Your Sexy Teddy Troubles: Sorted!
Incredibly popular in the 1980s and 1990s, teddies and bodysuits have recently seen a resurgence in popularity.
Fashion bloggers are tucking them into high-waisted shorts, celebs are flashing them on the red carpet, and tons of high-street stores are once again slipping them onto the shelves.
But whilst the fashion world is going crazy for teddies as outerwear, many of us are still reluctant to wear them as sexy lingerie - a fact that I found curious, as there are some truly stunning bedroom bodies out there.
So I took to the forums to ask our customers about their reservations when it comes to the all-in-one, and some of the answers I got may surprise you...
Read on below to see the most common teddy dilemmas, and my top tips for how to find the perfect body for your - well - body.
Teddy Terms: How to Identify Different Types of All-in-One
There are a surprisingly large number of terms for what are, in essence, very similar items of clothing. Knowing the difference in terms can help you more easily identify what look it is that you're going for, as well as what you think would suit you best.
Bodysuits are usually skin-tight, and just cover the torso (and sometimes the arms). You may also know them as "leotards", although that tends to refer to sportswear rather than lingerie.
Teddies are essentially the same as bodysuits in cut and shape, but the term is often used to refer to sexier, more revealing styles that are clearly intended for the bedroom.
Playsuits or rompers are looser-fitting, with shorts built into the design, and are mainly worn as outerwear or sleepwear.
Catsuits, jumpsuits, and bodystockings tend to cover the body from shoulder to ankle, whether it's in the form of conjoined leggings and top (jumpsuits and catsuits), or all-in-one suspenders, cami, and stockings (bodystockings).
So, now you know what you're looking for - but how do you choose your style?
"My torso's too long, and bodies don't fit properly"
Many women that I've spoken to have cited this as a reason that they wouldn't choose an all-in-one as lingerie, whether it's because they're tall, or simply because their proportions are different.
However, there are ways that you still rock a body when you've got a longer body. Look for styles that tie behind the neck, as these can be easily adjusted to sit lower down your body for an improved fit, such as the Seven til Midnight Kiss of Envy Sheer Lace Teddy.
Alternatively, if halterneck isn't your thing, bodies with adjustable shoulder straps can easily be tweaked to give a more comfortable shape. The Kiss Me Wet Look and Lace Crotchless Body has slim spaghetti straps fitted with sliders to give you the best possible fit.
''I'm a size X on top and a size Y on the bottom, so I don't know which size to go for"
When there's a difference between the dress size on your upper half and on the lower half, it can be difficult to know which number to settle on. Do you go for the bigger size, and risk bagginess elsewhere, or the smaller size, and hope that it doesn't cut you in half?
This is where one-size teddies are the perfect choice. Designed to fit three or four different sizes at once, they're often made of super-stretchy materials that cling to your curves without digging in, or have adjustable lacing to tailor the fit to you.
Baci's Open Back Crotchless Long Sleeve Lace Body comes in base and plus size varieties, and is made from stretchy, flattering floral lace, with adjustable ribbon ties across the shoulders to allow it it to fit a wide range of different sizes.
"I'm worried that it wouldn't flatter me"
Because of the figure-hugging style of many teddies, women who carry a little extra weight around their hips or tummy are sometimes worried that a bodysuit will emphasise those areas, and make them feel uncomfortable.
However, a bodysuit is one of the most flattering lingerie styles that you can opt for if you're tummy conscious. Acting like shapewear, lacy teddies that fully cover your midriff (such as the Oh La La Cheri Purple Lace Teddy) not only cover your tummy and eliminate muffin top, but thanks to the pattern of the lace, they also have a smoothing effect that can make you appear slimmer.
The variety of different cuts also make bodysuits great for showing off areas you like, whilst hiding others you don't. Still want to show off your boobs? Look for open cups. Proud of a narrow waist? Cut-out details are your friend. Whatever your favourite area, the perfect bodysuit can help to highlight it and make you feel irresistible and confident.
