Lock down lingerie

So… for those of us working from home, furloughed, not working, didn’t work or worked from home anyway… I wonder what we’re wearing, has it changed since the beginning of lock down – in the more or less effort front both in terms of outerwear and underwear?

I know I’m stuck in a rut in terms of outerwear during this lock down and well, sort of embracing it… possibly. But then when it comes to lingerie – well – I’ve never really saved things for best – because what is the point of only the insides of your drawers, as it were, seeing it. If you know you have good underwear on – or just something that is comfortable (in good condition mind) and well, colourful – it can help improve ones/my somewhat erratic mood swings, when thinking too much about this whole situation we find ourselves in.

Having been a lingerie designer for 20 ish years, there are a lot of things that come and go, or do the full circuit… back in the day when I started, lingerie trends would often follow outerwear trends by about a year or so.. but slowly they caught up, and with the introduction of trend agencies etc things moved on. Back in the early 2000’s I was designing for Knickerbox, when they had a store opposite Oasis on Regent Street in London, I remember seeing that both stores had really punchy black and white stripe stories – finally we were there!

And then later having designed for Myla being so aware, more than ever before of the colours we were using for Winter, as opposed to Summer, and then seeing the same items in my drawers and deciding no I didn’t want to wear deep red with black in July… I wanted something more joyful and summery. (Says the person that bangs on about wearing black mainly. Ah, but what lies beneath…)

So that leads me finally to, lock down lingerie… some useful, some super pretty, some comfortable, but all joyful and even to even faintly ridiculous (but stunning!) lingerie follows…

Gorgeous. I mean, yes please. I’ve loved every colourway ever done of this embroidery; because the wires sit lower at the centre front of this bra they are less likely to dig in, and the cut and build up of the front straps means more support.
Myla Columbia Road Sunshine uw bra £110

Myla Columbia Road Sunshine uw bra £110

The prettiest and lightest of printed meshes
Arket Floral Mesh Soft Bra £29

Arket Floral Mesh Soft Bra £29

And the briefs
Arket Mesh Tanga £17

Arket Mesh Tanga £17

From John Lewis & Partners – the pales chartreuse, but how every element has been considered and refined… love.
John Lewis And/Or uw bra £23.80, was £34

John Lewis AndOr uw bra £23.80, was £34

A broiderie anglais always calls summer – this bralette is the prettiest of things.
& Other Stories eyelet embroidery soft bra £23

& Other Stories eyelet embroidery soft bra £23

And the uw bra
& Other Stories eyelet embroidery uw bra £27

& Other Stories eyelet embroidery uw bra £27

Staying with white… I love this brand; I’ve mentioned before how with each range they offer a bra designed for smaller busts, regular sizes and DD+ cups. This is simplicity at it’s best. Love.
Beija Waves bra £60

Beija Waves bra £60

This lace has been used and re-coloured so many times, but still, and always looks fabulous, available in many different bra styles.
Wacoal embrace lace soft bra £38

Wacoal embrace lace soft bra £38

And for some zingy brights… in rouge neon…
Lesgirls lesboys Daisy lace uw bra £48

Lesgirlslesboys Daisy lace uw bra £48

And the brief
Lesgirls lesboys Daisy lace briefs £25

Lesgirlslesboys Daisy lace briefs £25

From Simone Perele – described as blood orange. I love this neckline.
Simone Perele Full cup uw plunge £79

Simone Perele Full cup uw plunge £79

From M&S – this colour is always a winner. Comfy and sizeable pants to go with too – yay.
M&S Cotton & lace full cup t-shirt bra £20

M&S Cotton and lace full cup bra £20

Dora Larson always fabulous colour combinations – sheer delight indeed.
Dora Larson Lucia bra £56 high waisted knicker £38

Dora Larson Lucia high waisted knicker £38

Finally… in lock down – I mean our moods (I’m talking of the collective here) can be one thing one minute and the opposite the next… ruffles might take your fancy no? Possibly a little bit of nipple-age airbrushing has occurred in this shot – but… how ridiculously gorgeous is this?
Agent Provocateur Fawn bow-detailed tulle uw bra £95

Agent Provocateur Fawn bow-detailed tulle uw bra £95

Does your lingerie & underwear help your mood and are you all about the comfort or are ruffles and frivolity getting you through? Let me know!


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