Foundations or Lingerie

Lingerie is a term used in English to refer to women’s undergarments. It is borrowed from the French. In France, the term is used more generically, to refer to undergarments in general, which is actually the original usage of the word. Within most English speaking nations, lingerie is associated with garments which enhance and flatter the female figure, making the wearer seem more attractive or sexually appealing. However, they can also be designed with comfort or even modesty in mind.

The word comes from a Latin word, lineus, which means “made from linen.” Lingerie was originally made from linen or cotton. Both men and women have worn an assortment of undergarments for hundreds of years. Most of the items linked with lingerie today, such as bras and panties, are actually relatively modern, however. Most up to the 18th century was designed to provide an extra layer of insulation, or to address hygienic and modesty issues. It tended to be simple and often cumbersome in design.

In the 18th century, French courtesans started to realize the potential appeal of undergarments that were designed to titillate the viewer. Most other members of society continued to wear plain lingerie in the form of corsets, petticoats, and slips. It wasn’t until the 1960s that companies started to manufacture lingerie with specifically ornamental purposes in mind, alongside more conventional undergarments.

Most modern lingerie falls into two camps. The first consists of undergarments that are designed with function or modesty in mind. Slips and camisoles,for example, are intended to be worn under overgarments. Foundation garments help to smooth the figure, while bras provide support and coverage to the chest. While many of these garments may be attractive, their primary function is to be unseen. Many nightclothes are designed to be warm and comfortable in bed or around the house, while house robes offer additional coverage. Cotton, flannel, and comfort fabrics are often employed in the creation of these garments.

The second category of lingerie is more racy. It consists of garments that are designed for show. Many ornamental corsets, fancy bra and panty sets, and nightgowns fall into this group. Short robes and dressy camisoles are also sewn with this in mind. Many of these garments can also be worn underneath regular clothing, but they appear more frequently in the bedroom, and they are intended to spark interest in the wearer. Silk, lace, and synthetics are commonly used to make this type of lingerie.

 

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Lingerie Guide: Your Sexiest Look for Valentine’s Day by Julia Layton

Lingerie Guide: Your Sexiest Look for Valentine’s Day

by Julia Layton

Got someone to love? Valentine’s Day, even if you’re not the retail-holiday type, is still a perfect excuse to get romantic. It’s a pre-set time to put aside the mundanities of daily life and focus, for one sweet night, exclusively on love — and (fingers crossed!) intimacy. Thus the lingerie ads that blanket the retail world like so much skin-toned confetti as soon as New Year’s Eve passes. They feature gorgeous women looking sultry and confident in their satin and lace and stilettos, and we’re thrilled for them, really. But lots of us don’t feel quite so confident in skin-bearing, curve-hugging lingerie. We don’t always feel so confident in our jeans.

Rest assured, every woman can look sexy. More important, every woman can feel sexy. And when you feel sexy, you are sexy.
So forget that bathrobe and get ready to look hot this year. Here, a guide to being your sexiest when you turn out the lights (or not) on Feb. 14. It’s simply a matter of developing a sense of your inner sexpot and an eye for which styles work best on which shape.

Let’s begin with the fun part — which kind of sexy are you?

What’s Your Look?

There are many sides to every woman, but in lingerie styles just as in shoes, hair color and reading material, each lady has a favorite type. Is your dresser drawer awash with white cotton? Red lace? Silky black maxi gowns or, oh my, leather and latex?
Deciding what you feel sexiest (and most comfortable in) is a logical place to start when planning your look. It’s pretty simple to figure out and will help you narrow down your options. So, what’s your best angle of seduction?

Demure — You feel sexiest in white and pale pink, and you like to leave a lot to the imagination. What he doesn’t know can only excite him. Look for white cotton trimmed in lace, full-coverage tops and bottoms, and luxurious jersey knits that just barely graze your curves. Cami sets, knee-length gowns, and subtly sexy, soft cotton chemises — possibly with a dainty floral print all girly and bashful — are nice options here.
Elegant — You’re as classically stylish in your underwear as in your full-length, black cashmere coat, Hermès scarf and tall boots. In lingerie, this can mean a lot of silk and satin in dark tones, and nothing too sheer — it’s nice to keep a little under wraps. Consider tap shorts, a satin corset set, black demi bra and bikini panties, or a very low- cut, full-length gown. Pointy-toe high heels, thigh-high stockings and garters can take the look up a notch.
Effortless — You’re casual, no-nonsense and possibly sporty in your dress, and you love all that is seamless and neutral. Comfort and ease are crucial: You feel your sexiest there, lounging barefoot and fresh-faced. Some options here include clingy one-pieces, simple, silky teddies, boy-short sets and long, jersey column gowns.

