Lingerie Buying Guide: How to Choose Lingerie to Boost Your Confidence

There's no such thing as "the wrong shape". No such thing as "real woman" size, either. It's not about what you've got – it’s about your own perception of your body, the love and care you give it, and the things you do to boost your own confidence and self-esteem.

If you’re looking for an instant boost to your confidence, nothing does it quite like a sexy lingerie set. Finding a gorgeous bra and knicker set that shows you off in all your glory can make you feel amazing, even if you only wear it for your own enjoyment. Getting rid of your old, faded, scruffy undies and replacing them with fresh, bright and sexy new pieces can make you feel incredible. And if you’re buying them to blow the socks off a new beau, even better. You’ll probably want to step things up a notch with the ultimate go-to in the sexy underwear stakes – stockings and suspenders, perhaps a cheeky peephole bra or crotchless set. Turning them to jelly can make you feel incredibly powerful. Even the most petite of us can make a giant’s knees buckle in erotic lingerie, but first you have to choose the perfect sexy underwear for you.

Whichever part of your body you’re looking to flaunt, we have many different styles of lingerie to do it.. Whether you are after plus-size lingerie or women’s lingerie for petite figures, prepare to undress to impress – here’s your guide to finding the right lingerie to make you look and feel fantastic.

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The Best Lingerie to Flaunt Your Waist

If you’re looking for lingerie to skim and show off every curve, longline bras and basques are a great option. These classic styles don’t just highlight your waist and lower curves but can be great for nailing the underwear-as-outwear trend, as well as ensuring your bedroom look is on point – truly, the best of both worlds!! A full or high-waisted suspender belt that sinches in the waist can also make you feel gorgeously confident and sensual.

To turn up the heat, truly nail the art of the tease and flaunt those stunning curves, stock up on babydolls and chemises. These will skim your curves and give a stunningly elegant look up top, while offering a tempting glimpse of what’s below…

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The Best Lingerie to Flaunt Your Legs

To draw attention to longer legs, or to create more of an illusion of length, opt for high-cut or high waisted knickers or thongs. These sit higher up on the waist, showcasing the top of your thighs and hips and drawing the eye down, elongating the leg.

And for a teasing bedroom look? There’s no point messing around. Stockings. Of every kind. Get those irresistible legs on show and you’ll be unstoppable. For the bedroom, a pretty bra teamed with classic hold-up stockings or stockings supported by suspenders will draw eyes down to your legs and give a sophisticated yet seductive look.

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The Best Lingerie to Flaunt Your Boobs

The best bra is always a well-fitting bra. Nail the bra, and you’ve nailed the entire lingerie look! If you’re looking to maximise and showcase your bust, opt for a push-up bra or plunge style. These will support and enhance your natural assets, helping you feel confident and empowered – both in and out of the bedroom.However, when it comes to touch, there’s nothing like a sexy lace bra, minus the padding for both you and the person caressing your assets.

Are you planning a sexy night in and looking for the perfect lingerie to draw attention up top? For a classic, vintage-inspired look, choose a corset or basque. Or, for an edgier, bondage style, a peephole bra or open cup bra guarantees a steamy night in the bedroom.

See through lingerie is also a guaranteed pulse raiser as it gives them a little glimpse of what’s waiting underneath to get them enticed and excited.

Flaunt Your Bum

The Best Lingerie to Flaunt Your Bum

Embrace your curves and go big by going small when it comes to lingerie to showcase your bum. Keep shorts for every day, and save thongs, strings and bottomless briefs for after dark.

Anything high cut is great for showing off your bum, so a drawer full of pretty Brazilian knickers is great for maximum sex appeal. Want to unleash your inner temptress? Racy crotchless lingerie will quickly take things from 0-100 in the bedroom while showcasing your best asset in the naughtiest of ways.

Finding the Perfect Plus Size Underwear

As we mentioned earlier, whether you’re a naturally slim firecracker in search of petite lingerie to enhance your assets, or you’re a big beautiful bad-ass looking for gorgeous lingerie for curvy women, the best lingerie brands should cater to all gorgeous figures. Here at Ann Summers, our women’s underwear is designed for all shapes and sizes, so finding the perfect petite or plus size sexy lingerie is easy, the hard part is choosing which to leave behind from our online lingerie store!

Lingerie Sizes: How to Measure for Lingerie

So, you know your body shape and you know the styles you need to make you look and feel fantastic. Now, how do you know what size and types of lingerie to get?

The best lingerie fits like a dream, so it’s important to find the right size for you. Lingerie sizes can come in a variety of forms, from traditional dress sizes to cup sizes or simply S, M, L. One of the most common questions we get is “what is a size 12 bra equivalent to?”, or queries about converting cup size back to dress size. It can all get a little confusing, so we’ve put together a selection of lingerie size guides and conversion charts that tell you everything you need to know.

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