photo: Lena Lena Lingerie

Looking sexy doesn't have to break the bank. Over the years, I’ve been all over the place in terms of a lingerie budget — from being in college and scoring a $4 clearance find at Marshalls to being an adult who won’t bat an eyelash at an $80 bralette to match my top for date night. No matter your budget, there is always an affordable underwear solution that will help you create jaw-dropping effects on your body. And below are a few great secrets, from me to you, to help you up your lingerie game.

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Under $25

Want to look great on date night but have zero funds to help you out? Girl, we got you (seriously, we've all been there). Run straight to the closest affordable department store near you, such as T.J. Maxx. It might take a little digging, but you can almost always find a cute matching bra and panty set for around $12. 

2

Under $30

Next time you're perusing Urban Outfitters, swing over to the intimates collection. You can find the latest trends in lingerie for a very low price point (usually around $15 to $25). If you’re a busty girl like me, this probably won’t be the place to shop for a super-supportive bra you wear all day long. But for a matching sexy intimates set that will get you some bow chicka bow wow, these will hardly set you back more than the cost of a good martini. Basically, Urban Outfitters is where it’s at.

3

Under $70

There’s only one store I trust to make a man lose pure consciousness when he sees me. No matter what I buy — sheer, wireless, or held together with a string — if I want a guaranteed win in the bedroom, I go straight to Journelle. The brand's fashion-forward and sophisticated approach to dressing always makes me feel confident, sexy, and beautiful. From Heidi Klum’s line to La Perla, the selection is excellent, and if you decide to stop into one of its stores, not only do you get to shop in a terrycloth robe, but you can indulge in a little free champagne and chocolate as well. 

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Under $100

Maybe you want to give your babe something they can really sink their fingers into, making a tactile-meets-visual memory that they’ll never, ever forget. Try Anthropologie. I’m addicted to all of the bralettes, but for a must-have item in your lingerie drawer, you can't go wrong with one of the lacy, silky bodysuits. Trust, mama — when bae sees you in one of those, they'll know they're in for a night they'll never forget. 

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Under $200

Sometimes a girl has to go off-road with her shopping habits. And there’s no better place to find a one-of-a-kind lingerie set than ordering directly from Etsy.com. My favorite must-have designer: Lena Lena Lingerie. Her signature sheer black collection comes in so many shapes and flattering sizes that it’s almost impossible to not find something that works perfectly for you. Try snagging her black strappy cage bra and rock it with your favorite chambray or button-down — the peeping straps over your décolletage are the perfect way to tease what's to come.