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 summer dresses, white pants, tank tops and even my summer sneakers, I begin to realize it’s 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!
To keep this simple, I’m just sharing with you what works for me. Keep in mind, everybody and every body is different. For instance, I am small in the chest. So I don’t require a bra with any heft or great support. For that reason, I’m not going to tell you exactly what bra to buy, but I’ll simply suggest the types of bras you might want in your drawer this spring and summer. And, of course, I’ll let you know what I’m wearing and enjoying.
***By the way, this is an updated repost of last year’s Spring Undergarments Essentials Refresh. But I do have NEW products in it. I’ve switched up several things and added others.***
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 about a year now I’ve been wearing the Vanishing Edge Microfiber with Lace High Leg Briefs from Soma. I absolutely love these undies. In fact, I just used my $10 birthday bonus from Soma to buy another pair this week.
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.
Unfortunately these panties are not on sale right now (but Soma’s Embraceable Panties are). So if you’re interested in trying the Vanishing Edge Panties and want to wait for a sale price, be sure to “favorite” them in the shopping widget below and you’ll receive notification when they offer a deal.
For reference, I wear a medium in the Vanishing Edge Panties.
#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 Girl Shorts. 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.
#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. I wear this Push Up Lace Trim Bra. It has a little padding, feels comfortable and does the job. It’s also part of a BOGO 50% off sale right now.
#5 – 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.
#6 – Convertible strapless bra
Much more often than in the winter, during the spring and summer I do need a convertible bra. I prefer a convertible bra over a true strapless bra simply because it does more jobs for me. I like being able to wear it strapless if I prefer, but then being able to simply convert the straps for wear with a tank top or other shirt that exposes my bra straps. I like this one because it’s comfortable (well, as comfortable as a bra gets!), stays put pretty well and has multiple configurations for the straps.
#7 – Adhesive Silicone Bra
I decided I just didn’t want to wear my strapless bra for the wedding, so I took the plunge and purchased this Lift It Up Adhesive Silicone Bra with fear and trepidation. Hallelujah! This thing (things???) actually works! If you follow the directions, the silicone cups really do stay put and you truly can “lift” the girls for a little more fullness and correct proportions. And they stayed put while I danced the night away!
I did not follow the sizing suggestion on the website and size up. I’m a small B cup to begin with and I just couldn’t imagine needing a C. That decision turned out to be fine for me. But if you have a fuller cup size, you may way to size up.
The Lift It Up Adhesive Silicone Bra doesn’t have to be relegated to being worn with evening gowns, of course. I know bloggers who say they wear these silicone cups with low cut dresses, slip dresses and sun dresses, too.
#8 – athletic socks
First up I’m simply sharing the socks I generally wear when working out and wearing my running shoes. I didn’t mention these last year, but 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!
#9 – low profile socks
Honestly, I don’t wear socks much during the spring and summer. But when I’m wearing my leather Keds, my canvas Supergas or my navy Converse, I prefer to wear a low profile sock. A seamless, low-profile cut keeps Bomba no-show socks hidden inside your sneakers, while ribbed arch support and silicone-grip heels make wearing comfortable. They really do stay in place. The Bomba No Show Socks are padded, but they come in a non-padded version, too.
In last year’s post I shared the Zella No-Show Socks. I do still wear these, too, and they work beautifully. But they’re a little thinner and many of my sneakers are too big on my feet. So that’s why I purchased the Bomba Cusioned No-Show Socks, which do help fill up the extra space in my shoes somewhat more.
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 – Camis 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 and prefer them because they are lightweight, fit comfortably and stay put close to the body…without binding. Right now they’re part of a Buy One Get One 50% off deal at Ann Taylor.
#12 – Full length slip
Honestly, I don’t have one of these right now. But 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 just ordered this one because I like its simplicity. I went with the size M/L.
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Be sure to check out the other posts in the Spring Wardrobe Planning Week series, too. Here’s what I’ve shared thus far this week:
- How to Plan & Shop for Your Spring Wardrobe
- Spring Wardrobe Essentials
- Spring Completer Pieces to Layer on the Style
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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