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Every woman should own underwear that is versatile, comfortable and supportive. These six lingerie basics have you covered.
The power of undergarments should never be taken for granted. Aside from doing a great job offering support, the right kind of underwear can really boost your confidence and totally transform your outfit – streamlining every curve and enhancing all your assets. We’ve rounded up six essential lingerie pieces every woman should have in her arsenal.
Written by Emma Follet Botha

Group image (from left to right); Shelley padded nursing bra 299.95 SHOP NOW; Shelley cycling shorts 199.95 SHOP NOW; Shelley T-shirt bras (3-pack) 299.95; Shelley boyleg panties (3-pack) 189.95; Free 2BU multiway bras (2-pack) 199.95; Shelley seamless boylegs (2-pack) 199.95; Shelley T-shirt bras (2-pack) 189.95; Shelley seamless boyleg panties (3-pack) 149.95


Nude underwear is an absolute must, especially when wearing white. Find a bra and panty set that mimics your skin colour so that you can wear a white sundress or crisp shirt with complete ease.
Shelley padded nursing bra 299.95 SHOP NOW; Shelley cycling shorts 199.95 SHOP NOW; Shelley nylon bra from 279.95; Shelley laser cut boyleg panties (2-pack) 119.95; Shelley non-padded bras (2-pack) 279.95 SHOP NOW


A strapless bra is crucial for being able to flaunt any off-the-shoulder outfit. Elasticated bands ensure maximum comfort, while cups offer extra support. Bigger-busted women are often reluctant to opt for strapless bras as many don’t offer the same support as underwire, but the key to proper support is in the band – look for one that's wider and has multiple bra hooks.
Shelley scallop bandeau bra (2-pack) 179.95 SHOP NOW; Shelley nude cotton bottoms 129.95
Shelley scallop bandeau bra (2-pack) 179.95 SHOP NOW; Shelley seamless bottoms 199.95


The stifling, restrictive underwire brassieres that our grandmothers had to wear are nothing compared to the new and improved versions we have in stores today. Underwire doesn’t have to be considered a necessary evil – current bras on the market boast excellent support while still being kind to your skin. They also come in a range of different styles, colours and textures to suit your outfit (and your mood), so you can really experiment here.
Playtex underwire bra 439.95; Shelley high-waisted spanks 159.95; Shelley seamless panty shaper 159.95 SHOP NOW


From boyleg to cycling shorts to leg length, there’s a type of shapewear to fulfil every need. A sports bra will ensure ultimate support and comfort while a panty shaper will smooth out any lumps and bumps, so you can rock that streamlined bodycon dress without a care in the world.
Shelley padded bra 129.95 SHOP NOW; Shelley cycling shorts (2-pack) 199.95 SHOP NOW
Shelley padded bra 199.95; Shelley cycling shorts (2-pack) 199.95 SHOP NOW


Padded bras are ideal for those with smaller busts who need a little lift but still desire a rounded shape. This style makes for the perfect T-shirt bra, so stock up on a few in different colours as they’re likely to become a lingerie staple.
Shelley T-shirt bras (3-pack) 189.95; Shelley boyleg panties (3-pack) 149.95


Want to don that silky slip or skin-tight jeans without any VPL? Seamless underwear has an amazing ability to conceal any trace of underwear, and feels like you’re going commando – without the risk! From high-waisted briefs to thongs, there are multiple styles to choose from.
Shelley seamless bra 299.95; Shelley seamless bottoms 189.95
Shelley seamless T-shirt bra (set of 2) 189.95; Shelley seamless thongs (set of 3) 199.95

Fashion editor: Rushana Burton. Fashion assistant: Primrose Skolo. Stills Photography: André Wepener.

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