M&S Lingerie Basics Are Still the Best Around—Who's With Me?

Did you know that reportedly one in four UK women buy their lingerie from M&S? I’ll be the first to admit I'm one of them and have been a loyal shopper ever since I tried on training bras there as a teen. Nowadays, I do have some other lingerie brands in my drawer, but when I need basics I can rely on, I still always find myself turning back to the high-street stalwart—and I know I’m not alone. 


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After all these years, it remains the first brand that comes to mind for most of us when we need to update our comfortable everyday bras or find the best no-VPL pants for an upcoming wedding outfit. But it’s not just basic knickers and bras the store excels at. I’ve been known to slip everything from lacy Rosie Huntington-Whiteley sets to shapewear and, more recently, sports bras into my trolley. Having worked as a stylist for almost a decade, I also still go there to top up my kit with solutions like strapless bras or tights for taking with me on photo shoots and fittings with clients.

So whether you’re a long-time fan looking for updates or an M&S-lingerie virgin, keep scrolling to find the five things I always stock up on from there.

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This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.