Bring up the Bodies (well, let’s bring them in anyhow)

Bring up the Bodies (well, let's bring them in anyhow)

I wear a body every single day over my bra and knickers. Come rain, come shine. Winter and summer. It is not restrictive shapewear, but it still makes me feel less wobbly, more contained, more self assured.

The best body I have ever owned (and believe me, I have bought a few in my time) is the Jamaika from Wolford. Sadly, like most very good things it is not cheap, but it survives endless 30 degree washes and tumble dries and comes in a good range of colours.

Bring up the Bodies (well, let's bring them in anyhow)

However, I don’t always splash out and have found a more economical option that I like enormously. M&S, the UK’s favourite underwear store, is also good at bodies. For example this Cool Comfort body is £14. The material gently holds your bits in and is stretchy and silky smooth, so trousers just slip over it with ease. Extremely comfortable to wear (perhaps that’s the cool Comfort™ Technology), it machine washes very well. M&S also do a range of wired bodies which you may prefer, as you don’t have to wear a bra underneath.

One last thing – always go for a body that has a popper closure – fiddling around trying to do up hooks and eyes is not ideal.

More handy style tips here

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Barbara Hoffman
Barbara Hoffman
7 years ago

I am so excited to have found you ladies! I love your ideas and sense of style. Finally, a sense of reason. I live in the United States in the Chicago area.

Annabel & Grace
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7 years ago

Thank you so much Barbara, how kind of you to write – much appreciated. Grace x

yumyummoany
yumyummoany
5 years ago

Body ordered from M&S arriving tomorrow as is the concealer. Loving the whole Country Wives and the advice.

Annabel & Grace
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5 years ago
Reply to  yumyummoany

It means so much to us to hear from our readers. Thanks for letting us know what you like. Also happy to hear if there is anything you think we could improve on! Best wishes, Grace

Sue@sixty
Sue@sixty
5 years ago

Great ideas, but please, those models aren’t exactly your demographic now are they? Is it possible to have 50+ models who actually need underpinnings!

Annabel & Grace
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5 years ago
Reply to  Sue@sixty

Hi Sue. OK, point taken! Next time I feature bodies I will personally model them! Best wishes, Grace

Catherine Doran
Catherine Doran
4 years ago

I have tried the M&S body and it works wonders while being very comfy

Annabel & Grace
Admin
4 years ago

Hi Catherine – glad you are happy. That’s what we are all about – sharing good nuggets of info! Best wishes, Grace

Mariann Shemeld
Mariann Shemeld
3 years ago

Love your blog, living in the French Countryside since 2004 and was getting a bit out of touch. Problem solved by Countrwives.co.uk.
Will be ordering M&S body
Thank you
Mariann Shemeld

Annabel & Grace
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3 years ago

Bonjour Mariann! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, we really appreciate it. Please do subscribe – it’s absolutely free and we’ll email you the latest articles each week. https://www.annabelandgrace.com/newsletter-signup/
Best wishes, Grace

Edwina Foote
Edwina Foote
4 years ago

Hi ladies
Loving the helpful tips…any chance that you could include them for the mature and larger lady please:)

Thanks

Edwina

Annabel & Grace
Admin
4 years ago
Reply to  Edwina Foote

Hi Edwina. The M&S body I recommend (and wear every day btw!) is available in sizes 8 – 22. You may also like Simply Be’s range of shapewear: http://tidd.ly/e5565b86

Hope you find something you feel great in! Best wishes, Grace

Sheila Etchingham
Sheila Etchingham
3 years ago

QI am so pleased to have found you ,too! Found by default looking how to deal with my broken shoulder. I am smiling to myself about the body underwear. My mum when in her 70’s & 80’s always wore a body which she ordered from a very good underwear shop. I always wondered why she wore one but am appreciating her fashionable ideas now I am that age ! I have a M& S one I wear under evening wear but will order one for everyday wear – that is when my shoulder has mended – at present it takes me a while to deal with knickers!!

Annabel & Grace
Admin
3 years ago

Hi Sheila… I wear the light control body every single day – so am sympatico with your mother! M&S bodies are excellent in my opinion – they wash and wear brilliantly and are very good quality. Hope the shoulder mends quickly… best wishes, Grace

Annabel & Grace
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3 years ago

I phoned Belmio and was told that their capsules are recyclable if you remove the old coffee grounds first. Best wishes, Grace