Underwear For Tricky Dresses

Aside from a mercifully brief phase in the 90s when it was deemed acceptable to have your g-string on show, we all now know that visible underwear is a definite no-no. It’s the quickest way to ruin a carefully assembled outfit.  So what options are there for those tricky dresses with unconventional straps, open backs and plunging necklines? Here’s our guide to getting it right every time:


A deep V-neck dress requires a bra that doesn’t show the connecting clasp, so a good choice is a U-Plunge bra. So-called because it resembles a U from the front, with the connection between the cups being much further down the torso to accommodate a very deep V neck. ASOS have an excellent Fashion Forms U-Plunge bra, available in nude or black, for the very reasonable price of $32.30.


There are a couple of options for backless dresses depending on what style of dress you have. If the dress has a low cut back then try a low-back multi-way bra, which allows you to position the straps much further down your back. If your dress is even more daring, and reveals your entire back, then an adhesive backless bra is the answer. Girly Essentials have a great selection of invisible bras starting at $22.95 and ShopStyle have an excellent range of low back strap bras, at a variety of prices, starting as low as $8.00! Yep! $8.00!


Body Con

This slinky, tight-fitting style of dress can be very unforgiving when it comes to underwear choice. A great idea is bodysuit-style underwear that not only disguises any lines from your underwear, but can also help to hold in any other lumps and bumps you’d rather hide. The brand that celebs including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba, Cate Blanchett and countless others swear by is SPANX, and though pricey (ranging from $50 - $198 for bodysuits), it’s totally worth it. The fabric feels comfortable, and though it holds us in like never before, it somehow it doesn’t feel too tight! swiish also loves Hold Me Tight shapewear. The Seamless Bodysuit is an excellent choice, sculpting tummy, hips, thighs and back. Better yet, it’s only $34.95.

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