5 Key Things You Need To Know When Buying Lingerie
Unsure how to buy the perfect lingerie? Read our five tips to find the perfect sleepwear in both quality and sexiness.
Over the last five years, there has been an explosion of lingerie stores, both online and traditional brick and mortars. We have seen many new players in the lingerie industry, such as fashion models, actresses and socialites who develop their own brands of lingerie and flaunt them in the marketplace. This increased variety, however, has created new challenges for women trying to find the right type of lingerie for their body type.
There are five key tips you should consider when looking to buy any lingerie.
Tip 1: Sizing Information
Some lingerie stores will not allow you to try on their lingerie, often due to local legislation and sanitary concerns. Therefore, it is very important to carefully check the sizing of the lingerie. Before visiting the brick-and-mortar of your new favorite piece, try checking out the store’s online shop, which often has an easy-to-follow guide to their sizing.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no single standard for lingerie measurements or sizes, but there are things you can do to decrease the chance of buying a piece of lingerie that doesn’t fit. Most designers develop a sizing scale for their brand when creating a new lingerie line. The sizing scale will tell you how and where to measure yourself for the best outcome.
Though shopping online for lingerie may be daunting at first, you will find those stores usually have easily accessible sizing information compared to traditional brick-and-mortars.
Tip 2: Fabric Type
Fabric type is one of the critical choices any women can make when selecting a new piece of lingerie. When looking either online or in a shop, check to see what fabric and style the piece is made of -- often products marked as OS (one size) are made from stretchy, easily-torn material.
Other fabrics --especially synthetic material --can also be very uncomfortable for different skin types. Before buying any piece, read customer reviews and conversations about the garments you are going to purchase on online forums and newsgroups.
Tip 3: Returns Policy
Some lingerie stores have a no-returns policy for lingerie or underwear unless the item is faulty. This is primarily due to local health regulations that prevent them from reselling the item. There are some online stores that do accept returns even if the item doesn’t fit. Most online companies do this simply to allay the customer’s fears of buying lingerie online.
Before buying any item from any lingerie store, familiarize yourself with their returns policy, and don’t forget -- read the fine print!
Tip 4: Know Your Body Type
One of the biggest dangers of buying lingerie as a gift is lack of familiarity with a body type. Whether the lingerie is a gift for another or for yourself, try to find pictures online of those with similar curvature or line and find a piece that complements that specific body type. Ruffles, laces, clasps, necklines, etc. can all enhance different parts of the body -- knowing what is sexy for one body type does not make you an expert on another.
If you are buying online always try to find pictures of a person similar to your size wearing the piece of lingerie. For example, if the picture you see on the screen is of a plus-sized model and yet the piece is for a size 0 person, then the piece will likely fit poorly.
Tip 5: Choose a Striking Color
When choosing a color, think carefully about the occasion for wearing the garment. Is the garment for a romantic night in, a special cocktail party, or is it an integral, visible part of an outfit? Consider your complexion and hair color when choosing lingerie--jewel tones might bring electric vibrancy to darker skin tones, while a ruby red ensemble might clash unexpectedly with ginger locks.
Avoid disappointment when buying your new lingerie by following our five tips to finding the newest sexy addition to your night.