Peek-a-boo clothing has become mainstream. We are all familiar with the frontal exposure—sometimes entering X rated zones! Recently designers have been exploring more unexpected cut-out areas. Little peeks of the midriff, side of the waist and in the back. Anything unexpected adds drama to a garment and these sneak peeks certainly do—usually in a tasteful way. Our challenge is to show them off to their best advantage–while flattering us.
I tried on a garment a year or two ago with a side cutout done in a sheer fabric. The design was quite nice, adding an interesting element. Unfortunately, my mature waist is not that of a 20-year old and the cutout revealed an unattractive bulge instead of a charming peek at a slim waist. Oh well! I did nothing for the garment and it surely didn’t do anything for me!
One key component to make these peeks work– choosing the right bra. Straps are not intended to be visible. I think yoga clothing has sort of lowered the bar with allowing a bra to show. Many yoga outfits have a nice support bra that can be worn alone for practice or covered by a top with a deep plunge in the back revealing the yoga bra top. In this case, the bra is intended to be worn when performing yoga while the top adds a bit more cover. Great idea for yoga but not for street wear.
Lingerie manufacturers are creating a variety of bras that offer proper support while hiding discreetly behind the dress when cut-outs are used. One of the most versatile bras is the one with straps that change strap configurations. When crossed, they are hidden when worn with deeply cut armholes. No need for constantly pushing the straps back under a high armhole as it has slipped into a comfortable spot. (Remember that undergarments are called that for a reason. They are to be worn “under” and unseen.) I have never tried the invisible bra but it seems to work.
Literature that I have read suggests that the self-stick will last for about 50 wearings. Victoria Secret seems to have a very wide range of attractive bras or you probably have your own favorite shop.
Add a little drama and wear the new cut-out look with Aplomb! No undies visible!