It was years before I stopped for a moment and really took a look at my underwear purchasing habits (a sentence I never thought I would say). Well into my twenty-somethings I was still stocking up on “fun” underthings – push up bras, laces and bows that would show through basic shirts, itchy materials, uncomfortable thongs, etc. Unfortunately my wallet was really what was keeping me back – I thought I could skimp on buying more quality/expensive items because it was “just underwear.”
Boy, have things turned around. Once you purchase your first pieces of real, fine lingerie, you can never really go back. Not only is it a nice confidence boost to know you’re covered in all the right places, but the expense really does translate to longer lasting pieces. A few tips and favorites: For softer fabrics with minimal support, I love Eberjay bralettes. I own several in different colors. Though not optimal for white tea shirts or see-through fabrics, I do like to wear mine under tanks or breezy tops. My favorites include this one and this one.
With underwire there are a few things to think about – mainly comfort, fit, occasion. Every day I’m usually wearing a t-shirt style underwire from Calvin Klein, like this one. I found this bra a couple years ago and have basically purchased in bulk for every day. But, you also want your confidence-boosting bras in different fabrics to fit the occasion. I like this one from Cosabella.
For bottoms, I tend to go with what is going to work best with every outfit day-to-day. And comfortable forgiving fabrics are a must (no wedgies and no pantylines). I stock up on either these or these a couple times a year. If you need to have a brief, try choosing a fabric that won’t bunch, like this one. You cannot forget shapewear either. Sometimes, those linen pants or a sheer maxi dress just requires you to suck it up and wear some Spanx.
How are you stocking up your classic lingerie drawer?