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Robin Eisenberg

Valentine’s Day Lingerie That Makes Any Body Type Look Sexy

We're here to take the guesswork out of selecting something sooo seductive.

Considering that the “average” Victoria’s Secret Angel is nearly 6’ tall and weighs about 120 pounds, and the average American woman is 5’4” and 166 pounds, it’s no surprise that lingerie shopping can be an exercise in frustration. But it doesn’t have to be—there are plenty of sexy and flattering options if your body type is more real-life than celestial:

Babydoll Nightie
Best for: Pear shapes, anyone self-conscious about their tummy

Empire waists are perfect for those who are bottom heavy: The flowy skirt hides wobbly bits, while a fitted bodice highlights shoulders, arms and chest. Add va-voom with a plunging neckline, it draws the eye away from larger hips and thighs.
Try: ASOS Layla Dobby Slip, $40

Balconette bra and Hipster panty
Best for: Busty types

Women with bigger busts already know that the girls need support—think sturdy straps, a supportive bra band and non-negotiable underwire—but the bottom half is equally important. Balance out a top-heavy figure with a higher-waist panty or thong. Bonus: The extra material can camouflage a tummy pooch if that’s an issue.
Try: Adore Me Azura Contour Bra and Panty, $59.95

Bralette and Hipster Brief
Best for: Boyish and/or petite figures

Smaller-busted women can get away with less structured pieces, but that shouldn’t mean minimal style. Add oomph to a modest décolletage with bras with feminine details like eyelash lace. If you go the push-up route, don’t go crazy with padding. Choose lightly lined styles for a natural—vs. stuffed bra—look. Pair it with panties that show a peek of cheek.
Try: The Little Bra Company Louise Bra, $65, and Louise Panty, $32

Balconette Bra and Bikini
Best for: Plus Size Gals

If you’re curvy, resist the temptation to cover up—it’s actually more flattering to show some skin! Instead of a full-coverage bra, opt for a balconette or demi cup style with bikini or hipster panties (rather than full-on boy shorts). Structure is key: Don’t skip the underwire, make sure your bra band fits perfectly and choose bottoms with wider waistbands.
Try: Cacique, exclusively at Lane Bryant, Animal Print Lightly Lined French Balconette Bra with Lace, $48-$58.50, and Panty, $18.50

Lacy Bodysuit and Short Robe
Best for: Everyone

Forget push-ups and garter belts and opt for a sleek one piece that makes you feel great the second you put it on. We like this best-selling option from Spanx because it flatters (and shapes) most figures. Add a short, belted robe that accentuates your waist, shows off your legs and provides coverage when you need it.
Try: Spanx Spotlight on Lace Bodysuit, $74, Thalia Sodi Satin Short Wrap Robe, $29.98