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When I was a child, M&S sourced most of their clothes from UK factories and the whole country bought their undies from Marks's. My grandparents - never wealthy people by any stretch of the imagination - would never have dreamed of going anywhere else.
The problem was that times changed and principles were shelved. British sourcing reduced year on year and the 'design' side of M&S didn't keep up with cheaper retailers. Now I doubt many people could look in their undies draw and NOT find the odd pair of M&S pants, I equally doubt that many drawers are dominated the way they used to be.
I still have plenty of M&S knickers but I tend to buy specific 'functional' pants (so to speak) rather than every day cotton briefs. For those I go to Tesco and pick up the cheap 5-packs. I have a lot of the M&S 'tummy control' type knickers, as well as old friends of a more standard fit, many of which I've been in a relationship with longer than my husband (and we've been together 17.5 years).
My older knicks out perform the newer ones. They wash up well, don't lose their shape and tend not to fade or get discoloured. Newere ones seem to be of a lesser quality - seems come undone, elastic parts company with fabric and they end up in the bin.
M&S has a very wide variety of shapes and sizes and pretty much anyone will find SOMETHING they fancy from the knicker aisle but sadly neither the quality nor the longevity are as good as they used to be.
I've been purchasing most of my underwear at M&S for the past 20 years and although I've bought underwear elsewhere you can't beat M&S for the quality and affordability. They are particularly good at producing the standard, comfortable 9-5 knickers which could suit any woman of any age. However, their range is very extensive and you can find all styles and colours here too.
I love their packs of underwear as they are affordable and you usually get 5 pairs per pack which is a good amount. I also like that in many packs you get different designs so your lingerie doesn't have to look boring and all the same!
M&S knickers are really well made and don't tend to come apart in any way. I've had cheaper branded knickers which inevitably lose their elastic and start to fray but that has never, ever happened with any of the M&S knickers I've owned! Most of my M&S knickers tend to need replacing eventually only due to wear and colours fading but they are always really well stitched. I've found all of the M&S knickers I've purchase to be extremely comfortable and basically like a garment you forget you are wearing because they are so soft and well fitting.
The sizes are accurate, I've found, although I have noticed that the brand have started to use a duel size scenario which isn't always the best for me. I tend to take between a 10 and a 12 whereas they have started making sizes in 8-10 and 12-14!
I buy a lot of my knickers in the sales and also from my local M&S outlet stall at the Grainger Market in Newcastle. You can find single pairs here for as little as 50p so I would recommend having a look there! It's definitely worth a visit to the high street stores too. They cater for all ages and tastes.
As we all know Marks and Spencer's underwear is the stuff of legends. I am guessing that a high proportion of the British population possesses at least one item from their range. Over the years I have purchased my knickers from various places but for comfort, wear and price I have returned to Marks and Spencer's.
They have a wide range from thongs to boxers and briefs to big knickers so there is something to suit everyone. The ones that I currently buy are the Full Briefs as I am getting older and wider in the girth these days and I buy for comfort!
These briefs come in packs of five for £7 and there is a lot of choice as regards colours. There are plain ones, patterned ones and ones with little bows on, so you see that, even though these aren't the sexiest of knickers they can still be pretty.
They are made from stretch cotton / Lycra so the fit is very comfortable and the fabric feels soft against my skin. These briefs are also very hard wearing and last for ages even though they get a lot of wear - obviously! They wash and dry easily and keep their shape and softness.
As the briefs are full, which means that they sit on my waist, there is no visible panty line through my clothes. The other advantage of the full brief for me is that I am never even conscious of wearing them. With ones that sit on my hips I always tend to keep hitching them up!
I have tried cheaper versions of this style of knicker from other shops but, in my opinion, Marks and Spencer's give the best value for money every time.
In conclusion I would have to say that the best place to buy your knickers and, indeed, any underwear is Marks and Spencer's every time!
For many many years I have lived abroad, mostly in the Med as that is where my work (boat crew), is. sometimes I get home sick and one of the ways I can combat this is by going into M & S in Gibraltar whenever we are there. Even though this is a franchise it still definitely has the M & S feel even it is 35c outside!
