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Lingerie is downright beautiful, but it can also be downright terrifying. It takes the world of undergarments to a place that for some, is completely unexplored. Garter belts? Teddies? Balconette? Chemise? Yes, there is way more to educate yourself on than simply a bra and underwear. Since Valentine's Day is coming up, we figured some of you might be considering slipping into something a little lacy in the coming week, and we want to be sure you do it with complete confidence.
Allison Beale, brand director of Journelle, was kind enough to inform us of the dos and don'ts when it comes to tackling these often intimidating underpinnings. Whether it's your first time wearing lingerie or you consider it part of your daily wardrobe, we can guarantee that Beale's tips cover it all.
Scroll to see what this expert has to say about wearing and buying lingerie!
"My first bit of advice would be to head to your local independent lingerie boutique for a fitting. There will be fit experts on hand, and you'll get the best and most knowledgeable service. Second of all, don't get too hung up on your size. Bra fitting and lingerie as a whole are about finding styles and sizes that fit well and look great. It's important to ensure there's no gaping at the cup and that the band is snug against your back as the majority of support comes from the band.
"Don't stress about your measured size. Wear what feels best on you; it will look the best on you, I promise."
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"If you're a lingerie newbie, begin to invest in great-fitting, great-looking sets (and yes, go for the set rather than just the bra) to build your wardrobe: a T-shirt bra, a plunge bra, and definitely an unlined lace demi. These will be your lingerie workhorses, so to speak, so be sure to take special care of them.
If you're an advanced lingerie lover, go for the wow factor. There's nothing like purchasing an over-the-top set complete with suspenders, a super-sleek bodysuit, or cheeky ouvert bottoms that you've fallen in love with and simply must have. It doesn't have to be a splurge, just something over-the-top and unexpected, and maybe not 100% practical. I promise it will continue to delight long after you've unwrapped it.
"Don't go straight for the three-piece garter set. Start slow and figure out your tastes and level of comfort. Then go all in!