When it comes to outstanding gift giving, there are a few general rules that tend to guarantee success:
- The gift is personal.
- The gift is unique.
- The gift reflects the style and tastes of the recipient.
Nowhere are these rules more crucial than in the gifting of lingerie. Giving lingerie presents to your significant other can be an exciting, intimate, and unforgettable gesture (and one that you both can enjoy). However, unlike giving the gift of, say, a keychain, the stakes are comparatively high. To help you get it exactly right, we’ve put together the following guide - including some of our favorite lingerie gift ideas - to ensure that you both have the best possible experience.
Selecting an Item She’ll Love
While you may or may not have access to her current lingerie drawer, doing a bit of homework on what she’ll like is advisable. Hunt down whatever clues you can, and use your own experience of her wardrobe, style influences, and lingerie leanings to inform your choices. Even some general impressions of whether her tastes skew bold, ultra-feminine, or edgy can be of great use in coming up with lingerie gift ideas.
Choosing the Right Size
Many individuals are a bit gun-shy about selecting the right size for their partner. Fortunately, online size guides have made it incredibly easy to get the sizing right. If an investigative panty raid is not an option (or even if it is), this is a great and accurate way to purchase lingerie presents with confidence. Most pieces of lingerie include the following measurements: band size, cup size, and general size. Here's a guide to what those measurements entail:
Band size refers to the circumference of the chest directly beneath the bust. This measurement is represented by the number in a bra size (e.g., “34” in the size 34C).
Cup size refers to the size of the cup in a bra (or any lingerie that involves a bra component, such as a baby doll). To get this measurement, simply subtract the band size from the circumference of the chest at the bust. The letter equivalent of this number in inches (1 = A, 2 = B, 3 = C, 4 = D, 5 = DD) comprises the letter in a bra size (e.g., “C” in the size 34C).
General size refers to the basic measurement size of an overall garment. With certain types of lingerie, this may be the only size noted. As a general rule, size small (S) refers to dress/shirt/pant sizes 4-6, size medium (M) refers to sizes 8-10, and size large (L) refers to sizes 12-14.
Of course, there's no shame in asking for help. By enlisting the assistance of an expert second opinion, you stand an even greater chance of achieving success in sizing.
Style & Seasonality
As with other types of fashion apparel and accessories, the wonderful world of lingerie enjoys multiple seasons throughout the year. While you don’t have to watch Vogue like a hawk in order to find the best lingerie presents, it doesn’t hurt to stay informed. Choosing lingerie that reflects the current season and styles can add a nice touch to your gift, and can demonstrate how thoughtful you’ve chosen to be. To you help you get started, here are a few lingerie style suggestions for each of the four seasons:
Above all, summer is a season for shedding layers, and that makes this the perfect time of year to give the gift of lingerie. Brightly toned lace camisole sets and revealing panties are great options for summer lingerie gift ideas. Vivid turquoise, ocean blue, and pretty pastel pink are stand-out colors of the season. As a note, the gift of a sexy swimsuit can also be a thoughtful and timely gesture.
Cooler temperatures may mean a shift in wardrobe, but they also mean more reason to stay snuggled under the covers. Luxe tones like burgundy and champagne dominate this season, and for the latter, it’s hard to beat the opulent stylings of Maison Close. In terms of lingerie presents, nothing says fall like a luxurious draped bodysuit, but we’re also partial to the look of a bra and panty set underneath a borrowed flannel shirt.
For creative gift givers, the holiday season is the perfect time to lavish your significant other in sexy lingerie presents. Rich jewel tones and deep black are favorite colors of the season, and sensual detailing is a must for winter underthings. Gift-ready sets like the Jacquard Mesh Bra & Panty Set from iCollection are the perfect fit for romantic holiday getaways, and seductive sleepwear can add a touch of allure to lounging around the house on cold winter nights.
Arguably the flirtiest season of all, spring is the season of Valentine’s Day, spring flings, and shoving those bulky coats to the back of the closet. Flirtatious favorites like the Sweet Ruffle & Ribbon Baby Doll from Escante make for beautiful spring lingerie gift ideas, and favorites like the Papyrus Teddy from Cosabella capture the soft, seductive elegance of the season. While virtually all colors are fair game, pinks, purples, and greens are excellent choices for spring lingerie.
Much like blue jeans or a little black dress, many types of lingerie never go out of style. However, you can up your odds of choosing the perfect lingerie presents by keeping your finger on the pulse of contemporary trends. Here are a few of our top picks to consider:
Throwback trends are nothing new, but they seem to be aging spectacularly. To capitalize on this timeless (and surprisingly current) trend, we especially recommend baby dolls, bustiers, and corsets. Reinventions of these classic styles (like the Ruffled Baby Doll Set from Escante) are hotter than ever. When shopping for a woman who truly loves vintage, it’s virtually impossible to go wrong with a gorgeously designed corset (like the Eyelash Lace Corset & Panty Set from iCollection), combining Renaissance elements, vintage detailing, and a touch of burlesque.
If you’re shopping for a beauty with a bit of a wild side, edgier lingerie gift ideas are the way to go. Contemporary designers are taking to this trend more than ever before, and this is the perfect time to shock, tantalize, and delight your significant other with an unexpected selection. Cage-back panties are an excellent place to start, but radical inventions like the Open Front Velvet Teddy & Garter from Hauty are the logical endgame.
One of the hottest styles that’s currently trending is black mesh. In short, there are two reasons why we’re on board with the black mesh trend:
- It’s extraordinarily sexy.
- It fits like a charm.
If your confidence in selecting the right size still isn’t fully satisfied, mesh is a fabric as forgiving as it is alluring. Whether it appears as an overall fabric element or as a secondary fabric together with satin or lace, the inclusion of mesh is a great way to safeguard the perfect fit. Best yet, black mesh - as seen in must-have items from teddies to panties - blends the best of sporty athletic styles (also currently in) and ultra sensual luxe lingerie presents. Of course, mesh lingerie is also an excellent choice in shades other than black: other colors like soft pink, violet, and champagne are also an on-trend go-to.
Pick the Perfect Item for Your Significant Other
Various styles of lingerie have the potential to be beautiful in theory, but keep in mind that you’re buying an item for a particular individual, not something that will simply look great on a hanger. What all truly great lingerie presents have in common is their ability to bring out the beauty, personality, and power of the unique woman they’re fortunate enough to be on. As a stunning example of celebrating real beauty, The Independent recently showed off a fabulous body-positive spread (including a lovely nod to the black mesh trend) featuring Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke. While lingerie is no doubt an exceptional gift, remember that when it comes to lingerie gift ideas, it’s what’s underneath that counts.
Indulge in Luxe Lingerie Gifts
Opting for lingerie presents can help create a fun, intimate, and enjoyable experience for couples. By choosing a gift that uniquely reflects the style and personality of the receiver, you’re sure to create a truly lasting impression. Our luxe lingerie gifts are curated to reflect a range of beautiful designs, up-to-date contemporary style profiles, diverse brand influences, and incredible aesthetics to help you discover the perfect item for that someone special.
For help in selecting the perfect piece, we invite you to contact our friendly, knowledgeable team at Smitten Lingerie. You can reach us at 760.710.7216, or anytime via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to helping you come up with the perfect lingerie gift ideas to suit your significant other, and to sharing our selection of the sexiest, sweetest, and most alluring array of lingerie presents on the web.