Ask Allie: All About Undergarments

I really like how you look in the Lands End green dress, but it looks skimmy and I'm wondering if you have some undergarment suggestions. I usually have to wear some kind of bike shorts type thing (ah, chafing!) under dresses and skirts. However, the kinds I have often have the subsequent problem of waistband lines and bulges. Help?

Under my Lands’ End dress I wear these briefs from DKNY – they control enough without constricting and give a nice smooth line.  Bike shorts are nice on hot sweaty days but they do show with this dress.  I find if I slather my thighs with Body Shop's Body Butter (my fave is Coconut), I can get through a work day or low-walking day without chafing.

Am I the only person who sweats DOWN THERE in the heat? Sometimes I get up from a seat and see an imprint of my butt and I am soggy after a walk in the summer. Is there a product to fix this?

Nope, you’re not the only one. I often do a swipe of deodorant at my tailbone to prevent sweat from dripping down there, but I have never seen a product specifically for this. I feel that it needs to breathe, and while a “soggy” crotch may not be appealing, it’s better than clogging pores, stopping the body from flushing out bacteria, and all that jazz.

I recently tried Knockout Panties and think they are great for this issue. The crotch is 100% cotton and wicks away moisture, it also has odor-absorbing molecules. All this and they are relatively cute too. I have the Lacy Brief which is high enough to prevent a waistline in fitted skirts, has no VPL, and stay in place all day while keeping “down there” feeling dry and comfortable.


I hate having my bra show through tee shirts and you never seem to have that problem. What Tshirt bra do you wear?

I wear the Fantasie Moulded Smoothing T-shirt Bra – I have one in nude and one in black. Gives a good shape and is virtually invisible under knits, even white ones!  You can read about how I chose these bras here.

Do you have any recs for nursing bras? Feel free to direct me to the blog as I am sure you may have written about this.

My favorite nursing bras were from the brand Anita, which you can find at Nordstrom and many online bra boutiques. Some don’t like them because they are underwire and can supposedly affect milk production, but I never had that issue. I liked that they looked like normal bras, had a shape that didn’t have them show with v-cut and lower neck tops, and actually supported and defined my breasts instead of smooshing them into one lump. They aren’t cheap, but I know you can find them online for decent prices; also check eBay where I sold mine after I finished nursing and saw many more for sale in almost-new condition.

And I have written about nursing bras here:

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28 Comments

  1. eternalvoyageur
    July 20, 2012 / 11:34 am

    About nursing bras: underwires are bad only if the bra is badly fitted. Some great brands that come in a big size range are Royce, Cake Lingerie, Emily B, Hot Milk as well as a couple of models from Freya, Panache, Ewa Michalak and Melissa.

  2. eternalvoyageur
    July 20, 2012 / 7:34 am

    About nursing bras: underwires are bad only if the bra is badly fitted. Some great brands that come in a big size range are Royce, Cake Lingerie, Emily B, Hot Milk as well as a couple of models from Freya, Panache, Ewa Michalak and Melissa.

  3. Laura
    July 20, 2012 / 3:06 am

     Oops!  Just saw this comment…mine is redundant..sorry.

  4. July 19, 2012 / 10:22 pm

    What great questions and answers! It’s like your readers and you, Allie were reading my mind! Thank you!

  5. July 19, 2012 / 6:22 pm

    What great questions and answers! It’s like your readers and you, Allie were reading my mind! Thank you!

  6. Aderonkef
    July 19, 2012 / 10:00 pm

    In the summer I like to dust baby powder between my thighs which absorbs sweat and moisture. Also, I always wear cotton underwear which allows my skin to breath.

  7. Aderonkef
    July 19, 2012 / 6:00 pm

    In the summer I like to dust baby powder between my thighs which absorbs sweat and moisture. Also, I always wear cotton underwear which allows my skin to breath.

  8. Jules
    July 19, 2012 / 8:06 pm

    Jockey just came out with a “slip short” called Skimmies. Like bike shorts but much softer and thinner material. I live in a horribly hot climate and I wear these under skirts all the time. I’m a curvy 14 and wear a large – quite a fee color options and $20 retail (I got mine at the outlet for $16). highly recommended for the chub rub situation!

