Lingerie

By Coco Swan  

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"Lingerie" comes from the Old French word "lingere" meaning linen, and is defined as women's underwear and night clothes. In France "lingerie" applies to all undergarments for both genders. In the U.S. and England "lingerie" applies to women's undergarments, solely created to be erotic or visually pleasing, using the like of silk and lace, and does not apply to sensible cotton underclothes.

The history of lingerie.
The concept of lingerie being visually pleasing is a relatively recent one. The glamorization of lingerie really only started in the 1960's. The concept of sexy lingerie began to develop and by the sexual revolution of the 1970's really took off. Interestingly, the 1960's also saw feminists burning their bras. The feminists were convinced that women's undergarments were created "to impose control and order of the fairer sex".

In the first half of the 20th Century women's undergarments had 3 purposes: modesty, hygiene, and to alter the female form through the use of corsets, girdles and bras. They were often large, bulky, extremely uncomfortable and often very physically restraining. By the 1950's undergarments were becoming smaller and more form fitting.

The Corset. From the 16th to 19th Century various devices were used to squeeze women' waists to astonishing measurements of 16-17 inches. Note that Kate Moss, Jennifer Anniston and Heather Locklear all list their waist measurements as 23 inches. The envied hourglass shape was achieved by compressing the body at the middle and literally transferring the flesh from the waist to the breasts and hips.

The Girdle. During the 1920's the corset was slowly replaced by the girdle. These were more comfortable and less extreme. The girdle was considered an essential item, both for respectability and modesty. The girdle was designed to give a smoother more appealing line to the woman's shape. The bottom of the girdle had fasteners on it to clip onto stockings to keep them up. By the 1960's the girdle was replaced by the panty girdle and then again by control top pantyhose. 

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The Brassiere. There is some disagreement as to when and who invented the bra. Mary Phelps Jacob held the first patent, Feb 12, 1914, which contained the French word "brassiere". Her invention was backless and held in place with straps that wrapped around the body and tied in the front. It was designed to be worn with backless evening gowns, hiding the top of the corset in front. However, earlier, in Jan 10,1876, a patent was lodged by Olivia P.Flynt, claiming to be "specially designed as a bust support and improver". 

Underpants. Aka undies, smalls, panties (U.S.), knickers (U.K.), bloomers, briefs, gorgeous gussies, and scanties. Until the 1940's the only purpose of the "bloomers" was to protect and keep the outer garments clean. They were not sexy or attractive and were designed only to be functional. Until the 1950's underpants covered parts of the thigh. When the thigh covering disappeared, the US term of the "panty" was created. However these were large, baggy, unattractive and white. Think "granny panties". Gradually, the panty became more colourful and smaller, with string panties emerging in the 1960's. Panties became an icon of sexuality once manufacturers started to use satin, lace and silk.

Modern Lingerie.
Nowadays, thankfully for all concerned, lingerie has become a lot easier on the eye. L lingerie has become a favored boudoir pick-me-up. Guys love the visual stimulation and girls love the fact that they can highlight their best attributes and conceal any worries. A true win-win sexual situation.

Terminology. Here is a lowdown on all those confusing terms. 

Baby doll. A highly eroticized item. A short negligee that normally ends about 6 inches above the knee, although the length can vary. They are often see through and made of nylon, chiffon or silk. Trimmings include fur, lace ruffles, bows, ribbons and spaghetti straps. The baby doll was made popular by the 1956 movie of the same name. Due to its flattering cut, the baby doll is possibly the most popular of the erotic lingerie range. It has the ability to be trashy, naughty, see through, sensual or elegant. A sure-fire winner for him and her.

Bodysuit. An all-in-one leotard like garment which has snap fasteners at the crotch. Bodysuits are skintight and give a smooth line. They can also provide shaping support. Stretch lace bodysuits, in either black or skin tone, can be astonishingly seductive as well as practical. Equally suitable for the full figure and the svelte.

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Bras. Unless you are certain of the size, can be tricky buying for someone else. Many styles, designs and fabrics to select from to showcase a girl's most obvious sexual attribute. 

Bridal. Traditionally made in cream or white. Bridal lingerie is usually meant to be both elegant and sexy. Wedding lingerie is often made from silk, satin or lace.

