CHOOSING THE RIGHT UNDERWEAR FOR YOUR OUTFIT
Knowing how to dress underneath your clothes is essential to looking and feeling great, but with so many options out there, it’s often difficult to decide which underwear style is the best for each occasion.
To give you a helping hand, we’ve partnered with four fashion experts to give you their insider tips on how to style four classic outfits from the inside out:
THE PUSH-UP BRA
The perfect go-to for a date night or after work drinks, the push-up bra really is a girl’s best friend! This style of bra will create a stunning silhouette and enhance your figure in a lower cut top. Chloe Smith from Mojichlo blog has styled her girly matching set with a black cami top, figure hugging skinny jeans and stylish platform heels - the perfect blend of femininity and class.
‘The push-up bra is a very empowering style as it’s so supportive and comfortable. It really gives my confidence a boost and I wouldn't go on any night out without one now! Wearing a matching set of underwear also feels far sexier than unmatched.
THE MULTI-WAY BRA
The multi-way bra is an underwear drawer essential and will get you out of almost any clothing crisis. Remove the straps and team with a Bardot top or off the shoulder shirt for a relaxed, chic look. Claire O’Mara has banished unsightly bra-straps by styling a seamless shopping outfit with a floral Bardot blouse, jeans and ankle boots.
‘I love the style and colours of the underwear, the neutral tones go completely unnoticed under everything and they have a really soft feel to them. The seams are smooth, hiding any trace of a dreaded underwear mark! It’s great that you can wear the multi-way bra up to eight different ways - my favourite way to wear the bra is without straps underneath an off the shoulder blouse.’
THE SHAPEWEAR BODY
The holy grail of underwear, if you don’t already own a shapewear body, then now is the time to invest. Regardless of your shape or size, this piece of lingerie will create a streamlined silhouette and accentuate your curves. A body is ideal to give you extra confidence and banish unsightly underwear lines in a fitted dress or trousers. Michelle Lyndon-Dykes from The Barefaced Chic blog has paired her elegant pink body with a pair of slim fit trousers and a relaxed pink t-shirt. This outfit, inspired by the seasons blush tones is ideal for lunch with friends.
‘I always feel that if a person can tell what style of underwear you are actually wearing, you've probably got it wrong - unless of course you're aiming to flash the odd bit of bra! Underwear should accentuate your outfit, not completely overpower it.’
THE SHAPEWEAR BRIEFS
The shapewear brief will make your favourite pair of jeans look even better and give you the confidence to strut your stuff in style, without having to worry about any unwanted lines. Amanda Fulton from Ginger Mum blog has styled her outfit with a pair of skinny jeans, a floral blouse and a military jacket for the perfect balance between style and comfort – perfect for a mum on the go!
‘Feeling fabulous comes from within but how you dress is key for confidence! Bridget Jones taught us the way forward is shape enhancing underwear and nowadays there's no excuse for a VPL. Matalan's lingerie covers every base so we can wear our togs with style and sass. From delicate, feminine lace knickers to bust-shaping bras, dressing from the bottom up has never been so pretty!’
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