As much as we love stepping out for the day in our statement-making white dresses for summer, sometimes we can feel a little restricted by the fact that, more often than not, white pieces are on the semi-sheer side, especially when they’re made of a lighter fabric such as linen. That being said, when you know what to wear under a white dress, getting dressed isn’t so intimidating.
Because we know you want to wear this seasonal favorite all summer and beyond, we’ve put together a simple guide on how to wear your beloved white dresses without letting anything show through. With these simple pieces, white dresses won’t feel so daunting anymore.
From skin-tone slips to layer underneath some of your looser dresses to nude underpinnings that’ll ensure you’re fully covered, having the right lingerie will allow you to wear your dresses without having to feel like you’re baring it all.
These look so comfortable.
Swap out your cotton briefs for this mesh pair.
Everyone needs a pair of briefs.
These lace panels are so pretty.
Wear this under your more fitted dresses.
Available in sizes XS to L.
You definitely won’t be able to see these through your dress.
Available in one size.
You’ll feel confident in this.
Available in sizes S to XL.
These are so flattering.
Bras and Bralettes
You can count on Baserange to make quality underwear.
This will give you the support you need.
Araks makes some of the best undergarments.
I highly recommend under dresses for comfort, convenience, and warmth:
- Bike shorts or athletic shorts, the thin fabric kind
- “Sophie’s” or cheer shorts. They’re a little bulkier than bike shorts.
- Cotton and/or spandex leggings or thick, opaque tights. Those sheer nylons aren’t gonna hide your underwear, sorry.
- Fleece-lined tights. I wear these under my entire six-layer-and-counting Renaissance Festival costume outside in FL in 90*F heat and 90% humidity, and I have worn them under the skirt in the first picture below while walking across the (windy as FUCK) Harvard Bridge at night in the winter (if it’s above 20*F, you’re lucky) outside in Boston. Fleece is magical.
- Jeggings, if comfortable.
- Anything with pockets!
If I personally don’t wear shorts or tights or leggings under a dress or skirt, people WILL seewhatever intimate apparel I’m wearing underneath.
Plus, at home in Florida, I wouldn’t be able to sit on anythingmetal (or plastic, honestly)in the summer,because any summery dress does not have enough fabric to keep my bare legs from touching >100*F surfaces.
So between the heat and my lack of available fucks to give about:
- crossing my legs
- remembering not to sit on hot surfaces
- the wind
- not being able to climb trees
- having to be careful while dancing or playing games
I wear shorts or leggings under ANY skirt or dress that is hemmed ABOVE MY ANKLES.
And if I KNOW I’m gonna be moving or dancing or anything remotely active, I wear shorts or leggings, ALWAYS – or I live to regret it.
Here’s an outfit for an a cappella concert I put together REALLY QUICKLY.
I don’t remember WHY I was late and/or rushing, but I’m SO GLAD I remembered–
This particular stage has an orchestra pit level with the audience.
That means the performance area is above the audience’s heads for the first several rows!!!
…they would actually have to make an effort to AVOID upskirting me!
But! I was SAVED BY THE SHORTS!
It’s hard to see, so I sketched a dashed blue line just above the hem of my skirt and a dashed green line just below the hem of my shorts:
^ Those three blobs ^ at the bottom ^ near my feet, are the heads of some audience members!
I WAS SO GLAD I WORE THE SHORTS, WOW. Phew!
Here’s a sort of DIY dress thing:
See what I mean about sitting on stuff? That’s not a super short dress, as you can see in the picture on the right – the hem is just barely over/under the edge of the photo. The dress goes to my knees when I’m standing, but doesn’t cover my ass when I sit! Sigh.
Did I wear shorts under that dress? You bet your ass I did. That’s what I wore to the first day of Pride last year!
Here’s me at some weddings, where I knew I’d be dancing:
Dresses? Check. Shorts underneath? CHECK. How embarrassing would it be if I fell…!
And you can’t even see the shorts!
Y’know, another thing my shorts do, especially when I’m dancing, is keep my tights from sliding down.
Tights are NOT made for long legs, y’all!
Speaking of dancing, even without tights:
Getting ready to go swing dancing.
That skirt is about to twirl at the level of my waist.
Of course I have shorts on!
I’m sure as hell not restricting myself from my favorite swing moves!The dress/skirt twirl is half the fun!
And finally, let’s look at what happened the one time I didn’t wear my shorts:
I REALLY, REALLY WANTED TO CLIMB THE SWEET-ASS ROPE JUNGLE GYM THING!
But I was wearing a skirt and it was a date! I didn’t know we were going to the park after dinner! No shorts! Ahhh!
Sooo I did this:
I legit tied my skirt into a knot, yes, notexactly in front of but definitely within view of some parents and kids…
NO SHAME! IT WORKED!
I wear shorts under skirts and dresses, always in the summer, in the winter not as much. A skirt in the Canadian winter almost demands you wear tights, so unless I’m wearing sheer tights or its extremely cold I don’t bother with shorts, like whose really going to see anything? Id make a great amish exhibitionist “Hey, wanna see sexy bare ankle? “
Personally I feel underdressed without them. I went to a school that required a uniform, I was also a bit of a tomboy. If the boys could do it, I could do it and a skirt wasn’t stopping me, lol.