Buying Lingerie 101 - The Ultimate Lingerie Buying Guide

June 12, 2018

So, you’re in need of a lingerie buying guide, huh? We don’t blame you. A lot of people have trouble when it comes to choosing lingerie—no matter if it’s for themselves or for someone else! Because it’s such an intimate subject to discuss, some people don’t like to talk about it. Well, we’re here to talk about it and then some.

There’s no reason you or someone you love shouldn’t be able to feel their sexiest with the help of some new garments. Especially if your only reservation is not knowing what types to purchase, we’re here to answer your questions and help you pick out the most perfect lingerie for every type of occasion (even those “just because” moments).

The Ultimate Lingerie Buying Guide

Size Matters 

Buying Lingerie 101 - the ultimate lingerie buying guide

Sizing is arguably the most important thing to get right when buying lingerie. Because lingerie is designed to help women (and men) embrace their innate sexiness, it is crucial to note that ill-fitting lingerie accomplishes the exact opposite result. Nobody feels confident in an outfit that fits horribly—especially when that outfit is something like a bra and panty set.

The thing about lingerie sizing is, it’s hard to get right if you don’t know what you’re looking for. It’s much different than buying a dress in the same size as always. Depending on the details of the lingerie, the sizing can vary. Regardless, though, you need to know the undergarment sizing of the person you’re buying lingerie for. For fuller figured women, be sure you purchase from true plus-sized fashion brands—these garments are created to specifically flatter all those curves you love.

Is she larger on top but small on bottom? Buying a one-size set may not work for her. Take note of the sizes of both the panties and bras. Additionally, look at a few different bras to see if they are the same size—depending if they’re padded or unique styles, they may fit your woman in various ways.

Knowing her sizes in these garments will help you make an informed decision even throughout the various types of lingerie you can buy. Speaking of lingerie types...

Know the Styles

Buying Lingerie 101 - the ultimate lingerie buying guide

When you’re browsing for sexy lingerie, you will probably come across many lingerie designs—some of which you may have never even heard of! No need to freak out, though. Some are similar in their designs, making it less of an issue if you accidentally order the “wrong” one. Below are some terms to know when lingerie shopping.

  • Babydolls: Essentially fitted like a bra on top, cinching right beneath, and with a flowy bottom, these darling little slips are on the sweeter side of sexy. Turn up the heat with tasteful mesh placement details. Most of our babydolls come as a set, which include stylish matching garments and/or hosiery.
  • Chemises: Not to be confused with babydolls, these similar-looking garments have one main difference: their length. While babydolls usually hit above the thigh, chemises can be any length. For your basic understanding though, consider chemises and babydolls to be similar, except your chemises are less likely to come with a matching pair of panties (though many of our chemises do!).
  • Bustiers: A bustier is a sultry piece of lingerie that acts as a corset with laces up the back and structural boning. Many bustiers come with adjustable garter straps for an extremely fun costume party in the bedroom.
  • Corsets: A corset, though designed very similarly to a bustier, does not usually include garter straps. The difference between these two garments is often the intent: Corsets can be worn as shirts, though some styles are far too risque for that. However, these garments are more functional and costumey than romantic. 
  • Camisoles: Basically a sexy tank top, usually fitted. The camisole pj sets make excellent luxury sleepwear gifts for your sleeping beauty—just saying. 
  • Teddies: Teddies are similar to bodysuits—they’re tight to the body, like a one-piece swimsuit, but much, much less pool day-appropriate. Often sporting see-through details, teddies can be accessorized with thigh-highs. 


Style is Personal 

Buying Lingerie 101 - the ultimate lingerie buying guide

Once you have an idea of the types of lingerie that are out there, remember to take note of how they might fit your lady. Garments like babydolls, for example, have a bit more leeway than teddies if you don’t get the sizing perfect… Something to keep in mind.

The best way to choose which type of lingerie to buy for your woman, though, is to take a look at what she already wears. Does she have one sexy outfit she slips on for you during special occasions? What style is it? The types of lingerie a person is willing to wear will vary widely, so it pays to know your partner. Has she done roleplay before or mentioned she wanted to? That’s one instance where getting her a costume could make sense.

If she’s more conservative with her bras and panties, however, consider starting slow before you buy her crotchless and cupless pieces.

When in Doubt, Choose Sophistication

Buying Lingerie 101 - the ultimate lingerie buying guide

If you don’t have anything to go off of or just can’t deal with all the options, default to the rule that sophisticated styles are always winners. Not every woman can handle a hot pink crotchless teddy, but something more subtle that could be worn in a boudoir shoot would go over very well in any situation. Women want to feel respected, and a classy piece of lingerie will make her feel like royalty.

Some sophisticated options we suggest for a first-time lingerie buyer:

Color also plays into style. Does your woman gravitate towards black and neutral bras and panties, or does she like bright colors? To play it safe, black is a timeless, sexy option.

Consider Budget

Buying Lingerie 101 - the ultimate lingerie buying guide

Lastly, when making any type of purchase, you must consider your budget. We are proud to offer very affordable lingerie that’s wonderful quality—the perfect price point for someone wanting to gift something sexy without breaking the bank.

You can choose to bundle a few fun bedroom accessories with your lingerie purchase, or buy a matching set if you’re really on a budget. A two-piece set is a savvy way to get more bang for your buck, plus, most women would be absolutely thrilled with something as simple as a matching bra-and-panty set.

There’s a lot of lingerie to browse, just remember to always keep youe partner in mind when shopping for them. Style is especially personal when it comes to lingerie—just because you buy it doesn’t mean she’ll wear it! Keep her preferences mind, and you should do fine. Now, go shop for lingerie!

Jennifer Tiemeyer
Jennifer Tiemeyer

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