"You have to take them off for sex"
We all know that it can be a right royal pain when you get all dolled up to drive your lover crazy, then have to peel your carefully selected ensemble off almost straight away when you want to get down to the deed. For this reason, many would opt for the easy access of skirted lingerie over a bodysuit.
However, there is a very simple answer: crotchless teddies. Cut to allow total access to your intimate areas without even having to undo a strap, many of our bodies feature an opening at the crotch, ranging from the very open to the very discreet.
Alternatively, if you prefer to leave a little more to the imagination, look for teddies with poppers or press studs at the crotch. These allow you to control when you make the big reveal, and are also practical enough that you can wear them underneath clothing, should you wish.
Picking the Perfect Body for Your Shape
If you've decided to delve into the world of the all-in-one, have a quick flick through my picks of the best tempting teddies - whatever your body shape.
Best for Tall Ladies
Perfect for Amazonian frames, this sultry and slimming bodysuit features adjustable shoulder and suspender straps for the perfect fit.
Running down the centre of your torso is a wide wet look panel that emphasises the curve of your waist for hourglass definition, whilst the open crotch keeps it sexy and comfortable.
"I love this bodysuit! I am obsessed with lace and wet look and having them both in one piece is a godsend! I felt a sense of confidence I have never felt before and it made me feel more inclined to be a little domineering... and I enjoyed it." - Miss Noir
Best for Petite Ladies
Flirty and flattering on shorter bodies, the Cottelli Peephole Body is made from beautifully sheer dot mesh and pink satin ribbon.
Cheeky peek-a-boo cups show off a glimpse of nip, and the open crotch detail means that you don't have to slip it on and off again in the heat of the moment.
" Let me just say this it works it's fab and I had one of the raunchiest nights of my life. The fit was perfect. I am a bit self-conscious about my body anyways but when I put this on I looked fab in it." - Shelsta
Best for Athletic Frames
Not only does this gorgeously smooth playsuit-style teddy show off your legs. The deep plunge neckline and removable chain emphasise your cleavage, as the ruffled shorts add some fullness to your booty.
The draped shorts are cut high on the leg to create a beautifully curvaceous shape, and fasten at the crotch with 2 snaps for easy access.
" This playsuit is absolutely stunning to look at and feels lovely to wear. The material is very soft and drapes very nicely over the body, highlighting any curves." - lmh95
Best for Pear-Shaped Frames
If you're smaller on top than on the bottom, drawing the eye upwards helps to balance your shape for hourglass definition - and with the bare-boob-boosting underwiring and strapping of this body, there's certainly no difficulty there!
Made from a sheer floral lace, this striking teddy shows off that booty-ful curve without exposing too much flesh for total confidence - plus, it's crotchless, too...
" The whole floral lace detail looked beautiful and made her look incredibly wonderful. The red colour of the outfit just gave off the vibe that she felt very sexy and ready to take charge of my pleasure." - bondagegod
Best for Hourglass Figures
Ideal for showing off that tiny hourglass waist, this strappy lace body from Music Legs features cut-away sides and a plunging neckline to show off your shape.
The adjustable ties and stretchy lace give you a completely comfortable fit, while the thong back flaunts your tush and the detailed neckline makes the most of your cleavage.
"The lace panel down the front really flattered my figure and the length was perfect. Even the three strings around the back sat nicely, not cutting in at all." - angeldelight
Best for Lollipop Shapes
Get the best fit on your bust with soft satin-trimmed cups fastening with a hook-and-eye in the back, and black satin ties behind the neck.
The teddy narrows over the torso to leave your waist and back exposed, with the central apron tying around the slimmest part of your body creating a beautiful curve from bust to waist.
"If you are thinking about this piece I can recommend it as a fun way to add to your lingerie collection and get a couple looks from one purchase." - Vanessa8
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