Sexy lingerie is great! By treating yourself to a new underwear set, you can boost your self-confidence or even treat a partner. As Christian Dior once said ‘Real elegance is everywhere. Especially in the things that don’t show’.
But what is lingerie? Not all underwear can be classed as lingerie, and that’s because lingerie is designed more for style than function. A sexy bra may not be the best choice for running a marathon- but in the bedroom, it’ll be sure to make you feel amazing.
There are so many options when it comes to lingerie, with hundreds of different styles, fits, and materials. You’d be surprised at what you can buy. Leather lingerie is really coming into trend. It’s really attractive and can be very affordable. There are also faux leather lingerie options for those adverse to animal products- there really is something for everyone.
With so much choice and millions of companies putting amazing stuff on the market- things can get a little confusing. That’s why this article is going to cover the ins and outs of lingerie, and how to find your perfect set.
First of all, buying flirty bras and panties can really break the bank. Sometimes, prices can reach into the hundreds for just one garment. Crazy, right? Luckily, there’s always a lingerie sale going on. And with the power of the internet, they’re easier than ever to find. Many stores looking to get rid of their older stock will slash the prices by as much as 50 per cents. Many big online retailers are pretty much always having a sale, for example, Asos, Boohoo, Lingerieoutletstore, and SheIn. It’s so easy to get hot lingerie at a discount price.
A camisole is a loose-fitting top that is generally held up by spaghetti straps. Think tank top, but sexy. Some camisoles can actually be pretty functional and many wear them in their everyday outfits.
However, you can also get camis made of lace which looks very provocative. They’re one of the more comfortable forms of lingerie and are widely available in most stores. Some people wear camisoles to sleep in as a stylish pajama option.
Gowns and Robes
Gowns and robes may not typically make you think ‘sex appeal’, but nowadays, there are plenty of racy ones out there that are sure to catch some eyes. It all depends on the material. A thick, fluffy cotton dressing gown isn’t going to be very suggestive- but a flimsy, silky little number will. Lingerie nightgowns come in a whole range of colors and style variants, such as short/ long/ backless/ sleeveless. They are great to swan around the house in whilst basking in the self-love, and they’re oh-so-comfy too.
Bra and panty sets
When your bra and panties match, you feel invincible- like you can take on anything the world has to throw at you. There are so many amazing sexy bras and panty sets out there- and most of the time there’s tonnes on sale. Buying a matching premium lingerie set is a super quick route to feeling sexy in your own skin. There are a million different colors and styles- especially when it comes to bras. Plunge, A-line, T-shirt- whatever type of bra you’re after, you’ll be sure to find it in a set.
Teddiesare also known as bodysuits or cami-knickers. Whatever you want to call them, they’re really seductive and a must have for any lingerie lovers wardrobe. Teddies fit like a one-piece swimsuit, but they’re way sexier. Teddies are the type of lingerie that’s hard to incorporate into a daily outfit because they’re just that naughty. Whatever your style, there’s a teddy to suit you. With a huge variety of materials out there, you can even adapt your teddy to suit a particular fetish. If you’re interested in BDSM, take a look at the leather and faux leather options. If you’re after a more girly look- go for pink frilly lace and bows. There’s no chance you won’t find something to suit your personality.
Most of the time, when people think of lingerie, they think of a garter belt. A garter belt is used to hold up stockings, and this is actually really convenient for everyday use if worn under a skirt. It means you won’t be stuck pulling up your stockings every 5 minutes. Even if you’re not showing it, lingerie can make you feel amazing. In the bedroom, a garter belt can be attached to a teddy (or a set of undies) for a super naughty, provocative look.
Corsets and busters’
A high-quality corset will dramatically reduce your waist size, giving you a beautiful hourglass shape- or enhancing the one you already have. Corsets have been worn by ladies for centuries, and they’re great for a little self-confidence booster. Corsets are perfect for the bedroom, but can also be worn underneath regular clothes to enhance their appearance. A bustier is one variation on the corset that focuses on uplifting the bust and making it look amazing. Sort of like a push-up bra, it makes breasts appear fuller, curvier and more voluptuous (whilst also pulling in your waist).
Not all types of lingerie will suit your body shape. To really get the most out of your investment, it’s important to understand your body shape and choose garments that will enhance it best.
There are 5 common important body shapes. There are an hourglass, triangle, circle, rectangle, and inverted triangle. All are beautiful but have different needs when it comes to clothing.
This body shape applies when your hips are broader than your shoulders. And with such nice hips, it’s a great idea to show them off. Teddies, matching sets, and V-cut panties will all draw attention to your hips. If you want to balance out your shoulders to be more in line with your larger hips, select lingerie that brings the eye upwards. A bustier will do the trick for this, or a push-up bra with exciting accents. Celebs with this body shape: Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Christina Aguilera.
This body shape applies when your shoulders are broader than your hips. It’s a gorgeous, athletic look. The teddy is the perfect garment for those with an inverted triangle shape. It slims the shoulders and elongates the body. Keep bras simple whilst accentuating the bottom half with ruffled/frilled panties. Celebs with this body shape: Cameron Diaz, Demi Moor, Angelina Jolie.
The body shape is pretty self-explanatory and applies to you if your body is the shape of an hourglass. This means that your shoulders and hips are of an equal breadth- whilst your waist is significantly smaller. Most lingerie will look great on an hourglass figure, but to really accentuate your amazing shape- go for a corset or teddy. These will pull in your waist even further- showing off your curves, because why on earth wouldn’t you want to? Celebs with this body shape: Scarlett Johansson, Megan Fox, Sofia Vergara.
This body shape is also known as the column and applies when your body is almost straight throughout. It’s similar to an hourglass figure, but without the pulled in waist. If you have a rectangle shaped body, go for lingerie that brings definition to the waist. Lingerie that does this are camisoles, and especially corsets. Celebs with this body shape: Drew Barrymore, Anne Hathaway. Julianne Moore.
A circular body shape applies if you have narrow shoulders, along with a wide midriff and hips. By opting for especially suited ‘shapewear’, you can enhance your curves and create a really sexy silhouette. Lingerie types that are great for circular shapes are baby-doll dresses, chemises, and camisoles. Matching sets are also good for this body type, as they bring attention to the body as a whole, rather than part by part. Celebs with this body shape: Dame Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson, Queen Latifah.
If you’re new to buying lingerie, or are unsure of your exact size- go to a brick and mortar store. By visiting a real establishment rather than shopping online, you can get professionally fitted by an expert. Staff at lingerie stores can also advise you on what garments would best fit your body type. Plus, you’ll probably be able to find your perfect piece a lot faster when you can take advantage of a dressing room. It’s nice to be able to feel the quality of fabric before you buy- and who doesn’t love a bit of retail therapy?
We really hope that this article helped you navigate the exiting (but sometimes kind of scary!) world of premium lingerie. By following this advice, you’ll be well on your way to looking- and feeling, amazing.