Our guide to bras, underwear, lingerie

Use our guide to bras, underwear and lingerie when out shopping, choosing the correct style to suit your body shape and figure.

Bra styles

A balconette or balcony bra sits across the breasts in a straight line acting as a balcony, providing a fabulous shape and a more enhanced cleavage. This style is not recommended for women with a bust size over a D cup.

A full cup bra is recommended for women with a fuller bust from a DD cup upwards for everyday support.

A half cup bra or demi-bra is similar to a balconette bra except the bustline is lowered, revealing a little more. It also comes in quarter cup leaving the other three-quarters exposed. This style is not recommended for women with a bust size over a D cup.

A plunge bra has a very low plunging neckline to show off the cleavage. It may be padded to give the impression of a larger bust.

A push-up bra lifts and pushes the breasts together to create a fabulous cleavage. It may be padded to give the impression of a larger bust.

A strapless bra or bra with removable straps enables you to wear outfits without straps.

A triangle bra has triangle shaped cups, hence the name, and most triangle bras do not have underwiring for support.


Bikini briefs: Discreet, medium coverage low rise cut briefs that are comfortable and practical for everyday wear.

Control briefs: Discreet and smooth under clothing, they support and firm the rear and tummy, offering a desirable and slim body shape.

Deep briefs: A deep cut brief shape with a wide comfortable waistband which gives maximum coverage over the rear and tummy.

G-string: With a minimal string shape, this is very discreet under clothing with a slim waistband and string.

Hipster briefs: Low rise cut briefs that are ideal for all occasions and are subtle and smooth under clothing.

Hipster shorts: A low rise cut that sits on the hips, is well-disguised under clothing, and ideal for everyday wear.

Luxury G-string: Made in luxurious fabrics offering feminine coverage and an elegant shape with exquisite detailing.

Tanga briefs: Low rise cut briefs, a mixture of the thong and brief, that have a slim waistband and offer minimal to medium coverage.

Tap pants or French knickers: Flattering the feminine figure, this feminine short-style garment has floaty loose legs and sits seductively low on the hips. They look good teamed with a camisole or bra.

Thongs: Backless underwear with a little more fabric at the back than a string. Versatile for occasion or day wear, their slim waistband makes thongs discreet.


Other lingerie

A babydoll is a very short nightgown that sits at the top of the hip.  It usually ties or clasps at the bust and the rest of the fabric floats away from the body. 

A basque is similar to a bustier, only it is longer and tight fitting to the top of the hips. It is designed specially to be worn as underwear, unlike a corset which is outerwear. These are extremely flattering, supporting the bust and waist, and are suitable for all body shapes and sizes, although they can be difficult to fit correctly. They are usually highly boned for maximum support and are fastened at the back with hook and eyes, similarly to a standard bra. A well-fitted basque creates a very feminine, desirable silhouette perfect for a special occasion.

A bustier is a form fitting top that usually fastens in the back accentuates the bust. It is also often worn as outerwear. Many bustiers are strapless and attach to stockings or a garter belt.

A camisole (or cami) is very popular as both daywear or nightwear.

A chemise is a looser version of the camisole, extending to the top of the thigh and worn as nightwear.

A corset is a tighter, stronger version of the bustier with boning that goes over the bodice and is laced or hooked in the back. It can have an underwired cup or be flat. Corsets are traditionally tightly cinched at the waist to give an hourglass figure, but they can also be laced loosely and worn as a regular top.

Garter belts are glamorously sensual, holding stockings in place and adding a sexy touch to the lingerie ensemble. Many bustiers, basques and corsets have built-in garters.


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