April 2, 2013  Jenn Rogien creates the wardrobes for the show "Girls" on HBO.  Evidently the 'girls' spend a lot of time with their underwear and bra straps showing. Think "Sex in the City". She has a lot of good advice in this Associated Press article about how to wear your undergarments and get the right look and fit.

Of course, here at Strappys we had to agree completely with this statement 

 —If your bra strap is showing, make sure it's intentional — and that you're wearing it somewhere it's OK to show. A colorful bra strap can be flirty when it peeks from under a tank top at a beach restaurant, but it could be inappropriate if worn at a business meeting.

AND when you have the opportunity to be intentional, why wouldn't you choose a beautiful designer bra strap or a classy rhinestone bra strap to accentuate your personal style?

At the end of the article, she closes with this statement, "Everyone can tell their story through their underwear."  So are you telling your pretty story or your sad tattered story when you let your bra straps show?

How to fit the right bra for your body

As women start eyeing tank tops and sheer fabrics for summer, she shares some of her tips:

If your bra strap is showing, make sure it's intentional and that you're wearing it somewhere it's OK to show. A colorful bra strap can be flirty when it peeks from under a tank top at a beach restaurant, but it could be inappropriate if worn at a business meeting.

"There is a long history of wearing innerwear as outerwear, and there is something to be said for the beautiful lingerie out there," she says. "We, as women, are being bolder in our choices, allowing it to be part of our personality and a fun part of our closet, but I only want lingerie to show when I want it to show."

Be particularly wary at work, she adds.

—Foundation garments should be smoothing and slimming. They shouldn't create any additional bumps, dimples or bulges. If they do, they're the wrong size.

—A bra that rides up higher is probably too big, and one that digs in is too small. Changing the cup size isn't the right adjustment; you need to change the band size.

—If you want to wear a sheer shirt, pick a neutral colour so the lingerie "disappears." Black is bold and sexy; a bright colour is playful. Stay away from a colour that's too light or muted, though, because it's not enough of a commitment and might leave people wondering if you meant to show off your lingerie or not.

In most situations, no one should see underpinnings under a sheer bottom, so if you dare to don a little purposeful colour, make sure it's full coverage.

—Panty lines are a choice. Seamless technology has made it so there shouldn't be any visible lines from your underwear. The other choice is a thong. A shaping panty should follow the line of the garment going on top of it.

—Cup types for bras, such as pushup, plunge or padded, should have different effects. The same goes for underwear, whether it's briefs, boy shorts or thongs. Fabrics, pattern and color change it up, too. And there's no rule that says when you find one type of undergarment you like, you have to wear it every day.

"When we're using lingerie in costumes, it's part of the story we're trying to tell. It's part of every character I dress," Rogien says. "Everyone can tell their story through their underwear."

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