The 20 best women's underwear

Empreinte This lace balconette provides excellent side support in the larger cup sizes. Available in D to  F cups. Price: £66.00, matching briefs £33.00 www.orchidlingerie.co.uk
Empreinte This lace balconette provides excellent side support in the larger cup sizes. Available in D to F cups. Price: £66.00, matching briefs £33.00 www.orchidlingerie.co.uk
Fauve Brianna A mixture of embroidery on fine guipure lace enables this excellent support bra to have a delicate and sheer look. Full cup bra available in cups D to FF price £50 Matching briefs or G-string Price: £30 www.orchidlingerie.co.uk
Freya Estelle combines a delicate print with dots and pretty lace to produce a young but feminine look. Available up to G cups. Price: from £29.00 www.orchidlingerie.co.uk
Simone Perele Josephine in red provides a stunning look this winter. Available in cup sizes A-E. Price: from £66.00 www.orchidlingerie.co.uk
Le Mystere Smooth cup bra up to an H cup providing comfort, fit and style for the fuller bust. Price: from £60 www.orchidlingerie.co.uk
Marie Jo Anais The ultimate in seduction for your winter wardrobe. Available in black or this season's must-have colour -- purple. This range will definitely create the wow effect. Available in cups A-E in a variety of styles. Price: from £89.95. www.orchidlingerie.co.uk
Marie Jo Avero A timeless classic. Available in a strapless bra in A-E cups. Price: from £55 www.orchidlingerie.co.uk
Marie Jo Ines Combines smooth and lace all in the one bra -- for all occasions. Available in skintone, white, black and chocolate briefs, G-string short and new to the collection seamless short from £29.95. Price: from £57.95 www.orchidlingerie.co.uk
Panache Evie strapless bra for D-G cups is for all those who thought strapless bras in these cup sizes didn't work. A truly uplifting bra available in ivory, skintone and black. Price: from £30.00 www.orchidlingerie.co.uk
Prima Donna Kensington - a luxurious range in warm winter colours. A beautiful balconette bra available in cup sizes C to G. Price: from £79.95. This range also includes an exquisite basque (£164.95) and matching briefs. www.orchidlingerie.co.uk
Bordelle Coral silk details create a winning combination of flirty and pretty in this set by underwear couturiers Bordelle. Skip the provocative trussing with this comfortable, chic and only slightly naughty interpretation. Price: Bra £155, knickers £120 Bordelle.co.uk
Odille Busy, ditzy flower prints are a street-wise alternative to floaty florals and they keep this silk and chiffon number up-to-date. It's available up to a DD cup so it's jolly, as well as reliably supportive. Price: Bra £28, shorts £14 Oasis-stores.com
Myla If you're small but perfectly formed, look out for tasteful and flattering soft bras, a sleek option for those who don't need any support or underwiring. Myla's Saskia, with its lace- covered frills and ivory ribbons, is pure romance for those with 18th-century sensibilities. Price: Bra £49, knickers £29 Myla.com
Agent Provocateur This super-cool, denim-effect trompe l'oeil set strikes the perfect balance between sexy and try-hard. The brand's signature Fifties style is given a casual twist. Price: Bra £80, briefs £60 Agentprovocateur.com
Stella McCartney The queen of casual chic, Stella McCartney, started making undies last year. Her delicate but practical pieces have gone down a storm. This set has gentle contouring, and the painterly print keeps it trendy but charming. Price: Bra £85, briefs £55 020 7518 3100
Gossard Hello boys! A femme fatale-number from underwear's most uplifting brand. Cleavage will always have a special place in people's, er, hearts. The French knickers are a bit more subtle than a thong so you'll look classy too. Price: Bra £26, knickers £12 Gossard.com
Marks & Spencers This girly set is simple and comfortable enough to wear every day and there's no need to sell the shirt off your back to cover the costs. With a bra this pretty though, perhaps you'd want to. Price: Bra £26, shorts £8 0845 302 1234
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Elle Macpherson Intimates Elle Macpherson's range of kooky-but-slick lingerie is hugely popular and rightly so ? it'll fit your curves and your lifestyle perfectly. Her ultra-sexy scalloped lace pieces come with thongs to minimise VPLs. Price: Bra £32, thong £17 Johnlewis.com
Calvin Klein Being glamorous doesn't need to be about being all tied up and underwired to within an inch of your life: Calvin Klein takes the comfort aesthetic to new heights with this sporty-but-feminine navy lace set. Cotton edging means you don't get any itchiness either. Price: Bra £26, shorts £21 Cku.com

Thinking of buying that special someone in your life lingerie this Christmas or wanting to treat yourself? Get a little help with our guide to the Top 20 women's underwear and lingerie.

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