10 Undergarments Every Woman Should Own

Make sure your closet is stocked with the perfect outfit-completing underpinnings. Jenny Altman, lingerie consultant and founder of the style website, ILoveAGood.com, shares her favorites.

1

T-Shirt Bra 

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Your everyday workhorse leaves you looking smooth and supported no matter what. The b.tempt’d’ bra is a smart pick because it has contoured cups (which means it’s not padded, but has thin foam to cover nipples) and is available in sizes up to DDD.

To buy: $40, nordstrom.com.


2

Seamless Underwear

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A life-changing essential (so long, panty lines!) that's supremely comfortable to boot. Better yet, you don’t need to spend a lot to find a good fitting pair—you can often find amazing deals, like this pair of Aerie boy shorts (just $27.50 for four!).

To buy: $12.50, ae.com.


3

Plunge Bra

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This is one of those items that we often need, but don’t think to buy. Cut lower in the center, this bra is the secret weapon under any plunging v-neck or open scoop neck. Bonus: This pick's fabric is super light, yet provides modesty.

To buy: $48, calvinklein.com.



4

Sports Bra

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Forget about doubling up on flimsy fabric models and invest in one well-made style that keeps large chests completely supported—whether you are as tiny in the band as a 30 or as full in the cup as an H. No bouncing even during high-impact activities.

To buy: $72, us.chantelle.com.


5

Tights

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Tights are the finishing touch to everything you put on. Hue’s lightweight fishnets offer just a little coverage with a lot of style— great for work, evening, and everything in between.

To buy: $15, macys.com.


6

Shapewear

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Shapewear shouldn’t hurt. With a light, smoothing tulle fabric that is breathable and soft, Miraclesuit’s high-waisted boy short tucks in the tummy, slims the thighs, and lifts the butt—all in one.

To buy: $42, barenecessities.com.



7

Convertible Bra

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A great investment piece, this adjustable bra can be worn with everything from work outfits to special occasion dresses. Wear it strapless, halter, criss-cross, one shoulder, or as you would a traditional bra (just think about the cost-per-wear savings!). This one from Warner’s is so smooth and seamless that it’s undetectable under all sorts of fabrics.

To buy: $40, kohls.com.


8

Slip

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You don’t know how much you’ll need a slip until the moment you put on a dress that needs one (too late!). Seamless and not at all clingy, this one from Only Hearts is the ideal basic to wear under most silhouettes.

To buy: $66, onlyhearts.com.


9

Wireless Bra

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When comfort is key, the Genie Bra is what you’ll want to slip on. You can sleep in it, use it for nursing, or just wear it around the house in case company (or the mailman!) show up at the door.

To buy: $10, geniebra.com.



10

Extra Support

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Need more support? Try the new Genie Woman. Its comfortable design is specially constructed for fuller figures up to a size 3X.​

To buy: $15, geniebra.com.


11

Layering Pieces

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I stock up on the tees from the Heattech line from Uniqlo—they are made of quick-dry microfiber to keep you warm and comfortable all day. The tank can be worn all year round.

To buy: $13, uniqlo.com.


12

Turtleneck

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In the winter, the slim turtleneck will come in handy to make everything from sleeveless dresses and vests to button-downs and short-sleeve knits a whole lot cozier.

To buy: $20, uniqlo.com.