Ladies, just because some lingerie might look good on some scrawny run way model doesn’t mean it will look good on you.
Let me clarify that statement: nothing looks good on some skeletal figure starved of all its natural curves, seams, tucks and planes. Health and wellness is the best lingerie.
Now I will confess that I am athletic and have been for my entire life. I started martial arts when I was seven years old and began regular weight training a few years later. Therefore, I seek a toned, proportional figure on a woman. I don’t like chubby or obese, and I don’t like grabbing a girl who feels like a pillow case of drumsticks. In my opinion lingerie should perfectly compliment a woman’s proportions: height, weight, curves, symmetries and her skin color.
For black women with medium to dark skin many of them miss opportunities to wear pastels like peach, orange, red or pink, gold, teals, nudes, or sea foam green.
For example, powder or sky blue against black skin is a striking combination. Working tone-on-tone, black skin looks great with black, bronzes and taupes. High contrast white and/or its softer cousin cream is always a good choice. Coordinated bras and panties, in matching colors that offer contrast to a black woman’s skin, is the perfect gift wrapping to an already irresistible racial palette.
As a minimalist, I think women sometimes over-complicate lingerie. I do not mean garters, garter belts or chokers; I am talking about unconsidered colors that not only clash with her skin, but contradict her assets, and overpower with uncomplimentary textures and patterns. Again, if it looks good on a magazine cover or a manikin it doesn’t necessarily mean it will look good on anyone else.
Every woman has her own beauty. Most importantly, lingerie should maximize a woman’s confidence.
Your girlfriend is wearing lingerie as much for you as for her and you should always appreciate the many investments she makes for you in your relationship—including the daring choices of intimate apparel. I mention this because I enjoy bringing my artistic sensibilities to a woman’s wardrobe. Most girls are pretty fashionable and have a great eye for what look good on them, but on occasion they develop a blind spot (possibly out of sentimentality or because someone once told her ‘that won’t work’).
I often take pictures of my girlfriends’ skin, sample it in Adobe Photoshop and use Kuler to create an African-American skin map that reflects color options for her. The details are a bit technical but the below map allows her to sample colors that would soften her ensemble or make it pop, or anything in between. All of these colors would perfectly compliment her though cut, fabric and patterns remain to be considered.
The point is this: beautiful woman is already beautiful.
Lingerie is just tinsel, but who doesn’t mind looking and playing with tinsel?