When and When Not to Wear a Cami

Technically considered as a women’s underwear, cami or camisoles is now worn as an outerwear to channel some trendy and sexy statement. Often manufactured from satin or silk, or other stretchy materials such as lycra, nylon, or spandex, a camisole is often worn over a women’s bra or without one. Though the skinny straps and simple design make it basic piece with a lot of potential, you must still be careful wearing it to the office or to the streets as it may give unwanted impressions. If you wish to wear a camisole on your daily looks, keep on reading for our styling guide so you’ll look fashionable at the same time appropriate.

Wear a silky camisole under a blazer for the office to add a hint of feminine charm, but skip those plunging necklines and sheer camisoles.

black cami with all white office outfit

white top with pastel yellow coat and trousers cami with sailor blazer and cuffed pants

If you’re working in a creative workplace, you may think of trading your button-down shirts with conservative camisoles to team with your business suits or even office blazers. However, skip those lacy and sheer camisoles that look overly sexy for the office, even if you’re going to wear a blazer, vest, or coat with them. Instead, opt for a silky camisole with opaque style to avoid showing a hint of your skin, therefore makes your office looks feminine yet professional.

Wear a sexy camisole with something unexpected but not too sexy.

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Faded jeans, frayed trousers, edgy pants, tuxedo blazer, or a structured skirt is a great pair for a sexy camisole as it gives a good contrast between feminine and masculine vibes that are always chic. However, don’t wear a silky camisole with pajama-type bottoms or a slip like skirt as too many lingerie looks together can kill a great look. Like fashion blogger Sara Donaldson, you may team your feminine top with a pair of frayed denim that looks casual cool. Also, you may style a plunging neck camisole with something unexpected like wide leg denim culottes that look effortlessly chic.

Create a sexy and balanced statement by wearing camisoles with conservative bottoms or toppers.

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If you wish to create a sexy statement with your camisoles on your weekend looks, you may pair your camisoles with other feminine pieces but balance them with conservative pieces. Instead of pairing your most fitted camisole with tight jeans, opt for a loose camisole instead that will go well with fitted trousers like fashion blogger Kristina Bazan did. Remember, opposites attract in fashion.

Go for a modest and conservative look with stylish layers.

ripped jeans with blazer and cami cami dress with white tee blazer with boxy pants and black cami

Layering is trendy this fall and wearing a basic tee with your cami dress will create a sexy yet demure style like fashion blogger Sara Donaldson did. However, if you’re wearing a plunging neckline, don’t forget to fill in the empty neckline with necklaces or a long skinny lightweight scarf to keep it balanced. Also, don’t choose an overly-skimpy camisole if you are busty. Instead go for lace trims on a more substantial tank top like one with thick straps or a more conservative, straight-across neckline. By heeding these simple tricks, you’ll be able to wear your sexy cami on your daily looks while looking stylish and appropriate.

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