Bluebella’s recent survey into the differing lingerie preferences of men and women highlighted the importance for women of comfort and practicality in their underwear, so we thought it would be a good time to focus on some great basics ranges. The five collections here are all best-sellers for their brands because they offer a combination of great comfort, shape and support – perfect for everyday wear.
Freya’s Deco range is beloved by fans because of its comfort and shape, and the Deco Delight has to be the most laid-back style in the collection. Made from soft fabric in a pretty dove grey with just a hint of lace, this bra will deliver a smooth look, rounded shape and comfort in spades.
Buy: Bra, 28-30 D-GG, 32-36 B-GG, 38 B-G, £34. Brief, XS-XL, £13. Figleaves.com.
Another tried and tested favourite that’s also perfect for fuller busts is the Porcelain range from Panache. We particularly like the plunge bra as it provides just the right level of natural boost for an everyday bra. Available in black, white or nude.
Buy: Bra, 28 D-H, 30-38 D-H, £26. Shorts, 8-18, £10.50. Bravissimo.
No round up of comfortable basics would be complete without Chantelle’s Rive Gauche T-Shirt Bra, it’s just that popular. A T-shirt bra with cute little touches of detail in the scalloped trim, twin straps and centre bow, it offers a fabulous fit and a smooth look. If you prefer your basics in basic shades, don’t worry. The Rive Gauche comes in all the staples plus seasonal shades, like this pretty pastel blue.
Buy: Bra, 30 C-F, 32-36 A-F, 38 B-F, £48. Shorts, XS-XL, £27. Figleaves.com
Wacoal is a brand famed for its high quality basics, and the best-selling line in the UK is probably Embrace Lace. The contour bra is a fabulous T-shirt bra that really moulds to your shape, and the lace in the name adds a touch of femininity to the underband. Team with lacy bikini briefs or shorts.
Buy: Bra, 30 D-E, 32 C-F, 34 B-F, 36 B-E, £43. Bikini brief, S-XL, £26. Leia Lingerie.
Charnos introduced its Rosalind line into its Superfit range a few years ago and it has been selling like hot cakes ever since. Available in full cup, soft cup and padded half cup styles, this is a traditionally styled bra designed with comfort and support at its heart and it is available in core shades.
Buy: Bra, 32 C-G, 34-38 B-G, 40 D-F, £22. Brief, 10-20, £12. Simplybe.co.uk.