how to shop for lingerie

recently, i’ve had so many questions about lingerie. what bras, slips, or panties to wear with what? when those temps heat up and we bare a little skin, we wonder what lingerie to wear with tricky summer silhouettes? so today, we’re going over how to shop for lingerie. if we’re wearing the right undergarments, we can wear easy-breezy sundresses, halter tops, or open-knit sweaters with confidence and ease. it all starts with the right bra. think of it like building a house – the foundation is laid first. this is an important step. even the most spectacular outfit can go awry if we’re not wearing the right undergarments. here are a few of my tips and tricks for summer lingerie.

how to shop for lingerie

a opens in a new windowpush-up or a opens in a new window plunge bra is perfect underneath special occasions or evening wear. this is the bra that gives a nice lift and adds cleavage. the opens in a new windowt-shirt bra is the most used bra during the summer months. it gives smooth coverage with its molded cups and fits beautifully underneath lightweight tees.

for tricky summer styles, i reach for a opens in a new windowt-back or opens in a new window racer-back bra and/or a strapless bra. i know, i know, many of us think strapless bras never stay in place. but opens in a new windowWacoal Red Carpet Bra has an amazing fit. it holds up beautifully in all the right places while giving shape. and it comes with convertible straps. also, many opens in a new windowbras can be converted into a racer-back bra with a built-in J-hook, so look for that feature. also, you can convert any bra into a racer-back bra with a opens in a new windowracerback bra clip. these are great to keep on hand. i use these for photoshoots when i need to change my outfit in a hurry and can’t change my lingerie.

above i’m wearing a strapless bra. below i’m wearing a racerback bra.

floral maxi skirt, white tee, gingham top, scalloped shorts, beaches

opens in a new windowbralettes are a nice choice to wear underneath a wrap dress for extra coverage. they also can be worn with low-cut tops. they’re a nice alternative to camisoles.

since exercise is a key component in my fitness journey, a good opens in a new windowsports bra is important. my favorite brands are opens in a new window Zella, opens in a new windowAthleta with opens in a new windowSweaty Betty is coming on strong. opens in a new windowWacoal makes an amazing sports bra for a secure and comfortable fit.

keep a nude or skin tone bra in your lingerie drawer at all times. it goes underneath a sheer blouse with ease. next, add a black bra. once these basic colors are tucked inside your lingerie drawer, then it’s up to your aesthetics as to what additional colors find their way into your line-up. think lace, think red, think sexy.

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now let’s talk about panties, i have opens in a new windowbikinis on hand, opens in a new windowv-kini briefs, and opens in a new windowboyshorts. my favorite brands are opens in a new windowHanky Panky, opens in a new windowChantelle, and opens in a new windowNatori. don’t forget to look for panties that give a ‘no visible panty line’ underneath snug-fitting pencil skirts or pants. my favorite nvpl (no visible panty line) brand is opens in a new windowJockey. also, i have several sets of matching bras and panties in my lingerie drawer. i always feel like a million bucks when i wear a matching set. 

once you’ve tackled the basics, opens in a new windowshapewear is a nice addition to your lingerie drawer. a opens in a new windowslim-fit one-piece bodysuit is a dream to wear underneath a curve-hugging dress. or try a opens in a new windowslim-fit slip or opens in a new windowcamisole. personally, i love to wear opens in a new windowWacoal smoothing shorts underneath dresses and skirts. it’s lightweight coverage with a smooth silhouette. many of you have asked about slips. here is a opens in a new windowcamisole slip from Commando, a brand i trust. 



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  1. Very good information!!
    Without a good lingerie your outfit can not look good!!
    THnk you

    Posted 7.22.21 Reply
  2. Cathy wrote:

    I love your blog. I would if you would interview someone who is an expert in those of us who are “well endowed”. I’m a 38 G. I have never worn a strapless bra well because of gravity. Bra letters are not designed for us. And I have yest to find a sports bra that fits right. I’m also short 5’3” and short waisted. Thank you so much for your site. You have changes my game style.

    Posted 7.22.21 Reply
    • thanks for the suggestion, cathy! i will see what i can come up with.

      Posted 7.23.21 Reply
  3. Thanks for all your information…. I love that slip from Nordstrom…just might have to get it!

    Posted 7.22.21 Reply
    • you’re so very welcome, janet! i have that slip and really like it.

      Posted 7.23.21 Reply
  4. Nancy wrote:

    Thanks Beth! Great post. I had never heard of racer clips…at my age, can’t believe it. Just ordered some! This IS a subject that some of us just put on auto-pilot and speaking for myself, I’ve never delved much into the different types of bras and panties. Have just coasted I guess! I love the bralette and had heard the term, but never really knew what they were. Just ordered two as well! So thanks for the explanations and links! Much appreciated!

    Posted 7.22.21 Reply
    • you’re welcome, nancy! they really are nice to have on hand and you can slide them up or down on your bra straps to get just the right look.

      Posted 7.23.21 Reply
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