When it comes to feeling body confident, thoughtfully designed and well-fitting lingerie can be transformative – both to how you feel about yourself, as well as how your outer garments form to your body shape.
Not long ago, there were depressingly few options available for those more well-endowed. The colour palette was a choice between beige or well, beige (white was a treat), and fuller cup bras often resembled a feat of engineering, holding its own shape before even adorning the soft female form.
Thankfully, the world of undergarments has evolved, so we decided that spring is the perfect time to consider updating (or let’s be honest, just extending) our lingerie collection. We’re also celebrating the increasing array of size inclusivity when it comes to lingerie and the fact that vibrant designs and fabrics mean your underwear can just be as fabulous as your outerwear.
This ethically-made New Zealand lingerie brand specialising in soft-cup bras recently launched a new fuller coverage bra, extending its size range to G cup and offering knickers from S–3XL. The new Rachel style is made specifically for a larger bust and features a fully double-lined shaped cup and underbust, with hidden power mesh. Available in black, rosy, and olive.
Finely crafted from cutting-edge fabrics, The Great Eros is designed in NYC and made in Italy. This Canova collection in luxurious double layer mesh includes a soft seamless bralette, thong bodysuit, and French cut bikini. Deliciously sheer in a beautifully seductive pattern and available from Underlena.
Rose and Thorne Cottage Garden: Lite Support, 12B–18E, $45; Enhanced Support, 10D–20G, $54; Bra and Brief Sets from $60
A stunning bold floral print reminiscent of times past. Classy, feminine, and comfortable, this Curvylicious bra with its gentle curve and lift adds shape without adding inches.
Rose and Thorne Briar Rose: Enhanced Support, 12C–24G, $54; Premium Support: 10G–24J, $69; Bra and Brief Sets from $69
Stunning in a bold and gorgeous lace, the name Briar Rose is a nod to the flower itself – beautifully fragrant but with tiny thorns and a little prickly! Beauty with hidden strength. The En Forme shape gently moves your bust forward while providing outstanding support.
New from Triumph (and amongst the first designs to showcase the new Triumph global branding), these unique wire-free Shape Smart bras have been designed to enhance and accentuate natural curves. Plus thanks to intelligent design, sizing caters for 35 size variations from 10A to 20DD.
Flex Smart is a new adaptable underwear concept that follows the unique movements of a woman’s body, providing total freedom as it supports through every activity. The non-wired bra features ultra-lightweight, temperature-regulating fabric with non-crease cups, so that it is easy to roll up and store. The infinity edge neckline sits close to the body and smooth finishes make it invisible under clothes.
Elusive Lingerie Sienna Collection: Sienna Soft Bra, 10B–16D, $90; Sienna String, S–XL, $40; Sienna Garter $50
Sophisticated and sensual with beautiful shades of intense yellow framing black and white floral embroidery. Wire in the cups provides support and the back is finished with a comfortable tulle in a delicate beige. Straps are adjustable with double-row hook closure.
Elusive Lingerie Moon Collection: Moon Soft Bra, 10B–14D, $100; Moon High Waist Brief, S–XL, $50
Styled in unique lace, the silver white Moon Soft Bra has underwired soft cups, with the bra band also delightfully made of lace. High wait brief is styled in soft tulle and unique lace.
City Chic has become something of a cult brand for those who are fuller busted. Vibrant exciting colour options, supportive but pretty designs and a truly impressive size range. This magenta Alexis Contour Longline Bra offers underwire support, contour moulded cups with stretch mesh contrast lace, and side bust uplifting panelling. Matching Alexis shorty brief features decorative straps and contrast lace.
Adjusting to a changing body shape during pregnancy throws some fresh lingerie challenges into the mix. Fortunately award winning New Zealand brand Hot Milk Lingerie is onto it. This Temptation Rose design is the most popular flexi-wire nursing bra. Luxurious enough for special occasions, but comfortable for all-day wear. Features a lower centre with lace full cup coverage, convertible racerback and fully adjustable straps for flexibility of wear.