Let’s be real for a second: When was the last time you bought a blouse that was completely opaque? 2005? During the recession, fabric quality fell through the floor. Retailers claim that sheer is the “trend” or the “style”, but it’s just a convenient excuse to use cheaper materials. What I wouldn’t give for an end to this nonsense, but until then, all I can do is wear the right undergarments to make these slightly sheer, semi sheer, and you’re-kidding-me-what-does-this-cover work for the office.
To make a sheer blouse work appropriate, you need a camisole or tank underneath. My tank of choice was Nordstrom’s seamless tanks with the wide strap or their seamless camisoles. But even these weren’t a perfect solution. I had to have each tank hemmed, or else the remaining bulk would make smooth pencil skirts decidedly lumpy. And even with the hemming, the tanks sometimes ride up when I’m charging down the hall at a good pace.
Then, the other day, I was buying a gift for a friend’s daughter, when the solution hit me: leotards.
Think about it. Dance leotards are perfectly smooth. Tight enough to offer a bit of smoothing and slimming. And they’ll never ride up. They’re the perfect solution for several fashion woes, from sheer blouses to business suits.
This Capezio Tank Leotard ($20) is the one I decided to purchase. I like the wider strap and scoopneck. I started with the black and was hoping for a beige or white. Sadly, it comes in suntan (like a pair of hose on a Hooters waitress) instead, I was hoping the color would be less offensive in person, but it wasn’t.
So what do you think, could leotards be the answer to your sheer blouse woes? I know there are brands that offer one-piece bodysuits in similar styles, but they can be a bit pricey. I’d rather pay $20 for the leotard.