Are you looking for something sexy to slip into but intimidated by the idea of lingerie shopping? You’re not alone. Every woman wants to feel beautiful and there’s nothing like a piece of pretty lingerie to make you feel special. Whether you’re looking for something just for yourself or for a special night with your man, the right lingerie can do wonders to make you look and feel your best.
But how do you find the perfect piece for yourself? From lacy bralettes, stunning corsets and sleek bodysuits to elegant silk robes and sexy thongs, there are just so many options out there that any woman can feel lost when shopping for lingerie. Especially if you’re new to the world of lingerie, the whole experience of stepping into a lingerie store or choosing from the wealth of products online can be overwhelming.
Well, you don’t need to worry any longer! Because by knowing what you’re looking for, you can make your lingerie shopping a lot less stressful. Here are our top tips on what you need to consider before you start lingerie shopping:
1. Know your options
Before you begin lingerie shopping, you need to know the different types of lingerie available. Here are some of the most popular pieces:
- Bodysuit: A one-piece set which incorporates a bra and underwear. Also known as a teddy, this item is perfect for special occasions or for layering under outfits.
- Bralette: Bras that come without an underwire, often made using lace. These tend to look best on smaller busted women.
- Corset: One of the oldest foundation garments out there – clings to the body and accentuates the figure, giving you an amazing hourglass silhouette.
- Bustier: A bra top that goes all the way until the belly, drawing attention to the bust.
- Chemise: A short dress that looks great on its own or when worn with matching thongs.
- Romper: A one-piece set that includes shorts – perfect for an effortless and playful casual look.
- Robe: Can be worn short or long, depending on preference. Often comes in luxurious fabrics such as silk and can be worn with a sexy piece underneath, or even on its own!
2. Comfort and personal style
There are a lot of things that look great on supermodels, but when it comes to choosing lingerie for yourself, invest in pieces that you will be comfortable wearing and those that are in line with your personal style. Even if you buy lingerie to surprise your man, it’s you who has to feel good in it first. Only when you’re truly comfortable in a piece of lingerie, will you be able to flaunt it.
If you’re new to lingerie, start with a few simple pieces such as a couple of nice sets and some lacy pieces in neutral colours that will look good, no matter what you wear over it. On the other hand, if you already have the basics, try something a little wild this time – perhaps a red, silk gown or garter set.
3. Your body type
When it comes to lingerie, there’s no one size fits all. You have to buy according to your body type. If you’re on the smaller side, there are lots of options — go for an underwire half cup bra or a padded one with some lace to give yourself a fuller look. Ruffles are another great option for petite women.
On the other hand, if you’re naturally blessed with beautiful curves, you would want to highlight your curves while drawing attention away from certain unappealing areas. Go for a full cup bra to support your bust or perhaps a sheer chemise that will help cover the belly while allowing you to flaunt your cleavage.
For those who have an athletic body, a pretty lace bralette can give you a flirty, feminine look. Make sure to go for a V-shaped neckline as it helps make a lean body look curvier. Although these do tend to suit smaller busted women, don’t think that you can’t wear a bralette if you’re plus size. They’re a great fashion statement piece and can be shown off under this summer’s off the shoulder and bardot fashion trends, so if you find one you like, definitely give it a try.
4. The occasion
Just as there are different outfits for different occasions, there’s different lingerie for each occasion. For those nights when you just want to relax, a cute bodysuit is perfect for lazing around in – they require no effort and still look great. For your everyday wear, you can invest in some nice bra and underwear sets in neutral colours that go well with all of your outfits.
If you have a special event coming up such as Valentine’s Day or a weekend getaway with your partner, it’s best to go all out and choose something wild and crazy. Although the classic black looks good on any woman, it’s too safe an option. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new fabrics and colours such as gold, or violet.
5. The season
Yes, that’s right — a change in season requires a change in lingerie. The cold winter months are a good time to invest in heavier pieces such as those with embellishments and layering pieces like bodysuits and teddies. In fact, bodysuits are perfect when paired with your warm winter wardrobe and so are stockings — they look a lot classier than the usual tights and you’re sure to love them.
Summer calls for lighter, breathable clothing and the same rule applies to lingerie. Fabrics such as mesh, cotton, lightweight jersey and lace are all good options to beat the heat. Also, since summer is the time to show off your body in pretty tank tops and strappy dresses, you have to make sure you have some nice lingerie underneath as it will definitely show. Don’t be afraid to try bold colours such as neon as summer is all about fun, and neon is bang on trend right now.
At the end of the day, the most important thing to remember when shopping for lingerie is to have fun. You have to experiment with different styles and see what you’re comfortable with. The good news is that no matter what your body shape, when it comes to lingerie there’s something out there for everyone, so you can easily find something to make you feel beautiful and special. So be confident, flaunt your stuff and have fun in the process. Happy shopping!