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Lingerie both over and under clothes is coming back in style, but not without a hefty price tag. For how little fabric goes into lingerie, you’d think these sexy styles would be affordable, but it’s often quite the opposite. Okay, okay, I know that the design, structure and sizing of lingerie is often more intricate than “normal” clothing – but the sticker shock as a college student is still real!

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On a mission to feel sexy on a budget, I found quite a few affordable (under $40) lingerie pieces to feel sexy for yourself or for that special someone. 

Sweetheart Open Back Babydoll

Victoria’s Secret has some amazing clearance going on right now, and this normally almost $100 set is on sale for $36.99 currently. The cute heart details, bow, and skirt detail has me falling in love just like your special someone will when you wear this. 

Available also without the skirt and with a thong bottom instead of the full-bottom in the above. $29.99

I Kid You Net Bodystocking

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If you’re feeling more of a kinky moment instead of a heartfelt one, try this black full-body lace stocking. It has all the catwoman sexy vibes without having to squeeze into latex. Available also in wine, white, red, blue and gray, any kind of underwear and heels can be paired with this number. $15.95

Heart Eyes 2 Piece Corset Set – Red/combo

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To bring a sexy number a bit further than just the bedroom, there is this fiery corset and panty set from Fashion Nova. Wear the whole set with an oversized blazer or some jeans to easily say “oh this old thing? I just threw it on!” when you’re getting to it. $16.00

Chain Cage Panty

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Something that leaves a little less to the imagination is this BDSM-esque chain panty. This is an entire look by itself, and does all the talking for you. Pair with your favorite black bra if you want a bit more coverage, or just go for the full statement this has to offer. Cheers to you! $16.95

Midnight Glamour Bustier Set

A classic bustier and panty set with optional added stockings is a must-have in your lingerie collection. This adorable lace and satin pink or navy set is a stunner at only $36.95. Dress it up to the nines with lacy stockings and heels, or leave some reins for your partner to pull with the garters free. 

Daisy Garter Belt

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Cottegecore girlies, listen up! Not all lingerie has to be red-and-black, leather and chains. This cute daisy garter belt is a stunner under all the flowy dresses, overalls and skirts. Pair with the bra, undies and some stockings for a full aesthetic lingerie. $32.99

Blue Bombshell Bra Set

Named absolutely perfectly, the Blue Bombshell Set is a stunner with a triple band around the thighs, a thong panty, and a waist-accenting garter. Wear this under a dress with the straps peaking out to make everyone wonder just what is underneath. $26.95

Leaving a little or leaving a lot to the imagination can be quite fun, and the added bit of lingerie only spices this up more. Cutesy, sexy, hardcore or classic: lingerie collections are for all styles and budgets

Marita is HCCU's president and a senior studying operations management and marketing with a creative technology and design minor. She loves fashion, design and cooking. In her free time, she loves to go on walks and hang out with her bearded dragon, Walter!