What lies beneath: pretty pink lingerie sets are a great addition to your collection
As we slip into a new fashion season, it’s important not to forget the basics. Under every outfit there should always be the best foundations possible.
However, great underwear doesn’t have to be ugly. We’ve found the prettiest sets in pastel shades that will make it feel like eternal summer under the chunkiest jumper.
For the ultimate in girlish underwear sets, pink is the perfect pastel for everyone – from baby shades through to deep peony pink, there’s a shade for everyone.
Model wears (left): Pale pink bra, £72; briefs, £39, both Chantelle at Selfridges. Necklace,£35, Ania Haie. Bracelet, £108, Alex Monroe
Model wears (right): Pink bra, £65; briefs, £45, both Eberjey at Net-a-Porter
What lies beneath: invest in a pretty sleep set from La Perla
Of course, lingerie goes much further than just bras and knickers. For the ultimate in luxury, invest in this beautiful camisole and french knicker set from La Perla.
Founded in 1954 by a master corset maker, this company knows everything there is to know about making you feel like a princess in your delicates.
While on the pricier end, the quality of silks and tulles will stun you with their softness, particularly on sleep sets like this one.
Model wears: Pink silk camisole, £362; shorts, £298, both La Perla. Bracelet, £25, Ania Haie
What lies beneath: swap pretty pink for shades of purple
If pink is too girly for your tastes, try swapping sugary shades for lilacs and purples. Lighter lilacs such as this subtle embroidered leopard print from Mimi Holliday will look great on darker olive skin tones while plummy purple is flattering on all skin colours.
This triangle bra from Dorina is the perfect alternative to an underwire as it still gives support but offers a softer silhouette.
Model wears (left): Nude and lilac embroidered bra, £65; briefs, £38, both Mimi Holliday. Necklace, £150, Alex Monroe. Bracelet, £13.99, Joma Jewellery
Model wears (right): Burgundy lace bra, £14; briefs, £8, both Dorina at House of Fraser. Ring, £285, Alex Monroe. Bracelet, £300, Ellie Air
What lies beneath: go for cool blues in your lingerie drawer
While pinks and purples may be seen as the height of femininity, there’s no reason for blues, green and yellow to be any less ladylike.
Cool shades of blue are flattering on every skin tone. Those with pale skin should look to deeper shades while warm skin tones can wear virtually any hue of blue.
This pretty sheer set from Simone Perele is the perfect example of icy blue with its pretty embroidery.
Model wears: Pale blue bra, £65; briefs, £47, both Simone Perele. Necklace, £35, Ania Haie
What lies beneath: experiment with green and yellow in your lingerie drawer
When it comes to less traditional colours such as green and yellow, opt for delicate fabrics such as lace and chiffon – this pale mint green set from online lingerie specialist Figleaves comes in ever so slightly sheer lace.
Primark’s longline bralet in mustard is not only in this season’s hottest shade but also great for those who want more coverage underneath their clothes.
Model wears (left): Mint green bra, £26; briefs, £12, both Figleaves. Necklace, £120, Alex Monroe. Bracelet, £98; ring, £215, both Dower & Hall
Model wears (right): Mustard long line bralet, £10, Primark. Ring, £320, Ellie Air. Bracelet, £25, Ania Haie.
Fashion Editor: Antonia Kraskowski
Photographer: Tiffany Mumford
Hair and Makeup: Gemma Tyler using Nars
Model: Manon-Eleri at W Models
Fashion Assistant: Abby McHale
Alex Monroe 020 7378 6061, alexmonroe.com