Lingerie is in my blood — my mother was British bra designer Janet Reger and I spent my childhood playing with scraps of lace and cotton in the family’s factories in Derbyshire and in London’s Paddington.
Today, I run the business and I’m thrilled bra-fitting services have finally restarted.
Because of the pandemic women have been unable to get properly fitted for a bra for months, meaning there are a lot of sagging straps and holey cups out there.
Yes, you can buy online, but, a fitting is crucial when it comes to a bra. Just a millimetre can make all the difference to whether it’s comfortable or not, or whether you’re getting the correct support that you need.
Aliza Reger, whose mother was Janet Reger the British bra designer, has shared guide to the seven pieces you need for lingerie wardrobe
But while the nation’s underwear drawer has not been restocked, the lingerie industry has continued to innovate. From high-tech lace to super-supportive sports models, new technologies mean bras are comfier and prettier than ever.
There’s nothing quite like new lingerie to lift your spirits, so go on, embrace the post-lockdown bravolution!
Here’s my guide to the seven pieces you need to build the ultimate lingerie wardrobe.
Aliza said everyone needs a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ investment bra
1. THE TIMELESS CLASSIC
Everyone needs a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ investment bra and La Perla defines quality. With such an expensive bra, it’s vital to wash it gently. I put all my bras on top of each other in a lingerie bag, to wash on a cycle no higher than 30 degrees, using gentle detergent.
Always air dry your lingerie on a rack — never, ever use the tumble dryer. If you look after a La Perla bra properly, reserving the piece for special occasions, it should last for 20 years. The Chanel handbag of bras, this is a classic. Pick pink or black, which works fabulously with an equally timeless LBD.
2. SUPER LACE GIVES SUPPORT
High Apex Plunge bra, £23, Janet Reger at
This pretty bra is perfect as you swap sportswear for summer frocks. It has just the right amount of support while still being light, thanks to its high-tech stretch lace. The material regains its shape after washing, holds its colour well and is a great fit. It will gently hold you in all the right places while still being comfortable.
As opposed to a balcony bra that runs straight across the bust, giving an ‘M’ shape, this plunging high apex model gives breasts a natural ‘V’. It would team well with a plunging top or wrap dress.
Bridal ranges are perfect for good-quality, sexy white bras and you don’t have to be a bride to get one
The Extreme Impact bra from Shock Absorber (£32.25) is an essential for any woman’s sports kit
3. NOT JUST BRILLIANT FOR BRIDES
You don’t have to be a bride to shop the bridal ranges; they’re perfect for good-quality, sexy white bras. White never needs to be boring, either. It is pure, fresh and looks fabulous on most skin colours.
For functional bridal pieces, Wacoal makes a strapless bra which