Karen - Of a Certain Age – reminded me with her fantastic post, that your bra is your foundation, and clothing will only look great, if the foundations work for you (you don’t build a house on dodgy foundations, don’t wear clothes over dodgy undergarments).
The correctly fitting and supportive bra will make you look lighter and give you a more youthful appearance.
A good bra will give you back your waist, making you look more proportionate and slimmer.
Check out Karen’s post and photos she took to prove the importance.
Choosing the correct underwear is fairly simple.
If you’re wearing smooth and tighter fitting clothes, look for a bra that is smooth cupped, no seams or lace to show through.
It’s the band on the bra that is doing the work – so that should fit well and not ride up your back. There should be no spiallge over the top or sides of the cup, and the centre of the underwire should sit against the breastbone.
A good fitter will find you the perfect bra. Brands differ, so you will need to try a few before you find the best for you. I like to wear a t-shirt, and try it over the bra so I can see what it looks like with clothes on, for my most flattering look.
I recommend ‘nude’ coloured undergarments for any lighter coloured outfits, white tends to show through too easily.
Shapewear is also fantastic, I love it to hide my post children stomach, which is no longer as firm as it once was. To get maximum comfort, whilst still getting the smoothing effect I”m after and no spillage over the top, I recommend you go up 1 -2 sizes from your regular clothing size. There is so much elastic in these garments you will still be held in.
There are so many varieties of shapewear, I’d suggest you go and try them on in a big departments store where there are a variety of brands, because what fits and is comfortable to you will be different for someone else.
For bras I love www.bravissimo.com (D – J cup). They also do a great range of swimwear and clothes for the fuller busted woman.
Briefs need to not cut in to your legs to create that old VPL. I’ve never liked the G-string, I much prefer boy shorts, or other unders that are cut not to create a line. Shapewear that goes down your thigh will also remove the VPL issue.