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Playful — You’ve been known to wear skirts with knee socks and never shy away from a fun print. Your underwear might have polka dots and your nightgowns could be short, pink and ruffled. Try a mini, body-con chemise, boy shorts with crop top, or stretch-silk mini with bandeau in pink or red — it’s Valentine’s Day, after all. Opaque, printed thigh- highs can complement the look.
Risqué — You don’t shy away from leather, and you may have a French maid costume stashed in your sexy drawer. To you, there’s no such thing as over-the-top, and garters are one of the tamer items in your repertoire. Consider leather bustiers, string thongs, and teddies and bra-and-panty sets with cut-outs in all the right places. Over-the-knee boots can be a great finish.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong (and so much that’s right) with trying something new, so if you’re feeling bold, go for it. Just make sure it’s a style you’ll feel confident and comfortable wearing, since that’s the quickest way to sexy. If you feel equally comfortable in more than one category, just pick whichever look you’d like to master this Valentine’s Day, and embody it.
With your angle of seduction in mind, your next stop is the lingerie Web site, store or catalog, where you’ll implement the next bit of knowledge that will help you look your sexiest.

What’s Your Shape?

Not everyone can pull off every look, and the quickest way to feeling un-sexy is to wear something that highlights an area you view as a problem spot. This doesn’t necessarily mean covering up, although that’s an option. It may just mean working with colors, patterns and proportions to accentuate the positive and downplay everything else.

In this way, lingerie is no different from any other clothing category: Certain cuts will flatter your body type more than others. So once you have your Valentine’s-night style in mind, you can filter your product choices by knowing which ones are your friend.
Pear — You’re larger on bottom than on top. To make your body look more evenly proportioned, you want to do two things: Minimize the bottom, and draw the eye up.

  • Avoid: boy shorts, thongs, garters and baby dolls
  • Look for: bustiers, long gowns with a flowing skirt and low-cut top, and loose, mid-length chemises with detailing up top

Apple — You’re biggest in the middle. You want to downplay the tummy area and draw attention to your bust and legs.

  • Avoid: fitted waists, crop tops, bra-and-panty sets teddies
  • Look for: loose, short chemises, A-line gowns, vintage-style peignoir sets and anything that shows off your shapely legs or your cleavage, if you’ve got ’em
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Inverted Triangle — You’re bigger up top or broad in the shoulders and narrower in the hips. Your goal is to balance that out by adding volume below the waist and drawing the eye down.

  • Avoid: any fancy detailing up top, puff sleeves or racer-back cuts
  • Look for: full-skirted gowns, wide shoulder straps and anything that add draping over the hips and derrière

    Boyish — You’re pretty much straight and narrow from top to bottom, with a small bust and hips. You want to create the illusion of curves by adding volume on the top and bottom and drawing the eye to a narrower waist.

  • Avoid: column dresses, bandeaus, long, loose gowns
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Look for: two-piece sets, top-and-bottom draping, tanga bottoms, push-up tops, anything with a sheer or open mid-section

Hourglass — You’ve got ’50s pinup proportions, with a small waist and larger, roughly equal bust and hip measurements. Your goal is to play this up for all it’s worth.

  • Avoid: Nothing.
  • Look for: Anything.

    Hourglass is the shape the lingerie companies have in mind for most of their designs, so if that’s you, you’ve got a lot of options that will flatter you figure.
    Women of other shapes will have to be more selective, and guess what: If you’re still not completely comfortable, even in your ideal va-va-voom look, you don’t have to wear it on its own! While bathrobes are definitely out, lingerie robes are definitely in. They are our very good friends. Wrap yourself in something long, flowing and sensuously silky, and leave the rest of the goodies for the dark.

Tips to Determine your Correct Bra Size

 

How to Measure Your Bra Size from Wikihow

Last updated: November 11, 2012

Believe it or not, at least 80% of women wear an incorrectly sized bra! Most people wear a bra too large in the back and too small in the cups. And although the average bra size is often quoted as being 36C, this is just the most popular size that women buy. Most people who wear an “average” 36C bra should actually be wearing somewhere around a 32DD or even 30E.

