Be my valentine

By Michele McPherson

Dinner date, movie date, picnic date or date with yourself.
Whatever your plans this Valentine's Day, make sure you start the night by slipping into some flashy new lingerie.
Pick up pieces from the luxurious Pleasure State, reliably gorgeous Elle Macpherson or just-in collection by Aussie designer Collette Dinnigan in the days leading up to the big day for a hidden confidence boost.
Of course, there's no point spending on a set of new bras and undies if you don't know what suits your shape. Nothing is more depressing than ending up in a fitting room standing in a pool of lace, frills and those awkward coathangers.
Here's a wee guide that will hopefully have you in underwear utopia before February 14.
Apple shapes have a less defined waist and a bigger bust so the secret to looking good in your undies is something of a no-brainer. Find a bra that showcases your best assets, but don't be afraid to ask for help. The bigger your bust, the harder it gets to just pull the right fit from the rack. High-rise, 50s-style briefs are big in both senses at the moment, so if you're conscious of your tum there's plenty to choose from.
Pear shapes have a wider bottom-half and smaller top-half: the key to balance is boost your bust and draw attention upwards. Look for bras with boost inserts. Don't make the mistake of thinking bigger bottoms need big knickers. Often a high-leg brief will be more flattering than something more full.
Hourglass figures look great in lingerie. Show off your curves in matching bras and knickers to draw attention to your enviable proportions. Straight up and downs can add curves in all the right areas by wearing bras with hidden help, G-strings and high-leg briefs to show off shapely thighs.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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