The Right Underpinnings For Every Outfit

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Whether you’re a bride-to-be, heading to an elegant black tie affair or are simply experimenting with a new silhouette, underpinnings are crucial and—to be totally frank—somewhat bewildering. Between backless plunging bras and waist-whittling slips the top options can be mistaken for pilates accessories. Fear not, we’ve pulled together the best offerings on the market for outfits backless, strapless and everything in between to keep you lifted, tucked and perfectly in place. Ahead, shop our picks with expert tips on what to pair them with.

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Expert Underpinnings

Blush Penelope Strapless Bra

$82

L'Agent by Agent Provocateur

For those who prefer support in strapless silhouettes, look for styles with side boning and underwires for the most support.

Ultimate Plunge

$69

Le Mystere

For low-cut necklines, a plunging, convertible bra is a versatile choice to hook and un-hook as needed.

Eyelash Lace High-Neck Bralette

$40

Victoria's Secret PINK

Spice up a high neckline with a lace bralette—a racerback shape stays concealed under many tank tops and halter styles.

Embrace Convertible Extreme Plunge Push Up Bra

$40

Jezebel

For atypical silhouettes, a convertible bra is ideal for criss-cross, low-back and halter styles.

Innocence Open Bra

$68

Gooseberry

Feel supported in a wider neckline by opting for a V-shape bra with thick straps.

Seamless Thong

$13

ThirdLove

A seamless thong is essential for white bottoms and form-fitting outfits.

Up Date Seamless Stretch-Jersey Briefs

$68

La Perla

For those seeking extra coverage, a seamless brief stays concealed under pants, dresses and skirts.

Women’s Slimming Brief

$10

Jockey

A slimming brief provides a secure fit if for those who are tummy-conscious.

Pure Seamless Boyshort

$12

Calvin Klein

Try a seamless boy short when you want a little extra fabric under breezy silhouettes.

Sieve Brief

$35

Negative Underwear

When lighter clothing feels a bit transparent, a sheer brief offers coverage without showing through.

Longline Bralette

$52

Blush Lingerie

For a well-endowed bustline, a bralette with thick straps provides shapely support.

U-Plunge Self-Adhesive Backless Bodysuit

$30

Fashion Forms

To avoid feeling overexposed in a backless or plunging silhouette, a bodysuit with self-adhesive underwired cups offers discreet support.

Trust Your Thinstincts Bodysuit

$90

Spanx

For bodycon dresses, an ultra-thin bodysuit seamlessly smoothes curves.

Skinny Britches Super Shaper Shorts

$58

Spanx

For those seeking an ultra-slimming effect, criss-cross shaping shorts provide extra support.

Contouring Sensation Bodysuit

$100

Triumph

To create the illusion of curves, a shaping bodysuit nips in at the waist while supporting the bustline.

Mesh Bodysuit

$58

On Gossamer

A mesh bodysuit provides a thin layer of coverage under the most delicate of clothing.

Underwired Stretch-Satin and Mesh Bodysuit

$155

Cosabella

Layer a sheer bodysuit under darker fabrics that feel a bit see-through.

Stretch Jersey Tank

$170

Wolford

A nude camisole is a versatile layering piece under any top—look for one that shapes the midsection for extra support.

Tailored Stretch Slip

$88

Commando

A seamless slip keeps everything concealed and in place under any dress.

Rosario Modern Solutions Maxi-Slip

$88

Yummie

For extra-long dresses, a maxi slip is essential for those seeking added coverage.

For the trickiest of ensembles (read: backless, strapless and plunging), silicone pasties, an adhesive push-up, strap adjusters and fashion tape go a long way.

Fashion Tape

$9

Hollywood Fashion Secrets

Go Bare Self-Adhesive Push-Up Bra

$35

Fashion Forms

Women’s Strap Solutions

$7

Fashion Forms

Silicone Pasties

$35

Rigby & Peller