Size matters. But it’s not the number that counts, rather the way it fits. Naturally, we want our clothes to fit – to make us appear slimmer and well put together – which can cause us to even walk taller. We’ve clearly gone over the importance of making sure our bras fit, so the only thing left is the bra’s more daring cousin: lingerie.
Shopping for lingerie can be challenging. Sometimes the sizes you wear in bras and panties don’t translate to lingerie. Sometimes you can’t try things on and the cuts and shapes of lingerie you do find can be unflattering – that does the opposite of making you feel confident. It’s easy to give up and just forgo wearing it all together, but that stops today. To make things easier for you, I’ve devised a quick guide on how to find a piece of lingerie that will work best for you and your shape.
A corset is one of those versatile items that looks sexy on every shape and size, so no one should shy away from one of these. A corset is similar to a tube top, but typically contains boning (steel or plastic vertical rods that help support and shape the garment) and lacing. Due to the boning and lacing, you’re able to fundamentally change your shape and highlight the difference between your bust and your waist. Corset shopping can be a little confusing because they can be sized very differently from bras. You will typically find corsets sized by waist size in inches and you’ll generally want to choose a corset that is a little bit smaller than your waist in order to attain a curvy, hourglass figure. Example: If my waist is 30 inches, I’ll want to get a 26 inch corset. Some corsets are sized by XS-XL. If that is the case, start with one size smaller than your usual shirt size, then adjust as needed.
Teddies are lingerie that look similar to one piece bathing suits, but are typically made of lace and are fairly, if not completely, see through. Teddies can be difficult to buy because all the proportions have to be right on your body. Have you ever tried to wear a monokini bathing suit? They don’t fit well if you have a short torso and highlight all the wrong curves if you have a little extra loving. However, that doesn’t mean you should avoid this category, it just requires a little more attention. Fortunately, teddies come in every kind of cut you can imagine. Check out all the options you have at Adam & Eve, who helped me with this article. Seriously, it’s endless. So first, you’ll want to look for a piece that covers what you want covered. Then you’ll have to look at the sizing. They generally fall under a range like size 4-6, size 8-10 because of the lace’s ability to shrink and stretch. Folks at the very small and very large ends of the size range may not find that teddies are their most flattering fit.
Baby dolls are empire waist, flowy tank tops that usually end right at the bottom of the hip. They can be full coverage or a fly away style (open at the front). This is a great option for someone who wants to cover their belly a little. When looking at sizing, you can generally aim for what you wear in a t-shirt. However, the most important factor is that it fits your chest. Different companies offer different sizing options. Sometimes you can find them sized like bras and sometimes like shirts, so in either case, just err on what your usual size is and you’ll be fine.
Chemises can appear in several different styles. They typically have spaghetti straps and then can be as short as a standard tank top, can come down past the bottom and can even be worn to the floor in a more formal negligee style. Sizing will be done exactly the same as baby dolls, so just select your usual size. Your best bet will be to look for the medium length style. This should accommodate people with short and long torsos as well as short and tall people. Someone who is short should avoid getting the floor length version because it is likely going to be too long and taller women should avoid the short versions because they’re more likely to look like crop tops than sexy tanks.
Garters can be one of the hardest garments to get the right size without trying one on. You may think you’re XS, but you’re actually a Small. They vary in every story and different fabric, decorations, boning and lacing will cause them to fit differently. Garters are usually sized by the standard Small-XLarge, so start with your usual size and go from there, but don’t feel bad if you have to go up a size. You do not want it to be too small because it will cause a muffin top to form and potentially roll over. If you’re worried about the garter not fitting, consider getting a lace garter belt. Lace garter belts have more stretch, which will give you more flexibility and offer a more universally flattering fit.