There’s so much more involved in getting ready for a big night out than just the dress. We would argue that what goes underneath is just as important and deserves just as much attention. Not thought about it yet? There’s still time. Here’s a quick rundown of some the essential party underwear pieces you need this festive season.
Whatever your bra size, if your dress is strapless, it’s essential you have a good strapless bra that fits securely and comfortably, otherwise your night could be ruined by the constant need to adjust your bra/dress – and dancing might be totally out of the question!
Left: The longline strapless bra in Freya’s Deco Shape range is functional and pretty to boot. Available in ivory or the new season black, it’s the perfect bra for fuller cup sizes. Available in sizes 28D to 38G, it costs £40 from Figleaves.com.
Centre: Lepel’s Multitasker bra will give you loads of options as the detachable straps can be worn in eight different ways. It comes in sizes 30B to 38E in a choice of black or nude and costs £28. Buy from Amazon.co.uk.
Right: Wonderbra’s Ultimate Strapless bra has been a best-seller since it launched and comes in plain or pretty lace. The plain bra costs £34 and comes in black or nude, while the lace style costs £36 and comes in black or ivory. Buy from Debenhams.
The deep fronted dress is not going out of fashion any time soon, but the last thing you want to spoil your look is your bra showing. There are loads of fab plunge bras out there – we like these three because they are unfussy and cover all the bases.
Left: The Desire plunge bra from Curvy Kate is a good choice for fuller busted girls. It has a simple, everyday style and multiway straps so it will work with a variety of outfits. A great bra to have in your drawer. It starts at a 28D and goes up to a HH in some back sizes. Buy for just £19 from Amazon.
Centre: For those with smaller busts, Calvin Klein is always a good bet, and this Icon convertible push up bra will give a nice lift to your cleavage. Available in sizes 32A-36D for £35 from Figleaves.com.
Right: For dramatic cleavage, look no further than the aptly named OMG plunge bra from Ultimo. The bra promises a boost of up to two cup sizes thanks to its silicon inserts and will certainly give you the wow factor. A-D cup sizes only. £26 from Ultimo.
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Lingerie that does the job invisibly and comfortably is great, but sometimes we need something to give us that confidence boost because it just makes us feel gorgeous. Metallics are huge this season and are perfect for Christmas, so why not treat yourself to a special set that’s just made for a party.
Left: Gossard’s new Opulence range is a new edition to the brand’s VIP lingerie collection and has Christmas party written all over it. Perfect for dresses with a deep plunge, it has metallic foil printed embroidery and sparkly diamantes and comes with a matching thong and suspender belt. Available in sizes 30 D-E, 32-26 A-E and 38 B-E. £39 from Gossard.
Centre: Freya’s silvery Deco Charm bra is the perfect way to add a special touch to your underwear without sacrificing on functionality as the moulded cups will be completely invisible under your dress. Fashion Bust’s Rosie Price-Smith recently reviewed the Deco Charm bra – see what she thought of it. Charm comes in sizes 28-30 D-GG, 32-26 B-GG and 38 B-G. Buy for £34 from Debenhams.
Right: Elle Macpherson’s Oasis bra is a taste of pure luxury, blending pretty black lace over gorgeous gold – just the thing to give you that inner confidence. And it’s only £38. Buy in sizes 32A-36DD from Figleaves.com.
If you like lingerie with a bit of a glitter, check out our top five sequin bras for Christmas.
Invisible (shapewear) knickers
No ones want a VPL at the Christmas party. Luckily for you, there are plenty of invisible styles around that are designed with flat seams or laser cut edges that sit flat against your skin for zero dig in. These ones will give you a bit of shaping and smoothing as an added bonus.
Left: The lace insert on the back and front on these Triumph’s Beauty Sensation high-waisted shaping briefs adds a feminine touch to a very simple style. £40, sizes 8-20 from Figleaves.com.
Centre: The Undie-tectable Panty from Spanx feature a double layer of compression over the tummy and is great if you want some real tummy control. They come in black or nude up to 3XL. £28 from Spanx.
Right: The Perfect Poise No VPL Posture Knickers from M&S promise not only seamless, invisible shaping but also an improvement to your posture. If they do all that, they’re a bargain at £19.50! Sized from 8-22, buy from M&S.
The perfect way to glam up any outfit is with a beautiful pair of tights, and statement legwear is also a great way of changing the look of an outfit so you don’t have to find a new dress for every event. This season we’re loving the studded trend, and here are a few of our favourite styles.
From left to right: Jonathan Aston Diamante Backseam tights, £20 from John Lewis; Wolford Ronda studded tights, £85 from Wolford; Jonathan Aston Starburst tights in nude or black, £15 from Mytights.com; Pamela Mann studded tights, available in black/gold or black/silver, £8.75 from Mytights.com.