February 03, 2021

With people spending more time at home, have Brits been naughty or nice? We reveal the bedroom activities people have been exploring — take a peek!

With 2020 seeing an increased trend in searches for ‘sexy lingerie’ and an uplift in purchases for ouvert ‘crotchless’ pants, it’s apparent that couples have been spicing up their sex lives this past year.

We decided to ask our loyal Insta followers to reveal all! We wanted to find out exactly how many people explored their sexual urges during lockdown, and what exactly they’ve been experimenting with.



Couples are using lockdown to get adventurous with their sex lives

3 in 5 Brits say they’ve spiced up their sex life during lockdown. Favourite activities include experimenting with bedroom toys and accessories with 80% of the vote, and 76% agreeing they love to talk dirty with their partner.

2 in 5 Brits say they’re exploring sexual activities from afar and adapting to lockdown life by getting frisky over Zoom calls.

Contrary to the stereotype that Brits are prudes, it’s actually no surprise we’re using the spare time for sexual exploration: three-quarters of Brits say they prefer some naughtiness in the bedroom.

And while they’re happy to be cheeky, partake in role-play and talk dirty, the vast majority say they prefer to let their partner take control. 79% say they consider themselves more submissive than dominant and use their paddle for being spanked rather than spanking their partner.

So many couples experimenting with role play, toys, talking dirty and Zoom sex just goes to show that just because we can’t adventure outside doesn’t mean we can’t be adventurous inside!


What does this mean for our lockdown lingerie?


We asked our poll participants what their lingerie of choice was now that they’re using the extra time to experiment in the bedroom.

Turns out they’re split 50–50 when it comes to crotchless panties and open harness bras. (We agree — a difficult choice!)

When asked about their lingerie of choice for getting down to business, rather than anything fancy the go-to is a classic bra and undies set (although 1 in 3 say they add their suspenders).


Will the sexual exploration end when lockdown does?


The time at home has clearly been an excuse for many to experiment in their sex life, explore their kinks and get closer with their partner — either in person or over video.

Will the end of lockdown see the passion fizzle?

Our data suggests that’s unlikely: exhibitionist Brits are keen to get back out in the open! When lockdown ends, our respondents say they’re down to hit the sex clubs or have sex in public. Time to whip out the crotchless/ouvert panties!


Has this article made you blush?

‘With couples sequestered away at home, they’re using that time in the bedroom. And with this extra time comes the opportunity to explore kinks and desires that they might have been too busy for previously. We’re seeing that reflected in the increased interest in items like ouvert panties. While no one wants the pandemic to endure longer than it has to, it’s a silver lining to think that people are using the opportunity to focus on their relationship and nurture self-love through improving their sex lives, understanding and exploring different kinks, and bringing themselves greater sexual enjoyment.’

— Emma Parker, Founder of Playful Promises

So, don’t worry — there’s no need to blush!

As our sex life poll has shown, there’s something for everyone, and now is a great time to get frisky and explore what feels good for you. Whatever your kink, there are hundreds of ways to spice up your sex life so that you feel sensual, powerful, and satisfied beneath the bedsheets. So light some candles and feel empowered in your favourite lingerie, get out your new toy or have fun role-playing with a naughty accessory. Have fun! 😉

