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The Bonmarché Guide to Shopping for Lingerie

26 January 2024

Buying lingerie can be both an empowering experience for yourself and a thoughtful touch when it comes to gifting. Here at Bonmarché, we understand that comfort, style, and a touch of sophistication are non-negotiable. We know you’re looking for lingerie that ticks all these boxes whilst remaining affordable.

And so, in this guide, we’ll share our top tips on choosing lingerie that celebrates your unique style and body while unravelling the secrets to selecting the perfect pieces when buying lingerie for someone else.

Choosing The Right Bra Size

If you’re considering treating yourself to a new lingerie set, nailing down the right size is an absolute must, as, after all, you’d be surprised at how many people are going about their day-to-day wearing the wrong size bra. It is therefore essential to get your sizing spot on, as wearing the wrong bra size can negatively affect your posture, leading to neck, back and shoulder pain.

If you can, we suggest measuring your bra size at home using these simple steps:

  • Grab a tape measure and measure your back size (around your chest) in inches.
  • Measure your bust (around the widest part) in inches.
  • Calculate your cup size by subtracting your back size from your bust size. Assign a cup size for each inch difference— for instance, a 1-inch difference corresponds to A, a 2-inch difference to B, and so on and so forth.

By buying the correct size bra, you will not only feel more comfortable, but it will also help you walk a little taller, even helping to make your clothes sit nicer!

If you are treating someone you love and don’t know their size, look at the labels in the underwear they have already, this will help you buy the right size first time.

Which Lingerie Styles do you prefer?

Now that you've got your bra sizing sorted, it’s time to shop!

We understand that navigating your way through the various lingerie styles to discover a perfect set for you can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you’ve been used to wearing the same old faded sets time and time again.

To guide you toward the perfect choice, consider pondering these questions:

  • What level of coverage suits my preference?
  • Do I lean towards patterned or plain bras?
  • Am I drawn to vibrant colours or neutral shades?
  • Does lace appeal to me?
  • Is the bra for a special occasion such as a date or anniversary?
  • Would I prefer the added comfort of a padded bra?
  • Is the bra for everyday wear?

Once you’ve got a clear picture of your preferences, shopping will become much easier.

How about a matching set?

For many women, there’s nothing quite like the confidence boost that comes with wearing coordinated lingerie. Whether a sultry, black lace pairing or a more understated, everyday set, feel polished and pulled together in a matching set - even if it’s just for your own eyes.

DORINA - Non Padded Full Cup Wired Bra

DORINA - Non Padded Full Cup Wired Bra

Elevate your comfort and confidence with this beautiful non-padded lace detail wired bra. Designed with pretty scalloped edging and full cups, it ensures optimal support to carry you through your day with ease.

DORINA - Lace Briefs

DORINA - Lace Briefs

And not forgetting the matching knickers…Experience both comfort and confidence with the stylish lace detailing and a cute design on the back. This set comes in a choice of two colours, black and this gorgeous green, how will you choose!

Our Top Tips on Gifting Lingerie

We understand that lingerie shopping for someone else can be tricky, especially if you’re unsure where to start.

Why not start by…

  • Considering their preferences

Take into account the person you’re shopping for and their personal style and preferences. What colours do they like to wear? What kind of outfits do they wear? Are they a sporty person or someone who prefers comfort? Some people prefer more coverage and support, while others may prefer something less padded.

  • What kind of style do they already have?

Depending on who you’re buying for, whether it be your daughter, or your mother, if you can, look at the types of bras they already have. Do they wear mostly T-shirt bras, sports bras, balconettes, or something else?

  • Choose a Neutral Colour

If you’re unsure about their colour preferences, it’s usually safe to go with a neutral colour like black, white, or nude.

DORINA - Lightly Padded T-Shirt Wired Bra

DORINA - Lightly Padded T-Shirt Wired Bra

We recommend this gorgeous T-shirt bra. Featuring black micro and delicate pinstripes running through it, this easy-to-wear piece is finished with supportive straps and full cups.

DORINA - Post Surgery Full Cup Bra with Lace Detail

DORINA - Post Surgery Full Cup Bra with Lace Detail

Post op underwear doesn’t need to be plain; we love this lacy non padded full cup bra with adjustable straps. Feel feminine and comfortable with a choice of black or natural to mix and match with existing knickers and briefs.

Include a Gift Receipt

Always include a gift receipt in case the bra doesn’t fit or isn’t to their liking. This allows them the flexibility to exchange it for something more suitable.

And if you’re still not sure, why not gift some gorgeous nightwear such as a silky nighty or robe instead?

DORINA - Rose Print Slip Dress

DORINA - Slip Dress

We love this chic, yet comfortable rose print slip dress, perfect for layering under a dress or wearing to bed. It features cross over back and lace detailing, also available in black!

DORINA - Lightly Padded 3/4 Cup Wired Metallic Bra

Make a statement in this striking metallic design and playful wired bra. The full cups offer a lightly padded construction for a natural and comfortable feel, beautifully accented with delicate lace trim.

DORINA - Lightly Padded 3/4 Cup Wired Metallic Bra
DORINA - Black Lace and Metallic Briefs

DORINA - Black Lace and Metallic Briefs

Look and feel stunning in this set when paired with the matching lace briefs. You are sure to find the size you need because we stock from size 8 to 22 and with free delivery on orders over £30, we have you covered!

Comfort and style combined

Experience comfort and support in this elegantly crafted, non-wired bralette. Featuring supportive straps and a non-padded design, it ensures a comfortable fit. Wear it under your favourite outfit to feel confident and supported throughout the day.

DORINA - Non Padded Full Cup Non Wired Bralette

We hope you’ve found our guide to all thing’s lingerie and underwear useful….