What You Should Know When Buying Lingerie for Yourself

Every woman deserves a little indulgence now and then, and lingerie is the perfect excuse to feel good and confident about yourself. Time for a new lingerie splurge? Before you begin to shop for lingerie, here's what you should know.

Choose quality garments

Lingerie is so much more than basic underwear. Always go for the best quality you can afford. Take your pick from durable and delicate fabrics like sheer lace, satin and chiffon that make you look and feel beautiful in your skin.

For a better fit to wear underneath your clothes, invest in shaping bodysuits and corsets to smooth your body curves and give you extra comfort (look out for stretchy fabrics like spandex in the composition).

Know your body type

Shop for lingerie according to your body's shape and size, as well as personal style. Ideally, select a matching set or a bodysuit that balances your upper and bottom parts, highlighting your assets and hiding any flaws.

Below are some quick suggestions to match the type of lingerie with your body shape.

  • Bodysuits (one-piece bra and underwear) are best worn under outfits.
  • Corset-type lingerie accentuates a narrower waist and looks lovely on hourglass figures.
  • Lacy babydolls are ideal for hiding wider hips if you are pear-shaped.
  • Bralettes (bras without underwire) look best on smaller-breasted women.
  • Rounder body types appear softer in a matching cami set that conceals the extra weight.
  • A push-up bra or a bustier (bra top) lifts the bust and adds curves to an athletic body.
  • Broader shoulders/torso? Draw attention instead to the waistline with a clinching corset.
  • Accessorise your lingerie set with garter belts for a wow effect.

New to sexy lingerie?

Start with a few simple sets and lacy pieces in neutral colours - black, white and nude. A sexy babydoll or great-quality matching bra/camisole with sheer panties are great options.

If you feel daring, invest in garter sets, silk gowns, and bold colours. Think about the occasion or season. A red babydoll might be just what you need for the festive season!

Shop for lingerie online

Buying lingerie online is easy, with the added benefit of trying the lingerie on anytime in the comfort of your home. You can take your measurements (chest, waist, hips) at home and use the size chart on the website to order your match.

Ordering from Shapewear Shop is 100% safe and secure. If you need to return the lingerie after purchase, for whatever reasons, we will send a courier to collect it and refund or replace the item as soon as it reaches us. Review our Refunds Policy for more info.

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