Essential Guide: Sexy Ain’t Enough, Lingerie Should Fit Just Right

Get on top of the ‘lingerie game’ with this essential shopping and style guide

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Women
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Good lingerie is a prerequisite to well-fitting clothes (Photo: iStock) 

Do you often feel confused about what kind of lingerie to wear under your dresses and fitting tops? Well, awkward peep shows and the all-day discomfort are every girl’s worst nightmares. This guide will help you pick out the right lingerie that’ll let you carry off any dress you like, with comfort and confidence. In a world of detachable and criss-cross straps, stick-ons and demi cups, there’s no wardrobe situation that can’t be taken care of.

Let’s find the right bra size, now! (Photo: iStock) 
Let’s find the right bra size, now! (Photo: iStock) 

1: Identify a Size that Fits You Just Right

Been wearing a bra too large or tight all along? (Photo: iStock)
Been wearing a bra too large or tight all along? (Photo: iStock)

There’s a difference between the size of a bra’s band its cup. Don’t mistake one for the other. Often, when you feel that a certain bra feels tight, don’t just hop onto a bigger band size, unless its digging into your skin and you can’t even get a few fingers to slip through. If you’re spilling, what you need is a bigger cup size. The number in a bra size stands for the band, while the letter defines the size of the cup.

So if 32B doesn’t give you enough coverage, try a 32C. But if it’s too tight in its outermost hook, you need to try a 34B. A combination of the right band and cup size should be your perfect choice.

2: Should a Bra Strap Be Thick or Thin?

Get your basics right, girls (Photo: iStock)
Get your basics right, girls (Photo: iStock)

Yes, the thickness does matter. What’s crucial to understand here is that straps are a bra’s support system, and they shouldn’t be expected to ‘lift’ more than they’re meant to. But thick is a bit out of fashion to be honest. So, look out for straps of medium thickness. Thin straps that are tight might dig into your skin and put too much pressure on the nerves in your neck and shoulders. If the straps hurt you in any way, it’s time to throw out your bra. Don’t take it for granted. Day long discomfort could give you headaches and the pain could even run down along your arms. Only settle for a bra that you even forget you’re wearing.

3: Which Bra to Wear Under What?

Explore the various kinds of straps, the options are endless (Photo: iStock)
Explore the various kinds of straps, the options are endless (Photo: iStock)

Tight clothing- a seamless underwire
Basic t-shirt- a bra with proper contouring and no lace, please!
Sheer tops - a seamless, skin coloured or nude bra
Halter, tank, strapless tops or dresses- a halter bra or a strapless, or something with the option to convert
Plunging neckline- a demi cup bra or stick-ons

4: Hide that Panty Line

The best way to keep your panty line from popping out through your skirt/dress/pants is to wear a thong or a G-string. But then again, these aren’t the most comfortable options. Worry not! You can wear a bikini underwear, which almost blends under most garments. If the problem persists consider wearing a thin slip under your dress.

Invisible panties must be invested on (Photo: iStock)
Invisible panties must be invested on (Photo: iStock)

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