Valentine's Day: Ultimate underwear trends 2012
It's official, we can't stop thinking about our other halves. Men and women devote nearly an hour each day (50 minutes) to thinking about their partner, according to new research by Standard Life.
But on Valentine's Day, it's time to up the stakes to ensure he's thinking about you all night long - and seductive lingerie is your secret weapon.
Take your cue from First Lady Michelle Obama, who reportedly splurged $38,000 in one shopping spree at luxury brand Agent Provocateur recently. Now that's dedication to your Valentine ensemble!
Turn your bedroom into a school for seduction with lingerie to fall in love with.
Red alert! Scarlet tones were undoubtedly the biggest colour trend on the catwalks for autumn/winter and the craze has translated to what lies beneath.
It's never advisable to flaunt red lingerie under your work attire, but the bedroom is a different ball game. If you want to feel empowered, energised and bold, this striking colour can grant you sex kitten status in an instant.
Look your most ravishing with the right red - shades can vary from pink-tinged raspberry to orange-hued tomato, so pick the tone that complements your skin colour. If you have a warm colouring, stick to yellow-based reds, or wear blue-based if your skin tones are cooler.
Get set for a summer of sorbet-inspired hues. Rose, lemon, mint and icy blue will be all over the high street but you can tap into the trend earlier with pastel smalls.
Step away from the sickly-sweet shades that can look too girly and opt for lace - the perfect fabric for flaunting these delicate colours. And if you can't decide which pastel to plump for, make like the catwalks and pair different shades together with your bra and pants. With this pick 'n' mix approach, you'll look good enough to eat.
Sweet and innocent? Even if your intentions say otherwise, look the part with a cutesy outfit just for Valentine's night.
Ignore the looming divorce and take inspiration from Katy Perry's kitsch stage costumes. Think retro sweetheart references, heart prints, cheeky embellishments and lashings of pink.
Up the ante by sticking to cuts inspired by vintage lingerie. He doesn't need to know, but high waist briefs are the perfect pull-you-in for tummies... Hello confidence boost!
For true boudoir style, sometimes only black will do. Sultry and seductive, opulent lingerie in satin, silk or lace is sure to get his pulse racing.
If an all-black after dark ensemble feels a little too dominatrix, try deep navy or purple for a more subtle moody look.
Don't let body issues ruin the bedroom ambience. A sleek basque or babydoll can look just as sexy as a teeny lingerie set, layered with a black silk gown to let his imagination run wild.
You can also look for your favourite coloured lingerie shade layered with seductive black lace for a deliciously dark hint.
BUYING FOR YOUR BELOVED
Listen up bewildered men everywhere! Before splashing out on lingerie that will never see daylight outside of the underwear drawer, take note of these tips from Chantelle fit expert, Sue Gordon:
Go armed with a notebook! Have a look through your partner's drawer and jot down what bra and bottom size she wears, and also what brands.
Make a note of what colours and styles she prefers. Does she have more padded or sheer bras?
When you go shopping, take advantage of the sales assistant's knowledge. Let her know what size and brands your partner tends to wear, as this will give her a good idea on sizing - all brands will fit differently.
Tell the sales assistant what styles your partner usually wears (half cup, full coverage, push-ups etc) and ask which styles have been popular with other women.
Ensure you get a gift receipt on purchase, as bras can always be refunded or exchanged.
Opt for a chemise or cami top if you don't feel totally confident choosing a bra.
Prefer to play it safe? A gift voucher is always a good option - you can always go with her to select something you'll both appreciate.
The most important thing to remember is that if she doesn't own sexy lingerie, she just doesn't wear it. Don't buy it as a gift for her, as that's a gift for you!