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How To Buy Lingerie For A Bride

Maybe you were invited to a lingerie shower, or maybe you simply decided that lingerie is a fitting gift for your girlfriend who’s tying the knot. Regardless, picking out some intimates for a bride requires special considerations. After all, this is a woman who’s embarking on a new stage of life (with a new hubby), and your gift should reflect that. But do these unmentionables have to be white? What

So, what kind of lingerie is right for a bride? These tips should prove helpful while you’re shopping.

Find out her size

You definitely want to be sure of the bride’s sizes before buying anything, as the fit is extra crucial when it comes to undergarments. There are several ways to go about this. If she’s one of your closest girlfriends, it should be easy enough to figure it out. You can ask her mother, sister or the groom-to-be, or be sneaky about it by casually stopping into a lingerie store with her one day to browse. The latter approach is smart because it may give you some gift ideas — observing which pieces she pulls off the rack can tell you a lot about her preferences.

If she’s not one of your best friends, you can try asking the maid of honor. Luckily, if you’ve been invited to a lingerie shower, there will almost certainly be a size card included in the invitation.

And when in doubt about her size, you can always ask her straight out. While you may be worried about ruining the surprise, trust us: she’ll appreciate that you wanted to get it right because returns are an inconvenience.

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Take note of her wardrobe

One of the most challenging things about buying lingerie for someone is that you may not have seen what kinds of unmentionables they wear — so how are you supposed to know what they like? Considering the clothes she wears on top of her underthings should give you a solid sense. Because in all likelihood, her taste in intimates closely matches her taste in everyday apparel.

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For example, if she’s the kind of gal who lives in basic T-shirts and jeans, stick with lingerie pieces that are practical yet pretty, without too many embellishments. A smooth unlined wire bra with a matching brief panty in geometric pattern lace is comfy but luxurious at the same time, especially in an unusual hue such as mood indigo. Would you describe her look as demure? Then a perfect gift might be a white longline bralette — it has a certain classic elegance but it’s also a stellar addition to any collection because it creates a stunning silhouette under all outfits.

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If you’re seeking something just slightly sassier, a plunge longline bra in cameo rose with sheer lace hipster panties is still delicate and dainty, but has just a smidge more attitude due to the low-cut neckline. If she’s a fashion-forward lady who tends toward ensembles that are ultra-chic and sophisticated, you might opt for something that’s timeless yet eye-catching. An unlined wire bra with floral detailing is stunning in cobalt blue — and you can pair it with a glam matching hipster.

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Remember: There’s no reason why you have to stick with white pieces. While that’s the color that comes to mind for a bride, the fact of the matter is that it’s only for practicality reasons. Even though she may be wearing white underthings on the big day because her dress is white, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be her go-to color all the time. In fact, she’ll likely want to wear lingerie in more exciting, dramatic or playful hues for her honeymoon and beyond.

Related: How To Throw A Lingerie Shower

Play it safe

If you’re still struggling to nail down her personal style, you might want to choose a crowd-pleasing piece that’s on the safer side — such as a luxe nightie or robe for her to lounge around in.

For instance, a babydoll chemise has several benefits: you don’t have to worry about getting her panty size just right, it’s an entire outfit in one single piece, and it’s also something she’s not as likely to buy for herself (as opposed to bras and panties).

An unlined wire babydoll in pearl white is perfect for a bride — and with supportive cups and adjustable straps as well as scalloped lace, an accent bow, and a coquettish V-back opening, it’s both practical and playful at the same time.

Picking out lingerie for a bride may be no easy feat — but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Follow these guidelines to find a gift she’ll no doubt treasure for years to come.

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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