Style Tuesday: Pretty Underthings

February 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm 7 comments

Reader beware. There may be too much information for some of you below.

Three things about me:

1) I like clothes.

2) I like shopping.

3) I don’t like being uncomfortable.

Let’s discuss item number three on that list in more detail.

I don’t like itchy clothing. I don’t like clothing that is too tight. I don’t like clothing that makes me feel uncomfortable because it’s not “me” (or it’s ugly, but then again nothing ugly would be “me”, right?).

I also don’t like uncomfortable shopping experiences with pushy salespeople, aloof salespeople, bored salespeople, uninformed or misinformed salespeople. It’s also nice to feel comfortable in one’s physical surroundings while shopping. I remember shopping at one not-so-cheap wedding dress boutique (I won’t name it, but I will give you a hint. The owners were married, are now divorced, and have recently opened competing shops down the street from each other), and my mom put her hand on a shelf covered in a cm thick layer of dust. The bottoms of the sample dresses were completely grey. It was a total turn-off and they the lost the sale about 5 minutes into our visit.

But I digress. Where was I? Oh yes, I like to be comfortable. So, what I wear next to my skin must be ultra-comfortable.

This is what I usually have on under my clothes. Jockey bikini undies purchased in 3 packs at department stores. I have them in many colours and patterns.

My bras are usually just as exciting. I detest the scratchy feeling of lace, and well, I wear a lot of knits and the seamless bra styles are more wearable. Excessive underwear lines are not flattering.

Four out of seven days a week, I start my day in a sports bra like this:

Someone in my life (I’m not naming names) requested that I shake it up a bit. I decided to give it a try. But that ‘uncomfortable’ thing was really holding me back.

Last week, I took myself out for an attempt at a shopping spree. First stop, the newish Lilac Lingerie on Richmond Road. The saleswoman (who I believe was the owner) was helpful and sweet. She kept pulling the curtain to the fitting room the rest of the way closed after handing me something to try, since I was clearly not going to do it; did I mention I’m not shy?

The prices in this cute boutique were reasonable for the product.

Got the top; still seamless in the front with tiny little rhinestone detail, and the lace on the back doesn't touch your skin

And this pretty thing will be a nice change from my usual white camis under my sweaters. Got the matching undies too:

Then I went down the road to Brio. Found a gorgeous Freya bra that fit perfectly. It does have seams, but I’ll survive.

Brio is one store with good service and a sensible return policy. You can return bras within two weeks. Another store across Richmond Road at which I have had TERRIBLE customer service (bright pink logo; starts with B ends with C) does not allow you to return bras. Don’t get me wrong, I understand bottoms, but really bras? What’s the difference between that and a fitted top?

I didn’t want to spend $40 for the matching Freya bottom, so I went a few doors down to get these – A+ for comfort:

Lululemon Lacey Hotshort

There you have it. Comfortable shopping experience. Comfortable yet pretty underthings. Mission accomplished. And it wasn’t too painful.

Can’t say I’m a convert, but at least I have a few pretty things in my drawer.

So, tell me (if you feel like it), are you a Jockey/t-shirt bra person like me, or do you like to look elegant (and pay equally elegantly), rather than sporty under your clothes?


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Julie Drury  |  February 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    One word – thongs.
    I don’t get them, I don’t like them, I dont’ wear them.

    I get the ‘panty line’ issue, but that piece of material between my butt cheeks just makes me want to reach back there and pull it out.

  • 2. fitforakid  |  February 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Julie – I hear you on the thongs. I wear them when my outfit absolutely requires it only.

  • 3. mostlyfitmom  |  February 16, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I buy Victoria’s Secret stuff. I find their hiphuggers comfy and the first time I tried on one of their bras, it was life-changing (but only a particular kind – I’m not really into pushups or anything). Also love my Moving Comfort sports bras. Have to agree about thongs! It’s like having a permanent wedgie, in my opinion.

    • 4. fitforakid  |  February 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Haven’t tried any Victoria’s Secret stuff in probably 10 years. Maybe it’s time… I’ll have to look for the Moving Comfort brand. I’ve never tried one. Thanks for stopping by.

  • 5. Lynn  |  February 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    This post came at a perfect time…I have a very hard to fit bra size and I’ve been saving up for a trip to the Westboro bra shops, especially Lilac. I’m glad to hear you were able to find some pretty things – can’t wait to check them out!

    I’m absolutely a sporty girl though – Jockey and sports bras are the norm for me. I adore that tank top you got, though – so maybe it’s time to branch out!

    • 6. fitforakid  |  February 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      Have fun shopping! Lilac and Brio were both great and had lots of “unique” sizes.

  • 7. Jenn Beyak  |  February 17, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Great post. I love a mix of sporty and pretty. I love those Lulu lacey hotshorts…so comfy and cute! I agree that Brio has great service and have yet to try Lilac…I think a visit is in order!! Not sure what kind of thongs you gals have tried, but I love my thongs!


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