Underwear Essentials

Female underwear
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Just the other day I was going through my closet to get something appropriate to wear underneath my tank top, when I realized how important and essential our underwear is. They provide the right kind of look to our clothes. Just imagine being stuck with only one kind which needs to be worn with all your dresses ranging from t-shirts to gowns! Scary right?
Well, I thought it will be a good idea to list all the different kinds of undergarments that should be in our underwear essential checklist.
First I divided the essentials into three categories - Panties and Underpants, Bras, and Stockings. Let's go one by one and list out the essentials under these three categories.

I. Panties and Underpants

1. Briefs:
These are the most basic and give full coverage to your abdomen and buttock and also support them.
2. Boxers:
These are best worn when lounging or cleaning around the house. Topped with a T-shirt, it can make a comfortable night shirt as well. But these are not good for tight and slim fitting clothes.
3. Boy Shorts:
These go very well under tight fitting clothes and also provide full support to your abdomen and buttocks.
4. Thongs:
These are best worn under your pants as they don't show those embarrassing panty lines.
5. Bikini:
These panties serve two purposes - one as a swimwear with your bikini top and second to add sex appeal when you are out of water.
6. G-String:
To heighten your sex appeal for those special moments, add these to your wardrobe.
7. Girdle:
If you want to hide those bulges, a girdle is the best option.

II. Bras

1. Full Cup Bras
These give full support to full and heavy breasts.
2. Under Wire
These are best suited for women who have sagging and heavy breast. These help in pushing up the breast to give a good shape.
3. Demi
These are for women who have small breasts but the dress that they are going to wear demands a little cleavage.
4. Padded
If you are not well-endowed then you can enhance the size of your breast with these.
5. Water Bra
These are also for women who have a small breast size, the only difference being that the water bra feels much more natural than the padded bra.
6. Sports Bra
These are best for women who take active participation in sports. It not only provides good support, but also provides comfort.
7. T-shirt Bra
As the name suggests this is basically worn under a T-shirt as these do not show the bra lines when wearing a T-shirt.
8. Bra Tops
These are comfortable and casual lounging-at-home bras. But now-a-days they are also coming in chic designs and can be worn as tops.
9. Strapless
These are required when you are wearing a strapless dress or a tank top.
10. Lace
These are exotic bras in satin and are meant to increase your sex appeal.
11. Seamless
These are best to be worn when you are wearing those tight fitting tops and don't want the bra lines to show.

III. Stockings

1. Knee-High
These are stockings that come up to the knees. They look good under over-the-knee skirts etc.
2. Thigh-High
These stocking comes up to the thigh. This needs garter belt to hold them up. These also look good under over-the-knee dresses and add to the sex appeal.
3. Tights
These are made up of thicker material and are good for cold weather.
4. Panty Hose
These are for everyday use and help you to keep your legs warm in a cold climate. Always buy panty hoses in neutral colors, which give the best look.
With the above list in place, I am sure you know wich ones you need to stock up on. Also remember to be careful to wear the appropriate underwear with your outfit. You also need to keep in mind the kind of activity you will be doing while choosing your undergarments as some activities (like running) might require more support than others.
Time for some shopping girls?