White and black are the basic colors for woman’s bras but flesh colored is also a basic that is necessary to wear under blouses and shirts that are sheer. The type of bra will be determined by the breast size of the woman. At least one bra needs to be of a material that will provide the coverage necessary to wear under a tee shirt no matter what the temperature. A bra with extra support works well for large breasted women and a demi-cup or push up bra is the perfect basic for a smaller chested woman.
The basic bra wardrobe should start with at least four bras.
A tee shirt bra
A dress bra
A sports bra
An adjustable strap bra
Mary’s note: I personally prefer flesh colored bras to white and when looking for a dress bra, I look for something low cut as most of my dressier clothing shows a bit of décolletage. For summer I like less padded or lacy thin bras and more padded in colder weather. There are also those sticky pad thingys that hook in the front for garments that fail to work with any strapless or low back clothing items you have. I like to have a set of those in nude.
Panties are another staple of a basic underwear wardrobe. First be sure your panties fit correctly. Ill fitting panties will show through clothing and the look is not attractive. It doesn’t matter if you like thongs, bikinis, hipsters or full panties, if you see the panty line, it is wrong.
White and black are the basic panty colors. Flesh color is also a good choice since it is not visible through even the sheerest material. The basic panty wardrobe should include:
A pair of white and or black
A pair of flesh color
A pair of support panties
A pair of no line panties
With the new sheer and clinging fabrics, Spanx are a woman’s best friend. These are underwear but they go over your traditional underwear to keep everything together and to avoid the jiggle that any extra inches can provide. It isn’t just for heavier woman, every woman has some curves that can take away from that perfect sleek and polished look and Spanx provides a tiny bit of extra support.
A camisole is a light weight undergarment that is worn underneath a sheer blouse or shirt. The basic wardrobe will have at least one and the color will be determined by the blouse it is to be worn with.
Mary’s note: I prefer cotton camisoles and think three is a good basic number: one beige or brown depending on your skin tone, a black and a white.
A slip is the perfect undergarment to wear with a shirt or a dress especially if the skirt or dress is made of a sheer or clinging material. The basic colors are white, black and flesh colored. The basic slip wardrobe consists of:
A full slip
A half slip