There can be a huge difference between the lingerie a man instinctively chooses for his partner, and the lingerie she really wants to wear. So, if you are thinking about buying lingerie for someone special in your life, how can you make sure you get it right? Below, you will find 9 important factors to consider when buying underwear for your other half.
#1 Think about what she wants to wear
Firstly, and most importantly, ensure you are thinking about her, and not you. Don’t consider buying lingerie based on what you want to see her in. Think about what she will love to wear. What will she feel confident and beautiful in?
#2 What size is she?
Now that you’re in the right frame of mind, let’s move onto the practicalities. The most important thing to get right is the size. Buy the wrong size and she may think that your perception of her body is bigger or smaller than she really is.
Before you start to shop, take a discreet look in her underwear drawer and check the sizes of her bras and panties. Make sure you look at the lingerie that she regularly wears so you know you will definitely get her cup size right. Make sure you remember not just her chest size (for example, a 34 or 36), but also the cup size she wears (such as a B, C or DD).
Her knickers will be labelled either in sizing such as small, medium or large. Or, in dress sizes such as a 12, 14 or 16.
#3 Consider her style – but buy her something special
What style of underwear does your other half love to wear? Women tend to buy underwear for themselves which is more practical. For example, she’ll probably have at least one “t-shirt” bra in her closet in a nude shade to ensure it gives a smooth look under her clothing. However, that won’t be what she wants to receive as a gift. Ensure what you buy is in keeping with her style, whether she loves a romantic look, a glamorous style, or she prefers a sporty look. Choose underwear which fits her style and personality, but which is also more special than she would usually buy for herself.
#4 Colour is key
Consider what colour your partner likes to wear. While red may traditionally be seen as the colour a man chooses to buy when looking at underwear for a partner, that is not necessarily the shade she desires. What colour is most of the lingerie in her collection? What colours does she like to wear in her other clothing? Does she like soft pastels, or rich jewel shades, for example?
#5 Choose the cut carefully
Women’s underwear is much more complicated than the options available for men. Consider what she likes to wear. Does she prefer a fuller-style, retro-type brief, for example? Or does she usually wear thongs? Thongs are usually a more practical option to ensure there are no visible underwear lines showing through her clothing, so you will find she may prefer a fuller style of panties as a gift.
How about her bras. Does she usually opt for an underwired, push-up style, or does she prefer a softer bralette type style. By considering the underwear she already loves to wear, you can tailor your approach to shopping for a new set for her.
#6 What material should you choose?
When you’re purchasing a gift, it’s a classy and lovely idea to choose a luxurious material that she wouldn’t necessarily opt for herself. Think about beautiful, tactile fabrics such as silk, satin, lace and exquisite embroidery.
#7 If you aren’t sure…
If you are worried about getting the sizing wrong, then you could think about choosing a stylish lingerie set which comes in a small, medium or large, for example, such as a silk camisole and shorts set, or an all-in-one body where you don’t have to choose a specific bra size.
#8 The finishing touches
Once you have chosen a stylish lingerie set, make sure that it is wrapped and presented in a special way to make the gift-opening experience a memorable one for her.
Finally, don’t forget to tell her how beautiful she looks in her new lingerie set!