11 underwear sets with an inclusive shade range to make you feel sexy AND supported

From black-owned businesses to trusty ASOS, these are the best brown and black lingerie sets for darker skin tones...

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by Jade Moscrop |
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The idea that lingerie should be encompassing of all skin tones and sizes isn't a groundbreaking one, but shockingly, it is a relatively new concept for some brands.

The negative press several beauty brands' limited shade ranges have received in recent years only proves that attitudes are changing. No longer is beauty and fashion tailored solely to the thin white woman - and rightly so. We still have a long way to go but, when it comes to underwear and lingerie, the crux of the matter is: everybody wears underwear, so every body should be considered.

Gone are the days of 'nude' underwear in two shades or less, not to mention the badly designed bras with uncomfortable underwire. Instead, inclusive brands are here to stay, and black-owned businesses are popping up left, right and centre proving that sex appeal isn't limited to one skin tone.

Want to support brands that support every woman? Here are a few of our favourite underwear sets, either designed with black women in mind or with fully inclusive shade ranges, plus some designed by black women themselves so you can support the black community this Black History Month (and afterwards!)

11 of the best nude underwear sets with inclusive shade ranges for darker skin tones

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11 black and brown nude lingerie sets with diverse shade ranges

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CREDIT: House of Fraser

Nubian Skin

Classic lace push-up bra in the shade Caramel, House of Fraser, £39The classic lace short in the shade Caramel, House of Fraser, £18Launched by Ade Hassan, Nubian Skin is a black-owned lingerie brand that was founded to help progress the race inclusivity of the fashion industry. Speaking to Stylist in 2018, Ade said, "I don't think we will see equality until Asian, black and mixed-race women can walk into any shop and find nudes in any tone that a white woman could."Pros: Comes in four different shades for darker skin tones and in sizes 30A-38D for bras and XS to XXL for pants.Cons: Visible VPL, though the range does offer seamless briefs, too

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Uni Qlo - Mame Kurogouchi

Women Mame Kurogouchi Plunging Wireless Bra in the shade Dark Brown, Uni Qlo, £19.90Women Mame Kurogouchi Airism Ultra Seamless Briefs in the shade Dark Brown, Uni Qlo, £7.90A collaboration between fashion 'basics' experts Uni Qlo and high-fashion designer Maiko Kurogouchi (whose brand is aptly named Mame Kurogouchi), this edit is designed to "enhance every body.""Featuring a deep, earth-toned colour palette that complements the natural skin tones of women around the world, the collection encourages women to wear what they choose, however they choose to style it." Oh, and it's relatively afforable, too. Pros: Cool-touch fabric with a slender design that will sit well and pretty much invisibly under most clothes.Cons: Bras are sized XS to XL rather than in cup and band measurements.

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CREDIT: Marks and Spencer

M&S - Rosie

Silk & Lace Underwired Full Cup Bra A-E in the shade Topaz, M&S, £28Silk & Lace High Leg Knickers in the shade Topaz, M&S, £14M&S are renowned for their underwear department and, now, with their 'New Neutrals' range designed for women of all skin tones, they're championing the lingerie industry better than ever before. This pick actually comes from M&S stunning Rosie collection (from Rosie Huntington Whitely) because, if you ask us, nude underwear doesn't have to be basic...Pros: Beautiful underwear with silk AND lace in a huge size range from 30A to 42E, plus fabrics for five different skin tones.Cons: Thicker bra straps mean this is less likely to be your pick of the night with that LBD...

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Microfibre T-shirt bra in the shade Dark Brown, H&M, £12.994-pack Brazilian briefs in the shade Dark Brown, H&M, £12.99H&M's underwear department is somewhat of a dark horse in the industry but it is certainly not one to miss. Women of colour will find not only a 'token' inclusive-shade bra at H&M, but those hard-to-find strapless, non-padded, push-up - you name it - bras to ensure you can wear your favourite night out 'fit with confidence.Pros: Buyers say sizing is spot on, plus "so soft and comfy" were words being thrown around a lot in the reviewsCons: Bra sizes often flit in and out of stock making getting hold of your size a bit of a logistical nightmare

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Smoothing padded non wire bra in brown, ASOS, £16Smoothing control high-waist thong in brown, ASOS, £12ASOS's own-brand ASOS DESIGN department currently have a gorgeous range of non-wired bras for bust of all sizes (including fuller busts) and skin tones, with shades varying form black, to brown, beige, white and even dusty pink if you fancy a pop of colour. Pros: Tummy control pants are an added bonus and the satin-effect fabric takes this set from 'basic' to stylishCons: ASOS' stock going in and out so fast means this isn't perhaps as reliable a go-to for darker-skinned women, though we'd hedge our bets any disappearing items would soon be replaced with just as sexy alternatives

