11 Pieces of Lingerie Every Woman Should Own

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The power of an excellent undergarment should not be taken for granted—between offering critical support and boosting your confidence, the right underwear can be truly transformative. Here, the experts from Basics Underneath in New Orleans, Louisiana, outline the essential pieces every woman should have in her lingerie wardrobe.

A nude t-shirt bra. As anyone who has worn a fitted white shirt knows, a bra that looks invisible under clothing is a must. When selecting this piece, the Basics Underneath experts recommend finding a nude shade that matches your skin tone as closely as possible.

A convertible strap bra. With straps that move position, a convertible strap bra means you never have to sacrifice support for a nontraditional neckline. This piece can be adapted to accommodate a racerback, one-shoulder, halter, or open back top.

A smoother or shaper. “Our mothers wore slips. These are better,” the Basics Underneath ladies note about today’s smoothers and shapers, which can work magic under our clothes. When it comes to these pieces, there are a variety of degrees of control, so consider factors like the areas you want covered as well as comfort when picking this critical undergarment.

A seamless thong, panty, or boyshort. “Always avoid VPL (visible panty lines),” the undergarment gurus advise. Therefore, seamless bottoms are a must under clingy clothing that can cause problems, such as tight pants and silky dresses.

A strapless bra. According to our experts, this is not a time to skimp! Quality and fit are the keys to a good strapless bra. This staple needs to stay put and do its job, so consider it an investment piece.

A bralette. A chic and comfortable must-have meant to be worn (and seen) under sheer tops and tanks, this item is a lingerie star that likes to shine.

Something sexy. Whatever makes you feel confident and beautiful is essential for your lingerie wardrobe. Whether it’s a silk gown, lace teddy, or bra and panty set, indulge in something that makes you feel your best.

A low-impact sports bra. This essential is “Perfect for yoga, pilates, walking, or just hanging out,” the pros say of the supportive pull-on staple that generally comes in Small, Medium, and Large sizes.

A high-impact sports bra that’s a perfect fit. “One size does not fit all,” the Basics Underneath team warns of this item, which is generally available in cup sizes up to a G. “Get professionally fit, as this bra is perhaps the most important bra you will wear in terms of supporting breast tissue,” they note.

Two robes. Go ahead and treat yourself to two luxurious tie-on styles, our experts say: one warm and cozy, the other silky and sexy.

Photograph by Sara Essex Bradley Photography. TSG Tip 303 from Basics Underneath in New Orleans, Louisiana. Basics Underneath is featured in The Scout Guide New Orleans.