Champagne and chocolates are all well and good...
But if there’s one Valentine’s night ingredient that’s sure to get you in the mood for love, it’s lingerie.
Whatever your style, there’s a set to seduce on February 14.
Show your sentimental side; look for lingerie that’s pretty with subtle sexy undertones.
Make your feelings loud and clear with heart motifs, or opt for lace. This is the classic fabric for traditionalists to set a romantic mood.
Avoid overt peekaboo styles and look for lingerie with an opulent underlay to keep him guessing, like Ultimo Coco lace balcony bra, £28, and shorts, £14.50.
If hearts and flowers are your thing, let love blossom on Valentine’s night with a bold floral print.
Extrovert alert! Pounce on him after dark with a lingerie set that’s sure to get his pulse racing.
Disregard the subtleties and think seductress with devilishly dark pieces.
Black is a colour that’s both super sexy and flattering in luxurious cuts like Rigby & Peller’s Vintage plunge bra, £76.95, and luxury g-string, £56.95.
Spice things up in the bedroom with a set featuring a cheeky suspender belt and if you usually opt for a two-piece, add variety to your lingerie repertoire and try out a figure-hugging corset such as Midnight Grace by Figleaves Azalea basque, £48.
Mixing clashing prints including flashes of animal.
Girly and gorgeous
Embrace your playful side with fun and flirtatious pieces.
If you’re a burlesque fan, look for boudoir styling details like satin, bows and hook-and-eye fastenings.
Don’t fight against your inner tomboy though - boy shorts can still be uber-feminine in dainty prints and pastels.
Even if you’re a dark minimalist dresser by day, nightfall is your licence to play with girly shades, from baby soft pink and sorbet pastels like BHS’s lilac jacquard padded bra and thong through to shocking fuchsia.
Something For The Boys
Guys, if you’re poring over these pages for romantic inspiration rather than admiring the models’ curves, you’re on the right track.
Stay in her good books for February 14 by gifting her with the lingerie she’ll love wearing.
Male and female views of sexy smalls can be at opposite ends of the scale.
“When buying lingerie as a gift for your loved one, the first rule of thumb is the underwear should be sexy and not functional,” says Rigby & Peller creative director Nicky Clayton.
“I have never met a woman who welcomed a gift of a nude bra or control pants, however useful they may be.”
Some man-friendly tips
RIGBY & Peller creative director Nicky Clayton offers her man-friendly tips on buying underwear to impress:
Remember that you are predominantly buying for her. While the emphasis is on special occasion underwear, don’t stray too far from her comfort zone. For example, if she regularly wears fuller briefs, buy sexy hipster briefs rather than g-strings as the set is likely to get more outings.
Think of the mood you’d like to create - is it playful and wicked or sensuous and romantic? This will help narrow the choice of underwear and prevent panic buying.
Always check her size before buying as this shows that true thought has gone into the gift. If you really don’t know what size she is, as a general rule of thumb it is better to underestimate than overestimate.
If you are really unsure, buy something that is less size specific, such as a negligee or chemise. You could even add a gift voucher so she can add to the set herself.