Best Lingerie - 2008
If you think corsets are synonymous with wispy Victorian waifs plagued with a proclivity for fainting, you obviously haven't been to Dark Garden. The couture retailer is the one-stop shop for your décolletage, but this ain't no frilly peekaboo shit. It specializes in custom-made corsets, and you can nab everything from dangerously sexy accoutrements for your trousseau to fetish fashion for the remainder of the year. Despite the heaving-bosomed romance-novel-heroine connotations, Dark Garden creations are tantalizingly versatile, covering the spectrum from dominatrix wear to the practical (as in "can be worn beneath your seersucker"). You can select your pieces in fabrics ranging from brocade to silk jacquard to leather — and since Dark Garden pays scrupulous attention to history, you'll find true-to-form styles like Baroque and Underbust Victorian. Of course, getting cinched and steel-boned takes a little more effort than slipping on a teddy, but as time has shown, a corset will never go out of style — and your cleavage will thank you in the long run.