When she’s not working with big names like Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Hudson, and Hilary Swank or acting in her capacity as official Armi Captain at luxury rental and styling platform Armarium, celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger divulges her fashion expertise in our Ask a Stylist column. From the best places to source vintage to the secret to finding your most flattering jeans, come back each week for a professional’s perspective.
While my job depends on dressing celebrities in beautiful gowns for the red carpet and outfits that make them feel confident and comfortable for press tours, put the glamour aside, and the dressing process really starts with the items you put on first: your underwear. When it comes to undergarments, I swear by three brands. The first is Commando, which has the best seamless thongs and boy-short options. My styling kit is always stocked with backup pairs for my clients just in case.
I also always have Spanx on hand. My favorite styles are Haute Contour Shaper (you see what they did there?) and the Simplicity Shaper; both are made out of power mesh, and the material is truly amazing. The last undergarment brand I’m always recommending is Maidenform, which I look to for everyday bras. Their T-shirt bras are so comfortable and seamless that you really can’t go wrong. Take a note from my styling kit and stock your lingerie drawer with my picks from each stylist-approved brand below.