Have you ever purchased lingerie as a gift foryour other half? If you’re nodding miserably, your girlfriend, fiancée or wife probably took one glance at the lavishly wrapped dental floss and exiled it to the bottom of her underwear drawer, never to be seen again. After all, your special lady is unlikely to feel particularly sexy or comfortable when she’s packed into an unflattering leopard print corset or a scratchy pair of badly made undies. If you believe it’s the thought that counts, think again. For those of you ready to take another voyage into the world of babydolls, basques and brassieres, it’s important you mix sexiness with style and practicality in order to put a smile on your girl’s face.
To avoid getting hot under the collar in all the wrong ways, simply take note of my five rules for buying your loved one perfect lingerie every time …
Rule #1: Learn Her Size
It sounds obvious, but there are countless men who’ve splashed the cash for expensive lingerie only to end up buying the wrong size. This problem is easily avoided, however, if you simply take a peek in her underwear drawer to check her statistics – but remember to take note of the size of her knickers AND her chest and cup size. More importantly, don’t fumble through her panties if there’s a chance of being caught red-handed, as explaining this away maybe problematic …
Rule #2: Know Her Style
While you’re raking around in her drawers, take a mental note of the kind of style she’s rocking at the moment. Unlike briefs or boxers, women’s underwear is a tricky affair, with certain styles worn depending on the occasion. Also, be aware of whether she prefers a sexy or laid back look. Crucially, pay particular attention to the type of bras she wears currently, as certain brands– whether it’s Victoria’s Secret, Agent Provocateuror M&S – will suit different figures and shapes.
Rule #3: Get the Colour Right
Getting the colour spot on can be difficult, but there are a couple of things you should bear in mind before you rush to the counter in a lingerie induced frenzy. First, try to find underwear in her favourite colour, but remember certain shades will reveal more than others. Secondly, you’re trying to keep it sophisticated, so opt for colours designed to seduce and promote confidence, rather than shopping for a skimpy piece that leaves her uncomfortably exposed.
Rule #4: Stay Classy
Although exceptionally racy lingerie is certain to get your engine started, it’s not a great idea to buy it as a gift for your girl. She’s not a stripper, so you should be thinking classy not slutty, which is why it’s best to stick to luxurious fabrics such as silk, satin and lace. Also, don’t to go too far the other way by purchasing something hideously utilitarian, as it’s a gift that, essentially, you both need to like.
Rule #5: Check Out Celeb Ranges
From Gisele Bündchenand Elle Macpherson to Jessica Simpson and Madonna, an increasing number of A-list celebs are revealing their own dedicated lingerie ranges. To find some classy inspiration for your special lady’s new underwear, however, check out the MyleeneKlass collection at Littlewoods.com, which was named the fastest selling celebrity line ever. Her AW14 collection – where she flaunts her enviable figure – is her fourth for the Littlewoods brand.
Finally, once you’ve made your choice, be sure to have it beautifully wrapped and packaged, as handing over a plastic bag crammed full of expensive lingerie is a sure-fire way to pour water over the flames of romance.