The 50 Best lingerie
From foxy florals to sexy sets, Emma Akbareian selects the underwear that's too good to hide
Friday 03 February 2012
1. Stella McCartney
StellaMcCartney's silk and lace "Clara Whispering" set in a pretty periwinkle shade will add a touch of luxury to your underwear drawer.
How much: Bra £96, briefs £48
2. Mimi Holliday
Mimi Holliday is the younger sister of ultra-chic label Damaris. It specialises in sleek underwear in luxurious fabrics at a reasonable price.
How much: bra £51, shorts £40, suspender £35
Marni transfers its trademark bold, colour-clash patterns to a lingerie collection. This glamorous soft-cup triangle bra and big-knicker set wouldn't look out of place in a black and white movie.
How much: bra £160, briefs £120
Parisian brand Chantelle has more than a century of experience in creating lingerie that bestows a bit of French panache. This set has delicate embroidery in the palest pink.
How much:bra £53, briefs £30
5. Boux Avenue
This flirty set comes from the latest retail venture from Theo Paphitis. Boux Avenue's ultra-boost bra in candy pink provides a welcome lift.
How much: bra £24, lace thong £8
6. Ann Summers
Ann Summers has had a high-fashion makeover. The Adelphi set with long-line bra and high-waisted knickers looks far more luxurious than its high-street price tag suggests.
How much:bra £28, briefs £18
7. La Perla
La Perla has been creating underwear more akin to art for more than 50 years. This red-lace set may be named ‘Belle Du Jour' but is far more exquisite than it is erotic.
Where: La Perla 020 7245 0527
How much: bra £218, thong £74
8. Agent Provocateur
Pay homage to decades gone by with figure-flattering highwaisted briefs and full-cup bra from purveyor of chic but saucy smalls Agent Provocateur.
How much:Mercy bra £95, big briefs £125
9. Bra Queen
Bra Queen has been created by Ultimo founder Michelle Monoe and modeled by former TOWIE starAmy Childs. Despite that, the satin balcony bra is actually very tasteful.
How much: bra £14, briefs £8
Animal print has become the nation's favourite quick-fix solution to sexy underwear. Trusty BHS has revamped this classic style in an affordable monochrome leopard print.
Where: BHS 0845 196 0000
How much: bra £14, briefs £6
11. B by Ted Baker
Floral prints get a modern makeover with this colourful set by B by Ted Baker. The black-piping toughens it up, making it far from frou frou
How much: bra £22.50, knickers £12.50
Following its welcome relaunch last season, Biba has ventured into underwear. This bodysuit falls low on the hips giving it an old-Hollywood feel.
How much: Modern Romance body suit £80
b'tempt'd is a recent addition to the international underwear empire of lingerie experts Wacoal. The light and airy, barely there look of this lacy set is sexy and feels great on.
How much: Bra £15, brief £9
The Signature plunge bra and knicker set by Turkish label Else has become a seasonal favourite. A sophisticated take on more traditional designs.
How much: plunge bra £79, knickers £49
Elle Macpherson Obsidian
New from supermodel Elle Macpherson's lingerie brand is high-end line, Obsidian. Black embroidered lace detailing adds a seductive element to this blush pink set.
Where: Selfridges 0800 123 400
How much: bra £65, briefs £42
16. Collette by Collette Dinnigan
Australian designer Dinnigan made a name for herself with ultra-feminine eveningwear. Her lingerie collaboration with M&Smakes for covetable buys.
How much: bra £28, briefs £12
COS has a reputation as a brand offering offers quality clothing at common-sense prices. But there's nothing sensible about this soft bra and knicker in a lurid acid green.
How much: bra £17, pants £10
With the trend for underwear as outerwear taking off, this luxe satin bodysuit, designed to flatter and support, is almost too good to hide under clothes.
How much: Nouvelle Justine body £156
Awhite ribbon trim is a sweet adornment on this moulded plunge bra and thong set, which is available in sizes up to aKcup.
How much: bra £33, thong £12.50
Damaris creates luxury lingerie with a high-end twist. This set is given a modern edge by the combination of bold tangerine lace and lime silk.
How much: Lemon Drop v-bra £89, peep bottom knickers £94
21. Maison Scotch
This soft lace bra top and knicker set in a striking indigo shade is a comfortable yet chic choice for those with smaller busts.
Where: Maison Scotch 0845 862 2056
How much:£45 for the set
If you like leopard print but are wary of looking brash, this is a great option. The lace detailing and muted colour palette are subtle but the suspenders keep the sex appeal roaring.
How much: bra £34, briefs £22
Gossard is a household name in British lingerie. Its expertise and technology create underwear so comfortable you'll hardly realize you're wearing it.
How much: flower print bra £29, shorts £14
For the more well-endowed customer, The Veronique corset in an oyster cream is just the ticket. Think Victoriana meets ultra-vixen.
How much: Veronique corset £123, brief £30
Put a bit of ooh la la into your wardrobe with this "China Girl" set from French brand Huit. The bra will give your cleavage a boost and the delicate, pink lace is cheeky but feminine.
