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The Lingerie Story

In the world of clothing, we often skip a few topics, undergarments being one of them. It used to be mostly related to sensuality before, but today, lingerie stands for something much more. It is not just about how you look in it, but how you feel in it.

So, let's dive into the world of lingerie as we explore what's underneath, all in depth.

In the 19th century, undergarments started to gain a definition as women got more conscious of their body and sensuality. Back then, it only related to sensual aspects as the upper class would make hefty investments on lingerie for special occasions such as weddings and anniversaries. Later on, the idea was taken but reshaped as brands such as Victoria's Secret mass commoditised the concept. Yet, it was mostly labelled as a sensual amplifier, one could say.

Now, lingerie and fashion has evolved into a stronger bond, as brands such as Fenty by Rihanna has used undergarments as an expression of self-love. In fact, it can transform the way we look and feel about our bodies. But for that, it's important to find the right ones.

Basic undergarments fall under the formal definition of lingerie and a good fit is all you really need. Finding the right size can be critical; know your actual bust and cup size to find out what your accurate size is.

An undergarment is worn all day and should leave no room for discomfort. Make sure they fit right, appear seamless under clothing, and comfortable. After the three points are checked, explore different materials to find the best one for you. Colours can be tricky; the smart thing to do is to invest in good quality nude shades. One that matches your skin tone will never show through your outfits.

Now that the basics have been covered, let's get into the fancier versions of undergarments — what we know as 'lingerie.' Like we have implied before, they are much more than just underwear. The first thing to keep in mind is to find one that simply boosts your confidence. In this case, needless to say, it's crucial to find a piece that goes with your body shape and size. Corsets and garter belts suit an hourglass body as they bring all the attention to the cinched waist. A pear-shaped body can be exemplified with a style that's flowy from the hips.

Inverted triangle shaped body looks great in 'bustiers' which accentuates the shoulders and the busts. For rectangular bodies, camis and corsets are best to bring out more shape.

Once you find the right one, look into different materials, styles and designs; lace, satin and furs are forever adored. Whichever makes you feel special is 'the one!'

Lingerie is not just important to look good on the outside, but to feel special on the inside. You see yourself and your body looking amazing; this can instantly make you feel good and confident. As if it sends a reminder to love yourself while increasing body positivity. Of course, you can surprise your partner by decking up in a gorgeous lingerie; but on other days, enjoy a good mood by wearing it for none but yourself. Appreciate yourself and always love your body; let this little piece of fabric remind you to do that every once in a while!


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