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how to wear a bodysuit

There’s a lot to love about bodysuits. They’re comfortable, they’re versatile, they’re universally flattering, and did we mention they’re also on-trend? Indeed, bodysuits seem to be everywhere these days, from lingerie boutiques to Instagram fashion bloggers’ feeds and high-fashion runways. The bottom line is: We can’t get enough of them.

And it’s no surprise, either. Bodysuits come in a wide range of materials, styles, cuts, colors, and prints. Some are meant to be appreciated in the bedroom only, while others can be easily worn out for a night on the town. There’s a bodysuit for every body type and wardrobe, and once you add one to your collection, you’re sure to quickly add a few more.

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect bodysuit, there are a few factors to keep in mind. Here are some tips for picking out the right bodysuit for your shape and personal tastes:

What’s your body type?

You’ll definitely want to keep your body type in mind while shopping. Certain styles are more flattering to particular silhouettes than others, and knowing which assets you want to show off will help you choose the best bodysuit for you.

For example, if you’re seeking to show off some cleavage, opt for a bodysuit with a plunging neckline — you can either wear a plunge bra or go bra-less underneath, depending on your comfort level.

Or, if you’d like to show off your long, shapely legs, then seek out a bodysuit that’s high cut — which means the leg holes are cut higher on the thigh, thus elongating your legs.

If you feel like your derriere is your best feature, then go for a bodysuit that has a cheeky cut in the back.

Where are you wearing it?

If you’re looking to buy bodysuits to wear as underthings, then you’re free to buy whichever styles strike your fancy.

However, it’s worth noting that some bodysuits are well-suited to wearing outside the house as well. Look for bodysuits in opaque materials, such as nylon, cotton, and silk, which innately look less like undergarments.

Going out for a girls’ night or date night? You can rock a lace bodysuit out of the house — consider popping a blazer or leather jacket over it, though, to add a touch of modesty to this daring ensemble.

what is a bodysuit

Allure Bodysuit A1497 in Dazzling Blue

What are your support and shaping needs?

Just as you consider your needs when it comes to buying bras, you should also consider this with bodysuits. Of course, there are some bodysuits (such as opaque ones with thicker fabrics) that you can wear a bra underneath. However, some of the more skin-baring, strappy or sheer styles you may want to go bra-less with. Luckily, many bodysuits feature built-in features that make it possible to go bra-less while still getting sufficient support.

If you’re full-busted and want to go sans bra with your bodysuit, seek out styles that contain separated cups. You can either choose a wire-free bodysuit or an underwire bodysuit, depending on your personal preferences. Cut-and-sew cups will help ensure you get a little additional lift and shaping, which can be helpful if the cups are unlined. Or, if you’d like a little extra coverage and shaping, go for a bodysuit with padded cups.

Pro tips

Finding the perfect bodysuit definitely takes a little time. Clearly, there are many factors to consider in your decision-making process. Fortunately, though, there is no shortage of bodysuits to choose from. As this style has become increasingly popular, more and more lingerie brands, as well as fashion brands, are offering a wide variety of different styles, from stretchy solid halter bodysuits to long-sleeved velvet bodysuits and one-shoulder silk bodysuits. Try out a few different styles to find what’s best suited to your wardrobe and personal style. From edgy, rock ‘n roll styles to demure, elegant ones, there’s a bodysuit for every look you’re trying to achieve.

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Allure Bodysuit A1497 in Black

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


Featured image lingerie:
Allure Bodysuit A1497 in Nude

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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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