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Did you know that the right undergarments can actually make any outfit look better? After all, your underthings serve as the foundation, and anything you wear is bound to be more flattering if you have a flawless foundation. From slips and tights to waist cinchers and corsets, there are a lot of practical garments that can help in this department. But we like to focus on the lingerie that still makes us feel — and look — gorgeous underneath our outfits, while also giving us a clean line. In other words, we prefer the garments that allow us to work with our bodies, rather than against them.

Here are some lingerie solutions to consider when you want to smooth out your silhouette as well as dodge any unsightly lines:

High-waist panty

Nothing puts a dent in a thoughtfully chic ensemble quite like some pesky lines from your undergarments. Enter: The high-waist brief. It smooths out your midsection (preventing any pesky muffin-top) while also accentuating your shapely derriere. Best of all, they’re perfect for avoiding the dreaded VPL under form-fitting skirts and dresses. Whether you’re slipping on a pencil skirt for work or a cocktail dress for date night, this panty style will give you some light support and shaping — and best of all, you won’t have to compromise on style.


Looking for a smooth line under a sultry bodycon dress? The bodysuit is a must-have in most lingerie collections because it can do just that while also giving your bust (and even your bum) some lift. A bodysuit is ultra versatile. It can be worn under anything from a simple tee and jeans to a chic LBD. Some bodysuit can even be worn on their own as an alternative to a tank or blouse! If you’re looking for maximum support, seek out bodysuits that have separated cups with underwire. Otherwise, you can wear the bra of your choice underneath the bodysuit if you don’t mind layering.

Bustier/longline bra

When you’re hoping to avoid any bra lines around your waist or back, a bustier or longline bra is the perfect solution. Since both of these garments have extra fabric below the bra cups, you can prevent any visible seams, underwire, etc. That additional material smooths out your torso, shaping your silhouette and enhancing your curves all at the same time. Plus, both bustiers and longline bras are phenomenal options for full-busted women, because the extra fabric (and boning) under the cups provide added support. If you’re looking for some smoothing action under a strapless ensemble, then a buster might be your best bet. A longline bra works better for high-waisted skirts with cropped tops, and sheath dresses or fit and flare dresses, while a bustier works nicely under a flowy blouse or peeking out from underneath a button-down or blazer.

Who says you need to wear a restrictive girdle or waist-cincher to make your figure look smooth? All of these pieces can offer shaping benefits — and they’re pretty to look at, too. You shouldn’t have to forfeit style to achieve a smooth silhouette, and luckily, these lingerie solutions offer both fashion and function.

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

Featured image lingerie:
Elissa Low Back Bustier P5017 in Nude
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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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