The NYE Guide To Faking Commando

Not everyone has the style chutzpah of Rihanna, who's blessed with an internal voice egging her on to go ahead and wear that sparkly, nearly naked dress or a half-opened blazer as a frock. It's part of what makes her badass. If you're slightly less up for partying practically in the buff, you may need some clever underpinnings to accommodate Rih-caliber dressing. We're talking intimates that will suggest you're going commando when you're not, and we know an expert who can help.
Kerry O'Brien is the designer and owner of the seamless, sleek intimates line Commando. With an offering of underwear, bras, shapewear, and more, Commando aims to help banish VPLs — hence the name. To put the brand's expertise to use and help you finalize your NYE wardrobe, we asked O'Brien to walk us through the products to pair with the trickiest silhouettes. Five outfits solved, ahead.
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The Slip Dress
Not only has it been one of the year's biggest evening wear trends, it's also the most challenging. The teeny straps betray bras of any kind, and the soft, clingy fabric is not forgiving for seams.
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O'Brien's Go-Commando Tip
"The delicate neckline and texture of this leather slip dress calls for keeping it simple. There's enough structure in the top that a bra isn't 100% necessary, so grab a pair of Top Hats, silicone nipple concealers, for comfort and pair them with our classic microfiber boy shorts. Our dig-free ultimate opaque black tights and a great pair of boots finish the look."
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The Sheer Panel Dress
This may seem like the kind of silhouette you can't avoid going commando in. But, our expert says you don't have to.
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The Super-Short, Super-Swingy Dress
This dress may allow for your average arsenal of underwear, if you're enjoying a nice dinner. If you plan to let things get crazy on the dance floor, that may require a more thoughtful approach.
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O'Brien's Go-Commando Tip
"Pair this LBD [or LRD] with our black Very Fine Fishnet tights in a micro-denier so light they give the illusion of being sheer on the legs. This style is perfect, because you don't want to go with an opaque or intricate pattern that takes away from the pretty flutter of the hemline. Flirty and invisible microfiber girl shorts underneath in a fun print or jewel-tone solid provide a secret pop of color."
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The Low-Back Dress
The low-back dress can be paired with the aforementioned Top Hats, Takeoffs, or, of course, nothing at all. If braless is not an option, Kerry has an alternative.
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O'Brien's Go-Commando Tip
"The strong lines and graphic black-and-white of this dress are calling for a glimpse of feminine lace. I would style it with our black lace bra and matching Double-Take thong for a little peek-a-boo at the V back. You can take the dress from cocktails to the office with the mock neck layering top for a sleek, sophisticated look."
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The Body-Con Dress
As the dress in intended to hug your shape, VPLs are unavoidable. Plus, this silhouette is designed to show off every curve you have.
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O'Brien's Go-Commando Tip
"For this curve-hugging look with the shoulder-baring neckline, grab your favorite strapless bra and pair it with our Classic Control shorts or Two-Faced Tech half slip for a smooth look. It's invisible, raw-cut shapewear that won't leave you feeling like a stuffed sausage."
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