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Best lingerie for women from Ann Summers: our favourite wearable and flattering underwear

From super sexy to comfy maternity sets and plus-size designs, Ann Summers is one of the most inclusive underwear brands around. Take a look at our pick of the best lingerie styles that are sure to make you feel your very best.

By Catherine Hufton | Last updated Jul 15, 2021

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The right underwear can make all the difference to an outfit. From giving you support and lift at the bust to streamlining your curves and keeping you comfy, it can change the way you feel in an instant. Let’s face it, no one wants to spend the day in a scratchy pair of knickers and an ill-fitting bra.

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That’s why Ann Summers has become one of the go-to lingerie brands in the UK. Loved for its signature super-sexy pieces, the high-street favourite is also great for those everyday underwear sets that are as pretty as they are comfortable and available in a wide range of sizes for every body shape. There’s even a dedicated maternity range that will see you through all the stages of pregnancy and beyond.

Here’s the best lingerie for women as tried and tested by our very own parent tester who was also six months pregnant at the time of testing.

1. Best lace lingerie: Timeless Affair Plunge Bra and Brazilian Briefs

woman in timeless affair bra

Price: £15 for bra and £6 for briefs

“I find their lace padded bras really comfortable and they fit me very well. The matching briefs are also comfy and don't dig in or create unflattering lumps and bumps on the hips! I also like that they are both sexy and ‘everyday’.” - Mumsnet user

If you want to update your lingerie collection with just a few pieces, you can’t go wrong with a classic lace set. Ann Summers’ Timeless Affair Plunge Bra and Brazilian Briefs rated highly on our list due to their balance of comfort and prettiness.

The briefs, for instance, have a full design with a high – but not too high – waist and a delicate lace construction. A little cut-out at the back adds a signature touch of Ann Summers sexiness.

The matching plunge bra is equally wearable with underwired, padded cups that sculpt a great cleavage. In short, it’s the ideal everyday set.

Need to know

  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Hook and eye fastening
  • 60% Polyamide, 32% Polyester, 8% elastane; foam cup: 100% Polyurethane; cup lining: 100% Polyester
  • Available in four colours and sizes 32A to 44H

2. Best for big boobs: Fiercely Sexy Fuller Bust Non-Padded Bra

woman in fiercely sexy bra

Price: £34

“The only place I could buy bras to fit me without going into serious debt.” - Mumsnet user

If you often find it difficult to track down retailers that stock your size, allow us to introduce you to the Ann Summers Fiercely Sexy Fuller Bust Non-Padded Bra. Available from a 32DD to a 44H, Fuller Bust Bras at Ann Summers have been designed specifically for bigger boobs with underwired support and wide adjustable straps. Same designs but tweaked to give a more comfortable fit.

Far more than just a functional piece of lingerie, it’s made from the prettiest black eyelash lace that’s detailed with embroidery and lined at the cups in smooth satin.

We love how it offers total support and comfort while creating a seriously enviable cleavage. Complete the look with the matching briefs.

Need to know

  • Unlined cups with inner sling
  • Underwired for support
  • Wide adjustable straps
  • Embroidery: 64% Polyester, 24% Viscose, 7% Cotton and 5% Polyamide; lace: 100% Polyamide; mesh: 63% Polyamide and 37% Elastane
  • Available in four different colourways and sizes 32DD to 44H

3. Best quality lingerie: Fiercely Sexy Balcony Bra

woman in fiercely sexy balcony bra

Price: £34

Named the Fiercely Sexy Strapless Balcony Bra, you’d be forgiven for thinking this popular Ann Summers’ style was just for special occasions – or for times when you want to feel, well, fiercely sexy.

But on closer inspection, you’ll find that it’s as versatile as it is pretty. The straps are detachable so it can be worn as either a full bra or a strapless style, and has padded, underwired cups that enhance your cleavage, making it great as a shapewear option too.

It’s also beautifully detailed with an applique eyelash trim, floral lace and sequin embellishments and cascading jewelled charms. We think it makes a lovely everyday choice as well as an extra-special option when teamed with the matching briefs.

