With temperatures rising, we all welcome lightweight fabrics, but not the sheer effect most have. From sometimes see-through maxi dresses to paper-thin linen pieces, TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas rounds up the best new foundations with smart to help you feel stylish and supported.
A 'truly' good fit
By now you probably know the importance of having the right bra. A perfect fit can make you look leaner, reduce aches and pains, and be barely (if at all) visible under this season's barely there styles. True & Co. goes beyond just size to also account for the shape of your "girlfriends", and developed a female-friendly online bra-fitting service. Their 2-minute quiz covers all the crucial questions, like do your cups runneth over and where do bras dig into your body? After the quiz, 5 recommended styles are sent to your home to try. You can ship back the extras at no cost, and keep the ones you feel most confident in ($45 & up,trueandco.com).
The perfect pouch
I adore a simple summer sundress, but one problem? They often have no pockets! And since wrist pouches, fanny packs and bulky iron-on inserts won't cut it for most warm-weather activities, you may want to slip into the Joey Bra, which features functional mesh pockets on each side, perfect for keys, credit card, ID and other small items. The patented design is discrete, fully supportive, and won't shift around, even when the pocket is full for hands-free fun in the sun ($19.99, joeybra.com)!
For years fashionistas have flocked to Marlies Dekkers' Undressed line to fulfill all their "innerwear as outerwear" style needs. The famed Dutch designer offers up bras with what can only be considered built-in statement necklines, complete with intricately woven strapwork, studded and lace trims, and many other features that are worthy of "air time", so peek-a-boo moments are no longer something to be feared, but rather, something to be tastefully embraced ($99, barenecessities.com)!
If you work in an office environment or just like the extra coverage that comes with wearing a cami, you'll be thrilled to learn about Second Base, a website that tackles tank top dilemmas of all kinds. They offer layering camisoles in 3 different lengths, helping prevent bunching, pulling and excess bulk. The cropped tops come in a number of different styles, a rainbow of colors, and there's even a fun assortment of neckline options. From sequined and satin to gathered and ruched, the trims can add dimension to your wardrobe without adding unwanted dimension to your chest ($30-$36, shopsecondbase.com).
A haute hybrid
Leave it to Spanx to have the come up with a way to wear a slip that doesn't slip, twist or bunch up. The Skinny Britches Skort solves a plethora of panty-related problems; its unique shorts meets slip design offers powerful shaping via a lightweight fabric, and stays in place no matter how you move. The front side offers a smoothing, skirted top layer to conceal your silhouette underneath airy semi-sheer skirts and dresses. The backside ensures a seamless but flattering look from behind by keeping the booty intact with just the shorts, no slip, so your natural curves look firm and flattering ($48-$51, spanx.com).
Shapewear for your shape
Wacoal's new Control Freak shapewear is a clever collection designed specifically with apple and pear body types in mind, two groups whose proportions might not always benefit from basic waist-cinchers. Triangular, or pear, bodies will appreciate strategically placed tummy and hip-shaping panels with relaxed leg openings, while inverted triangle shapes, or apples, will find panels that gently shape the stomach and waist, helping to balance the body ($38, wacoal-america.com).
20 shades of nude
Last but not least, womankind encompasses thousands of unique and beautiful skin tones, yet most underpinnings only come in one or two 'nude' shades, making it near impossible for many to find truly invisible foundations for some. Thankfully MySkins has come to the rescue with bras and underwear in 20 skin-matching hues. Tested extensively to cover as much of the population as possible, the lingerie features seamless edges so it can fit like a glove and disappear under even the most ethereal of garments ($12-$60, myskins.com).
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