victoria secret underwear

In this post, we will be discussing the Victoria Secret Underwear, and the victoria secret underwear sale. Everybody wears underwear everyday, but most of us don’t talk about these intimate cuties enough. It is probably the most important item of clothing in the wardrobe. They can not only make or break an outfit, the right styles will also do wonders for you — by boosting your confidence and comfort levels.

Before getting into the proper Victoria’s Secret Underwear Sale, it is important to first review the styles of underwear that are offered by this popular brand. Victoria’s Secret offers some of the finest panties on the market today. We can divide these panties into several categories, depending on how sexy they are, and what they are made of. It is important that you know about all these styles before buying anything. After all, you don’t want to buy something you will never wear again, do you?

Victoria Secret Underwear

victoria secret underwear sale

Shopping at Victoria’s Secret is a harrowing experience for any woman who has not been photoshopped until the only visible things about her are her butt and her boobs. They pretty much only carry Size XS – sometimes M in underwear, lingerie and other wear, and between size 32B-34D in bras in store.

Your brave author wearing underwear. On her head.

Now as we all know, there’s really only a few reasons to ever go into a Vicky Secret’s:

  1. It’s the semi annual sale and 5 for $25 undies is just too good to pass up.
  2. You forgot your last trip there, and you REALLY want new lingerie, and maybe this time you’ll look like Karlie Kloss.
  3. Your 5 year old son ran in there and is now running around with the only GG cup bra in the whole place on his face, and you really can’t afford to have someone thinking you’re that bad of a parent. (True story.)

However it happened, you ended up in Victoria’s Secret, and now you have to survive. Now typically, an experience (for almost any size woman) goes like this:

You walk in, enticed by [insert your reason here]. You look around at all the pink and lace and think about how beautiful everything is and how beautiful you’re going to look in this stuff. As beautiful as the model in the window. Or, like, at least close, right?

You walk around trying to find your size in something you like, and slowly, as you move from thing to thing, you realize, nothing comes in your size!! Maybe you manage to find one or two things in your size. You count yourself lucky.

A sales associate asks if you need help. If you’re larger, she gives you a dubious look, and hopes you’re shopping for your skinny friend. When you ask her if they have a size in the back, she responds in one of two ways. A. If you’re below a size 8, she runs to the back, but probably comes back empty handed. B. If you’re above a size 8, she smiles weakly and tells you everything’s out. If you’re a larger girl shopping with your small friend, you feel crappy, because you know she just went to the back to see if they had the same thing in a different size back there for your friend, so they’re definitely not out of everything.

Finally, you head to the fitting room, where everything you try on somehow makes you look totally unlike your normal self. “That’s not my body!” You exclaim to the mirror. “How is this happening? What have I done to deserve this??” Perhaps you get lucky, and you find one thing that fits, and looks ok. You purchase it at the register, grateful that Victoria has chosen you as one of the special ones who is still allowed to wear her lingerie.

Alternately, you find nothing, feel like crap about yourself, and leave to eat donuts.

As far as I can tell, this is a fairly typical experience at Victoria’s Secret. I’ve been there a lot, and it is only through the strength of my iron self esteem that I’m able to roll my eyes at the fact that they don’t carry above a size L in store, rather than blaming myself. In fact, I’ve frequently found myself comforting women in the store who don’t have my iron self esteem and can’t understand why the store doesn’t carry 30AA bras, or XL undies. So I’ve developed a guide for all women to shop Victoria’s Secret with success and happiness, rather than leaving with a serious hit to their self esteem.

1. Before you go in, seriously consider giving your business to a more inclusive store.

Victoria’s Secret is expensive, and their quality-to-price ratio is way disappointing. Compound that with the fact that they are only really aiming to sell to 5’10” models, and you’ve got plenty of reasons to switch to a new store. My favorite alternatives?

  1. Amazon sells good quality lingerie for dirt cheap. $15 will get you something 1000x sturdier than anything Vicky’s sells. (For most of the corsets on Amazon size up about twice.)
  2. Aerie. I’m a HUGE fan of aerie bras and underwear. They make from sizes 30AA to 38DDD, so they have a fairly wide range. Their bras are better made than Victoria’s Secret, and cheaper. They have fantastic sales, and I never pay more than $20 for a bra there. The best part is #AerieReal: Aerie does NOT retouch their photos.
  3. Hips and Curves. My favorite plus-size lingerie company. Unfortunately, they don’t make sizes for women smaller than a 12, but their lingerie is good quality for fair prices.

