Well, it’s almost that time of year again. Valentine’s Day!
Yes, we love choccies and roses, but we also love lingerie! So to help all you guys out (it has to be a little awkward and intimidating for a guy walking into a lingerie shop), here’s a quick quide and some handy tips for buying some sexy knickers for your loved one. We know you like her wearing them, and we also know she loves wearing them, so what are you waiting for?
Why get Bashful?
If you find the idea of buying lingerie in a shop too daunting, just remember- you don’t have to! One of the reasons online shopping has become so big, is a) it’s got quite efficient and b) it’s perfect for embarrassing situations just like this! But before you wade in, do your research first.
Do your homework
What’s her size? That’s the obvious starting point. Sneak a peek into her lingerie drawer (don’t get caught) and work out what her bra and knickers size is. Most online shops have a size help section as well.
Know your target market
What’s her style? What’s her body type. Good lingerie is sexy and comfortable, so don’t just head to the Brazilian thong section. You’ll get some good ideas from what she has in her knicker drawer already. Note- as example, we have featured a pic of the Something Wicked Ava Half Cup Bra. Now, this would be an adventurous choice! Just so you know….
Lingerie need to be hot AND practical.
It’s no point buying her stuff that she is never going to wear. Make sure the lingerie is made out of comfortable fabric with a bit of lace for that feminine feel. And don’t be cheap!! Cheap = trashy, so dust off your wallet and spend some money!
Avoid flashy or trashy.
Keep it simple, and classic and you won’t go wrong. Trust me, if you buy tarty lingerie, it’ll end up being thrown back in your face. In terms of colour, pastels and creams are a safe bet. Then purples and blacks are a bit more risque. You can get away with red, but only if the lingerie is expensive! Cheap red lingerie looks trashy.
Spend Some Money
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Spend some money! Quality lasts, so if you’re generous, you’ll be seeing this racy underwear for many years to come.
Keep it personal
Be thoughtful. Remember this is a gift for the love of your life
If lingerie is wrapped beautifully and is in a gorgeous box from well known designer, you can’t go wrong. Leave it by the bed for when she wakes up with a big bouquet of beautiful fresh flowers and a pretty card.
Tell her she looks amazing!
When she tries on her Valentine’s Day gift, tell her she looks amazing!
The 38-year-old actress has gone into a partnership with the lingerie brand to design a range of luxury knickers and beautiful bras with her sister Monica Cruz, who promoted AP’s autumn/winter 2012 ad campaign.
We can’t wait to see the designs!
Ever one for jumping on the bandwagon (late), following all of the 50 Shades naughty books and their copies (just how much has that woman made out of those books? Good for her), we thought we’d take a quick look at the lingerie trend that just keeps growing and growing. And that’s the bondage lingerie category.
We are not talking the nasty PVC stuff (eewwwwww). We mean the beautifully designed, luxury lingerie sets that just happen to have a few straps here and there to titilate- you know the ones we mean: Knickers with a Nod to Bondage, if you like.
Well, the most famous lingerie designer to come up with these kind of pieces is probably Agent Provocateur, of course. They have consistently set their stall out on the naughtier side of things, so the bondage category fits well within their range.
Their Alina range hits most of the requirements for us. A little bit saucy without going into the tacky area, and if you are feeling really racy you can always go for the ouvert knickers option!
We also have to mention (thanks to a very knowledgeable lingerie expert on Twitter) Bordelle and Nichole de Carle, London.
Nichole de Carle is an extremely innovative lingerie label where you can make up bespoke sets. And their bondage lingerie is about as racy as it gets.
And if you want your other half to go GaGa, head for Bordelle. We are lost for words on this range. Jaw dropping.
We are always on the look out for gorgeous lingerie that you can buy online, and one French store that we have fallen in love with recently (both with the designs and the prices) is Princess Tam Tam. The site has a .fr version in French, a .eu version in English and a .co.uk version for those who want to buy in pounds.
Their Half Cup bras are to die for- such as The Groovy range in unique pink. These knickers and bras are dead comfy to wear, and they’ll also knock the socks off your other half when you give him a teasing glimpse.
Princesse Tam-Tam, of course, is a 1935 black-and-white film starring Josephine Baker as a Tunisian local girl who is introduced to Parisian high society. Baker sings two songs (“Dream Ship” and “Neath the Tropical Blue Skies”) in the film. So you can see where they get ther inspiration from, and this 30s chic really comes through in their lovely designs.
With a retro nod, the range will get you purring like a Siamese cat in no time. The range includes accessories, lingerie, eyewear, fragrance and skincare.
If we were looking this hot in our forties, I think we’d be skipping down the road in racy red knickers and a lace corset.
Helena Christensen (born 1968), the Danish fashion model, (former), photographer and self confessed cheese addict, has been showing the world just how good you can look when you are a sixties baby.
Here, she’s modelling the new Autumn Winter 2011 lingerie range from Triumph (which looks stunning as well, by the way).
Fox & Rose Launches Online Beachwear Shop For the Summer Dressing With 15% Off at Launch
Fox & Rose, the luxury lingerie store for fashionistas, is heading to the beach for the summer- their new Beachwear collection has just launched. To kick off the site, the online luxury lingerie retailer is offering customers an full 15% off its entire Beachwear collection for a week.
If you want to stand out from the crowd in St Tropez this summer, you would be advised to check it out. They feature a gorgeous collection of bikinis, one piece swimsuits, kaftans and coverups from brands such as ; Pistol Panties, Olga Olsson, Mouille, Paolita and Sea Sirens. Throw in Lotus London and Tallulah & Hope and you have a pretty impressive line up. The Olivia Pistols set from Pistols Panties is our personal favourite: for the chic look. In a classic navy and white Breton stripe with cute heart detail on the spacer and on the sides of the dainty hipster briefs.
For the classic tie side look, the Riby and Peller collection should increase the temperature by the pool by a couple of degrees.