cross collar is removable, meaning you can wear this bra differently, depending on the occasion. 

Aubade Écrin Noir Triangle Bra

RRP: $428 / £219 | Sizes: 30-38 C-E

Jewelry ring detailing with diamanté, satin bows, pretty lace, this bra offers sensuality in droves. The criss-cross collar is removable, meaning you can wear this bra differently, depending on the occasion. 


2. Chantelle

Composite image of models wearing best french lingerie brands Chantelle

(Image credit: Chantelle)

Reasons to buy
+Affordable bras in A-I cups and underwear in size XS-XXL+Gorgeous designs that will work for everyday

Part of the Groupe Chantelle company founded in 1876, Chantelle first began as corsets and later went into lingerie including bras, briefs and shapewear. Now, the French lingerie brand is a go-to for everyday underwear that fits like a dream. It's also inclusive to all women's sizes by going from an A-I cup in a lot of the popular styles. 


Chantelle Rive Gauche Full Coverage Unlined Bra
RRP: $88 / £65 | Sizes: 32-40 DD-I
A great DD+ style, this full-coverage cup style will make you feel supported yet still sexy. It also comes in five other colors so you can stock up your lingerie drawer. 

Chantelle Rive Gauche Full Coverage Unlined Bra

RRP: $88 / £65 | Sizes: 32-40 DD-I

A great DD+ style, this full-coverage cup style will make you feel supported yet still sexy. It also comes in five other colors so you can stock up your lingerie drawer. 


Chanetelle SoftStretch High Waist Mid-Thigh Short
RRP: $42 / £31 | Sizes: XS-XL
Part of the SuperSoft collection, these shorts are the perfect lightweight shapewear option to wear under tighter fitting clothes. 

Chanetelle SoftStretch High Waist Mid-Thigh Short

RRP: $42 / £31 | Sizes: XS-XL

Part of the SuperSoft collection, these shorts are the perfect lightweight shapewear option to wear under tighter fitting clothes. 


Chantelle Day to Night Smooth Custom Fit Bra
RRP: $84 / £63 | Sizes: 30-40 A-G
The perfect-fit classic T-shirt bra in orange, black, white or cream, the cups have a layer of memory foam for added comfort. 

Chantelle Day to Night Smooth Custom Fit Bra

RRP: $84 / £63 | Sizes: 30-40 A-G

The perfect-fit classic T-shirt bra in orange, black, white or cream, the cups have a layer of memory foam for added comfort. 


3. Eres

composite image of three models wearing one of the best french lingerie brands Eres

(Image credit: Eres)

Reasons to buy
+Owned by luxury fashion house Chanel+Amazing well-fitted swimwear and lingerie 

If you want something simple but special and your budget doesn't stretch to a custom bra, this is the French lingerie brand for you. Founded in 1968 by Irène Leroux, the swimwear brand was the first of its kind. Creating swimwear all year round, the styles were modern, wearable and available for those who wanted to go away throughout the year. Snapped up by Chanel in 1996, the label sticks to its luxury feel (with the black swimsuit being a favorite), and also now has lingerie and activewear. The bras and briefs are all fuss-free and timeless—perfect for minimalists. 


Eres Positive Full Cup Bra
RRP: $475 / £340| Sizes: 85-100 B-D
Jacquard lace gives this bra a ‘second skin’ feel, making it great for everyday wear. Available in four colors it offers a sleek and timeless look. 

Eres Positive Full Cup Bra

RRP: $475 / £340| Sizes: 85-100 B-D

Jacquard lace gives this bra a ‘second skin’ feel, making it great for everyday wear. Available in four colors it offers a sleek and timeless look. 



Eres Couture Bodysuit
RRP: $475 / £353 | Sizes: US 6-12 UK 10-16
This second-skin bodysuit is made to offer a light smoothing effect. Ideal for wearing under slip dresses and fitted tops, you'll always keep this in your lingerie drawer. 

Eres Couture Bodysuit

RRP: $475 / £353 | Sizes: US 6-12 UK 10-16

This second-skin bodysuit is made to offer a light smoothing effect. Ideal for wearing under slip dresses and fitted tops, you'll always keep this in your lingerie drawer. 


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Eres Menthol Triangle bra

RRP: $420 / £312  | Sizes: 32-36 A-C

If triangle bras are your go-to, this one is for you. Best for smaller cup sizes in A-C, this lace style is an update on the usually plain sporty style bra. 


