Undergarment Guide: My must-have bras & underwear

I don't post much about bras and undies, so it might come as a surprise that the most common questions I get are actually about undergarments! They are the foundation of every outfit (unless you're a commando kinda girl...) - when done right undergarments should not be noticed, but when done wrong, they can be all someone sees. I've rounded up a number of outfit "situations" below that are fairly common, and the type of undergarments I own and rely on as solutions!

what to wear under a white sheer dress skirt
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Situation: Sheer skirts / dresses, or unlined skirts / dresses that cling to your legs or tights.
Solution: Half slip skirt. Slips may sound like a thing from the past, but I seriously wear mine all. the. time. As brands are skimping more often on quality (i.e. using thinner fabrics, or only lining half of a dress), a slip can be an easy and affordable way to "rescue" a garment. I especially like them in the winter to keep unlined dresses or skirts from riding up against hosiery. I own the Vassarette 16" slip skirt (under $10!) in both nude & black. If you tend to wear shorter skirts and dresses, it's worth getting your slip skirt hemmed even shorter so there's no chance of an unsightly peek-a-boo.

racerback bra strap convertible clip
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Situation: Narrow-shouldered, angled neckline, or halter tops.
Solution: A bra with convertible straps that can be criss-crossed in the back (see: convertible strap bras below), or, use a racer-back bra clip to hold your bra straps closely together in the back. You can also try using a large paperclip as a solution in a pinch.

bra strap converter_what to wear under low back top dress
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Situation: Top or dress with a slight dip in the back.
Solution: An elastic bra-strap converter. Try one of my most popular DIY tutorials, or buy one for cheap like this 1-hook converter in black or nude (here's a wider strap version, too). Please note this solution is only for slightly lower-back garments, not ones with a dramatic dip or nothing on the back. The elastic converter can pull your regular bra band down about 2 inches in the back before the fit of the cups get affected in the front.
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New England Summer Soirée

summer whites boston outdoor party scalloped dress

I hope you guys had an amazing weekend! Ours was an eventful one filled with family and friends, and we got lucky with beautiful weather. Nick and I hosted a small summer gathering on our roof deck to send off one of our closest friends, Carolyn, who is leaving Boston. I'm going to miss her dearly, but good thing she's not going too far!
new england seafood party oysters lobster rolls stella artois
We wanted to throw a classy party in honor of a classy lady, so it was perfect we were able to partner with Stella Artois to host this get-together. Alongside their beverages, we wanted to incorporate some signature elements of New England summers like plentiful hydrangeas and, of course, fresh seafood! Friends also wore their summer whites as an ode to the last few weeks of summer. Side tip: keep a Tide pen handy for guests if you're hosting a whites party : )

Early Fall Casual Style: Transitional White Jeans + Camel Hat

casual fall 2016 outfit idea hat open toe booties
ASTR top xs, J.Brand jeans sz 24 (no hemming needed, similar w/ 27" inseam & on sale)

I won't get too ahead of myself, but my favorite season in New England is nearly upon us! The evenings here are getting more crisp & cool, and the shops are already filled with all sorts of yummy pumpkin and apple aromas. To dress for this transitional period, I like mixing colors and textures of next season in with my summer pieces. These white jeans, for example, have been a staple (see them styled here, here, here) and I certainly don't plan on packing them away post-Labor day! By adding an Autumn-hued top, a wool hat and open-toed booties, the look becomes fall-ready while appropriate for our temps now.
split bell sleeve top white jeans fall fashion ideas
The shape of this shirt borrows a bit from both bell sleeve tops and capes, two silhouettes I love. It's in regular sizing but the length is petite-friendly, hitting right at my hips.

Recent Reviews: Ruffles, Tweed, Pearl + Lace Goodness

ann taylor boston newbury street store sale
Ruffle shell xxsp, tweedy skirt (waist altered) 00p, sweater xxsp - c/o Ann Taylor

Hope you guys had an amazing weekend! As promised, I wanted to share some recent try-ons, including at Ann Taylor where their friends & family promo is going on now until Tuesday. I wore the above mixed-texture outfit to my event last week, where I had such a great time chatting with and getting to know some of you! This button-up top is definitely one of their prettiest staples out this season. It also comes in a watercolor floral, a burnt sienna print that's so pretty for fall, and an elegant cameo pink as shown below:
ann taylor petites work blouses sale
ruffle shell xsp, pearlized bobble necklace (comes in gold or silver)
 
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