Panty Raid

Best Affordable Lingerie, August 2009

At Panty Raid, the emphasis is on the functional, not on garter belts and fussy brassieres that get laughs at a bridal shower before disappearing to the back of an underwear drawer. Thongs in a rainbow of colors by Hanky Panky go for less than $20, and briefs and vintage-inspired wire-free bras in floral prints by the Montreal company Blush range from $20 to $60. On the fancier side (up to $100) are tuxedo-front panties and lace bras by the French label Huit. What was once the only lingerie specialist in Silver Lake has become the only one in Los Feliz, when the store recently moved to its new location.

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The main display at Panty Raid (2378 1⁄2 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake, 323-668-1888) is set on a light table so that construction details are clearly visible. As stark as it is sexy, the shop is kitted out with a video game console for bored tag-along friends and uses bakery boxes for wrapping purchases. The fare isn’t scandalous, but it’s affordable: Mary Green lace-trimmed silk panties ($16.50), Felina bright-colored thongs ($9), and Only Hearts thick stretch slips in muted retro-looking hues ($88). Even the French imports are under $100.