As we age, contemporary media consistently promotes the value of youth as an intangible part of beauty. However, as increasingly recognized by the online lingerie boutique scene, how we view youth - and what culture defines as sexy and beautiful - is changing.
In April of 2016, the very sexy Nicola Griffin appeared in Slink Magazine, a publication dedicated to embracing all forms of beauty, in a collection of sensual and alluring classic lingerie. Her spread caused an uproar and Nicola, who is currently 56 years old and a size 16, proved that exquisite lingerie isn’t just for young, skinny women and asserted that no one should ever feel negative about their age, size, or body type. Nicola also appeared in the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2016, and having viewed the photographic evidence for ourselves, we’re wont to agree with her that sexiness is not just for the young.
But Is Lingerie Really for Every Woman Regardless of Age?
In response to the Nicola Griffin feature, Slink Magazine commented that the press “went crazy for” the shoot. Check out the full story here, and numerous media outlets have responded positively to the image. The Huffington Post reported on Nicola’s response. She said, “Life definitely begins over 50... Nowadays I just think to hell with it. I am going to wear what I like; I am going to wear my hair long. The key is not listening to what other people tell you.”
Nicola isn’t alone in her strength and defiance. Long-time soap opera icon, Susan Lucci at the age of 69, recently launched a lingerie line, proudly affirming that women of all ages deserve to feel sexy, beautiful, and powerful. Much like Nicola Griffin, Susan Lucci has also called attention to the diversity of body types for which lingerie should be designed, telling ABC News: “You don't have to be a small size to look gorgeous." Online lingerie boutique stores are starting to echo the sentiment, with gorgeous styles for women of every shape, size, and age.
For many years, marketing and the fashion industry have been geared primarily toward rail-thin models too young to legally vote, but this system simply does not reflect the needs and desires of a diverse population. Fortunately, thanks to the voices of women like Nicola Griffin, Susan Lucci, and many more, the industry is starting to embrace change. Similarly, women of every age must embrace the natural changes in their lives and bodies in order to experience true beauty, confidence, and freedom. Undoubtedly, women deserve to feel confident, sexy, and beautiful at every age, and exquisite lingerie has a way of making this goal a reality.
How to Choose the Best Lingerie at Any Age
For women of all ages, finding, buying, and falling in love with the perfect lingerie has never been easier. Online lingerie boutique resources are gearing toward styles that flatter various body types and are more appropriately sized. Here are some key tips for finding the best pieces:
Stay in tune with your body. Change is neither inherently good nor bad, but something that’s natural to everyone. As we age, our bodies inevitably change, and a woman’s body can undergo dramatic changes in shape as many as six times during her lifetime. This is perfectly normal, and it’s important to be aware of these changes. Regularly assess your bra size, and use a faithful measurement guide to select the right garments.
Be honest about your size. Far too much heartache comes from denial and wearing the wrong size as a result. Rather than experience shame and discomfort every time you find yourself in an article of clothing that’s too small or too big, be honest and attentive to your changing measurements. This will enable you to purchase clothing, especially exquisite lingerie, which is intended to make you feel wonderful about yourself. Garments that fit perfectly allow you to feel comfortable, natural, and empowered.
Find a lingerie source that shares your perspective.
Often the best way to find your new favorite pieces is to find the most trustworthy source. While online lingerie boutique offerings are definitely improving across the board, certain retailers are more ahead of the curve than others. Be sure to find a lingerie source that you genuinely like, that offers a range of options for women of all shapes, sizes, and ages, and that makes you feel truly good about yourself.
Set yourself up for the best possible experience. For those who feel understandably daunted by overeager salespeople, or trying on lingerie while surrounded by images of pucker-lipped push-up models with every rib clearly visible, the brick-and-mortar shopping experience is often best left undone. Shopping for exquisite lingerie online offers a secure, less expensive, incredibly convenient, and humanizing alternative to the annoyance of shopping in-person. Just make sure you find an online shop with an excellent return policy.
Exquisite Lingerie Styles for Every Woman
Lingerie purchased through online lingerie boutiques has an extraordinary array of choices to offer women of all ages. However, it’s also fair to say that certain styles tend to flatter body types more elegantly as they age, and knowing what is likely to make you look terrific is also most likely to make you feel terrific. Shapewear (or luxe lingerie that does the job for you) can be an effortless, shame-free solution to comfortably boosting confidence and appearance. As Nicola Griffin proved, self-assurance and inner confidence can do wonders for any woman’s self-image (both internal and external), and finding exquisite lingerie that is both physically flattering and comfortable, as well as visually stunning, is essential. Here are a few top styles that are well worth having a look:
Baby Doll Lingerie
If any lingerie style covers a multitude of sins, it’s baby doll lingerie. Unlike many other styles that seem dedicated to haphazardly pinching and revealing skin, baby dolls tend to fit comfortably and loosely while providing a high dose of sex appeal. As a lovely example, the Black Stretch Lace Baby Doll from iCollection not only provides smooth coverage, it also flexibly adapts to a variety of body shapes.
Corsets & Bustiers
Perhaps no other category of exquisite lingerie is better suited to creating gorgeous clean lines and flattering the waist, hips, and decolletage than corsets and bustiers. For support throughout the bust (which can be an added bonus when one is young and a key element as one ages), we recommend the stunning Midnight Black & Silver Lace Bustier Set from Escante.
No respectable online lingerie boutique would be complete without a diverse collection of jaw-dropping teddies and bodysuits. For these pieces, it’s important to reiterate that exquisite lingerie is never about hiding one’s body, but rather about accentuating your best assets for maximum confidence and individual self-expression. Teddies can vary widely, so embracing your shape is key to finding the perfect fit. Extraordinarily beautiful items like the Vittoria Teddy from Cosabella offer elegance and loveliness to grace every figure.
The Perfect Lingerie Is Nothing Without the Perfect Attitude
It’s never too early or too late in life to embrace a youthful spirit, cultivate imagination, and prioritize emotional wellbeing. No matter how beautiful or exquisite lingerie may be, it can never compete with the importance of having a rich, deeply-grounded sense of your personal worth.
Life Honestly, Authentically, and Beautifully
True beauty is ageless, and when it comes to elegance and allure, each and every woman deserves to feel beautiful in exquisite lingerie. At Smitten Lingerie, we’re proud to offer an extraordinary collection of sexy, sophisticated, and stunning lingerie for absolutely every woman. Our goal in curating each piece is to help bring out your own unique inner beauty, and to celebrate what makes you special, both inside and out. To learn more about our one-of-a-kind online lingerie boutique, or to speak with one of our friendly, knowledgeable customer service experts to find the perfect item, please contact us anytime at 760.710.7216, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to helping you become your strongest, sexiest, and most authentic self, at any age.