It is the middle of summer and saying its hot is an understatement. Hay bales are spontaneously combusting in the midwest and heat kinks are derailing the metro here in DC. The warm weather beckons for sleeveless shirts to be worn to the office. Sleeveless shirts can be classy and beautiful, complete with high collars and bright colors. However, they can sometimes present a challenge when it comes to camouflaging undergarments. Visible bra straps (and panty lines) are never office appropriate and can be avoided with a few simple tips.

As I said, visible bra straps (or bras for that matter) are never office appropriate no matter what Vogue says. Most sleeveless dress shirts are cut in a slight racerback, so they curve in near the shoulder blades instead of being straight down. A standard bra has straps that are wider than the shirt so the bra strap is very visible. I see this every single day and it makes me wonder if the wearer even looked in a mirror (and if they did, how they justified wearing it to work).

There are simple solutions to this issue. First, buy a strapless or racerback bra. An investment in one or both of these are invaluable as they allow you to wear almost any type of shirt. Strapless bras can be somewhat annoying, especially if you have a larger chest, but a good one with no-slip lining makes a great investment. Racer back bras are extremely comfortable and the straps never slip, they have become my go-to bras. If you do not want to invest in either, take a safety pin or rubber band and pull the straps of a normal bra together, making your own racerback.

Summer weather also brings a lot of white. As I’ve mentioned before I love white clothing as nothing looks more crisp and refreshing. A cardinal rule of wearing white is to never wear colored undergarments, this includes white! White undergarments under white clothing is not invisible, its white and you can see it through your clothing. Nude or flesh colored bras and panties should always be worn under white. If your white garment is rather thick then you may have some leeway but for most white tops and bottoms, nude undergarments need to be worn.


  1. in Washington DC, it is shockingly common to see women wearing lingerie as business attire during the hot months – even among some attorneys. In Baltimore, 40 miles away by map and ruler but 3,500 by culture, the trend hasn’t caught on.

  2. Zanne says:

    Walmart sells a heart shaped piece of plastic with a prong on each side of the inside that you use to hold your bra straps together on your back. I find it much more comfortable than a safety pin and lots easier to take on and off. It will also sit higher or lower on your straps, depending on how your top is cut so that you can best hide your bra straps. Walmart also sell silicon petals to hide the natural reaction ladies have in very cold offices.
    I live in the very Deep South, and mostly the female attorneys dress appropriately for the weather. There are a very few who should have looked at their body inside the suit rather than how they thought the suit looked on their body, as the suit skirt is skin tight, and cups over the groin and under their behinds, too. I haven’t seen any lingerie used as tops, but there are some tops that have deep, plunging necklines. We are still fairly conservative, although panty hose has gone the way of the dodo bird, and ladies always wear a jacket in court, so that attribute of the top is less noticeable. It probably helps that one could hang meat in our courtrooms, it’s so cold. No matter how hot it is outside, if it’s in the 60s inside, you will bring a coat to wear, even though you carry it over your arm outside. (It’s so cold, because you have to get the courtroom cold in the morning to stand a chance of the room being comfortable in the afternoon – the temperatures continue to rise until about 4:00 pm!)

  3. Lindsey says:

    *sigh* It must be nice to have small enough breasts that there’s a choice to get a raceback or strapless bra and if you don’t get them it’s because you don’t want to invest. Strapless bras aren’t ANNOYING if you have a large chest (I’m a 32G), they’re SLOPPY. Unless you’re into wearing corsets all day, you look like something from People of Walmart. And looking sloppy in the office is just as bad as showing a bra strap.

    Safety pins come with a lot of risk, too, if you have large breasts, because they’re not very sturdy. The best thing I’ve found so far are those made-for-tv Strap Perfect things, I believe Miss Oops! or another such brand also sells a version.

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