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As society often changes, so do the necessities of forty-year young women.  In the past it may have been okay to have miss-matching undergarments and bra straps dangling, but today we live in the twenty first century where we must always look presentable, regardless if you are going grocery shopping or to a wedding. We have to look good, and most importantly feel good.  Utilize these ten items that will help you feel more alive and sexier than ever!

10 items you should always have in your drawer:

1. Spanx Hide & Sleek Slip on Suit - Tummy? What tummy? This garment is a miracle-maker and will positively change how you feel in your clothes.  Get a variety—a bike short, a control-top panty, or a full body suit that doubles as shorts—and wear them any time you want to look sleek, tucked in, and prepared for anything!

2. Strapless bra There is no excuse to have the sloppy bra-strap-hanging-out look, especially when you are over 40 and more Fabulous than ever. Always keep a nude and black strapless bra in your drawer in case of emergency- you never know when this can come in handy, especially if you have to go to a last minute event or dinner.  This bra will make you look polished and sexy.

3. Braza Swim Shaper Silicone Dolly Push-up Pads- These little inserts for your bra are available in a variety of sizes and fabrications. Just because gravity has taken its toll on us, doesn't mean we should let it hang! With the help of push up pads, you can change the entire look of a shirt with a little lift and good poise.    

4. Sleep Set & Matching Robe - Whether you wear a nightgown or a pajama set, it is important that they match your robe! If you are traveling, making breakfast for your kids, or having your morning coffee, wearing matching sleep gear will make you feel confident and sexy at all times.  

5. Breezies Shadow Lace Embroidered Minimizing Bra RETAIL VALUE $48 Depending on your bust size, always have a special bra in your drawer. If you need more, a push up bra is a must have, drawing attention to your figure and lifting your upper body for a lean look. If you wish you had less, wear a minimizing bra that will draw more attention to your face, and balance your outfit. These types of bras were made for a reason--you're not supposed to work for the bra, make the bra work for you.

6. Barely There Invisible Look Hi-Cut Modal Brief Panty - Panties that don't expose the panty line. The right panties are crucial for a composed look. If you are wearing khakis or dress pants, be sure to use undergarments that are plain or floral design to eliminate any bumps in your pants.  There are a variety of panties available such as low rise, boy short, high waist, hipster, brief, and more, created specifically for the purpose of making your derriere comfortable without the worry of designs lining your pants. Find something that's comfortable for you, and never worry about your visible panty line again.    

7. A sexy black bra/panty set. - It's like having milk in your fridge- a must have. Whether you are single or married, keep these matching undergarments in your drawer for yourself.  They will make you feel confident when getting dressed and undressed. Start and end your day, feeling sexy and ready to conquer anything!  

8. SPANX Hide & Sleek Slip-Suit Shapewear - is the perfect undergarment for silk, flowy, or lace dresses. There's nothing better to give you a top to bottom fluid line effect--and its very comfortable! If you have a dress that you feel is too provocative or exposing, put on a full slip to achieve a sophisticated yet edgy look.      

9. Spanx Hide & Sleek camisole - Yes, they make them. They are one part camisole, one part tummy control, and three parts genius. Wear this under any t-shirt or blouse to simultaneously eliminate back fat and the muffin top problem    

10. "Stylin' Tape" - Double Stick Fashion Tape- Fashion stylists always use double stick tape for photo shoots, red carpet events, and every day outings for their clients. It will do everything: hold down low-cut tops, keep straps in place, secure sling backs, and change the hem of your pants for length or size.  

Any one has something to add to this list?


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      Jean Walter wrote Feb 9, 2009
    • Well, that sure is interesting, Yana!!

      I have 1/2 of these items... I need to check out the Spanx and the double stick fashion tape although I don’t know when I would use them..lol.. I guess I could wear them and walk around the house and admire myself...haha!



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Feb 9, 2009
    • What a great list, Yana. I think I’m going to have to go to the spanx website. I don’t think we have a place to buy them here. I need it all!!! Love the camisole idea. I have accumulated a lot of that strange back fat in my late 40’s. Not to mention the stomach that has grown. And the minimizer, I need one of those. Sometimes I swear I look like I’m going to choke myself with these things!



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      Yana Berlin wrote Feb 9, 2009
    • Jeanie, tape is really useful for pants, you know the ones when you don’t want to shorten them in order to wear high heels all the time????that is until your feet give out and you have to wear flats, and then the tape is really useful.

      Cynthia, I hear ya girlfriend, I’m beginning to face the same issues.

