For many of us, underwear mainly serves as an afterthought when it comes to compiling an outfit. However, as any person who takes fashion as seriously as we do will likely tell you, every great ensemble should start with equally impressive lingerie. Now, that's not to say that every bra and briefs you wear should be of the fancy variety. Of course, lacy styles have a time and a place (as do practical pieces), but the key is having items at your disposal that you can employ at a moment's notice to enhance your outfit. We like to call this a lingerie capsule wardrobe.
A well-rounded lingerie capsule will serve you well and make your outfits work harder.
However, with so many options out there, it's difficult to know the underwear you'll get the most use out of as opposed to the styles that can sit for years on end without a single outing. To help, we've rounded up the items everyone needs in their lingerie capsule wardrobe that not only look good but will also make you feel even more confident in your clothes. And who doesn't deserve a little ego boost once in a while?
A must under white shirting and dresses, find a nude bra that perfectly matches your skin tone and you'll never have to worry about unsightly shine-through again. This pretty style from Calvin Klein comes in an array of hues.
For dresses and tops with a low-cut front, a plunge bra is a must. Skin-coloured, sculpted cup, strapless… The plunge bra comes in many guises, including this luxe mesh number, which will look chic peeking out from underneath a V-neck knit. I have a bigger bust, and this is easily the best plunge bra I’ve tried.
After a working week of wearing structured undergarments, there's nothing we love more than slipping on a soft-cup unwire bra on the weekends. Wear under a loosely buttoned shirt tucked into cigarette trousers for a gorgeous after-dark look.
If your thong-wearing days are behind you, we suggest reinstating at least one into your lingerie drawer. In our experience, they're the only pair of under that actually offer the no-seam look, making them the perfect pants to wear under slip skirts or dresses that are cut close to the body.
No stylish woman's lingerie drawer is complete without a silk camisole. Olivia Palermo has said time and time again that she wears one underneath every outfit for extra warmth. It's also ideal for layering underneath woolly jumpers, which are notorious for being itchy on bare skin.
Slip skirts might be a major trend, but we're also fans of the lingerie iteration. We always have one on standby for dresses that come up slightly sheer upon wear whilst lace-trimmed styles look chic peeking out from underneath short hemlines.
Bodies are more popular than ever, with many brands creating tops versions, too. As far as lingerie goes, we love nothing more than wearing them in tandem with unassuming garments, like jeans and and unbuttoned shirting.
Much like tights, we could discuss socks at length. Be it trainer, ankle or knee-high socks, we recommend investing in cotton, wool, or cashmere pairs. More breathable than synthetics, you'll find they last significantly longer, too.
Okay, so we know it's not technically lingerie, but we believe every woman needs a luxe robe in her life. Sling it on over your underwear to enjoy your morning coffee, and then wear it once again in the evening as you start your nighttime skincare regimen.