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The How-To Lounge: Building a Lingerie Wardrobe

In my August must haves post, I suggested treating yourself to some sexy lingerie - which I feel every woman should have. Now I know what some of you are saying, I am not a lingerie girl, I don't feel comfortable in lingerie, or I'm single and have no one to wear it for but lingerie doesn't necessarily mean risque garters and crotchless panties. Here are some tips on how to build a classy lingerie wardrobe.

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  • Lingerie can be expensive, so build your collection slowly
  • Every women should have plenty of the essentials: Seamless t-shirt bras, seamless thongs, seamless full back underwear -- in nude, black, and white -- and a few boy shorts for sleeping or lounging in
  • Certain pieces of clothing require special underwear. Every woman should own a simple slip in black and nude, and a few different styles of Spanx and a deep v-neck cut bra. Nylons are a thing of the past, but opaque tights have made a serious come back so keep a few pairs handy in the cooler months
  • Our body's shape changes constantly, so make sure you get a professional bra fitting regularly
  • Once the basics are purchased, I recommend investing in a few sexy, more fancy pieces of lingerie. Since this kind of underwear isn't meant to be worn everyday (unless you're feeling extra saucy that is) splurge on a matching bra and panty set, a silk nightie, or an amazing garter belt and sheer silk stockings -- it's a great way to spice things up in the bedroom!
  • Always hand wash your intimates and never put them in the dryer. Lay them flat to dry and wrap them up in tissue so they don't snag in your drawer

Happy shopping!


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potterlove potterlove 10 years
Well, I already did my lingerie shopping on saturday, but I guess I need to go retrack now...missed a few things here.
denali denali 10 years
Wow! Pretty Catty.
ducks ducks 10 years
I agree about Victoria's Secrets. It's not just the bras that don't fit right. Many of their shirts and dresses fit my lower torso but not my chest. Sigh.
mizlynz mizlynz 10 years
Lane Bryant makes a pretty good strapless bra that lifts and supports, but it's obscenely expensive. My boobs shrink too easily to make it worth the price.
likescupcakes likescupcakes 10 years
I would KILL for a strapless bra that actually lifts and supports.
Greggie Greggie 10 years
I hate Victoria's Secret because contrary to having people like Tyra Banks model their stuff, it's INCREDIBLY difficult to find things that fit large-busted women. And the saleswomen are beyond rude. And their return policy SUCKS.
mizlynz mizlynz 10 years
I love this post! Spanx are the best for sucking you up and in, too.
reese05 reese05 10 years
Good idea Miami Gal! Will def do that..hmmmm
flowidme flowidme 10 years
nice post!love lingerie!
katlovesclothes katlovesclothes 10 years
I HATE Victorias Secret... I once went for a fitting, they told me I was an "A" cup!?!?! WtF? Um, that's my chest on the picture to the right.... turns out, after going to Intimacy here in Chicago, I'm a 34C... a LONG way off from an "A" cup.
windynini windynini 10 years
Thanks for the advice. I guess it is somewhat essential for us girls to have a nice, cute collection of lingerie. I'm trying to lose some 10-15 lbs. so I guess I'll save those purchases after I've obtained my goal.
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
Love this post!!! :D
Random2 Random2 10 years
I've forced myself to cut down on the lingerie purchases. When I do buy new stuff, I admit most of it is for my boyfriend, but it's also for me, 'cause I love wearing cute underwear, even if no one sees it!
facin8me facin8me 10 years
Wow. More stuff for us to spend our money on to look good. Not only do we make less money, on average, than men, but we're expected to pluck, wax, primp, color, sunless tan, have the latest fashions, and now an entire lingerie wardrobe. Who needs to save money for a down payment on a house or a car or children or retirement when there are frilly panties and garter belts to be had! Lucky us...
sw2190 sw2190 10 years
ya vctoria secrets is gr8 i got two soo cute sets the other day i love them! but yes theyre are saved for my special occasions hehe
Miami-Gal Miami-Gal 10 years
I love garters. If I must wear hose, it's garters every time. I have some hot nighties I got my boyfriend for his birthday that I model for him. Silly girls, you go try it on, wrap it, and give it to your guy. The stuff that doesn't stay on for at most five minutes is not for you, but for him!
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 10 years
It's funny that you posted this cause I've seriously been thinking about trying to build a collection!
JBlondie JBlondie 10 years
I had a fairly large lingerie collection and then I had my breasts augmented, so now I am slowly building again! I love lingerie and feel so sexy and feminine in it!
Fashion Fashion 10 years
Fab advice Dear; I need to take better care of my lingerie, you've inspired me. ;) xo
Greggie Greggie 10 years
I also really dislike stuff that says "every woman should own..." I hate seamless stuff, and it's not supportive on me. And I despise boy shorts.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 10 years
i actually dont like spanx. they look like granny panties imo. the only lingerie i buy is from Victoria's Secret and some cute boy shorts from Aerie by American Eagle.
princess_eab princess_eab 10 years
I have like 25 cute and colorful Maidenform bras-- they're affordable and seem to fit the best. I have enough underwear to not do laundry for three months-- I love the Gap's colorful ultra low lace bikinis and thongs. I feel the best in these things, since I try to match them every day. Lingerie makes me feel fat and uncomfortable, for some reason. I don't see much of a point in it.
Greggie Greggie 10 years
I do absolutely agree with getting a professional fitter, although I also agree it's awkward to be pushed and prodded. *lol* However, not all intimates should be laid flat. My bras very specifically need to be hung from the middle.
Greggie Greggie 10 years
I am extremely uncomfortable in lingerie. I don't feel sexy in it, I feel fat and droopy. I'm very hard to fit, and I don't have the cash to get stuff that would work around that. I have a small collection because my husband enjoys it, but it does asbolutely nothing for me. I feel way sexier in a dress and heels.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
Even though I was really happy with the bra I bought after receiving professional help, I was extremely embarrassed by the poking and prodding ... at one time, there were FOUR sales assistants with me in the fitting room. Ummmmm ... awkward!
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