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Thread.com - Exclusive IndieLondon offer

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IF YOU’RE a guy who hates shopping or just wants to look better, Thread.com is an exclusive, invite-only service which gives you a completely free personal shopper or professional stylist.

Our stylists have written for GQ & Vogue, and worked with celebrities including Daniel Craig, Jude Law & Kanye West.

We’re giving IndieLONDON readers exclusive access to our product, bypassing the waiting list and getting the advice of a personal stylist, valued at roughly £150. To get your free invite, please use this link

Check out Thread.com’s round-up of the 10 most stylish British actors

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley models Autograph lingerie for M&S - Photo Gallery

Marks & Spencer’s Autograph range is proud to present a stunning new collection of lingerie in collaboration with British actress and model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Check out some photos….

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Spellbound Jewellery - Hand crafted gift ideas

Spellbound Jewellery

Feature by Jack Foley

IF YOU enjoy giving or receiving unique and affordable jewellery that has been lovingly hand crafted then why not try Spellbound Jewellery?

The home of jewellery designer and glass artist Kendra Westfold, Spellbound Jewellery offers plenty to choose from, whether it’s fused glass for pendants, cufflinks and rings to glass or Tibetan Silver beads.

Kendra also buys beautiful handmade lampwork beads from her favourite lampwork artists and always uses Sterling Silver earring wires and ring blanks.

Commenting on the name of her company, Kendra told IndieLondon: “I chose Spellbound as a name for a couple of reasons; I’ve always liked “magical” things, such as Dragons, Faeries and Witches.

“The main reason, however, is I find when I’m in the creating mood I feel like something is in the air and the pieces I create come out of nowhere, it’s almost magical, spellbinding.”

And on keeping her jewellery affordable, she added: “I aim to charge fair, affordable prices while promoting the importance of recognising and respecting hand crafted products in relation to cheap mass produced alternatives.The prices of the jewellery range depending on the individual item.

Spellbound Jewellery

“I always aim to charge fair prices based on the material costs and labour put into making the item. Some of the items are sold for as little as £5 – £10.

“Other items made from my own fused glass and bought in handmade lampwork beads from lampwork artists range from £15 – £35.”

Visit the website or to find out more and keep updated, read Kendra’s blogspot

Spellbound Jewellery

IndieLondon discount offer…

Customers who visit Spellbound and purchase something as a result of visiting IndieLondon are entitled to an exclusive 10% discount offer on any purchases from Spellbound’s Etsy site.

All you need to do is enter a promotional code at checkout. But please note, the code will only be availble to use for a limited time – up to and including December 17, 2010.

The code for the Etsy site is INDIELONDON10 and you can get there by clicking HERE

Alternatively, further examples of Kendra’s jewellery are available on this LINK

Spellbound Jewellery

Marks & Spencer: Up to 50% off Summer sale!

The Up to 50% off Summer Sale from Marks & Spencer has arrived, featuring money off womenswear, menswear, lingerie and children’s clothing – including back to school outfits.

Take a look at what’s on offer…


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Lingerie: Huge discounts are available on ranges from bras to nightwear.

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Womenswear: Bargains can be found from popular ranges including Autograph and Per Una.

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Menswear: Up to 50% off suits, casual trousers, t-shirts and much more!

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Childrenswear: Loads of great discounts including money off schoolwear!

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La Senza: New range bikinis (2010)

Make a statement on the beach this summer with La Senza’s new collection of bold and trendy bikinis.

Here some selections…

La Senza

Floral fun: This pink floral gel boost halterneck bikini top (A-D) will give you the ultimate cleavage with it’s gel padding concealed in the smooth moulded cups. The lower front shape supports & enhances the cleavage. Styling also includes a bow on the centre, a halterneck tie & clasp fastening on the back. The lightly lined DD+ balconette bikini top has halterneck straps & has a flattering shape to offer uplift & support for all cup sizes. Matching ruched side briefs and turn over shorts are available. £22

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La Senza

Ra Ra Ruffles: Look radiant in Ra Ra Ruffles this summer with this chic stylish black bandeau bikini! Styling of this lightly lined bikini includes three layers of Ra Ra ruffles along the neckline, adjustable black straps and a black clasp fastening on the reverse. This bikini is available up to a E cup. Team with the matching ruffle brief. £25

