For many of us, the world of lingerie has always been masked in mystery—just the word alone often sends an oddly mixed message that luxe underpinning should be reserved for special occasions or not purchased at all (it should only be given as a gift, some believe! ). This is a line of thinking that needs to be altered.

“Lingerie is the first thing you wear and the last thing you take off, every single day,” she said, adding that she hopes more women will learn to embrace lingerie as part of their everyday wardrobes. Here, the designer fills us in how to shop for lingerie, how to care for it, trends to try, and how others can best shop for their ladies.

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What are a few lingerie staples every woman should have?

All woman should have a strapless bra, a T-shirt bra, a sexy non-padded lace bra, a push-up bra. At least one garter for dressing up. Also G-strings, bikini and boyshort – style underwear.

What are garters for? Do they have any purpose other than sex appeal?

A garter’s chief function is to hold up knee or thigh-high stockings. Most people don’t use it for this anymore, because now you can buy thigh highs with adhesive gel strips on top to keep it on your leg. So these days, garters are principally used as a sexy dress up piece. But still you can use them for their original purpose, too.

Are there any particular lingerie trends we’re seeing in 2016?

Longline bras are very well-liked right now. Also, prints and brighter colors are big this year, and lace on straps for show.

How should women care for lingerie to ensure it holds its shape and lasts?

All lingerie should be hand washed and left out to dry. Machines can smash up small bits of high-quality fabric easily. For bras and tops, don’t throw them in a messy drawer—keep them prearranged and folded properly to maintain the cups.

Lingerie often has a delusion of being “special occasion sexy.” In your opinion, can women wear it every day?

I hope women wear daily wear lingerie. There’s no need to only buy gorgeous lingerie for a special occasion—you should wear it all the time! It’ll make you feel better to have a stunning [bra or pair of underwear] on daily under your clothes—as long as they’re comfortable—and it will make you feel extra-special when you’re taking off your clothes, too.

What’s a good item for a lingerie beginner to start out with?

She should start with one attractive all-lace bra—something with a scalloped edge, very feminine and sexy. She can wear that every day and on special occasions. I’d say starting with black or skin colour is a good idea.

What’s a grand splurge piece?

Bodysuits, of course! They’re so big right now. They’re more expensive because they make use of extra fabric, but they’re so beautiful. Bodysuits can be used as part of an outfit, worn under a blazer, or a crop top. They can also be used for dress-up occasions, and they’re very gratifying! There are so many options—you can get a G string bodysuit, a more full-coverage back, strapless, push-up, or non padded. It’s well worth the splurge.

Okay, we have to ask: What are some tips for men when shopping for lingerie for their girlfriends or wives?

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