Size Guide
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This website is in US sizing.
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Bra Guide
28DD/E 28DD 75E 60E 6DD
28DDD/F 28E 75F 60F 6E
28G 28F 75G 60G 6F
28H 28FF 75H 60H 6FF
28I 28G 75I 60I 6G
30A 30A 80A 65A 8A
30B 30B 80B 65B 8B
30C 30C 80C 65C 8C
30D 30D 80D 65D 8D
30DD/E 30DD 80E 65E 8DD
30DDD/F 30E 80F 65F 8E
30G 30F 80G 65G 8F
30H 30FF 80H 65H 8FF
30I 30G 80I 65I 8G
30J 30GG 80J 65J 8GG
30K 30H 80K 65K 8H
32A 32A 85A 70A 10A
32B 32B 85B 70B 10B
32C 32C 85C 70C 10C
32D 32D 85D 70D 10D
32DD/E 32DD 85E 70E 10DD
32DDD/F 32E 85F 70F 10E
32G 32F 85G 70G 10F
32H 32FF 85H 70H 10FF
32I 32G 85I 70I 10G
32J 32GG 85J 70J 10GG
32K 32H 85K 70K 10H
32L 32HH 85L 70L 10HH
34A 34A 90A 75A 12A
34B 34B 90B 75B 12B
34C 34C 90C 75C 12C
34D 34D 90D 75D 12D
34DD/E 34DD 90E 75E 12DD
34DDD/F 34E 90F 75F 12E
34G 34F 90G 75G 12F
34H 34FF 90H 75H 12FF
34I 34G 90I 75I 12G
34J 34GG 90J 75J 12GG
34K 34H 90K 75K 12H
34L 34HH 90L 75L 12HH
36A 36A 95A 80A 14A
36B 36B 95B 80B 14B
36C 36C 95C 80C 14C
36D 36D 95D 80D 14D
36DD/E 36DD 95E 80E 14DD
36DDD/F 36E 95F 80F 14E
36G 36F 95G 80G 14F
36H 36FF 95H 80H 14FF
36I 36G 95I 80I 14G
36J 36GG 95J 80J 14GG
36K 36H 95K 80K 14H
36L 36HH 95L 80L 14HH
38B 38B 100B 85B 16B
38C 38C 100C 85C 16C
38D 38D 100D 85D 16D
38DD/E 38DD 100E 85E 16DD
38DDD/F 38E 100F 85F 16E
38G 38F 100G 85G 16F
38H 38FF 100H 85H 16FF
38I 38G 100I 85I 16G
38J 38GG 100J 85J 16GG
38K 38H 100K 85K 16H
38L 38HH 100L 85L 16HH
40C 40C 105C 90C 18C
40B 40B 105B 90B 18B
40D 40D 105D 90D 18D
40DD/E 40DD 105E 90E 18DD
40DDD/F 40E 105F 90F 18E
40G 40F 105G 90G 18F
40H 40FF 105H 90H 18FF
40I 40G 105I 90I 18G
40J 40GG 105J 90J 18GG
40K 40H 105K 90K 18H
42B 42B 110B 95B 20B
42C 42C 110C 95C 20C
42D 42D 110D 95D 20D
42DD/E 42DD 110E 95E 20DD
42DDD/E 42E 110F 95F 20E
42G 42F 110G 95G 20F
42H 42FF 110H 95H 20FF
42I 42G 110I 95I 20G
42J 42GG 110J 95J 20GG
42K 42H 110K 95K 20H
44B 44B 115B 100B 22B
44C 44C 115C 100C 22C
44D 44D 115D 100D 22D
44DD/E 44DD 115E 100E 22DD
44DDD/F 44E 115F 100F 22E
44G 44F 115G 100G 22F
44H 44FF 115H 100H 22FF
44I 44G 115I 100I 22G
44J 44GG 115J 100J 22GG
44K 44H 115K 100K 22H

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Lingerie & Clothing

6 2 34 6
8 4 36 8
10 6 38 10
12 8 40 12
14 10 42 14
16 12 44 16
18 14 46 18
20 16 48 20
22 18 50 22
24 20 52 24
26 22 54 26
28 24 56 28
30 26 58 30


Body Measurements

US Size Hips (CM) Waist (CM) Bust (CM) Hips (IN) Waist (IN) Bust (IN)
2 86.5 62.5 80.5 35 25.5 33
4 89 65 83 36 26.5 34
6 94 70 88 38 28.5 36
8 99 75 93 40 30.5 38
10 104 80 98 42 32.5 40
12 109 85 103 44 34.5 42
14 116 92 111 45.7 36.3 43.7
16 123 99 118 48.5 39 46.5
18 130 106 125 51.2 41.8 49.3
20 137 113 132 54 44.5 52
22 144 120 139 56.7 47.2 54.7
24 151 127 146 59.4 50 57.5
26 158 134 153 62 53 60