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Five Hot Tips For Buying Sexy Lingerie

Updated on October 13, 2009

Buying lingerie can sometimes be a bit of an ordeal. You're surrounded by rack upon rack of suspiciously similar looking items, and pictures of size 0 women who make other models feel like whales. It's tempting to just rush in, grab a few pairs of panties in either black, white, or even in desperate circumstances, beige (truly an inexplicable choice of lingerie colors) and retreat to the counter where the smirking sales assistant bags your choices with an air of quiet superiority.

Here are a few tips to help you get beyond beige, and make your lingerie collection really pop / blow up / other hip term that all the kids are using these days.

Beware Cheap Lingerie

There are a number of cheap items of lingerie on the market that, at first glance, look as good as the more expensive items of underwear. The old caveat buyer beware applies here though, because in most cases, cheap lingerie is cheap because the fabric is low quality, and whilst it may look nice and shiny on the rack, it can begin to disintegrate after just one wash. Common problems with cheap lingerie include elastic detaching from the seams, pilling, and split seams. These problems are worsened if you want to just throw your lingerie into the washing machine and not spend half an hour hand washing your delicates.

Be Adventurous With Color

Ever go lingerie shopping with visions of yourself as a sexy lingerie clad minx only to realize when you get home that you've actually spent your hard earned cash on a bag of beige and black granny panties? Try some colors! Pinks, greens, blues, even yellows can all be fun. If you're truly color phobic, try this fun game. Go into the store, and pick the pair that you would usually never buy, then do the unthinkable and buy them. Then once you've gotten them home and washed them, wear them. At the very least you'll put a smile on your face, and you might just find a new favorite. Being adventurous, and being sexy often means getting out of your comfort zone, even if it is your color comfort zone.

Mix It Up With The Funky Textures

Speaking of being adventurous, the next time you go lingerie shopping, make cotton your enemy. Try lace, nylon, satin, or synthetic blends. You might be surprised at how far some of these materials have come in the past few years in terms of comfort and we arability.

Splash Out On The Set

Okay, so bras are expensive, annoyingly so, but when you get undressed for that special someone you're going to want to be wearing something that at least resembles a matching set. If cash is an issue (and these days, when isn't cash an issue), buy several panties in one color and a bra to match, ie, you can buy several different pairs of black lace panties, and one black lace bra. With just a little good judgment you can then have three matching sets without having to buy three bras.

Pick Up A Delicates Bag

Okay, realistically speaking, you're not always going to hand wash your lingerie. Even purchases made with the best will in the world and true dedication to their welfare are eventually going to end up being tossed in with a load of towels. Buying a delicates bag means that you can wash your lingerie in with the rest of your wash without utterly annihilating it. Seriously. If you don't have one, buy one and use it. That's an order.


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      joanjo 8 years ago from Herts. U.K.

      Thanks for the tips Hope, very useful. I'm now on the lookout for a delicates bag. My wife wonders what I'll need next!

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      andrew 8 years ago

      where do men shop for womens lingerie and find the right sizes to wear any shops cater to men who love lingerie. I always used to fit in my ex girlfriends so I don't have any right now

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      Najee 9 years ago

      I went to all the local female underwear stores and the bras were 40-50$ each! Then I went to Sears where they were $22. I love malls...when I'm not in my room...

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      ILoveLingerie 9 years ago

      Those are again some very nice tips. I definitely need a washing bag now;)

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      likewhatiam 9 years ago

      I love the lingerie tips. The other day I went to a different lingerie shop to buy some panties and the shop assistant insisted that I buy a washing bag,she said that being a guy I would probably forget to separate my delicate lingerie and this way there was no danger of ruining my new panties.