Bustier. A form-fitting, sleeveless, strapless item that ends at the waist. The primary purpose of the bustier is to push up the bust. Bustiers often lace up, or have fasteners up the front, with the bosoms perched over the top. The bustier is the ideal sexy lingerie for the girl looking for support or to boost the appearance of her breasts. Bustiers can also come in black leather which is perfect for kinky and fetish lingerie.

French Maid Outfit. Wildly popular in the fantasy lingerie range. They are usually based on the black and white French maid's afternoon uniform of the 19th Century. The typical outfit is very short, trimmed with frilled white lace, and comes with a tiny white apron. The outfit should be short enough to reveal knickers (or not) when she bends over. Feather dusters, maid hair caps and cuffs are all great extras. This naughty lingerie should be worn with black fishnet stockings and black high heels. Perfect for the couple who enjoys a little play-acting.

Knickers. Crotch less lingerie, edible knickers, g string, see through, leather and luxury designer panties are all out there to keep the interest up. A flash of these during the evening will stop the television going on!

Merry Widow. Also known as a torsolette. This is a short strapless corset with half-cup bra and long garters attached to keep the stockings up. This outfit was made in 1952 for the Merry Widow movie starring Lana Turner.

Naughty and Nice. This is a 3-piece outfit containing matching baby doll, knickers and peignoir. Fairly self-explanatory name, I guess.

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Negligee. The word "negligee" comes from the French word "negliger" which means to neglect or overlook. However, I don't think there would be much neglection when she is wearing one of these. In the 1920's the negligee started to copy the slinky single layer evening gowns which were in fashion at that time. The forerunner to sensual and erotic nightwear, negligees are made from sheer or semi-translucent fabrics and adorned with lace and or bows. Negligees are perfect seductive lingerie for all body types including the plus size.

Peignoir. A floor length night gown. They are usually made of chiffon and are sheer. Although they are usually sold with matching knickers, they are often worn without. This is the perfect intimate lingerie for the girl who is self conscious about her legs.

Stockings and Garter Belts. The ultimate indicator for a guy that this is going to be a hot date! A tantalising glimpse of these and he will be putty in a girl's hand. The quick and easy access to the genital area seems to promise sexual spontaneity. The most popular color for the garter belt is red or black. While stockings come in all colors and designs, the two most desirable styles are the back seamed and the fishnet, both in black. Hot sexy lingerie at its most effective.

Teddy. A camisole and knickers all in one, usually with snap fasteners at the crotch. These can be tricky to purchase in the correct size due to body length differences. Unless it is made of stretch lace, this is one item that should be tried on before purchasing. Often perceived to be fine or luxury lingerie, especially when made in silk.

Where to purchase adult lingerie.
In this day and age, there is no need to be embarrassed about being spotted in the adult shop. Most department stores have a range of tame sensual lingerie. Lingerie boutiques have whole racks devoted to sexy lingerie. For the shyer folk, there are lingerie catalogues and numerous online sites where you can peruse to your hearts content. The mail order and website companies normally send your items in plain unmarked boxes.

Take the yawn out of your bedchamber! A passion pit is just at the end of the hallway!  Whatever your fantasy or fetish, erotic or sensual lingerie will add a spark to the slap and tickle. Good Luck, Coco Swan.

Shop for Erotic Lingerie Together

By Amanda Cotterill  

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Shopping for erotic lingerie together as a couple is a great way to spice up your sex life. If you haven't tried it, you don't know what you're missing. Browsing for erotic lingerie together can bring you closer and help you reach a deeper level of intimacy in a fun, light-hearted way. After all, the point of erotic lingerie is to give free rein to fantasies you both have and enliven your intimate life. What better way to explore those fantasies together than to look at the all the erotic lingerie there is? Just looking can bring a wealth of ideas to give your sex life a boost, whether it needs one or not.

Erotic lingerie doesn't have to be a solitary affair. If you're looking for erotic lingerie, you may want a little spice for your sex life, and what better way than to share the selections and anticipation with your partner? Shopping for erotic lingerie together can also increase intimacy and open up discussion about fantasies you may want to explore. Fulfilling desires can start with something as simple as a little bit of sexy, erotic lingerie to put some heat into the bedroom - and it can give you both some great ideas, too!

