Gifting Lingerie: Materials And Sizing

Lingerie Materials

The material of a particular lingerie set will not only affect how it feels on the body but also how it forms the wearer’s look.

Lace

A sure leader for ages among sexy materials, lace adds a sultry and provocative appeal, where you can see a little bit of skin, but the pattern covers up all the skin imperfections one might be insecure about.

Satin

With a lovely smooth effect, satin is the second champion among bedroom lingerie fabrics. Feeling fantastic against the skin, satin also helps to make a preferred body area look larger. For example, if the bum is on the smaller side, the shine of the material will catch the light and make the asset look fuller.

Leather/Wet Look/Latex

Just like satin, wet looking fabrics reflect the light and highlight the curves. The best option is a piece which pairs wet-looking fabrics with mesh or lace - it accentuates the shapes and attracts attention to all the right places.

Mesh

Stretchy and very complimentary, mesh and other sheer materials are perfect for showing off your body without having to be naked - some people find it reassuring. Mesh is often paired with lace, which serves to make one’s curves look fuller.

Fishnet

Despite its complicated reputation, fishnet is still wildly popular, because it is just so flattering. Fishnet hugs one’s body very gently, covering up and skimming away all the imperfections, but still, shows off a lot of skin. After all, nothing screams “sex” like fishnets.

Figuring Out Sizing

The Bras

To choose a bra that will fit you correctly you need two measurements - chest and bust size - so the sizing usually looks like this: 32A, 34C, 36D. Chest is measured in numbers (32, 34, 36, etc.), bust - in letters or a couple of letters (A, B, C, E, D, DD, etc.) Keep in mind that, if the cup size is large, it doesn’t mean that the chest size will be large, too, and vice versa.

Golden Tip #8

Go through her undies’ drawer to avoid foolish mistakes. The tags on her underwear will surely guide you in the right direction.

The Panties

It’s easier with panties sizing - the measurements are in numbers: 8, 10, 12, etc. - same as clothes. Keep an eye out for S/M/L measurements, too - S usually covers 2-4, M is for 6-10, and L is 12-14.

The “One Size Fits All” Solution

If you don’t know the correct size and there’s no way to find out - the “One Size” lingerie is the best solution for you. It contains spandex or elastane, which makes it very stretchy - and the perfect fit for the majority of body types. Adjustable straps with sliders, fastenings, ties, and ribbons are a bonus when looking for a perfect fit.

Golden Tip #9

Go for one-size when you’re unsure about your lady’s proportions.

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
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"

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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