The high street has a new fondness for backless dresses. And tops. We're not talking J-Lo at an awards show here, but the high street has a knack for producing perfectly lovely clothes and then shoving a load of gaps, slashes and cut-outs in them, resulting in your bra being on show for the world to see. However, for many of us, going without underwear is simply not an option. This is why, when I was informed of the solution to this fashion crisis in the form of M&S’ Lace bralette, I paid close attention.
My esteemed colleague Tory was keen to inform me that, not only is said bralette under a tenner (£9.50), it has the best support she’s ever found in a non-wired bra and has allowed her to do something that she, as a woman with E-cup boobs, didn’t think she’d manage: she’s bought a backless dress. “Well, it has a slight split down the back which means that my regular bras look silly,” she told me. “I bought the bright pink version of the M&S bralette to wear underneath and, not only is it super pretty, it also looks enough like a top that I can get away with wearing the dress for work without looking completely inappropriate.”
It may also be the most talked-about bra on social media, with several people waxing lyrical about its brilliance. Even if you’re not keen on wearing anything backless, this is the bralette for those who never thought they could wear bralettes. The ever-wise Tory suggests that, if you want a snug fit that feels particularly supportive, go a size down then you would normally (they’re available in dress sizes 6-22). If, however, you’re looking for something just for comfort, Tory advices going for your regular size. Is this the most democratic bra on the high street? Quite possibly, yes.