Underwear: let’s get it right

Vintage drawers filled with sexy lace lingerie

Christian Dior said: “Without proper foundations there can be no fashion.” And by that he meant always wear good undies.

Vintage drawers filled with sexy lace lingerieI couldn’t agree more. It’s so important to get a good fit and be comfortable, whatever shapes or styles you prefer.

Properly fitting underwear can really make a difference to how you look in your outerwear and even affect how you feel. I’d go as far to say it can affect your performance at work.

How can you focus with a wedgie or if all of a sudden your pants roll down under your belly?

If your knickers are not comfy, your bra wires are digging in, you’re aware of a quad boob or there’s a bit too much wobble when you walk it can make you self conscious.

Get the foundations right and your clothes hang better. You’ll look and feel the business.

I’ll bet you have a pair of favourite pants. The ones that are first to be worn after the washing has been done. Think about why you like them so much and then consider this… life is short and every day should be special.

If you start your day off by getting dressed in underwear that makes you feel nice then that is like a little treat to yourself. Recognising that you’re worth it.

On the other hand wearing scronky pants is sending out the message to yourself – and anyone else who might see them – that you don’t care, you’ve given up. Taking it even further, it could be a measure of your self-esteem.

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The bottom line

Pants, knickers, drawers, bloomers or whatever you call them, come in all shapes and styles. G-string, thong, French, high leg, low rise, mini, midi, full briefs, boy shorts, Brazilian, midi, mini, and waist-whopper armpit warmers.

There’s so much choice but most of us stick to one or two styles. So how do you choose what type to wear? Does it depend on what you are wearing on top to avoid a VPL? Marks and Spencer’s have an extensive range of knickers in their lingerie department to cover all eventualities.

Shaping up nicely

Then there is shape wear. There are lots of body-shaping undies with a hold-it-in factor if you’re conscious of a jelly belly or wobbly bottom.

You can get ‘slimming intimates’ for all areas of insecurity. Spanx offer various shapes and styles depending on your needs choose from – butt boosting, muffin-top reducing, thigh trimming, tummy taming or waist whittling.

Technology has developed so that these undergarments are no longer made by structural engineers but can be quite soft and comfortable

It’s worth considering shape wear if you feel self conscious – it could give you the boost you need to make you feel great when you get dressed in the morning.

For sexy shape wear there are lots of glamorous styles around at the moment with a retro vibe. Check out What Katie Did or Joanna’s Wardrobe for a touch of vintage appeal, including Merry Widow corsets, full-on corselettes and even torsolettes.

Getting the right size bra

According to the Great British Bra survey:

  • The typical British woman owns eight bras.
  • Black is the most popular colour.
  • Average size is now 36DD.

And shockingly, 80% of women wear the wrong size bra. Bras are like shoes – you need to try them on to get a proper fit.

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Getting the right size and style of bra to suit your boobs is paramount, especially if you are on the voluptuous scale. Hoiking them up properly can actually create a waist.

I meet so many women who aren’t aware of how to fit themselves correctly. The support from a bra should come 80% from the band and only 20% from the straps, but a large percentage of women wear a band size too big and it rides up at the back.

If you wear wired bras the wires should lay flat against your ribcage. There shouldn’t be any loose fabric or overhang causing a quad boob, even with plunge styles.

If you have a shop nearby I’d personally recommend Bravissimo for a fitting if you are a busty lady. There’s not a tape measure in sight and you get a wonderful personal service from properly trained fitters. They specialise in D cup and above.

If you are of generous proportions in the boob department it’s not so easy to buy in the shops once you get above a G cup but there are many online stockists. The wonderfully named Ample Bosom goes up to an N cup and the slightly better named Uplifted Lingerie sell up to a K cup.

Upscale undies

If you’re looking for sexy undies for a special occasion or a boudoir photo shoot you might want to check out Sensalle or Figleaves.

At the luxury end of the market there’s Agent Provocateur for the most exquisite designs and Rigby and Peller are e ‘curators of luxury lingerie A-J cup’ if you fancy splashing the cash. There are some beautiful specimens that you would want to be showing off at £200 a time.

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(At that price I’d even consider hand washing as recommended or at least put them in one of those special little net bags for the washing machine! Does anyone even use those?!)

Get rid of the grey

Do yourself a favour, next time you have a spare afternoon, sort out your knicker drawer. Get rid of those undies that don’t pass the ‘run over by a bus test’. Do mums still say that? Not that I’d suppose you’d care if you’d been run over.

Think about how good you’ll feel each day as you put on nice underwear. There’s no excuse for saggy grey underwear even if you don’t want to spend much.

There are some lovely designs available in a wide range of styles if you want the convenience of throwing your undies in amongst the fruit and veg at Asda with matching sets for under a tenner.

So there you have it. Food for thought on how what lies beneath can really make a difference to what’s going on in your head.

About Lisa Newport

I'm a self-image consultant, delivering workshops and one-to-one consultations. My aim is to help women feel good about their curves, using colour and clothes to build confidence. I'm planning to launch online programmes in the near future. I'm passionate in my belief that how you look can affect how you feel and vice versa - it can affect your performance in your work life and relationships. My mission is to unleash authentic personal style and help women find their unique clothing personality. I pass on hints and tips so that my clients learn how to look and feel fabulous whatever their age, shape, style, or budget.