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by Erin Loechner


Let’s face it: girls and guys have very different takes on what makes lingerie sexy. Girls tend to gravitate towards white, lacy ensembles in the bedroom, while guys often choose anything red, black or, umm… stringy. This Valentine’s Day, why not surprise your gal with something you’ll both love? After all, the better the gift, the better the reward (hint, hint!). Because we’re nice (and yes, sometimes naughty!), we’re providing a simple guide below for choosing the right lingerie for your lady. Get ready for some serious fireworks, guys!:

If she’s conservative:

She prides herself on her community service hours and gives weekly lectures on education reform at the local learning center. What could she possibly wear in the bedroom? Try this Gilligan O’Malley Chemise ($12) in Cream. She’ll feel pure, innocent and completely at ease — perfect for a romantic weekend promoting world peace or whatever else she’s into at the moment

If she’s feminine:

Sweet, girly and pink — just like she likes it. This Gilligan O’Malley Ruffled Satin Chemise ($12) in a blushing shade of pink is right up her alley. In fact, she just might like it enough to put her lady-like virtues to rest for the evening. (Don’t hold your breath, but if anything will do it, a silky pink chemise will!)

If she’s confident:

She’ll look stunning in this Tripp NYC Fishnet Overlay Set ($40). In fact, I’d even venture to say she’ll have just as much fun putting it on as you’ll have taking it off! Complete with sexy details and sweet ribbons, this hot pink number exudes all the confidence in the world — perfect for your assertive lady. And with plenty of bells and whistles to tug on, maybe it’s time you stood up to her confidence and showed her who’s really boss…

If she’s athletic:

Sure, your gal can run a mile in six minutes flat, but can she keep up with you in the bedroom? She will now — Betsey Johnson’s Bubble Mesh Molded Bra ($19) is perfect for your marathon-loving girl. With a mesh fabric, she’ll feel just as comfortable as she would if she were donning her favorite Green Bay running shorts. (Lucky for you, she won’t be!)

If she’s racy:

Face it — she’s Jessica Rabbit in human form. Give her something she’ll really shine in, like this Lane Bryant French Maid Garter ($30). She’ll feel as sexy as she looks in a French maid garter belt featuring a feminine ruffle trim with contrasting mesh underneath. Finished with a large, flirty bow in back, you’ll enjoy hours of role-playing fun — perfect for a Valentine’s Day surprise. Breakfast in bed? Optional

If she’s detail-oriented:

She loves the small stuff — and you love her in the small stuff. Gift her this Lane Bryant Rose Babydoll ($45) and watch as she squeals with delight over the sweet applique and detailed embroidery. A romantic mesh babydoll features a pretty rose applique on silky under-wire cups, a flyaway skirt style with ruffled hem, and all the charm in the world.

If she’s practical:

For the gal that loves a good deal, try the figure-flattering Crown-ette Victorian Lace Slip ($35) from Hanes. A lacy Victorian get-up doubles as a slip for those black-tie charity dinners she’s always planning, and you’ll love the corset bodice for all those late night after-parties! Who needs a separate set of lingerie with a slip this sexy?!

If she’s a tree-hugger:

She just came home from a four-month long whale-watching stint and you two have some long-overdue catching up time to enjoy. She’ll love a surprise gift of Gilligan & O’Malley’s Satin Chemise ($9) in a sweet bamboo print — perfect for her green, eco-loving heart. And who knows? Maybe she’ll love it enough to let you stay home from Burning Man next year

If she’s quirky:

She can recite all fifty United States in alphabetical order in less than fourteen seconds. She also happens to have a wicked crush on you. Why not make her smile with these Paul Frank Julius Low Rise Bikinis ($26)? In three sweet colors with the signature Paul Frank monkey, she’ll love your ingenuity and craftiness. They’ll make her smile, which will make you smile — and then perhaps you’ll both be smiling… in bed.

Which suits your gal’s taste the best? Only a few more shopping days to find out! Best of luck, guys!