Bare Necessities

Bare Necessities Marple are specialists in lingerie, swimwear and nightwear. We first opened the doors in 1986 and then in 2011 we opened our boutique in Knutsford which boasts 2 floors of fabulous collections.


Bare Necessities stock lingerie that is suitable and designed especially for weddings. Available all year round, our wedding lingerie is created for a wide variety of tastes and sizes. We offer lingerie in classic shades of ivory and white, all appropriate for a selection of wedding gown styles and shapes. Bare Necessities gives a choice of wedding lingerie that supports and enhances natural shape on any wedding day.


We understand the importance of comfort and desired appearance on your special day. Our wedding lingerie is available in strapless and long-lined styles as well as pieces that flatter the tummy and lift the bust. A variety of co-coordinating briefs, shorts, Italian briefs, thongs are offered within these ranges. We also recommend a range of supportive briefs that tone and support the body from thigh to waist or just under the bust if required.

Recent studies reveal that 70% – 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra everyday.

So it is imperative that the lingerie you choose on your special day is fitted correctly.

 Bare Necessities is a certified Lingerie Styling store for Marie Jo and Prima Donna guaranteeing that we have successfully completed the necessary training.  Furthermore, the staff is experienced and has extensive product knowledge.  ‘Mystery shoppers’ regularly inspect the store to ensure that customer service meet the highest standards.

We do our upmost to get to know each customer’s individual needs and always offer an individual and personal fitting service. 

Shopping for lingerie and swimwear should be a hassle free and enjoyable experience.  With that in mind, we offer an appointment service, which can be arranged when the store is closed.  This gives you the opportunity to try lots of different styles with your mum, friends, bridesmaids in a relaxed atmosphere.

Brands offered for bridal lingerie do fluctuate from season to season but tried and tested ranges are offered by Marie Jo, Prima Donna, Aubade, Simone Perele, Fauve, Fantasie.

With a size range from A to I cup and starting from 30” back, we do try to cater for everyone.

Choosing the right lingerie for your dress is paramount.  It is very important to get advice from the dressmaker.  So many brides have a picture of their ‘dream lingerie’ but it may not be suitable underneath your dress.  Just remember, you can always buy the perfect set for under the dress and choose something completely different for later and of course, for your honeymoon!


Getting the Timing Right!

Always choose your dress first. 

At the first fitting, try to get pictures of the dress whilst it is on.  Back, front and side views are important.

When you choose your lingerie bring all the pictures with you and try to bring the same person that was with you at the dress fitting.  Two heads are generally better than one!

Keep all the labels on the lingerie, just in case we have to change style, size etc

When the dress is ready, try the lingerie on again to make sure it still works with the dress.  Give yourself 4 to 6 weeks before the big day, just in case we have to order a different size or style.

Wedding Night!

Carry on the ‘fairy tale’ feel to your day and choose a beautiful piece of nightwear from our silk or cotton selection.

Stunning designs from top brands such as Marjolaine and Luna di Seta give you what you dreamed of!

Of course, this might be the time to pop into that lingerie set you really wanted to wear but the dress didn’t allow.

Whichever, we can help you keep your dream alive!


The Honeymoon!

Whether you are staying in the UK and going to one of the fabulous hotels offering a spa complex or jetting off to an exotic overseas location, you will need the right swimwear.

We offer an extensive range of tankinis, bikinis and one piece swimsuits all year round.

With great brands such as Maryan Mehlhorn, L’Idea, Charmline, Rasurel,  Diva,         Rodial, Sunflair, Aubade, Gottex, Gideon Oberson, Gottex Profile, Fantasie, Freya, and for the first time Ori from Spain and back in the UK  Nicole Olivier!

We specialise in fitting the right swimwear to suit your individual needs.  We have lots to offer in bra sized, strapless, long lengths and control pieces. 

We have built up a strong customer base who appreciate that we choose all our swimwear very carefully.  Julie, the owner of Bare Necessities thinks it is imperative that the buyer must also fit the swimwear so the customer’s needs are always taken into consideration.

Our tankinis are chosen so that the majority cover the top of the brief, so you aren’t left with any gaps that you didn’t want!


Our bikinis have moulded and non-moulded tops, mainly with an underwire for support.  Coordinating bottoms are varied from tie sides to deep brief with a fold down to help disguise any difficult areas. with lots of varying styles in between.

Our bandeau suits and bikinis (available to be worn strapless) are also available up to the larger cup sizes and in the larger dress sizes and offer no strap marks.

Our halter neck suits and bikini tops are very flattering and give a great cleavage!

Our balcony bikini tops offered in moulded and non moulded and give a subtle uplift to the bust.

Our swimsuits that offer v-necks are very flattering on a bigger bust, wired and non-wired but always offering great support. 

Our control swimwear offer varying degrees of hidden control using superior, technical fabrics, sometimes with a hidden lining.  Again the brands are chosen for their comfort and support.

Different styles within the swimwear to disguise ‘problem’ areas, such as rouching, cross over, the 50’s style lower leg, and sizes from 8 to 24 and up to H cup, there really are something to suit most requirements.

Co-ordinating beach wear and cover-ups complete the picture.  The choice is vast with kaftans, dresses and skirts, maxi or shorter, patio pants the choice is endless!  Many can also be worn as outerwear in the evening.

Great fitting swimwear will boost your confidence and make you feel special and that’s what it’s all about!

Bare Necessities

10 Market Street, Marple, Cheshire SK6 7AD – 80 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6ED

Tel: 0161 427 6984                                          01565 755 121







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