It’s every woman’s secret fancy, to be a Belle de Jour character: sexually confident, desired by men – the one in complete control. You may not have read the novel by Joseph Kessel or even the film by the same name by Luis Bunuel, but you certainly know about the blog ‘Belle de Jour: Diary of a London Call Girl’. Whether you were addicted to the blog in 2003 or you’ve picked up the book since, it speaks to every woman on one level or another. Sexually explicit and often very funny we relate to Belle and secretly wish our sex lives were even half as varied. The interest does not stop there, either: could we take a little leaf from her book?
Here’s a list of a few lingerie items which could help with the transition from meek and mild to sizzling hot…
1. Quarter-cup Bras
Think playful yet classic, go as far as you dare. quarter-cup bras are flattering and flirtatious, wear it with nipple pasties for a giggle. Team a quarter-cup bra, a high-waisted suspender belt and a thong – this nudges towards burlesque but is ultimately very wearable luxury lingerie.
2. Open-back Knickers
Open-back knickers are huge this season. They come in varying degrees of openness, whether you’re derriere proud and go fully open, or more coy with hints of skin showing between adjoining pearls or bows. Alternatively, why not go red? After all, this isn’t the time to be shy.
3. A Less Structured Approach
Go for less structure with a non-underwired, un-cupped bra: these bras give a very natural look and also feel titillating through your blouse. You can also get these soft cups with peekaboo pockets which add a dimension. This lingerie takes up no room in a bag or suitcase and, crucially, is easy to slip in and out of.
4. Invest in Toys
Invest in some toys that suit you and your partner: a feather wand to caress yours or his body while blindfolded will be a tantalising sensation you’ll use again and again. Or use hot and cold props such as ice and warm drinks; this will be a welcome surprise (as well as a bit of a giggle).
5. Experiment with a Bit of Bondage?
A little bit of bondage never hurt anyone – neck and wrist cuffs, masks, paddles, tape, body-con outfits… Use your creativity to conjure up something naughty. Everybody has a soft bondage side and would love to invest in some sassy lingerie to help. There’s some fantastic luxury lingerie out there which incorporates the bondage look but with high-end materials.