Tuesday 6 December 2016

Body beautiful - dark colours are in for this summer's lingerie

Constance Harris

Published 09/05/2016 | 02:30

Silk bra, €165; silk brief, €95; silk suspender belt, €150, all Myla; hold-ups, €28, Wolford.
Silk bra, €165; silk brief, €95; silk suspender belt, €150, all Myla; hold-ups, €28, Wolford.

I adore summer lingerie. It, more than anything, inspires optimism in me about the season. I put on a bit of lacy frivolity in a bouncy colour, and I am instantly in the mood for warm days and new beginnings.

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Although I always associate summer lingerie with pretty, flower-inspired colours and crisp whites, Roslyn Ellis, Brown Thomas's group buyer of lingerie, swimwear and hosiery, tells me that this season, even rich burgundy is in the mix.

"Lingerie tends to complement what is going on in fashion, and this season there are a lot of dark colours," Roslyn explains. "In lingerie this season, there is lots of navy and lots of florals in patterned sheers. There are delicate styles with interesting details. A big theme is called 'wine tasting and burnt sienna' - lots of dark reds and wine colours. It goes across all ranges, from lingerie to loungewear to silk nightwear. It comes in lots of different shapes and all sizes, so whether you are a B-cup or a double-F, you will find something in it."

Roslyn also says they are a great alternative to wearing black. I did find it a bit of a stretch, though, when she informed me that a red bra worn under a white T-shirt is invisible.

"I tried it, and it is true," Roslyn says, laughing at my skepticism. "You have to try it and see for yourself."

If you are not courageous enough to dip your toes into the brave new world of wine-tasting colours, fear not. There are oodles of pretty styles in soft colours; Lejaby, Bluebella, Lise Charmel, Fantasie and Simone Perele are great go-to labels.

Trend-wise, more people are seeking 'bodies' for a seamless finish to their look. Also, bralets and non-wired bra styles continue to grow in popularity. DKNY, b.tempt'd, Modern Cotton and Love Stories all do them. As for briefs, literally anything and everything is an option.

The plunge bra makes its return this season. The last time it was a hot option in lingerie was the 1990s, which fits with what Roslyn said about the connection between fashion and lingerie; the 1990s are fashion's newest love-interest.

Next week, Brown Thomas unveils their new lingerie rooms on the third floor of their Dublin store. Roslyn is very excited by the extra level of comfort the department will offer, such as much bigger fitting rooms.

"The aim is to make the experience for the customer a lot more relaxed and enjoyable," Roslyn says. "You can call our consultants in advance as to what your preferences are, and they can have pieces waiting for you when you arrive, be it lingerie, nightwear or swimwear.

The new comfort levels will pave the way for what Roslyn believes is the most important thing of all - getting fitted regularly; it actually could take years and stones off you.

"Try everything," advises Roslyn. "Because you never actually know what you are really going to love."

So true.

Photography by Eilis  McCormick

Styling by Sinead Keenan

Fashion edited by Constance Harris

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