Shall we talk about lingerie? I’ve had some requests from chic readers on this topic, so let’s go. Over the past years I have upgraded my lingerie drawer, and continue to do so once or twice a year. I did it again recently and enjoyed buying a few new pieces.
My desire with lingerie is to have it be ‘sexy and sophisticated’. Those are the two essence words I have in mind when I am shopping, or deciding what to keep when I am going through my lingerie drawer. I elaborate on this concept in ‘Day 12. Curate your wardrobe like it is your own bijou boutique’ of my book ‘Thirty Chic Days’.
Even though I might like some pieces when I am out browsing, I sometimes pass them by. This might be if they are pretty but a bit mumsy (I am drawn to that look!) or practical and comfortable but with not enough elegance (I want everything in the one package).
I don’t buy expensive underwear and I usually shop in a sale. My most recent shopping trip I went to the ‘nothing over $20’ sale at the Bendon Outlet store. I still spent $150 but for that I found three nice bras and several pairs of knickers. Also, a pair of satin drawstring pants for home loungewear.
I am more adventurous with my lingerie these days, and like to buy pretty colours and always in lace. I buy matching and semi-matching knickers to the bras and pair them up when I am dressing.
For example, if I have a black bra and black knickers, that’s fine with me. They don’t have to be from the same range. I have a charcoal grey lace bra with hot pink satin straps. I do have the matching knickers, but I also like to wear that bra with my hot pink lace knickers.
It has taken me some time to put the comfortable and utilitarian underwear mindset behind me. I still do have comfy knickers that I have for when I change into my exercise gear and go for a walk, plus my sports bra of course; but when I get dressed after my shower, I wear my pretty, lacy lingerie which hasn’t always been the case in the past.
What I have taken from the French lady, is that underwear doesn’t have to be entirely invisible. I don’t mean have all your lingerie hanging out and tacky-looking, but if you can see a little bit of lace pattern through a top, or a peek of a coloured satin bra strap in my boat-neck top, that’s okay.
For me, I’d far rather have the bright-coloured strap showing than a beige knit strap. Do you know what men think of smooth beige underwear? Not a lot. It’s the biggest passion killer! My husband will actually shudder if I ask him what he thinks of it. When he first mentioned this ages ago, I got rid of my beige smooth tee-shirt bra. It was near the end anyway so it was a good time to upgrade to something prettier.
And it makes me so happy to open my lingerie drawers these days! I have two KonMari-folded rows of lacy, pretty knickers and one row of older/comfy knickers for exercise, plus a drawer of pretty bras (my drawers are tiny, I don’t really have that much of anything).
When I find that my underwear selection feels a bit stale and things are looking shabby, it’s time to have a go-through. Sometimes I don’t need to go shopping if I get rid of some knickers and a bra, perhaps. I never find myself too low because I’ll come across a good sale before that happens.
There’s nothing wrong with spending a lot of money of fancy lingerie if that’s what you like, but for me, I am happy with mid-priced underwear. I wash it in the washing machine (with the bras in lingerie bags) and it comes out fine.
Let’s get pretty. We are feminine beings! Even if you don’t buy anything new, why not reorganise your lingerie drawer today. Tip everything out on your bed and put it all back in neat folded rows, checking as you go if anything really does need to be thrown out. Even this mini-refresh will feel good and it will be so nice when you come to get dressed tomorrow morning.
Have you upgraded your mindset around lingerie lately? Would you like to? What is your favourite type/colour/styles etc? I don’t like g’s any more and prefer the boy-leg, Brazilian, low-rise kind of brief. I like my bras lacy with underwire and no padding.
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