A few weeks ago, I attended an evening with NEXT, Manchester Arndale and stylist Martine Alexander to discover the brands lingerie collection and measuring services, available at NEXT. Every woman loves lingerie, right? But just how often do you purchase a new bra and throw out an old one? And do you know your exact bra size, from a recent measure? I for one wasn’t too sure, and I felt a little embarrassed as Martine Alexander and the NEXT lingerie buyers explained the importance of knowing your exact bra measurement. Wearing the correct fitting bra doesn’t just help the way your clothes fall and sit against your body; it also creates shape and has so much health benefits in terms of posture and support.
The informative and educating evening saw myself and a group of Manchester stylists and bloggers browse the collection of beautiful NEXT underwear, learning about our own sizes, and how important it is we pick the right cup, style and support for our bodies. Martine explained how we should own a new bra every six months to ensure we are wearing the right underwear for our bodies… so hands up- how many of you do this?
The current lingerie collection available at NEXT is really lovely and much more affordable than you think. I thought it could be a little over pricey for High Street underwear, however bra’s start from just £10, and they also have a range of relaxed bandeau style lace bra’s too as well as your everyday sets and support styles. From occasion, teen ranges and sports, there is a different type of bra for every type of person or need you may be shopping for, and I was genuinely surprised to see how pretty they can make a sports bra look.
After being measured myself, I took home with me this gorgeous navy floral bra below, which I’m sure you will agree looks very premium and luxe. It has a slight push up effect too – perfect for the more less advanced in the chest area girls like me!
To finish off a real girly evening, I managed to sneak in a little bit of hand and nail pampering courtesy of the ladies at Bella Spa, who were on hand using their range of gorgeous natural skincare for hand and arm massages.
After the event, we all headed down to the stunning Hotel Gotham for dinner and drinks, discussing our lingerie purchases at one of Manchester’s newest hotel venues. You can take a read of my feature about this place over here in my previous blog post – it really is luxury dining at it’s finest!