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As you sift through your intimates drawer searching for something exciting to wear under the day’s outfit, you notice that it’s looking a little barren. Le sigh—you’re tired of wearing the same basic bras and undies on repeat.
You know what you need? A nice lingerie upgrade.
Lingerie is designed to make you feel seductive and self-possessed. But if you haven’t shopped for new unmentionables lately, the notion of selecting a new négligée can feel intimidating.
So, what’s a girl to do?
You can gather your gaggle of besties to launch your lingerie shopping epic. But before you do, settle in with this complete guide to 10 do’s and don’ts of buying lingerie you’ll treasure forever.
When starting their lingerie-hunting epic, shoppers of all cup sizes might bee-line to the bra category to filter designs by the same bra size they’ve worn for years. But what they may not realize is our bodies and breasts tend to change over time—and they would very much appreciate it if you chose a bra fitted to your body’s uniquely magnificent shape.
Learning your correct bra size provides a suite of benefits for your wearing experience:
One surefire way to find your accurate bra size is to get measured by a professional. Don’t know where to get a professional bra fitting?When in doubt, ask an associate in your local boutique if they can help you get fitted.
If the person completing your measurements surprises you with a bra size you weren’t expecting, remember this one golden rule: embrace it.
Every pair of breasts is unique, and each can look stunning in a flattering set of the right lingerie. Over time (and with some expert advice from yours truly), you’ll learn which bralettes can make athletic breasts look bangin’, or which bustiers can give full breasts the TLC they deserve.
Yes, it’s true—one can easily carried away with all the different styles and sumptuous fabrics while buying lingerie. But if you’re a true lingerie novice, focus on shopping for top-drawer staples the first time around. You can always come back for round two to add some deliciously spicy pieces to your growing collection!
Ideally, the foundations of any budding lingerie drawer should include the following pieces:
Psst! One last thing—don’t forget about your derriere! For every staple bra you put in your shopping cart, try to find a matching pair of panties to wear with it.
Just because you’re shopping for the basics doesn’t mean you should completely avoid a statement bra and panty set that’s beckoning—au contraire.
The beauty of lingerie is that you’re buying it for yourself. Whatever piece you find yourself gravitating towards, it should make you feel empowered and beautiful.
So, if you find yourself ogling an ultra-strappy catsuit, a racy three-piece set, or a garter belt with detachable lace handcuffs you can’t take your eyes off of—go for it. Everyone deserves at least one whimsical lingerie number to whip out and wear whenever, and for whomever, they please.
If you find yourself lingerie shopping IRL, you may find those mega-sale undies in the discount bin testing your willpower. And while these temptresses seduce us with the promise panties by the fistful and amazing deals, consider the saying, “You get what you pay for.”
When it comes to beautiful lingerie, ain’t that the truth.
There are countless reasons to choose high-quality lingerie over their mass-produced counterparts. For starters:
You don’t have to search for the most expensive lingerie brands online to find the highest quality lingerie. Countless lingerie brands offer exquisitely made pieces at an accessible price point.
Rather than using price to locate your best options, suss out the quality of a prospective purchase with the following questions:3
If you find a piece that ticks all those boxes, don’t you dare let her go.
Whether you’re shopping in-person or online, your lingerie should be as much about feel as it is about appearance. Once your items arrive (or in the boutique, if you’re browsing IRL), take your pieces for a little spin, like so:
If you can zero in on a lingerie brand whose aesthetic you love, you’re off to a phenomenal start. Having a home brand can give you a better sense of:
With all of this information in tow, you can shop online without ever needing to leave the comfort of home.
If you’ve landed on the perfect teddy or plunge bra and are eager to hand over your credit card to secure the goods—just a moment. Have you read the care label on your new goodies yet?
From delicate lacey bras to buttery silk slips, most beautiful lingerie comes with specific directions regarding their care. And if you want your delicates to have a long shelf life, it’s crucial to read their washing instructions before you purchase so you know you’re equipped to follow them.
In other words, if your new unmentionables will require hand washing and you’re a toss-in-the-wash kind of gal, don’t buy them at all!
Once you’ve brought your new pieces home, it can be tempting to lump them in with the rest of your clothing to wash—but the more special treatment you can give your delicates, the better!
If your lingerie’s cleaning instructions say they can be washed on machine gentle, just ensure you:4
When shopping for lingerie, the name of the game is finding pieces that make you feel like the gorgeous goddess you are.
Gooseberry’s collection was made with the inherent beauty of femininity in mind. Our handcrafted, French architecture-inspired designs lean into every curve, providing support where you need it so you can feel comfortable and utterly irresistible.
Whether you’re starting your sexy lingerie collection from scratch or just looking to revamp your look, start a new chapter of your top drawer’s story by shopping Gooseberry’s latest today.