Happy Valentine’s Day! Because so many of the talented lingerie lovers in the blogosphere have already put together amazing wish lists and recommendations for the holiday, I want to forgo offering my favorites and instead focus on the practical side of lingerie, namely how you can transition it beyond the bedroom. Selecting styles with built-in versatility can aid you in enjoying lovely lingerie throughout the year, but thinking creatively about how to incorporate your latest purchase into your regular wardrobe or routine can add an unexpected dose of glamor to everyday life.
The Basic Matching Set in a Hot Color
If your budget is tight, one of the easiest ways to spice up your lingerie drawer is to snag a tried-and-true basic style in a hot new color or pattern. Variety adds interest while the pre-tested design guarantees you can wear your new purchase every day.
The Sexy Set with Seams and Lace and Embroidery
Tee shirt bras—fit issues aside—are a versatile pick for everyday wear because of their seamless, contoured design. Nevertheless, if you want a new style for Valentine’s Day, I recommend breaking up the routine with something unexpected and fun, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find bras more beautiful than those featuring seams, lace, ribbons, or embroidery. The matching panties are always incredible, and the designs range from daring and bold to sophisticated and ladylike to quirky and cool. Let your personality and taste guide you to the style which suits you best. However, when it comes time to throw on your tee shirt, these stunners often fall short in how discreetly they blend under your tops. To combat this problem, forget wearing an ornate bra under thin knits without layering—a fabulous technique which adds visual interest to outfits and allows you to branch out beyond the basics. For example, experiment with layering a sweater or embellished tee over a button-front, or opt for a simple styling by wearing a colored camisole under a v-neck top. Additionally, schedule some time for testing the bra under the dresses and shirts you own because you may be pleasantly surprised with how many of them camouflage the bra entirely. Prints and thicker weight materials, in particular, are perfect for transitioning that sexy bra to everyday wear, and once you know which items the bra works with, you can easily pair them together in the morning.
The Sheer Robe or Dressing Gown
For Christmas, I received the black sheer robe from my wish list, and not only does it look effortlessly sexy either worn alone or over a matching lingerie set, but it’s also perfect for wearing in the morning while I blow dry my hair and apply my makeup.
Slipping that silky robe around my shoulders instantly transports me to a time when silver screen goddesses powdered their noses wearing lacey chemises layered seductively underneath robes with feathers around the neckline. Valentine’s Day lingerie can bring a taste of old school glamor to your everyday routine whether you decide to wear a sexy robe while drinking your tea or to slip into that chemise for sleeping.
A Bustier or Basque for Everyday
Let me preface this suggestion with a note that much will depend on your lifestyle, personal comfort zone, and workplace environment. However, if you can and are willing to wear underwear as outerwear, a basque or bustier works naturally with fashion. Layer one over a white button-front or a turtle-neck top for a modest yet edgy look, or use a conservative blazer layered on top of a bustier to show more skin.
For the fearless, wear the basque or bustier alone with a skirt or slacks for cocktail attire. Speaking of after-hours, a bustier would look fabulous under one of the nouveau tuxedo ensembles.
The Three S’s
Even a basic tee shirt bra and cotton underwear can be transformed into a sexy ensemble with the Three S’s: suspenders, stockings, and stilettos. They take the everyday and transform it into something special for the occasion. Usually, these accessories are inexpensive, meaning you can reserve them for bedroom play without a financial investment. However, if you splurge on a quality garter belt, like the Maitresse from Kiss Me Deadly, you can wear it often because it is designed to stay put and hold up stockings all day. Stilettos work for date night, but you can also find heels that work for the office too if you focus on comfort and design features like platforms and padded toe beds.
If Transitioning Does Not Work
However, if you prefer to keep your sexy lingerie secret and for special occasions only, purchase cheaper alternatives to reduce the cost-per-wear of the item. Not to mention, certain items like baby dolls, fuzzy heels, and lacey nightgowns are harder to transition to everyday wear, so buying them at a lower price seems natural. For example, Affinitas sells bra-sized baby dolls for $65, or Shirley of Hollywood has some sexy (albeit less supportive for the fuller-busted woman) lingerie around $35.00
Your Turn: Are you buying something new for tonight? How do you plan to wear it afterward?