Every year when February rolls around, we suddenly find ourselves inundated with adverts and articles urging us to stock up on saucy underwear in preparation for Valentine’s Day. We’re not sure what arbiter of taste, way back in the mists of time, decided that the sexiest thing a woman could wear under her clothes was cheap red faux-satin – but here at Stylist, we remain unconvinced.
There’s also something a little odd about the idea that women only buy nice underwear as a special treat for their sexual partners. Because let’s be honest: fancy underwear is a lot like expensive make-up, in the sense that it’s highly unlikely anyone else will notice you’re wearing a designer bra or Chanel Vitalumière foundation while trying to snog you.
No, as far as we’re concerned, the whole point of posh lingerie is that it makes you feel better – more confident, more supported, more glamorous – and that shouldn’t be limited to any time of year. From Calvin Klein sports-luxe sets to lacy Agent Provocateur combinations, here are our picks of the most stylish underwear sets available to buy online right now.
& Other Stories cut-out bra and briefs
Mango lace bra and panty
Rossell England rose cotton and silk bra and thong
Lonely ‘Harper’ bra and brief in ‘Dark Lily’
Midline bra, £69.39, and mid brief, £37.59 (bought separately), lonelylabel.com
Fifty Shades Darker by Coco de Mer ‘Goddess’ bra and brief
Bodas smooth tactel bralet and thong in ‘Maquillage’
Rosie for Autograph silk & lace bra and knickers
Padded ‘Beau’ plunge bra, £27.50, and Brazilian knickers, £12.50, marksandspencer.com
Fleur of England ‘Dare’ bra and briefs
Sunday Loving sequin bra and knickers
Bra £30, and high-waisted knickers, £32, topshop.com
L’Agent by Agent Provocateur ‘Adah’ bra and briefs
Topshop ‘Guipere’ lace bra and knickers
Plunge bra, £20, and mini knickers, £10, topshop.com
Puma gold logo bra and shorts
Accessorize eyelash lace bra and briefs