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BRAVA BOUTIQUE Commerce Court North, 25 King West, 416-363-1843, bravaboutique.ca
Apparently, no shopping task is quite as intimidating as picking out an underwear gift. But according to Brava Boutique's Christine Lackan, the secret to bra- and panty-purchasing success is a little snooping.
"Look in her lingerie drawer to make sure you get the sizing right," she says, while also suggesting taking note of whether she gravitates to more basic cotton styles or frillier lace options. Brava carries both, as well as less tricky buys like silk robes, teddies and camisoles, plus a swimwear lineup that includes Canadian labels Shan and Christine Vancouver.
If you'd rather buy your own undies, the Commerce Court store specializes in expert fittings (a library of glass-fronted drawers behind the cash is full of options divided by label, size and style). Lackan recommends setting aside half an hour of try-on time to make sure you find the perfect bra.
Brava Boutique picks: If you're making the transition from utilitarian to fashion-focused bras, Lackan recommends a vintage-style embroidered Marie Jo piece, $168; the Marlies Dekkers collection includes a strappy bra with pouches for post-mastectomy prosthetics, $104; for maximum beach impact, slip into Pain de Sucre's neon floral and Swarovski crystal suit, $260.
Look for: Aubade gift sets that include lacy thongs, bow ties and cat ears.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday by appointment.