Whether you are looking for a way to impress your significant other or just boost your self-esteem, there is always a good reason to buy lingerie. Not only is it a way to feel empowered, but it can address issues of skin sensitivity and enhance comfortable performance every day. With so many styles, colors, brands, and prices, you are bound to find something that will be to your liking. No matter your shape, lifestyle or body size, there are so many options available to you.
If you are not sure how to go about buying lingerie for yourself, there are a few things that you might want to keep in mind, such as your body shape, your body type, and what makes you feel most comfortable.
When shopping for lingerie, you should know your size. About 75-80% of women wear the wrong bra size and do not even know it! While your body changes due to weight loss or weight gain, pregnancy, or just age, your bust size will change, too. It is important to keep up with it so you do not risk things like back problems in the future.
There are a few things you can do to find out your size. If you are comfortable, it is probably easier for a professional to do the work for you. Make a consultation at your favorite boutique and ask for assistance, which they are more than happy to provide. It’s best to have a professional bra fitting once a year to ensure the proper fit.
If you don’t have access to knowledgeable lingerie specialists, here are some tips on how to determine your bra size. First, you will need to make sure you have a soft measuring tape. Bring the measuring tape around your back, making sure to keep it underneath your arms and bring it up across to the middle of your chest. Round up the measurement to the next even number for your band size.
Next, you will want to find your cup size. Measure loosely around the fullest part of your breast,making sure to keep the measuring tape flat against your body as any twists or tangles could affect your results. Bring the tape around your back and up to the front, like how you would find your band size. Again, round the measurement to the next even number.
Once you have those numbers, you’ll want to subtract your band size from your bust size. The difference will determine your bra size. Each inch represents a cup size. For example, if you measure a 34 band size and a 38 bust size, your cup size will be a D.
The “Scoop and Swoop” method is a very effective way to see if a bra fits you or not. A lot of women do not know about this method, but it could make finding the right size so much easier. Here are the steps of the Scoop and Swoop method:
- Put on your bra.
- Bend your waist so your body is parallel to the ground.
- Using one hand, gently pull the band away from the side of your breast.
- Using the other hand, moving from back to front, slide the breast tissue into the cup of your bra.
- When you are done, stand up and let your breasts settle into place.
- Repeat for the other side.
There are a lot of benefits to this method. Not only does it improve how your bra fits, like preventing things like the uncomfortable underwire, but it smoothes out armpit and back bulges. Here is some great tips on assessing your bra fit.
Now that you have successfully found out your bra size, you can use those tips and tricks to find the perfect lingerie for you. Knowing your body type and body size would be the next step.
Although there are no rules when it comes to lingerie, there are better options for certain body types. If you happen to be a little bit on the curvy side, look for something that accentuates your favorite feature and creates a great line for your body. You might feel more comfortable in something like this gorgeous gown. It is sexy but still provides the support, and it’s flattering and comfortable to wear.
If you are thin, something a little more form-fitting might be right for you, like a corset or bustier. Do not think that you are constricted to a certain type or lingerie. If you feel comfortable in it, embrace it! Select items that make you feel beautiful because self-confidence is one of the alluring qualities a woman can have.
Lingerie Shopping for Significant Others
Thing can get a little more tricky when you are buying for your significant other. Men do not always feel comfortable navigating the world of lingerie, so styles and sizing can be confusing. Buying lingerie for your significant other is a wonderful, intimate gift, but finding the right fit is imperative.
One clever way to find out her size is to offer to do her laundry. Look at multiple items to get an estimate because some brands run smaller or bigger than others. Also, think about what she wears often because that will most likely reflect her favorite style or comfort level.
If you and your partner communicate well, perhaps you could bring up lingerie in a casual conversation. That way you can extract the information you need to find the perfect thing for your significant other for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion.
If you are worried about making it too obvious or offending her, try a different tactic to get the information you need without directly asking her. Take her to a few lingerie boutiques and simply browse or window shop some clothing stores to get a sense of her style.
To keep things a little less confusing when shopping, there are a few basic types of lingerie that you should keep in mind:
Camisole: A camisole is a short, loose-fitting top that has a length that goes to the waist. Can be worn like a slip under a dress or sweater, underneath an open jacket or sweatshirt, or just by itself with matching panties.
