Ok Gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. Although you should be showing the woman in your life how special she is every day, this is the time to really shine (no pressure!). Fortunately for you, I have spent 13 years of my career working with lingerie brands all over the world styling their ad. campaigns and fashion shows. I have styled the most beautiful and sexy women in the world, and had the privilege to work with photographers and directors that together have mastered the art of seduction.
Executive styling and lingerie…………..never do these worlds collide as beautifully as they do on Valentine’s Day.
I am going to assume you have already mastered the art of style and being a gentlemen, so let’s focus on the woman in your life! If you missed this, or need to freshen up your skills, check out my previous article on “Dating and Being a Gentleman.”
Valentine’s Day should be about being together, about stepping away from the routine of everyday life to add a serious infusion of love and romance into your relationship. Every woman dreams of romance…………her knight in shining armor so to speak. We all want to be swept off our feet and treated like princesses. Of course every woman is different, but the basic principals never change. We all want to be loved, adored, admired, and feel like we are the sexiest woman alive. We want to be courted.
The perfect Valentines Day date will depend on your woman, but honestly, it can go one of two ways. You either plan an evening out, or you plan an evening in. Those are your only 2 choices…………either of which involves planning. Sorry gentleman, this is a tough holiday to leave till the last minute. A gift alone is NOT enough!! An evening out can be as simple or extravagant as you like, but I highly suggest planning something that calls for the two of you to dress up. This can be dinner, a wine bar, a jazz or supper club, or perhaps a rooftop lounge. Anything candlelit that requires a cocktail dress and heels is a safe bet. On the other hand, an evening in requires YOU surprising her with a romantic candlelit dinner. Make sure to set the mood via candles and music. Ambiance gentlemen, is very important. Nothing is sexier than watching a man cook and pay attention to all of the little details that go in to planning a romantic dinner. To add a little spice to your evening in I highly suggest surprising her (and ultimately gifting yourself) a luxury Box of Grey flight case (which comes complete with sexy lingerie, sexy toys, massage oil candles, and anything else you can think of that would add some serious spice and romance to your evening). You can purchase one of their curated boxes, or customize one yourself to fit your desires. I promise……..you will thank me later 😉
Now that you have chosen the date, let’s talk about the gift.
No, it’s not a given that you give her something in addition to a romantic evening, but it sure will make her feel special (and that’s the whole point, isn’t it?) Just like the actual date, the gift can be as simple or extravagant as you wish. The whole point is to make her feel special, so take the time to think about what it is that would make her smile.
For Valentine’s Day, there are only 4 categories of gifts that are appropriate: lingerie, jewelry, flowers, or chocolate (or a combination thereof).
Whatever you give her it has to have at least one of these elements……………trust me on this one! Below I have selected some of my favorites.
Just in case you are one of those guys that have left buying a gift till the last minute (as in ordering online is a bit risky), or like shopping in person with a qualified salesperson on hand to help you, I highly suggest you visit either Agent Provocateur or Journelle here in NYC. Both of these stores provide a very boutique experience, and have very friendly staff on hand to guide you through what can be quite a daunting experience for a guy.
If you live in NYC, and are going to give jewelry, I HIGHLY suggest taking a trip downtown to Greenwich Jewelers. Not only do that carry an amazing selection of jewelry, their customer service is outstanding. A few of my favorite pieces have come from them, and I can’t think of another jewelry store in the city that has such a beautiful and unique collection. It is a very small boutique style store, so you won’t feel overwhelmed like some of the large chain stores………..and you most definitely will get individual 5 star service.
If you have any questions or are in need of additional suggestions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or send me an e-mail at Jacci@WallStreetStylist.com. As worded so perfectly by Box of Grey – “Make your one night outstanding.”