I haven't worn sexy lingerie since my wedding night. With Valentine's Day coming up, can you recommend some options that are pretty, not tacky?
Relax—naughty French maid outfits aren't required. Think sensuous, not racy: Underpinnings are chicer and more sophisticated now, so you can spice things up for the 14th without violating your style or taste. Red lingerie isn't a great idea because it can look trashy; I think black lace (timeless) or nude colors (very on-trend) are much sexier. Nor do you have to do see-through and thongs: There's gorgeous stuff out there—slips, robes, boy-short panties—that doesn't risk overexposure.
If you blush easily, begin modestly—with a pink silk and spandex slip (Mary Green, $56), a stretch lace tankini and boy shorts (CLO, $73 and $35), or a femme fatale bra-and-panty set (Elle Macpherson Intimates, $60 and $26).