So how do bra sizes work? Most people know that bra sizes are made up of two parts – a number and a letter. The number is known as the “band size” or “back size,” and the letter is the “cup size.” However, what many people do not realize is that cup sizes are in proportion to the band size, so a D cup, for example, is not the same size in every bra. A 32D is the same size as a 34C or 36B, but on a smaller frame. A 28F is actually five cup sizes smaller than a 38F, so it’s not as big as it sounds![1] If you’re fairly slim, then you may well need a large cup size even though your bust doesn’t look any bigger than average.

Larger women may still need a small band size because this relates to the size of your ribcage only – you can still be curvy everywhere else! And losing or gaining just a few pounds is likely to have an effect on your bra size but it’s not often considered even when other clothing is resized. And then there are the times when you go for so long wearing a certain size that you don’t even realize it doesn’t fit well anymore and you stop noticing the discomfort and treating it as “normal”! If you’re looking for a better fit, here’s how to find your true bra size.

 

Steps

  1. Measure your band size.
    1. Run a tape measure all the way around your body just underneath your breasts and take a measurement in inches. Make sure the tape measure is horizontal and fairly snug. Your arms should be down.
    2. If this measurement is an odd number, then you should try out bras in both the size below your measurement and the size above. [2] For example, if you measured 31 inches (78.7cm), your band size could be 30 or 32.
    3. If your measurement is already an even number, this is almost always your band size, but you may need a smaller or larger size depending on your body type.
    4. Some bra fitting guides and calculators will tell you to add four or five inches (10 to 12.5cm) to your underbust measurement, but this is outdated advice. The “add four” method was popularized by Warners in the 1930s when bra design was in its infancy and it simply doesn’t work with modern bras.[3]
  1. Determine your cup size.
    1. Since everyone’s breasts are different in terms of shape (even between your own breasts), the most accurate way to determine your cup size is by using your current bra size as a starting point. The cups are sized relative to the band, so if you were to try a smaller band size but keep the same cup size, the cups would be too small.
    2. For every band size you have dropped, you will need to increase the cups by one size. For example, if you are currently wearing a 34D bra, and you measure 28 inches, you should probably wear a 28F.
    3. The majority of leading brands use UK cup sizing: AA, A, B, C, D, DD, E, F, FF, G, GG, H, HH, J, JJ, K, KK, L, LL. If you’re shopping in the US you might see cup sizes such as DDD or DDDD. These are equivalent to E and F. If you’re in any doubt, particularly with larger cup sizes, you can refer to an international bra sizing chart.[4]
  1. Try on a bra with the band and cup size you’ve arrived at in these steps. You should not regard this as your definitive size until you have tried on a few bras, and even then you will often find you need a different size in different brands or styles of bra.
    1. After taking the bra off its hanger the shoulder straps will need to be lengthened. Put your arms through them and lean forward slightly so that your bust falls into the cups.
    2. Fasten the bra on the largest set of hooks and eyes. Don’t worry if it’s tricky to fasten, if you’re trying a smaller back size you will notice that you need to stretch it around you to make the hooks and eyes meet.
    3. Still leaning forward, take hold of the underwires and give them a wiggle from side to side to make sure you’re settled comfortably into the cups.
    4. For each side in turn, slip your hand into the side of the cup and lift each breast towards the centre.
    5. You will probably have to adjust the length of the shoulder straps. Slip them off your shoulders and adjust the sliders so that the straps are short enough to stay in place but don’t cut in.
  1. Check the band size. The correct band size is the smallest you can comfortably wear. (This might be smaller than your underbust measurement-bra bands are quite stretchy, especially at 42+.)[5] It needs to be firm enough that the bra is still fairly supportive without weighing down heavily on the shoulder straps.
    1. You should be able to run your fingers around the inside of the band, but not much more. A good rule of thumb is that you should be able to fit no more than a fist under the back of the bra where your spine is at.
    2. It should fit on the biggest adjustment, but will probably be too tight if you try to fasten it on the smallest size. Bras are designed to fit like this so that you can tighten the band as the elastic starts to wear out.
    3. If the band is roomy enough for you to be able to comfortably fasten it on the tightest adjustment, try a smaller band, for example if a 32D is too loose, try a 30DD. Remember that the cup size has to be changed when you move to a different band size – for every band you go down, you must go up by one cup size in order for the cups to remain the same capacity and vice versa.
    4. If you find the band painfully tight you should try going up a cup size because too small of cups can make a band which is too big or the right size seem ill fitting. If going up a size, maybe even several does not work, then try going a band up and a cup down, e.g. 28G to 30FF. However, try the first method before the latter.
  1. Check the cup size. The correct cup size should be completely filled out with no wrinkling of the fabric or space in the cups, but any spillage or “double boob” means the cup size is too small, even in low cut or pushup bras.
    1. Check around the cups for any bulging, not only at the front but also at the sides under your arms.
    2. Make sure the underwire encloses your whole breast and lies flat against your rib cage.
    3. Check at the sides under your arms to make sure the underwires are sitting on your ribs, not on soft breast tissue. If they’re cutting into the sides of your breasts then you need a larger cup size. Also be aware that if you have been wearing a bra with a too big band and too small cups, you may have ended up with migrated tissue, which will seem to be armpit rolls, or back rolls. This can be fixed after getting a well fitting bra.
    4. If the underwires are pressing painfully against your breastbone at the centre front you may need a smaller cup size or you could try a plunge style with a lower centre front (this is more likely to be an issue with the cups than the band.) Or you might just be human, and it’s the shaping of your ribcage. In that case, wait for the bra to be “broken in” and see how it fits then, or go with the lower centre front.
    5. If you think the cups might be too small but you’re not sure, try on a bigger cup size as well to double check. It will usually be obvious if the smaller size fits better.
  1. See how it looks with your top on. You’ve found a new bra that fits well, maybe in a different size or style to the ones you’re used to. Now it’s time to see what it does for your figure! If you’re trying a t-shirt bra it’s also important to make sure it gives you a smooth line under fitted clothes.
    1. If you look side on to the mirror, you should be able to see that your bust is approximately halfway between your elbow and your shoulder.
    2. In a well fitting bra, your bustline will be supported at the right level. A lot of people find that their clothes fit a lot better, and they discover a waist that could never be seen before! If your bustline had previously been quite low because of a poorly supporting bra, you may even find that you need to wear a smaller dress size.
    3. A fitted t-shirt will show up any bulges from cups which are too small, and likewise a moulded bra that is not filled out will show lines at the bust where the edge of the cups are visible. It’s also useful to make sure that the colour of your bra is not showing through a thin or light coloured top – if you need to make your bra invisible, go for seamless cups which match your own skin colour rather than the colour of your top.
    4. It is a common concern that wearing a smaller band size will make a big bulge around your back. However, these bulges are actually caused by the back of the bra riding up when it is too large. You should find that when the band sits lower at the back, it fits firmly and remains horizontal, rather than pushing upwards creating a bulge.

