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Lingerie is a great gift choice for Valentine’s Day, but many men find themselves at a loss deciding just what to purchase for the women in their lives. Sure, men know what they want, but does that correspond to the type of lingerie that their honey also favors?

One easy way to figure out what style your woman prefers is to use what she already has as a jumping off point. Another option? Try buying lingerie based on your sweetheart’s personality type.

We’ve put together some lingerie gift choices for a wide range of personalities below. See which one suits your sweetie best. (Oh, and if you’re still stuck, you can’t go wrong with the special V-Day Love knickers from Lascivious in the photo above!)

The Fashionista
This woman is all about the latest trends, limited edition lingerie and labels. If your lady always likes to look put together and in style then she’ll likely fit into this category. For this type of woman choose lingerie by a well known clothing designer, like this flesh-colored silk-braided tulle bra, corset and brief set from the Jean Paul Gaultier collection for La Perla (from net-a-porter.com). She’ll love unwrapping this high fashion statement lingerie from one of the great couturiers of our time.

The Tomboy
If she prefers comfort to fashion and often opts for menswear-inspired styles and the function of sportswear then your lady can likely be classified as a Tomboy. Look for lingerie that is made of soft materials (forget any kind of scratchy lace) or pieces made from technologically advanced fabrics that are perfect to wear during activities. Victoria’s Secret has an entire line of cotton lingerie perfect for this type of woman or opt for a sporty racerback bra (ideal for wearing under tanks) in a revolutionary material that’s both seamless and comfortable.

The Traditionalist
This woman will use her grandmother’s china and goes all out for the holidays. Sound familiar? There’s a good chance that your lady is a Traditionalist who will value classic cuts and lingerie designs that never go out of style. For Valentine’s Day a Traditionalist will also appreciate lingerie in the colors meant for the holidays–namely red and pink with some black thrown in.

This Elle Macpherson boudoir set is the perfect example of how to do traditional without being too literal (think lingerie festooned with hearts). The delicate scalloped lace and the smooth silk-satin will appeal to your lady’s classic side, while to her the bright red will read absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day. Think this might be too racy for your traditional lady? Try a gorgeous silk pajama set or robe instead.

The Rebel
If your girl likes to break the rules and live on the wild side then you’ll want to buy her lingerie to match her risk taking personality. Forget anything traditional or too feminine, instead go for something edgy like Agent Provocateur’s Deliah Waspie, $250. You can also always add in a toy or two to spice things up.

The Romantic
Similar to the Traditionalist, but just multiply the feminine frills tenfold. Valentine Day’s is likely the Romantic’s favorite holiday and she loves lingerie that makes her feel feminine and special. Anything with lace, florals, soft fabrics and pastels will appeal to her nature.

Another good option for a romantic woman is to buy vintage-inspired lingerie, like a balconette bra or bloomers. A perfect example of ideal styles for a Romantic is Roksanda Ilincic’s dreamy and whimsical collection for Damaris, like the Spring Rose Set seen here. A lace-trimmed set by Stella McCartney would also do the trick.

The Tease
Does your lady like to tease and tempt? Then she likely has a bit of Dita von Teese running through her veins, so why not buy her some Valentine’s Day lingerie to match? Yandy.com has an entire burlesque-inspired line of lingerie to choose from, including this Boned Betty Corset. A modern option is Kiki de Montparnasse’s sexy leather corset belt.

The Minimalist
Looking at clothing and furniture styles is an easy way to spot a Minimalist. If the woman in your life likes sharp lines, muted shades and functional pieces then she likely falls into this type. Don’t bother with the frills, instead go for lingerie that suits her clean esthetic.

VPL offers an entire line of lingerie, like this Beckham Lilac Bra and Undi, with the architectural lines and natural colors that would appeal to any Minimalist.

The Naughty Girl
If you’re buying for a lady who is open, adventurous and more than a little bit naughty then the choices really are endless.

A great idea is to purchase from a lingerie line that is classy rather than all-out trashy–think Bordelle, which offers a variety of items from this Angela Bandage Dress to pieces that cover a lot less skin.

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