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Fashion: How-To Incorporate Lingerie Into Your Daily Life

Updated on March 11, 2013

Lingerie 101

What's more fun than wearing nothing? You guessed it. It's wearing next to nothing.That's what underwear is. That little something that comes between you and your clothes. Lingerie is a collection of fancy underwear for women worn underneath things, and for lounging, sleeping, and sex.

It can be made of silk, satin,cotton, leather, ribbons, bows, jewels, lace or any fabric you can imagine. It comes it about every color in the rainbow , and includes a variety of beautiful and functional pieces.

Everyone knows about the bra and panties. Did you know though that there's a good chance you're wearing the wrong size bra. Yes, this happens all of the time. Make an appointment at your favorite store and go in for a formal bra fitting. You'll thank yourself every time you wear your new size. Your tops will look better because you won't be spilling over the edges of your bra and causing unsightly bulges. Panties now are much lower than they used to be unless they are bikinis. This is due to the lower waists on many jeans. You can still find a little higher waist on your panties if you look. You'll also find that going for the French cut on the leg opening is flattering and makes your legs look longer.

One of my first pieces of lingerie was a chemise. It was a one-piece pink satin with white lace and ruffles. Many of them can be worn as a slip or a short nightgown. I've even seen them in black and worn with a little sweater, the right jewelry and great shoes at the martini bar. If it were me I'd just go for the little black dress and call it a night.

My favorite piece of lingerie is the merry widow. It's a corset that comes down covering a little more of your front, with garters attached. It hooks up the back. When you're wearing it, it feels like you're in a scene from long ago when this was the only way to get good support, and hold up your stockings at the same time. Just make sure to put on the merry widow and the stockings first, and then put on the panties.This will make it easier when you use the ladies room. You can wear this under your suit for work and you'll be ready for dinner, and a little fun afterward just by slipping off the top layer.

The bustier is a shorter corset that's longer than a bra and it hooks up the back, and often has no straps. These can be worn under an open jacket or paired with a garter belt and a little skirt. Sometimes these are made out of velvet or faux fur and they don't even look like lingerie.

When it comes to the garter belt, you can wear it with old-fashioned stockings for a cooler effect, rather than wearing pantyhose.Or you can wear it because it just plain sexy.

A camisole is designed like the top half of a slip. It can be worn with a slip, panties, pajama bottoms, a garter belt, men's boxers, whatever you choose. Much of the time it is worn over a bra, but for the free-spirited braless is fine.

Tap pants are the girl's version of boxers. They're loose pretty little shorts cut high on the leg. These can be worn under a dress with any of the above tops, or just to run around in with a bikini top.

If you want to wear a top and a bottom together try the teddy. It's probably the most recognized piece of lingerie there is. It's one piece that secures with snaps, again so you wont have to take the whole thing off in the ladies room. It's very cute and can be worn in place of a slip, or to swim in if you have to.

The thong is something you wear when you feel sexy before you put on your lingerie. It's not for the faint hearted. When you put it on you're pretty much making a statement. You're making it to yourself, but if anyone sees you in one, you'll know what they're thinking.

Last but not least important is shoes. Yes. Every high heel in all of the colors and styles will add that final special touch to any of these outfits. Don't discount the effect of sexy shoes.

To go from frumpy to fabulous in your lingerie isn't necessarily an easy task. What you can do though is either toss out all of your old stuff and buy everything all at once, or you can try one thing at a time and get used to that before you try something else. Either way, I know you'll be having more fun when you do make the change.


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      Lisa Brown 5 years ago from Michigan


      Thank you. I just love lingerie.


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      Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Simply love this hub. I too believe in the magic and sexiness of lingerie.

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      Lisa Brown 5 years ago from Michigan

      Insane Mundane,

      Thank you very much for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. I love lingerie. It's so fun to wear. It can take you from a bad day to a great one in very little time.

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      Insane Mundane 5 years ago from Earth

      Now that's what I'm talking about! I'm always glad to see that there are still women out there still being a lady! I don't know what is up with this new movement, but more and more girls are acting and looking more like boys, for some strange reason. As a guy, I appreciate it when women try to look sexy; yay! I'm all about having sexual stimuli... :D

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      Lisa Brown 5 years ago from Michigan


      Thank you very much for your comment.


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      albertovich 5 years ago

      Thanx Lisa for this GREAT HUB, its about time I read something about an issue thats interesting for women and men, we men love to buy and see you ladies wear, the only thing i don't like is the price tag that comes along with it, but we do shop around for Sales now and then, please keep writing and i'll keep reading...Lol

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      Sattv2 5 years ago from USA

      I'm glad to see that people are still trying to keep Lingerie alive. I feel that we see less and less of this great breed.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Lisa, all these ideas sound amazing, I did fall for the old panties under the garter! lol! took me a while to figure it out! I love teddies, I wear them all the time, great hub and fantastic ideas! voted up! cheers nell