Guide to buying ladies lingerie for men

Published: 12th November 2009
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If you want to buy your partner some sexy lingerie, but you're a bit overwhelmed by all the choices and sizes, then this guide is for you! Don't forget that buying lingerie for your partner is a great gift because not only are you buying her something she'll love, but you'll get to see it too!

Buy her something she'll like!

Sounds simple, but it's easy to forget! Try to make sure you buy her something she'll like and want to wear. You could try asking her what she likes and dislikes, or just take notice of the kind of lingerie she normally wears. If you're not sure keep it simple, try a matching lingerie sets, or babydoll set - most women will love something sexy and glamorous!

Buy the right size!

Try and make sure you buy the right size - too small may be flattering but she won't be able to wear it and trust us, too large is definitely not flattering! So ask her what size she wears or if it's meant to be a surprise, try and check her existing underwear to find her sizes. Once you've worked out what sizes she takes, make a note for future reference! Just remember if you've been together a while, then she'll expect you to have some idea of what size she takes - so be warned!

Quick checklist to remember!

Do you know what her favourite colour is? Check out what she normally wears, are there any colours she favours more than others? It's always good to know what colours she likes and dislikes when you're buying lingerie - if you're in any doubt stick with a classic like black, white, ivory or cream. What styles and fabrics does she like? Just remember you're buying the lingerie for her, so buying something you'd love but she wouldn't wear is a definite no no! If she isn't going to wear it, there really is no point buying it - it'll either languish unworn at the bottom of her underwear draw, or she'll simply change it for something she does like! So if you're really not sure what styles of lingerie she likes, stick with something simple in silk, satin or lace.

A guide to lingerie styles

To help you wade through all the various styles of lingerie, and to help you make your mind up, I've listed below the main types of lingerie you'll come across!

Briefs, thongs or g-strings

There are various types of briefs, pants, boy shorts, thongs or g-strings available. But just remember that different women prefer different styles, so try and take notice of what style she already wears.

Bras and bra sets

When choosing a sexy bra set make sure your partner will be happy with the style of bra and matching briefs, thong or string.

Basques and corsets

These are very flattering and suit all shapes and sizes, emphasising cleavage and waistlines and giving a flattering, slimming effect. Basques and corsets with boning will give that stunning hour glass shape. Because basques and corsets give lots of support and enhancement they're great for both small and large breasted women. They're great for wearing under strapless dresses or as sexy outerwear, plus of course they're terrific for the bedroom too! There are lots of styles to choose from in a huge range of fabrics and they often come with a matching thong or g-string.

Stockings or hold-ups

Sexy suspenders and stocking sets always look great, but hold-ups are a great alternative if your partner doesn't like suspenders. Both will look terrific combined with a sexy basque or corset!

Sexy nightwear!


There are lots of different styles available, but basically a babydoll is a short nightie (often with matching briefs, thong or g-string) and can vary from very short (just to the hips) to almost knee length. It's a very flattering style with a fitted bodice or cups and a flowing skirt. Depending on the style of babydoll, the skirt can be open from the bodice and varies from very revealing to styles with longer more flowing skirts that skim the body. Babydolls come in a huge range of fabrics, including sheer, see through, lace, silk, satin, mesh, and net. You can choose from simple styles in silk and satin, to more embellished babydolls with lace, bows, ruffles and ribbons. There are some gorgeous babydoll sets with matching thong or string. Depending on the style and length you choose, a babydoll can be flattering for all shapes and sizes! For more daring ladies, you could try a babydoll with an open cup or open thong!

Chemise or sexy slip

A chemise or slip is generally longer than a babydoll, but still a shortie nightie. The terms chemise, babydoll and slip can often be used interchangeably to describe the same garment. But generally babydolls are open from the bodice unlike a chemise or slip. A chemise or slip is an extremely flattering style that will suit just about everyone and they come in lots of different styles and materials, including silk, satin, lace, sheer and see through. There are lots of very sexy styles and fabrics to choose from and a chemise is a great choice for women who may not be ultra confident about their bodies - not to mention, a very classic style!

Catherine Dunn is a fashion writer and consultant for sexy lingerie retailer Wickedelic Lingerie.

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