By Naakai Addy
Lingerie is a touchy subject, and it only gets touchier as women commit that subversive act called “aging”. Whether you’re buying it to please yourself or entice a partner, lingerie is, in fact, appropriate for all ages. While Victoria’s Secret may get the most air-time, there are plenty of tasteful lingerie options for older women that range from subtle to adventurous.
What was comfortable when you were twenty and what’s comfortable now are likely two very different things. For everyday intimates that make you feel sexy, skip the shiny T-shirt bras or 2-pack cotton push-ups. The two factors to consider aside from design are fabric and fit. A lot of daily-wear bras are made to look “sexy” with scratchy, flimsy materials. When you shop for a bra, take some time to feel the material thoroughly from cups to straps before even trying it on. If it doesn’t feel great on your hand, it probably won’t feel great on your body. Remember, too, that the female form is sexy in and of itself, so the most alluring bras for mature fabulous styles of elegant women clothes 2018 women are those that support and enhance the shape that’s already there rather than creating an entirely new shape.
Fortunately, there are lingerie lines such as Barely There (http://www.hanes.com/onehanesplace/brands/our-brands/barely-there) that specialize in non-itchy, comfortable bras in supportive cuts. To avoid the homeliness of some T-shirt bras, choose a style with lace detailing on the band or a sexy animal print.
One factor that can make feeling sexy in everyday lingerie a challenge for mature women is the smoothing factor. As your body changes over the years, it becomes more difficult for most women to achieve a smooth silhouette under clothes.
For a bra that’s supportive, sexy and doesn’t cut into your skin, try Shapeez Unbelievabras. (http://www.unbelievabra.com) The name is silly, but the product is effective. Made from breathable lycra, these bras have a delicate but sturdy cut in the front and a longer back that smooths lines and creases. They’re designed so that you can enjoy form-fitting clothes, and they have a far sexier design than similar shapewear, so you won’t feel embarrassed when it’s time to take off those clothes.
When it comes to panties, there are a number of sexy options that offer support for backsides that haven’t been surgicially uplifted. Intimates brand Bali carries a range of panties in various cuts that boast smooth lines and feminine patterns. The brand’s One Smooth U brief () is a great option that covers everything it should without cutting into the skin. It also has a beautiful lace panel on the front and is available with a matching supportive bra.
Not all lingerie has to be utilitarian, however, even after fifty. Whether you’re spicing things up for a special occasion or just to give yourself a confidence boost, there are many bolder lingerie styles appropriate for mature women. You can shop from most major lingerie brands; it just takes a little bit of patience to find cuts and styles that flatter you while maintaining the sex appeal.
Agent Provocateur is one of the best-known lingerie brands amongst women who want to take their sexiness up several notches. Most of the designs are skimpy at best, but the brand does sell slips, sheer robes and luxurious kimonos you can wear over more supportive intimates, or over nothing at all. ().
Vintage lingerie styles are often very flattering on mature frames, as they tease the viewer without showing everything all at once. Lucy B is a great vintage-inspired intimates shop where you can choose subtle retro styles or go full burlesque if you’d like. The Lucy B online boutique has plenty of sexy, high-waisted panties, girdles and alluring bras with full coverage. ()
If you want to show off your body but aren’t quite ready to let it all hang out, look for a high-quality shaping teddy. Shaping and slimming teddies have the feminine shape, sexy design and flirtatiousness of a regular teddy, but provide added mid-section and upper thigh support. The gorgeous Spanx Lust Have Slimming Teddy, for example, is designed to maximize your curves and give your backside a little boost. ().
Getting older doesn’t have to mean feeling less feminine or forgoing your connection with your own body. The true purpose of lingerie, despite its intimidating reputation, is to help you feel confident and in command of your sensuality. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different options and see what works for you; there’s no “right” way to wear lingerie!
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