2. Bring a friend.

It’s so much easier to survive VS with a friend. Friends will remind you of how perfect you are when you’re feeling down. They will pick out fun new underwear for you to try that you would never ever pick out yourself. You can joke with your friends about how ridiculous it is that they DON’T CARRY SIZE D IN STOCKINGS! LIKE, HELLO? SO MANY OF US ARE 5’3”+ AND ABOVE 160 LBS HERE. Phew! Sorry about that.

Also, it’s way less weird to put things on your head and pretend they’re hats when you have a friend. Strangers don’t think g-string hats are funny like your bestie. Or maybe that’s just me and my bestie. Whatever. Stop judging me!

3. So you’re still going in? Alright, take a deep breath.

You can’t walk into a VS without being mentally prepared unless you’re Karlie Kloss.

This is totally what I look like in underwear.

And even then, I’m pretty sure Karlie Kloss might be shaken. Remind yourself that Victoria’s Secret has a weird vendetta against its customers, and it has nothing to do with you. You’re just going in to peruse the semiannual sale, find something naughty to take home, or buy your flawless best friend a great bridal shower gift. If you don’t find anything, c’est la vie! Vicky Secret’s is not a place you can really go with a solid purpose.

4. Tell yourself they probably don’t carry your size.

Upon walking in, keep your expectations low. If you weren’t expecting to find a medium, you won’t be sad when you don’t. And better yet, you’ll be excited when you do!

5. Resist the urge to yell at the 15 year old who just keeps finding her sizes in everything!

There’s always a sprightly perfect teenage girl gleefully running around finding all the perfect sizes in EVERYTHING! How does she do it??? (My theory: she’s actually employed by VS.) Resist the urge to yell at her and tell her that one day, she’ll have to shop online for all her sizes and that you hope she turns into a fat whale! and then cry. This is not productive. The enemy is VS, not this teenage girl, and we mustn’t envy her lovely body.

Instead, take a deep breath, remind yourself that you have an equally perfect body, and try to be neutral or happy for the undercover VS agent.

6. Take advantage of the free shipping.

Most stores offer free shipping if you order in the store. VS, wisely, offers this option. If you see something in store that you love, but they don’t have it in your size, don’t be afraid to order it. Hunt down one of those perky sales associates who can never find anything and put her to work! They send the product(s) right to your door, and you can try it on in the privacy of your own home where you can weep out loud if it doesn’t fit or immediately put it to good use if it does. Major game-changer.

7. Bring EVERYTHING to the fitting room.

Literally bring everything you’re interested in into the fitting room in multiple sizes. It saves you from waiting on those sales associate to turn up empty handed. And don’t be afraid to make a mess. Those sales associates can’t find anything anyway, so they need the work.

I’m kidding. As a former retail sales associate, I’m begging you: DON’T make a giant mess on purpose. At least try to hang things back up or stack them nicely.

8. Try everything on in backwards size order.

Assume you’re the largest size you brought to the fitting room with you. This is good for two reasons.

First, it’s typically more pleasing if something fits the first time you try it on. This way, if you really do need the bigger size, you’ll feel good that it fit the first time, and won’t care as much about sizing up.

Second, if you need to size down, trying on multiples of the same thing will be exciting, not frustrating and time consuming.

You’re already in a frustrating environment. Don’t add to it.

9. Don’t look in the fitting room mirrors unless it fits you.

This is actually a serious tip. Put on all lingerie facing away from the mirror and first determine its fit and comfort level. If it fits, awesome! If it’s comfortable, even better! Only once you know it fits, turn around and assess your looks. You’ll likely feel a lot better if you’re only seeing the things that you know fit you.

Pro tip: It doesn’t really matter what lingerie looks like. What matters is how it makes you feel. If you feel sexy as hell, you look sexy as hell. If you love the fit of something, but you’re not sure it looks perfect when you turn around, screw it. You feel sexy = you look sexy. Buy it.

10. Resist the impulse buys at the counter.

You are already going to spend a small fortune on virtually no fabric. Get a quick self esteem boost by doing the financially smart thing and NOT buying a bunch of useless, crappy lipglosses right as you leave. Now, you may not look like Karlie Kloss, but you’re probably savvier than her.

If you follow all these rules, you’ll probably make it out the store feeling good about yourself. If not, definitely locate the nearest [insert your favorite store here] and therapy shop til you drop.

victoria secret underwear sale

Size & Fit: Panties

PANTY SIZE CHART:
XX-Small (Size 00), X-Small (Size 0-2), Small (Size 4-6), Medium (Size 8-10), Large (Size 12-14), X-Large (Size 16-18) & XX-Large (Size 20). Not all styles are available in all sizes.

