Prim and proper? Please! Give your form a boost with our favorite feminine staples.
Intricate floral appliqué is feminine, but the dark hue and simple silhouette keep it from veering into frou-frou territory.
Natori chemise, $160; natori.com
Sheer paneling gives a naughty edge to shapewear, which gives a boost to your behind.
Assets panty, $20; spanx.com
A bra peeking out of a low-cut tee? Not so elegant. A lace camisole-bra hybrid keeps you covered without sacrificing style.
Soma cami bra, $48; soma.com
The patterned mesh overlay and delicate straps put a pretty twist on the basic t-shirt bra.
Chantelle bra, $68; journelle.com
The invisible (and comfortable) thong pioneer tests the waters with a retro high-waist brief.
Hanky Panky panty, $37; barenecessities.com
Even if you could use a little more support from your bra, there's no need to be all function and no form. This style gets points for playfulness, thanks to the punchy red color and lace overlay.
Wacoal bra, $58; bloomingdales.com
If you can juggle deadlines and your kids' soccer games, why can't your undergarments multitask too? The straps on this bra detach to create seven different combinations.
Victoria's Secret bra, $58; victoriassecret.com
The satin edging is a luxurious little detail, but it's the bonding technology that keeps the bra smooth and virtually invisible under clothing.
Calvin Klein bra, $44; ck.com
What's black and lace and chic all over? Slip this under anything with a deep neckline for some instant va-va-voom.
Donna Karan bodysuit, $75; donnakaran.com
The combination of classic Victorian mesh and bright red satin makes for the ultimate naughty-or-nice undergarment.
Elle MacPherson bra, $60; nordstrom.com
Not exactly busty? This bra has removable padding to give your girls a helping handful when you need it most.
Itty Bitty bra, $60; ittybittybra.com
Pretend you're in Monaco, wearing cat-eye sunglasses and slim-cut black pants. That's why we love this retro, tropical-print bra.
Stella McCartney bra, $120; journelle.com
This bra does it all: a lack of underwire promotes comfort and allows it to double as a sports bra, while the molded cups keep it t-shirt ready.
Wolford bra, $98; wolford.com
Are you a French fashion model? (If you're not, don't worry—we don't qualify either.) However, you can feel like one in this pair of sheer, cheeky boyshorts.
Eres boyshort, $180; nancymeyer.com
Innocent can be sexy, too, and there's no better way to get it than with pristine white lace.
La Perla brief, $45; laperla.com
Take a walk on the wild side (all puns intended) with an animal-print bra. Plus, the T-straps make this ideal for pairing with sleeveless top.
Maidenform bra, $27; maidenform.com
Flaunt your figure in a firming, shaping slip dress that makes for smooth moves.
Flexees slip, $55; jcpenney.com
A camisole-bra is comfortable and uber-supportive, while the subtle floral pattern is understated and chic in a black and white palette.
Jones New York camisole bra, $26; macys.com
A thin slip provides coverage without bulk, but the lace hem is just to please the girly side of you.
H&M slip, $12; hm.com
Lace always adds a little something-something to the ever-so-useful t-shirt bra. The pink shade adds some playfulness and femininity.
Lane Bryant bra, $34; lanebryant.com
Body-hugging dress or slim-cut pencil skirt? Avoid the edges with invisible undies.
Hanes thong, $7; hanes.com
A babydoll cami and shorts-style briefs are a one-two punch for the boudoir. One being "super," two being "sexy."
In Bloom by Jonquil camisole and short set, $68; nordstrom.com
A tee with a low V-neck can dip low, but this plunge bra will ensure that your undergarments aren't playing peek-a-boo. Consider the pink ribbon edging a shout-out to your girls.
Panache bra, $48; nordstrom.com
Minimize a bigger bust with a supportive style. The lavender hue adds a welcome pop of femininity.
Olga bra, $35; kohls.com
The high waist gives a smooth shape and support. Most importantly, it will prevent the dreaded whale tail.
Hanky Panky brief, $27; hankypanky.com
First Published Thu, 2012-02-23 18:07
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