13 Pieces of Lingerie Women Over 45 Will Want to Wear for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re looking to spark a fire in your lover’s heart in a hurry, there’s no better gift to your partner — or yourself — than a little lingerie. If you think that ship has sailed, and the term alone has you cringing as you conjure up images of hard-to-reach garter belts, torturous-looking bodysuits, or ultra-exposed teddies, we’re here to assure you that lingerie for older women — aka the kind that’s comfortable, flattering, and alluring — does exist.

It also just so happens to be a great way to put a little passion back into your relationship. According to a 2016 study out of Chapman University, sexually satisfied men and women were more likely than dissatisfied men and women to employ sexy lingerie in their bedroom habits.

What’s more, just like a new bra, which a 2012 study showed is most often used by older women to “alter the perception of one’s body” and “improve self-confidence,” the right lingerie can give you a boost of self-assurance in the bedroom.

“Many people view lingerie as an important part of foreplay and intimacy,” Adam & Eve sexologist Dr. Jenni Skyler recently told Yahoo. “Whether wearing lingerie makes you feel more sensual, or you choose to wear it for your partner, the act of wearing it and removing it plays an important role for many in the bedroom. I encourage couples to find out if lingerie can be a part of their sexual repertoire.”

What is lingerie?

While lingerie, a term borrowed from the French, is technically defined as women’s intimates and apparel, encompassing everything from bras and panties to robes and nightgowns, it has a connotation of being more “visually alluring” than your plain old everyday skivvies.

Below, we’ve broken down several different types of lingerie you’re likely to encounter in your search for the perfect piece.

Types of Lingerie

Lingerie Sets: A lingerie set is exactly what it sounds like: Two pieces of intimate apparel that are meant to be worn in tandem, such as a bra and briefs or a tank top and a pair of shorts.

Nightgowns: These loose-hanging gowns have a long cut and are usually designed with cotton, silk, satin, or nylon materials. When worn as lingerie, added details, such as lace appliqué or embroidery, may be seen.

Babydolls: A shortened version of the nightgown, babydolls tend to have a loose, billowing fit. Some have cups for added bust support, while others can be worn over your regular bra.

Chemises: Chemises are also short, nightgown-like garments, albeit with a slimmer, more snug cut that hugs the body.

Robes: Unlike your bath robe, a lingerie robe has a more sensual feel, thanks to its sheer, lace, or satin material, embroidered hem, or lightweight fit.

Bodysuits: These one-piece, form-fitting garments, which typically look similar in style to a leotard or a one-piece swimsuit, can be worn in or outside of the bedroom and typically feature a closure at the crotch.

Teddies: Teddies have a silhouette that’s not unlike a bodysuit, though most are made to be worn solely in the bedroom, with exaggerated plunging necklines, see-through fabrics, or cut-out detailing.

The Best Lingerie for Older Women

If you’re ready to find your perfect match in the lingerie department, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up a large selection of negligees, camisoles, panties, and more, that will be both flattering to a more mature body shape and easy and comfortable to put on and wear. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best lingerie for older women!

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