The Bare Necessities

It’s what’s under that counts. Here, our editors’ lingerie picks.
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Problem Solver

How do the pros combat too-low necklines and sheer fabrics? With simple cotton camisoles like this. Hanro Simple Satin Camisole in white, $56; barenecessities.com
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2 Birds, 1 Stocking

On the job, multi-tasking’s a must. Pick hose with built-in body shaping power for a smart 2-in-1. SPANX High-waisted Tight-End Tights in black, $38; barenecessities.com
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Undercover Brains

Today’s slip is nothing like the filmy version of yesteryear. Microfiber slims the silhouette while built-in underwire is simply smart. Body Wrap Lites Bra Slip with Underwire in nude, $44; barenecessities.com
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Nice Stems

It’s a popular fashion editor decree: "Invest in nice black tights!" We second that motion. Wolford Velvet de Luxe 50 Tights in all colors, $42; barenecessities.com
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Tip Top Shape

Ladies, embrace shapewear. This cami creates a fluid line, especially slimming the midsection. ASSETS by Sara Blakely Fantastic Firmers Camisole in nude, $20; barenecessities.com
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First Coat

Stylists use it as a base coat for dressing, and a nude-colored cami helps blouses fit their best. DKNY Firm Control Mesh Camisole in warm nude, $48; barenecessities.com
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Waist Not

Avoid the dreaded muffin-top with ultra high-waisted shapewear. Dr. Rey Shapewear Hi-Waist Shapewear Brief in black, $44.50; barenecessities.com
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Stock Up

The best secret weapon around? These Power Panties work on thigh, hips and waist. SPANX Higher Power High-Waisted Power Panties in bone, $36; barenecessities.com
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Short Solution

When hem-length necessitates going with shorter undies, editors turn to this thong version. Plenty of waist slimming power, but without peek-a-boo potential. SPANX Hide & Sleek Hi-Rise Panty with Thong Back in black, $42; barenecessities.com
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Fashion Democracy

As prep for summer clothes starts, have no fear of clingy, light fabrics. A thin slip makes everything more wearable. SPANX Hide & Sleek Full Slip in nude, $72; barenecessities.com
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Sex Appeal

When it’s sizzle (not support) that you’re after, this demi-cup bra is great. Aubade Bahia Demi Cup Bra in black, $95; barenecessities.com
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Easy Pick

For most shoots, fashion editors gravitate toward less flashy bras that will provide support without the showy extras. This version is supposed to actually minimize bust size. Bali Passion for Comfort Minimizer Underwire Bra in white, $27.20; barenecessities.com

Perfect Fit

Don’t be distracted by bells and whistles. Pick a traditional shape that above all else fits. Barely There Invisible Pretty Underwire Bra in white, $25.60; barenecessities.com
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Out of the Bedroom

Join the corset-as-clothes trend by picking demure floral prints without a va-va-voom fit, layer under extras and get ready to go. Blush Little Wonders Convertible Corset in floral print, $52; barenecessities.com
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Peek-A-Boo

Sure, it’ll get appreciated in the bedroom, but More fashion editors give this bra more cred as a layering piece, perfect to peek out of plain t’s or tanks. D & G Gloss Sticks Balconette Bra in purple, $70; barencessities.com
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A Eureka Moment

Get coverage and support in a down-to-there plunge with this smartly designed bra. Fashion Forms U Plunge Bra in black, $28; barenecessities.com
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Mission Accomplished

Years of searching for the perfect strapless bra are over, thanks to fashion folk who’ve done the legwork for you. Va Bien Ultra-Lift Strapless Convertible Bra in nude, $55; barenecessities.com
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The Go-To Pick

Sensibility is never out of style. Pick a full coverage fit in neutral nude for everyday wear. Natori Cool Contour Full Fit Bra in café, $66; barenecessities.com
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Smoke & Mirrors

See-through is undeniably sexy and, depending on the fit, you can let a little bit of mesh poke through for sultry style. Wolford Eden Rock Bra in black, $185; barenecessities.com
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Stable Support

When your work is about making clothes look good, simple undercover pieces that get the job done are invaluable. Le Mystère Dream Fit Minimizer Bra in black, $62; barenecessities.com
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The Impossible

Is a backless number giving you a fashionably furrowed brow? Try a stick-on approach for a bit of coverage. Fashion Forms Nu Bra in nude, $65; barnecessities.com
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Surprise Attack

A racer-back style keeps unsightly bra straps from sneaking out back. Body by Wacoal T-Back Underwire Bra in black, $42; barenecessities.com
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A Good Feeling

Soft cotton and a seamless fit makes these panties a must-have. Calvin Klein Mix Modal Thong in white, $12; barenecessities.com
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No Rearview Needed

Panty lines are a definite no-no, but don’t forget over-the-top exposure. Pick a low-rise version to keep everything out of sight. Commando Low Rise Thong in Baby got Black, $20; barenecessities.com
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Lace Up

These are the most comfortable thongs, hands down, and they come in a million colors. Hanky Panky Original Signature Lace Thong in all colors, $18; barenecessities.com
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Work-Out Ready

Keep the V.P.L. (visible panty line) out of exercising with a soft thong made in moisture-wicking fabric. Cosabella Talco Microfiber Thong in all colors, $21; barenecessities.com
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Box It Up

Want to fill your cups? The easiest breast augmentation comes in a box. Commando Takeouts Silicone Gel Breast Enhancers in clear, $48; barenecessities.com
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Headlight Dimmers

Those in-the-know turn to discreet tricks to get rid of visible nipples. Sassybax Sassynips in nude, $18; barenecessities.com
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Fashion Fix

Fashion stylists revere double-sided tape for its magical abilities. These pre-cut strips get the job done and can be tucked into a purse for emergency fixes. Pure Style Girlfriends Stay Put Double Sided Fashion Tape in clear, $12; barenecessities.com *WANT MORE LINGERIE? SEE OUR 10 MUST HAVE UNDERGARMENTS*
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