Need to know

  • Removable shoulder straps
  • Hook-and-eye fastening
  • Matching lingerie available
  • Available in ivory and sizes 32A to 38G

4. Best sexy lingerie: The Limelight Bra

woman in the limelight bra

Price: £26

“So well made and the bras are very supportive and flattering.” - Mumsnet user

Whether you’re planning a date night, a just-for-you night or simply want to give yourself a boost, it can be nice to have a piece or two of sexy lingerie in your drawer.

We think The Limelight Bra hits the mark with its delicate lace frame design and exposed satin boning that leaves just the right amount to the imagination. In addition to being a pretty in design, it’s also a really beautifully crafted piece of lingerie – the kind you’d be thrilled about if you were given it as a gift.

On first glance, you might be a bit confused as to how it fits (it took our tester a few goes to master it), but the model shots on the Ann Summers website show that it’s not as complicated as you may think, with underwired quarter cups covered by an eyelet-secured sheer overlay.

Sizes range from extra small (dress size 4 to 6) to extra-large (dress size 26 to 28) so it’s designed to look great on a wide range of body shapes. Music to our ears.

Need to know

  • Underwired quarter cups
  • Eyelet fastenings at front overlay
  • Lace: 100% Polyamide; mesh: 96% Polyester and 4% Elastane
  • Available in extra small to extra large

5. Best plus-size lingerie: Cherryann Chemise

woman in cherryann chemise

Price: £26

One of our favourite things about Ann Summers is its inclusive range of sizes and designs that cater for every body type.

The Cherryann Chemise, for example, is available up to a dress size 26 to 28 so is a great plus-size choice if you’re looking to treat yourself. It’s made from a super silky satin fabric with a sheer eyelash trim along the plunging front and an adjustable lace-up back.

We think it makes a beautiful option for a wedding night, honeymoon or just those warm summer nights when you want an upgrade on your flannel pjs. The only downside is that it comes up a bit short on taller women, so we’d like to see different length options.

Need to know

  • Lightweight satin
  • Adjustable straps
  • Lace-up back
  • Main: 100% Polyester; lace: 100% Polyamide
  • Available in four colours and sizes extra small to XXL

6. Best lingerie for pear shapes: Sexy Lace High-Waisted Briefs

woman in lace briefs

Price: £8

For the pear-shaped among us at Mumsnet, a high-waisted brief is one of our favourite underwear choices.

Ann Summers’ Sexy Lace High-Waisted Briefs are elegant while still feeling reassuringly Bridget Jones-esque (in the best possible way).

We love the semi-sheer finish and dainty floral and bow details that make this style feel extra special. In fact, we may just buy them in every colour.

Need to know

  • Elasticated waist
  • Matching lingerie available
  • Lace: 83% Polyamide and 17% Elastane; mesh: 92% polyamide and 8% Elastane; gusset liner: 100% cotton
  • Available in three colours and sizes extra small to XXL

7. Best lingerie for a small bust: Sexy Lace Push Up Extreme Boost Bra

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Price: £18

“Ann Summers bras are the only ones I wear at the minute because they're cheap, comfortable and wash well.” - Mumsnet user

For smaller cup sizes, Ann Summers’ Sexy Lace Push Up Extreme Boost Bra is top of our list. It’s just been re-released with a new and improved fit with gradual padding that offers twice the cleavage boost, and a wider single strap for more lift and support.

While you may not want this kind of push-up look every day, we think it’s a great option for wearing beneath more form-fitting dresses and tops when you want to enhance your silhouette.

Need to know

  • Hook-and-eye fastening at the back
  • Wider adjustable shoulder straps
  • Gradually padded and underwired cups for the perfect push-up effect
  • Cup shell: 87% Polyamide and 13% Elastane; wing: 78% polyamide and 22% elastane; Cup lining: 100% polyester, excluding trims
  • Available in three colours and sizes 30B to 38DD

8. Best lingerie for curvy women: The Hero Full Support Non-Padded Bra

woman in the hero bra

Price: £34

“Ann Summers is somewhere that has a selection of ‘nicer’ products at a more purse-friendly price so why not?” - Mumsnet user

The Hero Full Support Non-Padded Bra is all about the fit, and designed to enhance and support beautiful curves.

