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A walk in the park: underwear from Marks & Spencer

I announced to a male friend the other day that I was going to buy some underwear. Rather typically, he was a lot more interested in this than he had been in the last 15 minutes of my conversation. “Where …

Fri, Aug 13, 2010, 09:56

   

I announced to a male friend the other day that I was going to buy some underwear. Rather typically, he was a lot more interested in this than he had been in the last 15 minutes of my conversation. “Where are you going?” he asked, in that kind of wide-eyed innocent fashion that suggested he had visions of my shopping in Agent Provocateur or La Perla.

“Er,” I responded, attempting to buy myself some time. “Marks & Spencer . . .” There’s something decidedly unglamorous about Marks & Spencer – its yummy mummy food selection, perhaps, or reliance on twin sets and good, practical suiting – but, when it comes to underwear, there really is no better man.

From shapewear to wedding underwear (honestly, the mind boggles; does it really matter what underwear you have on for your wedding day?) and beautiful vintage-inspired sets, Marks & Spencer has everything. Plus, they have a free fitting service - meaning a nice lady will come in, measure the girls and then set about finding you exactly what you want, in your new size. Oh, and the rumours are true: we are all wearing the wrong size. Consider me schooled.

So what did I go for in the end? Being the 1950s-loving type, and pairing that with my love of florals, we get:

The best thing about it is, almost all of Marks & Spencer’s underwear range is machine-washable, meaning no tiresome handwashing for me. I even resent handwashing tights, despite the fact that I am entirely believing of the fact that it makes them last longer. For some things, life is just too short.