Up Close and Personal: Lingerie and Perfume Pairings for Your Valentine’s Night In
Selecting a fragrance is much like choosing lingerie—both are deeply personal decisions that involve trusting your instincts. Whether your boudoir persona is more shrinking violet or smoldering temptress, we believe your scent and your skivvies should align with the mood—both yours and the occasion’s.
Below, we’ve paired our favorite romantic fragrances with their complementary negligees, bralettes and underthings, for an extremely sensual approach to the art of seduction.
Feminine, irresistible and fierce describe For Love & Lemons’ strappy bralette and matching ruffle panties, as well as Giorgio Armani’s distinct, modern scent, Si. Delicate florals float strategically in all the right places on the set, just as the perfume recedes into an airy petal fragrance after a few moments on the skin. Ballet-pink mesh and black detailing create a wildly seductive, stripped-down silhouette, for both the elegant bottle and the boudoir.
You are a portrait of a fine lady when draped in the softly flowing luxury of this Natori velvet robe. For a similarly rich, dark allure, add Frédéric Malle’s rose and patchouli scent, named after Henry James’s novel about a woman “confronting her destiny.”
Inspired by the earthy scents of windswept cliffs and breaking waves, Jo Malone’s musky fragrance is light and far less rugged than the name implies. In a similar way, this Maison Close balconette adorns your curves with a whisper of lace. Like the cologne, the bra is tempting, but not overpowering, and makes a subtly sexy statement.
The lace-scalloped sweetness of this In Bloom pajama set plays up your more demure side and mirrors the scent of Gucci’s aptly named Bloom fragrance, which captures the spirit of a garden stroll. The key note of this scent is Rangoon creeper, a plant of south Asian origins that adds a powdery tone to the otherwise floral perfume.
This bold, strappy Honeydew Intimates set is for femme fatales who use their charm and wiles to ensnare their lovers. Draw them even closer with the warm, rich bourbon vanilla scent of diptyque’s Eau Duelle. Not too sweet, not too heavy—this true vanilla is dangerously intoxicating, much like the woman wearing it.
Classic red lingerie meets hedonistic glamour in this La Perla number, spiced up even further with Tom Ford’s audacious jasmine scent. The saturated fragrance is powerful and deeply romantic, just like the scarlet trimmings that grace your knockout figure.
Maison Margiela’s Lipstick On fragrance smells exactly as the name suggests—like the light, nostalgic aroma of makeup that permanently lingers around your vanity. What better pairing for this flirtatious scent than an equally girly, barely there Bluebella chemise? The combination is a rather gorgeous homage to the ritual of getting ready.
Inspired by 1920s Paris, this romantic Byredo scent begins as a vibrant, sweet citrus and unfolds into a warm, woody base that is both elegant and euphoric. Skarlett Blue’s lace bra echoes the vintage feeling of the fragrance and is equally rapturous.