Everyday underwear

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This is your core lingerie—it doesn't shift around, it doesn't show, and it's comfy enough to handle eight hours plus at your desk. It should include plenty of black, white, and nude bras and panties—not too skimpy and preferably seamless. But Susan Nethero, chief fit stylist for Intimacy boutiques, urges a revolt against purely functional styles, suggesting richer colors, witty prints, even lace and embroidery.

Above: Start fresh with easy-care, hard-wearing whites: an immaculate underwire bra and teeny bikini.