With our mighty selection and vast size range, we’re not surprised that one in three women in the UK owns an M&S bra. But if we had to pick the ultimate styles, what would they be? Maggie Davis introduces the best of the best
Top image: Available in classic black, white and nude, this strapless padded balcony is one of the most versatile – and flattering – styles you can own. With easy-to-detach straps, it stays up and gives your bust a flattering shape. Thanks to a special elastic, you can rest assured that this bra will stay firmly yet comfortably in place.
If you’re looking for an everyday style that gives you a seamless silhouette, our bestselling sumptuously soft, invisible-under-clothes T-shirt bra is for you. With hundreds of five-star reviews online, customers are impressed by its comfort factor. “A great fitting bra, very comfortable and gives a good shape. Easy to wear all day,” says one of its many fans. This is the kind of bra you’ll end up wearing again and again.
With more than 1,500 four- to five-star ratings online, this is one of our all-time bestselling bras. So what makes it so universally loved? It does the job in style and comfort – and fits like a glove. It also has the widest size range, available from a 32A to a 40H. M&S’ technical lead and bra-fit expert Julia Mercer says: “The full cup shape means this is a bra for every woman, with non-slip straps and comfort elastics so it stays in place all day.”
While you need space in your bra drawer for practicality, a little old-fashioned frivolity is essential, too. The padded balcony bra is one of our bestselling Rosie for Autograph shapes – this particular shape gives just the right amount of lift and looks a dream under a low-cut top. This style was designed for Breast Cancer Now, and 10 per cent of the price goes towards the charity.
We all need one, but finding a sports bra that performs and looks great is a challenge. Ideal for high-impact activity and available in an AA-G cup, this style is a real multitasker, suitable for all sports including running. The customer reviews speak volumes: “it does the job excellently”, “it’s comfortable and easy to get on”, and “it gives great support”.
Photographer: Zoltan Tombor / Stylist: Louise Carmel Hall / Hair stylist: Panos at CLM
Make-up artist: Adam de Cruz / Nails: Emma Welsh / Model: Cindy at Established