Boutiques’ Lingerie & Swimwear Picks for Valentine’s Day 2020
“Get ready to fall in love.”
There is no better excuse to buy beautiful lingerie than Valentine’s Day. It’s an intimate and romantic gift – even if, this year, you are just romancing yourself.
For some, Valentine’s is a chance to be pampered and spoilt with all things pretty. For others, it’s the time when you want to bring out your more erotic and risqué side. Whatever February 14th means to you, we’ve picked out some lingerie pieces to inspire and tempt you. Plus a little swimwear in case you’re lucky enough to be whisked off somewhere special!
The looks below are from Killed In Action, Coup de Foudre Lingerie, Leglicious, Darkest Fox and the Pink Duchess, five independent boutiques with exceptionally chic product collections. Get ready to fall in love.
For Sweet Romance
What could be more classically ‘Valentine’s’ than soft pink tones combined with delicate floral laces and embroideries? Indulge yourself with these sweet yet sophisticated lingerie looks, and feel that romance blossom.
Bordelle Wilde Balconette Bra, from Killed In Action
Equal parts edgy and charming, this bra is a delightfully romantic (and limited-edition) take on Bordelle’s signature strappy style. Bespoke, navy Swiss embroidery sits alongside blush pink satin elastic, and it’s finished off with 24 Karat gold-plated hardware stamped with the brand’s logo. The bra fastens with a chic and unusual zip at the back, but the adjustable elastic band means you can still be sure of a flawless fit.
Good to know: Available in sizes XS-M, with a matching brief and thong available. It retails for 305€, but non-EU customers save 23% with tax-free shopping. Killed In Action also recently introduced the option to pay in four interest-free instalments.
Cosabella Pret-a-Porter Pink Underwire Bodysuit, coming soon from Coup de Foudre Lingerie
This flirty and feminine bodysuit features beautiful floral blooms on an open mesh background. Made from body-contouring stretch lace, and with underwired cups and a thong back, it’s a gorgeous way to flaunt your curves. The design is finished off with delicate eyelash edging across the bust, and decorative satin straps with gold-tone hardware.
Good to know: The bodysuit will be available in sizes S-L, and retail for $140.50.
For Dark Glamour
Turn the lights down low and evoke a sense of mystery with these darker-toned or black-detailed pieces. From classic looks to something edgier, these Valentine’s picks will be memorable for all the right reasons.
Aubade Passion Nocturne Basque by Aubade, from Leglicious
This beautifully ornate basque features a sensuous color palette of black and wine red, and is semi-sheer all over for added allure. The front is adorned with scalloped embroidery and ribbon lacing, while the back has an adjustable hook-and-eye closure for the perfect, figure-sculpting fit. Best of all are the straps, which are trimmed with flourishes of the same embroidery – why not style this under a strapless, black velvet dress to show them off?
Good to know: Available in sizes 32B-36E, with a matching brief and thong available. It retails for £169.
Fiore Madame Black Seamed Stockings, from Leglicious
Whether you’re looking for something to pair with the basque above or with any other gartered set, nothing says sensual glamour like a pair of backseam stockings. They’re elegant, sexy and flirtatious all in one. This particular pair is knit in a light, powdery color that’s somewhere between white and beige, with contrasting black seaming up the leg and around the thigh.
Good to know: Available in sizes S-L, they retail for £7.95. But exclusively for The Lingerie Journal readers, you can save 20% off all stockings until February 14th with code VALENTINE.
E.L.F. Zhou London Jade Spanking Girdle, from Killed In Action
If you’re craving something a little more overtly provocative this Valentine’s Day, this girdle skirt is certain to set pulses racing. Crafted from black silk at the front and mesh at the sides, it is of course the back that steals the show. Left almost completely open, it’s held together by criss-cross lacing that weaves its way through metal loops. The garter straps are optional.
Good to know: Available in sizes S-M and retailing for 280€ (or 23% less for non-EU customers). As before, you can choose to pay for this Killed In Action piece via four interest-free installments.
Bijoux Indiscrets Magnifique Waist Chain, from The Pink Duchess
Want to dress up for Valentine’s, but don’t want to invest in a whole new lingerie set? This draped, multi-layered body chain in luxurious gold-tone is a perfect compromise – simply slip it on over a pair of everyday lace briefs, and see them instantly transform into something far more glamorous.
Good to know: Available in one size only but adjustable, the chain retails for $40.
For a Getaway for Two
This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday. If you’re planning a long weekend away with your loved one, be sure to pack some beautiful lingerie and loungewear – and swimwear, depending on the destination! Below are three of our favorites.
Amaiò Simone One Piece Swimsuit, from Darkest Fox
Made in Los Angeles using French and Italian fabrics, this luxurious swimsuit will bring a touch of romance to any setting, be it the beach, a boat, or the hotel spa. It has a dainty blossom print exclusive to Amaiò, and is overlaid with ruched tulle that also forms the shoulder straps. The best thing about this swimsuit is its versatility – wear it under a high-waist skirt, and you’ve got yourself a beautiful date outfit too!
Good to know: Available in sizes XS-L, it retails for $515.
Amaiò Margot Transitional Swimsuit Set, from Darkest Fox
Available in a choice of black or this dusty pink, this high-end bikini is minimalist yet far from boring. The on-trend high neckline shows off a panel of soft pleats, and it’s trimmed with subtle, metallic bronze piping. At the back, the bikini top features two chic bows, and the brief is adorned with a gold logo plate. Why is it titled ‘transitional’? Because if you’re lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere warm for Valentine’s, you can also wear this as a crop top.
Good to know: Available in sizes XS-L, it is sold as a set and retails for $285.
Rya Collection Black Darling Chemise, coming soon from Coup de Foudre Lingerie
After an evening of wining and dining, keep the romantic mood going when you get back to your hotel room by changing into this satin charmeuse slip. The draped cowl neckline is quietly elegant, but with tantalizing sheer lace sides and a mini hemline, it’s sexy too. The shoulder straps are adjustable for improved fit, and form a racerback shape for a modern touch.
Good to know: It will be available in sizes S-L, and retails for $88.
LELO Etherea Silk Cuffs, from The Pink Duchess
An innocent-looking item to pack in your suitcase, these deluxe wrist (or ankle) cuffs are both a chic fashion accessory and a bedroom restraint. They’re designed for comfort, being made from a soft, sheepskin suede with a jacquard finish on the inside, and pure silk everywhere else.
Good to know: Available in one size with plenty of sizing flexibility. They come in a choice of red, black, or purple, and retail for $59.