XX-SMALL
SizeWaistHip
0023″33.5″
X-SMALL
SizeWaistHip
024″34.5″
225″35.5″
SMALL
SizeWaistHip
426″35.5″
627″37.5″
MEDIUM
SizeWaistHip
828″38.5″
1029″39.5″
LARGE
SizeWaistHip
1230.5″41″
1432″42.5″
X-LARGE
SizeWaistHip
1634″44.5″
1836″46.5″
XX-LARGE
SizeWaistHip
2038″48.5″

OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.? View our International Size Charts.


MEASURING GUIDELINES:

WAIST:
Bend to one side to find the natural indentation in your torso. This is your natural waist. Run tape around your natural waistline, keeping tape parallel with the floor and one finger between your body and tape for a more comfortable fit.

HIP:
Stand on a level surface with feet together. Measure around the fullest part of your hips and bottom (approximately 7″ – 9″ below waistline), keeping tape parallel with the floor.

SIZING TIP:
If your waist and hip measurements indicate two different sizes, we recommend ordering the size indicated by your hip measurement.


PANTY STYLES:

V-STRING:
Minimal waistband. No back coverage. Victoria’s Secret version of the g-string. Shop V-Strings.

THONG:
Wider waistband compared to a v-string. No back coverage. Shop Thongs.

CHEEKY / CHEEKINI:
Similar to a bikini, but with minimal back coverage. Shop Cheekies & Cheekinis.

BIKINI:
Moderate side & back coverage. Shop Bikinis.

HIPHUGGER:
Moderate to full side & back coverage. Shop Hiphuggers.

BOYSHORT:
Full coverage and cut straight at the leg. Shop Shorties & Boyshorts.

BRIEF:
Fullest coverage. Shop Briefs.


COMMON QUESTIONS:

Q: I am between sizes. What size should I buy?
A:We recommend following the Measuring Guidelines above. Typically, you want to buy the size indicated by your hip measurement.

Q: My size tag says S/P. What does this mean?
A: The first size indicated is the alpha size in English (e.g., S = Small). The second size is in French (e.g., P = Petite).

Q: Can I use my weight to determine my size?
A:Different body shapes makes using your weight to determine size difficult. We recommend measuring yourself following the guidelines above to find your perfect size.

Bra Types Every Girl Should Know In 2020

Bra Styles

Most women share a love-hate relationship with bras. No matter how much you hate their pokes and stabs, you just can’t do without their lift and support. Well, the good part is that once you get to know what style, size and type complement your body, it can significantly transform the quality of life. The right bra types can magically enhance the appearance of your outfit whereas the wrong one can spoil your entire look. That’s why women should be well versed with the different types of bra styles available in the market and the outfits they go with.

Here, we have enlisted 21 types of bras for women that you can find at Clovia. We have also mentioned some styling tips for each bra for the best pairing.

Bra Types Infographic

#1 Padded Bras

Padded Bra

padded bra is crafted with padded cups or has pockets to insert pads (also called cookies). This style works best when your main concern is to hide visible nipples. It also adds volume to your breasts and gives them a rounder and fuller shape. Padded bras are available in both underwired & non-wired styles. Underwired padded bras give you a gentle lift while non-padded ones are great for everyday wear.

Style Guide: Padded Bra
Breast TypeAll
OccasionEveryday
OutfitAll

#2 T-shirt Bra

T-shirt Bra

A T-shirt bra is quite similar to a padded bra. It has smooth and seamless cups that don’t leave any impression when worn under body-hugging outfits. This style works best with fitted outfits for a clean & smooth silhouette.

Style Guide: T-shirt Bra
Breast TypeAll
OccasionEveryday
OutfitT-Shirts, Body Hugging Dresses

#3 Push-Up Bra

Push-Up Bra

A push-up bra lifts your breasts and pushes them closer while giving you a very prominent cleavage. Push-up bras usually have underwired cups for a gentle lift. They have angular padding that drastically changes the shape and look of your breasts. Starting from level 1 push up, which is a gentle push to a level 3, which is a heavy lift, you can pick the amount of drama you need!

Style Guide: Push-Up Bra
Breast TypeMostly for Small, Saggy
OccasionParties
OutfitLow cut blouses, Plunge Neck Outfits
Level 1For small breasts
Level 2For semi full or small breasts
Level 3For full or semi full breasts

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#4 Underwired Bras

Underwired Bra

As the name suggests, these bras have wired cups, although the cups may or may not be padded. The underwires provide a gentle lift to breast making them look perkier. This style works best for women who feel they have saggy breasts and need that extra lift.

