1 Emporio Armani: T-shirt pounds 35, brief pounds 17.50 Perhaps a bit over-priced for cotton underwear, but these are quality garments with a designer label thrown in. Available in small, medium, large. From Armani stores; enquiries on 0171-581 8009

2 Calvin Klein: grey marl bra pounds 10.50, briefs pounds 7 Calvin Klein wins on the competitive price front. This isn't this sort of bra that offers a lot of support, but it does create a very soft line for wearing under T-shirts. Available from House of Fraser stores

3 Knickerbox: cream chemise, pounds 17.99 This viscose/cotton ribbed shift may not be practical as an undergarment but would be great for sleeping in. From Knickerbox branches nationwide. Enquiries on 0171-284 1744

4 John Smedley: top, pounds 21, boxer pounds 27 Luxurious twosome in Sea Island cotton. Big knickers seem to be a key trend in underwear; these ones are ribbed at the waistband for an extra smooth look. From Simpsons of Piccadilly, London W1, or mail order on 01629 534 331

5 Muji: camisole three-pack pounds 14.50, with matching high-cut briefs pounds 9.50 Outstanding value from the Japanese shop that gives us useful, stylish basics. Many a girl can be seen dancing the night away in these vests. From Muji stores; enquiries: 0171-494 1197

6 Knickerbox: black vest with lace trim pounds 12.99, pants pounds 9.99 Again these "hot pant" style knickers are very popular. They're also soft and durable. From branches of Knickerbox

Stylist: Charlie Harrington

Photographer: Andrew Lamb