Summer is (apparently) coming, and with it comes festivals, holidays, warm weather and slightly more skin on show than usual. All in all, it’s the perfect time to fill your underwear drawer with sunshine, too.
The spring summer ‘19 catwalks were a rainbow of highlighter shades and playful printed separates. And this vision of sunshine hasn’t just inspired us to invest in these key pieces: it’s also prompted us to find the perfect underwear for underneath too.
What could be better than an acid bright bra under one of Rejina Pyo’s short-sleeved crinkle silk lime or lilac shirts? Or a matching orange strap peeping through under one of Tibi’s sleeveless tangerine knits? Or a pastel blue bikini style bra under a Michael Kors Hawaiian shirt?
With or without these key items, we find it far more comfortable peeling off the layers on the tube or in a beer garden knowing there’s potential only to reveal a flash of saturated colour rather than something reminiscent of old bandages. Vibrant orange and pink hues feel fresh for summer, while deeper navy and red will work through to autumn. Trust us, if you needed any encouragement to retire some old favourites, this is it.
Here are our favourite sets that are available to buy now.
Agent Provocateur Cruz Underwired bra and briefs
This vivid blue set is perfect for under silk slip dresses and midi-length wrap dresses.
Sheer blue bra, £74, and briefs, £45, Agent Provocateur
Eres Boumboum Harmonica bra and briefs
French label Eres makes some of the chicest lingerie imaginable. We love this subtle pink polka dot set for summer.
Pink polka dot soft cup bra, £270, and briefs, £190, Eres
Intimissimi Full Bloom Bra
Citrus shades are the most versatile given this summer’s key trends; acidic and pastel shades of lemon and lime will work under almost every bright and neon dress or top you can find.
Yellow lace bra, £38, Intimissimi
Intimissimi Full Bloom Briefs
Yellow lace briefs, £20, Intimissimi
Stella McCartney Katie Kissing Lace Bra
Bright red styles, like this beautifully constructed set from Stella McCartney, work well throughout summer and into autumn and winter thanks to their compatibility with monochrome.
Red lace bra, £81, Stella McCartney
Red lace briefs, £56, Stella McCartney
Samsoe Samsoe Marilyn bra
Soft shades of turquoise and emerald are great for making a statement subtly.
Sea green lace soft-cup bra, £35, Samsoe Samsoe
Samsoe Samsoe Cibbe breifs
Sea green lace briefs, £25, Samsoe Samsoe
Simply Be Savanna Navy & Cobalt Midi Satin Bra
If full-on saturated shades just aren’t your vibe, try some colourful lace on a more subdued navy or burgundy, like this pretty set from Simply Be.
Navy and cobalt satin bra, £13.50, Simply Be
Simple Be Savanna Navy & Cobalt Satin Lace Short
Navy and cobalt lace shorts, £9, Simply Be
Hanky Panky Signature neon stretch-lace bra
Hanky Panky’s super-soft signature stretch lace bra and briefs are a revelation. Perfect for smaller cup sizes, no underwear is as comfortable and these neon shades are perfect for summer.
Neon orange soft-cup bra, £50, Hanky Panky (net-a-porter.com)
Hanky Panky signature thongs
Set of two neon lace thongs, £45, Hanky Panky (net-a-porter.com)
Tu Tangerine Eyelash Lace Bra
Canary yellow looks great under khaki as well as black, navy and white. This set from Tu is making us happy before we’ve even added it to our baskets.
Yellow full cup bra, £12, Tu
Tu Tangerine Eyelash Lace Brazilian
Yellow lace detail briefs, £6, Tu
Imogen neon jersey bra and briefs set
London Fashion Week-favourite Rejina Pyo’s jersey lingerie features in her catwalk collection. It’s perfect for wearing under sheer separates or loose shirting.
Neon green lingerie set, £58, Rejina Pyo (net-a-porter.com)
Figleaves pulse lace bra
Arguably the colour of the summer, electric blue will work with everything from denim to tie-dye and even monochrome.
Electric blue lace bra, £28, Figleaves
Figleaves Pulse Lace Brazilian Briefs
Electric blue lace briefs, £16, Figleaves
Lead image: Figleaves
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