With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, love is definitely in the air. Romantic dinners, flowers and chocolates all say “I love you”, but opening a gift of sexy, ill-fitting lingerie awkwardly says “I tried! I just don’t know you well enough to get your size right!”
Alas, most years, lingerie isn’t men’s first choice for a Valentine’s gift.
But there’s no reason you can’t give Cupid a little help, ladies. Why not treat you and your valentine to some sexy lingerie? You can spice up your night on any budget, so have a little fun and buy yourself something that will give you an extra confidence booster.
On a budget? Want to celebrate Valentine’s for under $150? Yes, it can be done! The Passio collection from Passionata is super sweet and remains one of Passionata’s best-selling lines. As a testament to its popularity, every few months a new colorway is introduced. The pinstripe cups and the all-lace back is fun and flirty, and extremely comfortable. The collection has a t-shirt bra, a plunge push-up and a choice of 4 bottoms — yet any combination of the two is still under $105. Their cheeky shorty will definitely get the fires burning for your valentine!
Speaking of cheeky, you can never go wrong with a Hanky Panky boxer, especially when it’s leopard print. Who says you need a matching set to be sexy? Bring out your wild side for under $30. Keep in mind they fit on the big side, so don’t be surprised if you need to go a size down (that’s an ego boost in itself)!
On the spicier side, this Grenier corset is hot — so hot it’s hard to believe it’s Canadian! This corset does up in the front with hooks, so you can actually put it on yourself. For those of you who have tried to put on a corset yourself, you know this is a very attractive feature indeed; helping someone out of a corset = sexy … needing help to get into it first = mood killer. Cool design feature: there are laces all the way up the back — very retro chic. There are also removable garters for stockings (Valentine’s hint: do the stockings. You won’t be sorry.) All this for under $120.
If you are a Prima Donna girl and stay loyal to your brand, rest assured, you can find your Valentine something here too! They’ve picked a great scarlet red — a colour that flatters almost all skin tones — and applied it to one of their most successful collections, the Madison. On first glance you might pass this over, but once you try it on, you’ll fall in love with it. It will be your favorite go-to bra for support and comfort, with the benefit of sex appeal. Win-win. The corset runs about $250, plus $48 for the bikini brief. There’s also a matching bra for $130.
If price isn’t an object, always look first to Lise Charmel. For this Valentine’s Day, their collection Look Fatal is beyond compare. They’ve created dark lace openwork laid over a deep ruby background; it is visually stunning, and unmistakably Lise Charmel. Their attention to detail makes the price so worth it and when you put this on, you feel sultry and sexy. This is for the woman who appreciates quality and understands you get what you pay for, since a set can run anywhere between $400-$575.
Don’t wait for your loved one to spice things up — head out to your nearest lingerie store and you’ll be guaranteed a Valentine’s Day filled with romance!
Melmira Bra & Swim Boutique is a Toronto lingerie salon. Melmira’s staff offers expert bra shopping and fitting advice to Lingerie Talk readers each month.