Book Review: The Lingerie Handbook by Rebecca Apsan

Written by the owner of world-renowned NYC lingerie boutique, La Petite Coquette, The Lingerie Handbook is meant to be your definitive guide to all things underwear. And with several decades worth of information crammed into a comparatively meager 180 pages, I think it succeeds.

The Lingerie Handbook is one of those rare texts that manages to be all things to all people. Readers interested in a brief history of lingerie can find it here. People who need to know technical details, like how to measure your bra size, can find that here as well. If you’re completely new to the world of lingerie, and haven’t the faintest idea where to start, Rebecca has a section dedicated to you too.

The book has 10 chapters, ranging from why lingerie matters to how to care for it. It’s also chock full of lush (if slightly outdated) illustrations so you can clearly visualize what’s she’s talking about. And at only $5.58, it’s hard  to not get a return on your investment. I know that I learned several things from The Lingerie Handbook which made it well worth its purchase price… and I’m reading, writing, or talking about lingerie every single day.

As a small token of gratitude, newsletter subscribers were eligible to win a free copy of The Lingerie Handbook this month, and I’m happy to announce that Jerica, writer of the blog The Girl Inside, is the winner. Jerica, please e-mail your contact info to me at so I can send your book ASAP. And don’t forget… if you’d access to exclusive deals, steals, and competitions, please sign up for my newsletter in the pretty pink box to the right. I promise not to bite… or spam.

I was going to write a bit about my burlesque class tonight, but I am wiped out. I’ll just have to post about it tomorrow, I guess. Good night, lovelies and thank you, as always, for reading The Lingerie Addict.

Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

14 Comments on this post

  1. Anonymous says:

    I bought this book years ago.It changed everything. I own 2 copies one to keep and one I lend out to my friends! Its brilliant!

  2. Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle says:

    I will have to pick that up–I used to shop there when I lived in NY…

    Hope you are feeling better!

  3. Rachel says:

    The book sounds great! I'll have to check this out!

  4. Kristine says:

    I have had this book for awhile and although I certainly learned a good amount, I was disappointed that she didn't go further into lingerie beyond bras, panties and shapers.

    I would have loved to learn more about pieces like teddies (are crotches usually snap enabling us to go about our business easily or are these strictly for 'play'). I would have liked to know what to look for in garters and stockings. How to determine fit of a corset, etc.

    Although I think the book has oodles to offer to the average lingerie buyer, I would like an advanced version for the pieces not typically found in the average woman's day-to-day wardrobe.

    Treacle, maybe these are some post topics for the future…hint, hint ;)

  5. COCAMIA says:

    Must get this book! Thank for the review…xo

  6. Stephanie says:

    I'm going to have to pick up the book and give it a read, it looks fabulous!


  7. Couture Carrie says:

    I need this book!


  8. daisychain says:

    what a wonderful sounding book x

  9. Tights Lover says:

    Wow, sounds like a great book. And for $5…why not buy it?

  10. beckyxoxo says:

    Wow ! A lingerie book ? Never heard of that type of book before ! So unique . Haha . Thanks for sharing dear :)

  11. Jennifer Fabulous says:

    What a fabulous book!! I will definitely need to check this out. I think I fall under the clueless category, lol, so I'm really excited to learn more!!

    PS. It's so great to be back and catch up with you. Your sweet comments while I have been gone made my day. Seriously. xoxo

  12. Kashaya says:

    Sounds like a great book.=) Looking forward to reading about your burlesque class later.

    Response>> That sounds like a lovely book, I'm going to check it out.=)

  13. Cervin says:

    Thank you but my english is very bad :)

  14. Petra Bellejambes says:

    The book sounds like a fine read and a great gift. Thanks Treacle! And congrats to Jerrica.

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