I have oodles of underpants and bras for jeans, sweaters, tights, and the necessary layers of winter. But red underwear is a really bad choice under white pants. My vintage "festival skirt" - sheer and hippy-girl chic - desperately requires a simple boy short. And my 40+ year-old boobs need a bit of a lift in summer's strappy dresses ... no matter what the French say.
A few key purchases will make spring/summer dressing a breeze. Here's a shopping list:
1) Nude, Seamless Underwear
Hanky Panky is my go-to seamless underwear. Dubbed the "training thong" by a friend, these are comfortable, machine washable (tag says hand wash, don't believe it), totally seamless, and come in 3 shades of nude. Absolutely invisible under white! Big news: they now come in petite and plus sizes, and they have a higher-rise model too. So worth the price, I swear.
2) Nude, Convertible Bra
I think a little pop of color in the bra department is awesome. I admire the ladies who wear a violet bra with a white tank and rock it. Personally, I can't pull off this look. This bra from Natori has been a lifesaver and the criss-cross and halter strap option is great for tricky summer dresses and tops.
|Look at how happy she is in this bra!|
3) Strapless Bra
The holy grail for bras: a strapless that stays up. I've had good luck with a simple "bra-lette" model (below) however, it's not recommended if you're larger than a C-cup (if you are, I'm jealous).
|Another Hanky Panky pick. Comfortable fabric, no uni-boob, and comes in nice colors (including nude).|
For my more endowed readers, I've heard good things about the model below. Removable straps, super-simple silhouette, and myriad sizes. Looks like it might stay put too!
|Fantasie Smoothing Strapless Bra.|
Summer lingerie can be vexing. Going without is positively frightening. It's SO worth the harrowing experience in the intimates dressing room (with terrible lighting and 50-way mirrors) to find the right underpinnings for sheer, strappy clothes. A good base-layer will let your summer ensembles shine!