Fashion Police Poll: Lingerie – pretty or practical?

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We love lingerie. In fact, it's one of our weaknesses in life, and the prettier and more extravagant it looks, the better.

Here's the thing, though: despite buying more than our fair share of luxurious lingerie, we hardly ever wear it. It just never seems to work out right: that frilly, frothy bra may have looked gorgeous in the store, and it'll probably look great on, too, but it'll also leave all kinds of lumps and bumps under our top, which will totally ruin the look. And those pretty little knickers may be the last word in luxury, but unless they're as comfortable as they are good-looking, we'll be reaching for something plainer but comfier and less likely to be clearly visible under our clothes.

And so it is that all of our lovely lingerie lies unused, while we stick to those plain old basics that are invisible under clothes and so comfortable we don't even know we're wearing them. We know there is a middle ground, occupied by gorgeous pieces that are also comfortable, and which can't be seen under our clothes, but we rarely seem to find it them these days (and when we do, we stock up!).

What about you? Do you share our love of beautiful lingerie, or do you stick to the plain-but-serviceable pieces?

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12 Comments

  • June 25, 2009

    kelly

    Marks and Spencers had a wonderful range of t-shirt bras and shoert style knickers a month or so ago – Got loads of them after scouring 4 different branches. They’re really pretty in bright colours and polka dots, were basic range so quite cheap too, and so comfy and invisible under clothes. Apart from the odd flash of purple bra strap when necessary!

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  • June 25, 2009

    Adele

    Because I have such a large bust, most of the bras that fit me and offer enough support are very, very pretty and very, very expensive. So therefore, mine are both pretty and practical! (Though unfortunately I don’t have many of them).

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  • June 25, 2009

    gokarm

    I try to wear pretty lingerie when I can manage it. But like you, I tend to just pull a pair of cotton briefs instead of the lacy silk ones next to it…they really are just more comfortable.

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  • June 25, 2009

    Theresa

    I love Aerie because it’s geared towards late teens to early 20’s, and it is both cute and practical. It isn’t overly fancy, but it’s nice enough to make me feel like I tried.

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  • June 25, 2009

    Pixie

    I love buying really pretty lingerie, but I don’t wear it everyday. I tend to go for cute stuff for everyday, bright colours and patterns, that’s still comfy.

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  • June 25, 2009

    Diandra

    I love wearing pretty lingerie, and I wear it when I can! Sometimes it works under thick, tight dresses, I think. For everyday, though, I usually go for underwear that’s smooth and invisible under clothes, but that has a fun print or lace around the edges. I agree with Theresa; Aerie is a great compromise between the two!

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  • June 25, 2009

    M.R.

    It’s important to have a variety…Some for practical purposes (such as nude under white pants), but some for pretty/sexy purposes.

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  • June 25, 2009

    Cookie

    A few months ago I decided, (inspired by a line from High Fidelity, of all things) to get rid of all my plain underwear and instead just keep the pretty things, and I can’t say I’ve regretted it. I even managed to find some lovely vintage-inspired pieces online and in some shops, and I can’t say I regretted it one bit. It’s those little things that make the day extra nice.

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  • June 25, 2009

    SJ

    I tend to get practical for every day, but I do reserve some pretty lingerie for… ahem… ‘special occasions’. 😉

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  • June 25, 2009

    Claudia

    I absolutely love lingerie, though I admit sometimes it’s not practical. For the most part I manage to wear one piece if not the whole set. I became addicted to Intimissimi when I was in Italy, and was completely ecstatic when they began selling it in Victoria’s Secret. This past collection was especially wearable everyday since most of the pieces were unobtrusive silk or lace. I really do recommend going to Intimissimi or Victoria’s Secret if you can! If not, there’s always the website.

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  • June 26, 2009

    Alice

    most of my undies are sort of in-between, like a cotton bikini with some ruffly lace detail. And they’re totally comfy. I actually agree with what Theresa said about Aerie, and a lot of my undies are from that store. I actually don’t think I have a single totally plain pair of undies.
    On bras though, being quite expensive, most of those that I own are totally plain. But I don’t get to buy new ones often, so I feel like when I do, I should take the route of practical over pretty.

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  • June 29, 2009

    Hoshi

    Oh my gosh where did that pink darling come from! I want!

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