It’s Hard to Pull off Sexy If You Don’t Feel Comfortable

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Choosing lingerie isn’t easy if you’re the least bit self-conscious—and who isn’t? After all, when you’re wearing a teddy or a baby doll, there’s not much left but you in all your glory. If you’re feeling glorious, either because you’re madly in love or you’ve just completed an astonishing diet program, you can probably put on nearly any piece of lingerie without feeling too self conscious. But for many women, sexy lingerie prompts the impulse to hide behind the nearest drape and get those lights off as soon as possible.
To find the best lingerie, first consult with your own mind. Are you bashful or proud of your body? Are you embarrassed showing much skin, or do you hit the beaches in tiny suits? Take some time to think about the way you feel about your body before choosing a piece of lingerie. It’s good to be bold, but if modesty can’t be easily forgotten, you may find that a sexy outfit makes you more inhibited, not less. On the other hand, some women find that lingerie is like a costume: you can pretend to be freer and wilder than you usually are. If you’re not sure you can make the leap from Shy Suzy to Wildcat Wendy, choose two pieces of lingerie, one more modest than the other. You can make a last-minute switch if you need to. Never forget that the purpose of lingerie is to have fun, to add spice to your life. You can certainly dress up to please a partner, but make sure it’s something you like, too.
Play up your best features. Hiding your legs? Choose a long nightgown with spaghetti straps and a deep v neckline. Baby dolls and teddies show a lot more leg and bust, but make sure you add the right shoes! If you pair sexy lingerie with a pair of flip-flops, the effect is undone. Find old-fashioned feathered mules, or try a pair of stiletto pumps. Gloves add a fun touch, too. Empire waisted baby dolls are useful for hiding your tummy if you feel self-conscious about it, while still showing plenty of leg. And if you want to wear something sexy without putting it all on display, there are plenty of easy, elegant lingerie fashions you can wear even to host late night cocktail parties.

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