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Take a peek inside your lingerie collection. How do you feel? Are you invigorated, excited, and enthused — as in, you can’t wait to slip into some of those underthings? Or do you feel a little blah — in a word, bored? It happens to all of us from time to time with every aspect of our wardrobes. If you feel stuck in a rut, there are ways to shake things up. After all, lingerie is designed to make you feel like the most fabulous version of yourself, serving as the foundation for every outfit, making your ensembles look more flattering, and giving you a thrilling little surprise for that special someone on certain occasions.

A new year presents the perfect opportunity to shake things up a bit. If you feel like your lingerie collection needs a change, here are some tips for infusing some excitement back into your arsenal of unmentionables.

Try a fun color

Sure, we all have those basic colors we gravitate toward — and for good reason. A nude bra is perfect for wearing under white tops and dresses, and black is timeless, sexy, and practical all at the same time. That said, we’re all for punching things up with a fun color. All you need is one bra in a vibrant hue like cherry red, royal blue, or fuchsia, to add life to your collection. And you might be surprised by how often you reach for that bra — on date night and other special occasions, or even just lounging around the house.

Consider your skin tone when choosing a hue to ensure it flatters your complexion. Fair skin looks phenomenal in rich pastel tones, like lavender or mint green. Jewel tones like eggplant, teal, and burgundy look stunning on medium or olive skin tones. Those with darker skin can have fun with neons — but honestly, are lucky enough to be able to rock nearly any hue.

Add a new style

It’s perfectly fine to have some go-to bra styles that work for you. Maybe it’s those super comfy T-shirt bras that visually disappear under all your tanks and other clingy knit tops. Or maybe it’s those unlined bras that allow your to embrace your natural shape without adding any bulk.

It’s time to get out of your comfort zone a bit. If you love unlined bras, try a bralette instead — they’ll still give you a natural look and they’re undeniably comfortable, but they can have a slightly more elegant look in all-over lace and with other romantic accents. If you like push-up bras, try a plunge bra or a longline bra for a different look that’s equally sexy.

Related: Here’s What Your Favorite Bra Style Says About You

Think outside bras and panties

One of the best ways to spice up your lingerie collection is to think outside the box in terms of the type of pieces you’re incorporating. While bras and panties are obviously staples, there are so many other garments to consider.

Looking for a figure-flattering piece that never goes out of style? A bodysuit or a teddy is the perfect pick — and in so many colors, fabrics, and cuts, there’s a wide variety of looks to choose from, whether you’re going for sultry or sweet. If you’re going for more of a demure or elegant vibe, a babydoll or chemise is a lovely choice, as it’s both flirty and feminine but offers a bit more coverage. Or, if you’re looking to amp things up in the seduction department, you might try a bustier, which as an added bonus, can also double as shapewear. Remember: whatever you choose, the most important thing is that you feel totally comfortable and confident in it. So while we’re big proponents of taking a style risk, be realistic in terms of what you feel good in.

Dare to go wireless

There’s no denying that an underwire bra comes with plenty of perks — particularly in the lift department. But why not try a wire-free style for a change? Once you feel how lightweight and comfy it is, you’ll be glad to have just one wireless bra in your collection, if only for lounging around the house and sleeping in. Plus, you may be surprised at just how sexy a wireless bra can be. Lacy bralettes and soft-cup bras with plunging necklines or pretty details, for example, are surprisingly alluring. And if you thought wire-free bras are only for small busts, think again: with a sturdy, structured band, separated cups, artful seaming, and adjustable features, they can still provide a notable amount of support.

Ready to shake things up? Any of these strategies should help to add a little intrigue back into your lingerie collection. Remember: New year, new bras!

Related: Bra Shopping Guide: Tips For Buying New Bras

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for your wedding day, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Lulu Underwire Bra P5612 | Lulu Hipster P5615 in Grape
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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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