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Foundation Wear – Identifying the Best “Unmentionables”

Your “unmentionables” are the garments you wear closest to your skin, but are you sure you’re wearing the right foundation wear?

Our undergarments keep outer garments from being soiled or damaged, reduce the friction of outerwear against the skin, shape the body, and provide concealment or support. In cold weather, long underwear, t-shirts and tanks add warmth. Undergarments can even have religious significance. And thanks to modern fabrics, everything is briefer and lighter now.

So, how to think about foundation wear?

T-shirts prevent chest hair from poking through fabrics, absorb perspiration and conceal nipples. For men, use white V-necks with open collar, button front shirts. Use crew-necks in color coordinating tones of grey, navy and black for smart business casual looks.

Undies are personal. Your panties, briefs, boxers, etc. aren’t meant to show, whether beyond an outer garment itself or through that garment’s material.

Bras are designed to lift, separate, hold breast tissue in place and minimize if needed. Follow the “undies” paragraph for initial recommendations. (More to come in a future post.)

Shapewear options are available for both men and women. Designed for all parts of the body, they help create a leaner look, reduce the appearance of cellulite, support the bust and maximize curve creation.

“Going commando?” Go ahead if you want to in your personal life, but definitely not recommended with professional dress if you want to position yourself for success!

Still unsure? Work with a certified fit specialist or a trained image consultant to find the foundation wear that will help you project your best personal and professional image.

Kelly Duggan is an Image Consultant specializing in executive and personal image development, etiquette & communication skills. She is a certified member of the Association of Image Consultants International. Contact Kelly at: www.kellyduggan.com.

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