Trousseau treasure trove

Some modern brides may not be familiar with this age-old tradition, but if you would like luxurious new lingerie and nightwear, then it’s a good time to join the revived pre-wedding pastime…

Think decadent lingerie, silk nightwear, designer swimwear and a host of new perfume and make up. Well, that’s a trousseau today.

Years ago, it was trunks of lace, silk, luxurious bed linen, china, key fashion ensembles, stockings, gloves, hats and jewellery. This is what a bride-to-be collected in her trousseau (usually a high quality piece of large luggage), which she then took to her new home once married. Many of the items were handmade by female relatives, and the purpose was to give the bride everything she needed to set up her new life with her new husband.

Having seen a resurgence in the trend of trousseaux, they are once again popular, but of course have been adapted to suit modern day women. Some of the traditional trousseau inventory, such as bed linen and sleepwear, remain, while seductive lingerie and indulgent pamper goodies and make up are now also included with an eye firmly on the honeymoon wardrobe.

As a bride-to-be, trousseau are a chance for you to restock on your firm favourites, while also splashing out on designer brands you’ve only dreamt of treating yourself to, until now.

Follow in the footsteps of Eva Longoria, who shopped for her trousseau lingerie at Figleaves. She splashed out on our host of Elle MacPherson lingerie sets and various designer swimwear and nightwear.

Here’s your essential trousseau treasure troves…


Be your own Sleeping Beauty on your honeymoon and at your new marital home with a selection of chemise, pyjamas and robes. Choose from a mix of delicate lace, soft satin and luxurious loungewear.


A high quality, perfectly-fitting lingerie set will last you long after your big day and honeymoon, so make sure it’s a bra you will want to wear again and again. Continue your white bridal colour theme, add a touch of glamour or opt for something pretty and feminine.


Fall in love with your shape as much as your new wedded partner with some supportive, shaping and on-trend swimsuits and bikinis. Bold brights and whites will of course enhance the tan, while plunge necklines will add an alluring touch.

Laura Barrett

Having styled for celebrity magazine shoots and written for many lifestyle brands, Figleaves Content Editor Laura Barrett is on hand to offer fashion news, style inspiration, trend updates and collection reviews.