I treat my thongs, bras and boyshorts a lot like socks. They're not-so-neatly tossed in a drawer with no particular order or arrangement.
The chaotic clutter somehow makes it easier for me to find what I need, no matter if it's a piece for guaranteed sex or a trip to the grocery store.
But, when my friend invited me to her sexy-meets-cozy slumber party a few weeks ago, I realized I was not adulting in the panty department.
That's when I knew it was time to equip my lingerie arsenal with more mature accouterments.
My lingerie drawer runneth over. It's mostly PINK undies, but there are a few lace Journelle goodies sprinkled in.
A woman's got to be prepared for every situation, right?
Quality lingerie is pricier than your regular five-for-$25 deal, but it will last longer and feel better. If you shop strategically, you can rack up the right pieces without going broke.
1. A strapless bra for wild nights out or sexy nights in.
An ill-fitting strapless bra is more uncomfortable than a Miley Cyrus show.
Word of advice? Toss it out with your Barbies. Constantly having to adjust it can ruin a great outfit.
If you're not one to go ever go braless, doing the legwork to find a suitable strapless number is worthwhile.
Wear this when: You want to wear a strapless maxi dress, minus the early millennium tackiness.
Buy: Lace and Mesh Strapless Bra, Topshop, $38
2. A lace bralette to put on a show.
See-through tops get a bad rap, but a peeking nipple never killed anyone.
Since you've outgrown your "Jersey Shore" days, show skin in a sophisticated way. When you're trying to make a fashion statement even underneath a sheer blouse, enlist a sexy lace bra.
Wear this when: You want to show some skin and make your bra a part of the outfit.
Buy: Hanky Panky Stretch Lace Bralette, Lula Lu, $38
A bustier for the bedroom.
You could probably look chic wearing a bustier and jeans back in 2013.
Now? Not so much.
Still, it should be a staple in your lingerie collection. When you want to feel sexy behind closed doors or practice your "Showgirls" moves, a bustier comes in handy.
Wear this when: You have an adult slumber party with your man.
Buy: Marie Meili's Chloe Bustier, Target, $32
A lace teddy to show off your hard-won body.
You haven't exhausted your love for bodysuits until you've worn one in the bedroom.
Long gone are the days of sneaking around your mom's house to f*ck your man, so mature your sex game with more than just toys.
This all-in-one garment will make you feel like a VS Angel, even when you're trying sometimes-funny sex moves.
Wear this when: You just killed it at a pole dancing class and feel body confident.
Buy: Sexy Little Things Lace Teddy, Victoria's Secret, $30
Seamless panties for work and play.
Going commando isn't always the best option.
Swap out a few of your period-stained cotton panties for no-show, nylon undies.
You'll barely know you're wearing them. As an added bonus, they're much gentler on your skin.
Wear this when: You're on your period and that little black dress still requires no VPLs.
Buy: Calvin Klein Invisible Thongs, Bare Necessities, 3 for $30