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Ibiza Animal: This ibiza animal print gel boost halterneck bikini top (A-D) will give you the ultimate cleavage with its gel padding concealed in the smooth moulded cups. The lower front shape supports & enhances the cleavage. Styling also includes a bow on the centre, a halterneck tie & clasp fastening on the back. The lightly lined DD+ bikini top has a sling insert flattering shape to offer uplift and support up to GG cup sizes. Matching working tie side briefs also available. £22

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Bora Bora Pleat Band: Frolic on the beach in florals this summer with this gorgeous pleat band bikini with concealed foam padding (A-D) in the pleated cups. It will give you the ultimate cleavage and has a smooth streamlined shape with a square neckline. Styling includes ruched cups and detailing on the centre, adjustable straps and a clasp fastening. The DD+ full support unpadded bikini top is available up to a GG cup. Matching tie side briefs and skirt briefs are also available. £22

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Cleo Aubergine: Wow everyone on the beach in this gorgeous chic aubergine full support bikini! The deep plunge bikini top has light padding, pleated triangular cups, a thick band under the bust, bow tie fastening on the reverse and the halterneck and is finished with ruched cluster detail on the neckline. The matching available briefs and shorts have belt and loop detail with ruched cluster trim on the centre front. £18

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Tropical Hibiscus : This purple & pink gel boost halterneck bikini top (A-D) will give you the ultimate cleavage with its gel padding concealed in the smooth moulded cups. The lower front shape supports & enhances the cleavage. Styling also includes a bow on the centre, a halterneck tie & clasp fastening on the back. The lightly lined DD+ bikini top has a sling insert flattering shape to offer uplift and support for all cup sizes. Matching working tie side briefs and high waist tummy control briefs available. £22

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Ocean Button: Ahoy ladies! Look nautical on the beach this summer with this blue & white pleat bandeau bikini, with concealed foam padding (in A-D) in the cups. It will give you the ultimate cleavage & has a smooth streamlined shape with a white piped square neckline. Styling includes gold buttons overlaying ruched cups, adjustable straps and a clasp fastening. The DD+ unpadded bikini top is available up to a GG cup. The matching shorts & pleated bikini skirt brief are also available. £22

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Pleat Bandeau Purple: Look striking in purple with this pleat bandeau bikini top with concealed foam padding (in A-D) in the pleated cups. It will give you the ultimate cleavage and has a smooth streamlined shape with a square neckline. Styling includes ruched cups and detailing on the centre, adjustable straps and a clasp fastening. The DD+ full support bikini top is available up to a GG cup and has no padding. Matching bow back briefs, shorts & hi waist tummy control bottoms also available. £20

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Rita Spot Swimsuit: Look chic in monochrome spots with this stylish and flattering swimsuit! The black gel boost cups (A-D) will give you the ultimate cleavage with its gel padding concealed in the ruched cups. The lower front smooth streamlined shape supports & enhances the cleavage. Styling includes a ruched spot front panel for flattering coverage, hidden mesh panels at the front for tummy control, a black bow & halterneck strap. The lined DD+ swimsuit offers uplift & support but has no gel padding. £40

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Sling Halter Full Support: Our favourite sling halter style is now available in a full support tankini! This lightly lined DD-GG black sling halter tankini has a flattering shape to offer uplift and support for full support sizes. Styling includes sling halter halterneck inserts overlaying ruched cups, ruched seams on the sides and clasp fastening at the back. The matching tie side shorts, fold over waistband shorts or high waist brief with tummy control are also available. £30

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La Senza: Valentine's highlights (2010)

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we bring you a range of highlights from La Senza’s latest underwear ranges.

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Glamorous Lace Basque Black: Another fabulous addition to our gorgeous on trend lace range is this glamorous black lace gel boost basque! Styling includes gel boost inserts, intricate black floral lace overlaying the cups and neckline, a black satin bow on the centre front, ruched fishnet edging along the bottom of the basque, a black floral lace panel on the front, corset boning, diamante stirrup detail on both straps and removable suspender straps. The matching shorts and thong are available. £40

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Glamorous Lace Red: Another fabulous addition to our gorgeous on trend lace range is this glamorous red lace gel boost bra! Styling includes gel boost inserts, sophisticated intricate red floral lace overlaying the cups and neckline, a red satin bow on the centre front, ruched red fishnet trim under the bust and a diamante stirrup detail on both straps. £25

