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A guide to lingerie gifting

Get it wrong and you’ve got a recipe for a delicates disaster

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There’s nothing more indulgent than unwrapping a delicate lingerie set at Valentines. For the special woman in your life, it’s the ideal gift that promises to bring a touch of romance to the festive season but get it wrong and you’ve got a recipe for a delicates disaster.

Every girl likes to look her best but it’s important to figure out what it is that gives her that feel-good factor. Is she girly and feminine? Does she like to vamp things up or is she understated and classic? Lingerie shopping for a loved one can seem like a tricky task and while it’s certainly not easy, there are a few tricks you can use to get that magical moment right.

Most women have a small rota of much-loved underwear that they switch between so your first port of call should be her delicates drawer. This is a great way to figure out her size but be sure to look at a few different styles as they can vary depending on the style; if so, go with the most popular or most recent. 

Having a rummage will also be a good indication of what colours and styles she prefers. If she has a favourite shade then chances are she’ll love a lingerie set in that hue. Similarly, this is also impacted by the type of gift you want to give – silky red says seduction while frilly fabrics in cream and pink show a sweeter side. 

Internet shopping might seem like the easiest option but being able to see and touch the lingerie will help you make a more informed decision and don’t be afraid to ask store advisers for help.

Of course, not every woman will appreciate a lacy pair of smalls so if you’re too worried about getting it wrong there are other ways to get her something special. From cosy pyjamas to robes, nightwear offers the perfect solution to intimate gifting whether she prefers to cover herself in a thick woollen blanket or a silken ensemble.

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