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10 Mistakes People Make When Buying Lingerie

It’s almost Valentine’s Day which means a lot of us are going to be out shopping for lingerie. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for someone else, it can be tricky to find the right pieces. We’re not just talking about in terms of size, but also in terms of style and shape. It can take some digging and lot of trying on, but in the end you will hopefully have something that you’re pleased with. We’ve rounded up some common mistakes to make your lingerie hunt easier.


Check out the mistakes people make when buying lingerie:

1. Not knowing the correct size.

If you’re buying for someone else, check the tags of their lingerie or just ask what size they are. You might not think it’s romantic to ask, but it’s better than attempting to guess because you will never get it right. If you’re shopping for yourself, you might think that you know your size, but it’s a good idea to have a sales associate measure you to confirm it. And remember that your size can fluctuate.

2. Not trying everything on.

Even if you have your size figured out, styles vary from one bra to the next. They also vary between brands. Play it safe and try everything on. That way you can discover whether a wire pokes you in the ribs before you get that corset home.

3. Assuming you’re the same size on top and as you are on the bottom.

Some people may be the same size from top to bottom, but a lot of us aren’t. Everyone has curves in different places, so don’t assume that you should automatically grab those panties in the same size as that camisole.

4. Forgetting to look out for dry clean only garments.

There is some seriously fancy lingerie out there and some of it has washing instructions that aren’t your typical machine or hand wash deals. Check the labels carefully, especially if you’re buying lingerie in materials like silk, pleather or leather. Also, watch out for things like rhinestones or crystals because they can make a garment not washable.

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5. Thinking your support comes from your bra straps.

Those straps do provide support, but they’re not meant to do it all. It’s the band of your bra that is supposed to do most of the work so make sure that fits properly.

6. Assuming white “disappears” like neutral colors.

If you’re shopping for some practical lingerie for V-day, note that white and neutral colors are not the same. A white bra does not “disappear” under the majority of clothes the way a nude bra does. In fact, sometimes there isn’t anything more obvious than a white bra under a white T-shirt.

7. Not doing  a back check.

One way to tell whether a bra or corset is fitting properly is to do a back check. If it’s riding up or your skin is being pinched, try adjusting the band and straps. If it still doesn’t lay flat and smooth, try another size.

8. Buying bras or corsets on the tightest hook.

You might not think that it makes a huge difference what hook you use, but if you’re savvy, you will buy your bra on the loosest hook or the middle one. The reason? As you wash your bra, it stretches out. When you buy it on the tightest hook to begin with, you won’t have anywhere to go to make it tighter.

9. Not considering how complicated your lingerie is.

You might find something that looks super hot, but it takes a lot of work to get on. Consider whether it’s still worth getting because you don’t want to spend 20 minutes getting dressed and undressed.

10. Not testing your lingerie under your clothes.

If you’re buying lingerie that is strictly meant to be worn without clothes, this one won’t apply. However, if you want your pieces to look as good with clothes as without, you need to actually see what they look like with clothes on top. Check for any awkward lumps and bumps. And remember to take a look at what’s going on in the back.

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