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Clothing: a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

Lingerie: women's underwear, nightclothes, and intimate apparel

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Lingerie Buying Guide for Men

Buying lingerie for your significant other can be one of the most romantic things you can do. It's an intimate gift which, if you get it right, shows you really care, really do understand her and have put the effort in to really think about a gift they will like.

It's also one of the most stressful and dangerous gifts you can buy so don't rush in to it!

Get it right and there are some major brownie points to be earned here. You may even get to unwrap your present later...

Get it wrong however, and you will almost certainly live to regret it...if you're lucky!

Before you even think about buying make sure you avoid the following pitfalls and take heed of the helpful lingerie buying advice for guys we provide here. A few minutes reading can save you hours of grief.

Common Lingerie Buying Mistakes

Guys, the most important things to remember when buying lingerie as a present are these:

1) It's NOT for You!

Remember who you are buying lingerie for and tailor your future choice to this. If you buy something in a style she doesn't usually wear then the chances are, you've got it wrong. If you buy it in a color or design she doesn't usually wear then again, you've probably got it wrong. Buy something YOU like and the chances are...yup, you guessed it, you've got it wrong!

The Golden Rule - You are buying lingerie for her...and NOT for yourself!

Yes, those models look great in the skimpy, slutty lingerie and no doubt you'd love to see her in the same, but think of the message you are sending. Do you want your gift to say "You're special and I love you" or "Love? I just wanna ... you!".

Unless she likes it, opting for the leather, PVC, crotchless, cupless, peephole lingerie, French Maid or Naughty Nurse outfit and you'll no doubt end up sleeping with Rover that night. Go for something silky or lacey and you are more likely to be on the right track.

2) Do Your Research

The second biggest mistake is going into a lingerie store blind. DO NOT try to guess her size, favorite style or for that matter, try to guess anything at all. You'll fail and fail miserably. Unfortunately, women don't work in S, M, L, and XL sizes like us; they have to make it more complicated. When you walk into a lingerie store prepare to be hit by a dizzying array of numbers and letters associated with an even more confusing selection of strange, fascinating and wonderful products which to the untrained eye, all look the same, but to her, are very, very different.

Think push-up, plunge, balcony, gel filled, water filled, padded, unpadded, under wired, seamless, backless, boneless, strapless, open cup...with different cup sizes from A to JJ and not forgetting the numbers, different materials and designs...and that's just the bras!

Basically, do your research first before you hit the mall or go shopping online and you've got a vastly better chance of getting it right. Wait until she goes out and then raid her underwear drawer. Please put things back exactly where you found them…she will know. Try to find things with the label in it and write down the numbers there. If they don’t have sizes inside, borrow one of her bra and panty sets and take it to a store and ask one of the sales staff...they've seen it all before, don't worry. Actually they will be most impressed that you took the time and risked the potential male embarrassment to take the trouble to do so. Make sure that the lingerie you take is on the new side or you risk buying something in the size she was rather than the size she is now...the very WORST thing you can do is buy something in the size she was before she went up a dress size or two!

While you are rummaging around amongst her undies, make a note of the colors and styles she likes. Is there a particular color she is particularly fond of? Does she like patterns or plain styles? Does she go for comfort or sex appeal? These are important things to note if you are going to buy something she will like rather than something which gets shoved to the bottom of the drawer.

3) Items To Avoid

Now you know her size, the colors and styles she likes there's a few pitfalls to avoid:

Avoid anything marked as "Control", "Reducing", etc. These are to suck in bellies and hide excess weight...unless you really want to send the message "suck it in fatty" you'd probably be best avoiding these!

Gel filled, water filled and cleavage enhancing bras...again, unless this is what she prefers be careful what you might be viewed as hinting at with these.

Kinky stuff in general doesn't generally work as an "I love you" kind of gift. If you are daring enough to buy it at all, then save it for the times in between birthdays, Christmas and Valentines Day...

Anything else is probably safe.

Final Tips

Now you've got the majority of the pitfalls put to one side and hopefully avoided here are a few final tips:

1) Presentation

An important part of your gift is the presentation. Most shops will professionally gift wrap your purchase for you if you ask for a small charge and this is well worth paying a little extra for.

2) Shop Online

One of the glorious things about shopping for lingerie online is the wealth of information available to you that you simply will not find in a bricks and mortar lingerie retailer. Take a look at their gift ideas, top sellers list etc. for loads of ideas of what are popular choices.

3) Keep The Receipt!

If worse comes to the worse, she can always swap it for something else. However, keep in mind that most internet retailers may take back certain lingerie items but will not accept returns on panties, thongs, G Strings, teddies or anything else of that nature. They are not being difficult; it’s just due to health laws.

If you are looking for sexy lingerie gifts, visit Harlot Charlotte, a great place to find cute sexy bra sets, naughty lingerie, lingerie club wear, stockings, hosiery and other beautiful, exotic lingerie.

 

Contact us at: Librarian@clothingdictionary.com Please let us know of any lingerie or clothing names, terms, and phrases that we have missed.  We also want any special laundry hints and your tricks for dealing with difficult stains.  We are trying to make this Lingerie Dictionary a complete as possible and your suggestions are always welcome.