Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just learning the basics, having a solid command of the various styles of lingerie is a must for both women and men. To help you in your quest for knowledge (and the perfect new additions for your boudoir), we’ve assembled a helpful overview of the major lingerie types, from novice to advanced and everything in between.
One of the most functional and form-driven types of lingerie, bras come in a range of styles and fits. While designs can vary widely, the most important distinction is underwire versus wireless. For enhanced shaping and support (especially important for larger cup sizes), underwire is often the preferred choice, and comes in a number of beautiful styles, such as the Never Say Never Prettie Underwire Bra from Cosabella. Wireless bras can also provide a comfortable and relaxed fit without sacrificing style, as exemplified by the gorgeous Villa Satine Corset Bra from Maison Close.
In addition to a range of fabric choices, women’s panties come in a variety of shapes and styles. Here’s a guide to the top variations:
Thong: This style provides minimal coverage while following smooth, natural lines, ideal for wear under form-fitting attire. (See the Papyrus Lowrider Thong from Cosabella.)
Cheekies: Every bit as flirtatious as they sound, cheeky panties feature a low-rise design with a playful cut in the back, and are ideal for everyday wear with pants, skirts, or dresses.
Boyshorts: Also referred to as hotpants, this style combines extra coverage with body-hugging comfort, most closely resembling a feminine boxer-brief style.
Bikini: A classic style, the bikini cut reveals a narrow cut along the sides for a flattering and versatile shape.
Alternative styles: Many of the best pairs of panties eschew traditional types in favor of more creative and unusual designs. (See the Diamond Mesh Panty from Hauty.)
Bra & Panty Sets
Bra and panty sets are an ideal choice for achieving the perfect match when it comes to color, fabric, or visual appeal. Lingerie sets are available in a range of styles, and may include a third garter piece as well.
Sensual and form-flattering, bustiers offer coverage throughout the bodice, and may be designed in either opaque or revealing fabric types. A lovely example is provided by the Midnight Black & Silver Lace Bustier Set from Escanté.
Flirty and feminine, chemises are slightly longer than bustiers, offering coverage to the hip. One of the most versatile styles of lingerie, chemises may be soft and frilly in design, as with the Pink Ruffled Mesh Chemise from iCollection, or ultramodern and sleek, as with the Shredded Mini Chemise from Hauty.
Universally flattering and as seductive as they are sweet, babydolls originated as a popular style during World War II. This type of lingerie is perfect for accentuating curves, as demonstrated by the Black Stretch Lace Baby Doll from iCollection.
One of the sexiest styles for every figure, corsets help accentuate an hourglass shape, and may be designed in a variety of fabric types. Some corsets are fastened with clasps while other feature classic laces, like the Eyelash Lace Corset & Panty Set from iCollection.
Encompassing the full spectrum of classic elegance to risqué seduction, teddies most closely resemble the shape of a one-piece swimsuit, but may be designed in sheer fabrics, expressive cuts, and a number of alternative styles. The Papyrus Teddy from Cosabella mixes the best of both worlds with a combination of demure scalloped nude lace and a transparent, deep-cut design.
Although an ideal choice for much more than sleep, our sleepwear options are designed to provide incredible comfort throughout the night. In soft-to-the-touch fabrics like chiffon, satin, and lace, sleepwear lingerie often combines sensory luxury with a romantic appeal, and includes such items as robes, camisoles, tank tops, and nightgowns.
Demonstrating the versatility of lingerie in transitioning from daytime to nighttime wear, hosiery encompasses a range of styles, including waist-high pantyhose, thigh-high stockings, and various colors and patterns. In a stylish, sensual callback to the vintage design in which stockings featured a vertical seam up the back, the Lace Top Sheer Thigh Highs from Be Wicked offer the perfect blend of glamor, seduction, and visual appeal.
Similar to bra and panty sets, camisole sets feature lingerie pairings of camisoles and panties in matching colors, fabrics, and styles. The Classic Lace Camisole Set from Escanté provides a flattering fit to suit every personality and skin tone in red-hot red, midnight black, feisty fuschia, and ocean blue.
Many styles of lingerie are designed to suit a particular holiday or season, and selections in this category often make excellent gifts. Spring and summer collections tend to favor bright tints and playful pastels, while spring collections often feature darker, richer shades like deep red, intense violent, and sophisticated black. A favorite among our current seasonal collection, the Jacquard Mesh Bra & Panty Set from iCollection is certain to keep temperatures high, whatever the weather.
Discover the Perfect Style
Whatever your personality, body type, or sense of style, Smitten Lingerie has the perfect collection of upscale, adventurous, and classic pieces to suit every mood and occasion. We invite you to explore our curated selection from admired brands such as Maison Close, Cosabella, and Escanté, and to indulge in the pleasure of exceptional lingerie at excellent prices. We offer fast, secure shipping both in the U.S. and internationally, supported by outstanding customer service. For questions about our current inventory or for help finding the perfect item, we encourage you to contact us at (760) 710-7216, or to reach us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.