The Perfect Lingerie For Your Body Type

How to Choose The Perfect Lingerie for Your Body Type

By Maggie Rife Ponce

*Images credit Refinery29 in The Best Sexy Lingerie For Your Body by Ellen Hoffman}


I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “hourglass figure,” but what about a pear, apple, inverted triangle, or rectangle? New to your ears? You’re not the only one. These labels were created to help identify different figures. We have mixed feelings about the use of labels, but in this case, we find they can be useful in discovering ways to flatter your own figure. 

What are the most common female body types and what lingerie looks best on them? 

As you might guess, each type was chosen for its relative appearance–pear looks like pear, apple-apple, carrot, well, you get it. While not totally enlightening, the real value comes from the fashion industry’s expert advice for how to dress in these various forms.


  1. Apple:

    Women with apple-shaped figures have a wider waistlines, and narrower busts and hips. We find lingerie that elongates you is most flattering. Think body suits with detailing that creates more angles like this one, shapewear like this, and pieces with a band at the waist can help create the appearance of more curves. We’re obsessed with Pinsy’s alternative to your traditional bra and undies set. This bodysuit has skin-smoothing lace and shapewear technology. Pinsy’s lingerie helps you feel your most comfortable self and shifts focus to all your favorite assets. Honestly, it’s hard to pick a favorite from their line. We love them all!busty-body shape

  2. Busty:

    We (or rather Kelly, co-photographer at Revealed) can speak from experience, “sexy” lingerie isn’t really mad with busty women in line. All those feminine French-inspired pieces with minimal to no support are lovely, but not very practical for heavy breasts. We feel you, well, Kel feels you, I have the opposite problem…eh hem, bring on the padding. The good news is, if you’re fuller on top, the market seems to be finally catching up and offering more options with new technology that goes underwire support.

    • What are a few of our favorite brands for larger busts?

      Curvy Kate, offers a mix of the traditional feminine to bondage-inspired pieces, Dita Von Teese for ultra-fem numbers, and Skims for a modern take on classic everyday wear. Another helpful tip is knowing your breast type. Are your breasts wide set, splayed, dense, pancake, or a combo? Understanding your shape will also help choose bras that provide the correct type of support.

    • Where to find help with fuller-breast lingerie.

      If you’re struggling to determine exactly where you fall in this category, check out Journelle located in Wicker Park. Their staff is very helpful! Online, Third Love, and Understance are two great sites with curated fittings for large busts. Lastly, Bravissmo provides virtual fittings, a special size-finding tool, and a wide selection of cups sized D and up.short torso body type

  3. Short Torso:

    For those with longer legs and a naturally higher waist, we recommend pieces that will create the illusion of a longer midsection. Think low-rise undies. These will maximize your exposed torso, whereas high-rise bottoms do the opposite.  Play around with out-of-the-box options by choosing hipster or cheeky undies. For a modern flare, try this skims thong, which cuts high on the hips to show off those long legs and low in the front. What a combo!ballerina-body shape

  4. Ballerina (aka sporty):

    For those with slender, muscular frames, you’re blessed with the gift of versatility, but you may feel challenged by your lack of curves. We recommend tight-fitting pieces that maximize your angels. Think tighter bodysuits and bras with less coverage. For underwear,  look for items that don’t cut too high in the back, which tends to lead to the appearance of a “flat booty.” Try these cheeky panties instead. carrot-body-shape

  5. Carrot:

    If you’re slimmer on the bottom but wide on top, flatter your broad shoulders with halter tops, strapless pieces, and barely-there numbers. If you’re concerned about balancing your form, you can wear cheeky undies on the bottom. But your shoulders and decolletage are a beautiful feature; plus, much of that “balanced form” can be achieved with posing. small chest body type

  6. Small Chest:

    For those who don’t need much when it comes to supporting up top, you can stick to simple or even no bras. We often see small-breasted women opt for bralettes or tight-fitting tanks. You can also go sans bra and instead focus on fun bottoms or a creative top layer like a leather jacket or white button-down (check this post out for inspo). long torso-body-shape

  7. Long Torso:

    for those with a longer torso, you can go one of two ways. If you’re feeling confident with your tummy, show off all that abdomen with barely-there bras and underwear. If you’re not too keen on that idea, then consider high-waisted underwear, which can shorten your torso and create the sense of longer legs if you choose a fit that cuts higher on the hip. ruler-body-shape

  8. Ruler:

    As the name suggests, ruler-shaped bodies are straight throughout — without much variation between one’s shoulder, waist, or hip. The key is finding undergarments that’ll subtly enhance your curves. Unlike traditional bras with bands that are an inch or 2 wide, longline bras and bralettes extend farther down the torso for a retro feel. They’re the crop tops of lingerie and, like high-waisted underwear, are often viewed as an intentional fashion statement. The good news for you: They’ll also help fill out your shape a bit without resorting to monstrous push-up bras.hourglass-body-shape

  9. Hourglass:

    Hourglass figures are easy to identify because they’re symmetrical: Your chest and hips are equally proportioned, and your waistline is your narrowest measurement. Use your “classic” shape to your advantage, and add a suspender belt to your bra-and-panty set. The fancy adornment emphasizes your narrow waist while also being a unique touch.  The finished look it creates is classiclly sexy, like your shape.petite and compact body shape

  10. Petite & Compact:

    For those with petite figures or pear shapes, you’re able to wear less supportive lingerie like bralettes and wireless bras. In the early 2000s, padded bras were super popular, made famous by Victoria’s Secret miracle push-up. These days, the style has shifted to a more natural look. Enjoy the trend! Consider opting for a more demi-cup. We say lean in! Have fun with material and structure, trying lace, mesh, or even strappy numbers like this one. pear-body-shape

  11. Pear:

    Pears are the opposite shape of carrots, fuller on the bottom and more petite on top. Show off your upper by wearing pieces that might draw attention to your collarbone or narrow waist. These could be bandeaus, longline bras, and even halters.  Feeling confident in your fuller bum? Show off what your momma gave ya by wearing anything from thongs to briefs, to high-waisted numbers!

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