Types Of Lingerie – How To Choose Lingerie For Your Body Type

by Pratima Ati

Lingerie! Sounds familiar? It’s one of those words you often hear and think you know everything about, but you’re not sure. What is lingerie, and how different is it from your regular undergarments? What are the different types of lingerie? Did you know? If you know the answers to these questions, congratulations! You are a lingerie connoisseur. But if you don’t, we’ve got your back. Here’s everything you need to know about lingerie.

What Does Lingerie Mean?

Undergarments are your basics, but lingerie is an indulgence. It is an indulgence every girl deserves — single or not! You’d be surprised to know what a tiny piece of clothing can do, considering that it is not even seen (except to your partner, maybe). It makes you feel good, happy, and confident.

In the early 19th century, delicate fabrics of lace, chiffon, rayon, ruffles, feathers, and all the things that made your intimates sensuous began gaining popularity. Lingerie was just a status symbol initially. Then, women started splurging on it for important events like weddings and anniversaries. Though lingerie still holds a special place in some people’s hearts, it is also a must-have and an investment that needs no reason.

Confused about what kind of lingerie will suit your body type? Scroll down to figure it out!

How To Choose Lingerie For Your Body Type:

1. Lingerie For Hourglass Body Type

If you have a stereotypical “36-24-36” figure, wear lingerie that adds oomph to your already hot bod. With shoulders and hips that are of the same width and a slender waistline, anything sits well on this type of body. However, garter belts, teddies, and corsets are top-notch choices for this body type. You can also go for a high-leg panty or a thong with a lace bra.

2. Lingerie For Triangle Body Type

Big hips are all the rage right now, and the triangle body type is characterized by exactly that. Your hips are wider than your shoulders when you have a triangle body. The idea is to make your body look more balanced and proportionate. A lacy negligee that is taut at the breasts but flows down around the hips is a great option. A bustier is also a great option to draw attention to your breasts. You can also try out a matching set with a ruffled bra and panties or a bandeau bra that levels out your shoulders and hips.

3. Lingerie For Rectangle Body Type

If you have an athletic figure with no defined curves, you have a rectangular body. You need something that cinches at the waist, and corsets are the best option for that. They add curves and look sensuous. If you have a long torso, a garter belt or a teddy will look great on you. You can also accentuate your breasts by going for push-up bras and bustier lingerie.

4. Lingerie For Inverted Triangle Body Type

Broad shoulders define this body type, and what you decide to showcase is a personal preference. Halter necks are your best option here. If you have a flatter bum, go for a teddy to divert attention away from it. A bralette with a matching lace panty or a thong is another sexy option. Matching cami sets are another option if you like a relatively tame look.

5. Lingerie For Round Body Type

If you have a rounded waist and your torso and upper body are much wider than your hips, you have a round body. This means you need lingerie that makes your body look proportionate. A negligee that hides chunks of your waistline and defines your bust line is a good option. A teddy also sits well on this type of body. For newbies, a pair of chemises or satin lingerie gowns are an interesting choice – they are sexy and give you coverage.

Now that you know what kind of lingerie looks great on each body type, here are all the types of lingerie that you can explore.

Different Types of Lingerie

1. Garter Belt

A garter belt looks complicated, but it’s not. It is something you need to try at least once in your life. It comes with a corset or lace bra and a panty with four straps that hold up the stockings. You can wear it under skirts or dresses. The socks sit snugly on your feet. A garter belt is a great starter for anyone just dipping their toes in the world of lingerie.

2. Camisole


Camisoles are practical and functional, but they don’t have to be boring. A fully laced cami with a matching panty takes your intimate game to the next level. Wear it under shirts when you go out or tease your partner with it at night. Either way, it’s a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe.

3. Matching Set


A few good matching sets are an essential in every woman’s wardrobe. There’s something incredibly sensual about matching sets that lifts your mood instantly. They are heavy on the pocket but worth the money.

4. Corset


Corsets reduce the size of your waist and camouflage any unwanted bulges. The lace ties enhance your figure and give it definition. Wear a corset like a regular top or cover it up with a sheer or transparent dress that does not take away the look completely but hides it just enough.

5. Bustier

A bustier is not very different from the corset, except that it focuses on lifting your bust. It works like a push-up bra and makes your breasts look well-rounded. The hook and eye closures sharpen the shape further.

6. Teddy

A teddy looks like a swimsuit. It is a pleasurable fusion of a cami (or a bra) and a panty. You get them in a two-piece design made with fabrics like lace, satin, lycra, and leather. They are (usually) not padded but have enough underwire support.

7. Nightgown


Nightwear needs to be soft and soothing and also sensual. Up your game with gratifying lingerie. A satin gown is incredibly comfortable for sleeping and otherwise too. You can choose to wear short nightgowns or full-length ones with two- or three-piece sets under them. Your choices are endless.

8. Negligee

It stays true to its name and is a total knock-out. If you’re trying to shop for lingerie and not sure what might impress him, a negligee is your answer. It is sexy, feather-light, and sits smoothly on your skin.

Everybody is unique and deserves attention, pampering, and indulgence. Being aware of your body type is a crucial piece in this puzzle. If you have any questions about lingerie, write to us by dropping a message in the comments section below. Until then, love yourself and happy shopping!

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Pratima Ati

After working in Marketing and Business Development for a few years, Pratima Ati jumped ship to pursue two things she loved – fashion and writing. She’s now a full-time Fashion & Lifestyle writer and has never looked back ever since. She sleeps early, reads often, and when she can't, she finally gives a closure to all the characters living in her drafts. Sometimes, they pass off as poetry too! That, and her training in Indian classical music and playing (learning) the veena keep her sane, civil, and bearable.