Before you start shopping, you need to work out her size. Take a look at the labels on her most-worn or most-recently purchased bras and panties. Bra sizes comprise two measurements, the band size (a number, for example 38) and the cup size (a letter or double letter, for example DD). Take note of both. Panties (as well as bodies, camisoles and, frequently bralettes) are usually in clothing sizes (for example 14) but might be XS, S, M, L, XL etc.
“A matching bra and panties set can be a really special treat, so consider your loved one’s style to be sure that your lingerie gift will be delightfully received,” says Soozie Jenkinson, our head of lingerie design. We have three brands within our online lingerie shop to suit different tastes. “Boutique sets are playful and on trend with quirky details, Rosie lingerie is feminine and luxurious with a hint of vintage glamour, and Autograph lingerie is modern and elegant with exquisite attention to detail.” When it comes to colour, if the person you’re buying for has a favourite colour, it’s likely she’ll love a lingerie set in that shade. If you’re not sure, a more practical colour such as black is the safest choice.
Fun, feminine and sexy, the Boutique range marries playful prints, bold colours, geometric lace and modern embroidery with on-trend silhouettes, making it perfect for gifting. There’s a wide range of pieces to choose from, including balconette bras, plunge bras, delicate bralettes, Brazilian panties with cutaway backs, pretty babydolls, thongs, garter belts and a sexy satin and lace basque. Little details such as delicate metal hardware, statement back details and dainty bows add to the special feel of the pieces within the brand.
The ultimate treat for a lingerie lover is to receive a matching bra and panties set, and the wide range within the Boutique brand makes it easy to pick and mix pieces to create a set she’ll love. For example, the Kiki pink range features a non-padded plunge bra, a non-padded bustier, a thong and high-waisted Brazilian panties, while the tattoo embroidery range features seven different pieces in two colourways including a push-up bra, a bralette, a thong and a camisole vest and French panties co-ord so you can mix and match to create a set to fit her body and suit her personal style perfectly.
There’s no one size fits all approach to underwear gifting and not every woman will appreciate a lacy lingerie set. “Loungewear is very much on trend right now as we spend more time at home,” says Soozie. “Crafted in gorgeous fabrics such as Flexifit jersey and casual brushed marls and stripes, and coming in relaxed, modern styles such as sweatpants and sweatshirt-inspired shapes, these pieces make great gifts. When it comes to sleepwear, PJs are having a moment – we simply can’t have enough pajamas in our ‘at-home’ wardrobe!” If her vibe is more laidback loungewear than sexy smalls, we have everything from super-soft hooded sweaters and shorts co-ords to luxe satin PJ sets and a satin floral robe.
Words: Miranda Eason