Earlier in the week two girls were in the shop trying on some sheer button down tops.
"What would you wear under this?" one of them asked as she came out of the fitting room. I went for the obvious and showed her the Cosabella, Never Say Never Sweetie Soft Bra.
"Yeah, but I mean, what do you wear under the shirt?" she asked again, a little confused.
"This." I replied holding the bra & not understanding why she wasn't understanding me.
"Just the bra?"
Her friend stepped out of the fitting room and giving me a knowing look replied, "She's from the East coast."
"Ohhh..." We both looked at her and I said, "You can totally do that here, it's fine"
"Just a bra!?"
"Well, not just a bra, it has to be lacy and pretty, and it provides a bit more coverage." (like 5% more).
She looked at us as if we had suggested she go to the supermarket in her underwear.
"Really, you can, it's fine." her friend tried to convince her.
I haven't been back East in a while, but I was immediately reminded that things are a bit more conservative there. Not crazy conservative, just don't walk around half naked conservative. Let's face it, sheer is in, in a big way. And Tucson is no exception. I've said it before, we can't help it. It's so flippin' hot here we just don't want to wear that much clothing. It's a survival thing.
So, wearing a bra (make it a pretty one ladies) or a bandeau as opposed to a tank or cami under something sheer is pretty much accepted night time attire. For those of you still wondering about appropriate occasions for your sheer tops and what to wear under them, here are a few guidelines:
1. If you're going to go for it, don't wear your plain old every day push up bra. There are tons of choices and styles right now for bralettes and bandeaus for layering. No one wants to see your push up bra in the front and the strap in the back on the middle setting with the little hooks showing. If you think those lacy little bralettes don't offer you enough support, put a strapless bra underneath it. That way you still have the effect of a pretty little underpinning with the security of a bra.
2. DO wear a cami instead of the bralette if you are going on a job interview or out to dinner with your boyfriend's parents.
3. Sheer tops are definitely more of a night time look. If you want to show off your lacy underpinnings during the day go for a slouchy shirt with a dropped arm hole or a top with a cut out pattern in the back (also crazy popular right now).
4. Occasions when it's OK to wear your regular bra under sheer, cut-out & over sized items. NEVER. Kidding, almost never. If your sheer top is a light nude or creme, sometimes a nude bra, non-lace, will look better. Try it and see.
In the end, our east coaster was convinced and walked out with the sheer top and the Cosabella bralette. "I'll never do this at home, but I'll try it here - and I'm getting a really comfy bra too." That's the thing about Cosabella. Their bralettes are REALLY comfortable , they give you a cute shape and they're sexy as hell. You'll want to wear them even if you're not wearing something sheer. And the color selection is out of control.
"They're totally different pinks and it's fine to own all three colors." my friend Michelle and I were agreeing the other day about the differences between, Lipstick, Shocking Pink and Grenadine. Whatever your color preference, when going sheer, lacy underpinnings are a must have for this season.