A long time ago, I used to wear all sorts of bras to work. Lacy bras! Bras with seams! I even had a few beautiful demi-cup bras that I got on a trip to Paris that really did not “contain me,” so to speak, for the office. I don’t remember if t-shirt bras got popular in the meantime or if I just discovered them, but since that discovery I really cannot wear anything else to the office. It actively bugs me if I’m wearing a blouse or a simple jersey top and I can see the lace through the top, or the seams of the bra — it just seems to be distracting, which is the number one office no-no. Every woman is particular, of course, as to which bra will be comfortable — but I thought I’d round up some of the bestselling bras that I’ve heard great things about or could vouch for myself. You can see Freshpair’s entire selection of t-shirt bras here, or check out our round-up after the jump… Please chime in with your own favorites in comments!
New Year’s Eve approaches, and I hope all of you have fun plans — and great outfits! If you need any help making a dress or top look *just so,* though, you may be turning to shapewear — and it may be a bit of a mystery which piece is best for your outfit. I do my best to de-mystify it, after the jump… Also, do note that Freshpair.com has free 2-3 day shipping for all orders over $30. Nice!
Reader S wonders about tights…
I seem to be having a spell of terrible luck with tights this year – I wear a pair two or three times and then find a hole or a run. I’m willing to pay more for tights that last longer, but I’m afraid I’ll just continue to have the same bad luck with a higher pricetag unless I get some guidance. Suggestions?
I think proper tight care could be part of your problem, but it may also be which tights you’re buying. As those of you who follow my Twitter feed know, I attended a press event earlier this week where Jenny Altman, the style adviser to Bare Necessities, sang the praises of Commando tights as being the only truly opaque, non-digging tights, as well as the praises of Wolford tights. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of Spanx tights, as I mentioned earlier — they’re pricey but worth it! (Pictured: Commando 70 Denier Matte Tights Panty Hose, available at Bare Necessities for $34.)
That said — I’ve still had $8 tights that have lasted me years, so let’s investigate further… [Read more...]
I’ve noticed that “pantyhose” seems to be a popular search term here on the site, so I thought it’d be a great time to talk pantyhose, tights, and more. For older commentary, check out some of our previous posts on point here…
|To be honest, I’m normally a tights girl for work — they’re more durable than pantyhose, and here in NYC they’re completely acceptable. I’ve recently started splurging on Spanx tights — they stay up, don’t get saggy, and are truly comfortable. I’m drooling over this pair of high-waisted body shaping tights, which would help a multitude of, er, sins. They’re available in black and “bittersweet” brown for $38:
High-Waisted Body-Shaping Tight-End Tights. Another great option: reversible tights (pictured at top), which give you two colors for $34. Two-Timin Tights with Tummy Control
|If Spanx are too expensive, FreshPair has a great sale on Hue tights — they’re 25% off until 11/21. (And FWIW, I definitely prefer control-top tights over non-control top tights — even when I was a size 2 and didn’t need the “control.” They just stay up better!) This pair was $12.50, now $9.38 (with free shipping). Sueded Opaque Tight with Control Top|
|Love these herringbone mesh tights from Hue as well — they’re less opaque than proper tights, but just as durable and as comfortable. If you’ve always thought you needed to wear pantyhose instead of tights, this pair (or any “patterned” tight) can be a great “in between” compromise. This pair was $8, now $6 with the sale. Herringbone Mesh Control Top|
|When actual pantyhose are required, I look for them to have a control top and a reinforced toe — maybe it’s just me, but if my pedicure is less than perfect (which, um, it often is) then regular, non-reinforced pantyhose just tear in seconds. Yes, the choice of shoe is a bit more limited by having a reinforced toe (unless it’s an invisible reinforcement, like these Hue pantyhose: So Silky Control Top with Invisible Reinforced Toe), but hey — I’m wearing *pantyhose,* so my shoe and outfit options were already pretty limited. The pictured pair is $15. Perfect Pantyhose High Waist|
Readers, do you wear tights or pantyhose? Which are your favorite brands, styles, etc?
Although summer is normally the time you think about the importance of having underwear to match your skin color (white pants, anyone?) the winter can also be problematic — light-colored blouses, sweaters, and layering pieces like t-shirts can all leave you a bit “exposed.” While a camisole can sometimes be an answer, a surer bet is having a bra that matches your skin tone. Enter MySkins, which offers lingerie in 20 skin-matching colors, in sizes 32A-38D for bras and sizes S-XL in panties. (You can request a free “Skin Tone Color Card” (pictured at left) to figure out what color to order.) The bra pictured is $60, but for the month of November you can take 25% off all orders with code CORP25. T-Shirt Bra (At the readers’ request, I’ve moved the picture of the T-shirt bra to after the jump…)
(Today Corporette and our sponsor, Freshpair, are starting a new series on something near and dear to every woman’s heart: lingerie. After all, every good outfit for the office starts with a great foundation. So, each month, we’ll talk about one aspect of lingerie important to every working woman… let us know if you have any particular requests! All opinions expressed herein are those of Kat Griffin.)
As the weather turns colder, I find that slips are an absolutely essential element to a number of outfits. Not only does it help prevent that fun “my tights are stuck to my skirt” moment, but the right slip can smooth out some bumps, or make a wrap dress “decent” no matter how you’re sitting. Below, I pick out some of my favorite types of slips…
|Sometimes, just a simple slip is all you want, and this nice one from Calvin Klein fits the bill. I like that it doesn’t have lace anywhere on it; the smooth fabric is great beneath jersey dresses (whereas lace can sometimes “show” beneath them), and the slight “mesh” at the top seems like it would be fine if your slip is doubling as a camisole. The lack of side slits in the skirt is also a plus from my perspective. This slip (also pictured in black above) is $48 at Freshpair. Solutions V-Neck Slip|
|I like this Flexees convertible slip dress for when you want your slip to have a firming action — it can be worn strapless (as pictured) or with straps, and it gently compresses. While in the summertime I tend to prefer things like the Higher Power with Tummy Control shorts, I like these kinds of slips for the fall and winter because it’s much easier to wear regular tights or pantyhose. This slip is $55 (available in both black and nude). Firm Control Strapless Slip|
|Another great thing about slips is that they can sometimes double as sleepwear — I actually have this slip in black, and it’s one of my favorite things to sleep in. (Something about the clingy top is both comfortable and flattering.) The double neckline is helpful, also — it’s a V-neck if worn one way, or a square neck if turned around. It’s $30 at Freshpair. Body Fresh Full 18 Inch Slip|
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