H&M’s lingerie section got onto my radar around Christmas time. I started spotting awesome designs popping up on social media, especially Pinterest, and clicking through on these I was ending up not on the pages of high end and expensive designers, but on H&M, an accessible high street retailer.
You know we’re big fans here of ethical and independent lingerie, but we’re also big believers in everyone being able to have gorgeous lingerie and underwear that fits them. For many, lingerie isn’t a something they want to spend more than they have to on. Personally, before I got into this world, I wouldn’t have spent more than £30 on a bra and knickers set. The majority of my underwear came from Primark, Debenhams or M&S, and as such was very affordable. My knickers were more likely to be multipacks from the shelves of supermarkets than handmade pieces of art from an independent designer.
We like the blog to have a range of different underwear reviews and options for ladies of all sizes – we try to include things that will fit big and little cups, as well as medium, very small and very large. (On that note, if anyone’s ever interested in posting for us in a size range we can’t offer, just get in contact!) We also like to feature things for every budget too, so while there are many out there who appreciate gorgeous lingerie at high prices, most of us can’t always afford it. Well fitting lingerie and underwear should be accessible for everyone, so it’s nice to feature some pieces that are a little cheaper. So that’s why I wanted to post about the H&M lingerie I’ve recently bought.
So H&M came onto my radar, and I knew I would end up purchasing something eventually. I decided to pick up a few pieces of cheaper clothing for an upcoming holiday and a few homeware items from H&M so I decided I’d take a look at what lingerie they had in stock while I was at it. It turned out that they still had a couple of items I’d pinned a while ago in stock, along with some shaping shorts (which I’ve been wanting to try for ages) and some simple briefs, so into my basket they went. I managed to get a 20% off discount code too which was awesome, so the prices were pretty spectacular for designs that work really well, and even better, they kind of (almost!) fit!
The names aren’t particularly inspiring, but this mesh and lace bra top is super pretty. It was originally £14.99 but reduced to £5 when I purchased, so only £4 with 20% off – madness!! I love designs like this, but I’m very hesitant to purchase them because I’ve never tried one before and they don’t exactly look full bust friendly, do they? But with a reduced price like that, I was more than willing to give it a go to see whether it would work. And it does!
This is a size 12 and has some stretch which I think helps towards the fact that I can get away with it. The bust is darted, and the dotted mesh in the upper piece is covered with a stretch lace on the bottom half, with a non-stretch ribbon under the bust that helps to provide a little more support that you’d otherwise expect. What I absolutely love about this though is the fastening at the back – which of course I didn’t photograph! It has a fastening at the neck with a slider on strap elastic, and the same at the band fastening at the back. These mean that there’s plenty of room to shorten or lengthen the band to get a better fit for a smaller underbust but larger bust.
So now can someone please tell me how I can actually wear this out of the house?! I just can’t figure out a good way to wear it!
This turquoise triangle lace bra has been on my list of items filed under I-would-love-to-wear-it-but-I-can’t for a long time. In the end, I just decided to go for it because, well, it’s super pretty. Again, I decided to go for the size 12 and found that the fit isn’t half bad. Yes, the cups are too small,. Yes, I’m wearing the band on the tightest hook and it’s still too loose. But srsly, look at that pretty lace on the straps at the back! Look at those dainty triangle cups! Look at the gorgeous colour!
It’s not ideal for all day wear to be perfectly honest. I did this a couple of weeks ago and found I was uncomfortable by the end of the day. But for casual wear, or for a bra that needs to be seen, I think it works well enough.
Basically, now I know that these two styles can work for me, I’m now definitely more likely to buy from an independent designer making similar ones. And those who want something like this in a similar size range to me at an affordable price – look! It kind of works!
So once I knew that H&M lingerie can work for me, I decided to grab one final piece when I was in store one day. I went for a size 12 again to make sure there was plenty of room for both boobs and hips and picked up this dotted mesh bodysuit (it’s just occurred to me that the lace bra top in a similar fabric could be layered under this maybe?!). I had to layer a plain old bandeau from ASOS underneath it as it’s very sheer, but I think it actually works quite well!
I have a little bit of a bodysuit obsession – I love the look of them – so I just had to go for this one. It’s no longer available on the site as far as I can tell, but it was around £14.99 if I remember right.
Have you tried any of H&M’s lingerie before?