By Coco Swan

Sexy lingerie. Erotic lingerie. Naughty lingerie. Hot lingerie. Fantasy lingerie. Black lingerie. Holiday lingerie. The ins and outs to gift wrap your lover.

"Lingerie" comes from the Old French word "lingere" meaning linen, and is defined as  women's underwear and night clothes. In France "lingerie" applies to all undergarments for both genders.

In the U.S. and England "lingerie" applies to women's undergarments, solely created to be erotic or visually pleasing, using the like of silk and lace, and does not apply to sensible cotton underclothes.

The history of lingerie.
The concept of lingerie being visually pleasing is a relatively recent one. The glamorization of lingerie really only started in the 1960's. The concept of sexy lingerie began to develop and by the sexual revolution of the 1970's really took off. Interestingly, the 1960's also saw feminists burning their bras. The feminists were convinced that women's undergarments were created "to impose control and order of the fairer sex".

In the first half of the 20th Century women's undergarments had 3 purposes: modesty, hygiene, and to alter the female form through the use of corsets, girdles and bras. They were often large, bulky, extremely uncomfortable and often very physically restraining. By the 1950's undergarments were becoming smaller and more form fitting.

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The Corset. From the 16th to 19th Century various devices were used to squeeze women' waists to astonishing measurements of 16-17 inches. Note that Kate Moss, Jennifer Anniston and Heather Locklear all list their waist measurements as 23 inches. The envied hourglass shape was achieved by compressing the body at the middle and literally transferring the flesh from the waist to the breasts and hips.

The Girdle. During the 1920's the corset was slowly replaced by the girdle. These were more comfortable and less extreme. The girdle was considered an essential item, both for respectability and modesty.

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Shop for Erotic Lingerie Together

By Amanda Cotterill

Shopping for erotic lingerie together as a couple is a great way to spice up your sex life. If you haven't tried it, you don't know what you're missing. Browsing for erotic lingerie together can bring you closer and help you reach a deeper level of intimacy in a fun, light-hearted way. After all, the point of erotic lingerie is to give free rein to fantasies you both have and enliven your intimate life. What better way to explore those fantasies together than to look at the all the erotic lingerie there is? Just looking can bring a wealth of ideas to give your sex life a boost, whether it needs one or not.

Erotic lingerie doesn't have to be a solitary affair. If you're looking for erotic lingerie, you may want a little spice for your sex life, and what better way than to share the selections and anticipation with your partner? Shopping for erotic lingerie together can also increase intimacy and open up discussion about fantasies you may want to explore. Fulfilling desires can start with something as simple as a little bit of sexy, erotic lingerie to put some heat into the bedroom - and it can give you both some great ideas, too!

Buying exotic lingerie with your partner may be something you've never done, but it can be a great way to put some spice into your sex life and open up intimate discussion. Being together as a couple includes sharing and intimacy, and everyone has their fantasies. Deciding to explore erotic lingerie together can let those fantasies free and liven up the playtime in the bedroom. Even if you don't buy, shopping for exotic lingerie together can give you plenty of ideas and bring some spice to your sex life!

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