Val's View: Tanks and Spanx, the building blocks of a great wardrobe

Posted on 25 March 2015

Have you noticed how much celebrities talk about their undergarments during awards season? Each year on the red carpet, they'll thank their Spanx. Or they celebrate the new sheer undergarments that make them look like they're wearing nothing under those plunging gowns.

Why brag about what's under there? Because today's underpinnings are as brilliant, as well-engineered and as smooth-riding as a BMW!

If you haven't bought new undergarments in a while, head over to Anthony's and check out their selection of Spanx. (The founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely, is the world's youngest, female, self-made billionaire!) Spanx come in all shapes -- from "Higher Power" garments that reach up to your bra line and down to your knees to camisoles that make bra bulges disappear. Spanx can make you look a size or two slimmer, and they're comfortable to boot.

I also love the Clear Sky tank tops with bra-friendly straps that I buy at Anthony's. I buy these six at a time, two white, two black and two of a color.

I wear these tanks as a base layer with all the pants I get at Anthony's -- and I add a topper, such as the wrinkle-free cotton tunics from Foxcroft or a printed breezy cardigan by Bali.

Here's a secret to modern underpinnings: No elastic bands. Tight elastic bands create visible lines. Today's base layers have stretch technology that provide invisible support.

Thanks, Anthony's! For my tanks and my Spanx!


Val's tip of the week: Layer a tank under a sheer top. I love to wear a white tank top under my striped tshirt by Coconut Row Palm Beach. This top has ruching, so you can tighten the strings on the side and reveal more of the tank underneath.

Then I toast my creativity by heading out to somewhere neat in Palm Beach -- like the newly remodeled Colony Hotel, where there's always great entertainment in the Royal Room.

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