The Right Foundation

 

We’ve all seen it, or unfortunately been guilty of it…. Wearing what could be a potentially cute outfit with the WRONG undergarments. “PLOCKIN!” as Martin Lawrence would say, in all the wrong places! But it doesn’t have to be like this. EVERY piece of underwear serves a purpose and has a function! INVEST!! Ladies, along with wearing clothes that fit properly (ex.Don’t get a 4 if you’re a 10!), the right undergarments will eliminate unsightly rolls, muffin tops, panty-lines and bulging cleavage. The most flattering and eye catching shape is the hourglass, which was THEE thing in 40’s and 50’s. Fortunately, technology has made the structured styles of those decades more comfortable, so take advantage. The right foundation creates a SMOOTH silhouette that will help you look more slim and polished, and it can be achieved no matter how big or small you currently are. Oh, and I’ve seen very skinny women fall victim to this plenty of time as well. SO, if you’re unsure or don’t know where to begin with different attire, here are a couple tips to remember  when shopping for undergarments and things to think about before you leave the house. You’ll thank me later. 🙂

  • Proper fit is as important with undergarments as with the clothing that goes over them, especially those designed for shaping or support. Too loose undergarments are ineffective; too tight leads to unwanted and unflattering bulges.
  • If you are going to wear formal attire, wear support undergarments aka “shapers” to get a seamless look. One-pieces work especially well unless you are wearing something strapless.
  • For dresses that have low backs or plunging necklines, wearing a regular bra is not an option. However, there are specialty bras that can solve your problem: strapless, convertible, backless and adhesive bras are available at almost all retail intimate stores. Another trick, especially for low-cut dresses, is dress tape — a special double-sided tape that keeps fabric in place and is easy to remove.
  • Get measured for a bra at least twice per year by a professional bra fitter.
  • Select the proper  undergarment hue for the clothing you are wearing. Wearing dark colored or white undergarments under lightweight and light colored fabrics can mean the undergarments are clearly visible. For most ethnicities and skin tones, beige is the preferred hue, becoming invisible beneath many of the sheerest fabric types. If you’re darker in complexion black works.
  • If you want to looked polished, select the proper underwear for the garment you are wearing. Wearing low-rise jeans and thong underwear is so uncouth, as are revealed bra straps.
  • If you must wear a tub-top, wear a strapless bra.
  • Hosiery is something that has become known as outdated over the past few years. However, it is making a comeback, as are leggings. Considering hosiery comes in a wide array of colors, patterns and lengths, it can be paired with any evening outfit or dress skirt. When it comes to hosiery, make sure it matches properly with your outfit and the occasion and make sure a level of taste is present … in other words, do not wear fishnet stockings to a business meeting or when meeting your boyfriend’s parents.
  • Undergarments can be very sexy garments in their own right, but know the difference between underwear and lingerie. Underwear generally has a function in the outfit, while lingerie’s function is primarily fashion. Save the matching bra and panty sets for the appropriate setting, because your bra may work with a shirt, but yout panties could be the wrong cut for your skirt/pants, you get the point.


BEFOR YOU LEAVE YOUR HOUSE ASK YOURSELF (or someone who’s gonna be truthful…)Can I see my panties threw these pants? Are they too tight? Is there a panty-line? (if they are the right size, the seam may just be too thick) Is my bra too tight?

Here is a little test I do. Bend forward and check to see if your boobs fall out your bra (it’s too small), or if the waist of your pants stay in place (no one wants to see your crack, or your thong). It take all of two seconds to see. (If I’m gonna be dancing, jumping around serves the same purpose lol)

 

THE ESSENTIALS

  • Invest in one full body shaper (pair with formal wear and form fitting dresses)
  • One bottom shaper (pair with maxi dresses and skirts, it looks so much better than a thong)
  • 3-4 everyday t-shirt bras (1-white, 1-beige, 1-black etc)
  • Cotton panties (I love Gaps underwear)
  • 1 pair of opaque black stockings, and 1 pair of sheer black stockings

COST- Undergarments can be pricey depending on where you go and the semi-annual sale at Vicky’s can leave you with only cute leftovers that may not be flattering for you. I love going to Marshalls and TJMaxx for things like this, because you’ll find name brand items for a fraction of the original cost. Also take advantage of the sales and coupons(sunday paper) at department store like Macy’s and JCPenny’s. If you live near an outlet mall, stores like Bali and Jockey have great prices as well.

  • Last but not least, COMFORT is everything. If your undergarments fit properly you will be comfortable and exude the confidence to pull off just about any outfit.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Natalie
    Jun 30, 2012 @ 14:13:54

    OH MY GOSH! This is so appropriate, I was out at a kids play place and a mom was wearing a cute black halter maxi dress and it was all sagging in the back and her white WAY TOO tight strapless bra was completely showing! It was like a car accident to look at! I ask Jim the “can you see my undies through this” all the time, but I don’t know that he’s the best judge of these things…

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