Today’s guest post comes from Alicia Vargo, a lingerie expert and the owner of Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie [Editor’s Note: As of January 2015, this site appears to be defunct], an online and Denver-area boutique. She’s also sponsoring a very special summer lingerie giveaway. Read to the end to find out how you can enter!
Summer is here and with that comes exciting clothing options – strappy and strapless tops, low back dresses, and lighter color or semi-sheer clothing. Regardless of your personal look, it’s important to stay in style and to avoid becoming a fashion faux pas. What you are wearing underneath your fabulous outfit for support can be just as important as what is on the outside. Here are five solutions to common summer “bra” issues:
Strapless dress or top. You’ll need to try a strapless bra for this look. If you have a smaller chest you may be able to do a strapless bandeau tube; otherwise, for larger busts, consider investing in a well-fitting strapless bra. Just be sure you find the best-fitting one for your body as no one wants to spend the night adjusting and readjusting. Go down one bandwidth from what you are in a regular bra for firm support and lift in a strapless bra. For example if you are typically a 34C go down to either a 32C or 32D for the support you need. This is what we call a “sister size.”
Skinny straps, one-shoulder, racer-back. A convertible bra is best for any of these summer styles. Most of the convertible bras include options to wear your bra several ways including one-shoulder, racer-back, halter, traditional and strapless. This type of bra typically works well on most chest sizes.
Low-back or v-back. If you have a top that dips in the back, or a great dress with a v-back, you’ll be happy to know you have great bra options! If you are more petite on top, opt for an adhesive bra that attaches in front only. If you have a larger chest try some of the excellent bustier options that are backless and strapless. You can also find many bras that are designed for low back, or you can attach a nifty device that does it for you. Your local lingerie store will help you find the right bra – just be sure to bring in your outfit with you when you get fitted.
Sheer. For a semi-sheer top or dress, flesh tones undergarments work best – leave the white behind because white bras show through white tops. If your outfit is still too sheer – consider wearing a camisole underneath for more coverage. There are also “pasties” for nipple coverage should you feel comfortable going commando!
White t-shirt. Wearing lighter colors in the summer months is a must and so is investing in a great t-shirt bra that is seamless and perfectly fitting to avoid any bra lines or gapping. A nude-colored bra may be your best option or try to find a convertible bra so you can have the best of all worlds!
Plunging neckline. For those fabulous v-neck summer tanks, try a demi-bra with a plunging neckline to avoid a bra showing in the cleavage area. If the bra shows at all when you bend over, have a tailor add a little rhinestone (bling!) to the middle of the bra. Don’t forget the pretty summertime bra straps that you can change out from the good old standbys. If your bra is convertible, search your local lingerie store for beautiful designs and flaunt your bra straps and your sexy shoulders!
Remember, when shopping this summer, don’t eliminate an outfit just because of the bra. Instead, get a bra to match your outfit! There is always a bra solution to any outfit. That top you love that makes you wonder, “What bra will I wear with this?” – don’t be afraid to buy it. Simply visit your favorite local fine lingerie store for assistance – they are bound to find you something perfect.
Now that you know what bras work best for summer fashions, Alicia is giving away a $100 gift certificate to Pampered Passions to help you get started! You can enter in the following ways:
1) Tell me which bra you need for the summer. Are you planning to wear something strapless? Need the right lingerie for that sheer tee? Let me know in the comments!
2) Friend Pampered Passions on Facebook or follow Pampered Passions on Twitter. This is the best way to find out the latest and greatest Pampered Passions news.
3) Follow me on Twitter or, if you already follow me, retweet this giveaway. Use the following message so I can keep track: RT @stockingsaddict–Win a $100 lingerie gift certificate from @pamperedpassion! Click the link to find out how: http://su.pr/1lEi8O
4) Like The Lingerie Addict Facebook page or, if you already like it, share it with your friends.
5) Sign up for the Lingerie Addict newsletter (where I’ll be featuring an exclusive giveaway just for subscribers later on this week!).
Please leave a separate comment for each of your five entries (I can’t guarantee I’ll count them all otherwise). Making fake entries (for example, saying that you follow me on Twitter when you do not) will result in automatic disqualification of all your entries.
Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and ends 6/14/10 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Please remember to include your e-mail address in at least one of your entries so I can contact you if you win.Winner will be chosen via random.org on 6/15/10. Good luck, and thanks so much for reading The Lingerie Addict!