How to buy a woman lingerie for Valentine's Day
Buying lingerie for a special someone is tricky territory, here’s our top tips on getting it right.
In these pictures, Daniella Moyles and Teodora Sutra model a selection of intimate Valentine’s Day looks from The Lingerie Rooms at Brown Thomas.
The two beauties showcase how lingerie should look - classy, sophisticated, sultry and sexy.
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, many men hope to add an extra element of romance to the occasion by purchasing intimates for their partner.
However, a lot of males find shopping for underwear daunting and overwhelming (the Father Ted department store comes to mind).
Follow our top six tips to play your cards right.
1. Avoid clichés. For the most part, anything with fluff or leather is a no-go area. If you are struggling, play it safe with a delicate lace black set, as most women will always feel good in them.
2. Never buy crotchless pants. Just don’t.
3. If you’re going to down the colourful route, do your homework. What colours suit her skin tone best? (If she gets a sun tan easily she has a warm skin tone but if she burns easily she has a cool skin tone.)
Women with a warm skin tone suit shades like camel, beige, khaki, gold and red. On the other hand, navys, blues, emerald greens, primary colours and pastels will look great on cooler skin tones.
4. Model Rosie Huntington Whiteley is well equipped to give advice on the matter as when she’s not shooting fashion campaigns for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, she is working on her underwear line with Marks and Spencers.
"My one piece of advice for buying lingerie for someone else would be to have a sneaky peek in their underwear drawer to get an idea of their size and style," she says. "Nothing causes more tears than lingerie bought two sizes too small - or two sizes too large for that matter."
5. Always check the stores return and refund policy before purchasing underwear if you are unsure if she will like it. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if it’s unclear, and don’t be pressured into irrational purchases by salespeople.
6. Writer Christopher Pilny worked in a Victoria’s Secret store and has recounted his experiences for GQ Magazine on several occasions.
He told the magazine that his number one tip to avoid offending or upsetting your partner was to be know their bra and pant size.
“If not, overestimate her bra size and underestimate her panty size. The worst thing you can say to a woman is, "I thought your breasts were smaller than they were, and your ass could use a little more room." Dear God, don't do that,” he said.
New labels to The Lingerie Rooms at Brown Thomas include Bower, Eileen West, Issa, JETs White Label, Phax, Trina Turk and the Heidi Klum Intimates collection.
Brown Thomas have a team of lingerie experts on hand at all stores to offer professional advice and helpful tips when shopping for your loved one this Valentine's Day.