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The best way to find out her size is to check in her lingerie drawer or favourite bra for its size. For bottoms, check her dress size.
And while you are there, continue to step 2…and be sure to check this site out for proper fit for any lingerie..Fit Guide
Step 2 - What are her favourite styles?
What are her favourite styles, the bras and panties she loves?
You may think she would look great in a Thong,
but if all she wears are hipsters or boyshorts it might be more sensitive to buy one of those. You also can use our guide to styles to help you find a style that complements her body shape.
What colours does she like?
Again the best way to tell is by looking at her existing lingerie drawer or clothes wardrobe. Does she prefer subtly classic tones? Is she completely in love with pink?
She's sure to love garments that match her preferred palette, however don't be scared to buy something a little different that she may not buy herself - it is a treat after all..
At first glance, a nightgown seems an unimportant article of clothing. After all, it is just something to wear to bed. Being such an intimate part of the day, there is no dress code for sleep. Some people wear plain white T-shirts, while others prefer to sleep in the nude. Pajamas, underwear, sweatpants, and lingerie further illustrate the ever-widening gamut of intimate apparel available to the masses.
However, as ubiquitous as it may seem, what one chooses to wear to sleep can greatly affect their lives in unexpected ways. For example, a silky, feminine nightgown may prove a path to increasing marital bliss. An uncomfortably stiff sleeping ensemble may cause the wearer to toss and turn all night long, leading to a poor mood throughout the following day.
One’s choice of sleep attire also creates memorable impressions in the hearts of loved ones. Ask an elderly man who has been married for ages about nightgowns, and odds are he has a clear memory of his wife’s favorite. Children fondly remember the smell and feel of their mother’s gowns, especially those she wore when comforting them following a bad dream or slowly rocking them to sleep during an illness. Choosing the right nightgown can be about so much more than just finding something to sleep in.
Specialty shops, department stores, and websites like eBay or Etsy offer a ton of options for finding the perfect gown, for the perfect occasion.
Just as different stages in life call for different daytime attire, the same applies to nightgowns. The type of gown that a woman selects during pregnancy or nursing will probably be quite a bit different than the one she chooses for her wedding night.
Designers have embraced the modern trend of flaunting a beautiful baby bump by developing thousands of designs maternity - style nightgowns meant to showcase and flatter the expanding waistline. Even non-maternity babydoll nightgowns generally offer enough flow to luxuriously sheath mom’s growing tummy well into the third trimester. Look for ultimate feminine styles that are gauzy and flowing. Make sure there is also plenty of room to accommodate an ever-expanding bust.
New mothers often spend a lot of time in their nightgown, lounging around the house or care center, as they overcome the trials and tribulations of bringing a new life into the world. Those who choose to breastfeed can still look beautiful, as nursing gowns are convenient, functional, and widely available. The standard nursing-style gown features well-hidden slits that can be used to comfortably latch baby on without exposing too much. They are available in a wide variety of colors and styles, and are made to fit many budgets. Women who do not want to invest in a special nursing gown for breastfeeding should stick with designs that button at the top or low-cut V-neck gowns that can be easily folded over for easy access. Even non-breastfeeding babies benefit from skin-to-skin contact with their mother; these gowns also tend to be very loose and comfortable during the healing period, so pregnant women should not worry about making a bad investment should they choose not to nurse.
Bridal nightgowns, traditionally lacy white cotton, offer femininity and timeless charm. Women of all shapes and sizes look nice in an elegant white bridal nightgown. Often nightgowns are a bit more conservative than lingerie, but offer just enough of a peek to entice the imagination.
Luxurious Nightgown Fabric
Shoppers can find modern nightgowns in nearly every fabric imaginable, from functional flannel to delicate silk. Selecting the right fabric can mean the difference between getting a good night’s sleep or writhing in agony. Certain fabrics like silk, lace, cotton, and satin are traditional textiles for nightgown designs. They are also considered to be sensuous, luxurious fabrics, perfect for special nights or any time a person just wants to feel beautiful. Silk
Silk looks beautiful and is coveted as one of the most delicate and expensive materials on Earth. Harvested from silkworms and other insects, this fabric’s development is a tedious process. Though silk is beautiful, soft, and very attractive, it has a tendency to fade in the sunlight and pick up a yellow hue over time. It also stains easily and may be difficult to clean.
