November 13, 2008 03:04 ET

Underwear Can Make or Break a Look

One Type Does Not Fit All -- Each Body Type Needs Specific Underwear For a Fashion Look

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - November 13, 2008) - Some women just seem to look perfectly "put together" no matter their size or shape, while another woman, in the same dress, can look frumpy. In a recent episode of Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, he emphasized how important underwear is to creating the perfect look. Most women they work with on the show are wearing the wrong underwear, says Gunn and one of the first things he does is send them for a bra fitting., a leading online lingerie retailer, recently launched a new section on their website that helps women to pick the right underwear for a specific fashion look.

Take sweater dresses, a "must-have" on almost every designer's fall fashion list this year. Clingy knit dresses really show off your figure and since there are very few women with perfect figures, this creates a problem. HerRoom photographed four models with different body types in the same sweater dress -- the before image shows the wrong underwear and the after shots show what they look like with the right underwear. The difference is quite striking.

The best feature of "What is She Underwearing?" is the ability to roll over the after picture and see what underwear made this dramatic difference.

Even a slender woman can have challenges in a sweater dress. In the before image of the tall model, you can clearly see there's some unfortunate pulling and clinging at waist, hips and bottom. Not to mention, a less than flattering low-riding cleavage. The solution acknowledges that most one-piece shapewear isn't long enough for tall women. Three great pieces are recommended beginning with a light lift Wonderbra to do justice to a low neckline, Maidenform's control camisole to smooth the middle, waist, hips and bottom and to complete the new look, Donna Karan's mid-thigh-length Perfect Slimmer.

In the before image of the petite plus-size model, the clingy fabric accentuates bulges and bumps. Gathering and pulling at the bust means not enough support. Waist, hips, bottom and thighs need better definition, control and shaping. The after image clearly shows that with the right underwear she looks as though she has lost at least 10 pounds! recommends the Le Mystere's contour bra for seamless support that fits a petite frame. The TC Fine biker pant provides control from ribcage through thigh for petite silhouettes. When what you're "underwearing" is right, you can wear those curves proudly!

"What is She Underwearing?" also shows suggestions for average and plus-size women.

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