A Man's Guide: How to Buy Lingerie

Posted by , 02 December 2010


Men's lingerie buyer's guide: the basics

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    Men's lingerie buyer's guide: the glossary

  • Introduction
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    Men's lingerie buyer's guide: where to shop

Granted, we're blokes too, and we can't boast that we wear lingerie on a daily basis, but we've still got some ideas passed on from the world's finest ladies to share with you. So here are the basics of buying lingerie according to FHM:

Know her sizes

If there’s one thing that makes underwear buying a minefield, it’s sizes. Too big and she’ll think you’re saying she’s fat, too small and she’ll think you’re suggesting she lose weight. In short, rifle through her underwear drawer and check her size.

Choose the right colour

The only thing to really remember here is do not buy bright red (prostitute) or cream (wedding lingerie). Base the rest on the colours your girlfriend usually wears. If, for instance, she’s a fan of a particular shade of pink, try that. Unsure? Go for black, it looks good on everyone.

Buy smart

This isn’t necessarily an exercise in what suits your girlfriend’s body shape, but what she feels comfortable in. Look at the underwear she regularly wears. If it’s thongs, buy a sexy version of that. If she wears proper knickers, opt for that shape. Check whether her bras have padding – if most do, make sure the one you buy does as well.

Don’t play it safe

Lingerie is supposed to be sexy so don’t under any circumstances buy something she can wear every day. If it looks like her normal underwear, you haven’t got the right stuff. But don’t go too far the other way. Buying a corset with a horse tail at the back might be a bit much first time round.

Be brave

It can be embarrassing buying lingerie but the shop assistants are there to help and they know what they’re talking about. Ask their advice, take your time and don’t panic buy. That way, you won’t have to take it back with your disappointed missus in tow.

There's More!

And if you want to know more, here's a blast from the past with FHM favourite Natalie Oxley modelling some sexy numbers:

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