May 31, 2012

Summer Shapewear - Guest Post by Rachel

Hi Ocean Dreamers,

I'm still in CA and am now enjoying my time with BK and we plan on getting plenty of ocean dreaming in! So while I'm getting situated and catching up on work from my girl's weekend with my mom and aunt, here's a summer guest post for you to enjoy! 

By the way, this post has good timing because I'm currently trying to slim down for the summer (aren't we all), lol and I think investing in quality shapewear while I'm out and about is something I'm definitely considering. Enjoy and I'll be writing a post soon.


Weekly pedicures, iced coffee and beach BBQs; summer is here! Easy, breezy summer dressing might be all about flowing dresses, miniskirts and tank tops, but that is no excuse to ditch your shapewear. “In the summer months shapewear is a necessity under summer wardrobe staples like clingy knit dresses, sheer blouses, and white pants,” says Heather Garcia, Shapewear Buyer at  In other words, get the right shapewear and embrace all of summer’s hottest looks, without a shred of hesitation.
The smoothing camisole is a must for summer shaping.  Wear it layered under a sheer blouse or under your basic weekend tee for that extra level of confidence.  Most smoothing camis offer tummy control and banish that pesky bra bulge. Look for styles that don’t ride up, pinch and lift, not flatten the bust. Some styles are meant to be discreet but others are designed to be seen and peek out. Get one in white, nude and black and you’re good to go!
No summer wardrobe would be complete without a pair of white pants. Whether you choose a pair of linen capris or stretchy skinny jeans, white bottoms instantly add a crisp element to your look. There are a few fashion laws when sporting white pants. It is imperative to proceed with caution when drinking red wine and eating chocolate. Also, if you choose the wrong panty, your look is doomed. A shaping thong panty in a nude hue is a must for rocking white pants. Not only will it eliminate those unsightly panty lines, but it will slim your tummy and hips for an overall trim silhouette. A shaping thong also works under clingy knit dresses, fitted miniskirts and anything else that has a body-con fit.
It is safe to say that a dress and sandals is most women’s unofficial summer uniform. From maxis to shifts to simple T-shirt styles, summer dresses exude a polished, yet cool vibe. In order to create a totally flawless figure under any dress you choose, a shaping slip is a summer shapewear necessity. It is great alternative to wearing multiple pieces of shapewear and many of the latest slips fit like second skin without sacrificing an ounce of control. Also, many shaping slips allow for extreme wardrobe versatility with features like convertible straps, underwire cups, seamless designs and bustless constructions. These modern shaping slips make no summer dress off limits, even backless, halter and strapless styles.
If you only buy one shapewear piece this summer, you cannot go wrong with a mid-thigh shaper. Designed like a bike short, this tummy, hip and tush tamer works under almost everything in your closet. Wear this go-to under dresses, pants, knee-length shorts and anything else that is not a miniskirt length. Most of today’s styles are lightweight and breathable yet still provide incredible control. If you want to take it to the next level and shape from under your bust to your thighs, a high-waist version will give you the control you desire.
Shapewear is a necessity in your summer intimate arsenal because it gives you total wardrobe freedom. So go ahead and sport your white pants, shimmy in your banded miniskirt and show off your tan in a bright halter dress.  With the right shaping pieces, the only thing hotter than the season’s sun will be you!

About the Author:
Rachel Belkin is a fashion copywriter and editor for Bare Necessities has one of the largest selection of intimate apparel online carrying over 180 well-known brands of bras, panties, shapewear, hosiery, swimwear, men’s underwear and more.

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