Style Guide: Underwired Bra
Breast TypeLarge
OccasionAll
OutfitAll

#5 Convertible/ Multiway Bra

Convertible-Multiway-Bra

This style is the master of all bras. With detachable straps, it allows multiway styling including one strap, two straps, cross-shoulder, halter, criss-cross and even strapless. This one bra solves the purpose of many bras combined.

Style Guide: Convertible/ Multiway Bra
Breast TypeAll
OccasionEveryday, Gym
OutfitTank Tops, Racerback Dresses

#6 Bralette

Bralette

Bralette is a bra style that lies somewhere between a bra and a crop top. These easy-to-wear bras are usually non-padded non-wired and have a slip-on style. With less of support and construction, this style focuses more on style and comfort factor. They can be styled as a fashionable outwear too!

Style Guide: Bralette
Breast TypeSmall, Medium
OccasionParties
OutfitTransparent, Backless outfits or like crop tops

#7 Strapless Bras

Strapless Bra

A strapless bra is pretty much self-explanatory. This style can be worn without the straps. Its main support is offered by underwired cups and an inner silicon lining along the edges that prevent the bra from slipping down. Such styles sometimes have side boning for extra support. They work best under tube, strapless and off-shoulder outfits.

Style Guide: Strapless Bra
Breast TypeSmall
OccasionCasual outing, Parties
OutfitOff shoulder Tops, Tube Tops, Racerback Dresses

#8 Balconette Bra

Balconette Bra

A balconette bra can be identified by its wide set straps. The name has been derived from the word ‘balcony’ that pretty much resembles the neckline that is created by wide set straps. This bra style works best for broad necklines.

Style Guide: Balconette Bra
Breast TypeSmall, Medium
OccasionWeddings, Parties
OutfitWide Neck Tops, Sarees, Salwar Suits

#9 Front Open Bra

Front Open Bra

Front open bras feature a clasp or a hook at the centre gore. This can be considered as the most convenient bra to wear. This style is popular amongst women who find it difficult or annoying to hook the bra at the back.

Style Guide: Front Open Bra
Breast TypeHeavy breasted women
SolutionEasy to tie front enclosures

#10 Halter Bra

Halter Bra

Halter bras have a single strap that either goes around the neck or straps that can be tied at the back of the neck. This style works best under halter dresses and tank tops. Most of the convertible bras give you an option of converting them into a halter style too.

Style Guide: Halter Bra
Breast TypeAll
OccasionParties, Day Out
OutfitTube Tops, Strapless Dresses, Tank Tops, Racerback Dresses, Halter Neck Dresses

#11 Bandeau Bra

Bandeau Bra

Bandeau bras are also called tube bras. These are pretty basic in structure with no wiring, no padding and no straps. But quite a few tube bras come with inbuilt pockets to insert pads. This bra style works best under tube tops or racerback tops. Great option for times when you don’t want your straps to be visible.

Style Guide: Bandeau Bra
Breast TypeSmall
OccasionParties
OutfitOff Shoulder Tops, Tube Tops, Deep Neck Dresses, Sheer Tops

#12 Nursing Bra

Nursing Bra

are a blessing for new mothers. They feature a flap at the cups for easy feeding access. These flaps are usually secured with a clasp that can be unhooked by a single handle making it easy to feed the baby. These are crafted with breathable cotton fabric and are non-padded and non-wired to keep the mother at utmost ease during the time of changing breast shape and size. These are also called Maternity Bras.

Style Guide: Nursing Bra
Ideal timePregnancy, Post pregnancy
SolutionConvenient feeding access

#13 Racerback Bra

Racerback Bra

Racerback bras are the ones that have a tank top-like back. These work best under outfits that have a similar back style. It serves as a great option for women who often complain about bra straps slipping down the shoulders. A lot of women claim that these bras are very comfortable and feel light on the back.

Style Guide: Racerback Bra
OccasionWorkout, Everyday
OutfitTank Tops, Racerback Dresses

#14 Plunge Bra

Plunge Bra

Plunge bras have demi-coverage cups that covers one-third of the breasts and has a deep neckline all the way to the centre gore. They work best under outfits that have a low neckline and ensure no embarrassing bra peeks.

