Word on the street is many of us who want to buy sexy lingerie do not actually know what we are buying. Yup, and there’s no shame in that. Lingerie encapsulates a wide array of categories and most of us were raised to think of lingerie as bras and panties, and a few of us who snuck a peek in magazines probably have seen a garter or two without knowing what it is called. Worse, it can be very overwhelming to step into a kinky lingerie shop, it starts to feel like a whole new world after the first few suggestions with names we have never heard before.
That’s why today my hot take for the week is going to be giving you the rundown of basic pieces of lingerie, their descriptions, and their purpose, that way you are armed with knowledge the next time you go shopping.
One-piece lingerie, this category has two main items; bodysuit lingerie and teddy lingerie. They both look like the traditional one-piece swimsuit and are often worn interchangeably but have a core difference, their purpose. Teddy Lingerie is designed to center the bust area, and by extension revert attention away from the mid-region. Whereas the bodysuit equally does this but with the added bonus of shaping. Because of this, the bodysuit will likely be more form-fitting in order for it to accomplish its bonus goal but either one can come in many designs.
erotic lingerie, This category tends to have a vast majority of pieces simply because it is more so a category of style rather than design. Here we will be highlighting garters and corsets. The garter is a belt that covers the mid to lower region of the torso, it can, and most times does come with hooks to attach to stockings, sort of like an upside-down suspender. The purpose of this is to keep stockings in place but is also great for building a sexual aesthetic, which is why it is popularly characterized here. The corset is a band that goes over the torso region and is designed to synch the waist while equally giving the illusion of a flatter tummy and more perky chest area, it is also used to serve a sensual aesthetic
The dresses, in this category we take a look at slips and chemises, similar to the lingerie teddy and bodysuit saga, both of these designs are often mistaken for each other and are generally used interchangeably depending on the material. The difference once again is in the original purpose of the two. Slips are more form-fitting because they are designed as a layer between your clothes and skin, whereas chemises are designed as nightdresses, so looser on the sides.
Hopefully, these help you the next time you foray into the magical world of lingerie shopping!