Cotton is an attractive, reasonably priced option for nightgown material. It is cool in the summer and does not stick to the flesh in the same way that silk or nylon tends to do. Cotton is also a hardy fabric; it can be washed and dried repeatedly under very hot temperatures, and can even withstand the occasional bleaching. The biggest downside to cotton is that it has a tendency to shrink in the dryer, though preshrunk versions do exist.
Lace is an open-weave style of fabric that has been popular for hundreds of years, though true lace was not developed until the 15th or 16th century. Lace is timeless, beautiful, and may be either simple or ornate. Modern lace can be made in a number of different ways. Generally lace is both comfortable, attractive, and airy, but it has a tendency to snag, making laundering and everyday wear difficult.
Silky satin sheets and gowns have been popular for quite some time. Satin is cool to touch and feels nice against bare skin, making it an obvious choice for sleeping apparel and linens. Sometimes high-grade satin is formed from silk threads. However, to derail high prices, most modern satin is formed from silk, nylon, or polyester blends. Vintage
Vintage nightgowns are quite popular because of the classic styles, fabric and comfort. You can find many vintage nightgowns on eBay or Etsy.
Finding the Right Nightgown for Your Body Type
To find a flattering style of gown, it is important to take an honest look at one’s body type. No matter a person’s size or shape, there should be a style of gown that will look good on them. The key is selecting a style of dress that is flattering and accents the positive, while detracting from the negative.
The right style of clothing can create magic for a curvaceous body. Low-swooping V-necks draw the eyes away from a less-than-perfect waist, bringing attention to the chest. Gowns that come in at the waist but billow out around the hips, like popular babydoll styles, are a good fit for the curvy woman.
Thin women can make themselves appear a bit plumper by choosing gowns that offer ruffles in areas they wish to expand, like their rear or chest. Super-tight, slinky gowns also look nice on shapely thin women, as they accentuate their finer features and draw out a long, slender silhouette.
The panty raids of the 1950’s were one of the first major crazes to surface after the end of World War II. Functioning as humorous activities, groups of males raided all-female college residences (dormitories) to secure panties or other intimate apparel as “trophies”, proof that the guys had momentarily crossed a societal barrier and occupied the forbidden territory of a co-ed’s dorm room. The panty raid craze ran from the 1950’s through the 1960’s.
History of Panty Raids
Panty Raid at Oklahoma University. The first documented panty raid took place on February 25, 1949 at the 100-year-old Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Perhaps inspired by the military training the young students had received in World War II, one hundred twenty male students raided the girls dormitories after cutting the electricity and phone lines. The men raided Carlson Hall through heating tunnels located beneath the school. Once they were able to enter, the unlocked the doors for the remaining raiders to enter. Likely the women had advanced warning and some even sprayed large amounts of perfume on the attackers “so they could be identified later.”
Showing off the spoils of a panty raid. The goal of the raid was not to collect panties but rather was to produce commotion. During the raid, beds were overturned and co-eds were pushed into showers (the only physical injury resulted from a man who was hit on the head with a chair). Although the goal was not to steal panties, some dormitory residents reported that their underwear had been taken. The police were quickly called but nobody was arrested or charged.
News of the raid travelled fast and made nationwide headlines with articles appearing in the Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, and the New York Times. The Moline Daily Dispatch may have coined the phrase when they described the event as a “panty raid”.
The second incident occurred on March 21, 1952 at the University of Michigan. This raid is often noted as the “first panty raid” and went down in history as the single event that started the nationwide panty raid craze that was soon to follow.
The unplanned University of Michigan raid started after shouting matches between competing men’s dorm rooms evolved into an outdoor shouting match with men from several dorms playfully taunting each other. Police were called to quiet down the dormitory residents but the students refused to disperse and instead, began making their way towards the women’s dormitories located nearby. Seeing the progression of men moving towards their dorms, the women quickly locked their doors as the men approached but the raiders found other ways to enter the dorms. The Detroit News reported on the raid and noted that the men stole “items of lingerie as souvenirs”.
