For many of us, underwear mainly serves as an afterthought when it comes to compiling an outfit. However, as any woman who takes fashion as seriously as we do will likely tell you, every great ensemble should start with
equally impressive lingerie.
Now that's not to say that every bra and briefs you wear should be of the fancy variety. Of course,
lacy styles have a time and a place (as do practical pieces), but the key is having items at your disposal that you can employ at a moment's notice to enhance your outfit. A lingerie staple if there ever was one, a T-shirt bra is unrivalled in comfort and will provide your basic jersey tops with a flawless finish. Much like silk lingerie, lace underwear is soft on the skin and will make you feel sexy regardless of what you're wearing on top. Our favourite lace bra accompaniment? A cashmere cardigan. A must under white shirting and dresses, find a nude bra that perfectly matches your skin tone and you'll never have to worry about unsightly shine-through again. We recommend this Savage X Fenty range, which comes in countless hues. For dresses and tops with a low-cut front, a plunge bra is a must. Nude, sculpted cup, strapless… The plunge bra comes in many guises, including this luxe mesh number, which will look chic peeking out from underneath a V-neck knit. Find a good strapless bra, and it opens up a world of sartorial possibilities. For bigger busts, we suggest investing in Wonderbra's brilliant option, but if you're an A–D cup, this Bodas style is as chic as they come. After a working week of wearing structured undergarments, there's nothing we love more than slipping on a soft-cup, unwired bra on the weekends. Wear under a loosely buttoned shirt tucked into cigarette trousers for a gorgeous after-dark look. If your thong-wearing days are behind you, we suggest reinstating at least one into your lingerie drawer. In our experience, they're the only pair of under that actually offer the no-seam look, making them the perfect pants to wear under slip skirts or dresses that are cut close to the body. Unlike Bridget Jones, we wear our high-waisted knickers like a badge of honour. Look for luxe textures or cool prints to banish any frumpy connotations. Akin to a hoodie or joggers, short underwear is ideal for days when comfort is required above all else. For day-to-day wear, hipster or Brazilian briefs are our go-to—mainly because the VPL effect is minimal and you're still provided ample coverage. No stylish woman's lingerie drawer is complete without a silk camisole. Olivia Palermo has said time and time again that she wears one underneath every outfit for extra warmth. It's also ideal for layering underneath woolly jumpers, which are notorious for being itchy on bare skin. Slip skirts might be one this winter 2018's biggest trends, but we're also fans of the lingerie iteration. We always have one on standby for dresses that come up slightly sheer upon wear whilst lace-trimmed styles look chic peeking out from underneath short hemlines. Much like its skirt counterpart, the slip dress is essential for layering under sheer fabrics. If you dare, wear it as a garment in its own right—perhaps with a silk blouse or a chic blazer. Bodies are more popular than ever, with many brands creating tops versions, too. However, as far as lingerie goes, we love nothing more than wearing lacy or mesh styles under unassuming garments, like jeans and roll-necks. If desired, a pair of sculpting pants will enhance your natural shape while giving you additional support than traditional undergarments. Give your silhouette a smooth-over with this firm slip. Unlike slinky styles, this dress fits neatly on your frame, making it more suitable for wearing underneath tighter frocks. Tights trends come and go but black opaques are for life. This pair from Wolford offers ample coverage without looking too blocky on your legs whilst boasting a chic, matte finish. Much like tights, we could discuss socks at length. Be it trainer, ankle or knee-high socks, we recommend investing in cotton pairs. More breathable than synthetics, you'll find they last significantly longer, too. Okay, so we know it's not technically lingerie, but we believe every woman needs a luxe robe in her life. Sling it on over your underwear to enjoy your morning coffee, and then wear it once again in the evening as you start your nighttime skincare regimen.
Now that you're all clued up on your lingerie, it's time to choose your perfect
party dress to wear over the top…
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