You may be shopping for a special occasion like a birthday or an anniversary, it might just be a romantic surprise – the why doesn’t really matter, what does is finding the perfect piece of lingerie for your partner. It’s stressful, right? You know that you want to get something sexy, but you want to make sure it’s the right size, that it will make her feel comfortable, and that can be seriously intimidating. Don’t worry, we have your back and we have a five-step process to get you through it.
1. Do It With Confidence
Of course, it’s easier to shop online because you don’t need to worry about looking like a pervert as you browse the aisles of your local Ann Summers. You also don’t have to speak to a member of staff (but, if you do, don’t worry, it’s what they do!). Here’s the thing most men fail to understand when it comes to buying lingerie. It’s as exciting as it is intimidating and while it’s always assumed that it’s the men who are turned on by it, women like it, too. You don’t want her to feel uncomfortable in your gift, so bear that in mind as you shop. Whether it’s a new relationship or you’ve been together for decades.
2. Know Your Partner
There’s a good chance your partner already owns a piece of two of lingerie, so find out how she really feels when she slips into one of them. Does it make her feel confident and outgoing? Does she act shyer? This can be a great help when you are looking at what type of piece to buy her. It’s not about what you like (though that does count for something), it’s about what she likes and what she will feel comfortable in. There is a stark difference between what she will think she looks sexy in and what you find sexy, so try to get the balance right by getting to know what she truly likes.
3. Get The Size & Style Right
There’s nothing worse than receiving a gift that doesn’t fit – if it’s too small it can be embarrassing, and if it’s too big… well, that isn’t going to work for anyone. You’ll need to be a bit sneaky as you determine what size your partner is – so be careful you don’t get caught rifling through her underwear. Check more than one set, though. She may wear different sizes from different retailers. Don’t forget to check the bra size, too. If you’re smart you’ll know her favourites so you can check those sizes.
So, you have the size nailed down. Now, it’s time to make more notes. What type of panties does she prefer – does she wear thongs, boyshorts or briefs? What about her bras? Are they plunge, balconette or push up? What types of fabric is she drawn to? This will give you a good idea of her style so that you can translate it to your lingerie purchase. You just need to settle on colour – black is always a safe bet, it’s a classic and you can’t go wrong there.
4. Make Your Purchase
There are a variety of styles and sets that are available, just remember that you will get what you pay for. If you’re buying lingerie as a gift you need to be sure to also purchase a matching bra and pants. You can even add accessories like garters, stockings, and suspenders for a full look.
Ideally, you’ll find a full-set so that you don’t have to worry about what matches and what doesn’t – but if you feel confident you can go ahead and mix and match. It isn’t just the colours that are important when it comes to mixing and matching, it’s also the materials that you need to consider. You don’t want to mix lace and silk poorly and make the outfit uncomfortable.
5. Present The Gift
Ideally, the items should be gift wrapped. So, buy a gift box or use a service to add a classy touch. You can leave it sitting on the bed or present it after a romantic meal. Just remember this purchase isn’t just about your pleasure, it’s for both of you to enjoy. If your partner is particularly adventurous then you may want to take a look at the toy range, too. There are options for both of you, and it’s a great way to spice up your bedroom activities. If you’re confident enough to buy lingerie for her and she’s confident enough to wear it, then you might just find out that you’re both up for some toy action. Before you go out and buy it, though, you may want to casually broach the subject to see how she feels about the subject. You probably wouldn’t appreciate if she went out and bought you a toy without even finding out whether you’d be into it.
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