I love Lingerie, I really do. Its such a beautiful and alluring piece of clothing. Whether you’re wearing them for you (I believe we all get dressed up for ourselves from time to time, just to admire God’s beautiful creation) or for someone else to take off, you definitely want to have a lingerie set in your closet.
Shopping for lingerie can be the worst and you’ll almost never know until you try. Sure, we absolutely love and adore the Calvin Klein and Savage X Fenty fits but hey! sometimes a Nigerian girl just needs some cute lingerie that doesn’t involve shipping fees and Dollar-to-Naira math.
In this article, I’m going to give you the tea on all you need to know about shopping these beauties.
Let’s get to it!
You can always trust Lingerie to never go out of style, and that’s because there are just so many styles to it. It all comes down to what you like and what mood you’re trying to set for your day, or date (wink wink). I always love a matching set, it doesn’t matter who is or who isn’t looking, just doing the coordination underneath sets my tone for the entire day.
If you’re going for a one-piece touch, body suits are an easy choice . It’s a great body shaper, offers good breast support and as a plus – it can be tucked into a skirt or pair of jeans. Teddies work similarly, they’re almost like bodysuits but more sensual with their deep cut necks and fabric. If you’re aiming to cinch your waist, say no more sister – Corsets save the day! They are feminine, and bring out all the curves you almost forgot you had.
If you’re going for a more alluring look, you can go for see through lingerie. To add a mind blowing touch, throw in some garters. Garters give a seductive feminine touch to almost any lingerie set, and so do body stockings. If you’re into the kinkiness of fishnets or just looking for something sultry, then you want to ask your shopper for that. Don’t get me started on sexy hosiery, because girl!
It’s also important to take note of the sizing of your lingerie – you don’t want it looking too loose or feeling too tight. There are little tips here and there to help you almost always choose just the right size. It’s advisable to start by knowing your measurements. Using a measuring tape to get the right centimeters of your bust, waist, torso and hips gives you a clear picture of what you’re on the look out for. You’ll want to make sure you’re hanging the measuring tape snug enough but not too tight.
If you are shopping in store, make sure you look out for the red flags of “not-your-right-size lingerie”.
Does it leave body marks when you take it off? Too tight.
Can you slide more than two fingers underneath the band way too easily? Might be too loose.
The band should always feel like a snug body hug and the cups should fit without riding up or causing spillage. Your size may not always be the same everywhere due to differences in labels so it’s okay to adapt to going one size higher or lower.
Comfort and Colors
When it comes to clothing and comfort, whatever makes you feel good almost always makes you look good. You don’t ever want to compromise your comfort because your body will eventually tell. Shop only lingerie styles and fits that you feel confident in. Looking off models online and deciding how it’ll look on you can be a little challenging especially while trying to avoid a what I ordered vs. what I got dilemma.
A tip is to sincerely ask yourself – can I wear this? is it my style?
Frankly, I also try to look out for models that actually look like me body wise, and that gives a clearer picture. Thankfully, the lingerie sector is being more size inclusive and we love it.
Color choice again, is all about you and your comfort. For me, I love my neutral colors. For others, If the bralette isn’t blinding tomato red or other bright colors, then they don’t buy. Again, do you!
The material used to create these lingerie pieces are as numerous as the various styles they come in. Easily, the most common fabric used is Lace. Lace has a long history of its appeal and is an aesthetically pleasing look, but if you’re like me then the fabric can get a little itchy if you have sensitive skin. Synthetic materials are also an interesting choice because of their elasticity and flexibility. Plus, it’s so easy to maintain and seems to last longer in the long run. However, I’m super skeptical about nylon fabrics because they are terrible at absorbing moisture and trap sweat on your skin. Cotton is great for that, but then can be a little too loose when it comes to shape support. There are so many other fabrics available and you’ll want to make fabric decisions based on what you usually wear and what isn’t irritable for your skin.
Now that we’ve gone through these guides, we’re ready to send you into the world. Ugh. They grow up so fast.
Here are a few Lingerie brands (all in Nigeria) you should check out:
Let us know how that next shopping trip goes!