The Best Undergarments To Wear With Fall’s Biggest Trends
True style begins with the right selection of shape wear, undergarments and intimate wear. It can determine clothes drape, cling and fit against the body. A bra worn in the wrong size can easily turn a beautifully crafted cashmere top into a bumpy and frumpy affair. Just the same, panties that leave visible marks against leggings or tailored trousers can immediately ruin a perfectly coordinated ensemble.
It’s funny how undergarments that make all the difference in the way clothes fit, are also the most overlooked. If not for a life-long career in fashion, I would never have thought to make time in my schedule for underwear shopping each season. Experience from working behind-the-scenes taught me that every stylist kit should include several sets of nipple tapes, silicone stick-ons and seamless panties. And that’s just the bare minimum.
Where putting together a polished look is concerned, there is zero tolerance for wardrobe malfunctions. Just as it is on the pages of a fashion magazine or on the runway, the way we dress and show up for ourselves deserve the same amount of care and attention to detail. Apart from its primary function of supporting and shaping the body, smart undergarments set the tone for your day. Intimate sets in lace, ideal for dinners or girls’ night out, never fail to bring out a more fun and flirtatious mood. Seamless panties and t-shirt bras were favorites throughout most of lockdown. They are flawless under leggings and other lounge-inspired outfits. I love how seamless undergarments cinch at all the right places without the unsightly marks or lines. Slip dresses—pared down or paired with outer wear—are chic quarantine style staples that had me spending more time in the lingerie department in the last 18 months.
Even after years of updating and refreshing the underwear wardrobe, finding the right pieces can still pose as a challenge. The right cut, sizing and choice fabrics change depending on current fashion obsession. and body shape. Our bodies also evolve each year in terms of curvature, muscle development or even weight loss. And so, it’s always wise to have a trusted list of go-to undergarments and shape wear brands.
SEAMLESS IS FLAWLESS. Seamless underwear has changed the way trousers, skirts, dresses and leggings look on us when worn. Not too long ago, thongs or going commando were the only acceptable options for avoiding panty marks or lines. Truth be told, string underwear is just as comfortable as having a piece of meat lodged between your teeth. Since discovering the wonders of seamless underwear, I’ve enjoyed bottoms and dresses that fit flawlessly without the discomforts of a thong.
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My measure of a good seamless panty lies on its ability to fit like second skin without pinching or snagging. EBY is a subscription, e-commerce intimate wear brand founded by Sofia Vergara and Renata Black. The brand boasts “patent proprietary flocking underwear that always ensures a second-skin like feel.” EBY’s Seamless Set includes three invisible panties with a mid rise front, standard leg and full coverage. Undergarments are also made with 100% moisture-wicking cotton for all day freshness.
SOMA’s No Show Smoothing Vanishing Collection offers an adorable collection of virtually invisible panties. There are several options for cuts and styles including: The Vanishing Retro Brief and the Vanishing Edge Microfiber Hipster. Compared to most body wear labels, Soma has the widest range of seamless styles, prints and cuts to choose from. Those keen on coordinating their intimates will enjoy design details via polka dots, lace trims and sultry animal prints.
A BETTER OPTION FOR BRAS. Shopping for bras can oftentimes feel like rocket science. There are hundreds of options to consider when choosing the right size. Padded or underwire? T-shirt bra or racer back? Strapless, bralette or bridal? The choices are boundless, and it can be overwhelming especially when you all want is a little lift, support and loads of comfort.
WACOAL has been a trusted name when it comes to women’s intimate wear. I remember how in my early 20s I’d blow an entire month’s salary on their bandeau bras. Wacoal has been a go-to because of the highly personalized experience they offer in all their stores. The brand has also been consistent in creating quality undergarments that serve function, fit, form and comfort. A new non wire, semi padded, SB2111, gives just the right about support without the uncomfortable pinching and bunching. Moderate padding gives the bust area appropriate boost vis-a-vis what’s truly underneath. Too much padding, especially on petite ladies, completely distorts proportion and ultimately, one’s natural curves. This bra style lifts, tucks and smoothens to ensure a perfect fit.
KINDLY is an intimate wear brand known for producing the world’s first plant based bra. The company was borne out of a desire to “democratize sustainable products for you and generations to come.” Their plant based bras utilize sugar cane and recycled materials. They are tailored to provide women with support, fit, function. Kindly bras offer full coverage and converts into a racer back with ease. Advocates of sustainable living will love how these undergarments do more than make you feel your best. They also ring in that warm and satisfied feeling in knowing you’ve made the kinder and better choice.
OKKO is a new intimate wear brand that celebrates diversity and inclusivity. Body wear from the brand are made with women of all sizes, shapes and color in mind. The team writes, “We create body wear worn to be forgotten.” When it comes to choosing the right reinforcements for slinky dresses, backless tops and gowns, good nipple tapes are definitely in order. Okko’s Reusable Nipple Covers are the ultimate heroes of any wardrobe. They come in three shades to blend flawlessly with any skin tone. These vegan, silicone cups also lay snuggly against skin. A beautiful matte finish compliments ensembles that has no room for bras. I love that these covers are reusable and can conveniently be stored in their carton boxes.
IN THE BEST SHAPE EVER. Shape wear is a blessing and a bane. They are life savers where tucking bulges are concerned. Oxygen supply literally being cut off, however, is the usually the asking price. Anything designed to completely alter your body’s natural shape and size is bound to hurt. At SHAPERMINT, the goal is to celebrate body-positivity. Pieces available on the platform are selected on the merits of comfort, making women feel confident and celebrated instead of punished. With over 15 brands to choose from, shopping for shapewear is made more easy and inclusive. BALI’s Lace N Smooth Firm Control Full Body Shaper and Maidenform’s Best Selling Wear Your Own Bra Bodysuit are fashion essentials that I’ve just added to the cart as the ideal base for Fall’s gorgeous frocks.
INTIMATE INDULGENCES. A close friend whom I’ve always regarded as a big sister once told me that sexy, playful intimates are lifetime investments. “It will come in handy for romantic nights, but most importantly, it will make you feel your best—even on a weekend when you’re just staying in and bingeing on a bag of Cheetos.” Since then, I’ve always made room for the occasional intimate wear indulgence—a sheer camisole, lace bottoms and an ultra feminine set.
UNDERCLUB is a luxury subscription service that caters to all women of shapes, sizes, skin tones and style sensibilities. The platform offers a wide range of bralette sets, utilizing fine fabrics, gold hardware and the darling prints. Last April, Underclub released its first collection of microfiber thongs and bikini in sizes from XS up to 4XL. The site also proposes great deals for designer underwear through monthly subscriptions of as low as $15.
MOYE was launched in 2016 as a luxury lingerie label. It has since then gained cult following among the most discerning women. The brand’s expertise in producing silk intimates inspired an expansion in its product range. Just this year, Moye has rebranded itself as a full fashion brand and introduced its first collection of wardrobe staples. Made using silk, organza and other fine fabrics, the Nudes Collection is the perfect piece for a lingerie-inspired look this fall. Slip dresses and camisoles, paired with this season’s chic coats, are transitional fashion gems that exude effortless style. An oversized organza shirt is a modern classic that can be styled into variety of looks from lounge to a leisurely holiday.