A Man’s Manual to Picking Lingerie For His Lady

Most guys know absolutely nothing about picking out lingerie, which is understandable because it can be confusing and they never have to wear it. What sort of lingerie to get, what size, what color – how is a man to know?

First, there are a handful of items to contemplate before you can actually go shopping. What does she like? Bear in mind that you will not be wearing this – she will. If she is not into lacey, barely-there teddies, odds are if you buy that, she will not be happy to wear it and you may never see it or her again. So keep in mind what she likes, please.

If you don’t know she feels about lingerie, check out her panty drawer just before you leave. Look for materials like cotton, silk, lace, colors, and most importantly, her size. She could be flattered if she wears a medium and you get her a small, but if she wears a small or medium and you got her a large, you could find yourself in some trouble. Steer clear of anything that says “spanx” on the label or resembles a girdle. These are used to firm and flatten tummies and booties and she will not receive them well, at all.

Now, what kind of lingerie is available? Just about anything you can think of! (Luck you!) Ask yourself what the occasion is. If you are getting a bra and panty set, you need to know her size in both the bra and panties. Bras alone have many different designs including balconete, plunge or push up, full cup, strapless/multi-way bras, seam-free (aka “the t-shirt bra”), and the soft cup/non-wired bra. For detailed explanations on the differences between all these, see my post from last week under “Intimates” titled Bras 101.

Most places sell at least a single pair of panties to match each bra, but some will sell a few different types that can also go as a set with the bra, so you can mix and match. Also important: the type of panties she likes to wear the most– thong, g-string, cheeky cut, boyshort or bikini-you can figure all this out just by sneaking a peek in her panty drawer! (Just don’t get caught..)

If the occasion is playful and sexy this shopping trip is about to get a lot more exciting but also probably a lot more confusing  for you guys (sorry!). Sexy lingerie comes in a wide range of garter belts & thigh highs, bustiers, corsets, teddies, babydolls, chemises, crotch-less panties, and plenty of fishnet stockings to go around.

What form of lingerie you choose really depends a lot on her self-esteem. Many larger woman adore attractive little teddies, but some will shy away from them because the one-piece nature of the teddy can seem daunting. A corset style or babydoll will make her feel comfortable and sexy. Most merchants promote lingerie in plus sizes, which are also less revealing. If she is truly athletic and/or thin, it will be easier for her to look good in anything, especially teddies, garter belts with thigh highs, and chemises.

Remember, keeping in mind what she likes is key! Getting her something equivalent to the lingerie she already has and in colors you know she likes will most likely make her very happy. But, always keep the receipt just in case!

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