Hi Laura, of course and exactly! That's the reason I chose to feature that piece; the difference a little splash of color can make is amazing :).
When you think about what to wear to work, you probably think pants, skirts, tops, shoes, accessories—the basics.
But there’s something you’re probably not thinking about—something that has an equally big impact on how you look and feel: What lies underneath.
Much to my dismay, wearing lingerie (and even talking about wearing lingerie) is taboo in our society because of its strong association with sex. But, there’s a wave of young women (myself included) who are buying lingerie to feel great and look better—for themselves, not for “show.”
And I’ve found that there’s no better way to improve your professional image and give your confidence a boost than splurging on a few amazing pieces. For starters, here are my recommendations for perfect under-office attire.
Even if you don’t love (or don’t need) padded bras, let’s be honest: Office buildings are cold no matter the season. And the consequences of that can be pretty embarrassing! So, when in doubt (i.e., when you’re not wearing a sweater or jacket), put on a lightly or fully padded bra, which will “smooth out” any potential situation.
Long Line Bras
One of the biggest office-wear issues we all face is what to wear underneath white or semi-sheer shirts. Here’s the secret: If you’re wearing a shirt that’s even a little bit sheer, make sure what you wear underneath matches your skin tone. Do not wear white under white (unless, of course, you’d like to show off your lingerie!).
Another hint: Try a long line bra, which basically combines the camisole and bra concepts. They tend to be very supportive and flatter most bustlines, whether you’re an A cup or D. If you’re on the smaller side, I recommend a V-neck silhouette—it has a very pretty and proper Victorian look that will leave you feeling like royalty.
No matter how fabulous the outfit you’re wearing, your look will take a hit if your panty lines are showing through. So, is the secret always wearing a thong? Not necessarily—it’s just ensuring that your knickers are seamless.
My tried and true favorite is Hanky Panky, especially because their newer pieces feature fun colors and prints. But I personally try to avoid wearing thongs with skirts—I prefer something with more coverage. I love Commando panties, which are a seamless full brief option. Just make sure you buy the right size—if they’re too small, you’ll have panty lines all over again!
I know, I know—when I say the word “bodysuit,” your mind probably flashes back to the 80s, when leotards were all the rage.
But bodysuits get a bad rap, and it’s time we give them another chance. If you love the look of a tank tucked in to a pencil skirt, but hate that your top just can’t seem to stay tucked in, try wearing a bodysuit in lieu of a top. Today’s suits are much less like Baywatch swimsuits and instead echo lingerie and chic workwear. You’ll never have to worry about looking like a disheveled professor again!
You know that dress—the one you bought on sale one size too small that still doesn’t look quite right? Here’s your answer: Shapewear! Believe it or not, the right shapewear will trim inches from your thighs, hips, and tummy area while having a general smoothing effect. These pieces are made of material that’s usually a bit heartier than your standard nylons or slips, and they will certainly make you feel poised and polished.
Try these tips out, and you’ll be amazed at how fantastic the right lingerie makes you feel. But also remember that lingerie can also be really fun to experiment with! Many brands design basics with a twist (my favorite is Lascivious’ luxury basics line), allowing you to try pops of color under black, something strappy (like a Marlies Dekkers bra), or a gorgeous set that makes you feel like a goddess.
And when you wear something that makes you feel beautiful, the outward effects—the way you interact with others, your audacity and courage, and your level of energy throughout the day—are a reward in themselves. In my eyes, splurging on lingerie—for yourself—is one of the most worthwhile wardrobe investments you can make.