Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Life: What Lies beneath; Fashion Want to Know What to Wear under That Strapless or Backless Party Frock? Lisa Haynes Has the Answers

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Life: What Lies beneath; Fashion Want to Know What to Wear under That Strapless or Backless Party Frock? Lisa Haynes Has the Answers

Article excerpt

WE'VE all been there.

After weeks of scouring the shops you've found 'the' party frock, only to find it looked better on the hanger.

Saggy boobs, bulging bellies and wobbly bottoms - the harsh reality of the changing room mirror can conjure up all sorts of dilemmas.

But there's no need to let your body woes limit your party season wardrobe once you know a few savvy ways to disguise your demons and flaunt your hot spots.

Gisele Scanlon, author of new book The Goddess Experience, guides us through her fashionable secrets.

Strappy chic One shoulder, halterneck or super-strappy, don't ruin the neckline of a festive top or dress with unsightly bra straps.

SOLUTION: "An underwear drawer multi-tasker is a super investment,"

Gisele advises. "If your dress is slightly see-through, try a nude padded convertible bra."

TRY: Wonderbra Sexy Solutions Multiplunge, pounds 26; Marks & Spencer Multi-Way Sheer Strap Push-Up, pounds 20 or Panache Inferno Underwired Plunge Multiway, pounds 23.

Dignified lace Fan of Prada-esque lace? No need to flaunt your birthday suit with this season's see-through styles.

SOLUTION: "If you're wearing pale colours, then stick to underwear in whites and nudes - and look for a secret support vest if you have ample girlies," Gisele recommends.

"Black looks best under dark colours, but Prada added extra interest to this area by placing nude high-neck collars inside lace dresses."

TRY: Intimate vest with bra support (pack of two) pounds 24 at Littlewoods or John Lewis JL nude roll neck jumper, pounds 35.

Backless bravery Sexy backs are where it's at, but don't forget about your front.

"OK, harsh reality. Unless you're small and pert, a backless dress can be disastrous," Gisele warns.

SOLUTION: Fashion First Aid Concealits, pounds 8.95, will keep you looking chaste while sagging girlies can be lifted using Liftits, pounds 9.95 for a D cup or smaller." Both available at www. …

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