4. Etam

composite image of three models wearing one of best French lingerie brand Etam

(Image credit: Etam)

Reasons to buy
+Affordable, trend-led lingerie+Etam also has eco-friendly and period briefs+A-F cup sizes

Etam may be a throw-back brand for some. Once on the British high street along with Tammy Girl, the brand now exists online in the UK and in real-life stores across 44 other countries. Founded in 1916, the ready-to-wear brand started as corsets and branched out into lingerie and clothing. Now also known for its extensive lingerie collections including sustainable styles and some of the best period pants, the brand is a go-to for affordable style. 


Hymne Non-wired Bustier Triangle Bra   
RRP: $50 / £37| Sizes: 32-38 B-D
How stunning is this bra? The un-padded, non-wired style with cut-out detail will make you feel amazing as soon as you put it on in the morning.

Hymne Non-wired Bustier Triangle Bra   

RRP: $50 / £37| Sizes: 32-38 B-D

How stunning is this bra? The un-padded, non-wired style with cut-out detail will make you feel amazing as soon as you put it on in the morning.


Etam Perfect Glow Unpadded Sating Bra   
RRP: $50 / £37 | Sizes: 30-42 B-F
With a retro feel, this satin number is best worn with the matching thong or high-waisted briefs. Unpadded but underwired, it'll offer just the right amount of support for every day or evening. 

Etam Perfect Glow Unpadded Sating Bra   

RRP: $50 / £37 | Sizes: 30-42 B-F

With a retro feel, this satin number is best worn with the matching thong or high-waisted briefs. Unpadded but underwired, it'll offer just the right amount of support for every day or evening. 



Etam Celia Medium Flow Shorty  
RRP: $40 / £30| Sizes: XS-XXL
Part of the period panties collection, the styles are so classic and wearable that you would never even know they're supposed to be worn instead of sanitary products. Try them out in a whole host of different pant styles and colors. 

Etam Celia Medium Flow Shorty  

RRP: $40 / £30| Sizes: XS-XXL

Part of the period panties collection, the styles are so classic and wearable that you would never even know they're supposed to be worn instead of sanitary products. Try them out in a whole host of different pant styles and colors. 


5. Simone Pérèle

composite image of three models wearing one of the best lingerie brands Simone Perele

(Image credit: Simone Perele)

Reasons to buy
+Over 70 years experience in the lingerie industry+Made to last and to fit and flatter+Luxurious designs

Creating lingerie for over 70 years, corset designer Simone Pérèle founded the label back in 1948. Now, the brand is well-known for its carefully curated edit of gorgeous lingerie. With attention to detail being key to the brand's aesthetic, it's all about investing in the best-fitting bras that'll make you feel as good as you look. 


Simone Pérèle Swing Squared Neckline Full Cup Bra 
RRP: $112 / £85 | Sizes: 34-42 C-G
Colored underwear can be the best starting point to a great outfit. Let this glossy green style peek out of a cami top or show it under a silk shirt for after-dark. 

Simone Pérèle Swing Squared Neckline Full Cup Bra 

RRP: $112 / £85 | Sizes: 34-42 C-G

Colored underwear can be the best starting point to a great outfit. Let this glossy green style peek out of a cami top or show it under a silk shirt for after-dark. 




Simone Pérèle Karma High-Waist Brief
RRP: $60 / £45 | Sizes: US 4-16 / UK 8-20
These rose-colored briefs will make the perfect pairing with the matching soft cup or full cup bra. You can also get the comfy style in black or white. 

Simone Pérèle Karma High-Waist Brief

RRP: $60 / £45 | Sizes: US 4-16 / UK 8-20

These rose-colored briefs will make the perfect pairing with the matching soft cup or full cup bra. You can also get the comfy style in black or white. 




Simone Pérèle Soft Cup Triangle Bra
RRP: $100 / £75 | Sizes: 32-34 B-D
Liven up the usually basic T-shirt bra with Simone Pérèle's stunning leopard print. Animal print never dates so if you look after this style, you'll have it in your collection for years to come. 

Simone Pérèle Soft Cup Triangle Bra

RRP: $100 / £75 | Sizes: 32-34 B-D

Liven up the usually basic T-shirt bra with Simone Pérèle's stunning leopard print. Animal print never dates so if you look after this style, you'll have it in your collection for years to come. 




6. Ysé

composite image of models wearing best French lingerie brand Yse

(Image credit: Yse)

Reasons to buy
+Stunning designs that won't break the bank+Gorgeous colours, tones and embroidery 

Starting its journey in 2012, Ysé bridges the gap between high-end luxury French lingerie and high street. Creating intricately designed styles to suit an inclusive range of sizes, the brand is one to invest in for everyday beautiful styles that are too good just to save for special occasions. 


