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The comfortable underwear women actually rate

These are lockdown essentials

Leanne Bayley

If, like us, your underwired bras have become redundant since March 2020, you might be considering re-investing in some new underwear - some comfortable underwear.

According to a survey by Tu at Sainsbury’s, since lockdown, 60% of us have switched out our usual sets for non-wired options. Over two-thirds of us are now wearing seamless bras for the first time, and 27% have sworn to never buy an underwired style again post-pandemic.

With this in mind, we've found some options that are perfect for wearing underneath your loungewear or even a summer dress now the weather is heating up. We are in love with these star buys…


Skims bralette, £38, Selfridges


Kim Kardashian-West's super popular SKIMS collection is now exclusively available at Selfridges. There have been rave reviews about how comfortable her underwear line is (as well as the cosy loungewear) but this bralette could be ideal if you're looking for a lightweight option. 



Levi's logo bralette, £25, Asos


Your Levi's jeans might not be getting much wear thanks to your ever-growing tracksuit bottoms collection, but you could easily get on board with their comfy undies instead.



Zahra Comfort Bra, £28, Figleaves


This is called the 'Comfort' bra so that's a very good sign. Adorned with navy and blush zig-zag style embroidery, we love how stylish it is. With rounded, non-pad, non-wired cups, this is a super comfortable and great fashion option. With a detachable lace modesty panel at the front it is also ideal for those looking for a mastectomy bra. The cups are cotton lined making them cool and breathable - they are also able to hold a prosthesis if desired.


FlexiFit non-wired crop top, £20, M&S


Of course, M&S is the first port of call for most when shopping for new bras. The much-loved brand sells more underwear than any other retailer, so it goes without saying that their bras tick all the boxes. This crop top has Flexifit™ fabric to create a second-skin feel, and comes with removable cups. Shoppers describe it as “very comfortable”, which is good enough for us! 


Zero Feel hipster briefs, £12.50, Sloggi @ Figleaves


Sloggi has long been making comfortable pants, but their newer Zero Feel range is arguably their best yet. Made from a seamless design in a fabric so soft you'll hardly know you're wearing it, they’re also invisible under clothes. Reviewers gave them five stars and loved how they don’t cut in at the thighs or waist.


The Outer Body, £95, Heist


If you’ve tried Heist before, we guarantee you’ll already be obsessed. The brand was originally known for its tights (loved by Meghan Markle, no less), but now has a whole range of underwear. We love their body, which can be worn as outerwear too, and has comfy breathable material. Truly a buy-now, wear-forever purchase.



No show pants, £12, Sweaty Betty


Sweaty Betty’s pants are not only comfortable; they’re perfect for exercising in, thanks to the sweat-wicking fabric with comfortable cotton lining. Unlike many sports pants, they’re made from a high-stretch fabric - meaning no digging in as you run.



Stripe & Stare Basics Brights briefs (pack of four), £40, Selfridges


Stripe & Stare leapt onto the scene in 2017 and is now a serious competitor when it comes to knickers. If you're looking for comfort and you want to add a bit of colour to your underwear drawer, these Basics Bright briefs are made from the label’s signature modal, sustainably sourced from beechwood trees. Using 95 per cent less water in its production than cotton, it also breathes with the skin and holds its shape and softness. The best news? You get a set of four!



Cloud grey bralet, £25, Ms Campbell


Triangle bras with no padding and no wires are ideal for maximum comfort, but this cute grey one with rose gold trim proves you don't have to compromise on style either.


Femme Boxers, £20, Free People


Free People's Femme Boxers offer all of the comfort of stealing your boyfriend's, but with the bonus that they actually fit. These look sleek but they're super comfortable, perfect for lounging around or sleeping in.


Seamless Soft Bra, £19, Arket


We love Arket for basics, and their underwear is no different. This seamless bra is made of ribbed jersey material that's so soft you won't want to take it off. Plus, it's double-layered so it gives good coverage.


Ultimate Comfort Soft Bra, £38, Les Girls Les Boys


If there's an underwear brand synonymous with lockdown, it has to be Les Girls Les Boys. Their ultra-comfy sets were all over Instagram, and even Rosie Huntington-Whitley was photographed wearing one. You can't go wrong with the Ultimate Comfort Soft Bra for a luxe loungewear look.


Secret Shaping Seamless Stretch Knickers, £10, Tu at Sainsbury’s


Tu's new Seamless Stretch collection strikes the perfect balance between stylish and practical. Made from 360-degree stretch fabric, this shapewear will give you the confidence to wear that summer dress to the beer garden, and be so comfortable you forget you have it on.

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