It took a while, but summer has arrived, and the last few weeks of hot weather have occasionally been a little sticky and uncomfortable – not that we’re not complaining!
Short of hovering under the air conditioning, it can be difficult to stay cool in a heatwave, but investing in the right underwear can have a benefit, particularly if you like T-shirt bras but are finding them on the hot side in this weather.
Spacer bras are made from a super light, airy and breathable fabric that is perfect for summer. They look just like T-shirt bras, but as soon as you feel them you’ll notice the difference – a spacer bra is soft, slightly spongy and feels virtually weightless once on. You get all the benefits of a T-shirt bra – moulded cups, a rounded shape and good support – with the added benefit that the fabric breathes, which means you’ll be more comfortable in the heat.
Spacer bras first appeared a few years ago and several brands now offer bras made from this innovative fabric. Here are some of our favourites.
Chantelle C Chic Sexy Spacer Bra
The French lingerie brand describes this bra as their lightest ever and an essential buy for summer holidays and festivals. It comes in black, nude and gorgeous fashion colour night blue and has multiway straps so you can convert it to a racerback for your summer tops. And no need to feel guilty about stuffing it into your suitcase, as the spacer fabric will just bounce back into shape when you unpack. The bra costs £44 and comes in sizes 30-40 B-G from Figleaves.com.
Fantasie Rebecca Moulded Spacer Bra
Fantasie’s Rebecca bra is a new collection from the fuller cup brand and combines lightweight spacer fabric with geometric Swiss embroidery. Designed to offer lift and shape without additional padding, this bra is both pretty and functional and comes in basic shades black, white and nude as well as a deep midnight blue. It comes in sizes 30-44 D-GG and costs £38 from Leia Lingerie.
Prima Donna Satin Seamfree Spacer Bra
This full coverage contour spacer bra from Prima Donna is a best-seller for the brand because of its super smooth, invisible look under even the most form-fitting of outfits. The underwired seamfree cups have a subtle satin sheen and give a lovely rounded shape without boosting your cup size. Buy it in a choice of black, nude or white in sizes 32-40 C-F for £55 from Amazon.co.uk.
Playtex Absolu Comfort Bra
The Absolu Comfort Bra from Playtex is brand new this season, and as the name suggests, is designed to be ultra comfortable. In addition to the lightweight moulded cups, the bra features wide straps to prevent uncomfortable digging in and four hook and eye fittings mean extra flexibility to adjust the fit. It comes in sizes 32-40 B-E and you can buy it from Debenhams for £23.