Valentine's Day is the sexiest of holidays for serious and not-so-serious couples alike. And whether your V-Day date involves staying at home with a movie or a weekend in wine country, the best way to set the sexy mood with your partner is by donning some hot lingerie. So depending on the type of pair you're in, be it friends with benefits or longtime marrieds, we've got 10 different Valentine's Day lingerie recommendations. Get your sexy inspiration now!
For those who remain hopeless romantics come Valentine's Day, stick with us — we've got a well-balanced mix of pretty little underthings (plus, their much sexier counterparts) to set the mood. And for the ladies who aren't feeling the love-themed day as much, this lingerie lineup is still aimed at you, too. Whether you're looking to don the racier sheer-embroidered pick-me-up pieces or you love nothing more than to curl up with a book and the silkiest Chantilly lace-appliqué robe, these ultrafeminine undergarments all reside right here. We've selected the best boudoir-inspired staples — from serious indulgences to more affordable price points — that prove perfect for a sexier Valentine's Day. But let's face it: this is the kind of stuff that's desirable all year round. Just keep clicking.
This Valentine's Day, why not show your sexy side to your significant other with a boudoir session? Lingerie, dim lighting, and sex kitten beauty prep make for an ultrasultry surprise for that special person in your life. An album full of the sensual shots can make an intimate present for your boyfriend, partner, husband, or fiancé. Nervous about stripping down in front of the camera? It's OK; the pics can be as wild or tame as you're comfortable with. Check out these inspiring boudoir photos that range from leaving much to the imagination to verging on blush-worthy. You'll be ready for your close-up in no time!
Nowadays, women who want a trimmer waist in a pinch typically turn to Spanx or some other body-slimming underwear. But when it's less about practicality and more about looking sexy in nothing but your skivvies (like for your Valentine's Day date night, for instance), you may choose to don a corset. While modern women are free to wear these fitted underpinnings whenever we want to spice things up in the bedroom, corsets and the idealized tiny waists they create have a long and controversial history that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.
A couple years back, Vogue Italia controversially featured Ethel Granger and her 13-inch waist, which she achieved by wearing a corset 24/7. Ethel, who holds the record for the smallest waist in recorded history, went through the painful process for her husband. Her motivation brings up one of the main issues with corsets: are they for the men or the women? Then you have "the human hourglass," Romanian-born model Ioana Spangenberg, who was criticized for setting a bad example with her 20-inch waist, even though she claims she can't help her shape and didn't use corsets to achieve it.
To find out more about what made corsets so controversial back in their heyday (including info from Valerie Steele's book The Corset: A Cultural History), let's look back at some of the vintage ads and photos of these constrictive undergarments and the nonhuman-like shapes they created on women.
Because every new mom (or mom-to-be) deserves to feel like a hot mama on Valentine's Day — and every day, for that matter — we've rounded up some of the prettiest lingerie on the market. Whether you're accommodating a growing baby bump or nursing a newborn, these pieces are fabulously flattering, functional, and fun!
We rarely indulge ourselves with the pretty underthings we really want — but since holiday gifting is all about getting something we want, and not something we necessarily need, what could be better than receiving a super sexy slip or a silky robe? That's the thought behind our latest gift guide — a curated selection of the sweetest, sultriest teddies, chemises, and bralettes on the market. So, whether you're in search of an indulgent find for your sis or your girlfriends — or you're plotting to add a piece to your own wish list (or drop a hint for your guy) — it's all inside. We've got all your bases covered, from the most provocative kind of lace teddy to a sweet set of everyone's favorite candy-colored undies; just click on to start shopping.
Tonight the world can watch sexy models strut their stuff and hot performers rock the runway of the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which airs on CBS at 10 p.m. While musical performances by Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, and Rihanna entertained the audience at the taped show, the real stars of the extravaganza were the lingerie-clad ladies. Models like Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Miranda Kerr worked their assets and over-the-top negligees in six themes: "Circus," "Dangerous Liaisons," "Calendar Girls," "Pink Is Us," "Silver Screen Angels," and "Angels in Bloom." And while it's unlikely any of us would don the revealing looks in public, would you slip into any of these hot lingerie styles in the boudoir? Weigh in now, and don't forget to enter our Victoria's Secret giveaway to win $1,500 from the company for your naughty and nice wish list.
While we spend years curating the perfect wardrobe we can often overlook its foundation — our underwear drawer. Fact of the matter is, having the right underwear, bras, and slips can change the way we feel in our clothes, giving us the confidence and the coverage we need to wear everything from our everyday t-shirts to our evening dresses right. So, while we always encourage shopping for sweet and sexy lingerie, here we're cutting right to the chase with the 11 essential pieces no woman should be without. We've narrowed it down to the best bras, sculpting shorts, and slips all inside — read on for a little underwear 101, then keep clicking to shop the pieces you need.
- Great underwear really is a worthy investment — as the first layer of your look, it can help smooth and sculpt and help you look and feel better in everything you own.
- You'll notice too that a lot of the pieces we selected are nude; that's because nude pieces are best with sheer clothing — even white underneath a white dress can show through, while nude will be the most discreet.
- Look for multipurpose undergarments. Why buy four different bras when you can invest in one convertible bra that you can change up four ways depending on your needs.
Angels will fly down the runway tonight at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which airs Dec. 4. Visually pleasing underwear became popular at the end of the 19th century, but it took until the 1990s for Victoria's Secret to celebrate lingerie with its annual fashion show. The brand's spectacle of scantily clad models was initially held before Valentine's Day, but in 2001, the show was televised and moved to the start of the holiday shopping season. That's not the only thing that's changed over the years. The lingerie modeled has evolved from high-waisted and shiny to made-for-TV costumes straight from a feathery fantasy.
Some have complained about the show's indecency, and it was canceled in 2004 after America was scandalized by Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl. But since then the show has gone on, giving us at least one take on what's considered sexy through the years. As the Angels walk tonight in this year's show, take a look back at the styles they've worn in past shows.
Even on the coldest gray days this Winter, we're betting you'll have something to smile about with one of these completely gorgeous slips hiding underneath all your layers. That's the power of pretty lingerie: even if no one else sees it, we can't help but feel just a little sexier wearing a beautiful lace slip or a sultry sheer chemise. So, as an antidote to all the cold-weather clothing shopping you're probably doing, we recommend you take a time-out to indulge in some ultrafeminine, totally dreamy lingerie. Some of it's more indulgent, like a dark, sheer body-con chemise, while other pieces, like a pretty white slip with a lacy neckline, might just transition well in your day-to-day, outfitted with the right cashmere pullover and tights. Whatever the occasion, we highly recommend you do a little me-shopping right here.