Underneath It All

You have a major presentation coming up, everything is ready to go – except your outfit. It’s not that you don’t have anything to wear. In fact, you keep at least two go-to power suits in stock at all times. It’s those other fashion faux-pas you’re weary of – panty lines, bunching.

Va Bien cofounder and fitting expert, Marianne Gimble says the right underpinnings are the key to ensuring everything fits smoothly. Her company is known around the world for its expertise in special occasion dressing.

She offers tips for perfecting three office essentials to help make you feel more comfortable in your clothes on those big days.

Pencil skirts.
Such a chic silhouette, but often challenging especially around the tummy area. The solution? A high-waisted short that is seamless around the derrière, to prevent VPL (visible panty lines). Make sure the high waist section of the garment has  side boning or a 1-2″ wide elastic waistband.  If it doesn’t, the waist will roll down. You don’t need added distractions during that big presentation.

Nothing gives this silhouette smooth and clean lines from top to bottom like high waist tights.  They are especially helpful if pants are fitting a tiny bit too small, which happens to all of us from time to time.  Much like the pencil skirt, make sure the high waist section is designed properly so the garment does not cause VPL.

This tip is most useful for full busted ladies: consider wearing a minimizing bra to prevent blouse buttons from gapping/bulging.  Also, if there’s a worry that the blouse is too sheer, wear a camisole with a built-in bra underneath – preferably with a bit of shaping in the bodice.

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By L. Nicole Williams

“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” Marilyn Monroe

Photo credit: Va Bien

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