The Panty Raid Craze Spreads
Students after a panty raid. Other raids followed all across the country. On April 8, 1952, two thousand men raided the women’s dormitories at Penn State while the women cheered and threw underwear from the windows to the crowd below. By the end of the 1952 Spring term, the panty raid epidemic had spread to 52 campuses across the country.
Showing off the prizes from a panty raid. In the Spring of 1953, the Princeton University men raided the dorms at Westminster Choir College. In May 1956, three thousand men raided the women’s dorms at the University of California, Berkeley and caused $10,000 in damages.
In most panty raids the men were welcomed by the women residents but in a few instances the raids turned somewhat violent. At the University of Washington raiders broke windows in the dorm rooms. At the University of Washington, one thousand male students broke widows and stormed the dorms chanting, “We want panties!”. At Christian College and Stephens College, female dorm residents fought the raiders off and did not allow them entry. At the University of Nebraska in early 1955, several students were suspended.
In a “turn about is fair play” instance at the University of Michigan, five hundred women raided the men’s dorm room stealing their boxer shorts.
Why Panty Raids?
A women's dorm room after a panty raid. There are many theories behind the reason for the panty raid epidemic. Panty raids served as ad hoc protests against curfews and entry restrictions that barred male visitors from women’s dormitories. These policies were particularly influential given that colleges had started admitting women in large numbers for the first time after World War II.
In addition, college rules were much less permissive than today’s college rules and students were naturally opposed to many of the rules. The sexual revolution was still years away and social conventions made it difficult for unmarried guys and girls attending college to act on impulse. And there was a restlessness amongst the college youth that in less than a decade, would explode as the counterculture movement of the 1960’s
By the 1970’s, the raids had ended. Mixed dorms that housed men and women, and less inhibited attitudes to sex on campus made them pointless..
Article courtesy of http://www.mortaljourney.com/
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The babydoll is a term used to refer to two different types of clothing. It can be a flirty piece of lingerie or a short dress for day wear. In both, the silhouette is the same: tent-like and hemmed above the knee. Traditionally, the babydoll style of garment was reserved for dresses for infants and young children, although it is now commonly worn by adult women as well. Choosing a babydoll for lingerie or as a dress requires some knowledge of the styles and fits that are available as well as some tips on how to pull off this stylish, sometimes sexy, sometimes serious, look and be comfortable doing so.
The Babydoll as Lingerie
As a piece of lingerie, the babydoll has a bra type top with a loose fitting body. Sometimes, the body is open in the front. It can be sleeveless or have straps.
The babydoll as lingerie bears a strong resemblance to the lace-trimmed short bed jackets and bed capes of the 1930s and 1940s. However, the term, "babydoll" as a piece of sexy lingerie was made famous by a 1956 movie entitled, "Baby Doll," where the lead character, a 19-year-old nymphet, wore short, sexy dresses to enhance her sex appeal. It was after this that the style began to be worn by adults as nightwear. Babydolls from the 1950s to the early 1980s are now sought-after collectible vintage apparel, and several can be found on eBay. Today, babydolls are characterized as their own class of nightwear in lingerie departments and are very popular for bridal lingerie due to their affordable cost and variety of designs.
When referring to this style of nightwear, it is known to be erotic and emphasize sex appeal. Because of the length of babydolls, they expose the woman’s legs. In fact, the garment’s loose fitting skirt falls between the upper thigh and belly button. Because of this short length, the babydoll is often sold with matching panties since the gown itself is short enough that underwear can be seen if worn.
Furthermore, some styles also expose or emphasize the breasts. Sometimes, the top has formed cups called a bralette, which enhances cleavage.
The babydoll can vary greatly in style from being a bit modest to being risque. They can be trimmed with lace, sequins, ruffles, fur, ribbons, or embroidery. Babydolls are normally made from lightweight, sheer fabrics such as chiffon, nylon, silk, linen, and organic cotton.
