Okay, not really any shockers here. Nearly Nude is an Australian brand specializing in sublimely soft, seamless shapewear. What sets it apart from its competitors is styling. Yes, these garments are slimming and smoothing but they don't look like grandma's extra-strength panty girdle! And, more importantly, they don't make you feel like a sausage busting out of its casing.
I received Nearly Nude's latest creation, Bedtime Bra. As much as I hate to admit it, I am a sucker for charming packaging and this had it in spades. It was nestled inside a little gift box that was inside a dust bag (like fancy shoes and handbags!) that was inside a posh shopping bag. Nice. And the Bedtime Bra itself is a marvelous confection: a pale pink long-line camisole with a ruched sweetheart neckline and spaghetti straps. It is sexy without being sleazy and was very, very cool and comfortable to sleep in. The ribbing on the bodice makes your cleavage perky and the ribbing on the tummy holds it in while adding some contours. My only complaint? I wish it was available in black and nude, too! And if it shipped with matching panties or boy shorts, it would be absolutely perfect.
The extra-long length makes the Bedtime Bra perfect to use as maternity sleepwear, too. The whole Nearly Nude line is available in s/m or m/l sizes and can be used whether you're pregnant or not. It will retain its stretchiness no matter how swollen with child you become…
I am anxious to try out the extra low V neck tank. It has wider straps that I think would be more supportive for daywear. I'd love to be able to wear some of the floaty summer tops I've seen around that wouldn't work with a regular bra and this might make it possible. (Darned huge nursing boobies! Those are the super cute Perfect Pants boyshorts, by the way.)
I am also intrigued by the halter neck tank. Being busty since, oh, junior high, halter tops were never my thing. Convertible bras ride up bizarrely when you put them into halter formation and unleash crazy undiscovered back flab. But this might make it possible. Oh, yes, this could be my summer of new necklines!
Nearly Nude products are available online in the US at Elizabeth Charles and Bra Smyth. If you try them out, let me know what you think.