Ultimo ‘Adore Moi’ Georgia at Debenhams
In the glossy world of the lingerie brand brochure, models parade their perfectly matching lingerie set; a co-ordinating bra and brief, maybe a suspender belt too. The message is clear: underwear is orderly and our knicker drawers better reflect that.
According to a recent Ultimo study, a mammoth 85% of UK women wear matching lingerie sets. That means the majority of women ensure they purchase a few pairs of knickers at the time of buying a bra.
So this may shock you: I don’t match my underwear.
As a lingerie blogger I can appreciate the aesthetic charm of a matching lingerie set, but I never buy my knickers as an after thought to the bra.
Lingerie is so broadly categorised by its array of benefits and solutions, that a brief is not just a brief, like a bra is not simply a bra.
Finding a fantastic bra that fits and ticks all the boxes is not a simple task, so to expect a pair of pants to equally fit as perfectly is not realistic.
If I need to wear a seamless bra, it doesn’t mean I need to wear my seamless briefs. If I fancy rocking my leopard print knickers, it doesn’t mean I want a leopard print bra showing through my white blouse.
Sometimes on bloated period days I just feel like flumping out in a comfy big knicker and when I want to shape up, a gut sucking girdle is on the cards.
And what about your favourite pair of novelty knickers? The ones with cute bunnies all over them, or with the kiss my ass message across the cheeks? No bra will match them but there’s always a day to wear them!
Knickerocker Panda Pants – Copyright Knickerocker
Things look pretty when they match – like twins dressed in identical clothes, a co-ordinating bra and brief just looks right. (No: amazing.) “They look the same so should be together.”
But a bra and brief is not a pair of socks. What our boobs want or bottom needs can not be solved by a set from the same hanger.
What I wear on the top half of me does not dictate what I wear on my bottom half. I don’t wear the same colour from top to toe, or have the same demands of my bra or brief, so why would I expect the same lingerie set to suffice?
Whether or not I’m one of the lowly 15% who admit to wearing mis-matching undies, I won’t be changing my ways any time soon. My M&S multipack pants don’t have a problem pairing up with my glam Gossard balcony leading the way, until I need that gut sucking girdle anyway.