Who needs Valentine's Day when you can feel sexy all year round?
Forget dressing up for anybody else – there’s nothing like the confidence boost that a sexy set of lingerie gives you. While a select few may be lucky enough to lay eyes on it, for the most part all that silk and lace is going to be your little secret. So why not splash out on the best lingerie the fashion world has to offer?
Whatever your style or budget, there’s a wide selection of connoisseurs who really know their intimates. If you’re planning on making a real investment, you can never go wrong powerhouses like L’Agent Provocateur, La Perla and Eres whose pieces are masterclasses in lace delicates.
For those who aren’t making that lawyer money just quite yet, the likes of For Love & Lemons, Heidi Klum Intimates, Simone Perele and Mimi Holliday offer everything from daring strappy pieces to romantic white lace – which wouldn’t look out of place in our bridal lingerie gallery.
Of course, the latest underwear trends always find their way to the high street. Ann Summers combines a sexy modern brief with a dreamy bustier for a dash of juxtaposition, while Urban Outfitters caters to the cool kids with their velvet palm printed co-ords.
Intimissimi has absolutely snatched the game this season with stunning floral appliques and unexpected details like a halter tie to step up their affordable pieces. As always, & other stories and Marks & Spencer’s Rosie for Autograph collection bring the romance with rose gold silks and burgundy lace.
There’s no reason to stick to the traditional bra and panties either. Bluebella and & other stories have two beautiful one pieces that could easily take you into daytime territory if you want to jump on the underwear as outerwear train.
Topshop’s line of Tommy Hilfiger sets also bring activewear into night time territory, following very closely in the footsteps of Calvin Klein’s signature whites. And if you’re scouting for Valentine’s Day goodies, a suspender belt like the one by Agent Provocateur or a bit of leather like For Love & Lemons’ option never did a girl wrong…
Choosing the right lingerie
The world of lingerie can be a daunting one if you’re a beginner, so we’ve put together a little guide on choosing the best lingerie for your body shape. If you’re blessed with a curvier body, we’ve also got a plus size lingerie gallery worth looking at.
How to look after lingerie
Once you’ve invested in some great underthings, remember that they’re a little tricker to care for than your PJs. We chatted with a couple of experts from Journelle and Simone Perele about how to wash your lingerie correctly, as well as some lingerie care tips to make sure they stay fabulous for as long as possible. (Apparently sticking leather in a fridge shrinks it – who knew!)
Amazon’s lingerie brand Iris & Lilly has launched, shot by acclaimed photographer, Cass Bird and tells a story about how finding the best lingerie is like finding a best friend. It stars commodities broker-turned-model and professional Muay Thai fighter, Mia Kang, in an intimate portfolio of pictures that captures Mia’s natural beauty and celebrates their friendship.
The new collection includes delicate lace separates, athleisure inspired sets in key colours such as a soft blush pink, deep royal blue and classic black. Prices to start from £7.99.
This is so pretty, you might get away with wearing it as a top.
This nude lingerie set is a long way from a boring neutral, as Intimissimi jazzed the look up with beautiful crimson and tangerine floral details. (It’s probably going to go fast, so get in quick.)
It doesn’t get more sophisticated than this. For this season, La Perla drew inspiration from British blooms to bring this satin-trimmed creation to life.
This whimsical set by Maison Lejaby is one of our favourites, with raw-cut tulle details and a fun dotty trim on the bra. It’s all party in the front and business in the back as it breaks off into a simple stretch tulle, bringing a modern touch to the look.
This midnight blue set is out of the world. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) We love the sparkly embroidered details on the bust and would look gorgeous under a sheer top, if you’re feeling adventurous.
There’s nothing quite like the beautiful detailing of this royal blue lingerie set, designed by Eres. Crafted from lace and mesh, it’s a work of art in itself.
This deep purple set from Simone Perele really stands out for its contrast lace cut outs, placed just so to accentuate the girls.
The rich butterscotch shade of this lingerie set is a twist on the standard reds and blacks, plus its lace detailing bring a dash of old world charm to the set. (There’s also a suspender if you’re so inclined.)
Get all strapped up with this look from Intimissimi – who said the halter neck was dead?
This beautiful cream and onyx set is giving us major enchanted forest vibes, with whimsical leaf and floral lace appliques. The double strap waistband on the thong takes the set into red-hot territory.
This Out From Under set is giving us massive California girl vibes, with a navy and ochre palm print that we’re obsessed with. While the bottoms don’t drop until September 20, you can still grab the bra before then and we’ll update it here when they launch. (The set also comes in black and coral, if yellow’s not your colour.)
Shop September 20: Out From Under Veronica High Waisted Briefs, £15, Urban Outfitters
This bold red set from Heidi Klum’s new line of intimates will bring a dash of Victoria’s Secret chic to your wardrobe – even if only you’ll know about it.
Who said sporty couldn’t be sexy? This high necked Tommy Hilfiger set is a strong all-white look and it’ll be super comfortable.
This faux leather set from For Love & Lemons is a more delicate take on leather lingerie, steering it away from BDSM territory with a gentle honey-beige shade and gold detailing.
So pretty, you could almost wear it as a top with high waist jeans, Kendall style.
Shop now: Lace Body for £45 from & other stories
The perfect blend of sweet and sensual, this strappy look from For Love & Lemons combines navy floral appliques with peekaboo cut outs. It’s a little pricier, but oh so worth the money.
This flirty fuchsia set is designed to show off your best assets, providing heavy duty support and style all at the same time. The colour’s adorable too.
This demure pastel look from Stella McCartney is absolutely dreamy and definitely a strong candidate for wedding day lingerie.
If you’ve got a pair of girls who need some extra support, this gorgeous black lace set from Panache is a must. With cute cut outs, satin detailing and some serious underwire/padding, you’ll be all set to take on the world no matter your cup size.
Make a fashion statement in this bodysuit.
Shop now: Cassia Body for £10 from Bluebella
This rust-red lingerie set is made up of linked lace daisies, which taper off into a scalloped balconette bra and waistband. The dark shade brings an edge to the sweet, feminine pattern.
Perfect for small busts.
If you’re not one for complex lace and silk, this understated satin set is simple yet sexy – plus the whole line is designed for bustier ladies.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is one of the best things to ever happen to M&S. This classy silk set from the Autograph collection comes in a chic rose gold, though you can also customise the colours of the lace and silk if you think ivory or mulberry are more your speed.