The Sexiest Lingerie for Valentine’s Day or Any Day, Really
Although many women save super sexy lingerie for super special occasions, certain feelings of freedom, feminism and self-loving secrecy can bubble up when you slip on fancy panties just because — yes, a Valentine’s Day date is a great excuse to whip out your frilliest skivvies, but we say go for it even if you’re eating takeout, downing whiskey sours and crying over The Notebook in your condo alone. A mega boost in confidence and sensuality will be sure to ensue either way, and if you’re game, there are no better picks than these top picks.
French women are inarguably known for their understated sex appeal, non? Slip into something a little (less) comfortable and channel your inner Anaïs from Le Marais by donning anything Eres. “Illustrating the art of the body”, the French lingerie staple creates modern yet timeless pieces that are as elegant as they are alluring and are all created from luxurious — what else? — fine French silk, satin and lace.
Italian lingerie mega brand La Perla is renowned around the world for its intricately gorgeous and sultry pieces. Delicate details elaborately highlight the female form; think dainty silk zigzags playfully splayed across a stretch tulle bra, a sheer and seductive embroidered bodysuit, and extremely luxurious Chantilly lace panties in limited prints.
Fleur Du Mal
If we had to choose one lingerie line and only one lingerie line to wear for the rest of our days, NYC-based Fleur Du Mal would make a pretty great contender. Super chic, fashion It-Girl style bras and panties play well with their seductive corsetry collection as well as their ready to wear pieces — slim, sequined pants and high-wasited leather shorts? YES PLEASE. But back to the slinky, sexy underthings: Fleur Du Mal makes us swoon with romantic pink lacy underthings and makes our hearts race with edgy cage lace pieces; no matter if you feel like prancing around in something sweet or prefer a bit of naughty mixed in, FDM has got you — although minimally but totally sexily —covered.
Kiki De Montparnasse
Kiki De Montparnasse, né Alice Prin, flounced around Paris in the 1920s, shaping the liberated culture by posing nude for artists and sculptors, among other things. The namesake lingerie brand does Ms. Montparnasse’s manner absolute justice and creates supremely sexy collections that “not only enhance a life of intimacy, the help create it”. With pieces like the Porno Chic bra, which features long black satin ribbons that tie around the neck and back and the Ouvert High Waisted Panty, which look incredibly alluring with their strappy design and cutaway detail, you’ll be hard pressed to not feel as sexy as Kiki herself. Major brand bonus: their kinky and exceptionally opulent extras, like their 24 karat gold handcuffs, lambskin leather play paddle and their blindfolds which are all crafted from the finest silk or lace.
Sometimes sexy comes in very limited quantities, like Christian Louboutin and Dita Von Teese’s capsule lingerie collection, appropriately named XXXtian (which came from his email’s signature, ‘Xtian’… how seXXXy!) Von Teese has shared her love of Louboutin’s (what girl doesn’t?!) and has mentioned the red-soled designer has custom created shoes just for her over the years. Although it’s Louboutin’s first foray into the lingerie world, the collaboration is a great one and seamlessly blends Von Teese’s pinup allure and Louboutin’s siren seductiveness. The toile de Jouy motif, printed on the entire capsule collection, winks naughtily by featuring burlesque dancers, French maids and male lovers draped in sheets. And of course, each pieces incorporates a flash of that famous Louboutin red.
Cheekily sexing up lingerie with its flirty and irreverent collections, Agent Provocateur is the most fun way to inject a big shot of sexy. Bright, juicy shades like emerald green and dazzling, coquettish prints make for bold pieces that stand out in a sea of nude and black. Although if black lingerie is your thing, AP makes standout pieces: take their Akiko playsuit, a sea of shimmering black and gold Swarovski crystal strands and pair it with their black chain silk pasties for a look that’s anything but ordinary.