With so many gorgeous underwear designs to choose from, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the array of prints, colours and materials.
To get the most out of your lingerie, forget patterns for the moment and focus on which popular pieces are best for your body shape, with these top tips!
1. Get Measured
Before embarking on choosing the correct underwear for your shape, it’s important to make sure you are buying the right size! There’s no excuse for the shocking statistic that 4 in 5 women wearing the wrong bra size with trusted lingerie retailers, including Marks and Spencer and Debenhams, offering a good quality service. Get your assets measured accurately and frequently as a foundation to picking the perfect lingerie.
2. Know Your Body Shape
Armed with your bra and knickers size, you need to identify what body shape you fall into. This is easier than you might think with the help of the Body shape finder. When you know which term best describes your figure, you can start to choose the most flattering underwear to showcase your assets!
Apple-shaped girls with a larger tummy but thin thighs should opt for big knickers that provide good coverage of your mid section. High-waisted briefs should do the job. Avoid low rise pants at all costs, as these will accentuate any muffin top insecurities, particularly in figure-hugging materials. When it comes to bras make use of fuller cups for greater coverage and support. Be careful with strapless bras and instead select sneaky invisible straps.
Slim, athletic ladies should look to their undies to add curves to their straight shape. Close fitting lingerie in bright colours and busy patterns is your best bet to add detail and shapes to your figure. A corset will work too as this will zip you in at the waist and create the perfect hourglass shape.
Pear-shaped women who are bigger on the bum than the bust will aim to even out their proportions. Low rise brazilian knickers will flatter a larger derrière nicely, whilst a balcony or plunge style bra will boost your chest confidence.
Petite girls with a small frame and short legs can get away with most lingerie styles. High leg cuts in particular will lengthen your legs, whilst boy shorts will do the opposite. If you’re lucky enough to have petite features, flaunt it with even smaller underwear in pretty designs!
3. Don’t Desert The Essentials
With so many different trends and popular lingerie over the years, it’s all too easy to overlook the essentials. But every girl needs a classic, seam-free thong to avoid pesky VPL under any fabric and a T-shirt bra is a must-have to avoid unsightly lumps under casual wear.
And whilst it’s important to flatter your figure with lingerie, some days you just crave comfort. Bikini briefs provide affordable support for any shape or size and offer solace for everyday wear. These come in an array of cute prints and are fine for all shapes under your favourite pair of jeans.
4. Embrace Spanx
No matter what your shape or size, control underwear is your new best friend. Suck everything in and create a smooth silhouette, perfect for formal evening wear and when you want to ‘wow’ at events!
Now you can head to the shops stress-free, armed with this trusty guide to finding the perfect lingerie! Do you follow the latest lingerie trends? Or do you prefer to stick to what suits your figure? Share your thoughts below.
Laura Beecroft is an English Language student and fashion enthusiast. She blogs to help her fellow fashionistas make the most of the ever-changing trends, starting with their lingerie.