How to choose lingerie for your body shape

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Tip 1: Make sure that whatever you choose to wear underneath will work with what you wear on top.  If you have the perfect dress, but still need the right underwear, take your dress shopping with you to make sure there aren’t panty lines or straps showing where you don’t want them.

Tip 2:  No matter your bust size, wearing the right bra size and shape is key to looking good. Most women wear the wrong bra size without realising it.   In most cases, you are a bigger cup than you think with a smaller back strap than you expect.  If you haven’t recently been properly measured for a bra, go to a retailer that offers this service. 

READ: 10 bra hacks every woman should know

If you have large breasts

You need to give your breasts good support, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for plain or ugly looking bras.  Beautiful, cost effective lingerie is more available than ever before.  Make sure that your cup offers you enough support so that you have 2 breasts rather than 4.  If you are plunging out of your bra or your straps are digging into your shoulders, it’s not the right size or shape for you. 

If you have small breasts

If you want to enhance your bust, a push up bra and or padding is your best friend.  Anything with frill and detail will also work to add volume.  If you love your breasts the way they are, go skimpy with a simple lace or halter bra… just because you can.

If you have a tummy

A high-rise lace thong, panty or boyshorts will do the trick.  Who says coverage can’t be pretty?

If you are smaller at the top than at the bottom:

If your hips are proportionally larger than your bust, then wear a padded bra to add volume and balance to your hips, paired with a pair of panties with side panels for a slimming effect.

If you are smaller at the bottom than at the top:

If your bust is proportionally bigger than your hips, wear panties with a thicker waistband like a high-waisted brief or boyshorts to balance your top half.

If you have a short torso

Opt for lower rise panties or boyshorts.  This will elongate your torso. 

If you have short legs

Wear high cut bikini panties or a thong, as they will make your legs appear longer.

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