Men are from Mars and women are from Venus when it comes to which lingerie they would like under the Christmas tree, according to a survey from Debenhams.
Over 90% of men buying gifts for their partners aim for something saucy, lacy and a little bit racy. However, 85% of women say they would prefer something stylish, sophisticated, but still sexy to unwrap.
The disconnect causes two thirds of women to state that their partners get it completely wrong when it comes to buying them lingerie.
Debenhams released the results of its survey on the day before what it expects to be the busiest day for lingerie shopping of the year – the final Thursday before Christmas.
Knickerbocker Thursday, as the department store describes it, sees last minute male shoppers descend on stores en-masse in search of the perfect undies for their partner.
Debenhams spokesperson Michelle Dowdall suggests: “For many men, Christmas is an annual excuse to eat and drink to excess, watch reruns of classic TV in between food comas, and get the woman in their life some saucy underwear.
“Most men head off into stores with the best of intentions, yet when faced with satin, lace, frills and bows, panic and buy the first thing they see, without giving a thought to what the woman in their life would actually like.”
Women showed a preference for styles such as balconette, plunge, long-line and discreetly padded bras and liked to pair these with French or midi-style briefs. A carefully selected, stylish stocking or hold-up was also on their Christmas wish list.
Men on the other hand, chose items such as basques, corsets, suspenders and push-up bras, teamed with thongs or bikini briefs. They also opted for fussier styles of lingerie incorporating lace, frills, mesh, zip and bow fastenings and stockings and suspenders.
In terms of colour, men chose traditional vampy red styles and variants of this in hot purple and electric blue.
Women opted for pretty, feminine neutral shades and stylish items in black – the one area where their wishes overlapped with what men want to buy.