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Different Types of Lingerie and Styles of Lingerie for Every Body Type



Lingerie is the first thing you put on in the morning, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that good lingerie can really set the tone for your day. There’s no question that wearing a lingerie set you love can make you feel beautiful and pulled-together. After all, the first rule of looking good is feeling good. The right lingerie set can give you that extra boost of happiness and confidence, whether it’s for date night, a formal occasion or any day you want to make a little special. Whether you’re looking for your very first set or you love exploring costumes, there’s lingerie out there that’ll make you feel great about your body and yourself.


Lingerie Sets

Lingerie sets are a special addition to any wardrobe. It’s nice to have a gorgeous set waiting in your closet to pull out on a special occasion, but many lingerie sets make great everyday wear, too! If you’re dipping into lingerie for the first time, a matching set is a good way to start building your collection. Finding a set of lingerie you love and want to wear makes it a great investment. Even if you don’t use that matching plunge bra and panties set at the same time, you’ll always have the option. Plus, investing in a high-quality bra and underwear set that fits your body and flatters your shape will make you feel comfortable when you’re wearing next to nothing. A well-tailored lingerie set makes you look as amazing as you feel, even if you’re the only one who sees it!


Bare Necessities: Types of Lingerie – Lingerie Set by Rene Rofe

Styling Tip: Wearing a bralette or lace bra under a drop armhole tank is a fun way to show off a bit of your favorite lingerie.


Featured Style: Hollywood Wireless Chemise Set by Rene Rofe



Lingerie Costumes

Maybe you’re already a lingerie aficionado, or you want to make date night memorable for your significant other. If you’re ready to get creative with your undergarments, lingerie costumes might be for you. Costumes are a little more creative than lingerie sets. There’s no need to hunt for missing pieces or think about mixing and matching, but you can still use each piece separately if you want! There’s a lingerie costume that’s right for every body type and personal style.


Bare Necessities: Types of Lingerie – Lingerie Costume by Mapale

Styling Tip: Keep this look fresh by combining these costumes with lingerie you already have, like a sheer chemise or sexy hosiery.


Featured Style: Poisoned Apple Fantasy Princess Lingerie Costume by Mapale



Babydolls & Chemises

While babydolls and chemises both look like short nightgowns, there are subtle differences. Chemises usually fit snugly and skim the body, hitting around mid-thigh. Babydolls have a looser fit, a shorter hemline and often have cups for extra chest support. Thanks to their dress-like cuts, both babydolls and chemises play up your bust and hips and draw attention to your waist. In a variety of cuts and materials, there’s sure to be a babydoll or chemise that’s a fit for you. In the bedroom, you can layer these pieces over a bra and panties for a new spin on the lingerie you already have in your closet.


Bare Necessities: Types of Lingerie – Babydoll Set by Jezebel

Styling Tip: Depending on the color and length, some chemises can also pull double duty as a slip!


Featured Style: Ruffles Galore Babydoll Set by Jezebel



Bodysuits & Teddies

As a one-piece swimsuit is to a bikini, the bodysuit is to the bra-and-panties set. Like a leotard, it covers from shoulders to hips, often with a closure at the crotch. Some bodysuits can be paired with pants or skirts as a top that never needs to be tucked in; the racier ones are a fun alternative to lingerie sets with multiple pieces. Bodysuits offer some shaping and smoothing, as well as breast support. The material can range from lace to sheer to everything in between, so you’ll be able to find something as cute as it is comfortable.


Like bodysuits, teddies are another one-and-done piece of lingerie; unlike bodysuits, they’re meant to stay in the bedroom. Many teddies offer plunging necklines or come in sensual material like lace. Coverage, cuts and closures can vary, but all teddies are meant to move with the body, making you feel comfortable and beautiful at the same time.


Bare Necessities: Types of Lingerie – Teddy Bodysuit by Frederick’s of Hollywood

Styling Tip: Both teddies and bodysuits can be easily paired with a pair of jeans or a skirt. Try layering with a denim jacket, blazer or bomber for a little extra coverage.


Featured Style: Luisa Lou Teddy by Frederick’s of Hollywood



Crotchless Lingerie

Crotchless lingerie is designed to add a dash of spice to your lingerie wardrobe. The sky’s the limit when it comes to material: these pieces come in all kinds of fabric, from silk to sheer to lace. And you’re not just limited to panties, either. There are plenty of styles to experiment with, including body stockings, teddies and chemises. Crotchless lingerie also comes in all sizes, so you’ll be able to find a piece that fits and looks like it was made for you.


Bare Necessities: Types of Lingerie – Crotchless Lingerie by Dreamgirl

Styling Tip: Crotchless panties are a snap to work into your bedroom wardrobe. You can mix and match them with bras, corsets, bustiers, garters and hosiery or nothing at all.


Featured Style: Cheeky Crotchless Bikini by Dreamgirl



Sexy Bras

A staple in every woman's wardrobe, bras have a variety of fits and functions. Whether you’re looking for a sweet bralette to layer under a tank top or a sexy push-up bra to accentuate your bust, a well-fitted and well-made bra is a must. Picking a bra that supports your breast shape is key. For example, if your breasts are close together, try a full coverage or underwire bra that will help lift and separate. If you have wide-set breasts, check out wireless or demi bras that offer space between the cups. And don’t feel limited to one type of bra: it’s a great idea to have a couple of different styles on hand for all occasions. A plunge bra, with a low center gore that won’t show under button-downs or low necklines, is always a good investment. Strapless or convertible bras are perfect for wearing under blouses or dresses that would otherwise shows. Finally, the classic T-shirt bra is wardrobe staple, with its comfortable fit and invisibility under tight-fitting clothes.