Boy Shorts: Boy shorts are little shorts that are worn as underwear, usually lacy and girly.
Thong: A thong resembles a bikini bottom, but the strip in the back is usually only a ¼ inch to a ½ inch wide.
Kimonos: A kimono is a robe, usually silky, that is worn over a more revealing piece of lingerie. It is something that can easily be put on to cover up quickly but still look and feel sexy.
Chemises: A chemise is a short nightgown that is usually made of a light material, like lace or a thin cotton. They are usually frilly and can be a solid material or a patterned material like lace would have.
Baby Doll: A baby doll is a different kind of short nightgown, normally more risqué than a chemise. It is usually a solid color with matching panties. It fits like a bra at the bust, but flows out underneath, making it a little more comfortable than something more form fitting.
Teddy: A teddy is a one-piece lingerie staple. It is a combination of underwear and a short top.
Bustier: A bustier is a form fitting top that is fastened at the back and accentuates the bust line.
Corset: A corset is similar to a bustier but is stronger and tighter. It has a boning that covers the bodice, and it is usually is laced or hooked in the back. A corset is meant to give an hourglass figure but can be worn as a regular top if laced.
Shopping By Body Type
When shopping for lingerie, it is always good to keep in mind the different types of body types and what best suits each one. The most commonly described body types are apple, pear, hourglass, and banana.
In an apple-shaped body, the top half of the body is usually heavier while the legs carry much less weight. It is best to draw the attention to the bottom half by wearing lacy V-cut panties or cheekies. Pair the panties with a supportive yet sexy matching lace underwire bra for the perfect look. If you have an apple body shape and want something a little a bit sultrier, opt for a corset. It smoothes out your stomach but also accentuates the bust and hips, giving you an hourglass figure.
A woman with a pear-shaped body carries most of her weight in her hips and thighs and has a smaller bust. A good way to accentuate the bust is to wear a ruffled bra or even a demi fit bra to enhance the chest. It will give the illusion of a larger chest, therefore distributing the body weight proportionally. Add a pair of fancy boyshorts to complete the look.
If you are looking for something a little less revealing but equally attractive, try a baby doll gown. While it is sexy, it can minimize the look of fuller hips and still be comfortable. Add a matching pair of panties, and it becomes the perfect look for a pear shaped woman.
A woman with a banana-shaped body does not have many curves. A demi-bra can create the illusion of curves on a straighter body type by enhancing the chest, making it look more voluminous and adding cleavage. The best thing to pair with a demi-bra would be a pair of high-cut, low-rise panties because it highlights thin, toned legs and creates a focus on the hips.
Lastly, a woman with an hourglass shape has a larger bust and bottom, but a smaller midsection. A good piece of lingerie for this body type would be a teddy or a bodysuit. It enhances and complements the woman’s natural silhouette. Garter belts are also a good choice. They clasp right at the waist, accenting the figure and small midsection. This can be paired with a matching bra and panty set for a sexy look.
Once you have a good idea of her shape, size, and personal preference, you can begin narrowing down your options of gift choices. Do not be afraid to incorporate other things into your choice. If she likes the color blue, find a piece of lingerie that features that color, whether it is just the trim accents or the main focus of the garment.
If your significant other shows interest in vintage-era fashion, then a corset would be a perfect choice. It is imperative, however, for you to keep in mind that she will be the one wearing it.t It will just end up collecting dust in the closet or sitting buried at the bottom of her drawer if it’s uncomfortable or ill-suited for her.
A good gift is one that the receiver enjoys and uses, and this is especially important when choosing an intimate articles for your significant other. Lingerie can be the perfect gift to show how much you love and care for your partner, providing that is fits well and suits their style.
If you and/or your significant other are considering lingerie, you should also think about doing a boudoir photo shoot. Since as far back as 1840, intimate photography of the female form has been popular. Boudoir photo shoots can be a great source of female empowerment. Not meant to be explicit, boudoir photos are more of a celebration of the female form in all of its beauty.
Choosing the right lingerie will make a wonderful gift that will be treasured for many years to come. It can be a wonderful way to celebrate a woman’s unique beauty and style this holiday season.