Weeks later, I realized that, in general, lingerie shopping is terribly involved and confusing — mainly because “lingerie” means different things to people.
For the most part, women want to be comfortable, look beautiful and feel sexy all in one miracle bra or panty. Men, when purchasing for their special person, mainly just want to get the size right. (Tip: Always guess small.) Another thing I learned: To make lingerie shopping easier, check out a specialty shop.
The Lingerie Store (7636 N. Western; 841-9828) is a delightful place that offers customers a personalized experience. As a bonus, free gift wrapping is available.
Every woman should have a go-to robe. When you think “lingerie,” you typically might not equate that with an article of clothing meant to cover most the body, but it most certainly falls into the category. A good robe can be a solace on those freezing-cold days and is perfect to toss on with more risqué nighties. Depending on the fabric chosen, a robe is a complete treat right after a long bath.
At The Lingerie Store, pick up the PJ Salvage animal print robe, made with luxuriously soft fabrics. You can also nab a variety of high-end lingerie from such brands as DKNY, La Perla and Cantelle C Chic.
For something a bit more provocative, shop The Edge Clothing & Accessories (3929 N.W. 10th; 948-8433). It has served the metro area for eight years and has a second location at 1534 S.E. 59th.
You’ll have your pick of corsets, and if you want to spice things up with pasties and a matching thong, remember that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! You also can pick up shoes and swimwear.
Yet another thing I discovered in lingerie retail is that many women need prosthetic bras after a mastectomy. Oftentimes, the underwire of normal bras irritate areas from surgery, and it’s hard to find prosthesis cups in a regular shop.
Enter Accenté (10600 S. Pennsylvania; 703-3143). The store has got pre- and post-op sections stocked with products for any stage of recovery.
Shop owner Jeannie Beal, a breast cancer survivor herself, understands the importance of cosmetic boosts that might make the fight a little easier. Along with bras, Beal can fix you up with a wig to complete your look.
So, maybe that was Vicki’s secret was all along: Lingerie is about what makes you feel comfortable, sexy and beautiful. Let’s shop, OKC!