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Wishful Strapless Black: This intricate black air boost strapless bra is luxurious and perfect to wear under your strapless dresses and tops. Styling of this black air boost balconette strapless bra includes beautiful ornate floral lace cups, black satin underwire trim, removable air pads and black double removable straps. This bra comes with clear removable bra straps and is also available in ivory. £22

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Georgia Red and Black: Add some luxury and sophistication to your lingerie drawer with this beautiful silk bra in passion red and black, a real La Senza favourite and now available up to a F cup! This balconette bra with black floral lace embroidery detail has triple black satin piping detail on each cup and is finished off with a pretty black satin bow on the centre front. £28

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Hush Hush: Sexy, Sassy, Sensual, Seductive and Slinky! This gorgeous black intricate lace thong body is the perfect accessory for the bedroom! Styling includes double adjustable straps, triangular lace cups, large red satin bows on the front and and thong, and cut away sides and back and black frilled detail along the edges. Tease and set pulses racing in this hush hush body. £25

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Antique Lace Padded Babydoll Purple: This breathtaking babydoll has stunning black lace overlaying a purple mesh base creating a luxurious antique look. The lightly padded cups are styled with lace frills along the neckline and a large pink ribbon bow at the centre front. The body is panelled and boned at the front with a large ribbon bow at each side. The theatrical mesh back has a lower gathered hem with layers of lace frills. Comes with matching mesh thong and detachable suspender straps. Hosiery sold separately. £35

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Pleated Bandeau Blackus: Create a dramatic and stunning look in this black satin pleated bandeau bra. This foam padded bra will give your chest an enviable cleavage. Styling of this balconette bra includes ruched detailing on the cups and centre front. This bra is available with the matching pleated bandeau thong and short and also comes in other colours. £20

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Satin Bow Basque: New to La Senza is our gorgeous and elaborate With Love range which includes this fabulous sophisticated and sexy satin bow basque. This black satin basque has boned corset style panels, a large black bow on the front, a ruched frilled trim on the hemline and hook and eye fastening on the reverse. Team with the matching shorts and hosiery. £35

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Midnight Caller Red and Black: A sensual red and black satin chemise trimmed with luscious black floral lace down the centre front and side panels. Styling includes criss-cross fastening detail on the sides. A perfect for setting pulses racing. Comes with matching thong. Available in other colours. £25

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Hot Pink Tutu Babydoll: This statement babydoll will certainly jazz things up in the bedroom! Styling of this hot pink satin babydoll includes pink piping down the front, two black satin bows on the removable straps, a large black satin bow on the centre front, layers of black mesh tutu on the hemline, corset detail on the reverse and a large black satin bow on the reverse. Matching thong and suspender straps also included. Also available in ivory and black. £35

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Corsage Babydoll: Pastel shades and soft peach tones are an essential Spring Summer trend this season. This beautiful and elegant peach corsage babydoll is a must have and fits perfectly into our romantic rose trend. Styling includes ruched peach and gold shimmer ruched panelling on the cups, frilled layers on the cups, front and reverse, frilled adjustable straps and a corsage on the centre front. Comes with a matching thong. £38

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Gala Twist Front Silk Black: Add some glamour and sophistication to your nightwear wardrobe with this luxurious black gala twist front silk chemise! This stunning chemise has ruched cross over cups, wide black chiffon panels along the neckline and thin adjustable straps. This chemise is sure to be a hit this season and is also available in fuchsia pink. £35

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Dotty Delicious: Look delicious in dots with this fabulous and flirty black and pink polka dot bra. Styling of this balconette bra includes gorgeous pink lace trim along the neckline, ruched polka dot straps, a large pink satin bow on the centre, criss cross satin ribbon and mesh detail on the back and pink satin bows on the reverse and sides. This bra goes up to a G cup and the matching thong, brief and suspender belt is also available. £18

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Renaissance: This divine peach satin bra is the perfect addition to your luxurious lingerie collection! Styling of this bandeau style balconette bra includes peach satin cups, intricate peach floral lace panel on the neckline and centre, peach floral lace inserts on the sides, satin bra straps and satin bows on both sides. The matching thong and shorts are also available. £25

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Romantic Rose: You will certainly impress in this stunning romantic rose lightly padded plunge bra available up to a G cup! Styling of this bra includes red satin scallop shell style cups, a black floral lace panel on the neckline, red satin and black floral lace inserts on the sides, double strap and knot detail and two red satin rosebud bows on the centre front. Team with the matching short, thong and suspender belt for a truly seductive look. £28

