Our choice of underwear is no less important than our choice of outerwear. It forms our silhouette, and therefore it should fit like a glove. A bra strap peeking out from under your clothes or a translucent print on a bra can destroy your entire look, no matter how fashionable and well-fitted it is.

At Enlighten, we decided to draw your attention to the blunders that are made even by those who believe they know everything about the right choice of underwear. In the bonus section, you’ll see a few basic rules that any woman will find useful.

Visible panty lines

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Kim Kardashian taught us to not be ashamed of wearing shapewear but you definitely don’t have to overuse it: shapewear that is too tight can rub your skin and cause skin irritation. The same principle is applicable to regular underwear too.

  • It’s important to remember that shapewear is not designed to help you zip yourself into a smaller dress. You can count on shapewear to smooth out lumps and give you a sleeker silhouette.
  • The color of shapewear should be chosen to match your clothes.
  • Shapewear can be worn with or without regular underwear. It all depends on whether a gusset and breast support are incorporated into the garment.

Undergarments that are too tight

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Under tight clothing, you should choose undergarments that do not have any decor. Seamless undergarments are your best choice. They have very thin edges that don’t leave visible panty lines, or bra lines.

  • Seamless underwear will be good for cocktail dresses and light summer outfits. Skin colored underwear is suitable for both light and colorful clothing.
  • Thongs simply don’t have the lines to show, making them the ideal panty line-free choice.
  • Another option that will enable you to make your silhouette sleeker and let you wear comfortable panties at the same time, is shapewear.

Nude and black

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It seems that it’s hard to make a mistake when choosing a nude bra. But in reality, it’s not that easy because there are certain aspects to consider when wearing nude underwear.

  • You should choose only black underwear for black outfits. A nude bra can be visible through the fabric.
  • The spectrum for neutrality is wide when it comes to lingerie and underwear. It can sometimes be hard to find a color that matches your skin tone. The inner forearm is the truest match to your natural skin tone. Though it’s not critical if your undergarments are slightly darker or lighter than your skin.

High-waisted underwear and low-waisted clothing

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High-waisted clothing is back, and you should take this into account when choosing your underwear. High-waisted panties can correct your figure where necessary.

  • High-waisted panties are the right choice for high-waisted trousers, skirts, jeans, and shorts. If you choose low-waisted underwear, they may squeeze your hips and draw attention to your body’s imperfections.
  • But if you choose low-waisted pants or a low-waisted skirt, your panties should be low-waisted too so that they are not visible above the waistline.

Visible bra straps

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Visible bra straps can ruin any look. That is why it’s rare to see celebrities with visible underwear on the red carpet.

  • A strapless bra is the best choice if your breast size allows it.
  • For V-neck dresses and tops, there are many options for bras with adjustable or removable straps.
  • If you need a bra for a racerback tank top, you can use a special clip that connects the straps in the back.

Sleeve armholes and a bra

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Wide and low sleeveless armholes can be tricky but, if you love this style, there are a couple of secrets.

  • Choose a silicone bra with transparent straps and a transparent underband. This way, your bra will support your breasts but won’t be visible.
  • If you’re dressed casually, you can wear a decorative camisole in a matching color. But please, no lace!

A bra and a low neckline