CF Picks: Summer lingerie

I think I’ve reached the age, and stage in my marriage, where lingerie is not all about push-up bras, chaffing undercarriages and bells and whistles (was it ever?!). Whilst I’m not ready to give in to the sensible belly button warmers quite yet, I now yearn for comfy, everyday staples offering enough support for my post-baby bazookers, with just a hint of sexy mama.

Especially for summer, I like soft, sheer fabrics in pastel shades from the likes of…

When in Italy, I can’t resist buying Intimissimi lingerie. I love their lacy bralettes, peeping out from a linen or chambray shirt. I think this set from their ‘Summer in Sicily’ collection (above) is so, so pretty. Their swimwear is fab, too.
Floral embroidery triangle bra, £47, Intimissimi


I’ve been writing about Bodas for over a decade – in fact my first ever shopping feature was for Grove magazine, a luxury lifestyle magazine for Notting Hill, home to Bodas’ flagship store. I extolled the virtues of their cashmere soft, comfy, pretty lingerie then – and my opinion hasn’t changed. I love this blush pink for summer. I know it doesn’t look that ‘wow’, but trust me – it has underwiring but no padding, giving a really flattering, natural shape. It’s beautifully made and oh-so soft. A proper underwear staple that still feels special.
Smooth Tactel Underwire Bra, £45, Bodas

La Perla
Okay, how beautiful is La Perla lingerie? Sigh. It’s like candyfloss, frothy and sweet… shame it’s ruinously expensive. Maybe I need to find a Parisian lover who will keep me in luxury lingerie…. Or, perhaps more practically….

How about this £12.99 H&M bralette instead?


I’ve championed Cos for their undies before and this season’s are fab. They’re not great for big boobs, but they are soooooo comfy in jersey and sheer fabrics. Proper grown-up, sexy under crackers.

Sheer lace bra, £25, knickers, £12, Cos

I *love* underwear shopping but loathe swimwear shopping… which is my next task, any recommendations?

The ultimate Christmas party dress: Maison Martin Margiela for H&M

Hitched up dress, £99.99

I will be the first in line on the 15th November (well, online in my pjs anyway) for this dress from Maison Martin Margiela’s collaboration with H&M. Such an effortless, fluid shape (body-con and mince pies do not mix), worn with either of these two from Zara, I can’t decide:

Perhaps too matchy matchy (or clashy clashy)?

I love the delicate detailing on this pair.

And, as it is the season of sparkle, this clutch from the MMM for H&M range makes me seriously smile, particularly as it is COMPLETELY un-motherly.

Candy clutch, £39.99

H& (MMM collection available from 15 November) and

Autumnal style for little boys

It’s not just my wardrobe that needs updating this month, Country Bebe is celebrating his first birthday coupled with a huge growth spurt.

As you can see from our shopping list below, CB can usually be found sporting stripes, navy, red/orange and the odd intarsia animal. I like to mix H&M staples that can happily have raspberries squished into them, with smarter, still comfy, pieces for special days.

Clockwise from top left: striped long sleeve tee £3.99; red chinos £5.99; 5 pack of striped socks £3.99; navy hoodie £5.99 – all

I cannot champion H&M’s organic cotton pieces enough. They wash well, are the softest, thickest cotton and are generously cut so fit CB’s long body.

Clockwise from top left: wide striped tee £15; Melange knit sweater £27; bobble hat £15; bubble knit jumper £27 – all

I’d quite like this little edit for my own wardrobe! It’s CB’s first season in COS clothes so we’ll have to see how they wear but I love their clean lines and grown up clothes for little people.

Boden has seriously come up trumps this season for little boys. How cute is the Pelican jumper?!

Clockwise from top left: chunky cords, £24; Pelican jumper, £26; Flannel all in one, £20; Snow suit, £38 – all

We took delivery of the striped snowsuit last week and it looks fab: fleece lined, detachable booties so you can swap them for wellies when they start walking and intergrated mittens. I’ll take some snaps when Country Bebe starts wearing it this winter.

Next up, a few new additions to my own autumnal wardrobe…


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