How To Layer Your Undergarments

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: "How to Layer Your Undergarments" Length: 2:42

I think most of us have experienced the following conundrum – we want to wear panties, pantyhose, a piece of shapewear, and a slip – all at the same time.

So, in what order do we put these garments on?

First, think about reducing your layers by consolidating.

Most pantyhose and shapewear now come with cotton crotches.

So, you could eliminate wearing a panty altogether - with the added benefit of completely eliminating all panty lines.

Firm control pantyhose can eliminate your shapewear.

Thigh high stockings can replace your pantyhose layer.

Firm control panties can eliminate the need for shapewear.

Some shapewear can eliminate the need for a slip.

If you want to wear shapewear and pantyhose, what do you put on first?

All my shapewear manufacturers agreed unanimously: pantyhose should go on first.


Because most shapewear is designed with fabric that is slick.

Pantyhose put on over shapewear will be chronically inching down your body and needing constant pulling up.

Thigh high stockings with an elastic top are a great choice to consider when you want to wear hosiery but are wanting to reduce layers around your waist.

Since they stop at your upper thighs, they are one less layer to have to deal with.

And, they don't need to be taken up and down during bathroom breaks – thus helping to reduce the possibility of a pantyhose run.

Another advantage to thigh highs is when wearing a bodysuit or shapewear without a crotch opening, they allow you to pull the crotch over to the side when visiting the powder room.

Many shapewear styles are now designed to be slick and cling-free.

This eliminates the need for a slip in many situations.

When all you need is tummy control, a very comfortable choice is a shaping camisole or torsette.

This allows you to have tummy control while wearing your own bra and panties.

Multiple waistbands landing in the same place on your torso can also be a problem.

Panties, hosiery and shapewear all stopping at your waist can cause breathing issues, a severe indentation, and a strange body shape with the added possibility of a muffin top.

All the more reason to reduce layers and think about items where the waist is bandless.

When layering, your goal should be smoothness, but also breathability and comfort so you can enjoy yourself.