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Sexy lingerie for summertime

May 29, 2009 17:55 IST

Sexy lingerie for summertime

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Dalbir Bains

It's that time of year when you need to invest in the latest, skimpy summer styles to brave the scorching temperatures. The problem that women often face is that whilst the newest clothing trends may look fab, how do you work out the right lingerie to wear underneath?

Fashion designers only have to worry about the latest designs, but often you are left with the headache of trying to make your outerwear work with the correct innerwear.

At my lingerie store we get lots of girls saying the same thing over and over again -- 'I can't wear this top because my bust is so big' or 'I would never be able to get lingerie to work under that outfit'. What they don't know is that bra-fitting consultations are designed to get you the right fit for every outfit, whatever your size.

And to help you frustrated girls who can't seem to work out what lingerie to wear with what outfit, here is a step-by-step guide to pulling off the hottest looks with the best lingerie!

Dalbir Bains is the founder of lingerie store Boudoir London at Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai. Visit their website at www.boudoirlondon.in; if you have any lingerie or swimwear queries, you can email Dalbir at info@boudoir-london.in.


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Photographs: Reuters & Boudoir London
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Strapless outfits

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For most women, strapless tops fill you with dread because most of you think they won't stay up and will probably let you down at the wrong moment!

It is important to note, however, that there is a strapless bra for every woman and every size -- you just need to know which one.

These days the strapless is also called the multiway, because it comes with detachable straps and you can wear it as a strapless, a regular, a one shoulder, a halter neck and a racer back bra -- that's a lot of options! It is generally girls who have a larger bust that protest against strapless bras, but I would like to introduce you to an amazing style -- the seamless strapless bra. Very lightly padded to prevent transparency and with a snug fit, it's ideal for every woman, even those with the biggest sizes -- it can go all the way to a G-cup.


Image: Strapless outfits
Photographs: Peter Morgan/Reuters and (right) Boudoir London
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Deep-plunge necklines

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Summer is the season for V-neck tee-shirts and low-necked styles, even when it comes to ethnicwear.

If you have a great cleavage, then you have a lot to show off, but if you have a very small bust then you need to enhance it with the best-ever bust enhancing bra.

The gel-filled bra is like no other padded bra, as it does not deflate over time and maximises your assets. These bras are filled with a jelly-like substance to boost your size -- they are more comfy and natural-looking than traditional padded bras. The gel-filled bra can increase your bust size by at least one cup and is available in regular and strapless styles.


Image: Deep-plunge necklines
Photographs: Jeff Christensen/Reuters and (right) Boudoir London
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Asymmetrical styles

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This season's hottest trend is the one-shouldered top. The multiway bra is a great move on from the strapless; it can be converted into an asymmetrical bra and allows you to wear your lingerie comfortably with just one strap on. Detach the other and you're all set.


Image: Asymmetrical styles
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera and (right) Boudoir London
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Going backless?

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The stick-on bra is the perfect product to wear underneath a backless top. As its name suggests, it sticks to your breasts and gives you complete freedom. It works well up to a D cup, but if your size is bigger than that, you'll probably need a low-back bra extender to be worn with a regular bra.


Image: Going backless?
Photographs: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters and (right) Boudoir London
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Comfy tees

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The long-serving tee-shirt remains the summer staple piece worn day in day out for those of us who want to be fashionable and comfortable. The one thing, however, that you don't need under a tee-shirt is a bra with detailing on it -- it will show through and ruin your whole look. You need a smooth, seamless tee-shirt bra which is designed to be a no-show from under even the finest fabric .


Image: Comfy tees
Photographs: Mike Segar/Reuters and (right) Boudoir London
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Hooked to halternecks

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This is a very popular cut for casual wear as well as ornate Indian outfits. The multiway bra is ideal here, as you can wear it perfectly with a halter neck outfit. Take off one strap and fully extend the other strap. Ensure both ends of the same strap are hooked in to the front of the bra on either side of the cups .The strap will sit comfortably under your halter neck outfit.

And here's one last tip -- if you're investing in only two bras this season, make it the strapless multiway and a good tee-shirt bra. You won't regret it!


Image: Hooked to halternecks
Photographs: Mike Segar/Reuters and (right) Boudoir London
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