The 5 Must-Have Bras That are Perfect for Party Season

With searches for ‘Christmas dresses for women’ +120% in the last 30 days, it’s clear the search is on for the ultimate party dress. But there is one thing that can make or break your look – the bra. Whether you’re going for a chic LBD, statement print, or bold backless style, choosing the right lingerie solution for your festive party look is key.  

In fact, research by M&S reveals that 61% of women have shied away from dresses they love because they don’t already own a suitable bra. To help you find the perfect bra and dress combo, the M&S Lingerie team have revealed the exact bra you should be wearing with these five popular party dresses.

1. The open back dress and multiway bra

With research revealing that the open-backed dress is the most challenging to find a perfect bra solution for, an expert from the M&S Lingerie team says: “If you’re looking for the perfect solution to conceal your bra in an open-back dress, we recommend opting for a multiway bra. Thanks to its versatile construction, clear straps and adjustable back converter, it can work with practically any outfit but is perfect in particular for low back dresses.” 

2. The strappy slip dress and strapless bra 

Perfect for party season, the M&S lingerie team say: “Pair your strappy silk and satin slip dresses with a supportive strapless bra for an effortlessly elegant look. Helping to keep you comfortable all evening, this bra style also helps you embrace the minimal style.” 

3. The V-neck dress and plunge bra

When it comes to finding the perfect partner for your V neck low-cut necklines, the M&S Lingerie team advise: “No matter how low the neckline, choose a plunge bra to ensure great support under your outfit. Elegant and comfy, this bra style can create additional lift, perfect for layering under plunging necklines.” 

4. The square-neck dress and balcony bra

An increasingly popular style, the square neck radiates sophistication. When it comes to choosing your lingerie for this style the M&S Lingerie experts say: “For a square-neck dress, we recommend choosing a balcony bra as this discreet option fits under a dress with a wide, angular neckline neatly. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing just a balcony bra, opt for a square neck bodysuit for a hidden layer of support.” 

5. The halterneck and strapless bandeau bra

If you’re choosing the halterneck dress  as your party outfit, selecting the right bra can feel like a bit of a mystery. Experts suggest: “Pairing a halterneck with a strapless bandeau bra is perfect for all cup sizes. If you prefer a bra that offers that extra support, opt for a multiway bra with the straps crossed at the back.  

Looking for the perfect bra for your other favourite wardrobe combinations? Discover the five staple bras the M&S Lingerie team recommend here:  

Anabel Cooper

Anabel is a graduate of King’s College London and upon graduating, she set out on a journey to inspire and empower women through her words. Besides working as a digital marketing expert, Anabel is a freelance copywriter.