Buying exotic lingerie with your partner may be something you've never done, but it can be a great way to put some spice into your sex life and open up intimate discussion. Being together as a couple includes sharing and intimacy, and everyone has their fantasies. Deciding to explore erotic lingerie together can let those fantasies free and liven up the playtime in the bedroom. Even if you don't buy, shopping for exotic lingerie together can give you plenty of ideas and bring some spice to your sex life!

Shopping for erotic lingerie together ensures that any intimate apparel you buy is sure to delight you both. So much of the time, people buy erotic lingerie that doesn't really bring any zing into the bedroom. Maybe he has a thing for lacey and innocent baby dolls or corsets and bustiers, or he may enjoy see-through lingerie. Maybe you have a thing for exotic costume lingerie or sexy panties. Since these things are sometimes difficult to talk about. Browsing an online erotic lingerie store or shop together can make it easier to share what turns you both on - or off.

That's important to a couple. Discovering that he isn't particularly fond of teddies or bodysuits can help you avoid purchasing erotic lingerie that isn't going to do much for him (which ultimately won't do much for you either!). Finding out he loves corsets, however, tells you one thing sure to bring that wicked gleam to his eye.

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While shopping for lingerie together, it's important to keep an open mind, though. Maybe you never pictured yourself in sheer baby doll lingerie - but he has. Once you know this, be willing to give it a try. If you absolutely can't see yourself wearing anything like that, he should be willing to let the fantasy go. There are so many possibilities when it comes to sexy lingerie that if you continue to look and talk openly, you're certain to find many alternatives that will delight you both.

When shopping for erotic lingerie with your partner, both of you must have open minds about what the other may be interested in. You may not have considered sheer baby doll lingerie - but he has. He may not have considered a wicked corset, but you have. Be willing to try each other's selections, but if you really feel uncomfortable wearing something he selects, he should be willing to let the idea go. There are so many options for erotic lingerie that there's sure to be choices that please you both.

Discussion, talking, and open minds are a part of shopping for erotic lingerie together. Each of you has fantasies that you may not be aware of, and while you may never have considered yourself an erotic costume girl, he may have. He may not have thought sheer baby doll lingerie tempting and exotic, but you have. If you feel that you absolutely don't want to wear a certain garment, then your partner should be willing to drop the idea and move on to another selection that you both like. Talking and sharing about what sort of erotic lingerie turns you on or off is important to finding a selection that gets both of you warmed up.

The point of erotic lingerie shopping together is to bring you closer and help you get to know each other better--or to heat your sex life up a bit if it's gone stale. You'll be amazed at what you learn about each other and how a little sexy lingerie can bring you both so much pleasure.

Make a date to do some online erotic lingerie shopping together. Open a bottle of wine and boot up the computer. Find some erotic lingerie you think you'll both love. If you're a little shy, find a nice online store, load up a page of selections, and casually ask him which he likes best. You'll soon find yourself clicking through selections of erotic lingerie as a couple.

Shopping for exotic lingerie from the privacy of your own home or apartment can be a thrill all by itself--and the anticipation of the impending delivery of erotic lingerie can get your libido higher than you might imagine. The thoughts and ideas that you have while you wait those few days for your package to arrive might have you both enjoying the wait enough to make shopping for sexy lingerie together a regular part of your sex lives. That's a sure way to keep the spice in your sex life for a long time to come!

Just shopping alone can add some spark and anticipation into the thrill. Knowing a special delivery of erotic lingerie is on the way can fill both your heads with thoughts of when to wear the erotic lingerie and where. Thinking on the matter can heat up the waiting period quite a bit, enough that you may want to make shopping for erotic lingerie a new part of your sex lives. You may end up fanning the flames of desire to keep them burning for a long time to come!

While you may have to wait a little for the delivery of your exotic lingerie to arrive, the anticipation of that impending day will have you and your partner's imaginations lit up during the wait. You may find that the heat of the anticipation is almost worth more than the delivery of your exotic lingerie, enough that shopping together becomes a regular moment you share. You may end up discovering that shopping for erotic lingerie is something that keeps your sex life nice and spicy all the time!

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