“How to Put on a Corset Yourself” by Marie Mulrooney

How to Put on a Corset by Yourself

By Marie Mulrooney

 

Corsets fasten closed in the front then tighten, by means of laces, in the back. There’s no question that a corset is best put on with someone else’s help, since the laces are always positioned directly behind you. But sometimes it’s not always possible—or desirable—to have a helper. You can put on a corset by yourself, achieving the desired figure-sculpting effect, without the aid of another, if you have a little time and patience to practice the process. 

Instructions

    • 1
      Loosen the laces on the corset enough so that you can wrap it around your body comfortably.
    • 2
      Wrap the corset around you—the laces go in back—and fasten the clasps on the front, working from top to bottom.
    • 3
      Shift the corset as necessary to make sure it sits as comfortably as possible on your figure. There should be no places where it pinches you. Depending on the corset style, it may extend from almost anywhere mid-bust or lower to the upper hip. Center the waist of the corset over your own waist.
    • 4
      Reach one arm around your back, hook your thumb or a finger into the first crossed pair of laces at the very top of the corset, and pull them tight. You may find it helpful to exhale forcefully as you do this.
    • 5
      Tighten the next cross-pair of laces down, then the next, working your way down to the waist of the corset, where the pull loops are.
    • 6
      Start over from the bottom of the corset, tightening one cross-pair of laces at a time until you reach the middle again.
    • 7
      Pull on the pull loops at the back waist of the corset to even the laces out—they are connected to the rest of the laces. Repeat the tightening process, working from top to waist and then bottom to waist, if necessary.
    • 8
      Tie the pull loops into a bow. This keeps the laces from loosening as you breathe or move.

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Lingerie Shopping Tips

How to buy the lingerie you’ll both enjoy
There’s a difference between the underwear we wear every day and lingerie. We’re not all in the movies, where we’re wearing a matching set of size 8 lingerie that cost thousands. Guess what – we rather suspect the same is true of those movie stars off camera, but that’s another story.

