Wednesday, Thursday, and Lingerie Advice Sought!

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A view of DC streets this morning – glad I take public transportation!

I know I have been a slacker the past two days regarding photos. Yesterday was my Lands End sailor shirt with my Gap denim trousers, my brown croco sandals from Sofft, and a turquoise necklace from Tarjay. Not bad, but nothing awesome.

Today was actually photo-worthy, but the morning was utter insanity. If you live in the DC area, you probably experienced the insane rainstorm – Metro stations flooded, trees went down, rain was coming sideways. The sky was as dark as night. I am wearing my black Jones New York tee shirt dress, my Duo boots (perfect for such weather since the only Wellies I find decent are Hunterir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B001B688P6 and they don’t fit over my calves). I put my really big H&M scarf on, my silver cuff and a long silver chain. I was letting my hair air dry, but then the storm came in and I had to go get the dogs from outside and never fully got my hair or makeup done before it was time to head out. Hair is a bit… rained on and makeup is mascara and lip gloss from my purse. Think I need to carry a bit more in my cosmetic bag from now on…

Anyway, I wanted to ask you readers about lingerie. As my body has been slimming down and I am nursing Emerson less, I am seeing a major need for new lingerie. We’re talking the whole shebang – undies, bras, control garments.

I would be horrified if anyone had a peek into my current lingerie drawer. I have three nursing bras from Anita And all are well worn and sad), three of my beloved Chantelle Senso bras – two nude, one black. All three have been repaired by me to stick back in a wayward underwire, and all three are a bit too large (they are lightly padded so if you poke it, it will now dent because I don’t fill it like I used to). I have two Spanx Higher Power – one nude, one black but they are looking very well worn. As for panties, I will admit I have a few pairs of Granny Panties (hi-cut cotton briefs), some lacy boyshorts from discount places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls, and two pairs of moisture-wicking black bike shorts that I wear under sundresses – they prevent chub rub and prevent VPL.

Anyway, I need a lingerie overhaul. Right now since my body is still transforming, I think I only want to invest in undies, maybe one control garment, and one bra. When I remove some more weight, I will invest in a bit more. But I was wondering what are your faves? What works well for large yet well nursed breasts, and a curvy figure with a very soft lower tummy? I figure it can help me narrow down the search. I know I will need to be re-fitted and plan to include that with my shopping trip. I thank you in advance and will be sure to report my findings!

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16 Comments

  1. Enjoy your days off, sweetie, & good luck with the shopping!

    Now that I am a stay at home mom again, I REALLY need a wardrobe revamp. All my pretty dresses & amazing heels are lying woebegone in my closet, staring at me accusingly while I wear the same cropped yoga pants & flipflops every day!

  2. You guys are FANTASTIC!

    And yes Patty, I love Second Base camisoles and have written about them often at wardrobeoxygen.com and worn them here. Utterly brilliant!

    I have off this Friday and Monday and plan on hitting an actual mall, not online shop and lingerie is on the must-buy list!

  3. I am very curvy and wear a size 38D (I went up from 36D after I had my two kids, which is not uncommon–be sure to get re-sized when you’re done nursing). I swear by Wacoal bras. Now, I know they are expensive, but worth every penny with fit and wear. Try them on and compare! For us busty gals, they work well. Also: did I read about Second Base “half camisoles” on your website? I think I did. I love these camis that are just designed to slip over your bra and end underneath the bra–to “fill in” a low cut top and come in variety of colors. So much better than wearing a full cami if you just need the coverage at your bust. Google and take a look. I love them.

  4. The only kind of underwear I have ever found that don’t ride up is the jockey no pantyline.. I love them and that is all I wear. Have a drawer full of pretty undies, but these are the only ones I love.
    I also want to give you kudos for nursing Emerson. You will never regret it and always have those sweet memories.
    I just cannot tolerate shapewear. I feel like I am in a straightjacket.I don’t like any bras, so I can’t help you there.

  5. The Spanx brand doesn’t work for me. I’ve tried everything, and my favorite bike style short is the el cheapo L’eggs brand. It never rolls.

    For serious shapewear, I have several Rago open bottom girdles. They make me feel amazing.
    For a cotton half slip for hot weather, ShopNational online.

    I have never found a pair of boy shorts that doesn’t give me a horrible wedgie.

  6. I never buy actual Spanx (don’t like the weave). I prefer a variety of what I call “Spanx-alikes”. My favorite are Hanes Go Figure Smooth Illusions Mid Thigh Smoother:
    http://www.onehanesplace.com/product/21114.html

    I like these because I have “big legs” and they have no leg band at the thigh to make me look like I am wearing a tourniquet under my skirt! At around $10 each, these can pretty much substitute for daily underwear.

    Alternatively, for about the same price, there is also Hanes Smooth Illusions Moderate Control Mid Thigh Smoother:
    http://www.onehanesplace.com/product/22643.html

    These probably are a bit firmer, but because of the extra tummy control panel, I would beware of what Sal at Already Pretty calls “segmented worm syndrome”!

  7. Allie, please do tell where you got the tshirt dress? I have seen these on people a good bit and they look so cute!

    Thanks!

  8. I’m not sure what size you are, but I LOVE Cacique Bras from Lane Bryant. They hold up very well, wash well and I nurse in mine, as well. Never cared for nursing bras. I find the fit to be very consistent and flattering. Lots of different styles and patterns.

  9. Allie, Try the Shimera boyshorts from Nordstrom, they are awesome, stretchy, no VPL and don’t dig in or roll up.

    For bras, if you are bottom-heavy and don’t fill out the tops of bras, balcony bras from Fantasie might work.

    Rainee

  10. I had pretty much written off Victoria’s Secret, but I recently got a Body by Victoria convertible bra there that I love. It can be a supportive strapless or a regular bra (also a halter, though I haven’t tried it that way). It is awesome.
    As far as undies go, I buy all of mine at Aerie, although it does make me feel a bit pervy to go in there. The cotton boy shorts are so comfy, and they get the husband seal of approval.

  11. I Highly recommend getting a pair of Spanx… they wash well and are great for control. I like the “bike shorts” type ones… I always wear them under dresses. Also really like the control tanks – I know Kohls has them but I can’t remember the brand. I have one in black and one in nude.
    As far as undies… I boy the boy short ones from Target.

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