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The best lingerie for your body
By BRIONY SMITH, Special to QMI Agency
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Bright colours and patterns have found their way to lingerie this season, as seen with this Pleasure State Utopia bra ($85) and panty ($48, both lineaintima.com). (Courtesy of Linea Intima)


    Soon, you will be getting naked. When you strip down to your undies with your sweetheart, we want you to look your best. Bone up on the best styles for your body type to make sure that you look as smokin' hot as possible on Valentine's Day.

    BIG BREASTS: Full cup, and balconette styles offer excellent support and maximum sexiness at the same time, according to Shana Tilbrook, owner of Toronto's Tryst Lingerie.

    SMALL BREASTS: Both half-cup and demi-cup bras, and plunge styles, look great on the less-busty gal.

    If you want a little more oomph, try a molded or seamed bra with a cookie or progressive foam to increase your cup size, says Liliana Mann, owner of Linea Intima stores in Ontario.

    LARGE BUM: Steer clear of low-waisted panties, according to Tilbrook. A support pantie or boy-short will also boost that bum, as will high-cut bikinis or briefs, says Nancy Elms, owner of Tres Jolie Fine Lingerie.


    FLAT BUM: Padded panties will make a flat bum look fuller, says Tilbrook. Low-waisted panties, teeny-tiny boyshorts, or a thong will also give the illusion of a fuller bum.

    CURVY: Make sure your bra is properly fitted--this way, the breasts are pulled away from the torso, which lengthens the body and highlights the waist, says Tilbrook.

    Jennifer Klein, owner of Toronto's Secrets From Your Sister, recommends a babydoll with an opening in the centre, a camisole and french kicker set, a corset, or a retro-style set with a bra and high-cut brief to show off those curves.

    SKINNY: A chemise, gown, or a piece with a low back that doesn't require any bust support works well on a svelte figure, according to Klein.

    You can add the illusion of curves by wearing pieces with more body and flowing fabrics, Elms says.

    BIG THIGHS: Where a garment ends will emphasize that part of the body, according to a Tilbrook, so don't choose boy-shorts, which end right at the tops of the thighs.

    Instead, choose panties cut high in the leg, which will make the leg seem longer and thinner, or a longer babydoll (which doesn't restrict movement) or anything cut on the bias with a lot of fabric, says Elms.

    Bicycle-length support shapers can also keep larger thighs in line, according to Mann.

    THE HOTTEST LINGERIE TRENDS

    Want to be on top of the hottest lingerie right now? Here's what to shop for this February 14.


    Purple, ivory, and bright colours and patterns


    Lace


    Funky bras with complex straps that can also be worn as outerwear


    Garter belts and textured stay-ups


    Chemises


    Vintage-inspired prints and silhouettes (full-coverage bras, pointy silhouettes, seamed cups, bustiers, and high-waisted panties), a la Mad Men

    This story was posted on Tue, February 8, 2011

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