The 50 Best lingerie

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From foxy florals to sexy sets, Emma Akbareian selects the underwear that's too good to hide

 

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.

Where: stellamccartney.com

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.

Where: damaris.co.uk

How much: bra £51, shorts £40, suspender £35


3. Marni

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.

Where: marni.com

How much: bra £160, briefs £120


4. Chantelle

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.

Where: johnlewis.com

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.

Where: bouxavenue.com

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.

Where: annsummers.com

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.

Where: agentprovocateur.com

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.

Where: clothingattesco.com

How much: bra £14, briefs £8


10. BHS

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

Where: debenhams.com

How much: bra £22.50, knickers £12.50


12. Biba

Following its welcome relaunch last season, Biba has ventured into underwear. This bodysuit falls low on the hips giving it an old-Hollywood feel.

Where: houseoffraser.co.uk

How much: Modern Romance body suit £80


13. b'tempt'd

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.

Where: asos.com

How much: Bra £15, brief £9


14. Else

The Signature plunge bra and knicker set by Turkish label Else has become a seasonal favourite. A sophisticated take on more traditional designs.

Where: foxandrose.com

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.

Where: marksandspencer.com

How much: bra £28, briefs £12


17. COS

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.

Where: cosstores.com

How much: bra £17, pants £10


18. Bordelle

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.

Where: bordelle.co.uk

How much: Nouvelle Justine body £156


19. Freya

Awhite ribbon trim is a sweet adornment on this moulded plunge bra and thong set, which is available in sizes up to aKcup.

Where: freyalingerie.com

How much: bra £33, thong £12.50


20. Damaris

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.

Where: damaris.co.uk

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


22. DKNY

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.

Where: dkny.com

How much: bra £34, briefs £22


23. Gossard

Gossard is a household name in British lingerie. Its expertise and technology create underwear so comfortable you'll hardly realize you're wearing it.

Where: gossard.com

How much: flower print bra £29, shorts £14


24. Fauve

For the more well-endowed customer, The Veronique corset in an oyster cream is just the ticket. Think Victoriana meets ultra-vixen.

Where: figleaves.com

How much: Veronique corset £123, brief £30


25. Huit

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.

Where: littlewoods.com

How much: plunge bra £24, thong £13


27. Intimissimi

Cream and pale peach embroidered lace is combined in this Intimissimi set. The shorts shape of the knickers will dowonders for your bum.

Where: intimissimi.com

How much: bra top £35.99, pants £15.99


28. George

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.

Where: george.com

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.

Where: marksandspencer.com

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.

Where: dolcifollie.com

How much: bra £200, suspender £150


31. Lejaby

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


32. Wundervoll

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


33. Panache

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.

Where: panache-lingerie.com

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.

Where: donnakaran.com

How much: bra £68, thong £26


35. Masquerade

Catering for the larger bust, the pretty Medina balconette bra in Moroccan print starts from a D cup and goes up to an H.

Where: masquerade-lingerie.com

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.

Where: madebyniki.co.uk

How much: bra £89, briefs £69


37. Primark

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.

Where: figleaves.com

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.

Where: shop.nicholedecarle.com

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.

Where: lasenza.co.uk

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


43. Passionata

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.

Where: asos.com

How much: bra £34, briefs £19


44. Topshop

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.

Where: topshop.co.uk

How much: bra £18, briefs £10


45. Wonderbra

The Ultimate Strapless Bra and thong set fromWonderbra combines practicality (it won't fall down) with elegance in a "goes with anything" nude.

Where: wonderbra.co.uk

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.

Where: kriss-soonik.com

How much: Silvia gold bra £64, Maike knickers £50


47. Tezenis

Tezenis is an Italian brand bringing value-for-money contemporary lingerie to the UK. Its fresh approach is evident in this quirky floral set.

Where: tezenis.com

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


49. Tu

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.

Where: fleurofengland.com

How much: soft bra £89.50, silk tie briefs £89.50

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