Can I just say I’ve been seeing far too many bra straps lately. Lingerie straps would be the correct terminology but let’s face it, most of them are bra, B-R-A, bra straps. Who needs to see that? I was standing in line at the post office yesterday and a lovely young woman, I’d say in her twenties, came in to mail a package. She had on a black tank top and black athletic shorts, but that’s a whole other blog post. Sticking out on both sides of her shoulders were white bra straps. Now I know this was a look several years ago for about a minute. But really? To me this is the easiest way to go from classy to trashy in two seconds. Or two straps, if you will. There are so many bra/camisole options out there; racer-back, T-back, convertible strap, Y-back, there is no reason why anyone’s straps need to show. No one wants to see that, except maybe a Significant Other and that’s private. There is a reason they call it UNDERwear.
This brings me to the matter of the slip. Yes, as in “Your slip is showing.” Or more to the point, “Are you wearing a slip?” This little garment can make such a difference in one’s look and it seems to have gone out of use lately. Why? Skirts and dresses all hang better with a slip. Even those that are lined benefit from a slip. It keeps garments cleaner, less wrinkled and protected from mishaps (use your imagination here). But here’s the key. If you’re thinking of those horrible tricot nylon deals that ride up in about two seconds so that you have a bunch of hot synthetic around your middle the minute you start walking, you can forget that. I’m talking about a slip made of a non-cling fabric. A satin or taffeta-like garment that hangs free, because if it’s going to wind up in a bunch around your middle what’s the point, no? Such a free-wheeling item can be found. Farr West makes one and it’s available through Nordstrom’s on line. Free shipping and free returns so you can hardly go wrong. And you only need one in a nude shade which I believe they call “Mink.” If you want to splurge you could get one in Black as well. They’re not cheap but trust me, these things last a life time. And you don’t have to wash it after every wearing. It’s underwear, but not THAT far under.
This is your mission, should you choose to accept it. Go undercover.