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Monday, April 23, 2007

The Right Underwear

Underwear is just as important as your clothes because they can make or break an outfit. Wearing the right kind of underwear for every outfit makes a lot of difference.

I hope this entry can serve as a helpful guide to what you should have underneath your clothes.


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For casual dresses and skirts, you can wear boyshorts a.k.a. boyleg underwear with cycling shorts or a slip. These would definitely prevent you from having a Paris or Britney moment. Don’t cast off the idea of wearing high-cut panties a.k.a. “granny panties,” either; they can smooth out your middle section, making you look slimmer.

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If you’re going to wear a short skirt or dress, boyshorts and shorter cycling shorts would keep you safe from peeping toms. It’s just going to be as if you’re wearing skorts.

Low-rise bottoms call for low-cut underwear, of course. You should still stay away from regular panties, though, because even if you’re wearing jeans, the lines can still be visible. Lace or cotton low-rise boyshorts or thongs are advisable, but please don’t let your thong straps show. You just might attract unwanted attention.

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The same goes for tight bottoms -- the thong and boyshorts guarantee zero panty lines. You have to check their material first, though. It would be better if they’re seamless so that they won’t create boyleg, or worse -- thong lines! (Yes, there IS such a thing!) The fabric shouldn’t roll up, either. Finding a good pair of boyshorts is pretty tricky, but it’s not impossible. Scour department store racks for many inexpensive choices. This way, you can buy a few styles and see what works for you before buying a lot.

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If you’re wearing a formal dress or gown, you might need support undergarments or “shapers” to create a slimmer figure, but if your only problem is your middle section, you can always wear slimming high-cut underwear. This really depends on your body type, so it’s better if you check out what would work for you. Bring your dress when looking for the right underwear so that you can see how it would look.


Victoria's Secret has their Sexy Seven: 7 Must-have Bras to Complete Your Wardrobe which looks like a pretty helpful list. I believe, however, that some of the bras included are there for commercial purposes only (what a surprise); thus, I created my own list of must-have bras, including only the essentials:

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The Strapless Bra and the T-Shirt Bra
Some of my friends are fans of the convertible bra, but in my opinion, you wouldn't need the other ways of wearing the straps, such as the criss-cross, the halter, etc. If you have a strapless bra that fits you well, it can work with just about any top. Choose a strapless t-shirt bra for smooth coverage. The t-shirt bra, as its name indicates, guarantees good coverage and smoothness under your tees; but they aren't just good for tees alone -- they're better than lacy bras and other shapeless styles because the fabric doesn't make you look "lumpy" under any top.

The Sports Bra
Wear this when you're exercising or playing sports. A sports bra should give you enough support and coverage and should also be lightweight.

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The Push-up Bra and the Demi Bra
Now, these two aren't really part of your basic needs, but get real: for some of us it is a must to boost your cleavage a little bit, plus we have tops with necklines that need a special bra.

The push-up bra will give you a boost, all right, while the demi bra is good for clothes with very low necklines.

Remember to buy underwear with good quality. I highly recommend Wacoal and Triumph for bras, (available at SM and Robinsons Department Stores). Their undergarments may be a little pricey, but they're definitely worth it because they will last you years and years without losing their shape.

Happy shopping, ladies!

The CityLifeStylist


Anonymous said...

Nyehehe. Inaabangan ko 'yung mga undies na kadalasang nagiging fetishes e. :p

The CityLifeStylist said...

Haha... No comment!