The inimitable Miss McCarthy highlights 5 summer lingerie dilemmas and how to solve them. Never fear, Triona is here with her summer dressing saviours.

Looking HOT while staying COOL can be a tricky AND sticky situation when it comes to finding the perfect lingerie to sit under your summer outfits. It’s not easy dealing with finicky fabrics; softer colours and skin-baring cuts. Simple, soft, smoothing and slimming are the words to keep in mind when shopping for summer lingerie. We don’t want anything fussy, with too many straps and ensure you snap up the correct size for your shape by always, always, ALWAYS getting measured for every single bra you buy (Brown Thomas have a team of experts in store you can call for a complimentary appointment). When you find the perfect piece, it’s best to buy it in nude AND black, to cover all your, em, ass-ets! Hee hee!

Seriously now though, I’m here to help you find the best options for the new season’s occasions, I’ve chosen some of my favourite looks to demonstrate what you need and the brands to look out for.


Pastel hued dresses in flimsy fabrics call for some cinching and contouring to show off your assets to the max.

Triona McCarthy

Summer street style will often encompass beautiful pale dresses, flowy, perhaps accented with ruffles and florals like the picture above. As cool and casual as it appears, notice that a flowy dress needs a cinched-in waist to give it form. For a comfortable and simple way to tug in your figure, CALVIN KLEIN Sculpted High-Waist Briefs, €49, are smashing. They don’t sit too tightly, just giving you a gentle hourglass curve. And Spanx Oncore High Briefs, €69 are also a great option.

Sculpted High-Waist Briefs



Going sheer isn't just for gals in their 20s you know! #justsaying.

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If you're not willing to go with dark separates this summer, a fitted black slip works a treat under summer see-throughs. Age appropriate, slimming and gorgeous, it adds a touch of modesty to sexy, feminine styles. Commando’s Two-Faced Tech Control Slip in black, €99, will sit happily under all shades of sheer. If you have the wings but don’t play bingo, then you need Spanx, Arm Tights, €32. Yes you read that correctly, they’re tights for your arms. Ideal for us ladies of a certain age – know what I mean!

Two-Faced Tech Control Slip



Bralettes offer pretty support under plunging necklines but look cute under a summer blazer. Indulge in some playful pieces – don’t forget summer underwear can be fun.

Triona McCarthy

Lingerie solutions don’t have to be serious. Pretty bralettes like this Commando Stripped Bralette, €65, would be ideal under plunging cut dresses (like the one above), and offer a smooth and contoured silhouette but also look cute under a blazer. While these Commando Emoji Thongs, 3 pack, €65, with lips and lipsticks will tickle the pickle of any Instagram junkie like me.

Stripped Bralette



Occasion wear calls for nude underwear. Spanx and Wolford offer a barely there look under the lightest of nude hues.

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Nobody does weddings quite as well as Kate Middleton but even a fit and flare number like this could benefit from Calvin Klein’s Sculpted Shapewear Slip, €78, for a smooth, contoured look. Bonus: You can wear your preferred bra, as the bodysuit sits just under the bust line. Kate also adore tights. SO much easier than faffing around with tan. Wolford’s Power Shape Tights 50 Denier, €35, are designed with a barely visible control brief top with double wrapped elastane for a perfect fit.

Sculpted Shapewear Slip



Summer’s flowing necklines need adaptable bras that allows you to show the silhouette off to the max.

Triona McCarthy

Off-the-shoulder and halter styles have been key the last few summers but can be problem necklines. B.TEMPTD B.Enticing Strapless Bra, €47, is a chic base for evening dresses and more as it enhances and supports, fastening to one side, while optional straps can be attached or detached to suit your styles. For daring low-cut or cut out outfits where conventional underwear is too visible, FASHION FORMS Dress and Lingerie Tape Dispenser,€7, is, eh, indispensable. This garment and body adhesive tape from Fashion Forms is used to stick your dress to your skin. If you're more of a pantsuit or trouser kind of woman, you need the best underwear possible for a line-free form - like the Beauty Secret Slimming Brief, €59, from Wacoal.. Completely invisible, but offering a gentle support on the lower tum. While Spanx Sheer Crop Top, €46, would give Abbey’s outfit a whole new look.

Sheer Crop Top


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