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Now more than ever before, February 14 marks a day to unashamedly lean into romance – whether that is with a lover or all for yourself (darling, you deserve it). I have to admit I love a good Valentine’s Day cliché – coupled up or not – with the very excuse to simply treat myself. And if you’re currently in lockdown it’s the perfect time to throw on a glittery dress (the one you bought in quarantine and haven’t worn yet) and open an expensive bottle of wine.

Of course if you’re into the full soiree, you can’t go wrong with a little lingerie that will serve you long into 2021. Who better to gain advice from then a Burlesque icon and bonafide expert, Dita Von Teese (she also has her own brand) on how to look and feel fabulous this V-Day.

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“I’m a firm believer you don’t have to wait for a man to buy lingerie for you on Valentine’s Day. Find some gorgeous pieces so you feel confident and seductive on the day, “ says Dita.

The roots of Burlesque date back well into an American 1800’s but it rose to prominence during the prohibition era. In a similar time of unprecedented chaos and uncertainty, men and women escaped to the theatrical parody. Today our yearning for escapism is just as great with the source of entertainment evolving into an art form which ultimately challenges the patriarchy, sexuality and what it really mean to embrace one’s self.

With that in mind, this is how to choose the perfect lingerie this Valentine’s Day thanks to an expert.

“If it’s your first time buying beautiful lingerie then invest in a black lace set. Black lace is so elegant and sexy and looks good on everyone.”

Gucci Black GG Tulle Lingerie Set, $1250. SHOP NOW

“However once you’ve taken the leap, don’t be afraid of bold, exotic colours that pop!”

Savage x Fenty Not Sorry Lace Bodysuit, $105. SHOP NOW

“I love garter belts, they’re elegant, erotic and flattering. To spice things up try wearing them the French way with your underwear over the garter belt.”

Dita Von Teese Vedette Suspender, $90. SHOP NOW

“Quality is important when buying lingerie. You want pieces that will last, continue to look good and keep their shape.”

La Perla Layla Underwired Padded Leavers-Lace Bra, $299. SHOP NOW

La Perla Layla lace and jersey briefs, $149. SHOP NOW