Hello, and welcome to Dressed for My Day. Today we’re going down under! That is, we’re talking undergarments. When I start pulling out my spring and summer dresses, white pants, tank tops and even my sneakers, I realize it’s also time to refresh some of the undergarments I wear primarily in the warmer months. So I thought today would be a good day for a spring undergarment essentials refresh.
Undergarments can make or break an outfit. It’s essential that we wear undergarments that fit, do what they’re supposed to do effectively and stay where they’re supposed to stay…under! In fact, the right bra – one that lifts and supports – can truly make you look more slender and even more alive and energetic, whereas wearing an old or unsupportive bra can easily make you look 5-10 years older than your are. Yes, it’s that important, ladies.
That said, if it’s been a while since you’ve had a professional bra fitting, I suggest you slip into Soma, my favorite lingerie store, or your favorite department store to get fitted as soon as possible. According to those who conduct such fittings, most women are not wearing the right size bra.
Meanwhile, the next time you get dressed check to see if perhaps you need to adjust the straps, taking in some of the give so that the bra lifts like it is supposed to. If you do end up taking in the straps some, check out the results in the mirror once you’re dressed. You may be surprised at the visible and significant difference this little adjustment makes in your appearance.
Finally, when you do purchase a new bra you want it to fit comfortably but with support with the shoulder strap completely or almost completely let out. That gives you room to take them in as the straps stretch out with wear. You also want the new bra to fit comfortably with it fastened at the furthest out hook closures on the band. That way you can move them in as the band stretches with wear.
HERE’S WHAT WORKS FOR ME IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER MONTHS.
#1 – Nude panties for white pants and skirts
I think every gal needs multiple pairs of basic nude panties to wear under white garments. And when I say nude, I mean your color of nude, of course. For several years now I’ve been wearing the Vanishing Edge Microfiber with Lace High Leg Briefs in the shade warm amber from Soma. I absolutely love these undies.
These panties stay in place and do not show lines at all. That’s because they really don’t have a seam around the leg openings, but they do have stay-put silicone underneath the edges so they don’t ride up or bunch up. I’ve always preferred French cut or high leg briefs, but they do have other styles of Vanishing Edge panties, including cotton ones. Find all the styles available here.
Right now you can buy 3 pair of Vanishing Panties and get 2 free. That’s a tremendous deal, so it’s worth it to stock up for spring and summer. For reference, I wear a medium in the Vanishing Edge Panties.
By the way, I wash my Vanishing Edge Panties in the machine on cold water, but I do not put them in the dryer. I lay them on a drying rack to dry. That may sound extreme, but I want them to last as long as possible. But according to the care directions you can indeed put them in the dryer.
#2 – Light shapewear for everyday skirts and dresses
When I wear everyday skirts and dresses I like to wear lightweight, light control shapewear like these Spanx Thinstincts 2.0 Mid-Thigh Shorts or these Smoothing Shorts from Soma. If I keep two pairs in my drawer I seem to have what I need for the couple of times I wear skirts or dresses each week. They prevent panty lines and bulges, but they also prevent thigh chafing. Ahem.
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#3 – Heavy shapewear for body hugging dresses
Because I do have a few close fitting dresses that I wear during the warmer months, I like having a pair of bodyshapers that offer a little more support and shaping. I purchased these SPANX Thinstincts High Waist Mid Thigh Shorts before my son’s wedding to wear with my dress even though that dress had a full skirt. I liked the fact that these are constructed from a very thin, breathable microfiber fabric and that they offer super cinching of the waist all the way up to my bra.
Look, shapewear is not super comfortable because it does indeed suck you in. But I can attest that these are the most comfortable I’ve tried. And I really didn’t mind wearing them at all for about 6 hours. They don’t roll down at the waist and they don’t roll up at the thighs. No, they’re not super easy to put on. But once they’re on, they don’t move!
#4 – Nude everyday bra
I’ve never been one to have bras in pretty colors or patterns. But I think that’s perfectly grand if you do. Still, I think every gal needs at least one nude colored everyday bra that works well under all the white and pastels we wear this time of year.
