With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re being inundated with pink, red and white store displays, promises of chocolate, flowers and (hopefully!) jewellery. Wherever you go, a Facebook ad will follow, reminding you that Cupid’s bow is strung.
While some may feel the fatigue of the season (hey winter, you can stop already), I choose to take the moment to remember that I love love. And this Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share something a little sexier with you: my top picks for lingerie in the city.
My number one rule when it comes to lingerie is to own it. Be confident in your body and find something that makes you feel sexy, ready to flaunt your gorgeous curves and your feminine power.
The truth about lingerie is that we shouldn’t categorize it in too limited a way. While barely there white lace may be one woman’s style, a corset-like bustier may be another’s. While one woman may want to wear a baby doll sheath, another may want to go full dominatrix. Just do your thing!
And here are eight Vancouver lingerie stores that will help you get the look you want this Valentine’s Day. I also included a few of my favourite bridal shops, that carry gorgeous lingerie pieces.
- Honey’s Gifts — 350 Water Street / 3448 Cambie Street
A long-time Vancouver staple, Honey’s Gifts carries a massive range of lingerie. From camisoles to bodystockings to garters and even shoes, this shop is sure to have something that suits your style. Be sure to check out their Valentine’s Day collection for a sultry selection in red, white and black.
- Scarlet — 460 Granville Street
This downtown Vancouver gem carries the gamut of lingerie too, but what really makes this store stand out is the costumes. Top off your lingerie look with a mysterious lace mask or ribbon-tie cuffs. For the girl who wants to be both sexy and cosy, try the Betsey Johnson Bunny Love Sweater Knit Robe.
- Eye Kandee Lingerie — 1904-909 Burrard Street (online)
Specializing in European-designed lingerie, Eye Kandee Lingerie brings sophistication from afar. The bodysuits, baby dolls and teddies are particularly sweet, so best of luck narrowing down your selection.
- Forever Yours Lingerie — 20460 Fraser Highway, Langley
Okay, this one may not be in Vancouver proper, but it’s worth the 40-minute drive to experience Forever Yours Lingerie. Owner Sonya Perkins believes that sexy, seductive and confident come in all sizes. And she’s right! To ensure her customers feel that confidence, staff are trained to take measurements properly, so you’ll know that you’re getting something that both fits and flatters. With a selection available sizes small to 4X, it’s a lingerie paradise.
- Lace Embrace Atelier — 219 East 16th Avenue
Valentine’s Day as we know it today was first popularized in 18th century England, when courtly lovers would express their love by presenting flowers, sweets or greeting cards. What else was popular in the 18th century? Corsets. So if this is your lingerie style, head to Lace Embrace Atelier, where you can buy off the rack or custom. But be careful, once you go Victorian you may never come back!
- Truvelle — 235 Cambie Street
On the other end of the spectrum, Vancouver bridal wear darlings Truvelle have paired up with Toronto-based designer Mary Young to create a feminine, romantic lingerie collection. And even if you’re not in the bridal market, you can still stop by the flagship in Gastown to peruse their lingerie.
- Rituals of Love Bridal — 216-309 West Cordova Street
Another Vancouver bridal shop, this Gastown gem carries For Love & Lemons. A youthful, flirtatious brand with plenty of spunk, their “skivvies” line is so sexy it might as well be lingerie. With modern lines and unique cuts, this might be the West Coast lingerie aesthetic you’ve been looking for.
- Victoria’s Secret — 750 Burrard Street
What lingerie list would be complete without including this sex-appeal giant? The massive Victoria’s Secret in downtown Vancouver won’t disappoint. With looks straight from the runway, you’ll find inspiration here, no problem.