The best camisoles – Which brands to buy, how to wear them and the best shaping camisoles

by Sylvia

Our guide to the best camisoles to make you look slimmer |

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

The best camis for women over 40 |

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.

The most flattering camisoles and how to wear them |

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.

Kohl’s Women’s Apt. 9 solid seamless cami

JKY by Jockey women’s microfiber cami

Vanity Fair silky cami

Jockey seamless total tank top

Genie bra women’s cami

Secret Treasures padded foam cup cami

Best fitting shelf bra cami

Jockey No Panty Line Promise tactel cami

Ambrielle seamless cami

Worthington Essentials plus sized cami

Nordstrom Plus size reversible cami

ANA strappy plus size cami

Yummie Parker v-neck cami

Stella Carakasi – basic camisoles

Stella Carakasi – longer camisoles

Shaping Camisoles

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.

Maidenform Endlessly Smooth foam cup cami

Maidenform Undercover slimming firm control tank

Warner’s Shaping cami

Yummie convertible smoother cami with built in cups

Hanro Allure built in bra camis

Maidenform shapewear fat-free dressing cami

Do you use a camisole? Which are your favorites? Add them to the comment section (and feel free to share links to specific products)

1 Karen Read

Brass Plum (Nordstrom’s juniors line) has the best camisoles for me. I’m 5’4″ and small busted. They are affordable, come in a rainbow of colors, have a nice length, and wash well (cold in the machine and then clipped upside down on the line to dry).

2 Greetje

I discovered Spanx shapewear. Very good, very soft, nice wider strap, smooth and doing its job. For a camisole on top I choose any old tanktop wich is a bit higher on the chest (or I wear it back to front) and wider straps.

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