However, from time time, we all like to make the effort and dress up, and that can include lingerie. But how many times have you gone looking for a special piece of lingerie and come away disappointed?

Now that could simply be because the stores you visited didn’t include your sizes, so if you’re a larger lady, take a look at a specialist plus size lingerie retailer.

It’s not just sizing that disappoints us though, it’s often not finding something that makes us feel attractive when we wear it. Here’s our top ten tips to avoid that disappointment.

New lingerie that you actually like is something to be cherished. It’s worth the effort.
Undress for success
Make sure you get the right size, and to do that, make sure you have your up to date measurements before you start shopping, whether online or in the real world. If you’re not sure, follow our lingerie sizing guide.
Make sure you’re in the right mood before you start. There’s no point going lingerie shopping if you’re tired or stressed, etc. You might buy something, but it’s unlikely to be something that you actually wanted – in fact, you more likely to just grab something so that it’s all over quickly. It’s supposed to be fun and enjoyable, so wait until you’re actually interested in the lingerie before you go to buy some.
Set yourself a reasonable budget. As we said, lingerie is not for everyday, so you’re looking to buy something that is going to costs a little bit more than usual. Be prepared for it.
Don’t buy cheap. Sure, you can search on “discount” or “cheap”, but unless the lingerie is on offer, then it’s cheap for a reason, and that’s normally either a) horrible material that will feel unpleasant and not last or b) poorly made and won’t last.

Build an outfit. If, for example, you choose to get a corset, then don’t just buy that, because when you get it, you’ll not have anything suitable to go with it. So, take a look for a pair of attractive knickers and some stockings to go with it. Make sure that they all go together.
Look for value. Now, we said don’t buy cheap, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be sensible. For example, quite a few corsets are reversible, and some have detachable garters. So, look for something like this and you’ve got four options in one garment.

One thing that women of all shapes and sizes, from the most petite to the big and beautiful, have in common is that the lingerie they buy must make them feel wonderful about themselves. That means sexy, sensual, desirable but most significantly, special. When your special someone turns off the television because he noticed you in yoursexy lingerie, it’s a definite plus and ego-boost.

Modern women of today consider their lingerie as an important part of their wardrobe. Online shopping has made it very easy, and opened up a new world for finding lingerie that is sexy, exotic and remains comfortable to wear. There are a few simple tips to bear in mind when shopping for lingerie so you will always look wonderful and feel great.

Even though all women are beautiful, there are those times when you just require something a little extra to make you sparkle, and lingerie can do that. Fashion and comfort go together like peaches and cream. Choosing the right lingerie for you may take a bit of practice, however, since there is such a tremendous range of styles available. Remember, sexy lingerie does not have to be uncomfortable.

Tips on Selecting Sexy Lingerie

The majority of women can wear red, white and black. This is why almost all sexy lingerie comes in these three colors. Blondes look beautiful in pastels; brunettes need the stronger colors like sapphire blue or emerald green, while fiery redheads look fantastic in green, blues and earth tones. Satin, lace, silk, leather, PVC, sheer mesh and velvet are just a few of the many materials available. Remember that a sheer material is always going to be more revealing.

Sexy Lingerie and Your Body Type

You need to feel comfortable with your own body before you can feel totally at ease with yourself. Emphasizing the correct body parts, which is not necessarily showing more skin, will make you feel appealing and desirable. Always accentuate your positive features and play down or understate the negative. If your body shape is straight – with bust, waist and hips almost the same choose a style that will drape over your figure and stay away from tight fitting lingerie. Comfort is just as important as the way you look. Nobody wants to feel like they are being restricted in the wrong places.

If you have:

Small breasts

Choose lingerie that shows off your bottom or legs to distract from your breast size. If you are thin try stockings and garters they do a good job of lowering the eye to the legs. You want to bring the eyes to the area of your body that you feel comfortable with.

Large or Droopy Breasts

Styles in plus size lingerie with under wire or halter tops can help lift and enhance cleavage. Spandex and Lycra stretch materials will allow you to adjust your breasts and minimize them some what with a smooth look.

Large Bottom or Hips

If you got plus size boobs show them off! A long loose gown with a sheer top would be perfect for this. Avoid fitted waist styles; go for items that are straighter cut. Remember, you want that fabric to skim, drape or flow gracefully around your hips, not bind, pull or wrinkle in the wrong places.  If you do not want to draw attention to this area, consider staying away from Lingerie pieces such as Bustiers and Waist Cinchers because these garments are tight fitted and could accentuate this area.

