How To Buy Lingerie: A Man's Guide

For most men, buying lingerie for your partner can be fraught with difficulties. Here are some tips on how to get it right

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It's a bold decision, but get it right and it will pay off in spades. Zacchary Falconer-Barfield from The Perfect Gentleman introduces five things to consider when buying Lingerie for your other half: 

1 | Start with sizes

Most men make the mistake of buying the wrong size. They often muddle up the proportions of the bottom and top halves respectively, by underestimating the one, and overestimating the other.

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Don’t guess! This problem is easily solved. Take a look in her underwear drawer and check the sizes.

Check the size of her knickers, and also the chest and cup size of her bras. Obviously try to do this when there is absolutely no chance of being interrupted, it may be difficult to explain what you are doing.

2 | Work out what styles she likes

Look again in her underwear drawer and check what she has already. Women’s underwear is much more complicated than men’s because they have to go under different types of clothes to create different effects. The bra is particularly complicated as there are different types that suit different figures and create different shapes.

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Know her ‘starting’ size; this can change from brand to brand and style to style, look at the selection of items in her draw, make of note of the different sizes and the brands. 

3 | Keep it classy

Very ‘saucy’ underwear may get your pulse racing, but don’t buy it as a gift. Your partner may have worn this kind of stuff for you before, but it was her choice to do that. She wants you to see her as classy. Stick to beautiful lace, soft satin, rich colours and beautiful detailing. Stick to something that looks expensive.

Women tend to buy practical underwear for themselves, so buy something that will look gorgeous and glamorous.

4 | Colour is key

Pay attention to what colours your partner wears in her outer clothes, as this can be translated to her underwear wardrobe too. Black is a very safe option for men to buy and red is not always the desired choice for ladies at Christmas, even though it is a festive colour.

The added option of a gift receipt can also ensure she can swap any item, should tweaking be required.

5 | Get a Gift Voucher from a specialist company

If gathering all the necessary information and picking the right style is just too much but you still want to get your partner something really special buy her a Gift Voucher. At Rigby & Peller this will also include a full 45 minute fitting from one of their qualified Lingerie stylists.  

The Perfect Gentleman’s Language of Lingerie courses will be taking place in Rigby & Peller’s stores in Conduit street Mayfair (Tuesday 3rd December) and Kings Road Chelsea (Wednesday 4th December). Full details are available at theperfectgentleman.tv


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