Woman-approved lingerie that will score big with her this holiday.

Women like to dress up, even when they’re dressing down, and sometimes she wants to be on the naughty list. (Especially if it means not getting sweatpants and socks). This holiday, get her the lingerie set she’s been drooling over, since I’ll bet you money she won’t buy it for herself. Much like jewelry, a fine, quality piece of lingerie is an investment, so don’t be cheap. The saying goes, good lingerie ain’t cheap and cheap lingerie ain’t good. A sultry set will make her light up and feel sexy and confident in the glow of the twinkling lights, while showing you have a superb style sense (you don’t have to tell her we gave you the suggestion). Plus, it doubles as a present for you. Remember to ask her size. ASK. Don’t guess. Always keep the receipt. And wrap simply in the box direct from the lingerie brand. Watch as the box itself makes her grin.

Honey Birdette
We’re seeing red, and nothing says the Holidays quite like a complete, Santa-red set with matching bustier, garter belt, panty, and stockings. Turn to Honey Birdette for the lacy look designed for boudoir royalty. The Madame Red Lace Panty Garter Belt Set is built around the brand’s iconic push-up cup, with touches of sensual satin. The outfit will show her that you see a strong, fierce woman underneath all those layers.

For Love and Lemons
It’s hard to go wrong with this boutique brand, which specializes in detailed, confident yet feminine designs that almost always include our favorite lingerie material: lace. This holiday season, they’re all about New Year-inspired sequins, sheer polka dots, and lavender flowers. Pick based on your girl’s personality—if she’s bold and likes to wear blacks, go with the Emma Sequin Triangle Bra and Emma Illusion Tulle Thong. But a safe bet if you really can’t decide is the Noemi Strappy Bralette and matching Noemi Scallop Edge Thong.

Agent Provocateur
An iconic name in lingerie, this UK-born retailer has a huge variety of lingerie, playing with modern and classic cuts, luxurious fabrics, and sexy designs. You can find anything from a sheer underwire cream bra to a naughty playsuit made of gold chains and glittering Swarovski crystals. Our suggestions: Either the classic Mercy Corset in Black, which is both timeless and form-fitting to any body type, or the Lindie Bra in snowy Ivory. The Lindie is a classic darted soft cup, underwired bra made from a fine, Italian tulle base and features large floral embroidery along the bustline, hand beaded with glistening bugle beads. The result is stunning…and she’ll think so too. Add the matching Ivory Garter and Thong for a complete look.

Old school is in. And we’re not talking saggy granny panties, but high-wasted romantic cuts both suggestive and innocent. Add ruffles and a dusty pink hue and you’ve hit the money. Liviara has nailed the look with its Dauphine Dusty Pink Bra and matching Dauphine Panty, mixing structured elegance with playful silk ruffles, covering more with the high-cut and bustier top, which only work to accentuate her voluptuous curves. A plus: this set is comfy enough for her to want to wear around the house. Lucky you.

Victoria’s Secret
A household name, and perhaps a store you’ve ventured into a time or two, VS is always an easy, more lingerie-affordable option compared to boutique brands. And they really do a great job of stocking fun, flirty lingerie in their stores, especially during the holidays. So, when you walk into the pink-and-black striped store, a sales associate will probably approach you. This is what you ask for: the Chantilly Lace High-neck Push-Up Bra in Desire Red. This va-va-voom push-up is both elegant and modern, with a trendy neckline that all lingerie companies are adopting for the season. The delicate Chantilly lace softens the sharp lines. Another option with a lower neck (some women don’t like the high-cut), is a Lace-trim Satin Slip. Do not underestimate the power of a simple slip.

Lingerie, pajamas, kimonos, you’ll find the works at Bluebella…and at amazing prices, without sacrificing quality. Another British lingerie co., all we can say is Bluebella has mastered the barely-there trend, with cut-out bras that tease cute sex appeal and panties to match. Our top pick is also a Best-Seller: the Nova Bra Black, with a seductive open cup bra and luxurious guipure trim. (You can’t go wrong with black. Ever.) Add allure by pairing with the Nova Brief Black—a bikini-style sheer mesh brief with guipure trim and directional strapping. She’d never think of buying these for herself, but secretly loved them!

Fleur du Mal
I want my lingerie to be modest, said no woman ever, but sometimes all the tight black straps and confusing necklines can be too much. That’s why we turn to Fleur du Mal for classic lingerie that will never go out of style and always have just enough risqué. Case in point: the Charlotte Lace Triangle Bra, gorgeously trimmed with a hook closure front and Rose-Chain print, and matching Charlotte Lace Thong. We also love the matching Long Sleeve Pajama Top—unbuttoned, of course. These pieces are made using only the finest French lace and silks, which is a touch you’ll both appreciate.

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