Underwear shopping

June 15, 2015

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Panties, underwear, knickers, bottoms and the list goes on as to what that piece of fabric is called. Although underwear is a topic we don't always openly discuss, it's an important one.

I worked for a major lingerie brand for quite a few years and although bras were a focus, which we'll talk about soon, underwear can bring about just as many questions.

In a nod to this sometimes taboo topic, we are going to talk underwear and offer some tips to help make your next knicker shopping experience enjoyable and productive.

  1. A Must Have Color: White or Nude

Even if you don't plan on wearing a white skirt, pants or shorts anytime soon, you just don't ever know when that may suddenly change. Most importantly, you may think your pale blue underwear will be just fine under that pink skirt, until you double check yourself in the full length mirror right as you are about to walk out of the door.

Having at least one pair of nude or white underwear on-hand is a must, even if it's not a color you wear on an everyday basis.

  1. A Must Have Cut: Thong and Boyshort

When it comes down to everyday wear, many women have a strong preference for one over the other.

Yet, I highly recommend you have at least one boyshort, if you almost always wear thongs, and visa versa.

Here's why.

The way a fabric drapes can alter a garment significantly. Many designers love to play with the draping of fabric because it allows them to have creative freedom with the movement of the garment, the shape and the silhouette.

What's not always factored in is our natural body shapes, but rather a smoothed out version of our body shape.

In other words, there are times a thong will not provide the same seamless look as a boyshort will. Generally, when this is the case, a proper fitting boyshort that will stay in place while offering a smooth silhouette is exactly what is needed.

On the flipside, there are some garments where a thong is the better choice, as it will offer the seamless look without the eye-catching panty lines.

Last important point, be sure you have a seamless version in both.

  1. A Must to Note: Material and Fit

These two points are crucial when it comes to underwear, as you want to be comfortable and not to have to think about it after you put it on.

Underwear should feel like second skin; it should be a pleasure, not a chore, to wear.

When it comes to sizing, do not worry about what the tag says. Instead, focus on how it feels - does it ride up? Do you need to adjust it during the day?

The material and fit are cornerstones to a great pair of underwear so don't be afraid to ask questions about either on your next underwear shopping trip.

- Aimee

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