Two weeks and counting, loves, until Valentine’s Day. Sure, we understand that it’s a commercial invention steeped in overpriced gifts and forced affection, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also just happen to be the day you decide to inject some spice back into a relationship. Suggestion #1: head to one of these five area shops and come home with a dainty little bag of silk and lace instead of the annual fading flowers. We think you can handle the rest.

1 Coeur Intimate Apparel & Toys

Owner Mona Jackson has long been lauded through town as the best bra fitter around; one look at your chest (prepare for an intimate experience) and she disappears only to return with the magical bra of your dreams. The shop stocks a number of lines, from the classic everyday numbers to show-stoppers from Cosabella and La Perla.

132 South 17th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103

215.972.0373

www.coeurlingerie.com

2 Delicious Boutique & Corseterie

Frilly not your style? Head to NoLibs and this hot little studio/shop for something unexpected. Browse the selection of ready-to-wear options, both brought in and  stitched in-house. Sure, you can find sheer slips and lacy bottoms, but you can also get a custom corset with studs and skulls. What ever does it for ya.

1040 North American St. #901

Philadelphia, PA 19123

215.413.0375

www.deliciousboutique.com

3 Jay Ann Intimates

For more than 50 years this suburban store has been tailor-fitting women with gorgeous little numbers that work for every need. From a seamless that will disappear under spring's sheer shirts to a funky printed number you want to world (or someone special) to see, this colorful little shop will take care of you.

2052 County Line Road

Huntington Valley, PA 19006

215.942.0120

www.jayannintimates.com

4 Hope Chest

Haverford Square's secret treasure is this little shop full of super soft nighties, bras and other underpinnings. Check out particuarlly pretty pieces from names like Chantelle, Simone Perele and Wacoal.

379 West Lancaster Ave.

Haverford, PA 19041

610.642.4222

5 Tulips Lingerie & Intimate Apparel

Slips to corsets, bras and hosiery, Tulip has it. Their custom fitters know what to look for, and they'll even let you bring a purchase to a dress fitting before you sign on the dotted line. Even if you are known to be a unique fit, their custom alterations team will take that rack-ready piece and make it perfectly yours.

419 Old York Road

Jenkintown, PA 19046

215.887.6363

www.tulipslingerie.com

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