BEAUTIFUL lingerie is an essential part of a bride's trousseau and one company in Hong Kong has shapely styles to suit all tastes and figures. Jennifer Lethbridge sells underwear imported from Britain and is the sole agent here for the exclusive Rigby and Peller line as well as dealing with other well-known brand names such as Gossard and Burlei. 'Rigby and Peller are very famous for fitting people into bras, which is also how I work,' Ms Lethbridge said. She first finds out what sort of bra the client needs and what she wants it to 'do' for her - such as giving her a cleavage. Then she finds her a bra to best suit the purpose. 'Seven out of 10 women wear the wrong size bra. I look at people and think, 'She could do with one that was smaller in the body, or she needs one that's bigger in the cup!',' Ms Lethbridge said. For brides, she essentially sells three items. One of the most popular is the basque as it can be worn with or without straps. It is suitable for the off-the-shoulder dresses that are popular. 'It usually has a fairly low front and detachable suspenders so the bride can wear stockings if she chooses. And that usually comes down over the hips and gives a bit of help with the tummy as well,' Ms Lethbridge said. Gossard makes three main styles of basque, one of which is called the wedding basque. 'It's in a smooth fabric with no lace because many brides find that the lace underneath is obtrusive with the lace of the wedding dress, so a plain background is better,' Ms Lethbridge said. The other two styles are very lacy. The choice of colours includes pure white or pearl. 'There seems to be a trend towards creamy colours and some girls don't like to have white behind white. Cream can be a bit more subtle and doesn't show through in the same way,' Ms Lethbridge said. Available in the same colour choices, the Ultra Bra from Gossard is favoured by brides looking for more of a cleavage. However, the straps limit its use with some wedding gowns. The third one, a bra by Rigby and Peller called a strapless backless, is beautiful, very well made and not outrageously priced. 'At the front, it goes from the bust all the way down to the waist but, at the back, you just have a little cuff that comes around so you have a totally bare back,' Ms Lethbridge said. 'It's fairly well structured at the front, a covered elastic goes around the waist and does up at the back, and the elastication in the bra is fairly strong,' she said. Ms Lethbridge said this worked especially well because it was not only functional, allowing brides to wear a wedding or evening dress with a low-cut back, but was very comfortable - a rare bonus with a specialist bra. Matching briefs are offered in all three styles. Jennifer's has an office in Wyndham Street but also does mail order, fairs and special events in private homes.