Because we are all so different in this particular body area, it would be silly of me to tell you what bra to buy. But I can share with where I’ve found good bras.
- Soma has a large selection of bras Buy One Get One 50% Off.
- Macy’s has a full and varied selection of bras in familiar brands.
- Spanx has one of my favorite lines of bras with good support and coverage as well as lots of comfort, the Bra-llelujah Collection. These bras are so soft and come in a variety of styles.
#5 – Racerback Bra
During the summer I find it necessary to have a couple of good racerback bras on hand. In fact, at this time of year I wear these more than I do my standard strap bras. A racerback is simply a bra with straps that gather in the back and create more room at the shoulder area for going sleeveless. These bra straps do tend to go close to the neck at the top, so you do have to be aware of that when choosing the right bra to wear with a particular top or dress. But I enjoy a racerback so much more than a strapless bra if I’m just going sleeveless.
#6 – Wireless comfort bra
Y’all, I’m so tired of wearing a bra. Aren’t you? But I don’t feel completely physically comfortable without one either. So when I’m just working around the house or from my home office, I often opt for this bralette. It’s very comfortable, prevents chafing and creates a more finished, polished look…just in case someone does drop in. The Enbliss Bralette is also part of the BOGO 50% off sale.
#7 – Strapless bra
Much more often than in the winter, during the spring and summer I do need a strapless bra. I do not like my current strapless bra, but I’ve heard rave reviews on this Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Bra so I’m ordering one pronto to wear to Abby’s wedding.
#8 – athletic socks
First up I’m simply sharing the socks I generally wear when working out and wearing my running shoes. I absolutely love my Bombas, so I thought I’d share. They’re not cheap, so I only own about a half dozen that I’ve purchased over time. But these socks provide nice cushion, stay put, and have arch-hugging support. Honestly, they feel like a hug for your feet! And I find them to last a long time, too. Tough socks!
#9 – low profile socks
Honestly, I frequently go without socks when wearing my fashion sneakers. But with some of them I do indeed wear no-show socks or low profile socks. I have found two brands that I really like for these. I can highly recommend both the Bombas No-Show Socks and the Zella No-Show Sneaker Socks. The Zella socks are a little thinner and they are a good bit less expensive. But if you need a thicker sock I’d highly recommend the Bombas Cushioned No-Show Socks.
Slips seem to be such a thing of the past…until you need one. Amiright?
#10 – Half slip
I’ve discovered that most skirts still need a slip unless they are lined. And even a lining may not keep your skirt from riding up in that annoying way they sometimes do unless you add a simple slip. I haven’t put it on in a while, but I’m pretty sure I wear my half slip with my denim skirt, for instance. I like this one because it’s simple and it has raw cut edges for a no-fuss fit. But I also like this one because it comes in three colors, three lengths and has a slit you can place strategically. I own the Vanity Fair slip.
#11 – Camisoles for modesty
Because so many spring and summer blouses are sheer, it’s good to have a few lightweight camis in various colors. I have several of these from Ann Taylor. But I also wear these Essential Camisoles from Banana Republic and really like them, too. I like that the Ann Taylor camis come in the colors of blouses you may be wearing and are a little silky, but the Banana Republic camisoles come in skin tones and are more basic.
#12 – Full length slip
I’m including full length slips because every once in a while you do put on a dress that requires one. Remember, a slip doesn’t just provide an added layer of modesty, but it can also provide a smooth finish and keep you cooler and more comfortable. I like this one because I like its simplicity. I went with the size M/L.
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Yes, sometimes we must open our mouths and use our words to comfort those who are hurting. But not always. There are times when it is perfectly appropriate and even best simply to show up. Especially when I’ve not faced the same situation my friend is enduring, I find I often can minister best simply by being there, leaning in and listening.
Showing up costs something, though, doesn’t it? It takes time, effort, shuffling around your schedule and patience. But let’s not discount the blessing we give someone simply by being there. In fact, I heard many people recount how God encouraged and strengthened them through the presence of a friend. When we show up, God shows up more visibly to the discouraged and hurting person.
But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus. ~ 2 Corinthians 7:6