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Expert style and sizing tips for choosing underwear gifts, from lingerie sets to luxe nightwear

Consider personal style

“A matching bra and knickers set can be a really special treat. To get it right, think about your loved one’s personal style to be sure that your gift will be well received,” says Soozie Jenkinson, our head of lingerie design. We have three brands within the online M&S lingerie boutique to suit different tastes. “Boutique sets are playful, colourful and on trend with gorgeous details such as bows and lace, Rosie Exclusively for M&S lingerie is luxurious and elegant with a hint of vintage glamour, and Autograph lingerie is modern and bold with exquisite attention to detail,” Soozie explains. If the person you’re buying for has a colour they love, steer towards this, as it’s likely they’ll love a lingerie set in that shade. If you’re unsure, black lingerie is striking but also practical.

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Black floral underwired bra
Choose colour-pop florals
Black satin and mesh floral high-leg knickers
Add matching knickers to your gift
Black satin and mesh floral underwired balcony bra
Contrast straps add interest
Black satin and mesh floral thong
For those who prefer a thong

How to get the size right

Before you start shopping, you need to work out the right size. Take a look at the labels on your loved one’s most-worn or most recently purchased bras and knickers. Bra sizes comprise two measurements: the band size (a number, for example 38) and the cup size (a letter or double letter, for example DD). Take note of both. Bralettes and knickers are usually in clothing sizes (for example 14) but might be XS, S, M, L, XL, etc. Camisoles and French knickers make a great gift and are also dress sized. They can be worn as underwear but also as nightwear, so they’re incredibly versatile.

Check out our guide to the best bras for bigger busts for more tips.

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Peach and black lace underwired bustier
Peach lace meets black details
Peach and black lace high-leg knickers
Make it a matching set with knickers
Peach and black lace plunge bra
There’s also a plunge design
Peach and black lace plunge bra F-H
We have F-H cups covered

Choose something special

Fun, feminine and sexy, the Boutique range marries playful prints, bold colours, stunning lace and modern embroideries with on-trend silhouettes, making it perfect for gifting. The ultimate treat for a lingerie lover is to receive a matching bra and knickers set, and the wide choice within the Boutique collection makes it easy to pick and mix pieces to create a set they’ll love. For example, the Emilia satin floral range includes a plunge bra, a balcony bra, high-leg knickers, a thong and a camisole and shorts set, while the Larissa lace collection features five different pieces including a bustier, a padded plunge bra, high-leg knickers and a thong, so you can put together a set that nails fit and personal style perfectly.

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Black floral camisole set
Say it with bold florals
Pink heart-patterned camisole set
Keep things sweet with a heart print
Pale pink lace camisole set
Stay classic with pretty lace
Strappy black camisole set
Choose a sophisticated black set

Think outside the box

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to Valentine’s Day gifting, and not everyone will appreciate a lacy lingerie set. “Pyjamas and loungewear are very much on trend right now as we spend more time at home,” says Soozie. “Joggers and sweatshirt-inspired pieces in super-soft and comfy fabrics such as Flexifit jersey, plush velour and casual brushed marls make great Valentine’s Day gifts. When it comes to sleepwear, PJs are having a moment – we simply can’t have enough pyjamas in our ‘at-home’ wardrobe. Our gorgeous modern cotton PJs come with Cool Comfort technology for all-night comfort and feature fun looks such as heart motifs.”

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Pink and black strappy polka-dot chemise
Polka dots add fun
Pink and black polka-dot short wrap
A wrap for elegant lounging
Pink and black polka-dot pyjama set and eye mask
PJs are having a moment
Rosie Exclusively for M&S grey pyjama set
Lace elevates this charcoal set

Words: Miranda Eason