What lies beneath
Dec 1 2008 by Liz Hands, The Journal
WANT to know what to wear under that strapless or backless party frock? Lisa Haynes has the answers.
WE’VE all been there. After weeks of scouring the shops you’ve found ‘the’ party frock, only to find it looked better on the hanger.
Saggy boobs, bulging bellies and wobbly bottoms – the harsh reality of the changing room mirror can conjure up all sorts of dilemmas.
But there’s no need to let your body woes limit your party season wardrobe once you know a few savvy ways to disguise your demons and flaunt your hot spots.
Gisele Scanlon, author of new book The Goddess Experience, guides us through her fashionable secrets.
One shoulder, halterneck or super-strappy, don’t ruin the neckline of a festive top or dress with unsightly bra straps.
SOLUTION: “An underwear drawer multi-tasker is a super investment,” Gisele advises. “If your dress is slightly see-through, try a nude padded convertible bra.”
TRY: Wonderbra Sexy Solutions Multiplunge, £26; Marks & Spencer Multi-Way Sheer Strap Push-Up, £20 or Panache Inferno Underwired Plunge Multiway, £23.
Fan of Prada-esque lace? No need to flaunt your birthday suit with this season’s see-through styles.
SOLUTION: “If you’re wearing pale colours, then stick to underwear in whites and nudes – and look for a secret support vest if you have ample girlies,” Gisele recommends.
“Black looks best under dark colours, but Prada added extra interest to this area by placing nude high-neck collars inside lace dresses.”
TRY: Intimate vest with bra support (pack of two) £24 at Littlewoods or John Lewis JL nude roll neck jumper, £35.
Sexy backs are where it’s at, but don’t forget about your front.
“OK, harsh reality. Unless you’re small and pert, a backless dress can be disastrous,” Gisele warns.
SOLUTION: Fashion First Aid Concealits, £8.95, will keep you looking chaste while sagging girlies can be lifted using Liftits, £9.95 for a D cup or smaller.” Both available at www.hqhair.com .
A visible panty line can turn a show-stopping frock into a pointing fest at a party. Put a stop to embarrassing stares.
SOLUTION: “Try seam-free knickers – they won’t show through even the slinkiest of skirts,” Gisele says.
TRY: La Senza seam-free Firm Control brief, £14 or BHS No Show thong, £5.
Supported in strapless
Unless you’re Kate Moss, not many of us can go sans brassiere. If the dress of your dreams is strapless but you need added support, there are bust-enhancing saviours.
SOLUTION: “If ample boobs mean you need straps, try this: go onto www.figleaves.com, type ‘clear straps’ into the search box and it’ll spit back pages of strapless bras in all sizes with clear straps as an option,” Gisele says.
Cellulite showing through a clingy frock? Forget the lipo and take action via your undies drawer.
SOLUTIONS: “So you’ve tried the gym and gallons of water. Now try a pair of Spanx tights – they’re all you need for a bump-free bum,” says Gisele.
TRY: Spanx Super Control Tights, £20 at Figleaves; Damart Slimline Leggings, £35 or Next Control Short, £25.