Gifting Lingerie: Materials And Sizing

Lingerie Materials

The material from which lingerie is made not only affects how it feels on the body, but also how it transforms the wearer’s appearance.

Lace

Lace has long been regarded as one of the sexiest materials of all, and its allure is well earned. Lace incites a sultry, provocative appeal that lets you see just enough tempting flesh, but also masks those imperfections one might be insecure about.

Satin

With a slinky smooth feeling that’s like nothing else, satin is another go-to option for bedroom attire.The touch of satin against the skin is highly erotic, but this fabric has other qualities that make it an excellent lingerie choice. Satin, which reflects light, can add a look of fullness. So, for example, if the bottom is on the smaller side, satin can make that “asset” appear more plump.

Leather/Wet Look/Latex

Just like satin, wet-look fabrics reflect light and highlight curves. A garment that pairs wet-look fabrics with mesh or lace accentuates the shapes and draws attention to all the right places, so it’s always a great choice.

Mesh

Stretchy and highly complimentary, mesh and other sheer materials are perfect for showing off some skin while leaving a little something to the imagination. Mesh, which is often paired with lace for fuller looking curves, is perfect for those who prefer a bit of teasing attire to full nudity.

Fishnet

Nothing screams “sex” like fishnet, and with good reason. Fishnet hugs the body very gently, camouflaging imperfections, yet baring plenty of skin. Despite its somewhat “naughty” reputation, fishnet is still wildly popular - because it’s just so flattering!

Lingerie Sizing

Bras

To choose a bra that fits correctly requires two measurements: The measurement around the chest just beneath the breasts reflects the band size, and is expressed by a number. The measurement around the fullest part of the bust will tell you the cup size (A, B, C, E, D, DD and so on), so the sizing usually looks like this: 32A, 34C, 36D, etc. Bear in mind that band size is no indication of cup size. A woman with a tiny band measurement can have a huge cup size, and vice versa.

Golden Rule #8

Do a little sleuthing. An expedition through your lover’s lingerie drawer can help you avoid purchasing mistakes. Check the tags for bra and panty sizes to guide you in the right direction.

Panties

Some panties are measured in terms of “S/M/L.” This sizing generally corresponds with standard US dress sizes: S is for 2-4, M is for 6-10, and L is 12-14, but different underwear brands use different sizing systems for panties, which can be confusing. Some use a specific panty size (US Panty), some use US alpha sizing, while others use standard US dress sizes. If you’re not sure which sizing method is being used for a particular panty, check with customer service prior to making a purchase. To find the proper panty size, first measure the natural waist with a measuring tape. Next, take a measurement of the fullest point of the hips and buttocks, approximately 7 to 9 inches below the waistline. Then check out this chart to determine the right size.

Golden Rule #9

Go for One-Size when you’re unsure about proportions.


  • Bust - Measure around the fullest part of the bust
  • Chest - Measure just under the bust
  • Waist - Measure the natural waistline
  • Hips - Measure the widest point, 7 to 9 inches down from the natural waistline

The “One Size Fits All” Solution

If you don’t know a woman’s size, and you don’t want ask, “One-Size” lingerie is the way to go. One-Size garments contain Spandex or Elastane, which makes them very stretchy, and accommodating to nearly every body type. Adjustable straps with sliders, fasteners, ties, and ribbons are also helpful when trying to achieve a perfect fit in “uncharted territory.”

Measurements
Letters XS S M L XL 2XL
Sizes 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18
Bust 31" 32" 33" 35" 37" 39" 41" 43.5" 45.5" 47.5"
Waist 23.5" 24.5" 25.5" 27.5" 29.5" 31.5" 33.5" 36" 38.5" 40.5"
Hips 33" 34" 35" 37" 39" 41" 43" 45.5" 48.5" 51.5"
One Size Queen Size
6-12 12-18
35"-41" 41"-47.5"
27.5"-33.5" 33.5"-40.5"
37"-43" 43"-51.5"
Letters XS
Sizes 0
Bust 31"
Waist 23.5"
Hips 33"
Letters S
Sizes 2 4
Bust 32" 33"
Waist 24.5" 25.5"
Hips 34" 35"
Letters M
Sizes 6 8 10
Bust 35" 37" 39"
Waist 27.5" 29.5" 31.5"
Hips 37" 39" 41"
Letters L
Sizes 12 14
Bust 41" 43.5"
Waist 33.5" 36"
Hips 43" 45.5"
Letters XL
Sizes 16
Bust 45.5"
Waist 38.5"
Hips 48.5"
Letters 2XL
Sizes 18
Bust 47.5"
Waist 40.5"
Hips 51.5"
One Size Queen Size
6-12 12-18
35"-41" 41"-47.5"
27.5"-33.5" 33.5"-40.5"
37"-43" 43"-51.5"

Size Chart
  • Bust - Measure around the fullest part of the bust
  • Chest - Measure right under the bust
  • Waist - Measure around the natural waistline
  • Hips - Measure 7.8" down from the natural waistline

Bra Sizes
If your chest measures:
28-30" 30-31" 32-33" 34-35" 36-37" 38-39"
Then your bra size will be:
32 34 36 38 40 42
If your bust measures: Then your Cup Size will be
33-34" 35-36" 37-38" 39-40" 41-42" 43-44" B
34-35" 36-37" 38-39" 40-41" 42-43" 44-45" C
35-36" 37-38" 39-40" 41-42" 43-44" 45-46" D
38-39" 38-39" 40-41" 42-43" 44-45" 46-47" DD
37-38" 39-40" 41-42" 43-44" 45-46" 47-48" DDD/E
38-39" 40-41" 42-43" 44-45" 46-47" 48-49" F
39-40" 41-42" 43-44" 45-46" 47-48" G
40-41" 42-43" 44-45" 46-47" 48-49" H
If your bust measures: Then your Cup Size will be
33-34" 35-36" 37-38" B
39-40" 41-42" 43-44"
34-35" 36-37" 38-39" C
40-41" 42-43" 44-45"
35-36" 37-38" 39-40" D
41-42" 43-44" 45-46"
38-39" 38-39" 40-41" DD
42-43" 44-45" 46-47"
37-38" 39-40" 41-42" DDD/E
43-44" 45-46" 47-48"
38-39" 40-41" 42-43" F
44-45" 46-47" 48-49"
39-40" 41-42" 43-44" G
45-46" 47-48"
40-41" 42-43" 44-45" H
46-47" 48-49"

Panty Sizes
If your waist & hips measure Your panty size will be
US Panty US Alpha US Dress
21-22 & 27-29 2 XXS 00
23-24 & 30-32 3 XS 0-2
25-26 & 33-35 4 S 4-6
27-28 & 36-38 5 M 8-10
29-31 & 39-41 6 L 12-14
32-34 & 42-44 7 XL 16-18
35-37 & 45-47 8 XXL 20-22
38-41 & 48-50 9 3XL 24-26
42-44 & 51-53 10 4XL 28-30
45-47 & 54-56 11 5XL 32-34

These measurements are most comfortable to do on a woman, but if you want your gift to be a surprise, use lingerie from her drawer as a reference point. The highlighted lengths and widths can be measured using her underwear.

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