Christmas Lingerie. We’d like some, of course. But by Christmas lingerie, we just mean lingerie, for Christmas, not white fur trimmed red Santa bras and pants okay? Novelty lingerie is not the way to a woman’s heart.
Men love buying lingerie, particularly Christmas lingerie, but, well, they’re not usually very good at it. This week’s Weekly Wishlist has ten of our top lingerie picks as a good guide. But, if the man in your life needs more help, then forward him this blog post with Ultimo bra boss Michelle Mone OBE’s guide for men on buying the perfect Christmas lingerie.
Over to Michelle:
SIZE DOES MATTER
First things first: make sure you have your partner’s correct sizes. Buying the wrong size is the biggest faux pas and will do you more damage than not buying her a gift at all! Sizes can be easily established via a quick peek in her underwear drawer whilst she’s not looking. A lot of men fall victim to the “she’s about that size” syndrome when they go to a lingerie shop, which more often than not will result in a disaster.
WHAT WOMEN WANT
Women usually know what looks best on them and what suits their body type, in terms of shape and style, so I recommend taking a second look in her underwear drawer to get a better feel for her Christmas lingerie needs.
Clockwise, from top left: Black lace pants, £3.99, GAP, aubergine bra, £22.50 and matching briefs, £12.50, J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams, red lace bra, £28, suspenders, £20 and briefs, £15, Reger Noir @ Debenhams, black lace retro long-line bra, £9.99, high waisted knickers, £5.99, Kelly Brook for New Look, Charleston black bra, £25, suspenders, £15.50, and briefs, £12.50, Ultimo @ Debenhams, mink balcony bra, £12, matching briefs, £5, BHS, lace body, £14.99, H&M, grey lace trim bra, £24.95, GAP, star print bra, £18.50, pants, £8.50, Iris & Edie @ Debenhams, Suspender cami, £25, matching briefs, £6.50, Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams
Women tend to buy practical day-to-day lingerie for themselves, so selecting something a little more glamorous for a Christmas lingerie gift will no doubt score you top marks. Please note: whilst sexy lingerie is favoured by a lot of women out there, be sure to strike a balance between glamour and comfort, as most women prefer pretty and feminine to overtly sexy.
THINK LIKE A WOMAN
The style of lingerie that your partner will love will also depend on what she likes and dislikes about her own body. If she loathes her stomach, opt for a sexy yet concealing corset or basque. If she’s proud of her ample bosom, go for an enhancing and uplifting plunge bra. If she likes her bottom, go for a slinky thong.
FAIL TO PLAN, PLAN TO FAIL!
Once you’ve got her sizes and a feel for what she’ll feel comfortable in, go online to explore what’s available in-store before hitting the shops. This will help erase the initial jitters of heading into a lingerie store for the first time. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Lingerie departments within stores like Debenhams are staffed by professional bra specialists skilled in assisting men with lingerie shopping, so make sure to take advice and guidance from the experts. Even better, if you can escape unnoticed with one of your partner’s bras, this will be a real clue to what kind of lingerie she’ll love and will give consultants a good steer on helping you bag that perfect bra.