Ysé Battement De Cils Underwire Triangle Bra
RRP: $61 / £42 | Sizes: 80-95 AA-E 
Get your lingerie drawer ready for spring with this lovely peach-hued bra. Made specifically to emphasize cleavage, the soft lace is made from recycled fibers. 

Ysé Battement De Cils Underwire Triangle Bra

RRP: $61 / £42 | Sizes: 80-95 AA-E 

Get your lingerie drawer ready for spring with this lovely peach-hued bra. Made specifically to emphasize cleavage, the soft lace is made from recycled fibers. 


Ysé Corbeille Dernier Soir 
RRP: $76 / £56 | Sizes: 80-95 AA-E
We never knew a black bra could look this good! This half cup style with embroidered design will make you feel instantly amazing. It comes in rich green and burgundy, too. 

Ysé Corbeille Dernier Soir 

RRP: $76 / £56 | Sizes: 80-95 AA-E

We never knew a black bra could look this good! This half cup style with embroidered design will make you feel instantly amazing. It comes in rich green and burgundy, too. 


Ysé Corbeille Bustier Premier Souffle
RRP: $76 / £57 |  Sizes: 80-95 AA-E
Prefer no padding at all? This sheer, red bustier style is the dream. Wear it with the matching briefs and enjoy the freedom of light support from the soft tulle. 

Ysé Corbeille Bustier Premier Souffle

RRP: $76 / £57 |  Sizes: 80-95 AA-E

Prefer no padding at all? This sheer, red bustier style is the dream. Wear it with the matching briefs and enjoy the freedom of light support from the soft tulle. 


7. Maison Lejaby

composite of models wearing Maison Lejaby one of the best french lingerie brands

(Image credit: Maison Lejaby)

Cultivating their expertise in corsetry and lingerie since 1930, Maison Lejaby creates high-quality lingerie with beautiful fabrications and masterful cuts. Combining Parisian elegance with a bold and modern aesthetic, Maison Lejaby has lingerie you’ll love for special occasions and everyday wear too. 


Maison Lejaby Black Flora Bra 
RRP: $115 / £81 | Sizes: 85-95 B-E
Underwired with full bust coverage, this beautiful sheer cupped bra features delicate floral embroidery to really enhance your lingerie drawer. Use the on-site size guide to help you work out the right fit. 

Maison Lejaby Black Flora Bra 

RRP: $115 / £81 | Sizes: 85-95 B-E

Underwired with full bust coverage, this beautiful sheer cupped bra features delicate floral embroidery to really enhance your lingerie drawer. Use the on-site size guide to help you work out the right fit. 


Maison Lejaby Ombrage Black High-Waisted Briefs
RRP: $59 / £44 | Sizes: 2-6
Make high-waisted briefs feel a lot less Bridget Jones and a lot more va-va-voom with these intricately dévoré knit fabric briefs. While they look stunning to the eye, the design is flat, meaning they’re invisible under clothing.

Maison Lejaby Ombrage Black High-Waisted Briefs

RRP: $59 / £44 | Sizes: 2-6

Make high-waisted briefs feel a lot less Bridget Jones and a lot more va-va-voom with these intricately dévoré knit fabric briefs. While they look stunning to the eye, the design is flat, meaning they’re invisible under clothing.


Maison Lejaby LA Petite Lejaby Light pink bodysuit 
RRP: $115 / £81 | Sizes: S-XL
Made from plant-based fibers, this is a bodysuit that will look and feel great. Made from stretch cotton, this one-piece is great for light support and comfort, offering very gentle smoothing and accentuating curves. 

Maison Lejaby LA Petite Lejaby Light pink bodysuit 

RRP: $115 / £81 | Sizes: S-XL

Made from plant-based fibers, this is a bodysuit that will look and feel great. Made from stretch cotton, this one-piece is great for light support and comfort, offering very gentle smoothing and accentuating curves. 


8. Chantal Thomass

composite image of models wearing one of the best french lingerie brands Chantal Thomass

(Image credit: Chantal Thomass)

Having designed lingerie since the 1970s, Chantal Thomass is known for her daring and occasionally risqué and burlesque-inspired designs. Leaning into her experience as a fashion designer, the current collection feels fresh, modern, even a little bit sporty in its execution with burnt orange and pale pinks accenting the collection. 


Chantal Thomass Encens Moi Half Cup Bra in black
RRP: $111 / £79 | Sizes: 32-36 B-E
Incorporating intricate folding across the top of the bust line and sheer tulle cups this bra offers a little sensuality to your everyday bra collection. With a deep front cut, this style will enhance your cleavage. 

