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A man’s guide to buying lingerie

Tips to make you look like her personal lingerie connoisseur…

It's a bold decision, but get it right and it will pay off in spades.What women really want, underneath it all, is something that requires deep consideration however, always baring in mind the bottom line – it is never appropriate to use the term ‘panties’. Ever. Unless of course you want them to stay firmly on. We at Next Skin introduces five things to consider when buying Lingerie for your other half: 

Most men make the mistake of buying the wrong size. They often muddle up the proportions of the bottom and top halves respectively, by underestimating the one, and overestimating the other. Don’t guess! This problem is easily solved. Take a look in her underwear drawer and check the sizes. Check the size of her knickers, and also the chest and cup size of her bras. Obviously try to do this when there is absolutely no chance of being interrupted, it may be difficult to explain what you are doing.

Pay attention to what colours your partner wears in her outer clothes, as this can be translated to her underwear wardrobe too. Black is a very safe option for men to buy and red is not always the desired choice for ladies at Christmas, even though it is a festive colour. The added option of a gift receipt can also ensure she can swap any item, should tweaking be required.

Look again in her underwear drawer and check what she has already. Women’s underwear is much more complicated than men’s because they have to go under different types of clothes to create different effects. The bra is particularly complicated as there are different types that suit different figures and create different shapes. Know her ‘starting’ size; this can change from brand to brand and style to style, look at the selection of items in her draw, make of note of the different sizes and the brands. 

Very ‘saucy’ underwear may get your pulse racing, but don’t buy it as a gift. Your partner may have worn this kind of stuff for you before, but it was her choice to do that. She wants you to see her as classy. Stick to beautiful lace, soft satin, rich colours and beautiful detailing. Stick to something that looks expensive. Women tend to buy practical underwear for themselves, so buy something that will look gorgeous and glamorous.

If gathering all the necessary information and picking the right style is just too much but you still want to get your partner something really special buy her a Gift Voucher from Next Skin or a chemise is the perfect choice. This short nightgown comes in a simple XS-XL size range and is not bra size specific - the ultimate stress-free gift! Lingerie also covers slips and chemises. Similar to the babydoll pajamas, these are a little longer and a little better at concealing problem areas such as breasts, butt or stomach. They too are usually made of silk or satin and look very glamorous. A pyjama set might not sound too sexy, but if it is silky, and buttons up the front, it can make your woman feel very sexy, especially if she is a plus size (size 18 or larger). Boxer sets have become very popular lately. The tops are tight, with thin straps and usually a V neckline, although there are boxer sets with normal t-shirt tops. What type of lingerie you should get your love depends a lot on her self-esteem. Many big woman love sexy little teddies, but some will shy away from them, for fear of exposing too much of themselves. We sell lingerie in plus sizes, which are a little less revealing. If she is really athletic, a boxer set might be something she would like. Thin women will look good in anything, but especially teddies, corsets, and babydolls. When shopping for lingerie, try to keep in mind what she likes and you won’t get it wrong. If you purchase something similar to the lingerie she already has and in colours you know she likes, it will probably make her happy. But always keep the receipt just in case!