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Last year, I skipped doing the Valentine’s Day Shopping Guides. Between moving to California, traveling to the Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris, and then attending Curve in New York, I just felt too overwhelmed. But I realized, right around the time I usually would have been writing the guides, that I missed doing them.

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The final Holiday Lingerie Shopping Guide is (finally) here, and this one is always my favorite to put together. At that $500 and beyond price point, where money is no object, you find some truly extraordinary, breathtaking lingerie. Here is where designers can throw caution to the wind and absolutely show off, sourcing the best silks, velvets, and laces in the world to make your intimate attire.

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Every year, I think about collapsing the traditional five Holiday Lingerie Shopping Guides into two or three. Maybe doing two shopping guide for everything that’s under $249 and over $250, for example. And honestly, because I’ve been having so much trouble with time management this season, that may have been a good idea. Yet part of why I like to break out TLA’s Holiday Shopping Guides into so many price categories is because I believe it better conveys the story of lingerie. You can see how trends and patterns and silhouettes change between that $50 guide and that $500 guide. The drape is different. The shapes are different.The levels experimentation, playfulness, artistry – it’s all different.

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I know I’m really coming down to the wire here, but I promise these last three Holiday Lingerie Shopping Guides are worth waiting for. Of all the guides, the $100-$250 price range is my personal favorite to shop within because this is where you tip over into real luxury. I’m talking made-in-France, 100% silk, limited edition type of luxury – the kind of lingerie you’ll value for years to come, not just a few months after the holiday.

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