Heatwave Surviving Lingerie

July 19, 2013

If you’re in the UK right now you’ll be fully aware that we’re currently in a meltdown.  Literally.  If we didn’t complain enough that the snow had gone on for too long, and begged for our wet Augusts to be gone, summer decided to kick us in the shins and delivered us the heatwave we’ve not experienced since 2006.  I guess we had it coming.


For the past few weeks I’ve been sweltering in the 30 degree Celsius heat much like the next person, and raiding my hoards of holiday clothes for the thinnest tops and smallest skirts I ever bought.  Through my quest to find the least overbearing clothing, I realised that this need for thin layers went almost skin deep to the very foundation of my outfit.  My lingerie.

So, I guess this is a little self help guide for surviving the heatwave.  Think about the following suggestions for cooler boobs this summer:

      1. Avoid padding.  Padded bras, including those in moulded styles, can have a thermal effect making you feel warm.
      2. Choose unpadded soft bras.  Bras made from sheer fabrics are cooler because there’s less material for a ‘barely there’ feel.
      3. Plunge styles have less fabric which may feel more comfortable, but avoid if you suffer boob roll-together as cleavage can get sweaty!
      4. Natural fabrics such as cotton are cooler than synthetic and can wick away sweat.
      5. Some brands have wider straps than others.  Slimmer straps mean less close fabric.
      6. Lace can sometimes feel itchy and encourage irritation.  Not nice when you’re hot.
      7. Bras constructed with front bands underneath the cups can often feel more restrictive and warm compared to those without.
      8. A bra and clothing may be just too uncomfortable when you’re feeling really hot and sticky, so a supportive bra integrated strappy top may be the answer.


My Favourite Bras for Summer


Miss Mandalay Paris

Cool and breezy semi sheer mesh fabric that’s incredibly breathable with narrow straps for a comfortable and barely there feeling. 


 Panache Tango Plunge

Simple and unobtrusive design with low plunging cups and no under cup band, this is a supportive and easy to wear alternative to padded plunges.



Cleo Lucy

Pretty yet uncomplicated structure.  Lucy has a thin mesh fabric with no padding in a balcony style, bridging the gap between a full covering bra and low plunge.




These are my tips for staying cool in this summer heat, what are your own?  What do you do to stay cool with boobs?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and revelations!


  1. Estelle

    July 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Great tips! I have to say though, I find lace super comfortable for summer because it’s more breathable than closed fabric. I’m mostly wandering around the house in a silk robe though (the fabric never, ever stops feeling cold!)

  2. Becky Boudoir

    July 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Ah, that’s interesting, Estelle! It may be a sensitivity issue with some fabrics then. I’m very funny with some laces when it’s warm.

    I love the idea of wearing a silk gown, that does sound really appealing!

    Becky x

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