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Lingerie Style Guide

lingerie style guide

Welcome to Sexy Belle’s lingerie style guide. Here you will find out all about the different lingerie styles we stock and what it actually means. Our expert team know everything there is to know about seductive lingerie and sexy nightwear, so we thought we should share our knowledge with you! Keep reading to see all our bra types explained, with detailed information about features and how to wear them. We have even given you all the knowledge you need to buy the right briefs, hosiery and nightwear for your body type.

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Balcony Bras

Balcony bras are always a popular style of bra that never goes out of style. This is a safe choice for a seductive look as the balcony style suits lots of body types and breast sizes. Unlike a full cup bra, a balcony bra will cover roughly ¾ of your bust  but will always keep your nipples covered. This style of bra gives you medium coverage but it really enhances your assets. The balcony style acts as a shelf to provide support and maximum uplift. They sometimes contain padding for a cheeky extra boost, but for fuller bust sizes there is unlikely to be padding as it is not needed with a balcony. Balcony bras tend to be quite structured and have wider straps so you will feel comfy and supported all day.


Bralettes are another bestselling bra style as they combine seduction and comfort in one. Bralettes are great choice for an everyday sexy look as they are usually made from soft, comfy materials. Many bralettes are non-padded and non-wired meaning you feel comfy and relaxed. This bra style is so versatile as it can be casual or seductive depending on how you style it. You can also wear bralettes as outerwear if you are feeling bold. Pair with jeans and a jacket for your next night out. Bralettes are longer than your standard bra, often featuring lace trim under the bust. Bralettes are so popular due to their romantic, contemporary styling which puts sex appeal first, without compromising on comfort.

Half Cup Bras

Opt for a half cup bra if you are feeling a little daring. This style of bra, as the name suggests, has only half of the cup for a more revealing lingerie style. This bra type will give you a confidence boost as your bust is lifted and given a fuller and rounder shape. Even ladies with a small bust will be shocked at the illusion this style creates. Half cup bras are ideal for wearing under low cut tops and dresses as they sit lower and expose more of the breast that a full cup bra. Also known as a shelf bra this style usually has a straight across neckline which is designed to flatter. This type of bra is usually quite structured and supportive, giving you exceptional lift.

Lace Bras

When you think sexy lingerie, lace might come to mind. At Sexy Belle we love a little lace so we have made a whole category of lace bras. Lace is a super popular fabric for lingerie and it can be versatile, leaving you with a whole range of lace bra styles. You might think lace bras are always soft and unsupportive, with little structure. But that is not the case. We do stock casual, comfy lace bras such as bralettes or plunge bras. But we also have lots of supportive styles like padded lace bras, underwired lace bras and even balcony bras with a lace overlay. This makes lace bras a great choice for all body types from A cup all the way to J cup.

Longline Bras

Longline bras are perfect for a unique seductive lingerie look with a little extra modesty. A longline bra is longer than your average bra as it doesn’t stop under the bust. A longline bra has extra fabric bellow the cup which continues down your torso. This style is great to wear under figure hugging clothes as it can act almost like shapewear, to smooth and define your silhouette. It is also another great choice for lingerie that doubles as outerwear for nights out or parties. Our longline bras come in a huge range of styles from the everyday seductive to more erotic styles with bondage like strap detail. The choice is yours with longline bras.

Padded Bras

Padded bras are a staple in any lingerie drawer. This style of bra is supportive and features padding inside the cup to give the appearance of larger and rounder breasts. Sexy Belle offer lightly padded  options for a subtle boost that simply enhances your assets and makes them look their best. Or we also have heavier padded bras or push up bras which contain thicker padding at the bottom of the cup. This will lift your breasts up and coax them into a perkier shape, giving any woman the appearance of a full bust. We recommend a padded bra if you are wearing a low cut top as it just gives you that little boost. It is also a great choice as part of a boudoir lingerie set as you will feel confident in a bra you love.

Plunge Bras

Enhance and flaunt your cleavage with a plunge bra from Sexy Belle. Plunge bras are designed to flatter as the centre of the bra sits lower than a standard bra. The cups are angled to show off more of the bust. Plunge bras are ideal for under low cut tops and dresses are they will not be visible. Plunge bras offer great support, despite the minimal coverage. The shape is designed to push your breasts together to form a deep and more visible cleavage. Plunge bras can look great on small and full bust women as they come in a range of styles. You can choose between a soft non-padded plunge and a boosting padded plunge.


