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Essential Underpinnings

When it comes to looking great, the little things can have the biggest impact. It’s not always about what you wear, it’s what you wear underneath. Oftentimes, an exposed bra strap, a bunched up cardigan, a strapless bra that won’t stay up, or an exposed panty-line can be the difference between looking sleek verse sloppy.

I am all about the functional undergarments these days- from shape-wear to customizable bras- these things do matter and can greatly impact the way your clothes look. On the red carpet, the right underpinnings are almost as important as the right dress (something that anyone who watches the Rachel Zoe Project is familiar with).

Read on for my most essential underpinnings.

Spanx Diamond Pattern Control Top Tights
, $28. I used to layer Spanx body-shapers over my tights. While this worked, it was uncomfortable- not to mention annoying to be wearing so many different layers. Fortunately, Spanx removed the middle man with a line of super fashionable tights that stay true to what the brand is known for- sucking you in and trimming your tummy and thighs!

Donna Karan Waist Embrace Body Shaper
, $45.  I went to a preview for Donna Karan’s Body shaping line a few months back and they had a magician at the event. Why? Because, as they claimed, the body shapers work so well you’ll think it’s magic. I received some samples to try and and was pleased to discover they were right! I rely on these when I’m wearing something super body con or ultra thin  and flimsy to smooth out any bumps and to get a (temporary) tiny waist.

Second Base Demi Camisoles, $29 This demi camisole provides all the benefits of a cami without adding extra bulk and is perfect for wearing under low-cut tops, wrap dresses,  and tops that dip low at the sides (this style is my favorite, especially when just a touch of skin is revealed between the sleeve and the cami, so sexy yet subtle!). They come in a variety of fabulous shades and they’re the softest things ever!

The Natural Clear Back Bra
, $34. Finally, a strapless bra that actually stays put and doesn’t require constant adjusting! This style allows you to create a custom fit and goes on seamlessly, eliminating visible bra-lines or dreaded back-fat bulges. The low-plunge front makes it ideal for those low-cut tops and it comes with a clear adjustable halter strap for some extra support.

Cylk Body Contour Brief, $89. These briefs are perfect for the eco-conscious consumer and are crafted using a unique bamboo blend to ensure maximum comfort for you and minimal impact on the environment. They slim and smooth your figure effectively but are still comfortable and breathable so you won’t feel like your circulation is being cut off, big bonus!

Fashion Forms U Plunge Bra, $28. An absolute must for all  low-cut loving gals out there (such as myself!) This bra allows you to wear your plunging tops with confidence by lifting and shaping your bust-line. The convertible straps also allow you to wear it halter or crisscross style.

Sassybax Very Bare Strapless Bra, $78. There is nothing sexier than an exposed back and now you can rock the look without feeling self-conscious. The patented technology ensures that this bra will stay put while keeping you comfortable and well-supported. It can also be worn up to 50 times so you will get your money’s worth. Celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Courteney Cox, Whitney Port and more are all big fans.

Commando Cotton Thong, $24. No lingerie drawer is complete without a nude thong or two. They come in especially handy in the summer for all those gauzy, light-colored dresses.


Written by Sabrina Alexis

I’m Sabrina Alexis, the co-founder, and co-editor of A New Mode. I love writing relatable, insightful articles that help people understand relationship dynamics and how to get the love they want. I have a degree in psychology and have spent the last 10 years interviewing countless men and reading and studying as much as I can to better understand human psychology and how men operate. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Instagram.

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I never thought I would wear shapewear but I have tried the cylk body brand because I was so intrigued by the fact that it was bamboo! It was really soft and comfortable to wear and wasn’t restricting like I expected it to be. I felt like it sucked me in just enough but still allowed me to breathe!

Reply March 4, 2010, 11:31 pm


Thanks for the great recommendations! I have a few of these and love them. Thought you should know about Slimpressions too if you don’t already. I bought “The Haves” and “The Have Nots” from These fashionable shapers slim my jelly belly, back fat and give me Michele Obama arms at once. They’re so comfortable I forget I have them on. Love this line.

Reply March 3, 2010, 12:01 pm

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