Agent Provocateur: As a brand, Agent Provocateur is a well-executed and well-oiled machine from the packaging and perfume to the lingerie itself, which manages to be saucy without descending into sleaze. You’ll also find multi-purpose crystal handcuffs with matching locks, jewellery, silk negligees and matching stilettos.
Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 4pm-10pm. Dubai Mall (04 339 9570); Saks, BurJuman (04 351 5551).
Calvin Klein Underwear: Customers can expect to find a small, but well-chosen selection encompassing subtly stylish and free-of-fuss knickers and bras in every colour of the rainbow. Other brands stocked include BodySlimmers, which give quick-fix solutions to sagging bums and tums; and the Princess Tim Tam range, which supports the fuller figure. All in all, there’s little not to like about Calvin Klein undies, although if you’re after sex appeal you might be in for a disappointment.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Sat-Thu 10am-midnight; Deira City Centre (04 295 0627); Al Ghurair City (04 227 7780); Mall of the Emirates (04 340 3448).
La Perla: Underwear, swimwear, nightwear, a clothing line and accessories are what this Italian luxury label is world-renowned for. In the summer months, look out for the exquisite bikinis. But, while the fit and quality is good, we can’t help the feeling that La Perla’s prices are a tad steep when compared with the competition – not that La Perla’s loyal customers seem to have a problem with it.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-11pm. BurJuman (04 355 1251); Mall of the Emirates (04 341 3070); The Dubai Mall (04 428 9453).
La Senza: The underwear on sale at La Senza is probably the best investment a woman can make. Bras, silk sets and comfy dressing gowns are already well priced, but those on a tight budget would do well to watch out for the regular promotions. There’s also a selection of nightwear (both cartoon emblazoned and more palatable pieces). Huge changing rooms are another plus, so no embarrassing flashing moments.
Opening times vary. Ibn Battuta Mall (04 368 5240); Al Ghurair City (04 228 8781); BurJuman (04 351 1791); Deira City Centre (04 295 3988); Dubai Festival City (04 232 6273); Lamcy Plaza (04 335 3580); Mall of the Emirates (04 340 7004); Uptown Mirdif (04 288 3376); Wafi (04 324 4233); Marina Mall (04 399 7365); Oasis Centre (04 339 7577).
La Vie En Rose: Packed with silk lingerie, comfortable mix-and-match bras and pants, cotton pyjamas, and other leisure and loungewear, this is a great shop if you’re hunting for a cute pyjama set and slippers or relatively inexpensive lingerie, with regular in-store specials like three lacy briefs for Dh49.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight; The Dubai Mall (050 360 7022).
Nayomi: Nayomi has earned a reputation as the leading Middle Eastern retailer of quality lingerie owing to its well-picked lingerie at affordable prices. Whether you’re after a pair of plain cotton briefs or something more sensual, it’s definitely worth a look.
Opening times vary. Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4377); The Dubai Mall, Downtown (04 339 8820); Mercato Mall (04 344 9120); Al Ghurair City, Deira (04 227 2337); Ibn Battuta Mall (04 366 9832); Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 5141).
Oysho: Don’t be fooled by the rows of kitsch and Tinkerbell-themed pyjamas – this isn’t the Disney store. For the woman who feels self-conscious in head-to-toe lace, Oysho stocks a range of slightly more modest but no less attractive underwear and cute slips that won’t leave her feeling like a frump.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight; Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4214); Festival City (04 232 8574); The Dubai Mall, (04 362 7500).
The Q Room: Find mid to high-end products in good array of sizes and styles with special lingerie styling and fitting service. This house of brands sells lingerie and swimwear with a feminine touch. In a city where it’s often hard to find something that isn’t encrusted with unnecessary diamantes and comically oversized bows, here’s where to find sophisticated, good-quality negligee.
Open every day 10am-midnight; Dubai Mall (04 330 8880).
Women’Secret: This Spanish shop stocks an affordable range of patterned swimsuits and afterwear – as in something to lounge around in after work. However, the speciality has to be girlie underwear. A word of warning: don’t go expecting a plunging cleavage and full-on sex appeal, or many options if you’re well endowed. Useful styles include strapless and halter neck (a snip at Dhs100) for those who love barely-there clothes but don’t want to go braless. Perfect.
Deira City Centre (04 295 9665). Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. All major credit cards. Other location: The Dubai Mall (04 434 3177); Dubai Festival City (04 232 6167).
Yamamay: This Italian lingerie brand has silk bras, knickers and pyjamas in different varieties. The playful bikinis are perfect for the beach.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Marina Mall (04 399 7566); The Dubai Mall (0 4 434 0818).