The staff all speak Spanish and English and it is normal in Gib to mix the two together in one sentence eg " Esta tarde voy a M & S to buy some knickers por mi hija". " This afternoon I am going to buy some knickers for my daughter." It is an enormously popular shop and I always buy my underwear there because it fits and is good quality. In fact I do not possess any knickers made by any other firm so that shows how happy I am with them.
There is always a good choice in size as well as styles from the more expensive matching bra and knicker sets in all styles and materials, singles and the the ever popular multi packs. it is the multi packs when I tend to buy in cotton as this is the most comfortable in the hot weather. Bikini, Hi cut, and low rise shorts are all in my selection in a size 8 and I have never been disappointed in any of them. Made in Sri Lanka from 98% cotton with 2% elastane they hold their shape wash after wash, 40C is reccomended. My latest buy of 5 low rise shorts comes in a multi pack package and cost 6pounds. In different patterns based on a pink theme, (how girly), they are made of Unique Realcool cotton which draws moisture away from the skin to keep you cool and fresh all day. This works pretty well in all but the hottest weather when I don't think anything would work!
For me they are just the best. Their ranges seem to have improved over the past few years and the prices have returned, after a short while of being quite expensive, to a reasonable price for a good quality product. After trying a few other brands I can safely say that M & S will keep my custom and I get a little taste of the UK!
5 out of 5 stars from me.
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I have bought my underwear from Marks and Spencers for as long as I can remember and always find if I try a different brand that they are not as good quality.
One of the good things about my local M&S store is that there is a whole section devoted to underwear and the sales assistants know what they're doing and can give good advice.
In terms of knickers there are lots of different options to go for so depending upon what it is you want from your knickers you should be able to get it. You can get full briefs, high legs, minis and many more. Some of them are rather old-fashioned style patterns or very plain whilst others are more frilly and have little detailing on them which are nice.
My daughter usually buys her knickers from more fashionable shops but for Christmas I bought her a pack of low rise short-style knickers from M&S which had big bright polka dots on and she says they are very comfortable and wash well so even the younger generation can appreciate their style and quality too.
A pair that I have are full waist briefs, these help to hold the tummy in whilst being comfortable at the same time- they don't push you in just hold you in place which is nice! Also what is good about these is that they have no VPL due to their shape and design. I really like their high leg range, these fit very well and they help to elongate my legs- not that you can really tell once I have my trousers on but it's nice to have that body confidence thing! The ones I have have lots of lovely lace detail on the front which makes them feel feminine and they are pretty. For a 5 pair pack it costs £12 which is actually very good value for money as these knickers stay in good condition.
Despite washing them very regularly they have kept their shape and their colour well. The lace detailing hasn't began to fray or be out of shape so these are great. When I buy other brands I notice that they lack shape and begin to fade colour-wise after only a few washes so I will stick to buying M&S knickers as they never let me down.
I have always associated underwear shopping with M&S, mainly due to the vast array of basics it offers. Coupled with this new ranges are pushing M&S forwards as a good place to buy tasteful, sexy knickers that are affordable too. The quality and fabrics are good, the silk is elegant and divinely suggestive to touch. Colour ranges are good as well, and styles are innovative and exciting. Basques and suspender belts are being added to key collections.
Also good to look out for are the sales when the knickers can be reduced to as little as £2. Good time to stock up!
The basics are still going from strength to strength. Packs of underwear are reasonable although can be found cheaper in other stores.
There are still the faithful Granny pants on offer but M&S also offer figure shaping underwear which is a godsend! All in all I am constantly drawn back to M&S for my underwear essentials.
I love the underwear ranges in this store, the main thing that attracts me to this store is my strange body shape, i have a 30DD bust and a lot of stores particularly the cheaper ones do not stock anything in my size, i always like my sets to match so end up buying my underwear from here as well.
They have a fantastic range that will have something to suite all age groups, they have very skimpy underwear and bra sets for the younger woman, very pritty lacey items of underwear for the slightly older woman and a nice range of cotton underwear for the older woman.
I have found all of the items i have brought from there to be of a very high quality, they have worn well and washed well without any drastic fading of colours or any seams falling apart.
