Personal Shopper: Lingerie for Ben's Wife-to-Be

Ben wrote, "I'm a guy and I've been following your RSS feed for about two years now to get gift ideas for my sister, mother, and girlfriend/future wife. I've noted that you guys give shopping advice and I sure could use your help. I'm getting married at the end of July and need advice on women's underwear. I have never bought lingerie before but I'd like to pick out a few special things for my bride to be as we start our future together. I am looking for some ideas for something sexy, but not kinky, special, but still practical. Basically something she can wear most any day but would be nicer than her Hanes/Jockey stuff. My fiancee has given me her measurements (36B, 30, 40) and I have a general idea of what she likes but I don't know where to start (other than the obvious brands i.e Victoria's Secret). She likes comfortable stuff and has a kind of girl-next-door style (i.e. nothing red or ridiculous like this). She describes herself as "pear-shaped" and has warned me that most lingerie sets won't work for her because of the way women's clothes are sized... don't even get me started on the arbitrary numbers for women's clothes. I do know that these are among her favorite panties but she doesn't like much else here. So what do you think? Can you help?"

Ben, that's really sweet! We love that you want her to feel comfortable and gorgeous! If she doesn't like standard lingerie like teddies, a sweet chemise (see #s 2 and 4) or matching bra and panty sets (most are available as separates, so you can pick & choose sizes) should be right up her alley. We tried to select stuff that was sexy, but not boom-chicka-wow-wow-so-not-her. Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding, and here's to many years of happiness!

1 - Rosy Sublime Moulded Padded Bra & Sublime Thong ($76 bra, $36 panty)

2 - Honeydew Intimates Lace Trim Babydoll ($38, in 4 colors)

3 - Simone Perele 'Romance' Demi Bra & Thong ($87 bra, $45 thong)

4 - Veronica Rose Chemise ($74)

5 - Elle MacPherson Intimates "Sheer Ribbons" Underwire Contour Bra & Hipster Panty ($48 bra, $26 panty)

6 - Huit 'Vertige" Bra & Panties ($69 bra, $49 panties)

7 - Janet Reger Nancy T-Shirt Bra and Tanga Panty ($157 bra, $78 panty)

Frustrated in your search for that perfect leather handbag, red stiletto pump, or whatever makes your heart go thump in the night? Send us a request and we might do the shopping work for you in a future Personal Shopper feature!


pamela daley

Posted on 06.29.10 at 4:34 PM

What a sweet guy! I cannot imagine a non-perv (ok - non-playboy type) buying lingerie for his love. And he's so sensitive and thorough! Great catch, I'll betcha! :)(:


Posted on 07.16.10 at 5:30 PM

Thanks, these ideas helped out a lot!


Posted on 07.20.10 at 12:39 PM

There' a lingerie website that actually does most of the work for you when buying a gift. You just take the man-friendly quiz and it automatically gives you items to choose from. It's They have tons of different items to choose from. Hope this helps.

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