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Sophia Silk Bra: Add a touch of luxury to your lingerie drawer with this beautiful ivory silk bra. This balconette bra has gorgeous pintuck detail and intricate lace detail on the cups. The matching shorts have the same delicate details to make a simple stunning set. £28

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Overlaid Lace Black and Nude: This gorgeous and glamorous black and nude unpadded bra is stunning and very vintage glamour! Styling includes sophisticated black floral mesh overlaying nude unpadded cups, black embroidered lace overlaying the neckline and black satin rosebud ribbon detail on the centre front. Team with the matching short and thong and is also available in nude. £20

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Mimi Silk Ivory: This fabulous grecian style balconette bra is divine and a must for your pure luxury lingerie drawer! Styling includes ruched ivory silk overlaying balconette cups, ivory trim along the neckline, ruched ivory straps and a pink and green rosebud on the centre front. The matching thong and short are also available and comes in grey too. £28

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The Golden Compass - Screenshots from the game

WITH The Golden Compass due to hit cinema screens in early December and the computer game due to hit stores on November 30, 2007, Sega has begun to reveal some secrets behind its latest console buster. Check out some screenshots from the Xbox version of the game…

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Read our interview with David Msika, game director, and Ken Lee, lead designer

The Golden Compass - Secrets of the game

The Golden Compass XBOX

Feature by Jack Foley

WITH The Golden Compass due to hit cinema screens in early December and the computer game due to hit stores on November 30, 2007, Sega has begun to reveal some secrets behind its latest console buster.

Two of the leading figures involved in The Golden Compass game, David Msika, game director, and Ken Lee, lead designer, talk about what actually happens in the game…

Translating a book into a film and into a computer game…

Taking a book onto the big screen and then moving it onto your own small screen is a huge ask, especially when taking on such a hugely popular and much loved book as The Golden Compass.

But as David Msika explains: “Although a book and a film are vastly different mediums in terms of delivery and narrative, the fundamental core elements that draw the reader/viewer in are common: a good story line and a few interesting characters.

“However, there’s one extra layer that needs to be added in a game to allow for someone to ‘take control’ of the action; a gameplay hook.”

Ken Lee continues: “A gameplay hook takes the most interesting traits of a character and translates them into game mechanics that are both fun and challenging.

“After we read the book and the script, it was obvious what role we were going to give Iorek: an imposing, war-ready, bear makes for a perfect brawler.

“For Lyra it was less evident because of her lack of traditional gaming features, but her shape-shifting daemon opened up a whole new world of possibilities for us.”

Tackling the differences between the film and the book…

“The themes featured in the story of The Golden Compass are both serious and controversial,” explains David. “But like any good book that targets both adults and youngsters, it can be read on several different levels and be appreciated for either its criticism of our social culture or the fantastic background the story unfolds in, such as a parallel universe and the existence of daemons, armoured bears and witches.”

But as Ken points out: “As there are discrepancies between the book and the movie, we planned to cater for audiences both young and old by referencing elements that are unique to either format, in terms of story-telling and location, while remaining coherent and consistent.”

So where does the action start?

This is the all important question – should the computer game start in the same place as the book and film, or with being such a unique platform should it be treated differently?

David Msika explains: 2The pacing of the story in the movie and in the book is somewhat slow at the beginning, to allow for the viewer/reader to absorb information about the universe and get familiar with the main characters. But an action game must draw the player’s attention right away, making the experience as enjoyable as possible from the very beginning.”

Adds Lee: “That’s why we decided to start off the game at a point further ahead in time in the story, to allow for the player to ride Iorek, a huge armoured bear, right away and get a taste for Lyra’s (our heroine’s) traversal abilities.”

Indeed, the game goes one up on the film by allowing players to enter two new realms – “The North” and “Zeppelin”.

THE NORTH

Ken divulges: “The North levels feature a nice balance between Iorek and Lyra game play. During The North levels, players will come across enemy Witches, as well as an intricate series of ice ravines, secret tunnels and caves, and much more.

“The caves and tunnels are too small for Iorek to fit through, but Lyra and Pan can dismount and explore them as the player sees fit.”

“Following that,” adds Ken, “they’ll come across a Witch Queen, and encounter an army of angry Samoyeds chasing them down.”

