Men are pants at buying knickers! 100m of underwear bought as gifts lie unworn in our drawers because men keep getting it wrong

Men are pants at buying knickers! 100m of underwear bought as gifts lie unworn in our drawers because men keep getting it wrong
One in five women NEVER wear the lingerie their partner gives themWomen most dread receiving crotchless underpants and leather knickers
Men in Edinburgh spend most on lingerie sets for women: 55 compared to national average of 42Welsh women most likely to hate lingerie gifted by their partner
Top tips for men for gifting underwear by Fox & Rose

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14:30 GMT, 16 November 2012

Lingerie has always been a popular Christmas gift for a man to give his girlfriend or wife.

But that doesn't mean he ever gets it right.

Over 100m-worth of 'lingerie let-downs' lie gathering dust under beds and in the bottom of drawers thanks to bad choices made by men when it comes to purchasing underwear gifts for the women in their lives, according to new research.

You're pants: Men splash out an average of 42 per underwear set for their wives or girlfriends, but one in five women never wear them

You're pants: Men splash out an average of 42 per underwear set for their wives or girlfriends, but one in five women never wear them

The nationwide study reveled that two-thirds of British women have received lingerie as a present from their partner, with men splashing
out an average of 42 per set. Yet, one in five women have never worn
the gift, and 23 percent said they’d worn it only once.

UNDERWEAR WE DREAD RECEIVING

1. Crotchless knickers – 58%

2. Leather PVC knickers – 58%

3. Edible underwear – 44%

4. Fishnets – 42%

The poll of 1,600 British women by designer lingerie destination Fox & Rose also found that the underwear women most dread receiving are crotchless underpants, followed by leather lingerie and edible smalls.

Amanda Lorenzani, co-founder of Fox & Rose said: 'For many men,
lingerie is a confusing and intimidating world, but it's crucial they
make the right choices if they want smiles rather than slaps on
Christmas day.

'Men should ask themselves, is my partner a fashion
trendsetter or a classic dresser What's her personality type – wild and
dominating or demure and dainty And of course, the all important
sneaky peak in her lingerie draw to find out her correct size!'

The study also showed that older doesn’t necessarily mean wiser when it comes to lingerie – 40 per cent of
women aged 45 to 54 have never worn their gift of lingerie, double the national average.

What to choose Lingerie has always been a popular Christmas gift for a man to give his girlfriend or wife, but that doesn't mean he ever gets it right

Helping hand: To help men choose lingerie gifts that really hit the spot, Fox & Rose has launched its free Gentlemen's Lingerie Lifelines advice site

A helping hand: To help men choose lingerie gifts that really hit the spot, Fox &
Rose has launched its free Gentlemen's Lingerie Lifelines advice site

Regionally, women from Edinburgh are most satisfied with their lingerie gifts,
with all respondents in the Scottish city having worn their lingerie at least
once.

Perhaps this is because women in Edinburgh are showered with the
most expensive lingerie – 55 on average.

LINGERIE BY LOCATION

Women from Edinburgh are most satisfied with their lingerie gifts, which are, at 55, the most expensive in the country

Welsh women are least likely to be satisfied, with over 40 per cent never wearing the lingerie gift purchased by their partner

Meanwhile, Welsh women are least
likely to be satisfied, with over 40 per cent never wearing the lingerie
gift purchased by their partner.

To help men choose lingerie gifts that really hit the spot, Fox &
Rose has launched its free Gentlemen's Lingerie Lifelines advice site,
offering tips on everything from size and style to a glossary of
lingerie terms.

Ms Lorenzani continued: 'Fifty Shades of Grey has certainly generated
demand for more adventurous lingerie sets, but the line between sexy and
sordid is very fine.

'Every woman wants to feel great about herself and
receiving the right lingerie set can do that. Men need to be asking
themselves just a few simple questions to ensure their partner feels
like Brigitte Bardot as opposed to Jenna Jameson in their lingerie
gift.'

The poll also asked women which types of lingerie styles they most
dreaded receiving, with crotch- less knickers (60%), Leather/PVC (58%),
Edible (44%) and fishnets (42%) ranked as the most unpopular gifts.

TOP TIPS FOR GIFTING UNDERWEAR, BY FOX & ROSE

A brouhaha over bras: Play it safe and choose something your partner is likely to wear

A brouhaha over bras: Play it safe and choose something your partner is likely to wear

1 Know her size
Check her underwear drawer to get the right sizes. It's sneaky but works wonders. Look at the labels to find out what bra size and knicker size she wears. If that's not possible and she has protected all her clothing with deadlocks, choose a beautiful silk robe.

2 Be taste sensitive
This will bring you serious brownie points. What style of knicker does she normally wear Does she like little thongs, short style knickers or a classic lace knicker If she's not a fan of red suspenders, don't try and tempt her out of her comfort zone. If she is feminine, go for one of the stunning nude or pale lingerie sets and show her you pay attention. If she's a seductress opt for a more sultry look in classic black. At Fox & Rose we've made this easier for you. Just Shop /11/16/article-2233971-160FDAFD000005DC-364_634x308.jpg” width=”634″ height=”308″ alt=”Questions to ask: What style of knicker does she normally wear Does she like little thongs, short style knickers or a classic lace knicker If she's not a fan of red suspenders, don't try and tempt her out of her comfort zone” class=”blkBorder” />

Questions to ask: What style of knicker does she normally wear Does she like little thongs, short style knickers or a classic lace knicker If she's not a fan of red suspenders, don't try and tempt her out of her comfort zone

4 Stay on trend
Vintage
is classic, yet sexy. Go for a vintage inspired look with high waisted
knickers or corset style bra to accentuate your lover's assets. Or opt
for a limited edition print. Some labels such as Stella McCartney
Lingerie, La Perla and Ell & Cee are fashion-inspired and you'll
demonstrate some serious style knowledge if you manage to channel this
season's key trends into her designer lingerie collection. Damaris is an
excellent choice for a truly special gift, whereas Mimi Holliday never
fails to delight and Maison Close is perfect for a sensuous touch.

5 Be practical
Ask for help – whether you're buying on or offline. You can email one of our designer lingerie gurus at Fox & Rose if you have any questions. Most retailers enjoy helping out their male customers so don't feel embarrassed: they are there to help you pick the perfect gift! And don' forget to opt for the gift wrapping…stunning packaging is essential and you won't have the chore of making it look beautiful either.