The bare essentials

Posted on: 10th April, 2017

Category: Image

Contributor: Louise O'Dwyer

I read a post on facebook the other day and laughed out loud…it was along the lines of…’My kids are wearing all the latest gear and I’m still wearing underwear that I bought nine years ago’. How true is this? How many women have one ‘good’ bra and a drawer full of bras that have seen much better days? Why? Why do women sometimes feel that they come last in the house? Why do we keep saying that we will ‘treat’ ourselves to new underwear and then don’t! Jeez, it’s not like a few new knickers will break the bank.

Nice, new underwear can give you that little bit of a feelgood in the morning to set a positive mindset for the day. There is no excuse to wear crappy underwear. Nice underwear is not worn for someone else to see it (ok, sometimes it is) but it should mostly be worn for you. Today I am setting you the task of clearing out your underwear drawer and if you are a hoarder then you need to be absolutely brutal, the reason being that elastic does have a life span…DID YOU HEAR THAT? How many of us grew up in houses where old knickers and underpants would be retired, not thrown out, but used as cleaning cloths. We lived in a time of ‘waste not want not’ and a lot of us ‘pledged’ the table with someone’s old knickers. Laugh away but it did happen. Go on, let go of the faded ones, the over-stretched ones, the bras missing hooks, and blast out some glorious Opera music while you are doing it…Can I suggest Edith Piaf’s NO REGRETS!

I’ve come across another faux pas some women make with bras. Plunge bras, strapless bras, push up bras, t-shirt bras…when you take the tags off of some of these bras, do you know when to wear which one? Strapless is a pretty obvious one but a plunge bra gives a strange shape under a sweater or a blouse and a push-up bra is definitely NOT the way to go under a polo neck…you end up looking a bit ‘top heavy’! I know that a lot of us are desperately trying to move away from under-wire bras, as they are not good for our breast health…but it’s so hard. We want that shape and we want that lift, especially as we get older.

I’ve laughed out loud so many times when I think of a conversation that I had in Dunnes Stores last week; if anyone was listening they would have cracked up hearing me introduce my friend Colette to Ali. It went something like this “Colette, have you seen Ali’s Knickers?” We all erupted. What I was trying to say was… “Have you come across the business Hot Knickers? This is Ali, the owner”. The laugh was so worth it.

Ali Wheeler has created Hot Knickers, a company that tailormakes the most fantastic vintage underwear with support (but no wires). Trust me, the quality is amazing, the colours hypnotic, the support is real and the prices are wonderful. The knickers are a wonderful morphing of hot pants and knickers, created with glorious Italian lace. Ali also makes the most glamourous slip, called an Elizabeth Taylor. I have one in black and it does exactly what it is supposed to – gives support, holds you in place and you don’t need to wear a bra with it. This slip is comfortable and looks very fetching! My dinner companions for Women’s Christmas (girls only) all got a good look, we were tucked away upstairs in a restaurant – just us – so I was able to roll up my dress and show off the slip. Entertainment value – priceless, Advertising value – well, let’s just say that Ali gained a few new customers. Always one to support local, her Hot Knickers studio is in Spiller’s Lane, Clonakilty. Charlene Corkery, Cork’s Stylist of the Year, is a big fan of Hot Knickers and recommends Ali’s knickers, bralettes and slips to all of her clients simply because they look great, feel great and work under every outfit. So when you have cleared out your underwear drawer you will have lots of room for Ali’s knickers.

There is no better time to throw out all of your old white bras and treat yourself to some new ones, especially now that we will be wearing lighter colour clothes – at least we hope that there is a lot of sunshine on the way to us. Girls, there is nothing worse than yellow-ish bra straps on show and your ‘Image’ will never recover from it! This Easter, when you go shopping for Easter eggs for everyone else…make sure that you pick up some new knickers for yourself!   


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