Finding the ideal blend of alluring lingerie and a flattering fit is often easier said than done. With a sea of options in every style, shape, fabric, and color under the sun, choosing the right piece can seem overwhelming. Understanding what makes your body pop in the best possible way can help you choose the perfect lingerie to accentuate your figure, bring out your beauty, and allow you to express yourself like never before.
The Body Type Myth
Associating your body with a specific “type” can be a useful place to start, but as fashion publications like Cosmo have rightly pointed out, it’s important to remember that your body is truly unique. This is great news! Rather than struggle to decide which fruit your body type is most closely identified with, think about what parts of your body you genuinely love. While it’s perfectly okay (and definitely human!) to want to downplay certain parts of your body, starting from a place of self-affection is the best way to discover lingerie you will love.
Whether you could pass as Sofia Vergara’s body double or have the physique of an Olympic sprinter, every woman has curves, and these curves deserve to be celebrated. For more voluptuous ladies, chemises that flare at the hips and bust can bring out your finest assets, while the less generously endowed can create the illusion of an hourglass with universally adored corsets. When shopping for lingerie, pay close attention to whether bras, panties, and one-pieces feature angled, vertical, or horizontal lines. It’s a general rule that sharp horizontal cuts can add width and vertical cuts can add length, but angled or curved lines can gorgeously draw attention to the body’s natural curvature.
Whatever your shape, elongating the torso and creating a slender visual appeal can be an attractive option in contemporary lingerie. Bodysuits are a favorite for smoothing the tummy and making the wearer appear taller, while ankle-length night gowns guarantee dramatic length with a seductive touch of noir. Deep V necklines and vertical slits along the thigh also add dimension and visual length. When creating the perfect finishing touch, don’t forget that hosiery and heels can make legs appear slimmer, while adding height and balance to any lingerie ensemble. Opt for hosiery that stops mid-thigh. This visual break can do wonders to further elongate your legs. Meanwhile, consider heels with a slightly pointed toe to add even more dimension.
Discover Your Passion
For those who hope to inspire passion with the perfect choice of lingerie, dare to fall in love with a piece yourself before ever showing it off. Whatever your shape, the best lingerie should bring out your inner goddess, indomitable confidence, and irresistibly sensual side. (For a fun look at some of history’s sexiest inspirations, check out the Undressed exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.) Above all, remember that the perfect lingerie choices is all about what makes you look and feel your best.
Until Next Time,
Author Bio: Amy Trotter is a freelance content writer at Smitten Lingerie, a resource for playful, seductive, and spectacularly curated lingerie. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her two pugs, Lana and Ava. In her free time, she enjoys blogging, pilates, and indulging in mimosa brunches with friends.