Part of the Hero Collection, it’s made from a delicate red floral Ciré embroidery and sheer mesh, designed with underwired cups that are sculpted with flexible boning and a soft underband.

This style caters for up to a 44H cup so it’s a great option for the bigger busted.

Need to know

  • Non-padded
  • Underwired, flexible boning
  • Embroidery: 100% Polyester; mesh: 63% Polyamide and 37% Elastane
  • Available in red and sizes 32DD to 44H

9. Best lingerie for petite women: Sexy Lace Push Up Plunge Bra

woman in lace plunge bra

Price: £10 to £15

“One of the few places who caters to small-back, big-boobed women.” - Mumsnet user

If you have a petite frame and a smaller cup size, the Sexy Lace Push Up Plunge Bra starts at a 30A so is a great essential to have in your collection. It also comes in a range of floral lace colourways – from black and white to lilac and turquoise – and can be matched to the briefs for a complete set.

Padded cups create a lifted natural cleavage that is still comfy enough for everyday wear. The price point is also a bonus, especially for a style you’re sure to get tonnes of wear from.

Need to know

  • Padded, underwired cups
  • Double hook and eye fastening
  • Matching lingerie available
  • Available in nine colours and sizes 30A to 44H

10. Best maternity lingerie: The Glorious Maternity and Nursing Flexi-Wire Bra

woman in the glorious maternity bra

Price: £26

“I didn't breastfeed my last baby, but those nursing bras looked much nicer than the horrible things I had to wear.” - Mumsnet user

Nursing bras have a reputation for being drab, but Ann Summers proves that this doesn’t have to be the case with its gorgeous maternity range.

Ann Summers tried and tested the range for over a year before developing The Glorious Maternity and Nursing Flexi-Wire Bra which was a huge hit in all their trials with women, and comes equally recommended by our pregnant tester.

Listening to feedback directly from pregnant women and women navigating the postpartum period, the range is designed to be worn throughout pregnancy and beyond with additional rows of hook-and-eye fastenings to accommodate a changing shape.

It offers practical, yet attractive, lingerie at an affordable price point, avoiding the low-quality materials and detailing typically found on postnatal bras.

The Glorious Maternity and Nursing Flexi-Wire Bra has magnetic clips on both straps to provide easy access when breastfeeding. There’s also a flexible underwire if you favour bras with built-in support, although the wiring may be uncomfortable for some pregnant women.

If you prefer a soft-cup, non-wired option, The Glorious Maternity and Nursing Non-Wired Bra is our favourite. Just as pretty as its underwired sister, it still offers shape and support with a soft cotton lining and supportive padded inner sling.

It opens at the straps with magnetic clips for convenient feeding and can also be paired with The Glorious High-Waisted Briefs or The Glorious Brazilian if you like to be matching.

Need to know

Flexi wire bra:

  • Non-padded cups with flexi-wire for support
  • Four rows of hook-and-eye fastenings at the back
  • 63% Polyamide, 31% Cotton and 6% Elastane
  • Available in sizes 32C to 38G

Non wired bra:

  • Soft, non-wired cups for comfort
  • Four rows of hook-and-eye fastenings at the back
  • 57% Polyamide; 37% Cotton and 6% Elastane; cup liner: 67% Polyester and 33% Cotton; foam cup: 100% Polyurethane
  • Available in two colours and sizes 32C to 44H

11. Best lingerie set: Sexy Lace Balcony Bra and Sexy Lace High Waisted Brief

balcony bra and briefs

Price: £10 to £15 for the bra and £8 for the briefs

There’s nothing quite like a great fitting and beautifully made lingerie set to make you feel quietly confident – whether it’s hidden beneath a work uniform or worn as the base for a super-glam evening look.

Ann Summers’ Sexy Lace New Balcony Bra in black has a new and improved design that does pretty amazing things to a cleavage, separating the boobs while lifting and supporting them to create a push-up appearance.

