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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Best Lingerie Robe
Victoria’s Secret Long Sheer Robe
Where to buy: $129.50, Victoria’s Secret
This gorgeous robe is as glamorous as they come, giving us flashbacks to old Hollywood starlets. Its scalloped lace detailing, plunging neckline, and ultra-sheer fabric give it a super sexy feel, while a tie waist and machine washability keep it functional enough for everyday wear.
Best Lingerie Panties
Commando Sexy and Smooth Briefs
Where to buy: $58, Bloomingdale’s
Not only are these sheer scalloped panties with lace side panels extremely pretty, they’ll also hide your menopot and up your confidence factor, thanks to a high-rise, tummy-smoothing waistband.
Best Chemise Lingerie
Jezebel Demure Knit Chemise
Where to buy: $38, Bare Necessities
For a simple-yet-sexy addition to your nighttime wardrobe, pick up this darling chemise from Jezebel. It’s got seamed cups to provide extra-lift and extra-coverage, and it’s soft, modal blend will leave you feeling as comfy as can be. You can even customize the fit with its adjustable back straps.
Best Lingerie Wrap
In Bloom by Jonquil Heartbreaker Wrapper
Where to buy: $54, HerRoom
A sensual cover up, like this stunning Heartbreaker Wrapper from In Bloom by Jonquil, which features a ruched, banded trim at the center and long, flared sleeves, makes for an easy way to add some sexual magnetism to a plain undergarment set. Or, if you’re feeling extra bold, wear it alone for a bedroom-making statement.
Best Lingerie Nightgown
Victoria’s Secret Satin and Lace Midi Slip
Where to buy: $99.50, Victoria’s Secret
A classically sexy nightgown comes in the form of this satin and lace midi slip from Victoria’s Secret. Hitting just below the knees with adjustable spaghetti straps, this beautiful piece will not only look amazingly alluring, it will feel great on your skin, too.
Best Lingerie Romper
Maille Plus Pajama Romper
Where to buy: From $59.95, Adore Me
This self-tie, elastic-waist romper from Adore Me is pure romance, what with its lacy side panels and sleeves and its back keyhole. One shopper also deemed it plenty "sexy," noting that his wife would look great in it. Comfy and seductive? We’ll take it!
Best Lingerie Skirt
Dreamgirl Mosaic Lace Teddy and Sheer Skirt
Where to buy: $36, Macy’s
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Our favorite piece of lingerie for older women comes in the form of this dreamy teddy and skirt set. With the ability to wear the pieces together or separately, you can show as much — or as little — skin as you choose. The teddy features an intricately-embroidered lace design while the sheer skirt can be tied on at the waist for an extra ethereal-feel.
Best Lingerie Pajamas
Frederick’s of Hollywood Lattice Lacing PJ Set
Where to buy: $41.70 (Originally $69.50), Frederick’s of Hollywood
If you’re less-than-comfortable showing off your body, you can still keep things spicy with a pair of sexy satin pj’s, like this set from Frederick’s of Hollywood. It features a plunging neckline with included satin cups that will highlight your assets and a body-hugging fit.
Wrote one happy buyer: “Well-made. Wife says it feels great on and looks great on her.”
Best Shapewear Lingerie
Commando Sexy and Smooth Slip
Where to buy: $118, Bloomingdale’s
If a smooth and sleek physique is what you’re after, this Commando slip is for you. Doubling as a piece of shapewear, it has smoothing properties that make it suitable for wearing under dresses by day, plus a deep V-neck and a sheer, scalloped trim that make it plenty appealing when worn by night.
Best Lingerie Bodysuit
Venus Deep V Bodysuit
Where to buy: $34.99 (Originally $42), Venus
This lacy bodysuit features cap sleeves and rear coverage for modesty, but still offers up plenty of draw, thanks to its sexy back cutout and sheer, floral lace fabric. It also has a snap closure at the top, making it easy to get in and out of for bathroom breaks. As an added bonus, it can be worn under a chic blazer for a daring evening ensemble.
Best Camisole Lingerie
Hanky Panky Signature V-Front Cami
Where to buy: $52, Hanky Panky
Sure, you could wear this unlined camisole beneath a shirt for an added touch of romance in the form of its scalloped hemline, but it also works great as lingerie when worn with your favorite pair of undies. Choose from 11 titillating colors.
Best Plus Size Lingerie
Best Adaptive Lingerie
Amoena Nancy Multi-Part Lace-Trim Bra
Where to buy: From $22.95 (Originally $36), HerRoom
If you’re long past the days of underwire, not to fret. This Amoena bra, which was designed for post-mastectomy wear, is not only wire-free for comfort, lifting your bust with extra-wide straps and a supportive underband, it has pockets for breast forms should you need a little extra boosting or symmetry.