"...Wearing lingerie isn't about anyone else but me." - Ashley Graham
Nightcap is the perfect time to get dolled up, and show off your favourite lingerie sets! Each term, the costume colour for your class routine is set in the routine video, so make sure to check out the Siren Videos for your theme. Some common colours we like to use are pink, red, black and leopard print, so these are great staple colours to invest in!
If you are on the hunt for the perfect Nightcap costume, we've put together a list of some of our favourite stores and labels for Siren-esque costumes. We like to support Australian labels, small businesses and indie designers as much as possible, as well as choosing brands that don't treat their staff badly and operate in an ethical way. We've compiled a range of Australian and international brands that we love, to suit the style, budget and sizes for everyone!
Written by Eva Devore, with special thanks to Madame A of Kisses from the Moon, a gorgeous, body-positive lingerie blog.
If you've left it to the last minute (let's face it, we all do!) or you'd like to be able to try in store, there are a bunch of local shops and chain stores that you can find a lovely costume in, without breaking the bank!
Bras n Things have an amazing range of lace bodysuits that are perfect for your Lyra performance, and come in a wide array of colours (baby pink, red and even teal! There are also some super cute lingerie sets, and they have some great sales to pick up a bargain. Bras N Things have a size range of 6-16 in bodysuits and up to an 18DD in bras.
Target, Kmart and Best&Less have all come out with some amazing bralettes, lingerie and bodysuits recently too! If you're after a bargain, check out these cheap and cheerful pieces (easily customisable with some rhinestones!) Our students love the high-waisted knickers for performing, and there are plenty of cute designs that have a bit of shapewear to help you feel secure. Best&Less have a small range of plus size friendly bodysuits as well.
If you'd like to treat yourself to something super luxe, Sydney brand Baby Likes To Pony has a gorgeous range of designer lingerie. They showcase labels including Bordelle, La Fille D'o and Jean Paul Gaultier. Miss Katia loves pieces from Bordelle, and you might have seen her performing in them at Heartstoppers! The sizing is a little limited, but the pieces are absolutely show-stoppers!
Georgia Moon Costumes are a Sydney-based company that creates pole and burlesque costumes. The ready-to-wear range includes matching bra and knicker sets, as well as panel skirts and pole skirts. Georgia Moon also does custom costuming, so if you don't see what you're after, you can always get something made just for you!
Can't find exactly what you're after in stores? Miss Eva Devore creates custom lingerie pieces for performance, including Boston bralettes, cage knickers and bodysuits. Eva also creates custom crystal pasties and offers her services in rhinestoning your costumes! Click here to get in touch.
Saving on shipping time is super important, and brands based in Australia mean it's much easier to get your hands on some pretty underthings! Hopeless Lingerie is a company that makes dark, modern and romantic lingerie by hand in Melbourne. Specialising in custom orders and custom sizing, Hopeless Lingerie believes that everyone deserves to wear and feel great in lingerie. Their range of bralettes, knickers and accessories include something for everyone, with gorgeous fabrics and designs.
Silent Arrow creates edgy, vampy lingerie in wide range of sizes. Based in Melbourne, this label has a limited range of colours, (mostly black!) but the styles are gorgeous with lace, straps and sheer fabrics. Best of all, with every item purchased, Silent Arrow donates a pair off cotton underwear to women in need. So it's lingerie to make you look good and feel great!
While not strictly an Australian brand, Dita Von Teese has her own lingerie line, which is inspired by her collection of true vintage lingerie. While much of the collection is available in Myer stores here in Australia for you to try on, you can access the full collection (including an extended size range) online.
If you're after something that is not only gorgeous to look at, but also made for performance and built to last, you can't go past these brands that create purpose-made pieces for pole dancers and aerialists. And as a bonus, the designs are super cute!
Luna Polewear is an Australian made and owned brand that creates gorgeous sets perfect for pole and Lyra. From sparkly sets to leopard print and scrappy details, we love the gorgeous styles on offer. Sizes range from XS to L, and they post internationally too!
Bandurska Design is a Polish brand of pole and active wear the has a huge range of gorgeous designs, from lush velvets to metallic sequins and strappy textures. The sizing ranges from XS to L, but you can also have the pieces made-to-measure to fit you perfectly! Our pole teacher Miss Billie Brooklyn loves this brand, but recommends giving yourself plenty of time, as orders take about a month to get to you.
Based in Australia, Indi Polewear create all their pieces by hand locally, instead of in a factory. Committed to creating polewear in the most ethical and environmentally friendly way possible, you can feel guilt-free as you splash out on one of their amazing designs. With a range of tops and bottoms in a relatively limited colour palette, this is a great place to find high quality basics perfect to take from the classroom to the stage.
If you've got the time to wait for international shipping, there are some amazing labels that create vintage-inspired lingerie pieces. Pulling from true vintage inspirations, here are some brands that create gorgeous corsets, bullet bras and girdles for that perfect pinup style.
What Katie Did is a UK-based label that creates authentic, vintage-inspired brassieres, corsets and lingerie sets. From 1920s barrettes to 1950's bullet bras and shape wear, What Katie Did has sizes up to a UK 22 and posts internationally. They even have a gorgeous range of seamed stockings in a huge variety of colours!
Playful Promises is another international, London-based brand that captures the perfect pin-up style. With a huge range of different styles and a gorgeous range of plus-size pieces, there are so many things to love from this brand. We especially love the Bettie Page bullet bras!
Kiss Me Deadly is also based in the UK, and creates vintage-inspired lingerie with a darker edge, perfect for the femme-fatale. The company has a range of bras, knickers, suspender belts and corselettes, as well as swimwear and stockings. Reasonably priced and with a good range of sizes, the label also has statement pieces like feather-trimmed robes, corsetry and evening gowns. A candy store for every burlesque babe!
So you have your costume, now what? To really stand out from the crowd, finish off your outfit with stockings and accessories from some of our favourite retailers.
The Nylon Swish is a one-woman company from Sydney that deals in gorgeous thigh-high stockings. In addition to selling a wide range of What Katie Did coloured seamed stockings, The Nylon Swish produced their own range of stockings, including Queen-Sized Stockings, a range to fit curvier babes. The company also sells a range of vintage and new lingerie, and some incredible garter belts. Plus, a local seller means super fast shipping!
If you're after the perfect pair of shoes for your pole performance, High Heels on Crown street is a great place to start. Located just a short walk from the Sky Sirens studio, High Heels has a range of pole heels in many different colours and styles. They also sell a range of stockings, and have sequinned pasties as well!
To add the finishing touch to your outfit, our Parlour has sparkly accessories to make you shine! We stock a range of showgirl-ready earrings, necklaces and chokers to set you sparkling for your performance. The Parlour also has a range of crystal rhinestones to help you add extra sparkle to your costume! These rhinestones can be applied with a special gemstone glue to your costume, so that you glisten and glitter under the stage lights!