  9. Jules
    July 19, 2012 / 4:06 pm

    Jockey just came out with a “slip short” called Skimmies. Like bike shorts but much softer and thinner material. I live in a horribly hot climate and I wear these under skirts all the time. I’m a curvy 14 and wear a large – quite a fee color options and $20 retail (I got mine at the outlet for $16). highly recommended for the chub rub situation!

  10. Sonia
    July 19, 2012 / 4:38 pm

    Gosh, I’m not the only one that suffers from all the embarrassing situations that we women endure!  I recall wearing a conservative pantsuit to a meeting on the Hill in DC and when I rose to shake the host’s hands, there on my seat was an imprint of butt cheeks!  I was MORTIFIED!  Luckily, no one else saw it.  Since then, I’ve tried to adjust the type of undergarments worn for such an occasion!  As always, a great post, Allie!!

  11. Sonia
    July 19, 2012 / 12:38 pm

    Gosh, I’m not the only one that suffers from all the embarrassing situations that we women endure!  I recall wearing a conservative pantsuit to a meeting on the Hill in DC and when I rose to shake the host’s hands, there on my seat was an imprint of butt cheeks!  I was MORTIFIED!  Luckily, no one else saw it.  Since then, I’ve tried to adjust the type of undergarments worn for such an occasion!  As always, a great post, Allie!!

  12. July 19, 2012 / 3:21 pm

    Good suggestion! I have sometimes had success with deodorant, sometimes not but have yet to try Dove Sensitive (gosh I love Dove deodorant!).

  13. July 19, 2012 / 3:06 pm

    BodyGlide IS awesome! I usually carry a travel-sized stick of it in my bag, but it melted recently. You reminded me I need to get another one pronto!

  14. Megan
    July 19, 2012 / 2:54 pm

    I used deodorant to combat chaffing, or what I like to call “chub rub.” Just swipe some unscented, clear deodorant on your thighs before you head out! I use Dove sensitive, and it works like a charm.

  15. Megan
    July 19, 2012 / 10:54 am

    I used deodorant to combat chaffing, or what I like to call “chub rub.” Just swipe some unscented, clear deodorant on your thighs before you head out! I use Dove sensitive, and it works like a charm.

    • July 19, 2012 / 11:21 am

      Good suggestion! I have sometimes had success with deodorant, sometimes not but have yet to try Dove Sensitive (gosh I love Dove deodorant!).

  16. Kate
    July 19, 2012 / 2:42 pm

    Re: chaffing while wearing dresses: I used to wear the spanx bike shorts under my dresses to stop the chaffing issue but found that I was almost hotter than if I was just wearing capris or pants.  Then, I started running and came across Body Glide at my local running store.  It’s made to stop chaffing while running but it also works perfectly under dresses.  It doesn’t smell and doesn’t stain and it’s sweat resistant, and you seriously do not chafe.  Not to be dramatic but it has seriously changed my life (or at least my style :D)

    http://www.drugstore.com/bodyglide-the-original-anti-chafe-balm/qxp86518?catid=184117

  17. Kate
    July 19, 2012 / 10:42 am

    Re: chaffing while wearing dresses: I used to wear the spanx bike shorts under my dresses to stop the chaffing issue but found that I was almost hotter than if I was just wearing capris or pants.  Then, I started running and came across Body Glide at my local running store.  It’s made to stop chaffing while running but it also works perfectly under dresses.  It doesn’t smell and doesn’t stain and it’s sweat resistant, and you seriously do not chafe.  Not to be dramatic but it has seriously changed my life (or at least my style :D)

    http://www.drugstore.com/bodyglide-the-original-anti-chafe-balm/qxp86518?catid=184117

    • July 19, 2012 / 11:06 am

      BodyGlide IS awesome! I usually carry a travel-sized stick of it in my bag, but it melted recently. You reminded me I need to get another one pronto!

      • Laura
        July 19, 2012 / 11:06 pm

         Oops!  Just saw this comment…mine is redundant..sorry.

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