How to Always Look Put Together: Undergarments
Updated: May 9
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Welcome to Chapter 2 of my How to Look Put Together Guides. If you haven't read Chapter 1 yet you can catch up here. Now that you've mastered Personal Care in Chapter 1 the next layer we're tackling on our journey to always looking effortlessly put together is how to choose the right Undergarments.
Why are undergarments so important?
I'm sure you're well aware of the fact that the wrong undergarment can make or break an outfit easily. Looking put together and feeling your best ultimately happens when you are comfortable, confident, and secure.
As women, undergarments are the under armor that help us get through the day looking and feeling our best. With that in mind, I have compiled a list of undergarment rules to live by in order to always look put together.
01. Avoid visible panty-lines
This is crucial. If you do one thing on this list, this should be it. It is number one on my list for a reason. No one should be able to tell what kind of underwear you have on. Your underwear should mimic your body and not be noticeable. Visible panty lines cheapen your overall appearance.
This isn't something hard to achieve either, this a "shop smarter" type of situation. Your underwear drawer should reflect your body's specific needs and not what is trendy in underwear right now.
What are my options?
Opt for seamless designs, shapewear, or lace thongs. You won't have visible panty lines with these and they also won't create indentations along your hips.
Nothing hides panty lines quite like a lace thong. Where regular thongs still create an indentation on your hips or waist, lace thongs gently sit on your hips without giving you a muffin top.
Seamless Thongs and Underwear
Not the best of the bunch but a viable alternative. Seamless underwear are very comfortable, they are the perfect option if thongs are to riské for you and shapewear is too extra.
** Make sure you measure yourself and get the right size because getting a size too small will make the edges roll-up and cause even larger panty-lines.
Shapewear is the heavy-duty option for those skin-tight pants and dresses. Even if you're on the skinnier side, shapewear has a way of smoothing your body in all the right places elevating your outfit. Maybe a little too extra for the day-to-day, but definitely a necessary staple in your underwear drawer for those form-fitting pieces and special occasions.
02. Stick to neutral colors in your undergarments
Undergarments should be undetectable and choosing wild pinks and reds only limit what you can wear these with.
Colored undergarments take up precious drawer real estate and are used infrequently so are they really worth the money if you're not wearing them that often?
Stick to neutrals and flesh tones so you can wear these with every outfit, every day.
When wearing white or sheer clothing always wear undergarments that approximate your skin tone instead of black or white.
03. Get the right bra size
If you're uncomfortable in your bra, odds are you're wearing the wrong size.
If you've never been professionally sized and would like to avoid going to a store, ThirdLove has, in my opinion, the most accurate and detailed online bra sizing questionnaire and guides. So just give it a quick try and confirm you have the right size, you might be surprised.
Also, keep in mind, Bra sizes vary slightly from brand to brand and style so trying on multiple bras is often the right way to find the perfect size and style for you.
04. Choose the right undergarment for the job
The beauty of a tasteful backless dress is an unobstructed view of the back. These also make you look taller and leaner.
Embrace solutions like stick-on bras and boob tape to look your best in this style.
Stay away from bras with clear straps and bands that cheapen your look.
There are lots of options when it comes to these, my personal favorite is no-adhesive nipple covers. No adhesive means no sticky mess on your delicate nipples.
Strapless, Halter Tops, Racerbacks, and Thin Straps
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when wearing these styles is wearing a t-shirt bra, halter bra or racerback bra. The straps will never be fully hidden in these.
Now, if you want to be comfortable, by all means, it is an acceptable choice.
If you want to look put together put in that extra effort and stick to strapless bras or stick-on bras.
Shirts and T-shirts
Shirts and T-shirts will cover most of your top so the wear everywhere, super comfortable t-shirt bra is perfect for these.
Tip: Try to buy seamless t-shirt bra's so you never have noticeable bumps from lace or other textures. Keep it smooth.
Also, remember to keep these close to your skin tone so you can wear these with every color shirt.
Check out my favorite bra here.
Low Cut and Plunging Necklines
While stick on bras may be the obvious choice here, they lack support.
Thankfully, Plunge Bras exist, these provide coverage, support, and keep your breasts in place to further reduce the chance of wardrobe malfunctions.
05. Have designated period undies
After you spend time and money investing in smart, seamless undies that fit you perfectly and resemble your skin tone you need to protect these from Mother Nature. Having designated period-proof undies can protect your clothing from leaks and keep your underwear essentials stain free.
I have been using period proof underwear for years, they are super absorbent and although I do use a menstrual cup while wearing them, I have had major leaks and these undies managed to keep me dry and my clothes stain free.
06. Clean out your sock drawer
For me, socks are an undergarment, I shouldn't be able to see them. So I opt for no-show socks during the summer months. My personal hack: I bought a 20 pack of the same no-show socks.
You might think how boring, but...
Laundry is easier because I don't have to match them up.
Getting dressed is simplified because you only have 1 choice and you don't have to search for a matching pair because they all match.
07. Lounge in style
The only good thing that came from staying-at-home is how many options we now have for lounge wear. Gone are the days of using old ratty t-shirts and mismatched shorts because every store now has suitable matching options that let you relax in style.
Check out my tips to master clothing in Chapter 3
Have any other tips?
Let me know in the comments below!