Archives for January 2014
Well…this is my inaugural post. It’s not going to look pretty and not entirely how I imagined it, but I’m letting that go. I’ll get there. I’ve become more comfortable adopting this “not-everything-perfect-yet” approach since having kids, but it is definitely becoming more of the norm as I have started my own business. Sooo…in short, this is a journey and, given that you’re reading this, you’re along for the ride!
Did I grab your attention with this title?? I hope so! Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so I thought that this would be a perfect occasion to talk about undergarments.
Ok, honestly, no one likes to spend money on something that you are not going to see, or see very much of. I’m here to tell you that you absolutely must, MUST invest in appropriate under pinnings. Anyone who has been properly fitted for a bra will tell you what a life changing experience having appropriately-sized undergarments can be. Undergarments can be the linchpin that elevates your look from mediocre to fabulous; enhancing your figure by allowing your clothes to properly drape and often providing necessary coverage. So take the plunge and buy some great undergarments – you will NOT regret it…I guarantee it!
I’ve recently converted one of my brief-wearing friends (she will remain nameless) and I was surprised to learn that there are still people out there not embracing this skinny jeans, silky pant and jersey knit necessity. A Hanky Panky thong is a wardrobe staple and, contrary to nay-sayers, this particular brand is very, very comfortable. Please, ban panty-lines and give it a try. Also to note, Hanky Pankys not only come in low, regular and “retro” high rises but now they offer petite and plus sizes as well.
This is a great tank for plunging necklines or cropped hemlines because the lace peeks out; adding a little interest but keeping everything appropriately covered. I would suggest buying one in a favorite color and you would be amazed at how much wear you will get out of this cami. I have one in a dark burgundy – perfect under all of my grey and black sweaters or, paired with my favorite burgundy jeans, it subtly compliments my looks. I particularly like the length of this camisole because it hits mid-hip, so I never feel that it is creeping up.
A seamless cup is often necessary when wearing a t-shirt or another body-skimming fabric like jersey or silk. I love this bra in particular because of the fun straps, which will be fantastic under a tank when the temperatures rise. In my opinion, nothing is less exciting than a nude strap peeking out from a tank (although a nude cup is one of life’s unfortunate necessities). Also, the straps have a hook so that you can create a racer-back when needed – genius! I just bought this bra in the shocking pink…for my own enjoyment.
Shapewear comes in a variety of options, depending on your needs (meaning both problem-areas and wardrobe function). For example, a friend recently borrowed a very curve-hugging (and rock’n ) jersey dress that begs for these thigh shaper shorts. Panty lines are eliminated as everything is sucked-in and smoothed. My only word of caution would be to practice using the restroom prior to an event…or don’t drink a lot, as getting out of these can be a bit tricky. I would also definitely recommend the tank version, they’re great for everyday wear: Shaping Tank.
This slip is great for those times when you don’t need the structure of shapewear but a dress still requires some additional coverage. Plus, a basic slip will allow clothes to hang better over your body, particularly when wearing hosiery. Nude is a great option; perfect for the light colors and loose fabrics worn in warmer temperatures, but black is a necessity for pairing with dark clothes (lest the slip should peek out).
Just for fun, I thought that I would include this one. Definitely not a requirement for undergarment wear but this chemise could be a beautiful addition for wearing in your boudoir. Soft jersey adds great comfort while the styling and lace accents are romantic details. Of course, I love both pink colors! With Valentine’s Day around the corner, this could be a beautiful addition to your…wardrobe. I know my husband, for one, would like to see less of my flannel jammies and over-sized tees!
Finally, caring for your “delicates” is very important. Never (ever) run undergarments through the dryer! Hand wash or wash on the delicate cycle and then hang dry. A lingerie bag can protect delicate fabrics as can a lingerie wash specifically designed for undergarments.
Also to note, Bare Necessities (where I found many of the items mentioned above) is currently offering a great sale – 25% off regularly-priced items with free shipping over $70 ($6.95, 60-day returns).
Please keep the feedback coming! Let me know what you think…both about my selections and this new blog. And, as always, thanks for reading.