Sexy lingerie doesn’t stop at a great bra and thong. Hosiery is always the cherry on top of your seductive style. Hosiery includes tights, stockings and hold ups, which all add something special to your lingerie drawer. Stockings usually come to the knee or just above the knee and can be held up using the straps on a suspender belt. Hold ups look like stockings but contain elastic at the top so they hold themselves up. There is no need for a suspender belt with hold ups, meaning you can wear them with any lingerie set. Some of our lingerie sets include matching hosiery so it is all sorted for you. But we have a whole hosiery section so you can browse through to find the perfect pair to match your favourite set.


Bodystockings are not for the faint hearted. This all in one lingerie piece is revealing, naughty and erotic. Bodystockings usually encase the body from the bust to the feet and offer an all in one style for a put together look. Many of our bodystockings are made from sheer mesh or semi sheer lace, so will expose your body. This quirky lingerie choice will give you the appearance of wearing a body, suspender and stockings, without the hassle. All pieces are attached so you wear this risqué style as a one piece.

Bodies & Basques

Bodies and Basques are the perfect choice for cinching in your waist and achieving that hourglass figure. A body is an all in one lingerie piece, like a bodysuit or leotard which offers support and smooths the tummy area. These are ideal to wear in the bedroom for a simple sexy lingerie look or a great choice for under figure hugging clothes. A basque is similar to a bodice or a corset as it covers the full torso and is designed to cinch your waist. Basques are very flattering and look great with stockings. Many of our basques contain suspender straps so you can attach your favourite pair of stockings with ease. Our basque and bodies come in a variety of styles, from modest full coverage options to sheer mesh and lace.

Briefs & Shorts

Who says briefs and shorts can’t be seductive? Not us! Sexy Belle offer a huge range of briefs in a wide variety of styles and fabrics. Brazilian briefs are always sexy as they are halfway between a short and a thong. They offer a cheeky look with limited rear coverage. We also love high waisted briefs which offer support and modesty for added confidence. For a more erotic style we recommend open back shorts, crotchless knickers or suspender briefs. The range is so extensive so you will be able to find a brief style you love. Browse our range of briefs and shorts now to upgrade your lingerie drawer.

Suspender Belts & Waspies

No sexy lingerie look is complete without a suspender belt. Suspender belts are a piece of fabric which sits below the waist and above the thong or brief. Suspenders are named so because they have straps which hold up your stockings. You can attach the adjustable straps to the top of your stockings to hold them in place all day and night. We love suspender belts as they are seductive, stylish and practical. Waspies are a variation of a suspender belt which essentially play the same role. But Waspies are larger as they feature more fabric. They sit higher than a suspender belt and give you added coverage. This also makes them more supportive so they cinch you in even further.


We all need a great collection of quality thongs in our lingerie drawer. Thongs are knickers with less rear coverage. This is great as not only does it show off your curves but is also means visible panty lines are a thing of the past. Our thongs are comfy and seductive, giving you a barely there feel so you can get on with your day. High waisted thongs are a great choice for modesty and added support but we love a G-string for that classic sex appeal. Sexy Belle offer thongs in all shapes and sizes, each with its own unique flare. Lace thongs, embroidered thongs, satin thongs and more. Strap detail thongs are an on-trend choice that turn up the heat for any causal lingerie look.


Nightwear can also be seductive. You don’t have to wear a restrictive lingerie set to look and feel amazing in the bedroom. Our range of camisoles will have you feeling comfy and confident every night. A cami is a loose fitting pyjama top that slips over the body. Camis usually come as a set with a vest top and shorts. Camisoles are usually made of soft, silky fabric that feel amazing against the skin. This means you will look incredible and get a great night’s sleep. You can also mix and match our camisoles with G-strings, briefs and thongs so you can style it how you like.

Chemises & Babydolls

Chemises and babydolls are a great pyjama replacement to spice up the bedroom. A chemise was originally a French undergarment, like a slip, worn under clothing. Now it is a sexy nightwear staple. Our chemises come as figure hugging underdresses which flatter and show off your curves. Or we have more loose fitting options which show off the bust whilst offering a comfy flowing shape. A Babydoll is a similar concept but generally has a more romantic flowy style. We offer Babydolls that have great coverage for a sexy nightwear look you feel comfortable in. But we also stock a range of sheer babydolls that allow you to bare all.

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