BUYING the right underwear can really get your knickers in a twist.
Lingerie is the backbone of our wardrobes and can make or break an outfit. But getting the right fit and shape can be a minefield.
Since lockdown, sales in lingerie have gone through the roof as women are looking for a little treat to make themselves feel good, with Figleaves reporting a 66 per cent rise and Missguided a whopping 300 per cent spike compared with last year.
But while finding the right bra gets a lot of airtime, with special ways to measure and define your chest, it’s the briefs that often take a backseat.
With Brazilian, French and Miami just some of the confusing knicker shapes on the High Street, the possibilities for you to end up looking pants are endless. The key is knowing your bum shape and understanding which style suits you best.
To help you understand your heart from your cherry, Acting Fashion Editor Clemmie Fieldsend speaks to Katie Thacker from Boux Avenue to compile a briefs guide to flattering your bum.
Katie says: “It’s all about finding comfortable briefs that will balance your body shape when you have a smaller upper body."
"Try knickers that will provide some coverage with a low cut, such as briefs with lace inset backs or shorts with delicate detailing.”
- Dusty pink lace back brief, £10, F&F at tesco.co.uk – buy here
Katie says: “Athletic or more square-ish shapes can get away with wearing a wider variety of styles.
“Brazilian briefs, thongs and shorts-style knickers are all great options that can help to create the illusion of curves.”
- Turquoise thong, £16, figleaves.com – buy here
Katie says: “Show off your curves. High-waisted bottoms are very flattering for bigger hips.
“High-legged briefs with some coverage can look really attractive and accentuate curves.”
- Pink lace with bow, £14, pourmoi.co.uk – buy here
Katie says: “High-waisted knickers are ideal for more support around your middle.
“Otherwise, a tanga brief will look super-flattering and help create a curve.”
- Blue tanga brief, £6, marksandspencer.co.uk – buy here
Katie says: “Opting for elegant French knickers, shorts or classic-shaped briefs will help to provide balance for your shape as well as to accentuate your figure.”
- Lilac shorts, £12, bouxavenue.com – buy here
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