Last year, my girlfriend talked about just how hard it is to buy lingerie as a gift, given sizing complications AND the possibility of misconstrued sexual implications. This year, however, I’m not going to leave you all completely in the lurch, because I do have a few ideas of what to buy that will make that special lady in your life very, very happy. I still stand by the advice that buying anything bra-sized is hit or miss: every brand and style runs differently, so it can be very difficult to make someone happy straight out of the box! That being said, I have included things on the list that come in S-M-L etc., so I hope these will help.
Dramatic and beautiful, the Kiss Me Deadly Elle Robe is really a must-buy. Sadly this robe is sold out almost everywhere, so get your hands on it while you have a chance! Anyone who got this under their Christmas tree (or for any other reason) would be instantly transformed into a majestic, silver-screen goddess. Size Range: S-XL
It may seem a bit literal, but I do like when presents come with a bow already on them! I love how the Angela Friedman slip is otherwise plain, but the little lace inset makes it instantly special. It’s a sophisticated bow, not a silly one, and would make a fantastic gift for a partner of any age, in my opinion. Size Range: S-XL.
I try not to recommend too many things that are bra related as a gift because of the difficulty of fit, but I thought this was too cute to leave out! This Stella McCartney bra is a wireless soft cup that’s really only suitable for those on the lower end of the size range, but boy is it darling. The little black flocked bows on the dark red mesh make it so holiday appropriate but it happily lacks the ‘sexy santa’ feeling that can be bizarre in other seasons. Size range: 32A-36C, S-XL
Slippers don’t sounds like a sexy gift– but aren’t these precious? I love the low heel because it’s on the edge of impractical, but it really makes home life more glamorous. Caveat: make sure your intended recipient is into the glamorous retro lifestyle– if she prefers giant, fuzzy slippers, these will not make her happy! Size Range: US 6-10
The glowing review of this Dottie’s Delights robe by Sweet Nothings should send it sky rocketing to the top of your gift list. It is perfectly swoosh-y and so easy to find the right fit– there are only two sizes! The recipient will be immediately sky-rocketed to retro goddess-hood. Size 1 is for XS-L and size 2 is for XL+.
I’ve been a bit off La Perla lately because they’ve been seeming a bit boring, but when I spotted this slip, I fell in love! Dots + lace + ruffles = perfection. This is not a very body-conscious piece, but I think the mixture of sheer fabrics could make it quite lovely and flattering. Size Range: XS-L
Silk pajamas are so incredibly luxurious and this Olivia von Halle pair is the perfect gift for the person who can never be pleased. Five seconds wearing these cranberry red beauties and she will be the happiest, most comfortable being in the world. Size range: 1-4
Wolford stockings are an excellent gift because they are beautiful, high quality products that still contain a distinct frisson of sex appeal. I think the check adds a holiday feeling that makes it extra appropriate for the snowy season. Size Range: XS-L
You know how happy I feel about my Fleur of England robe, so it makes perfect sense that I would suggest that the Truffle kimono be a perfect holiday gift. The subtle color is sophisticated and the silk is beautifully touchable. Size Range: S/M, M/L
Yes, this is another babydoll with a bow on it, from Betty Blue’s Loungerie. I just think it’s a perfect way to make your present extra special. Sheer lingerie is one of my favorite kinds because it allows for the kind of peek-a-boo that everyday clothes specifically prevent! Size Range: S-XL
If Agent Provocateur does anything well, it’s playing on the cheeky side of lingerie. This quarter cup bra is an amazing holiday red color– and its sole purpose is to show off, rather than cover up, your boobs. This is not really appropriate for anyone with a very full bust, but it just perfect for the small busted ladies who want to show it all off. It doesn’t even come in cup sizes! Size range: 1-4
This Darkest Star wrap is not a gift for a lingerie amateur, but it is perfect for anyone who wants to take their lingerie collection one step further. The two pieces of scarf material can be wrapped in any way which adds extra fun and imagination to your gift. Plus, it’s one size fits all, so you can never go wrong :).
For those of you still bewildered by the ins and outs of lingerie, but know that your partner would love a lacy gift, think about a girt card! I know, I know, it’s not quite as fun as ripping a package open, but maybe everyone will be even happier at the end. I recommend gift cards from Bravissimo, for the fuller-busted crowd, Journelle for the lover of luxury and Figleaves, for the girl who needs a little bit of both. Happy shopping! May you all have the happiest of holidays. If you have any questions or specific requests, let me know in the comments :).