Belly

Keep styles loose in the waist. Use fancy thongs, panties, or bras to bring eyes to more favorable areas.  Remember, you want that fabric to skim, drape or flow and not to bind, pull or wrinkle in the wrong places.

Short

Gowns with slits in the leg area will give you a taller illusion. Short baby dolls can also give you a leggy look. Short is not a bad thing. Select styles that are proportioned for your height. Do not choose lingerie that is too long either in length or on the rise. If your height or proportion is a sizing problem, check out stores for petites. If all else fails, finding an experienced seamstress is invaluable.

Tall

Find styles that are vertically striped or cut. Tops or skirts that tie around the waist. White is a good color for you. The main thing to keep in mind about your height is to not select something that is supposed to be long but looks too short. A long, flowing sheer robe that is supposed to be roughly floor length but actually hits well above your ankles just doesn’t work. It’s better to opt for styles that are cut to be short and highlight your long, beautiful legs.

Robes

Sheer robes can give you a sense of security in sexy womens lingerie.  Robes have the amazing ability to make you feel like you have covered all of your flaws. Get a beautiful, sexy robe and it could dress up any bra and panty set and make you look and feel like a million bucks.

Body Shape

If your body shape is a Pear or Triangle: A Pear shape is smaller on top then tapers out. This does not mean small busted. This means women who have a small upper body build. Try something a little loose fitting on the top – but not too loose.

If you are a Pear or Triangle with small breasts and are sensitive about this area, choose something that does not emphasize this part of the body.  A sexy baby doll may be a good choice. If you want to add some cleavage tries something Padded or Push-up Padded

If your body shape is an Up-side Down Pear or Inverted Triangle: This body type has wider shoulders and smaller hips. This usually means a muscular or bigger upper body build. Women today work hard to have muscle tone and wear it well. If they want to If you want frills, try to look for something to wrap around the hips. You may want to add an accessory like a wrap, robe, kimono, or a feather boa.

If your body shape is an Hour Glass: This body type is equally proportioned on both the top and bottom with a smaller waist. Almost everything worked well for this body type

What Not to Wear

Beautiful lingerie and indulging yourself go together. Keeping your lingerie in good condition and properly cared for will extend its use and will help you feel comfortable and sexy. Even though most of the lingerie we wear is not seen, it still has a big affect on the way we look and the way our clothes fit. Looking fantastic makes you feel beautiful. Here are a few hints:

·    Make sure your lingerie isn’t worn, ripped or the wrong size.

·    Thongs and G Strings worn under tight fitting skirts and pants will prevent panty lines from showing.

·    Legs look sexy and slimmer in black nylons.

·    Light colors make your legs appear heavier.

·    A one-piece body suit does a great job of hiding any bulges and makes you look slimmer.

·    Always, and this can’t be stressed enough, wear a bra that fits correctly.

 

Accessorise well – so, get several different types of stockings and/or knickers to go with whatever you’ve chosen for your top half. If you do this, then you’ll be able to wear the lingerie again and again in different combinations, getting a different look each time.

Buy in bulk. If you find something you like and that fits, particularly if it’s stockings, buy several sets. Lingerie manufacturers update their ranges once or twice a year, so it’s quite possible that you won’t be able to get extra sets next time you go shopping. Of course, you might find something different that you might like more, but better to avoid disappointment.

Don’t be afraid to ask. Good websites will reply to any query, and stores should have knowledgeable assistants. There’s no point being embarrassed about asking and ending up spending significant money on something that’s not right. Better to say “What should I get to go with this?” and come away happy.

Likewise, if you’re shopping from home on either a normal retail website or a plus size lingerie website, ask your partner for their opinion on what you’re looking at. They are likely to be more than willing to help you choose.

Finally, and especially given the last tip, don’t buy something you’re not going to wear. Sounds obvious, but if you’ve never liked stockings or a thong, then don’t buy them. You won’t suddenly want to wear them, and there are plenty of attractive alternatives. Suspender stockings exist which are stockings without the hassle of a garter belt. There are cute boy shorts that are attractive. Go for items you want to wear, because you’ll feel much more relaxed and attractive wearing them.

Bonus Tip! Consider getting a robe as part of your purchase. It’s all well and good to get a whole new range of lingerie, but then you put it on and discover the only thing you have to cover up with is a towelling dressing gown, which ruins the effect. There’s plenty of great slinky robes available.