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Fashion foreword: Where to shop local for V-Day lingerie (tip: not Victoria's Secret)

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Hey dudes, it’s almost Valentine’s Day. I’m sure your girlfriend is all like, “I don’t want any presents! Don’t get me anything!” But you know what? She’s lying. People always like presents.

That being said, don’t be cliché and get her some mediocre chocolates, basic-ass red roses, or a Victoria’s Secret bra and panties set full of foam padding and scratchy lace. She deserves better.

We happen to know where to find the best of the best lingerie locally. (Helpful hint: Do a little digging to find out your girl’s size. Like, if she throws her bra on the floor, look at the size and brand when she’s in the bathroom.) 

Flirt Boutique

(Flirt Boutique, 177 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul/212 N. Third Ave., #108, MInneapolis)

With locations in both St. Paul and Minneapolis, Flirt is an easy choice. Their selection beautifully walks the line between sexy and sweet, and if your GF likes to wear vintage clothing, she’ll probably flip over a set from this shop. They’ve recently added L’Agent, the more affordable little sister of the super-sexy Agent Provocateur line, to their stores.

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Room No. 3

(4948 France Ave. S., Edina)

If your girlfriend’s style is a bit more “cool girl” than pinup, 50th & France’s Room No. 3 is your new go-to for sexy surprises. They offer lines like Stella McCartney and Eberjey, as well as cozy cashmere sweaters and blankets. Room No. 3 has recently started carrying swimwear, too, so if the two of you are dipping out on vacation, why not get her a bikini? Her old one is probably full of grime from Hidden Beach, after all.

Hazel & Rose Valentine’s Day Pop-Up

(Hazel & Rose Pop-Up, 945 Broadway St. NE, Ste. 220, Minneapolis) 

Hazel & Rose hasn’t opened yet, but you can get a sneak peek at what's in store at their pop-up sale from February 11-14. The shop's mission is a noble one, as they plan to offer local fashion that is more sustainable and ethical without sacrificing style. We especially can’t wait to get our hands on their luxe, lacy Uye Surana lingerie, which is handmade in NYC. The bralettes are practically made for Instagramming. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, February 11-13; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 14.

Covered

(Covered Uptown, 1201 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis.)

Every girl’s favorite designer denim shop has been carrying the cutest lace Free People bralettes for awhile. Now they’re adding HAH (short for Hot as Hell, naturally) to their store. The bralettes are super-sexy, and supportive. Which is a nice change for those of us with bra sizes bigger than a B-cup.