In the past, camisoles have been considered as underwear. But in recent times, manufacturers of camis have designed them in a way that they can be worn without layering over.
The big question remains; can you wear a camisole alone in public? That is, can you wear it without other clothing on top? The answer is a big “YES”.
This article will analyze the challenges that you’re likely to face when wearing a cami without layers and how you can address them.
When is it Ok to Wear a Cami Alone?
Not all situations will allow for wearing a camisole without anything on top. As a general guide, look around and see if anyone else is wearing a cami on itself.
However, some circumstances will permit for the use of camis with no layers on top. In such scenarios, virtually all people around will tolerate this style. In such cases, you need not feel self-conscious. Such situations include:
- During hot weather
- In beaches
- When hiking or other private places
- While in bed
In such situations, do the following in order to not feel embarrassed (if need be):
- Make sure your cami is opaque
- Get a camisole that is not too low cut
- Wear a bra underneath
- Ensure the camisole is loose but without too wide armholes. If the arms are too wide, wear the right bra
- If the cami is form-fitting, wear a bra or opt for built-in support
If you’d rather not wear bra to a public place, be sure that your nipples are not showing. You can choose a camisole that is lined or on that has an attached bra.
Wear the Right Bra
In order to wear a camisole appropriately, you have to choose the right bra or get a camisole with attached support.
Below are some of the best bras to wear under your spaghetti strap camis:
Strapless bra: Because of the lack of strapless, you don’t need to worry about sticking bra straps. You therefore enjoy the freedom of showing off your shoulders, but with the convenience of support and coverage to your bust.
Convertible bra: These bras come with detachable straps. You can therefore re-attach the straps when wearing other outfits or when you feel you need better support.
Strappy Bra: Strappy bras are designed for showing off. They are utterly elegant when layered under a camisole.
Thin strap bra: Although most spaghetti strap bras will show under thin strap camis, they look far better than regular bras. You can choose from different styles so that the straps can run underneath or parallel to those of the cami.
Show off bra: Just like strappy bras, show-off bras are made to be cute and demand to be seen. Most lace bras and sports bras fall into this category.
Clear strap bra: Also called invisible bras, they have straps which are translucent or transparent. Unless one is very close, these straps are virtually invisible.
Adhesive bra: Adhesive bras have no straps or band. They are therefore not visible under spaghetti straps. Some styles have separate cups with a front closure that you can leave undone if you like. This way, you can use such a bra for wearing under deep plunge outfits. You will be well covered and supported, and still nothing will show.
Is it Okay to Show Your Bra Straps?
Does is look bad if your bra straps stick out of your cami? There is no right or wrong answer.
It largely depends on your fashion taste, the bra style, the people who surround you, and the statement you want to make. If you choose a matching or a show-off bra, there is nothing wrong if it shows.
On the other hand, you can choose bras which can double-up as outerwear. These include low impact sports bras and bralettes.
Despite everything, you can still choose to wear a camisole by itself. If that be the case, choose a cami that is not meant to be worn as underwear. Also try fancy styles or the ones that are currently trending.