While you’re getting ready for a night out with your favorite beau, practicing walking in your hi-rise stilettos, spraying on perfume, and applying lipstick, what will you be wearing? Even more important than the dress you bought is what goes underneath it, if you know what I mean (wink wink). Be it sheer, sparkling, covered in lace, or retro inspired, you’ll get his heart racing with sexy lingerie created by the best intimate apparel brands from the US, UK, Italy, France, and Japan, plus a team of two Hollywood sisters who are originally from Spain.
Gossard is a popular UK brand, but its creations are also available in select US boutiques and on their US website. They look so good in fact, that Gossard won the 2013 UK Lingerie Awards for “Lingerie Brand of the Year” and “The UK’s Favourite Lingerie Brand of the Year”! Personally, I’m loving their Retrolution’ Collection, inspired by a unique vintage style, exclusive to the brand Though the styling is classic ‘wow’, the sculptured fabrics and their signature shaping technology are totally modern. Plus, the slip and waist cincher both feature an inner tulip shape control, to create the appearance of a smoother figure, perfect for wearing underneath that hot little number that worked so well for the Valentine’s Day after-party (in your bedroom!)
‘Retrolution’ Slip in Scarlet, $106; Retrolution’ Staylo Plunge Bra, $65; ‘Retrolution’ Waist Cincher, $62; ‘Retrolution’ Brief, $25. Available in Scarlet, Blush and Noir at http://www.gossardusa.com/.
L’AGENT by AGENT PROVOCATEUR
Sexy Spanish actresses, and sister duo Penélope and Mónica Cruz, have teamed up with lingerie experts Agent Provocateur to create a playful line inspired by the brand's signature styles. Their fiery red ‘Rosalyn’ collection features a fabulous bra with polka dot tulle and shallow cups, and a matching semi-sheer polka dot tulle brief. Totally cute!
L'Agent by Agent Provocateur ‘Rosalyn’ underwired flocked-tulle bra $75; ‘Rosalyn’ flocked tulle brief $45. See more at http://www.lagentbyap.com/. Available at select Bloomingdale’s locations and at http://www.net-a-porter.com/.
La Perla is an Italian intimate apparel company, and by now we Americans have all learned that Italians know a thing or two about sex appeal. The company was founded in the mid-50’s by a corset maker, and since then it’s been producing some of the most sensual lingerie on the market.
‘El Color Rojo’ (‘The Color Red’) Collection features stretch tulle with beautiful lace embellishments. ‘El Color Rojo’ Slip, $438; ‘El Color Rojo’ Balconette Bra, $264; and ‘El Color Rojo’ Brief, $148, each available in beige, white, black, red. Bra and brief also available in green. See more at http://www.laperla.com.
Maison Close is a French brand that’s equally chic as it is erotic and playful. Make a serious impact with a few naughty pleasures, in the form of eyelash lace and gold metallic interweave. As the gorgeous ‘Jardin Imperial’ line informs us in its sensual ads, “The most luxurious attires are made with gold and desires.” Ooh la la!
Maison Close ‘Jardin Imperial’ Wire Bra $94.90; Maison Close ‘Jardin Imperial’ Mini Thong $62.50; and ‘Jardin Imperial’ Garter Belt $94.90. Available at http://www.journelle.com.
What lingerie list would be complete without Victoria’s Secret, America’s sexiest and most well-known brand? Some of their hottest lingerie ever was featured in the ‘Parisian Nights’ portion of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which aired this past December, 2013. Ahhhhh, Paris, the city of love and light! To feel the magic of Parisian romance at home, pop some champagne, set your Pandora station to “Homme” by Brazilian Girls, and top the night off with a (very) big reveal.
Victoria's Secret Designer Collection Unlined Velvet-trim Demi Bra, $178; Velvet-Trim Bikini Panty, $98; and Velvet-Trim Garter Belt, $128. Available at http://www.victoriassecret.com.
B.TEMPT’D by WACOAL
Not a bare-it-all kind of gal? Through a little research (which included asking some real guys what they like to see their girls wearing the most), I found out that a skin-tight tank top and boyshorts do the trick, even more than pricey lingerie. This is surprising and good news, for those of us on a budget, or those of us who don’t have the patience to take the time to handwash all those expensive and fragile delicates. For such items, I turn to B.tempt’d, the younger, flirty line by trusted Japanese lingerie brand Wacoal. The brand sells the usual sexy suspects, along with cute and comfy camisoles and panties.
B.tempt’d Hip N’ Chic Camisole in Night, $19; Hip N’ Chic Hipster, $10. Available in Night, White and Amparo Blue (Amparo Blue Camisole, $24; Hipster, $14) at http://www.figleaves.com/us/.
The Bottom Line...
If you want to make every day like Valentine’s Day, it’s as easy as asking your significant other what they love to see you in! Be it retro, revealing, studded with diamonds or even something simple....like boy shorts?, there are infinite sexy options out there for lingerie and sleepwear. Here are some more great websites for inspiration:
For the daring - http://www.agentprovocateur.com/
For the romantic - http://www.belovedintimates.com
For the luxurious - http://www.journelle.com/
For the curvy - http://www.curvykate.com/index.php
For those who rock - http://www.blackheartlingerie.com/blackheart/Homepage.jsp