The babydoll should fit relatively tight across the bosom. Many babydolls come with adjustable bands, similar to a bra, so that the fit can be more customized. The bodice of the garment should blouse out and create a flattering drape. The front of the babydoll can be open to reveal more skin, but if wearers want a more modest nightie, many are available without exposing the stomach area.
The Babydoll as a Dress
Babydoll dresses are similar in style to babydoll lingerie. Dresses boast a form-fitting top, empire waist, and a flowing bodice; however, they are suitable for daytime or even formal wear.
The babydoll dress of today resembles gowns from the Renaissance and Regency eras that had low necklines and high waists. These dresses also boasted padded bosoms that highlighted the bustline. The dresses were considered a fresh, youthful style separate from the stuffy dresses that had been popular for years.
More recently, babydoll dresses were worn in the 1950s as empire-waisted dress styles made a comeback among women who wanted to wear more carefree, younger dresses than the conservative styles worn by their mothers and grandmothers. This style remained popular throughout the 1960s, featuring a high boat neck and the clean, straight lines of a shift dress. In the 1970s, the dresses were fashioned to match the trends of the time period as well with bohemian styling and hippie-inspired designs. During the 1980s, the babydoll dress faded out of the fashion scene but reappeared during the 1990s grunge fashion movement. Revitalizing this fashion trend was Courtney Love of the grunge band, Hole, whose trademark attire was a highly decorated babydoll dress.
Like the babydoll nightie, the babydoll dress also has a fitted bust, high empire waist, and loose A-line skirt. It is a comfortable, modest dress that is easy for women of all shapes to wear. Usually, babydoll dresses will fall anywhere between just above the knee, to several inches below the knee. However, the hemline for the babydoll dress typically stops above the calf. The bodice of the dress can be loose or tight and looks nice worn with or without a belt. Although the babydoll dress can be worn year-round, it is most popular during the spring and summer months because of the drapey, cool flow of the skirt.
The shape of the babydoll dress has also inspired cocktail wear, and a popular style of this is a strapless or spaghetti strap bodice, bow-tie belt, and shiny or glittery fabric for the skirt.
The babydoll dress flatters many body types. However, the wrong fabric or misplaced gathers at the stomach can, unfortunately, create an undesirable, chubby look. Additionally, the hemline is also an important consideration. On shorter or petite women, the hem should be above the knee in order to minimize a visual "cutting" of the body; however, taller women can wear a longer length with ease.
How to Wear a Babydoll Dress
Often, babydoll dresses are marketed to the under-forty age group because of its youthful cut. However, because of the ability of the babydoll dress to hide figure flaws with its forgiving silhouette, designers do use darker shades and heavier fabrics to appeal to older women as well. There are several ways to wear a babydoll dress to create a unique, fun outfit.
Leggings: Pair the dress with long leggings to create a more mature appearance. Leggings under the dress can detract from the too-young look of the babydoll dress.
Longer Length: Leave the shorter babydoll dresses to children. As an adult, choose one that just skims the knee for a more suitable style.
Footwear: Pairing the babydoll dress with high heels creates a sweet, stylish, and sexy outfit that is perfect for a dinner party or date night. Pairing the babydoll dress with leggings and high boots can create a casual, comfortable look or a sophisticated style, depending on the fabric.
Jeans: Wear skinny jeans with a babydoll dress and create a casual outfit that is relaxed but still feminine.
Accessories: Choose accessories to compliment the babydoll dress. Thick, chunky jewelry or thin, delicate pieces can be added to accessorize any desired style. And, for reasonable prices, scarves can also be paired with both muted and bold colors to achieve a variety of looks.
The babydoll has been a popular women’s style, especially since the 1960s, and implants its influence into fashion with each decade’s trendy styles. Whether selecting a babydoll for lingerie or as a dress for a casual or formal outfit, buyers should know information about the styles that are available in order to ensure a proper fit. Additionally, buyers should also be aware of the many ways to wear babydoll dresses so that they can achieve a variety of looks. When they are ready to choose a babydoll to add to a wardrobe, women will want to check out eBay for its large selection of affordable clothing and accessories.