One of the things that will stay with me to the grave, is my mum (when I was about 12 or 13) occasionally saying, before I went anywhere.
‘I hope you’ve got clean pants on? You never know when you’ll be hit by a bus’.
It’s SUCH a weird thing to say but really really resonated with me.
And is eerily true.
‘Ohmygod. I hope I’ve got good knickers on.’
Not — ‘how long am I not going to be able to walk for?’ or ‘am I insured’. But worrying about the state of my underwear. Crazy.
(Thankfully they were presentable black ones, just in case you were wondering.)
Although, this brush with danger — and impromptu sharing of my choice of undergarments with a total stranger — led me to have a really good cull of my underwear drawer when I returned home from Tignes.
Greying, ugly underwear was binned.
Mismatched bras and pants were replaced by sets of pretty lingerie.
My very favourite sets are these by Fantasie Lingerie.
So beautiful, with soft lace and pretty detailing. And best of all, they fit.
Like a glove.
I can’t believe it’s taken until now for me to realise I’ve been wearing the wrong bra size.
Either that or the Fantasie fit is much better than the high street staple, that I’ve been wearing for the last 30 years.
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It’s What’s Underneath That Counts
I remember watching Trinny and Susannah on the TV and they’d always be going on about underwear.
They’d say that good underwear is the foundation to a well turned out woman.
I *suspect* that they were talking about shapewear. The kind of underwear that sucks you in — and flattens out the lumps and bumps — so that clothes skim the surface and hang nicely.
But those kind of undergarments don’t quite have the same feel good factor as their prettier, lacier counterparts.
Bridget Jones knickers may look great under a pencil skirt but they don’t make me fee very glamorous.
Lace, satin and tiny diamond detailing though?
The Feel Good Factor
The other amazing thing about pretty lingerie — other than the fact that you don’t have to worry in the event of an emergency — is that it makes you feel fabulous.
It definitely gives me an extra boost to know that underneath my jeans and top is a lovely lace ensemble.
(It’s also given Mr D something nice to look at too. But I won’t dwell on that.)
So release your inner Dita Von Teese, get rid of all the mismatched underwear that you’ve been harbouring for years and treat yourself to something lovely.
Because — as a very well know hair brand like to say —
We’re worth it.
Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.