I don’t always mind having my undergarments showing (see this post, for example, in which my bra isn’t just “showing,” but is a full-on part of my outfit)…except when I do. Some tops – thin summer t-shirts, tailored button-downs, et cetera – just require a bra that’s both supportive and completely seamless. And this kind of a bra (especially if you’re as picky as I am about such things) isn’t always especially easy to find.
For wearing under a summer-weight t-shirt or a light-colored button-down (like the one pictured here), for example, I want my bra to be:
- Lightweight, because I can’t stand the feeling of a bra made out of heavy fabric, especially in the summer months;
- Not padded, but still opaque (which is a surprisingly tricky combo to find);
- Completely seamless – no bunching or bulging, please and thanks;
- Supportive, but with underwires that don’t poke into your body and make you miserable;
- Sturdy, with straps that don’t pinch or slip;
- Virtually invisible under clothing.
What I’m wearing here is Wacoal’s Basic Beauty Bra (I’m wearing it in Natural Nude because that’s what matches my skin tone, but it comes in six additional colors, including a lovely pink-lavender shade) that fulfills all of the above criteria, and also happens to be really pretty in a minimal-chic way: no fuss, no floral/lace/sheer/strappy whatever…just a sweet, simple (and flattering) shape. It’s easy to wear and makes every outfit it goes under look about ten times better, and has been thus been officially named “Jordan’s New Favorite Bra” (…you don’t name your bras, referencing yourself in the third-person? You should).
One note about fit: Years ago, I went for my first professional bra fitting and discovered – ba da daaaa – that I’d been wearing the wrong bra size (and we’re not talking, like, “slightly wrong,” we’re talking like two cup sizes off – for pretty much my entire life. A bra that fits correctly isn’t just more comfortable; it’s way, way more flattering. If you’re not positive what size you are, just trust me: take the time for a professional fitting – Wacoal’s fit experts can be found in department stores across the country – and then pick up the Basic Beauty, and bam: bra happiness, all summer long.