Where: Huit 01536 765208
How much: Bra £56, briefs £30
26. By Caprice
This gothic embroidered bra and thong set, designed by model Caprice and aptly named Morticia, is a seductive, but not too scary, option.
How much: plunge bra £24, thong £13
Cream and pale peach embroidered lace is combined in this Intimissimi set. The shorts shape of the knickers will dowonders for your bum.
How much: bra top £35.99, pants £15.99
Asda might not spring to mind when considering an update of your lingerie collection, but you can pick up this stylish set with change for £10.
How much: rose print bra £6, string knickers £3.50
29. Marks and Spencer
Buying a bra from Marks & Spencer is a rite of passage. The new"Flatter Me" style has a longer wing (side panel) for a streamlined silhouette.
How much: bra £22.50, briefs £12.50
30. Yes Master
Feathers are having a fashion moment andwhile this set from Yes Master might not be practical (forget the washing machine), it certainly has the fun factor.
How much: bra £200, suspender £150
Cream lace and pink make for a delicate contrast on this balconette bra and thong while Swarovski rhinestones add some glitzy glamour.
Where: 0207 478 4340
How much: Manoir bra £53, thong £31
Berlin-based label Wundervoll creates beautiful lingerie for the fashion conscious. The soft papaya palette makes this set ideal for spring.
Where: Bordello 020 7503 3334
How much:Temple bra £102, Jungle briefs £56
Panache caters to the fullerbusted woman with sizes from D-K. This black-lace number with sheer paneling proves that bigger bras can be super sexy.
How much: bra £30, briefs £14.50
34. Donna Karan
Delicate black lace on a nude base hints suggestively at bare flesh on this elegant, Ethereal Lace set by US designer Donna Karan. The dainty fabric won't leave lumps in clothes, either.
How much: bra £68, thong £26
Catering for the larger bust, the pretty Medina balconette bra in Moroccan print starts from a D cup and goes up to an H.
How much: bra £39, thong £16.50
36. Made by Niki
Made by Niki specialises in lingerie and shapewear that is sexy and elegant with a little bit of retro thrown in. This dusty pink set will look great on pale complexions.
How much: bra £89, briefs £69
Primark's lingerie collection boasts an impressive range of styles. This set is perfect for spring/summer with its nautical theme and pretty, pink-bow adornment.
Where: Primark 0118 9606 300
How much: bra £6, briefs £2.50
38. Simone Perele
You'll be hard pressed to find more flattering lingerie than this Romance set by Simone Perele. No wonder – the brand has a history that spans some 60 years.
How much: bra £59, briefs £31
39. Nichole De Carle
The Opal diamond collection from Nichole De Carle made headlines this year; knickers complete with diamond charm for pure underwear indulgence.
How much: bra £135, Diamond string £232
40. La Senza
Retro doesn't need to mean old-fashioned. This La Senza set features high-waisted briefs with panelling for a no-diet necessary slimming effect.
How much: long-line bra £22, high-waisted briefs £14
41. Rigby and Peller
Rigby and Peller offers a first-class fitting service and is the epitome of luxury. This embroidered red set is striking in colour and flattering.
Where: Rigby and Peller 0845 076 5545
How much:bra £83.95, briefs £59.95
42. Dirty Pretty Things
Lingerie doesn't always have to be elegant. The bright red straps on this leopard print set from Dirty Pretty Things add a bit of rock-chick fun to your underwear drawer.
Where: Selfridges 0800 123 400
How much: bra £90, thong £36
Passionata, part of the Chantelle lingerie group, makes underwear that is risqué, but with all the hallmarks of quality. This set is in pastel blue, a key colour for spring.
How much: bra £34, briefs £19
For a fast fashion fix, Topshop always comes up trumps. Mixing yellow with black lace is a sporty twist on this otherwise conventional high-waisted knickers and triangle-bra set.
How much: bra £18, briefs £10
The Ultimate Strapless Bra and thong set fromWonderbra combines practicality (it won't fall down) with elegance in a "goes with anything" nude.
How much: bra £36, thong £11.50
46. Kriss Soonik
The Silvia lace triangle bra set in French lace is a comfortable option in a timeless colour combination of black and gold. It should be worn to be seen.
How much: Silvia gold bra £64, Maike knickers £50
Tezenis is an Italian brand bringing value-for-money contemporary lingerie to the UK. Its fresh approach is evident in this quirky floral set.
How much: bra £12.99, briefs £9.99
48. Wacoal Dia
Japanese brand Wacoal Dia is worth a perusal – if you're in the money. Exclusive to Harrods the collection features sumptuous Edwardian style lace detailing for ethereal pieces.
Where: Harrods 020 7730 1234
How much: bra £210, briefs £155
Supermarket shopping has come a long way. This embroidered set in a shade of nude is soft enough to wear every day, with floral detailing providing a pretty edge.
Where: Sainsburys 0800 63 62 62
How much: bra £8, briefs £4
50. Fleur of England
For an underwear option in a traditionally racy red hue that also has softness to it, try this delicate set from Fleur of England.
How much: soft bra £89.50, silk tie briefs £89.50
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