How to Choose Lingerie for Your Body Shape

Looking to buy some sexy new lingerie but not sure where to start? Don't worry! We're here to help.

We've heard from one too many people wondering "what is the best lingerie for my body type anyway?" and frankly, we think it's time everyone knew the answer that's right for them. We think everyone deserves to look and feel amazing, which is why we've put together this guide on the best lingerie styles for you.

If you're buying lingerie as a gift for your lover and haven't found many clues in her underwear drawer as to the styles and shapes she likes, then it could be just the right time to spark a well-needed overhaul. This guide will help you to choose something that will look stunning on her, ensuring she feels confident and sexy.

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When looking for lingerie, a lot of people start by wondering about the best lingerie for curvy women or sexy lingerie for short women, but your height and curvaceousness aren't as important as the shape of your bust, waist, and bum in relation to each other.

Stand in front of a mirror in just your underwear (preferably the underwear that fits you the best). Make sure your back is straight, your shoulders are back and you're standing face on. Take a look at your body and analyse its shape.

You will probably fall into one of the four main body shapes outlined below and from there you can see which underwear we recommend for your shape.

The Hourglass

Hourglass shapes have a lot of key features really worth emphasising, especially a narrow waist, so underwear that will really flaunt your best bits is a must.

Hourglass Body Shape Features:

  • Big bust - 40%
  • Small waist - 20%
  • Bootylicious bottom - 40%

What is the best lingerie for hourglass figures?

Basques, corsets and bustiers are the most flattering pieces of lingerie as they emphasise the breasts, show off your waist and draw attention to that fabulous bottom.

Team with a cute pair of ruffled boy shorts and a pair of leg-lengthening stockings to finish the overall look.

Check out our selection of Basques, Corsets and Bustiers

The Skittle/Pear Shaped

One of the most coveted body shapes, Skittle shapes have an enviable derriere that seems to draw attention from miles around!

Skittle Body Shape Features:

  • Average bust - 30%
  • Average waist - 30%
  • Curvy bottom - 40%

What is the best lingerie for pear shape figures?

Babydolls or chemises are a really good choice for skittle-shaped girls - they flatter the upper body by creating cleavage and curves, but highlight that gorgeous rounded bum by skimming over it with sensual material.

They're also great for girls who might be a little worried about their hips or thighs as they come in all different lengths and can cover up anything you want to hide.

Check out our selection of Babydolls and Chemises

The Inverted Triangle/Apple Shaped

Many people spend thousands of dollars trying to achieve the Inverted Triangle look so it's important to frame your bountiful bust.

Inverted Triangle Body Shape Features:

  • Big bust - 40%
  • Slim waist - 30%
  • Average bottom - 30%

What is the best lingerie for inverted triangle shape figures?

Bra sets are great for ladies with an Inverted Triangle shape as they flatter in the best way possible - high on your chest with lots of support and emphasis to the natural curve.

Bra sets also come with a range of matching underwear so if you're confident with your bum go for a matching thong. If you want to keep all the attention on your cleavage go for matching knickers.

Check out our selection of Bra Sets

The Column/Athletic

Column ladies' svelte bodies are actually incredibly desirable and have a lot of options open to them when it comes to lingerie.

Column Body Shape Features:

  • Average bust - 35%
  • Average waist - 30%
  • Average bottom - 35%

What is the best lingerie for column shape figures?

Basque sets, bodies and corsets are perfect for Column shapes as they cling to the body and create serious curves where there weren't any before!

Most come in 2 or more piece sets, so by breaking up the body, you're emphasising individual parts - your gorgeous long body, your cute bottom and your pert bust!

Check out our selection of Bodies and Teddies

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