Style Guide: Plunge Bra
Breast TypeSmall, Medium
OccasionWeddings, Parties
OutfitV Neckline Dresses

#15 Cage Bra

Cage Bra

A cage bra is a very sexy style that features multiple straps on the front or back. This style is such that no woman can resist showing off. Cage bras can be styled with trendy & fashionable outfits or can be just worn alone with jacket. In other words, this bra serves both as innerwear and outerwear.

Style Guide: Cage Bra
Breast TypeAll
OccasionHoneymoon, Parties
OutfitSheer Tops, Scoop Back Dresses

#16 Sports Bras

Sports Bra

Sports bras are a must-have for any physical exercise. These bras support the breasts and minimise bounce. Depending on the nature of the activity, one can pick from a range of low impact, medium impact and heavy impact bras.

Style Guide: Sports Bra
Low Impact WorkoutWalking, Yoga, Pilates, Strength Training
Medium Impact WorkoutDance, Ski, Zumba, Cycling
Heavy Impact WorkoutGym, Running, Aerobics, Hiking

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#17 Stick On Bra

Stick On Bra

Stick on bras have no back straps or shoulder straps. They have an adhesive on the inner side of the cups that stick to the body and stays put. These bras work best under backless and strapless outfits. However, they may not work the best with heavy breasted women.

Style Guide: Stick On Bra
Breast TypeSmall
OccasionParties
SolutionAvoid bra strap visibility
OutfitBackless Dresses, Off Shoulder Tops, Tube Tops, Racerback Dresses, Sheer Back Dresses

#18 Transparent Bra

Transparent Bra

feature transparent back straps and shoulder straps. These straps go invisible under backless and strapless clothes and give a clean and smooth look.

Style Guide: Transparent Bra
Breast TypeLarge
OccasionWedding, Parties
OutfitBackless Dresses, Tube Tops

#19 Bridal Bras

Bridal Bra

Bridal bras are the fanciest bra type of all. The premium fabrics like lace and satin to add to the bridal charm. The designs are super-sexy and functional to make a perfect addition to your bridal trousseau.

Style Guide: Bridal Bra
Breast TypeAll
OccasionWedding, Honeymoon

#20 Beginner’s Bra

Beginner’s Bra

Quite similar to a bandeau bra, this bra has no hooks, pads or wiring. Beginner’s bras have a slip-on style to make it happy ‘first bra’ experience for the young girls.

Style Guide: Beginner’s Bra
Ideal forTeenagers
SolutionProvides support to growing girls
OutfitSchool Uniform, T-Shirt, Dresses

#21 Full Figure Bras

Full Figure Bra

Full figure bras as the name suggest has full coverage cups and broader side coverage. Such styles work best with women who have bigger & fuller breasts. These bras prevent spillage and give a much more flattering figure.

Now that you know about all the popular bra styles available in the market you are ready to get-set-shop! But remember that picking the right bra size is as important as picking the right bra type. You can use the Bra Size Calculator to find your size in quick and easy steps.

Style Guide: Full Figure Bra
Breast TypeLarge
OccasionEveryday as per convenience
OutfitDresses, Tops, T-Shirts

Here’s a video on “Bra Types” that will help you understand it better!

 Bra Shopping

Expert’s Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Why is it important to have a proper fitting bra?
A1. Wearing ill fitted bra can create a room for numerous health problems. It can make you prone to headache, neck pain, poor posture, skin irritation, and saggy breasts in the long run. Additionally, it can downgrade your overall appearance. It can make your breasts look out of place and bulky. On the other hand, the right sized bra can keep you healthier and enhance the look of your bust.

Q2. How do I know when my bra does not fit properly?
A2. Here are some signs that will help you identify the same:
1. Riding back band
2. Spilling breasts
3. Digging straps
4. Slipping straps
5. Gaping in cups

Q3. I have very small breasts. Do I really need to wear a bra?
A3. Yes, absolutely. No matter how small your bust size is, it is still mandatory for you to wear a bra to get the required support. Going braless might cause jiggling of breasts that can be super uncomfortable. Rest, padding or push-ups are totally your choice.

Q4. Which type of bra is best?
A4. There is no absolute best when it comes to bras. Each bra serves a different purpose, so you need to pick one depending on the purpose. For instance, you can’t wear your regular bra to the gym. Similarly, wearing a lace bra underneath a body hugging outfit would be a fashion faux pas.

Q5. I have bigger breasts. Which kind of bra is best for me?
A5. Here are some bras that are best suitable for women with bigger breasts:
1. Full coverage
2. Sports bras
3. Underwired
4. T-shirt
5. Push-up

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