It’s designed to be paired with the Sexy Lace High-Waisted Briefs which are made from a delicate sheer mesh and finished with a dainty bow and jewelled charm.

We’re big fans of sets that come with full briefs rather than itty-bitty pants that feel very uncomfortable after half an hour, which is why these made it onto our hot list.

Need to know

  • Lined lace cups
  • Underwire support
  • Double hook-and-eye fastening
  • 61% Polyamide, 29% Polyester and 10% Elastane; cup liner: 100% Polyester; padded cup: 100% Polyurethane
  • Available in nine colours and sizes 32A to 44H

What you need to know about the Ann Summers’ maternity and nursing range

“Here's to choice for today's mothers.” - Mumsnet user

“I quite like the idea of a sexy maternity and postpartum range, and I think it would have boosted my confidence, not lessened it”. - Mumsnet user

It’s very easy to not feel like yourself when you’re pregnant or in that challenging postpartum period, but Ann Summers is aiming to help change that with its dedicated maternity and nursing range.

Whether you want to feel confident, well supported or just like you’re making yourself a priority, the bras and pants in the range are designed to accommodate your changing shape and circumstances – including breastfeeding – with clever little details that allow for easy-access nursing.

How to choose the best lingerie for you

It can be very easy to let your underwear collection fall to the wayside, sticking to the same old bras and pants that you’ve had on rotation for years.

But, once you update it with a piece or two of beautiful lingerie, you’ll remember very quickly just how good a set of new underpinnings can make you look and feel.

Start by thinking about what kind of lingerie you want. Do you want to feel sexier, better supported or more comfortable? Or are you specifically looking for a bra that will boost your confidence with an enhanced cup size, or bring some excitement to date night?

How important is the fit?

First things first, it’s really important that you go and get measured properly before investing in a new bra.

It’s thought that around 90% of British women are wearing the wrong size which can be easily rectified by a quick appointment to a store or by watching Ann Summers’ handy fit guide here.

You can spend a fortune on new underwear but, if it doesn’t fit you correctly, you’ll never get the end result you want.

What style of bra will suit your body shape?

Ann Summers has a wide range of bra styles including plungebalconetteunderwired, non-underwired and padded, and the type you choose is totally down to personal preference and the look you’re going for.

Ann Summers also caters for a range of body shapes – from very petite and small-chested to very curvaceous and large-chested – so you should always be able to find a style to suit your body shape and needs. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in your chosen style and that it makes you feel good while supporting you correctly.

What should you look for when choosing briefs?

Whether you favour a barely-there thong or a full pair of high-waisted briefs, comfort should always be key when choosing new pants.

The truth is, if you go for anything that digs in, makes you itch or leaves marks, you’ll just stop wearing them (we’re looking at you scratchy red Valentine’s pants that live at the back of the drawer).

So, look for soft, breathable fabrics and flattering shapes that will make you feel good without resulting in a trip to the chemist.

What’s the best lingerie to buy?

There’s so much choice on the Anna Summers’ website, but we think the best lingerie to buy is the Timeless Affair Plunge Bra and Brazilian Briefs. Why? This style gives you pretty much everything you want from a lingerie set including a great fit, a pleasing silhouette, quality and great value. They’re also the set our tester wore most, proving their comfort.

About The Pleasure Positivity Project

In 1970, Jacqueline Gold started a revolution when she introduced the UK to the iconic Ann Summers. Overnight, women finally had a safe space to talk about sex, feeling unashamed to express themselves.

Fast forward 50 years and it’s time for the next phase of the revolution. For women to talk proudly – and this time out in the open – about enjoying sex, to ask questions, and to get what they want in the bedroom without being judged.

The Pleasure Positivity Project launched in July 2019 with the mission of breaking down the taboos surrounding female sexuality. Female sexual empowerment has been in our DNA for decades, and this project uses voices and expertise to close the orgasm gap. No other brand in the UK has had as many conversations with women about sex as Ann Summers.

The Project is designed to get women talking openly and honestly about sex in an effort to break the taboos we’ve been living with for so long. Supported by an abundance of expert advice and guidance, we aim to pave the way for future generations to live as sexual women without fear of judgement.

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