Buying lingerie for your partner can be an intimidating process if you haven’t done it before. There are so many lingerie brands and lingerie sets to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. For fellas brave enough to buy lingerie as a gift though, it can be a thoroughly rewarding experience for all involved.
Don’t be put off by pages of intimates online or racks of lingerie in store, we’ve put together a helpful guide to help you not only navigate the process but also find something really special your partner will love.
Lingerie is a great gift to give at any time of year, whether you are going for something sweet and practical or super sexy to spice things up in the bedroom.
In this guide, we’ve compiled all our best advice on how to shop for lingerie for your wife, girlfriend or partner so your gift is a hit. You’ll learn how to find your partner's style, fit and size as well as what kind of lingerie is best for gifting. Let’s get into it!
Finding the right bra style
Now that you have an idea of the different lingerie styles, let’s get specific with bras.
Take a look at your partners’ current lingerie wardrobe:
Can you see through the lace of the bra?
If yes, this would indicate a ‘soft cup’ or ‘underwire’ bra.
When you touch the inside of the bra does it have lots of foam?
If yes, this would indicate a ‘push up boost’ bra.
Does the bra have a single piece of fabric that covers the full cup so it is lightly lined or moulded and it’s not see-through?
If yes, this would indicate a ‘contour’ bra.
When you feel the bra, is it soft with no underwire but is made from a moulded piece of fabric?
This would indicate a ‘wirefree’ bra.
Is the bra colourful or neutral in colour like black or nude?
This will indicate the kind of bra colour that she prefers.
Finding the right style of briefs
Now that we’ve looked at bra styles, it’s time to look at brief styles. If you want to get a full set, a matching bottom creates the perfect finishing touch.
Take a look at your partners current lingerie wardrobe:
Do the briefs cover her bottom completely and sits high near her bellybutton?
If yes, that would indicate a full brief.
Do the briefs only have a thin piece of fabric or lace that shows off her bottom completely?
If yes, that would indicate a thong style.
Is the brief in between a full brief and a thong?
If yes, that would indicate a bikini or brazilian style.
Do the briefs sit high towards her belly button but doesn’t cover her hip bone as it has narrow sides?
If yes, that would indicate a high-cut style.
Are the briefs see-through?
This would indicate she wears sheer or lace lingerie.
Are the briefs mostly colourful, neutral in colour like black, white or nude, or have a print?
This is a good indication of what fabric and colour she likes.
Get the size and fit right
The fit of lingerie is just as important as the style. It should be comfortable and hugging in the right places, so it showcases her body in a flattering way and makes her want to wear the pieces.
Picking the right fit will not only help her to feel you know her body well, but also that you have put effort into getting it right. These are the little, thoughtful things that will make her swoon!
Still a bit stuck?
If you have had a good look at her current lingerie and are still a bit stuck on what to buy because her style is varied, here are some helpful things to think about:
Does she wear a certain lingerie set all the time?
That could indicate what she is most comfortable in or what makes her feel the most confident.
Has she mentioned which set makes her feel good or not so good?
If she has complained about the way something makes her look or feel, that is a good indication of what not to buy her!
Do you remember any special lingerie she had worn for you in the past?
If you’re looking for something to spice things up in the bedroom, then follow her lead, get something similar in style and change up the colour.
Some other things you can try for inspiration are:
Heading to the Bendon website to browse for lingerie you like in her size by using the size filtering option or asking for help in-store.
Take a photo of her current lingerie, or bring it into the Bendon store for identifying what size and style she has now.
Our friendly in-store staff would love to help you make your partner the happiest woman alive!
Don’t be shy to ask her
If you feel your partner won’t mind you asking her about her measurements or lingerie sizes, this is a great option. Plus, she’ll likely be excited about the gift coming her way!
If she doesn’t know her size, there are sizing guides available so you can sort a perfect fit for her!
You could also ask your partner what she would like - is there anything missing from her lingerie wardrobe she would like you to pick for her? Get some ideas but keep it a surprise!
Why not do it together
Buying lingerie together can be fun for you both plus she will get exactly what she wants. You can make a special occasion even better by incorporating a trip to Bendon to pick out some special pieces.
The best lingerie for gifting
Searching lingerie online or wandering in store, you have so many options to choose from, but to make it simple we’ve done a roundup of our favourite bits of lingerie for gifting.
Treat her to something sensual to slip into at the end of a long day. Pj's and cami and short sets are a luxury piece that’s sure to please.
Even something more modest like a chemise is a great gift, sizing is easy and it’s a nice bit of luxury for her.
Visit a Bendon store or shop online to find the perfect gift for your partner
Our helpful fit experts can point you in the right direction so you can find the best lingerie for your partner. Visit us in-store or online.