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Sometimes preparing for Valentine’s Day, or even just shopping for lingerie can feel like one giant reminder that you’re not a Victoria’s Secret angel. And, like, what a bummer. But even if you’re not blessed with 6″ feet of yourself, “hair fairies” to touch you up every five minutes, and paid to look a-maaaazzzee in next to nothing, Candice Swanepoel and Lily Aldridge believe an angel-worthy Valentine’s Day is yours to have. And what better wisdom to follow than these famed VS ladies, otherwise known as “angels?” So we asked.
What is the number one thing you want for Valentine’s Day this year?
Candice Swanepoel: I’m pretty easy to please on Valentine’s Day–some flowers, a bottle of wine. Because I have access to all of this lingerie, I wouldn’t say go and buy me lingerie!
Lily Aldridge: I love the new Love Me fragrance from Victoria’s Secret…I think my husband knows where to get it.
[Editor’s note: Can you hear her winking?]
What’s your favorite flower?
CS: Peonies! Lilies. I like an orchid.
What would be your ideal date this Valentine’s Day?
CS: I like a getaway–travel somewhere, make it a thing! Somewhere warm, the beach…if I’m in New York, just a quiet night at home, maybe a movie…
LA: My husband always cooks me dinner, so we’re just gonna have a nice romantic dinner at home. He’s very romantic, he always gets me flowers, and lights candles and it’s very sweet.
What lingerie tips do you have for Valentine’s Day?
CS: Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to wear something and really go with it. I would say the Very Sexy collection is always a good option, it just makes you feel good. It’s all like black, with red lace. And then, it depends on what kind of girl you are! This pink onesie is also really cute, and easy. Because, in the past, if you’ve ever tried with the garters and the whole thing, it can get complicated and messy!
LA: Just have fun and don’t do anything you wouldn’t normally–don’t pick out the crazy lingerie you’re not gonna feel sexy in because it looks sexy. Pick the things that you feel sexy in whether it’s a cotton bra or the strappiest thing you’ve ever seen. You just need to find the thing that you love and makes you feel beautiful.
What are the tips for that?
CS: It’s hard to get panties off with garters and stockings! So…plan that ahead. Or wear a onesie.
(CS cont.): This one’s my favorite, I just think the lace detail is so romantic. I like the black too.
Can we get a hint about what you’re going to wear on Valentine’s Day?
CS: I’m a pretty classic, black lace kinda girl. But, you never know.
LA: I will probably just wear jeans and a t-shirt and have a nice pair of lingerie underneath. I love these, they’re really sexy, they look great, under your clothes…
(LA cont.): You can wear it under a tee-shirt, or an Equipment blouse. I like it hidden, but if you see a glimpse of it, you’re like “ooh!” I like a natural look for Valentine’s Day, I just think some mascara, highlighter, lip balm–you don’t wanna wear lipstick in case you’re smoochin’!
What are you going to do for him for Valentine’s Day?
LA: I’m going to wear Victoria’s Secret lingerie!
Any other tips for preparing for Valentine’s Day?
CS: I think for a guy who’s a little shy to come in and buy lingerie, it’s fragrance and a gift card! Give the gift card, but come in with her when she comes shopping and make it an occasion. She gets to go in the dressing room and come out, and I think that’s really romantic.
How many thongs do you estimate that you have?
CS: It’s like sickening, it’s terrible.
LA: It’s outrageous.
Do you have to have like a separate closet for your lingerie?
CS: I have like a separate drawer/cabinet for my lingerie, swimwear…it’s actually a situation in my house right now.
LA: People see it, and they’re like you need to sort this out. I have so much but I just love it. I’m such a girl’s girl, I love lingerie–I’ve always said I love lingerie, music, and makeup. I just love it.