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Lacy Bra to Wear On Any Occasion? Why Not? 0

Many women may not be giving it much thought, but the bra that you wear can either make or break your appearance.  If you wear a bra that is badly fitting you may look heavier and cause the back fat to appear, besides making you feel sore and itchy.  The right fitting bra, however, will enhance your appearance, will not show under your clothes in whatever neckline, is comfortable, and boost your self confidence.

It is for these facts that many bra experts, through their websites, publish their recommendations on what type of bra to buy for which type of dress and for which occasion. The bras that are most suggested include everyday bras, black bras, strapless bras, plunge bras, push up bras, and more.  Have you ever heard a bra expert recommending a lacy bra for whatever occasion?  Well, there are a few, but the suggested use is for special wear only or on your date-night.  So, most often these lacy bras are there in the innermost part of the lingerie drawer, counting the days when they can be taken out to perform their duty.

Many women do not wear dressier bras for everyday wear, but this is already done in other parts of the world like Europe. In most days, this lacy bra is what they reach for in their drawers to wear, so they look and feel their best in whatever outfit and in any occasion. If you found a lacy bra that you like while shopping, buy a few.  This will allow you to give them a day off between each wear, for reshaping.  You will also be given enough time for proper laundering of the lacy bra.

Black lacy bras are ideal to wear under dark-colored clothing or tops. The dark colors may be browns, dark purples, wine-colored, charcoal grays, dark green, navy, and of course, black. There should be worries that it will show through.  If the bra might peek in the style of your dress such as a big armhole, a lacy black bra would be preferable over bras of some other styles and colors.

It will also be a nice idea to buy a fancy, lacy bra in strapless style, for when you have a top that is strapless, off-shoulder, or with a scooped neckline.  The right lacy strapless bra will also have hooks and rubber grip to prevent it from budging.  Therefore, you should not buy a strapless bra that is one size smaller because you want it to fit.  That is not needed.  Lacy strapless bras can also be in convertible styles that you can use the straps in many different ways according to the top that you are wearing. 

There is also the lacy plunge bra for your low cut tops.  The center panel of this bra is lower, allowing you to wear your boatneck, scooped, or square necklines.  You can even wear your deep V-neck or your button-down top a bit unbuttoned, or when you feel like going a bit sexier. So, for any occasion and for whatever top neckline, a lacy bra will suit well.

How Should Lindsay Lohan Wear a Bra to Avoid Side Boobs, Get Support, etc. 0

Ms. Lohan was recently spotted going bra-less again when getting out of a helicopter.  Lindsay is only 26 years old, but her breasts are already drooping.  In the photos, she was wearing a  halter necked dress with the side boobs showing.  As a busty lady, having side boobs shown is not really flattering.  Does she look at herself in the mirror before she ever leaves her house?  Or, does she think going bra-less is sexy? 

There are comments posted online saying that you could give Lindsay some advice about her teeth or hair and she would follow, but never about wearing a bra.  It is obvious that going braless is her styling choice:  to let her front knockers all hang out. It makes people wonder if she feels pain running around with her breasts unsupported and going in every direction.  

I personally think it extremely awkward with bras unsupported this way. What Lindsay needs is a stylist or an adviser that she would listen to: a person who can tell her not to go around braless.  At her present age, the breasts are already sagging.  If she continues to decide not to wear a bra, gravity will inevitably drag them down more, and by age 30, they may reach beyond her waistline (not kidding).

The skin elasticity of a woman as she gets older is decreased, so it can be stretched to the limit.  The combination of gravity and the weight of the breasts will make the breasts sag, which is already causing problem with Lindsay’s appearance.  You can see her breasts are hanging low and urgently needing proper support.  A properly fitted bra can solve the issue of sagging breasts.

Lindsay, please go to a bra specialty shop and get fitted.  Fortunately, there are now many lacey, colorful, sexy (if this is what you want) and supportive bras that can be bought in large sizes.  If you wear a not-too-revealing outfit, you can wear a bra with a wide back strap, which provides more support to the front.  A lacey bra with a single hook at the back may not offer enough support for the breasts. It is not late yet for you to “save” the breasts.  Over time breast tissues soften and easily get saggy.  You should try to wear a supportive bra to slow down the sagging of breasts as a result of the pull of gravity.  This will also prevent the side boobs from showing.  Wearing a bra will help you gain a youthful appearance of the breasts too.

