The Glow Up's Guide to Gifting: Let's Get Intimate...With Liberté

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During the holiday season, there are gifts you give, and gifts you give yourself—and then, there are gifts that do both. When it comes to mutually pleasurable offerings, lingerie ranks high on the list, though it’s a gift that can be enjoyed with or without a partner.


That’s why we’re in love with Liberté, the black female-founded lingerie line that manages to accomplish the elusive feat of being sexy, superbly crafted and supportive—in other words, these are lacy little luxuries that aren’t just for show, though good luck taking your eyes off them.

We first encountered the brand during its successful Kickstarter phase, when founder and veteran lingerie model Amber Tolliver announced her intention to create a collection of luxury-level, size-inclusive intimate apparel that ranged from 32C to 38H and extra-small to 2X. Eighteen months later, she’s helming a tightly edited, but full-fledged lingerie brand equipped to make a range of sizes feel good from the inside out. (And yes, I can vouch for it; believe it or not, I’m actually wearing Liberté as I write this.)

Because of the exceptional quality of Liberté’s goods—currently available in Onyx (black), Blush (pale pink) and my favorite, Midnight (navy blue)—this isn’t a pedestrian price point; bras range from $82 to $118, and panties from $40 to $50. But speaking as an H-cup myself, for those of us who struggle with sizing, we know you often get what you pay for.

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“For me, it’s a luxury brand,” Tolliver, who knows well the struggle for those of us with fuller cups, told us ahead of Liberté’s launch. “Everything has to be on point because as women in this in-between place, we have enough options that are subpar and just ‘meh.’ So it needs to be spot-on,” she added.


And because most of us can’t afford a full assortment of luxury lingerie for every day, the holiday season (which happens to coincide with “cuffing season”) is the perfect time to treat someone you love to the experience—even if that means treating yourself. Because, as Tolliver reminds us:

“Let’s be clear: Lingerie is for you.”


The Glow Up tip: You can shop Liberté lingerie via their website—with free shipping on orders over $100.

Maiysha Kai is managing editor of The Glow Up, host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast and Big Beauty Tuesdays, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. May I borrow some sugar?



Just a hint for any guys who might be reading this. Rather than buying lingerie for your paramour, consider gifting them with a professional bra fitting and a gift certificate.

It’s amazing how many women are running around wearing bras that do not fit. If her lingerie fits, a girl is more likely to wear it and wear it for you.

And take an interest. Go along with her (If she’ll let you. Don’t be pushy.) and tell her which ones you think she looks best in. It’s a guaranteed attaboy.