Camisoles are one of the best wardrobe essentials for women over 40. They can create a flattering layer underneath tops, help with tops that are too low-cut, and they can create a smoother line underneath clothing by camouflaging bra straps, and minimizing any bumps or bulges. And if you select a cami with slimming, it can be a functional piece of shapewear to whittle a bit off of your middle too.
Here are a few tips on how to select and wear a camisole
If you have a larger bust
You might prefer a camisole without a shelf bra so that you can wear your own bra underneath. Select one of the camis with wider straps that are designed to fully cover up bra straps. You can also select a camisole with built-in molded cups or underwires.
If you are smaller chested
You can choose a camisole with a shelf bra. Some shelf bras have wider elastic and offer more support than others, so check the thickness and amount of elastic if you need more support. You can also select a seamless cami to wear with your own bra as well to either add additional padding or support.
How to care for your camisoles
Most camisoles get their stretch from a combination of nylon and elastane which can be damaged by hot water. So handwash in cold water or wash them in your washing machine in a mesh lingerie bag. Don’t put them in the dryer, instead lay flat or hang to dry, they’ll keep their shape and stretchiness, and last much longer.
Here’s a list of some favorite camisole brands we’ve assembled from our 40+ Style readers.
And please add any other brands you recommend in the comments below.
Shaping camisoles combine a cami with shapewear that can smooth your waistline and tummy area. Shaping camisoles range from minimum to firm control. Choose a minimum firmness for everyday wear underneath pants and jeans. You can wear the firmer control with skirts and dresses or any outfits where you need a little extra support.
Do you use a camisole? Which are your favorites? Add them to the comment section (and feel free to share links to specific products)