We firmly believe that every girl needs some red lingerie in her drawer. It’s bold, it’s sexy, it’s powerful, and did you know that you can wear a red bra under a white T-shirt and it won’t show through? Of course, this isn’t the primary reason we always like to have at least one red bra in our selection, but it’s a handy thing to know.
A bit like red nail varnish or lipstick, however, not every red looks classy on everyone. You’ll want to choose a shade that suits you best and it’s worth paying a bit more for quality fabrics. A true red is flattering against most skin tones, and a rich scarlet or berry can be sultry and gorgeous.
And if you fancy adding a bit of red to your life, this time of year is perfect for shopping as red is a staple of the autumn/winter collections. Here are some of the gems from this year’s crop.
Aubade’s l’insoumise half cup bra is all seductive French elegance. Made from beautiful French leavers lace with embroidery detail that sweeps up the straps from the cups, this is a gorgeous bra. Team with a tanga or, our favourite, the St Tropez brief. The bra comes in sizes 32-36 B-F, and the briefs in S-L.
Buy: Bra, £75, St Tropez brief, £62, both from Harvey Nichols.
This full cup Beauty Blaze bra for Evollove is a good choice for larger cup sizes, combining a three-section cup for fit and coverage with power mesh back wings for support. The pretty lace looks great in striking red. The bra comes in sizes 30-36 DD-G and the matching mini brief in S-XL.
Buy: Bra, £30, brief, £16, both from House of Fraser.
We already know Stella McCartney makes beautiful underwear, but this Clara Whispering stretch silk and lace bra is just divine. We love the wide lace and silk straps and the shape of the cups, and the lace-backed briefs are cute and comfy. The bra is available in 30 D-E, 32-34 B-E and 36 B-D. The briefs are sized from S-XL.
Buy: Bra, £90, briefs, £45, Net-a-Porter.com.
We just adore the simplicity of Huit’s lingerie, and the brand’s Arpege collection is the perfect showcase, particularly the longline bra. Stylish, unfussy and very cool with its subtle floral lace and deep underband, this is a great option for smaller cup sizes. The bra comes in 30-34 B-DD and comes with a choice of low-waisted brief or thong.
Buy: Bra, £70, thong, £24, and brief, £32, from House of Fraser.
B.Tempt’d’s Lace Kiss bralet is such a sweet little bra and super comfortable for smaller cups and this season’s vibrant lipstick red colourway adds a hint of romance. The bralet is sized from S-L and it comes with matching thong or bikini brief.
Buy: Bralet, £15, thong and brief, £9, from Figleaves.com.
Princesse tam.tam is yet another French brand with a beautiful red collection this season – several, in fact. Our favourite is this Malicieuse plunging push up bra which is a great shape for low cut tops. It comes in sizes 30-36 A-D and with a choice of bikini thong, brief of boxer shorts.
Buy: Bra, £44, brief and thong, £22, and shorts, £27, from Princessetamtam.co.uk.