The prices are a little more expensive but this is reflected in the quality of the product and i would rather pay a little more for underwear that is going to last.
They also have a great web site and it is realy easy to return anything you dont want so i can even shop from the comfort of my own home.
As a regular wearer of M&S knickers for many years I have been rather disappointed with the standard recently.
I usually go for the 5 packs of cotton knickers which I have always found very comfortable - until recently. The last couple of packs I bought were of a very poor standard when compared to the ones I have bought in the past and the price has not reduced to reflect this.
The elastic can barely be called elastic as it hardly has any stretch and even seems to be quite scratchy material! The seams on each side are now considerably bigger than they have been in the past causing them to dig into the skin which can be quite painful at times. Even the cotton itself is thinner than it used to be.
Had I bought these knickers elsewhere I may have expected this quality I am used to better from M&S.
Overall the knickers are not bad but they are not what should be expected of M&S!
I mostly wear thongs because they are way more comfortable for me (any knickers I wear get bunched up so there might as well be as little fabric there as possible) I find M&S are very good for plain multipacks, I have several different styles of black thongs for everyday wear and they are all fairly flattering, well-made and comfortable. I'm not impressed with their knickers which are part of sets. I had some lovely pairs in pink, green and black which were made out of some stretch silky fabric and were so comfortable but after a few weeks the back at the top went all bobbly. I'm sure it was from wearing them with jeans but I ought to be able to wear them with anything normal without them getting manky. However the bras that went with them are still going strong although I am too big for some of them now because of being on the pill. Not much use if I want to wear matching undies though! I have a pink stretch lace set as well, in this case both the bra and thong went bobbly. In future I won't be buying knickers off M&S unless they are multipacks, I can get better quality ones in Debenhams.
I like M&S knickers, basically because they're sexy. I've got several pairs of M&S pants, and they are all silky and very comfortable indeed. Added to that, the bf thinks they are sexy, and they fit very well. Firstly, M&S knickers are comfortable. I tend to buy G strings, and I find that sometimes there's a bit of a cheese-wire effect, and I find that knickers from M&S don't conform to this standard, and are very comfy indeed. Style-wise, there's a lot to chose from in-store, from silky to cotton, from 5-packs to single knickers for more "sexy" occasions. Secondly, sizes are very generous. I find that particularly with thongs, I like to buy a size bigger than the size I am, and M&S allow for this, so I don't have to purchase massive knickers to be comfortable. The only downpoint that I find is the price. M&S are rather expensive, and as such, I tend to buy my undies from other shops, unless M&S have a sale on. All in all, I'd recommend these to anyone who can afford them, there are cheaper alternatives, but M&S are very comfortable and sexy in the knicker department, which is excellent.
I hate to say this, but as much as I love looking at the lingerie, and imagining what they would look like on me, when I try them on, I get a big dissapointment. Now, I'm not saying that I don't like what Marks and Spencers sell, I think they're great, I just think the variety can be a little small. The main problem, from my view is that Marks and Spencers don't supply enough sizes, sure they have a big range on the above size 12, but anything lower, and the amount of stock falls considerably. I'm a little petit for my age, so I tend to go for a size 10, but when I look for knickers, the only size 10 I ever find is in the "Mini" or 'briefs" section. Now, I personally don't wear briefs, and there are a lot of underwear that I would like to wear, so it's kind of an off-put to go there and find I can't buy new underwear I like. other than that little peeve, I think the range of knickers are and the different colours and materials are always good. I'm also happy to say, that they keep the style clean and sexy, and the prices are always at an affordabe rate.
Well, I'm a bloke, and I work for Marks and Spencer. But I'm constantly being told by customers that the lingerie we sell is great. At the moment we've got a promotion where you can buy 3 pairs of knickers for a tenner, and even though I work in the food section, dozens of pants come through the tills each day. The lingerie is the only part of M&S that the media hasn't slated. The main reason that the sales have fallen so much is that the media is telling people that they are, so therefore people think that it must be a crap shop and they don't go there, thats not true! The lingerie is top quality, even in Redhill we have a huge range, OK, some of the clothes may be dated, but look around, there is some decent stuff popping up! So pppick up a ppppair of M&S pppants!