Items for this column were provided by Julie France Body-Shapers and Dear Kate. All opinions are my own.
We’ve been buried in cold (and snowy!) weather here in the South for the past week, so I’ve been all the time I’m stuck inside as an excuse to audit my lingerie collection. January is a great time to throw out bras that are dead, donate bras that don’t fit, ditch panties with holes in them (I don’t care if no one else will see them, they’re depressing), and to generally take stock of your lingerie drawer.
However, when you’re replacing parts of your lingerie wardrobe I think it’s worth doing it mindfully. For me this means making a list of what I have, along with items that I need and want. That way, when I come across pieces through 2013 I can see where they fit into my lifestyle. Here are my ten essentials that I am working on incorporating into my collection this year!
1. Shapewear that I’m actually comfortable in.
As a fan of wiggle style dresses, I really love shapewear and appreciate the smooth line it creates. However, since I live in a warm climate most shapewear makes me feel like a half melted icecube, and most of the events I go to that require shapewear also require eating and drinking. Maybe I’m lazy, but those giant shapewear panties that you can’t get out of until you get home just don’t do it for me. Luckily, Julie France Body-Shapers offered to send me several pieces from their new line of shapewear which is lighter for warmer climates! Their Léger Tummy Shaper meets all of my picky requirements, and is so great that I’ve been wearing it for non-fancy occasions too. It’s now gotten me through everything from a black tie cocktail party to Christmas dinner with my family.
2. A great plunge bra.
Even if you’re not a superfan of the plunge bra, they’re essential as a wardrobe solution. While it’s hard to find a great one if you’re in the H+ cup sizes, Bravissimo is filling the gap admirably with their Satine bra. I love them so much I own three. They are smooth, sexy, and I’ve never found a dress or shirt that they didn’t work under. These go up to a J cup, but don’t despair if that still doesn’t work for you. Ewa Michalak still makes fantastic plunge bras up to a KK cup, although their offerings haven’t been nearly as interesting in terms of design lately.
3. A great full coverage bra.
I’m not going to start the great debate about moulded versus seamed bras today, since that’s really a matter of personal taste. Fuller coverage bras now come in all shapes and sizes now, and are perfect under almost anything. You can go with a trendy option like this Elomi bra, or opt for the tried and true nude t-shirt bra. Either way, don’t underestimate how great finding the perfect “everyday” bra can make you feel.
4. Panties that you can put through the washing machine.
I love pretty lacy panties as much as the next person, but sometimes I get really tired of handwashing every piece of underwear I own. It’s even worse now that this cold snap is here. I like having a few pairs of panties on reserve that I can put through the washer and are also fashionable and pretty. These Dear Kate panties have been a favorite of mine, and the performance fabric that they use feels like it would work well for yoga classes and other athletic activities as well.
5. One sexy lingerie set that makes you feel awesome.
Everyone should have a special lingerie set that makes them feel like a Hollywood starlet. The options can be a little limited in this area for full busted women, which is one of the many reasons I’m thankful for Bijte. Their camis and babydolls are high quality, provide fabulous support without wires, and represent a gigantic leap forward in the world of full busted lingerie.
What’s on your list for 2013? What lingerie essentials can you not live without?