The Right Underpinnings for Every Race-Day Look

The perfect spring racing carnival look all begins with a strong foundation. The right lingerie or shapewear should be comfortable to wear all day, and help you feel confident by flattering both your figure and your outfit.

David Jones buyer for intimate apparel, Angela Favaloro, shares her expert advice on the right underpinnings to look for, no matter what you’re wearing.

If you’re wearing… a one-shoulder style

Best lingerie to wear with dresses

Wear it with… a strapless bra

“A strapless convertible bra is ideal for one-shoulder and off-the-shoulder dress styles. We recommend Finelines Memory Strapless Bra, which converts four different ways. You can wear it regular, strapless, with a criss-cross back or halterneck. It has no silicone or gripper, so is very comfortable to wear. When you’re searching for a strapless bra, it’s always best to be fitted by a specialist. They need to be firm around the body to provide the support needed – the firmer, the better! Also make sure that the cups don’t cut in or gape. When it fits correctly, your strapless bra should have a super smooth appearance under your clothing.”

Best lingerie to wear with dresses

Shona Joy dress; Finelines bra

If you’re wearing… white trousers

Best lingerie to wear with a white suit

Wear them with… nude briefs

“Nude is definitely the best choice to wear under white, as it blends with your skin tone so is less likely to show. A pair of full briefs with invisible seams creates the most flattering line under trousers, as they leave virtually no trace at all. Jockey No Pantyline Tactel Full Brief do a great job, and also help to shape and smooth the tummy area. If you’re wearing a white suit, I recommend the Spnx Thinstincts Open Bust Shape Suit to create one seamless line from torso to thigh. The fabric is soft and breathable, and it’s designed so you can still wear your own bra.”  

Best lingerie to wear with a white suit

Veronika Maine suit (in store only); Spanx shape suit; Jockey briefs

If you’re wearing… a low-cut dress

Best lingerie to wear with a low-cut dress

Wear it with… a plunge bra

“A bra with a U-shaped front, like Finelines Refined New Plunge U Bustier, is the ultimate bra for low necklines. It has an extremely low U-front shape, which makes it perfect for the plunge dress, plus it offers a very secure fit.”

Best lingerie to wear with a low-cut dress

Thurley dress; Finelines bra

If you’re wearing… a bodycon style

 Best lingerie to wear with a bodycon dress

Wear it with… figure-shaping shorts

“When you’re wearing a sleek, form-fitting or bodycon dress, the main criteria for your underpinnings is that they create one smooth, sleek line underneath. Shapewear is ideal for this because it’s invisible under clothes, and can target specific areas for smoothing, such as the tummy or thighs. Nancy Ganz Enchante Underbust Slip has a comfortable and smooth finish, with control panels where you need them. For extra support, and also warmth if the weather is overcast, Ambra Cellulite Reducing Pantyhose helps to smooth out lumps and bumps on hips, tummy, thighs and legs.”

 Best lingerie to wear with a bodycon dress

By Johnny dress; Nancy Ganz slip; Ambra pantyhose

If you’re wearing… a low-back dress

 Best lingerie to wear with a backless dress

Wear it with… a convertible bra

“The best bra for a low-back or backless dress is a convertible bra like Finelines New Refined 5 Way Push-up Bra. It comes with an extra waist strap, which allows you to pull down the back of the bra while maintaining support at the front. If a bra is not an option, Hollywood Fashion Tape is always a failsafe choice – the clear, double-sided tape allows you to secure clothing in place, without it being seen. Alternatively the Silicone Cover-Ups have a contoured shape to give an ultra-smooth finish under your dress.”

 Best lingerie to wear with a backless dress

Aje dressHollywood Fashion Tape; Finelines braHollywood Silicone Cover-Ups

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