GRAND SE­DUC­TION When in­vest­ing in lin­gerie, make sure it’s stunning for the right rea­sons. By Christine Whit­ney.

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In the world of lin­gerie, there’s a fine line be­tween risqué and risky. The right stuff prom­ises to make you feel pow­er­ful and al­lur­ing. But one false step and in­stead of Catherine Deneuve in Belle De Jour, you’re an ex­tra in Show­girls. Ital­ian luxury lin­gerie brand La Perla just cel­e­brated its 60th an­niver­sary in 2014, so we asked the com­pany’s North Amer­ica CEO Suzy Biszantz and global mar­ket­ing direc­tor, Nick Tac­chi, to share their ex­per­tise on what is – and isn’t – sexy in the world of in­ti­mates. First things first: Fit and fab­ric are ev­ery­thing. Un­less you nail th­ese, it’s cur­tains. Yet proper bra siz­ing con­tin­ues to elude most of us. In brief, you should be able to slip a fin­ger un­der the band when it’s hooked at the loos­est set­ting. A pro­fes­sional fit­ting could save you from what Tac­chi calls the most com­mon slipup. “Women of­ten go with a band size that is too tight so that the cup size is right,” he says. “That’s wrong. They prob­a­bly need to go up a band size and down a cup size.”

A few key things to avoid: polka dots, large bows, ruch­ing, garter skirts (pro­ceed with cau­tion), and, of course, un­com­fort­able fab­rics. Be wary of ag­gres­sive neons and brights; if ven­tur­ing be­yond black or white, stick to rich jewel tones. Though they aren’t gaudy, nudes (while ideal for wear­ing un­der white) have lit­tle place in the bed­room.

When dress­ing to thrill, your first choice should be some­thing match­ing. “You can’t go wrong with a Leavers lace set,” says Biszantz, cit­ing La Perla’s hand­loomed bra-and­panty pair­ings. Want some­thing racier? This sea­son it’s all about a bustier, prefer­ably in black. A silk chemise is an­other win­ner. If a spe­cial oc­ca­sion garter belt (sans skirt) sounds like your idea of fun, then go for it, pro­vided that it’s sim­ple and Deneuve-y.

Don’t choose some­thing you’re un­com­fort­able in just to im­press your in­tended au­di­ence. If, say, you’re not on board with strate­gic cut-outs, you’re in luck – pieces that of­fer a bit more cov­er­age are now very much in de­mand. When it comes time to put on (or take off ) panty-line-prone pieces, the G-string is no longer the sweet spot it used to be; it even feels a bit passé. Thank the rise in pop­u­lar­ity of boy shorts and high­waisted briefs and laser-cut fab­rics, which yield un­der­pin­nings so seam­less it’s as if you’re wear­ing noth­ing at all.

A word of cau­tion if you want to try high-waisted: Like so many trends, it’s one that women seem to love and men seem to … not quite un­der­stand. “When men are buy­ing gifts, I don’t think it’s high on their list,” Biszantz says. “If it’s done with a sheer panel and paired with a bustier or bralette, it can be re­ally sexy, but opaque high-waisted is def­i­nitely not a gen­tle­man’s favourite.”

Granny panties notwith­stand­ing, sexy is in the eye of the be­holder. Asked what men are buy­ing for their bet­ter halves, the con­sen­sus is that there is no con­sen­sus. But there is one thing ev­ery­one agrees on: Sexy is about con­fi­dence and at­ti­tude. “When you’re not com­fort­able with what you have on, it will be vis­i­ble,” Tac­chi says. “It will im­me­di­ately break the game that’s be­ing played.” Game on.

IF THE BRA FITS All too of­ten it doesn’t. Here, a few rules for get­ting it just right: 1. The fit is per­fect when your bra fas­tens on the mid­dle hook ( if the straps slip, it’s def­i­nitely too big). 2. If the cups – or un­der­wire – cut into your skin, the bra’s too small. Gap­ing? Too big. 3. The cen­tre sec­tion should lie flat in front; the band should an­chor at the shoul­der blades. 4. Ev­ery­thing should sit firmly be­tween the el­bow and the shoul­der.

Dolce & Gab­bana Spring/ Sum­mer ’15

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