A poor fit in female underwear is a sure way to sabotage an otherwise great outfit! As the foundation for your outerwear, your underwear should only be visible if that's what you intended as a fashion statement! And it should always provide a firm, supportive, jiggle-free, smooth foundation for your clothes -- all the curves in the correct places with no extra lumps and bumps!
It's a good idea to get into the habit of checking your underwear on a regular basis (for example twice a year when you do your seasonal wardrobe makeover). Replace underwear that's discolored, has tired or over-stretched elastic, or simply no longer fits.
Have underwear for everyday wear, but don't forget to ensure you have suitable underwear for your special occasion outfits too. How will you wear that new low-backed, evening dress if you don't have the right underwear for it?!
Another slimming tip to disguise a roll of flesh around your middle is to wear a (not too tight) camisole as an under garment this will smooth and minimize your middle and will allow the outer garment to fall smoothly.
Bras are necessary for every woman, no matter what her breast size, for breast health and to provide a good foundation for clothes.
Did you know that our breasts don't contain muscle? They are made up of milk glands, fat, ligaments, blood vessels and skin. So no amount of exercise is going to change the breast size or shape itself (bad news for those of us with smaller or sagging breasts).
Correct bra size -- how to recognize that your bra is the wrong size and how to determine your correct bra size
Fitting a bra -- even the correct bra size will need adjusting for a perfect fit
Bra shopping tips -- things to consider for when you go bra shopping
With panties comfort and fit are essential, style is a bonus!
Shapewear conjures up images of boned-corsets and Victorian ladies being strapped into crinolines and so on. Thankfully, we no longer have to put up with such contraptions! Modern fabrics and construction techniques provide both control and comfort
And finally, don't let your panty hose spoil your smooth foundations! The waistband is often too tight, resulting in unsightly muffin-top bulges even when your panties or shapewear knickers fit correctly.
Tips for buying panty hose...
Either buy the largest panty hose size you can. That is, ignore the brand's height sizing and simply buy the largest size
Or, cut 2 snips in the waistband at the front, in line with the middle of each leg
Do both of the above, if the largest size still results in a muffin-top
Look for panty hose with no waistband, for example from the US brand Haines
Another tip to extend the life of ruined control-top panty hose is to use it as shapewear by simply cutting off the legs to the desired length.
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