Anyone who has worn an ill-fitting bra or the wrong bra size knows that doing so can ruin an otherwise flawless outfit—or worse, an entire day. (The breast pain and backaches that can come with large breasts are nothing to joke about.) The solution is finding and investing in a set of undergarments that are the right cut, fit, and size—but it’s not a simple solution.
Shopping for underwear may seem like a necessary evil: it's something you know you have to do, but with so many styles and fabrics to choose from it can feel overwhelming (to say the least). You need to find something that feels comfortable, stays in place, isn't visible under clothes, and won't break the bank. And most importantly, it needs to be hygienic.
If the underwires are pressing painfully against your breastbone at the centre front you may need a smaller cup size or you could try a plunge style with a lower centre front (this is more likely to be an issue with the cups than the band.) Or you might just be human, and it's the shaping of your ribcage. In that case, wait for the bra to be "broken in" and see how it fits then, or go with the lower centre front.
First discovered these bras years ago, and I wouldn't wear anything else. They are beautifully made, fit me perfectly, launder well and are comfortable. Love the ease of a front close and the wires never dig. I've always had a problem with straps slipping down until I found Strap-Mates. I have them on all of my bras and this handy, inconspicuous little item is truly a life-saver.
From brief panties to boy shorts to hipsters , Hanes Panties offer a perfect fit for every body. Fun, functional or flirty, you’ll love our variety of trendy prints and colors. Our comfort innovations indulge your every move with breathable, soft fabrics, tag-free labels, soft waistbands and no ride up leg bands. So take comfort, fit and style to the next level with Hanes Panties.
Anyone who has worn an ill-fitting bra or the wrong bra size knows that doing so can ruin an otherwise flawless outfit—or worse, an entire day. (The breast pain and backaches that can come with large breasts are nothing to joke about.) The solution is finding and investing in a set of undergarments that are the right cut, fit, and size—but it’s not a simple solution.
One of the most difficult aspects of shopping for cute lingerie is purchasing the perfect fit. VENUS has a fit guide to help you choose the most appropriate sizes. Plus, if you're not sure what to pair something with, VENUS has got your back with helpful pairing suggestions under each piece. For instance, black lingerie can be worn under most clothing items, but if you purchase a strapless bra, you will be encouraged via pairing suggestions to put it with off-the-shoulder tops and backless dresses. Bralettes go great with sheer shirts as well as loose fitted tank tops because they are often decorative and offer a different kind of coverage. Unlined bras are wonderful for light and airy clothes while coverage bras pair well with your favorite tee.
When it comes to dressing— a good foundation is key. Round off your underwear collection with everything from lace bralettes, to embellished bra tops, and layer them under low-cut tees or nothing at all. Our lingerie sets are the perfect partners in crime for whatever (whoever) you’re doing, and will make sure you’re feeling put together underneath whatever look you’ve put together. Essentially— it's lingerie that you'll actually want to wear.
Check at the sides under your arms to make sure the underwires are sitting on your ribs, not on soft breast tissue. If they're cutting into the sides of your breasts then you need a larger cup size. Also be aware that if you have been wearing a bra with a too big band and too small cups, you may have ended up with migrated tissue, which will seem to be armpit rolls, or back rolls. This can be fixed after getting a well fitting bra.

Cora Harrington (a.k.a. the Lingerie Addict), the author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie, says that if you want something you can easily find at your local department store, Natori’s Girl Briefs are her favorite “mainstream” underwear (we heard about Harrington’s more obscure picks, too, which are further down this list). “They’re cute. They’re comfy. The Pima cotton means they’re supersoft,” she explains. “Nordstrom includes them in their annual anniversary sale, and my secret tip is to buy discontinued colorways … after all, no one cares what color your underwear is!” Dolley Frearson, co-founder and creative director of High Fashion Home, is another fan of the Natori Girl Briefs. “For everyday underwear, I need it to feel comfortable and breathable,” she says. “I also need it to appear smooth, and not pinch my skin in any place or ride up.” For Frearson, the Natori briefs check all of those boxes. “They will eventually replace almost all of your underwear in your drawer,” she promises.
Several of the women we spoke to named Commando as a go-to underwear brand, whether it be for briefs, bikinis, or thongs. Stylist Jasmine Caccamo says that the brand’s stretch-cotton bikini briefs are seamless and “create a super-flawless (a.k.a. wedgie-free) fit” whether she’s wearing them under leggings or a silk cami dress. “For me, it’s all about comfort and functionality,” Caccamo says. “Not only do I love Commando-brand underwear for myself, but for my celebrity clients as well … I’m obsessed.” Costume designer and Strategist contributor Alison Freer prefers the brand’s boy shorts, which she says “are both elastic and trim-free — meaning they won’t dig in, bunch up, or cause lumpy, unflattering bulges under a flattering pair of pants.” The underwear never shifts, slides, twists, or reveals itself once you start moving and sweating, according to Freer, and best of all, the wide sides keep it securely in place on your body, preventing a wedgie. “If you’ve ever wondered what the stars on the red carpet were wearing underneath those sheer, unforgiving gowns, the answer is almost certainly a pair of Commandos,” Freer says. If a thong is more your style, two of the women we talked to recommended the brand’s mid- and low-rise options. “Okay, so here’s the thing about these thongs,” says Cupcakes and Cashmere founder Emily Schuman of the mid-rise cut. “There is nothing remotely sexy about them — they’re devoid of lace, have super-thick sides, but they lie completely flat against my skin and don’t show under even the tightest, lightest pieces.” The absence of seams and tags “makes it feel like you’ve gone commando (hence the name),” says Schuman. “Best of both worlds!” Stylist Tiffany Gifford is a Commando thong fan, as well, though she prefers the low-rise over the mid-rise. “My favorite underwear are Commando’s thongs,” Gifford says. “They are seamless, and come in great colors and an array of sizes. The best underwear you forget are even there, and that’s what these do.”
Here at Bare Necessities, we like to say that when thinking about all the types of women’s underwear, panties are like shoes: there's a pair for every occasion. A well-rounded panty drawer should includes minimal-coverage panties, moderate-coverage panties and full-coverage panties. You can also build your panty wardrobe by fabric and choose among hundreds of styles like lace panties, satin panties and mesh panties.
The cups should look full and smooth, without spillage. If the cups look kind of empty, you need a smaller cup size. If you are seeing spillage on the sides or the top of the cups, you may need a larger cup size or a bra designed with more cup coverage or higher sides. If you wear an underwire bra, the underwire should be flat against your chest without pinching anywhere.
One of our staff testers had been wearing a 38B for years. So you can imagine her surprise when a professional fitter broke the news to her that she was actually a 36C. "Unbelievable!" the staffer exclaimed. "But you know what? The 36C feels much better — more supportive and comfortable." Her advice? Get thee to a professional fitter; nearly every department store has one. Or, if you're strapped for time, at least check your measurements yourself. Keep in mind, though, that bras are like shoes: No two fit the same. You have to try them on.
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Shopping for underwear may seem like a necessary evil: it's something you know you have to do, but with so many styles and fabrics to choose from it can feel overwhelming (to say the least). You need to find something that feels comfortable, stays in place, isn't visible under clothes, and won't break the bank. And most importantly, it needs to be hygienic.
Bras are more versatile today than they were in years past. A minimizer bra, for instance, features a front clasp and padded straps without sacrificing everyday comfort. Cap sleeve bralettes, lace cami bras and strappy push-ups are some of today's favorite options. A bralette (in case you didn't know) is, in some ways, an offspring of the sports bra — kind of like a sports bra that got turned into a cuter version of itself.
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