Finding lingerie that not only fits your figure but your personality can be tricky. Throw in the fact that you have absolutely no clue how to rock your lingerie and shopping for a matching bra and panty set can turn into a total disaster. Fortunately, you don’t have to look like a Victoria’s Secret model to wow in next to nothing. Check out these nine dos and don’ts for donning lingerie and get ready to strut your stuff!
1. DO Be True To Your Style
Stick to what you know and love. “Don’t try to buy lingerie that is so far off from who you are that you’re no longer comfortable in it,” says Young Chung-Stuart of the intiMINT Design Team. “The goal is to feel confident! Confidence = sexiness, and your lingerie should be an enhancement of who you are. YOU wear the lingerie, so don’t let it wear you!”
2. DON’T Have A VPL (Visible Panty Line)
Seriously, just say NO! Lauren Skerritt and Poppy Sexton-Wainwright of UK lingerie brand Beautiful Bottoms warn against wearing knickers that are so tight they dig into you or a bra where you’re spilling out over the edge. “Buy the right size, and if you’re not sure what to get, double check your measurements or have a professional help you.” You can also try a hipster or low-rise thong to avoid this problem, recommends Natalie Grunberg, owner of PantybyPost.com.
3. DO Wear Colorful Lingerie
Who says you have to save a pop of color for Valentine’s Day? Psh, not us! “Personally, I love black lingerie, but if you like another color (blue, bright green, leopard?), go ahead and wear it,” advises Linda “The Bra Lady” Becker. “I’m a true believer that wearing what makes you feel good will help you look good as well. No one has to know that you have on bright purple undies, unless you decide to show them, that is. Ow!”
4. DON’T Reserve Corsets & Teddies Just For Your Wedding Night
Instead, rock them underneath sheer blouses when you go out for drinks with the girls, says Natalie. This is an easy and fun way to dress up your outfit without looking too sexy.
5. DO Dance Around In Your Undies
Speaking of fun, Linda recommends putting on your sexiest set or favorite pair of boyshorts and tank, pumping up the volume and just letting loose. And hey, if you’re feeling a little brave, you can always do a dance for your man!
6. DON’T Use The Excuse, “Well, only I am going to see it, so it doesn’t matter.”
Hearing this literally makes my skin crawl, says Kelly Dooley of BodyRock Sport. “When I have appointments with customers and buyers, I often ask, ‘If you have a big sales meeting and are rocking a suit, don’t you love knowing that you are wearing a sexy La Perla thong beneath?’ Your boss doesn’t know it but you do, and that gives you the confidence you need to close deals. Bottom line, if you look good, you feel good. If you dress for success and adopt the right mindset, you will be a closer. Similarly, I always say, you never know who you are going to meet on the way to the bodega!”
7. DO Invest In A Matching Set
Just like what you wear on the outside, being able to move and feel comfortable in your undergarments is key. “You want your set to fit sleekly beneath your clothes so you don’t have to make a mad dash to the bathroom to change before making your ‘just for him’ appearance,” notes Kiana Anvaripour, creator of ResultWear. “It’s a bit of a buzz kill.” Her personal favorite is a classic lacy bra and panty set with a garter and stocking underneath a killer wrap dress. “With one tug he can reveal all!”
8. DON’T Be Boring
Forego the boring old Jockey/Costco style panty, which can hardly be considered lingerie, says Natalie. “There are plenty of comfy styles out there (hipsters for example) that don’t just scream, ‘I give up!’”
9. DO Understand That Less Isn’t Always More
“Pieces like sheer cover-ups and lacy boy shorts can be just as sexy as those that provide less coverage,” points out Tina Burgos, Director Of Women’s Buying at Karmaloop. So shop around and see what looks best on you!