Bare Necessities: Types of Lingerie – Push-up Bra by Frederick’s of Hollywood

Styling Tip: Try layering a basic black bra under a loose, transparent top. It’s a cool, easy-breezy way to make a fashion statement.


Featured Style: Nora Push-up Bra by Frederick’s of Hollywood



Corsets & Bustiers

Corsets and bustiers have been used for centuries as both lingerie and outerwear to shape and accentuate curves. By cinching the waist and supporting the breasts, this classic piece of lingerie creates a classically feminine silhouette. These days, corsets are usually the centerpiece of a steamy lingerie look rather than essential daily wear. Luckily, modern-day corsets are a lot more comfortable than the Victorian-era versions. If you love the look and aesthetic of a corset but want less boning and cinching, a bustier is a perfect alternative that doesn’t sacrifice style for comfort.


Bare Necessities: Types of Lingerie – Bustier by Seven ‘Til Midnight

Styling Tip: When you want to use a corset as outerwear, try contrasting its fitted nature by layering it over a flowy blouse or dress or under a blazer. This lets you show off that iconic shape with a little more coverage.


Featured Style: Lace Bustier Set by Seven ‘Til Midnight



See-through Lingerie

See-through lingerie is a light, breathable alternative to other lingerie fabrics like satin—and it can be just as alluring. Almost every lingerie style imaginable comes in a sheer style: from babydolls to bustiers, teddies to thongs, if you can think of a piece of lingerie, there’s a solid chance it comes in a sheer version. See-through lingerie ranges from petite to plus-size pieces, so you’re sure to find a style that fits and flatters your shape. Though they can be seductive, see-through pieces don’t have to be provocative. Many styles combine with lace or other fabrics for fuller coverage. Because of this, there are plenty of see-through lingerie pieces that can easily double as outerwear.


Bare Necessities: Types of Lingerie – See-through Lingerie by Shirley of Hollywood

Styling Tip:Sheer lingerie allows you to experiment with layers. A babydoll or chemise with lace panties is a steamy bedroom look. For outerwear, try pairing a low-cut sweater or blouse with a sheer bralette over a tighter-fitting bra.


Featured Style: Deep Plunge Lace Teddy by Shirley of Hollywood



Garters and Garter Belts

Garter belts were traditionally used as anchors around the waist to help keep stockings from falling down. Nowadays, stockings and hosiery can stay up all on their own, so garter belts get to be a lovely, seductive ornamental touch to a lingerie set. Still, you want to be sure that your garter belt is adjusted correctly, sits nicely on your hips and feels comfortable when you wear it. Similar to bra straps, the straps on garter belts are also adjustable, so you’ll be able to choose the length that’s right for you.


Bare Necessities: Types of Lingerie – Garter Belt Set by Mapale

Styling Tip:Try pairing garters and hosiery under a miniskirt for a retro fashion statement. A skirt made of sturdy fabric helps keep the garter belt concealed.


Featured Style: Cage Lace Bra & Garter Set by Mapale



Bodystockings

Worn over the legs, torso and sometimes arms, bodystockings are a natural extension of the bodysuit. In a variety of materials and styles, these are versatile and unique lingerie pieces that offer more coverage than other kinds without sacrificing sensuality. Whether you’re looking for fishnets, sheer, lace, crotchless, strapless, elbow length or something else altogether, there’s a bodystocking style that’s right for you. Many bodystockings are one-size-fits-all or offered in plus sizes, so picking the perfect fit isn’t as complicated as some other lingerie items. A sultry addition to any wardrobe, bodystockings can be used on their own as lingerie pieces or layered over lingerie.


Bare Necessities: Types of Lingerie – Bodystockings by Elegant Moments

Styling Tip: Try pairing a bodystocking with a skirt or a dress. Your top will never come untucked, and the tights are built-in!


Featured Style: Deep-V Crotchless Bodystocking by Elegant Moments



Sexy Hosiery

A little retro, a little sexy, a lot of fun—hosiery is a great addition to not only a lingerie collection, but to a fashion wardrobe. It’s simple to mix and match your hosiery with bras and panties you already have. In all sorts of styles like lace, fishnets or sheer, you’re sure to find something that fits your style and complements your wardrobe. Hosiery is perfect to pair with a teddy or bustier for intimate occasions, or with a garter and skirt as outerwear. Once you find hosiery that you love, you’ll find plenty of reasons to wear it.


Bare Necessities: Types of Lingerie – Sexy Hosiery by Berkshire

Styling Tip: If you’re not sure what color to choose, going with hosiery that’s the color of your shoes is always a good bet.


Featured Style: Sexy Hose Lace Waist Garter Stockings by Berkshire



Plus Size Lingerie

Everyone deserves to feel beautiful and sexy in their own body, and lingerie that fits well can help you look and feel your best. “Plus-size” and “sexy” aren’t mutually exclusive. Stunning bras, panties and lingerie sets designed for women of all sizes, shapes and sensibilities. There’s nothing better than feeling confident and beautiful in the skin you’re in and finding lingerie that fits your personal style while flattering your body is one surefire way to make you feel totally gorgeous.


Bare Necessities: Types of Lingerie – Plus Size Lingerie Bodysuit by Oh La La Cheri

Styling Tip: If you’re not sure what color to choose, going with hosiery that’s the color of your shoes is always a good bet.


Featured Style: Plus Size Real Lingerie Josilyn Lace Bodysuit by Oh La La Cheri




There are more choices than ever before when it comes to lingerie. With styles, cuts and sizes that flatter every figure, there are endless opportunities to find pieces you’ll adore. Whether you’re planning a surprise for a special someone or treating yourself, finding lingerie you love is an investment that’s sure to pay off.



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