“The North areas were added when we were originally planning the game”, unfolds David. “We were laying out where Lyra journeyed throughout the book and film, and there was one section that had the perfect opportunity to do something original that complemented Lyra’s journey in the book and film (between them leaving Trollesund and arriving at Bolvangar), and that was how The North came to be.”

ZEPPELIN

David explains: “Zeppelin was inspired by the brilliant event described by Philip Pullman in the original book. Before we read the film script we knew that the epic Zeppelin battle towards the end was a showpiece, and perfect for a videogame level.”

Ken continues: “The Zeppelin realm has been an amazing area to play, with Tartar soldiers, enemy Witches, and some breathtaking moment-to-moment game play that keeps players challenged throughout.

“The final standoff is a must-play event, and wonderfully complemented by arguably one of the best musical pieces in the entire game!”

Check out screenshots from The Golden Compass game

Phoenix Tree Jewellery

Phoenix Tree, jewellery

Feature by Jack Foley

PHOENIX Tree Jewellery is the name of a new creator of hand made jewellery – and we’d urge you to check it out!

The creation of Surrey-based entrepreneur Kendra Westfold, Phoenix Tree offers shoppers the chance to buy earrings, necklaces and bracelets – some of which can be commissioned specially for the individual.

Kendra started making jewellery as a relaxing hobby but has found its slowly taken over and now describes herself as “a magpie for beads”.

She sources beads and charms from far and wide and her creations include Tibetan Silver Charms, Murano style glass beads, lampwork beads and Swarovski Crystal.

She’s an emerging business and very happy to discuss any indivudual needs, as she states: “If there is anything you have in mind or if there’s anything on my website you like but would prefer in another colour, size, etc, then please e-mail me and we can discuss your requirements.”

To see what Phoenix Tree Jewellery has to offer, visit the website now

Here’s a selection of the jewellery on offer…

Phoenix Tree Jewellery

Pink & Chocolate Star Necklace: This short necklace is quite fun, featuring pink and chocolate dyed star shaped Mother Of Pearl.

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Phoenix Tree Jewellery

Purple & Heart Mother Of Pearl Earrings: These earrings are made using grey dyed Mother Of Pearl hearts. Kendra thought the colours compliment each other beautifully.

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Phoenix Tree Jewellery

Purple & Heart Mother Of Pearl Bracelet: This bracelet is made using purple dyed Mother Of Pearl discs and grey dyed Mother Of Pearl hearts, I think the colours compliment each other beautifully.

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Valentine lingerie buying guide

Story by Jack Foley

WITH just days to go before Valentine’s Day (February 14), thoughts are probably turning to florists and lingerie stores.

But while men can seldom go wrong with a dozen red roses (especially if you remember the thorns), lingerie proves a more difficult choice – especially if you’re paying attention to your woman’s needs and not your own.

A new survey by catalogue company La Redoute might just provide some invaluable tips in buying the right lingerie to really make the best impression this Valentine’s…

For instance, G-strings are firmly out – as women much prefer baggy-style boy shorts (the women’s versions of boxer shorts).

Nearly six in ten women believe that the comfortable style of men’s shorts is more appealing than skimpy thongs, while two thirds of women are already wearing them.

What’s more, 60 per cent of the men who took part in the survey said that they found women in boy shorts a turn-on, while G-strings accounted for only 25 per cent of men’s favourites.

Only two per cent of men confessed to finding naughty, raunchy underwear appealing.

The same survey also provided some useful tips for women planning to seduce their other halves this Valentine’s evening…

For instance, one in four men found mis-matching lingerie ‘unromantic’, while knickers that are too small were considered a turn off.

Women in greying, older underwear is also a passion-killer which is especially significant given that eight per cent of women surveyed owned up to possessing knickers that are more than 10-years-old! What’s more, only a quarter said they wore matching underwear.

Another Valentine faux par is buying lingerie that will never see the light of day beyond the odd raunchy Valentine’s night.

Eight in 10 admitted to having underwear that never makes it out of the bedroom drawer, while half buy lingerie that doesn’t fit.

The survey, which interviewed 500 people, went on to reveal that women own an average of 22 pairs of knickers, while nearly a third possess a special pair of ‘pulling pants’ to wear on hot dates.

Some even wear ‘lucky pants’ for key moments such as exams or cheering on sporting teams.

Some women even confessed to not requiring any lingerie at all – yep, 10 per cent admitted to going out without knickers, while a fifth of these have gone to work ‘knickerless’.

So has this been any help when approaching the lingerie store this Valentine?