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babydoll nightie

The babydoll is hands down one of the most popular lingerie styles today, but it’s nothing new, and it’s definitely not a passing fad. In fact, as early as the 1930s, women wore short lace-trimmed bed jackets and capes that hit well above the knee — styles that closely resembled babydolls. Then, in 1956, Carroll Baker starred in the movie Baby Doll wearing a short nightie that quickly took on the name of the film. Nowadays, the babydoll is a go-to for women who want to look both innocent and sexy at the same time.

If you’re eager to add a babydoll to your collection (and who can blame you?) Here are a few shopping tips to keep in mind:

Consider the support

Babydolls come in a wide variety of designs. Especially you’re full busted, you’ll definitely want to consider the level of support. Many babydolls contain separated cups — some have underwire and others don’t. It comes down to a matter of personal preference where underwire is concerned, though you should keep in mind that wire will give you a more lifted appearance. Some babydolls contain padded cups, and others are unlined. Again, it’s your choice whether you’d like to let the natural shape of your breasts shine or rather you’d like molded cups to sculpt them into a rounded shape.

Whichever babydoll you choose, it’s crucial to pay attention to fit. Not only will this ensure that the babydoll is as a flattering as possible, but it will also ensure that you’re getting adequate support.

Try out different fabrics

While babydolls are known for being sheer, they are available in a range of materials.

Indeed, the majority of them tend to be made from semi-transparent, lightweight fabric, such as chiffon. However, there is still a bevy of options to choose from. Whether you prefer a babydoll that’s opaque in silk or satin, or a see-through babydoll in lace or mesh, you’re bound to find one that lines up with your tastes.


Related: Chemise vs Babydoll: What’s The Difference Between A Chemise and A Babydoll?


babydoll nightwear

Adriana Lace Babydoll P5488 in Mulberry

Don’t forget detailing

It’s all in the details when it comes to lingerie. So if you’re really looking to make a statement, don’t shy away from babydolls that have playful, eye-catching accents, such as a bow at the center of the cups or at the bottom of the straps, ruffles, ribbons, lace trim, slits, and keyholes. The smallest detail can make a babydoll instantly more stunning, so if you’re aiming to impress with your lingerie, you may want to seek out a piece that’s adorned with something special.

Find the perfect panty

Babydolls are typically cut extremely short, typically only covering the tops of the thighs. Moreover, they are often cut with a slit in the middle or made with a transparent material. That means they’re perfect for showing off a stunning pair of panties. Some babydolls may come with a matching panty, but we recommend trying out a few different styles, such as a Brazilian thonghipster, or bikini, to see which you like best with your babydoll and also your body type.

That’s part of the fun with babydolls — you can mix and match the panty you wear with it, achieving a slew of different looks with the same piece of lingerie!

Because babydolls fit more loosely below the waist than chemises do, they are better at concealing your tummy or love handles. Because they are fitted at the top, babydolls still show off your bust and waistline to create a sexy finish for your look.


Related: How To Shop For Sexy Lingerie


what is a babydoll nightie

Lulu Unlined Wire Babydoll P5618 in Scarlette

Pro tips

With a short hemline, form-fitting bodice, and looser skirt, the babydoll is basically a nightgown but with a distinctly seductive yet youthful vibe. And they’re a flattering choice for nearly any body type. As they provide a little more coverage than a bra and panty set, they’re perfect for when you’re feeling modest. But make no mistake — just because they show less skin than some other lingerie pieces doesn’t mean they aren’t super sultry. The babydoll not only shows off your legs and draws attention to your bust, but it’s also typically sheer, so it has an element of tease.

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

plus size babydoll lingerie

Adriana Lace Babydoll P5488 in Black

Featured image lingerie:
Lulu Unlined Wire Babydoll P5618 in Black

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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