I’ve got a theory: 99% of women are wearing knickers that come from M&S multi-packs and ill-fitting bras most of the time. I don’t know one person who wakes up in the morning, with a to-do list the length of their left arm, and spends ten minutes fussing over matching their silky knickers to their bra. If you are one of those people: I’m in total awe of you, but if you’re not, welcome, you’re in good company here.
Valentine’s Day, however, is a different story. I know it’s a commercialised day and there’s no real pressure to turn into a sexy minx for the night but, not only does it delight my partner, it makes me feel empowered – so it’s win, win.
If you’re someone who doesn’t typically feel comfortable parading around in your underwear, and even less so when it’s partly see-through, that doesn’t mean you can’t partake in this bedroom catwalk, it’s all about finding something you feel comfortable in. The lingerie sets I’ve picked here aren’t about showing as much skin as possible, they’re about showing off the bits of your body you like – and the confidence boost you’ll get from that will be sexy enough – trust me.
So, give your granny pants a well-earned night off and join me on this whistle-stop tour of the spiciest underwear sets and sexy night dresses out there.
Just because it’s Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean we necessarily need to change the habit of a lifetime, so this lingerie set is from my beloved Marks and Spencer. I know Rosie Huntington-Whiteley could make a binbag look sexy but, don’t be put off, the high-waisted knickers are flattering on fuller figures too and the lacey bum allows for extra coverage if you’re feeling a little… exposed.
This dreamy night gown can be worn every night of the year, not just V-Day. Made out of pure silk and framed with a flattering V-neck, this is proof that leopard print works both in and outside of the bedroom. I’m tempted to pair this with a pair of tights and shoes for a daytime look too…
This is a lot sex appeal for a little price and a brilliant option if you don’t feel comfortable with a tiny bra and thong set. It’s sexy without being self-conscious and it means that they can undress you themselves…
Understated, flattering and incredibly comfortable, this beautiful scallop-edge detailed blush set hits the perfect balance between elegance and ‘come hither’. The silhouette hugging high-waist design can also be worn easily under your date night outfit as a seamless underwear option.
Hanky Panky is pretty apt here, because these signature lace briefs are sure to lead you that way. The V-neck style and high leg skims curves and flatters your waistline perfectly, plus, you can wear this with high-rise jeans or a skirt on your date night and then be ready to go when you get home.
Laura Underwire Bra And High Waist Knicker, Full Disclosure Luxe, £56.40 (Bra, £33.60, Knickers, £22.80)
Flirty and fun, this set is tasteful yet playful and is sexy without being sordid. The bra and high waist knickers can also be worn separately day-to-day as they provide ample coverage and support. I defy you not to feel all powerful in this!
I adore this body for the fact that it’s just as at home in the bedroom as it is lounging on the sofa in front of an Amazon Prime boxset. The semi-sheer chiffon is feminine, soft and beautifully fluid. It’s a playful boudoir invite that no human could resist…
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