The Dos and Don’ts of Wearing and Buying Lingerie
Lingerie is downright beautiful, but it can also be downright terrifying. For some, it takes the world of undergarments to a completely unexplored place. Garter belts? Teddies? Balconettes? Chemises? Yes, there is way more to educate yourself on than simply bras and underwear. Since there’s always cause for celebration, we figured some of you might be considering slipping into something a little lacy in the coming weeks, and we want to be sure you do it with complete confidence.
Allison Beale, brand director of Journelle, was kind enough to inform us of the dos and don’ts when it comes to tackling these often intimidating underpinnings. Whether it’s your first time wearing lingerie or you consider it part of your daily wardrobe, we can guarantee that Beale’s tips cover it all.
“My first bit of advice would be to head to your local independent lingerie boutique for a fitting. There will be fit experts on hand, and you’ll get the best and most knowledgeable service. Second of all, don’t get too hung up on your size. Bra fitting and lingerie as a whole are about finding styles and sizes that fit well and look great. It’s important to ensure there’s no gaping at the cup and that the band is snug against your back as the majority of support comes from the band.
“Don’t stress about your measured size. Wear what feels best on you; it will look the best on you, I promise.”
“If you’re a lingerie newbie, begin to invest in great-fitting, great-looking sets (and yes, go for the set rather than just the bra) to build your wardrobe: a bra sets, a plunge bra, and definitely an unlined lace demi. These will be your lingerie workhorses, so to speak, so be sure to take special care of them.
If you’re an advanced lingerie lover, go for the wow factor. There’s nothing like purchasing an over-the-top set complete with suspenders, a super-sleek bodysuit, or cheeky outer bottoms that you’ve fallen in love with and simply must-have. It doesn’t have to be a splurge, just something over-the-top and unexpected, and maybe not 100% practical. I promise it will continue to delight long after you’ve unwrapped it.
“When shopping for lingerie, there are so many things to look out for! There’s, of course, the technical standpoint—does it fit correctly, are the fabrics high quality, is the construction solid—but going beyond that is the je ne sais quoi of the garment, which is so important to lingerie. That is where beautiful laces and silks, special embellishments, unique designs, and construction come into the picture.
“Don’t be afraid of a little whimsy. If you love the plunge bra with aubergine lace, get it. You’ll feel fantastic every time you wear it.”
“Lingerie is the first thing you put on in the morning; you need to love it. And in order to love it, you need to look great in it and know you look great in it. That comes from fit and style, but also attachment to certain pieces. It begins with loving what you’re wearing. I promise the right lingerie set—one you love—will make you taller.