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Boudoir belles; A romantic meal with champagne and chocolates is all well and good. But if there's one Valentine's night ingredient that's sure to get you in an amorous mode, it's lingerie. Whatever your style, there's a set to seduce on February 14 and beyond.

SEX KITTEN Extrovert alert! Pounce on him after dark with a lingerie set that's sure to get his pulse racing.

Disregard the subtleties and think seductress with devilishly dark pieces.

Black is a colour that's both super sexy and flattering in luxurious cuts like Rigby & Peller Vintage plunge bra, pounds 76.95, and luxury g-string, pounds 56.95 (0845 076 5545/www.rigbyandpeller.com).

If you usually opt for a two-piece, add variety to your lingerie repertoire and try out a figure-hugging corset such as Midnight Grace by Figleaves Azalea basque, pounds 48, and thong with detachable suspenders, pounds 14 (08444 932 932/www.figleaves.com).

Flaunt your wild side by mixing clashing prints together including flashes of on-trend animal like Freya Alexa plunge print balcony bra, from pounds 30, and briefs, from pounds 12.50 (01904 658 035/www.leialingerie.com).

ROMANTIC MAIDEN Show your sentimental side via your smalls. Look for lingerie that's pretty, with subtle sexy undertones.

Make your head-over-heels feelings loud and clear with heart motifs like F&F at Tesco red baby-doll hearts set, pounds 12 (0800 505 555/www.tesco.com/clothing).

While traditional red says hopeless romantic, graphic monochrome prints give a modern twist, like Mimi Holliday Je T'Aime super-plunge bra, lace bra and shorts super-plunge bra, pounds 44, thong, pounds 32.50, and suspender belt, pounds 31.50, at Mio Destino (www.miodestino.co.uk).

Lace is a classic fabric for traditionalists to set a romantic mood.

Avoid overt peekaboo styles and look for lingerie with an opulent underlay to keep him guessing, like Ultimo Coco lace balcony bra, pounds 28, and shorts, pounds 14.50 (www.ultimo.co.uk).

Aubade Bahia bra and thong GIRLY AND GORGEOUS Embrace your playful side with fun and flirtatious pieces.

If you're a burlesque fan, look for boudoir styling details like satin, bows and hook-and-eye fastenings. Try the retro look with Fauve Lucia bow bra, from pounds 53, and thong, pounds 20 (01904 658 035/www.leialingerie.

com). Don't fight against your inner tomboy, boy shorts can still be uber-feminine featuring dainty prints in pastels like J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams petals bra, pounds 20, and shorts, pounds 12.50 (0844 561 6161/www.debenhams.com).

Even if you're a dark minimalist dresser by day, nightfall is your licence to play with girly shades, from baby soft pink and sorbet pastels like BHS lilac jacquard padded bra, pounds 18, and thong, pounds 9 (0845 196 0000/www.bhs.co.uk), through to shocking fuchsia like Aubade Bahia bra, pounds 50, and thong, pounds 32 at Figleaves (0844 493 2932/www.figleaves.com).

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Freya Alexa plunge print balcony bra and briefs MidnightGrace by Figleaves Azalea basque and thong Rigby & Peller Vintage plunge braand luxury g-string Tesco red baby-doll hearts set Mimi Holliday Je T'Aime super-plunge bra, thong and suspender belt Ultimo Coco lace bra and shorts J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams petals bra and shorts BHS lilac jacquard padded bra and thong Fauve Lucia bow bra and thong
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Date:Feb 6, 2011
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