So: With Valentine’s Day approaching, we’re pretty sure that people are thinking more about underwear (“lingerie”) than normal. We have been, in any case, and, as we mentioned in this post about the awesome Journelle, trying to go slightly outside our comfort zone (read: shopping somewhere other than Victoria’s Secret). What we have discovered (“cage panties”) has shocked and sometimes scared us, but has also shown enough new things—things we have never even heard of before—that we thought we would catalogue them from “nice to naughty,” with sexy grades provided (in most cases) by the male source we had closest to hand.
To be honest, we spend most of our waking hours in Gap Body cotton, because…just because, really. The funny thing is that we can’t even find the ones that are as boring (read: one color) as the ones we like.
Sexy grade: Our source says A, because guys are weird, and because, really, there’s something very positive about being low-fuss, low-muss people.
Isn’t this the thong that everyone has? These or the Hanky Panky ones? Cosabella Never Say Never Cutie thong, $20
Sexy grade: Our male source says these are too commonplace to be interesting, and we’ll take his word on it. C+.
We recently saw a movie called Concussion (it’s great!) at Sundance, and people in the audience literally gasped when the heroine kneeled down, and you could see her wearing garters. Gasped! Do people not wear these enough anymore? These are Agent Provocateur lacy suspenders, $190
Sexy grade: A.
We are so, so glad we were able to find a picture of what these look like without someone wearing them, because that’s just too much for our prude ways. (Here’s a link to one—and it’s only $11.95!) Damaris’s Zanzibar lace strip knickers, $132
Sexy grade: Our male source says, “A++++.” We feel like they’d be hard to, like, actually wear, so we’re pushing this down to a B+. We maintain: Comfort counts in sexy grades!
This looks a bit boring from the front, but the back actually snaps up. It’s a little try-hard/50 Shades of Grey weekend, if you ask us, but okay. Lascivious Cara briefs, about $100
Sexy grade: B.
Something about these strike us as funny, and funny is so obviously not the key to sexy Valentine’s Day lingerie but maybe sort of is the key, too, if you follow us. Damaris fringed knickers, $
Sexy grade: A