How to Feel Sexy Right Now
says Paris-based lingerie designer Chantal Thomass. “If you feel beautiful underneath everything else, then you look better; go ahead and wear what you love every day.” Balconette bras lift, which is always a good thing, and they tend to flatter most cup sizes. Extra details like crisscrossing bra straps and peekaboo elements that reveal a little bum cleavage add a little raciness. Wearing beautiful sleepwear every night to bed will also sex up your mood. Basic slips or oversize men’s pajama tops are seductive without being constricting or uncomfortable.
A study from McMaster University in Canada found that the more steps you clock in a day, the better you’ll feel about your body. And allow us to extrapolate here: The happier you are with your body, the more confident (and sexy) you are in general. Any bit of walking helps, but researchers found that the ideal frequency is at least three half-hour walks a week.
We’re not talking about nervous foot tapping or picking your split ends. Certain actions, often ones involving touch, convey a sensuality that can make you feel provocative. Lightly trace the rim of your glass, play with your necklace, or rest your fingers on your collarbone, suggests body-language coach Jack Brown.
“Get a proper blowout, then destroy it a little,” says hairstylist Harry Josh. “Go outside in the wind; sleep on it. The next day it will look perfectly tousled. Then fluff up the roots with your fingers to prevent it from being flat—this simulates what would happen naturally if you were rolling around in bed.”
When was the last time crouching over your phone made you feel like an Agent Provocateur ad? We’re guessing never. “Look at the way dancers and professionally trained athletes carry themselves: Their hips are aligned; their shoulders are even; they don’t slouch. They give off a certain vitality and energy,” says Martin Lloyd-Elliott, a psychotherapist who studied at the London Institute for the Study of Human Sexuality. Yoga and Pilates both help improve your posture and alignment.
We saved the best for last. Countless studies have found that sex releases just about every feel-good hormone, contributing to increased happiness, less stress, improved health, and a more youthful appearance. If those aren’t four excellent reasons to get busy now, we don’t know what are.