How to Show Bra Straps Nicely? 0

Sheer fabrics and tank tops are the trend of the summer months.  I said “trend” because women of today are getting bolder, filling up their closets with colorful bras, and wearing their innerwear over their outerwear.  For some people who see bra straps where they should not be seen, it is a big NO.  This group of people believes that bra straps should be hidden. However, more and more women are becoming in conformity with this existing trend, so they flaunt their bra straps over their bare shoulder skins.

If you ask some fashion experts particularly people who are more knowledgeable about bras on whether or not you should show off your bra straps, you will likely be given the following tips. If you want your bra straps to show, you can do it the sexy, flirty way. For example:

1.  Try contrasting colors.  A tank top, an off-shoulder dress or a top with wide neckline can be good reasons to show your bra straps off.  It may look casual yet sexy if you wear a black tank top with a bra that has a contrasting color.  This will be eye-catching, and you can show off your straps the fabulous way.

2.  Wear a sheer blouse that is not too revealing.  This season, sheer tops are becoming trendy, besides being a way to display your straps, as well as your entire bra.  Choose a top that is made of a semi-sheer fabric, so you will not be showing off everything.

3.  A colorful bra strap can make you look flirty when worn with a tank top while dining at a restaurant in a beach.  However it is not very appropriate to wear when attending a business conference or meeting.

4.  Choose a bra that fits well.  Bras need to fit perfectly especially if you intend to put them on display.  For a sheer top, get a nude shade full coverage bra.  The color will blend with your skin tone while you are being provided with the coverage your boobs need.  No matter what style of clothing you wear, make sure that the bra is well fitting.  This can make you look slim, improve your posture, and your clothes will look better on you.

When your bra straps show off, make sure that you intended them to be seen, and that women who see them will approve.  Show your lingerie when you want to, but not to the point of being sleazy.

Summer fashions will reveal a lot of your skin so at this early, you should have decided whether or not you want to go with the trend of displaying your bra straps.  Apart from the traditional strapless bras, you can find interchangeable straps of different attractive materials that can accentuate your shirt or dress and help you make a fashion statement. There are also convertible bras with low back band that will not show because it goes around your stomach.  Well, this is for girls who can’t go without straps but wouldn’t allow them for people to see.

Under Your Cowl Neck Tops 0

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I love cowl neck tops.  How about you?  And they are not difficult to find these days. If the details are in right places, cowls can work both for the small and large breasted ladies.  Cowl neck tops feature an interesting neckline which has extra loose fabric that naturally drapes in the front.  You can adjust the volume of the cowl – flatten it out if your neck is short and wide, and let it stand up if your neck is long.  Most cowls, when arranged, comfortably rests just above the bust, giving a flattering silhouette to your bosom. But some styles go down beyond the bust level.

The materials best used for cowl neck tops are soft fabrics, knits and woven because they have a nice drape.  Stiff fabric will make the tops look bulky, although you can find them engineered meticulously in designer cowl neck tops.

Cowl neck tops are mostly used as layering pieces  If the cowl neck is very low, the best bra to wear under it is a push up bra, a lift bra, and other bra styles that keep your breasts supported and lifted.  A super lift bra, a magic push up bra, and an uplifting bra all help to make you look great in a cowl neck top.  These types of bras can also be worn with high necked cowls.  Even if you use your cowl neck on its own, or with a V-neck cardigan, jacket or coat, the top is appropriately wearable  for work and daily use. Cowl neck tops come in different colors, style, fabric, lengths, and prices.

Push up bras and lift bras have become best selling and most used undergarment in the whole world.  Most women find these bras more comfortable compared to regular support bras.  What push up and lift bras do is like what their names suggest:  lift and push your breasts up and in, nudging  them towards the center.  Your cleavage is then enhanced, making it attractive with your cowl neck top.

If you are small busted, the push up bra will make your breasts uplifted and look fuller.  Some brands even advertise that you can add from 1 to 1-1/2 inches to your breast size if you use their push up bras. The dress you wear will fit you better.  Therefore, your look will become more stylish and elegant. If you are heavy breasted, you can also use the push up bra, and you can also have the side support bra, so that your breasts will not spill out at the top of the cups.

The lift provided by the push up and lift bras come usually from foam padding and inserts such as air, silicone, or water that you just need to slip into your cups.  Push up bras have come a long way from several years ago when these bras were very uncomfortable to wear for everyday use.  Thanks to the technology that was applied in making these bras, you can now wear a push up or a lift bra each day of your life.  You can promote your cleavage anytime with comfort and enjoy being sexy all the time.

