Intimate wear options like bras, panties, chemises, and stockings don’t have to be no-nonsense or basic (unless that’s what you prefer, of course.) There are lots of great reasons to consider an upgrade. Beautiful lingerie can get a partner’s pulse racing when it’s time to get up close and personal. It’s also a fantastic way for you to feel attractive and be good to yourself.
Knowing you’d like to revamp your underwear drawer is easy, though. Making decisions you’re sure to be happy with is another matter entirely. Here are a few quick dos and don’ts to keep in mind while you explore your options.
DO get professionally measured.
Whether you’re shopping for intimate wear, business attire, or something else entirely, it’s always a good idea to know your measurements when picking out something new. Although it’s possible to take your own measurements, especially with the help of a willing friend, having yourself professionally measured is an even better idea. When you know your current measurements, buying garments that make you look and feel fabulous is a lot easier.
DON’T go all-in right away.
Options like complete garter sets, corsets, and so forth look incredible enough to make anyone’s jaw drop, but they may not be the best choices for someone brand new to sexy lingerie. Of course, no one’s going to stop you if you do want to go whole hog right from the get-go. But it’s generally a better idea to start slow, build a collection of basics, and try different things until you have a solid feel for your preferences and comfort level with different styles.
DO choose pieces you love.
Whether you’re buying lingerie solely to wear as underwear or looking for something special to wear to bed, always pick sets you genuinely love. Far too many people think of intimate wear as something you wear for your partner when really it’s for you first and other people second. The right lingerie has a way of making anyone feel ten feet tall. Always go for items that make you feel incredible.
DON’T be afraid to try things just for fun.
Once you’ve got a nice collection of basics built up, there’s nothing wrong with adding a few pieces just for the fun of it. Don’t pass up a killer teddy or a truly stunning chemise in a fantastic color because you’re not sure how much use you’ll get out of it. The same goes for that naughty nurse-themed set you’ve been dying to wear for your next anniversary. Intimate wear can be so much fun if you allow it to be. Embrace it.
DO wash your intimates by hand.
At first, the idea of handwashing all your intimates may seem like way too much work to consider, but it’s honestly the best way to care for lingerie of any kind. Washing machines are so hard on delicates, and dryers are even worse. They’ll easily ruin your investment in your lingerie collection and shorten its life. Plus, handwashing is easier than it seems. Just fill your bathroom sink with a little lukewarm water, add some laundry soap that’s appropriate for delicate wear, swirl each piece around a bit, rinse thoroughly, and lay it down flat to dry.
DON’T skimp on quality.
You get what you pay for when it comes to intimate wear, so opting for high-quality items is never a waste. Look for well-made things you love in beautiful fabrics and unique styles with special touches that set them apart. Prioritize trusted brands and options from known designers. Your items will fit you better, last longer, and be much more comfortable to wear.
DO dress for the occasion.
Lingerie has everything in common with all your other favorite wardrobe staples. Yours should change with the seasons, according to what you’re wearing over it, and any special occasions you might want to keep in mind. Not only will your lingerie serve you better, but you’ll feel a lot more put together and sophisticated. Bodysuits and teddies are lovely for the colder months, but there’s nothing like a sheer chemise or babydoll in the summer.
DON’T forget to check out all the options.
You can find plenty of gorgeous lingerie at Victoria’s Secret or in the lingerie department of your favorite department store. Don’t assume those are the only places to shop, though. Sex shops and online toy emporiums like Castle Megastore can be wonderful places to find unique pieces that you won’t see just anywhere. They’re especially great spots to shop for themed sets, novelty wear, and so forth.
Embracing lingerie and intimate wear is the type of thing that can be a real game changer once you’ve done it. Start your journey today! You’ll be so glad you did, and your partner will be happy, too.