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CREDIT: Love, Vera

Love, Vera

Logo Bralette and Boyshort Set Dark Cocoa, Love, Vera, £36.71Another black-owned business, Love, Vera was started up by Vera Moore and Nate Johnson, an IRL couple who wanted to "celebrate black women, black entrepreneurship, and black cultural influence.""We use black models for all of our shoots to champion diversity and inclusion. When customers – Lovers as we call them – visit the site or view any of our campaigns, they feel seen and heard," they told VoyageLA.Pros: Value for money and sizes from S-4X (4XL)Cons: Shipping is about £10, though you'd still probably come in cheaper than some of the other brands mentioned here

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CREDIT: Savage X Fenty

Savage X Fenty

Unlined Floral Lace Bra in the shade Brown Sugar Nude, Savage X Fenty, £35 for VIPS, £60 for non-members and £29 as part of a current promotionFloral Lace Band Thong in the shade Brown Sugar Nude, Savage X Fenty, £14 for VIPS, £22 for non-members and £5 as part of a current VIP promotionYou'd have to be living under a rock to have not heard of Rihanna's incredible lingerie subscription service, Savage X Fenty. With some of the sleekest and sexiest designs on the market, inclusivity isn't even the first thing that'll catch your eye on the SxF website, but that doesn't mean it's not still a pillar for the brand. With shades ranging from Tobacco Nude to Honey Nude, Rihanna's team have got all skin tones covered, plus a whole myriad of other shades to tickle your fancy, too.Pros: Reviews claim "incredible fits" and super high qualityCons: Being locked into a subscription service is a bit of a pain

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CREDIT: Bare Necessities

Bare Necessities

Reveal The Perfect Wireless Bra in the shade Chocolate, Bare Necessities, £21.11Reveal The Bikini in the shade Chocolate, Bare Necessities, £8.60You might not have heard of Bare Necessities, but it's a great go-to for fuller busts (sizes up to DDD) and they've managed to nail much-needed sexy bra for women with bigger bosoms. We're talking lace, bralettes WITH support and, most importantly, shades for darker skin tones.Pros: Great price and most reviews claim it's "super comfortable" Cons: Some buyers seem to think it might be better for small to mid sized busts given the thinner straps

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CREDIT: Selfridges


Summer Mesh plunge mesh bralette in the shade Jasper, Selfridges, £36Summer Mesh mid-rise stretch-mesh thong in the shade Jasper, Selfridges, £22Much like SxF, Skims is somewhat of a leading lady in the underwear department and for good reason. Flattering fabrics in diverse shade ranges, we've got to give it to Ms. Kim K, she knows what she's doing.Pros: The best loungewear underwear money can buyCons: Perhaps better for smaller busts, though Kim herself has a fuller bosom so you might be surprised

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CREDIT: John Lewis


Soft Stretch Padded Bralette in the shade Ebony, John Lewis, £39Soft Stretch String in the shade Ebony, John Lewis, £15Chantelle has a great variety of undie options with everything from sexy lace balcony bras to everyday basics and, we won't lie, it's always helpful when a brand is stocked at John Lewis. We may not shop at Waitrose, but being able to have something from JL delivered to your local branch for half the price is definitely something that will get us through the door ud83dudc40Pros: Double layer design makes this super comfortable with an added smoothing effectCons: No available shade in this specific design for lighter-skinned women of colour, though there are in others.

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CREDIT: Beautifully Undressed

Beautifully Undressed

Divine Feminine Triangle Embroidered Bralette, Beautifully Undressed, £120Divine Feminine Embroidered Thong, Beautifully Undressed, £110As far from underwear basics as you can imagine, black-owned brand Beautifully Undressed was launched by Annabelle Mu'azu in a feat to "reflect the desires of real women." It's pricy but oh-so-beautiful and, even if you can't afford it, this brand deserves to be admired. Pros: Quality French embroidery and silk design ud83dude0dCons: Sizing is a little hard to wrap your head around

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How do I measure my bra size?

It's really easy to measure your bra size at home, and you can even use a bra size calculator like this one from M&S.

If you want to work out your size manually, all you need is a soft tape measure.

First, use the tape measure to measure under your breasts around your torso in inches. This is your band size. If you get an odd number, round up to the nearest even one.

Then, use the tape measure to measure around the fullest part of your bust. Subtract your band size from your bust size and the difference in inches will give you your cup size.

For example, one inch would be an A cup, two inches a B cup, three inches a C cup, and so on.

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