You Ask We Answer (11): What Type of Bra Do I Wear With Strapless Tops and Dresses 0

Question (Alex of Washington, DC):  I have a special event coming up in 2 weeks and another wedding to attend a week after. I need to wear strapless dress on the first and strapless gown on the second. I must admit that my breasts do not allow me to go anywhere without bras, so please tell me what bra to buy for my dress and gown. Thanks for the help in advance.

Our Answer:  

In almost every occasion today, straps in dresses, tops  and gowns are foregone by fashion designers.  If you have several garments that are strapless, the number one bra type to own is a strapless bra.  There are many styles and models of strapless bras in the market, so you should be careful in buying the right undergarment.  Pick one that is simply constructed, and has smooth cups.  A lacey strapless bra or that with embellishments can make a crumpled look on your chest, especially if the fabric of your dress or gown is a thin one such as satin or silk.

If your dress or top has a plunging back, you may want to use the adhesive cups. But it has a downside.  The cups may come unstuck and fall off when you start to perspire as a result of dancing or a lot of moving around.  A strapless bra is still your best bet for your strapless gown/dress.

Some people do not like wearing strapless bras.  They can’t provide the kind of support  that is necessary. They do not stay in place very well and are hard to fit.  But do you know that if your strapless bra is well fitted, you can make the most of your sexy strapless summer top or gorgeous strapless prom gown, cocktail dress or even your wedding gown.  What you need to do is to pick the right strapless bra and learn how to wear it the right way.

You can choose from the many styles of strapless bras considering your strapless attire bust line.  There are traditional strapless bras,  convertible bras with straps that you can remove or configure several ways,  long line strapless bras, and adhesive bra cups.  If you want a more versatile option, it is advisable to invest in a convertible bra.  If you haven’t recently been fitted,  go to a lingerie shop and get yourself fitted. Also Orlinas has a measure guide for your reference. Throughout your life, you can expect that the size of your bra changes, so make time for regular fitting.  Bring with you your strapless top, dress or gown, so you can be sure that the bra will fit perfectly.

Your strapless bra should be supportive enough of your breasts, and there should be no overflow.  If your busts are smaller, look for uplift and padding.  If they are bigger, look for support and good coverage, as well.  And don’t forget the band, which should be snug without being painful.

You Ask We Answer (10): What Type of Bra Do I Wear With Backless Tops and Dresses 0

Do you love parties?  How about backless dresses to wear to these parties?  I ask you this because the problem of our question sender is about backless tops and dresses and the bra that should go with it.

Question (Ashley of Florida):  Hi there.  When it’s not cold, I love wearing backless tops and dresses to some special occasions and formal parties.  For me, backless tops look extremely feminine and sexy.  My question is what type of bra should I wear with this dress style, so that the straps and the back clasps will not show.  I certainly do not want to injure the beauty of my dress. Please help.

Our Answer:  

The best bra type for you to buy is a backless bra, which is designed for backless dresses and tops specifically. It has straps that you put around your shoulders, so your back is left completely exposed.   You can also pick bra cups that naturally stick to your breasts, and these are also called adhesive bras. The material used in these cups mold adhere to your skin, while at the same time giving you the necessary lift and support.  You just clip them at the front together and  adjust according  to your comfort and the cleavage that you want to show off.

Another great bra to wear with a backless dress or top is a convertible bra, which is available from specialty stores and shops.  But use of this type bra will depend on how low your back will be, because the straps should be wound around your stomach for bust support.  The best thing to do is bring your backless top or dress to the shop and try it with a convertible.

Some women may recommend that you transparent straps which you can attach to any of your support bras with removable straps.  But I don’t suggest you use these with your backless dress.  While the straps are barely visible, they can still be seen when people get close to you, and for sure the straps will look so tacky.  It is still best when no strap shows at all.  You might be able to find a bra with very low back straps that you wind around the lower part of your waist.  This will expose your back and still give you the support and lift of your favorite push up bra.

All the above suggestions should work well for your need. If they don’t, however, there is still an alternative, and that is to sew your bra cups to your backless dress.  You can alter one of your supportive bras by taking off the straps.  You sew the cups to the inner front lining of your dress.  If you don’t know how to sew or do the task accurately, it is better to bring the bra and your dress to a professional seamstress to prevent your garments from being damaged.  When you slip on your backless dress with sewn cups, you can still get the support that you get normally from your everyday bras.