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Master Your First Layer: Best Holiday Bras, Panties + Shape

Sparkle, shimmer, and shine—the holidays are a fun time to get dressed up and show off your most dazzling looks. Whether you’re wanting to look your best for an end-of-year work party, a Friendsgiving holiday pajama party, or a fancy New Year’s Eve bash, choosing the best first layer is essential. Our festive looks call for unique necklines, sheer fabrics, and fitted silhouettes so it can be tricky to choose the right holiday bras, panties, and shapewear.

Soma<sup class=st-superscript>®</sup> model wearing a black strapless bra and a WHBM<sup class=st-superscript>®</sup> black and red floral midi skirt.

Have you ever worn a bra that doesn’t work with your outfit’s neckline or a pair of panties that shows through your dress? Your choice of foundations can really make or break your look. With the chaos of the holidays, it might be the last thing on your to-do list to figure out. We’re here to help by putting together our top tips for choosing the best holiday panties, bras, and shapewear. Keep reading to see what to wear under your holiday outfits this season.

How to Choose the Perfect Bra for Your Holiday Outfits

Laydown of black mutli-way bra, black one-shoulder top, nude strapless bra, red floral strapless blouse, nude halter bra, and off-white halter blouse.
Soma® Enbliss® Multi-Way Strapless Bra and WHBM® Blouses + Jewelry

’Tis the season of the strapless bra. If you want to choose one holiday bra for the season, let it be a versatile, multi-way bra that goes with most everything. They make getting dressed in your holiday outfits a breeze. Worried about tricky necklines? Just convert or remove the adjustable straps for a perfectly customized fit—halter, one-shoulder, racerback, the options are endless. 

In addition to the multi-way function, our collection of strapless bras come in a variety of styles. Such as wireless support, all-around smoothing, seamless under clothing, and designed for DD+ sizes—there’s truly something for everyone.

Laydown of Soma<sup class=st-superscript>®</sup> backless strapless adhesive bra.

Are you looking for the best bra for a backless dress? You’ll want to choose a bra without a back like an adhesive bra that gently adheres to the skin for a no-show look while providing lift and support. If you don’t need support, but prefer not to go completely braless, give gel petals a try. Wear them with or without a bra for discrete coverage. 

A nifty thing about these styles is that they’re reusable so it’s not a one-and-done type of thing. With the correct washing and bra care method you’ll be able to wear these multiple times. They come in handy in the summer too when it’s a popular time to show more skin and less bra strap.

How to Choose the Best Panties for Your Holiday Outfits

The holidays call for rich hues of green, red, and gold as well as snow white shades and classic neutrals. With that said, the color of your outfit is important to consider when choosing the right holiday panties (and bras!) for your outfit.  Just like any other time of year, you’ll want to avoid wearing bright white under light or sheer clothing. In fact, this can make your underwear more noticeable. Instead, opt for panties that are closest to your skin tone. 

Laydown of nude and green bra and panties, off-white and blue jeans, off-white sweater and white blouse, green blazer, white sneakers, and gold and green jewelry.
Soma® bras and panties, and Chico’s® clothing, shoes + jewelry.

When it comes to more form-fitting styles or thinner fabric, choose a pair of holiday panties that were designed to disappear under your clothes. Our Vanishing Edge® panties have patented stay-put technology that ensure a no ride, no roll, no show finish. 

Style Tip: A fun fashion tip is to match your bra and panties to your outfit. Say you’re wearing an emerald blazer with matching sparkly jewelry. Keep the coordination going with a dark green bra and pair of panties. This tip isn’t just for the holidays, but it can be an easy way to make you feel festive with every layer.

Have Fun with Your Holiday Lingerie 

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Soma® Linework Embroidered Plunge Bra + Panties. WHBM® clothing, heels + jewelry.

Wear your holiday lingerie in the bedroom and beyond. Now is the perfect time of year to go all out with the sparkle, embroidery, and metallic details. Don’t be afraid to wear your prettiest bras and panties with your holiday outfits for an extra dose of cheer. Even if it’s for your eyes only, you’ll get a little kick out of knowing what you have on underneath your clothes. 

How to Choose the Best Shapewear for Your Holiday Outfits

One of the most enjoyable things about the holidays is the delicious food. With that said, the last thing we want to be is constricted by our clothing after a good meal. At the same time, you might want a little support and smoothing with lightweight shapewear. The good news: you can have both.

Laydown of a nude bra, shapewear shorts, and pumps and a silver dress, purse, and earrings.
Soma® Embraceable® Push-Up + Shimmer Shape Thigh Saver + WHBM® clothing, shoes, and accessories.

Our Shimmer Shape styles skim the body for a streamlined feel. They’re soft, shiny, and squeeze-free shapewear you’ll love slipping into. Whether it’s a pair of shorts for thigh skimming and to reduce chafing, or a slip to wear under your favorite bodycon dress, we’ve got you covered.

Are panties, bras, and shapewear good holiday gifts?

Now that you’ve got your holiday bras, panties, and shapewear figured out, you might be wondering if they make good gifts. Just like gifting clothing can be tricky, you’ll want to be confident of their sizing beforehand. For example, it might not be the best (or most appropriate) choice for an acquaintance.

On the flipside, if you know the person very well—say it’s your best friend or sister—these items can make excellent holiday gift ideas. They’re versatile undergarments that can be worn beyond the holidays, too. Think special occasions like birthdays, bachelorette parties, and weddings.

Still on the hunt for the right presents for the women in your life? Turn to our carefully curated Holiday Gift Guide for all of your gifting needs this season! No matter her personality, we have the perfect gifts for bedtime + beyond.

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When in doubt, give them the gift of choice with a Soma® gift card. Let her pick out the presents she’s most excited for.

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