Chantal Thomass Encens Moi Half Cup Bra in black

RRP: $111 / £79 | Sizes: 32-36 B-E

Incorporating intricate folding across the top of the bust line and sheer tulle cups this bra offers a little sensuality to your everyday bra collection. With a deep front cut, this style will enhance your cleavage. 


Chantal Thomass Sharp Half Cup Pink Bra: $91/£65
RRP: $91 / £65 | Sizes: 32-38 B-E
 Available in three colorways this bra playfully incorporates cut-out detailing for a modern aesthetic. While this certainly works as a functional piece, it gives a nod to the increasing fashion influence on lingerie collections. 

Chantal Thomass Sharp Half Cup Pink Bra: $91/£65

RRP: $91 / £65 | Sizes: 32-38 B-E

 Available in three colorways this bra playfully incorporates cut-out detailing for a modern aesthetic. While this certainly works as a functional piece, it gives a nod to the increasing fashion influence on lingerie collections. 


Chantal Thomass Honore Black Shorty $51 / £36
RRP: $51 / £36 | Sizes: S-L
Boy shorts saw a resurgence several years ago and while this androgynous piece of lingerie has floated out of fashion, there is no denying that for some women, this is the brief style they feel both comfortable and sexy in. The branded waistband in monochromatic hues feels every bit designer too. 

Chantal Thomass Honore Black Shorty $51 / £36

RRP: $51 / £36 | Sizes: S-L

Boy shorts saw a resurgence several years ago and while this androgynous piece of lingerie has floated out of fashion, there is no denying that for some women, this is the brief style they feel both comfortable and sexy in. The branded waistband in monochromatic hues feels every bit designer too. 


9. Lise Charmel

composite of models wearing Lise Charmel lingerie one of the best french lingerie brands

(Image credit: Lise Charmel / Bare Necessities )

Offering unique craftsmanship, Lise Charmel lingerie incorporates gorgeous lace, embroideries, and silk fabrics to create enchanting lingerie to make the wearer feel beautiful and empowered. Pure elegance, Lise Charmel aims to embody the design direction of a haute couture brand and inject that into their lingerie collections. With multiple edits, there is a style to suit multiple tastes.


Lise Charmel Flora Aura 3 Part Full Cup Bra
RRP: $134.38 / £98 | Size: 34-40 D-F 
Rare words to see together, but this bra aims to combine elegance, sexiness, and comfort in one. This beautiful floral embroidery makes quite a statement, and we love that it goes up to an F cup, a size not always prevalent for French lingerie brands. 

Lise Charmel Flora Aura 3 Part Full Cup Bra

RRP: $134.38 / £98 | Size: 34-40 D-F 

Rare words to see together, but this bra aims to combine elegance, sexiness, and comfort in one. This beautiful floral embroidery makes quite a statement, and we love that it goes up to an F cup, a size not always prevalent for French lingerie brands. 


 Lise Charmel Emotion Beaute Italian Brief
RRP: $105.58 / £77 | Size: XS-2XL
The whole Emotion Beaute collection is so romantic and ethereal it’s truly worth discovering. This sensual lacy paneled brief is available to a size 2XL, a great find for curvier figures. 

 Lise Charmel Emotion Beaute Italian Brief

RRP: $105.58 / £77 | Size: XS-2XL

The whole Emotion Beaute collection is so romantic and ethereal it’s truly worth discovering. This sensual lacy paneled brief is available to a size 2XL, a great find for curvier figures. 


Sublime en Dentelle Glam Push-Up Bra 
RRP: $146.72 / £107 | Size: 32-36 B-D
Adding some serious glam to proceedings, this black push-up bra is underwired for extra support. With super soft lace and soft shoulder straps, this is dressed-up lingerie with added comfort. 

Sublime en Dentelle Glam Push-Up Bra 

RRP: $146.72 / £107 | Size: 32-36 B-D

Adding some serious glam to proceedings, this black push-up bra is underwired for extra support. With super soft lace and soft shoulder straps, this is dressed-up lingerie with added comfort. 


Harriet Davey
Harriet Davey

Harriet Davey is a freelance fashion editor, writing and styling for titles including Vogue, Stylist, Grazia, Who What Wear, and woman&home. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Harriet has a love for shopping but also a newfound interest in trying to be more sustainable. From renting outfits instead of buying new ones to opting for investment pieces, there are so many ways you can be more conscious of the way you shop.

 

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