Woman wearing lingerie and laying in bed with man

Tell us what you really think

You know how it is. After dating someone for a while, you start to put less and less effort into wearing sexy lingerie and start trading lacy thongs for more practical (and comfortable) choices.

Whether you go for bikini briefs or grannie panties, we’re breaking down what your underwear choices mean for your relationship and are asking some guys for their opinions on what they think of your skivvies.

Lingerie: What they like

Let’s face it — most guys like sexy, lacy, frilly, skin-baring lingerie and whether it’s comfortable or not is way beyond the point. The more it looks like something they might see a Victoria’s Secret model wearing, the more they’re going to want you to wear it.

“I really love those garter belt things. If I’m dating a girl, I want her to wear them for me but not that many girls have them. I think they should definitely be a must-have for every girl if they really want to turn a guy on.” Steven, Queens, New York

“The skimpier, the better. My girlfriend has a great body so I like her to show if off for me.” Matt, Vail, Colorado

“Anything with lace really turns me on and I know my girlfriend says some of the stuff I get for her isn’t that comfortable but she looks really hot in it. Plus it’s not like she has to wear it for that long.” Cary, Los Angeles, California

Woman wearing garter belt

"I really love those garter belt things."

Finding a balance

Rather than have an underwear argument every time you hit the bedroom or undress in front of your guy, we suggest finding a healthy balance between what he likes — and what you like. Yes, it actually is possible. We swear! Go with your partner to a lingerie store and actually try some things on. We know that takes out the element of surprise but at least that way you’ll know that what you’re buying (or what he’s buying for you) is comfortable and fits well, but also turns him on.

Lingerie: What we like

Women aren’t averse to being sexy. In fact, we like to feel sexy, but not always at the expense of comfort. The best pieces of lingerie not only look good and enhance your specific body type, but they make you feel good and boost confidence. There’s nothing worse than slipping into something your guy got you (or you bought for yourself) hoping to feel like a sex goddess and instead feel more like you’ve been squished into some sort of weird too-tight costume that also kind of itches.

“My husband got me this gorgeous, probably very expensive, bra and underwear set a few years ago for our anniversary. I tried it on and of course it was too small, and the lace made me so itchy that I couldn’t wait to get it off. I haven’t worn it since that night.” Wendy, Victoria, British Columbia

“I like to be comfortable so my underwear reflects that. I know my boyfriend would prefer if I bought some flashier stuff, but to be honest, I just don’t like wearing it.” Malinn, Orlando, Florida

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Comments on "Real men talk about your underwear and lingerie"

Alexis March 21, 2014 | 1:21 PM

I'm no supermodel but I put a lot of effort into looking good already (for my own satisfaction, I might add). I'm more than willing to cater to a guy (or girl's) preferences, some of the time, if they say it in a nice way and if it's something that I find comfortable and that interests me. However, if a guy is going to suggest point-blank that my lingerie isn't y enough to turn him on... He'd better be a lingerie designer himself. If he's going to suggest my lingerie WITH ME IN IT isn't y enough to turn him on... Well, I hope the door doesn't hit him on the way out.

Shazida Khatun April 22, 2013 | 11:39 AM

Lingerie, It comes at a cost, as most things in life. But when I say cost, some of you are silently agreeing whereas others of you are refusing to face your ‘total spend’. One thing is for certain- ladies underwear doesn’t come cheap. Well, if we’re talking quality anyway.

Bobby February 23, 2013 | 8:36 PM

Everywhere I go - just everywhere! - I see women wearing a garter belt, nylons, and panties with the panties UNDER the garters! Hey, there is nothing a guy likes more than to snuggle between a pair of nylons. If you have to go through the process of undoing the garters and reattaching them you kind of lose the moment. Thigh Highs are just a pain as they just don't stay up when the going gets fun.

Jim February 15, 2013 | 10:20 AM

I like panties that don't expose too much--thongs are definitely a turn-off for me. Plain ole cotton bikini panties are plenty y for me. And are more women going "bald" down there? The lack of public hair is a real downer--makes me think that the woman wants to look pre-pubescent...

Anna February 05, 2013 | 9:55 AM

Men LOVE y lingerie and it makes you feel and act differently too. Cotton grannie panties never cut it for them, no matter how much they wan to get into them.

Mel February 03, 2013 | 11:23 AM

All I own are lacy thongs which I've gotten accustomed to, and though I feel like he appreciates my choice of lingerie to wear for him, I've found he's more of a fan of cotton booty shorts. Go figure!

Katie January 25, 2013 | 10:29 AM

I definitely think men want their ladies looking y, but I know I don't really put forth the effort enough. Maybe if the guys started being more romantic - lighting candles, playing music, etc - I'd be more inclined to dress y, haha.

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