Fine lines

tan lines, underwear lines, bra straps.

i recall a fellow dancer mocking me for wearing underwear with my leotard in our ballet class. i was all of 4 i think. the underwear showed along the edges of the leg, naturally. what on earth did it matter if my underwear was visible while i danced around my bear, for cryin' out loud?!

i have to admit, i never really developed an underwear phobia, so ripe already in this other kid's mind. i never wear underwear with a waistband higher than the one on my pants or skirt, and i guess i avoid clothing so tight so as to provide a virtual x-ray of my underwear, but i don't lose sleep over the thought of revealing lines and i don't buy stringy things to wear in lieu of underwear. the worst thing that could happen, i figure, is that someone might be able to ascertain merely from looking at me that i am someone who wears underwear. i'm really okay with that type of a reputation.

a few weeks prior to the wedding i went to a short while ago, i became a bit conscious of the footwear-to-be. i was going to wear very open, strappy flats to the wedding. but i was spending my summer days often, though not exclusively, in converse high tops, and short sun dresses. you can see quite clearly i was facing a tan-line dilemma. in the end i decided, (censored)! and while in the end there was no sharp contrasting color clash on my limbs (and i was glad of it), the threat of one did cross my mind.

after clothing is carefully picked,

do you go out of your way to address the other issues?

7 comments:

Alexandreena said...

Not really. I wish I could be one of those impeccably pulled together people, with no tan lines, no visible bra straps etc but it's not my nature . I tend to have bra straps showing all summer long, I've been known to wear hot pink bras under gray tops that are sort of see-through and not really be aware of that etc.
It's actually not bothering me all that much.

readysetfashion said...

hhmmm, interesting question....i think i addressed most of my wardrobe issues early on and my closet 'fixes' itself naturally....

Iheartfashion said...

I don't really worry about VPL; as you said, the worst one can infer is that I tend to wear underwear.
I remember the argument for thongs being that they didn't create panty lines, but I find that if a person is not model-thin it's usually painfully obvious when they are wearing a thong. I was walking behind a substantial woman yesterday wearing paper-thin jersey culottes and she would have been better served with proper undies.

materfamilias said...

Not so much. Like you, I take reasonable measures, but I think we can get pretty silly with our need to take a virtual airbrush to ourselves. When my daughters were in their late teens, early twenties, I remember one of them commenting that I should use toenail polish, 'cause bare nails were, apparently, gross (and altho' I didn't do pedicures at the time, I did keep nails neetly trimmed, feet clean, etc.). Now I get pedicures regularly because I've come to enjoy them and can finally afford them, but really, I think the toes we were born with should be fine too! (I know, not quite what you're talking about, but seems connected to me, at least) -- if varying tanlines were acquired in the course of living, so be it; they shouldn't have to be cleaned up or covered up to make an outfit work (altho' you might have to field a comment or two if they're glaringly obvious -- a good conversation starter ;-)

Sal said...

It depends on the occasion - dinner party versus outdoor art fair - but generally, nah.

Times of Glory said...

I think about this more when I purchase them. I mean, I try to buy the easy going ones, so they make my life a bit easier xxx

Anonymous said...

I bought a dress in a half price sale, which I had loved months before the sale. I knew that finding a suitable bra would be a problem - the plunging neckine and low cut underarm area. But I decided then and there that I would make an effort to find something.

Said effort was extremely time consuming. Think hours in underwear depts taking on and off the dress so many times it would need a dry clean before the wedding I was going to wear it to as a bridesmaid.

So despite the beauty of the item and that I had loved it before it was half price the underwear saga made me seriously doubt the value of having purchased it.

I suppose yr question is whether I think I could have gone with bra exposed...well I guess for this occasion I felt not. But while it looked great on the day [I had to visit a specialist underwear lady] I will either be more cautious about purchases in future or less strict about exposures!
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