Keep the lights on

In the lead up to Valentine's Day, we're inundated with images of over-the-top lingerie and that's one way to celebrate for sure. Another way to go is a bit more understated, rooted in the belief that feeling comfortable is a great aphrodisiac. Feminine and sensuous, our picks are wearable in and out of the bedroom.

Pour Les Femmes makes this beautiful flow-y silk jumpsuit. It's gorgeous and holiday appropriate in this red, but we love all three colors including the rose and mauve. It's a little more pricey than the rest of our picks, but it's a nice holiday treat that you'll have for years. Even better, Pour Les Femmes is made by women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, most of whom are victims of violence or soldiers' widowers, so your purchase will go towards supporting women in need.

Jonquil makes these affordable lace-bodice nightgowns in white and burgundy with a longer, more elegant silhouette. The white has a cool criss-cross strap in the back. Both are sexy without being too revealing.

Neiman Marcus makes this silk pajama set and it's a terrific price for real silk. The set comes in five colors, all equally great (violet, black, blue, white and red). These feel special and luxurious yet you can wear them every day of the week.

The brand Skin makes this cute slip that can double as a comfy, sexy nightgown. It comes in white too, but we prefer the black.

Eberjey makes the softest jersey sleepwear around. These two sets are fantastic and come in a variety of great colors (black, blue, rose, charcoal). Even though it's a traditional PJ shape, the fabric and way they hang makes these much sexier than you might think. They will be the workhorse of your lingerie drawer. The sets come in several variations: long pants; boxer shorts; short-sleeved; and cropped.

James Perse, known for its loungewear and high quality, cotton basics, makes these affordable pajama pants and coordinating tank top. They can do double duty in the bedroom and as casual run-around wear. The tank silhouette is extra long, which is extra nice. You can wear it with just a pair of cute underwear on a warmer night.

And because no one likes cold feet in bed, Eberjey makes these cozy slipper socks - a great alternative to your traditional slipper and so comfortable. To up the hotness factor, wear them with little else.