Photo: Victoria's Secret
It's safe to say Victoria's Secret has done it again: This year's Fantasy Bra (excuse us, "Royal Fantasy Bra"), modeled by Candice Swanepoel and valued at $10 million, is the perfect fusion of romantic lingerie and decadent jewelry that we never even knew we wanted. Every year since 1996, VS has enlisted the help of famous jewelers to bedazzle one of their bras, to be worn by a specially anointed Angel during the annual televised fashion show. We're surprised that bride-to-be fellow Angel Behati Prinsloo was bypassed for the honor, but Swanepoel is made for the bra (or vice-versa: jeweler Mouawad made a cast of Swanpoel's assets before designing the one-of-a-kind item). While it's tempting to fantasize how to work ruby-encrusted lingerie into your wedding day look like a British royal would, may we suggest putting your bling where your guests can see it? It's easy to snag some Swanepoel-like sparkle with these pieces below.
Photo: David Yurman
Fiery rubies steal the show in this year's bra. This scarlet solitaire from David Yurman gives a stand-out bride some of the same edgy vibe, with an unconventional, near-neon hue in a traditional cut. Harry Winston also has several gorgeous ruby options, like this oval stunner and another with dazzling micropavé diamonds.
Photo: De Beers
Brides already know that flowers aren't just for your wedding bouquet, especially when they come in juicy jewel tones and buttery yellow gold like those on the straps of the Fantasy Bra. These blossom-inspired earrings from De Beers add just the right dreamy floral touch.
Photos: Shaesby (left), Rogers Jewelers (right)
What is it about pear-shaped gems that's so subtly sexy? Is it it's unexpected shape, or how pear-cut diamonds seem more sparkly than they have any right to be? Regardless, give even a mere mortal bride a necklace with a teadrop-shaped-diamond, or tapered hoops like the ones above, and watch her go all va-va-voom just like Swanepoel.
So no worries if there isn't a blinged-out bra accompanied by two body guards in your future—after all, hiding it under your dress seems like a bit of a waste. And with jewels on your fingers (or ears or neck or wrist!) instead of on your cleavage, it's easy show it off without scandalizing grandma!
—Caitlin Van Horn