      Few years ago I went to a lingerie party, it was done in great taste, everyone showed up in beautiful lingerie night gowns, bustier bras with silk pants, teddies (the ones that could pull it off that is) I had a beautiful bustier bra from many years ago, it was very delicate, beautiful and very expensive when originally bought, now it was vintage and thats much more special)  

      The whole evening I set unable to  eat, the bra lifted my bust right up to my chin, so moving my jaw up and down and eating was out of the question. I had a great time with no calories, maybe this is what I should wear daily??? estatic



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      Onevision wrote Feb 9, 2009
    • Oh my, I’m out of fashion. I think I have like 2 of those things. I thought I was so “with it” too. Please don’t tell me I’ve turned into my grandma!



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      Denise Richardson wrote Feb 10, 2009
    • I pretty much have all on the list except the push up pads and the tape ummmmmmmm thanks Yana I need to go shopping.



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      Dtro wrote Feb 10, 2009
    • I have everything but the push up pads and the tape. My must have, that is not on the list, are cotton toe sox. They are a recent purchase, recent discovery, and I love them, especially for working out.



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      Btcsweets wrote Feb 11, 2009
    • Great List, Yana.   I would add to your list: excellent athletic bras to support “the girls” during our healthy activities.   There are so many on the market that it’s hard to know which are great and flattering and which just flatten and do little in the way of support or breathability.  Well I can shed a little light on this.

      You’ve brought up a subject that’s very close to my heart!  So much so that I have started a business dedicated to lingerie for us wonderful women over forty.   Yes, and women over forty are the models, too, all in good taste.    

      I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough of the twenty- something supermodel images; we need a place where we can feel uplifted, respected and beautiful.    

      With items that are designed for real women’s bodies.   We are going to continue on the path of adding more products that pass this test:   beautiful well constructed products designed for real women’s bodies, an emphasis on US designers and manufacturers, and a shopping environment that is positive and even a little fun.   We all know “sexy and beautiful” comes in a lot of sizes, shapes and colors.

      I hope the Fabulously40 readers will get behind our company and contribute to the “Wonderful Women ” [Link Removed] blog that is a part of it.    

      Oh, and before I forget: for what we believe to be the best athletic bras check out our Sweet Athlete section at: [Link Removed]

      Thanks for posting this list.   It will be interesting to get more women’s feedback and perspectives.estatic


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      Kmarie wrote Feb 11, 2009
    • I love the list Yana. I have six of the items, and would add only one, black velvet bras and panties. I also have the sports bra and really love it. There is something just so slick and sensual about velvet. Well maybe two, a sexy pair of either stocking or panties hose. Such as lace top stocking or stocking with seams.



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      Maria68 wrote Feb 11, 2009
    • Thanks for the list Yana,

      I have one out of the 10 items, I really need to go shopping.



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      Rystmom wrote Feb 11, 2009
    • I have the matching robe and jammies thanks to my daughter-in-law.
      Now I need to go shopping for the rest.
      I have printed out the list so I won’t forget anything! LOL



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      Rystmom wrote Feb 11, 2009
    • Though I really want the closet shown at the beginning of your blog!



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      Womensafety wrote Feb 12, 2009
    • Does this mean I passed the over 40 test if I have 9 items. I haven’t scored that high on a test in years. I think I will quit while I am ahead. Thank for the list Yana you made me day.



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      Erin50 wrote Feb 12, 2009
    • You guys are killing me as I sit here in my jockeys and my son’s boxer shorts LOL!  I do admire you all, though (hugs)



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      Rose Nino wrote Feb 13, 2009
    • This was great Yana! I have all minus the Spanx items (something I may need to try). Don’t forget to “cleanse the body to rid itself of impurites and flush fat. The system I use not only does that but weight loss is a side benefit AND more importantly, it will not starve the body but is instead designed to feed the body while gently cleansing ALL your vital organs.

      Rose estatic



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      Btcsweets wrote Feb 13, 2009
    • Erin50, a trusty t-shirt girl, thanks for the smile... I’m sending this post your way, entitled Good Morning, Beautiful:

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      Erin50 wrote Feb 13, 2009
    • Thanks btcsweets!



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      Btcsweets wrote Feb 13, 2009
    • You‘re welcome, Erin50.

      I thought some more about this list, particularly for those over 40 ladies who may be dealing with night sweats...not a sexy topic, but we‘re about keeping it real here right?  There are nights we want “sexy” and there are others we need “pretty and functional” because who wants to wake up soaked in satin or cotton?  

      For soft truly breathable PJs:
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      This product also comes in a beautiful aubergine long sleeved version with longer pant.


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      Kduncan wrote Feb 15, 2009
    • Good Morning ladies, I am new to this...but reading this list has made me realize that I have totally lost my sexy side...which I really miss! Operation “Bringing Sexy Back” ...Begins Monday!



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