Danai Gurira at the Gala Tribute to Ralph Fiennes

Posted on October 11, 2013

She’s smoking and we like the dress and the shoes, but…

“The Walking Dead” star Danai Gurira attends Gala Tribute to Ralph Fiennes during the 2013 New York Film Festival.


We really can’t get behind advertising your black bra and white slip to the world. We don’t mind lace or sheers that show off the lady-undies, but we think a rule might need to be imposed as to whether said lady-undies should match.

Since we detest being cast in the role of the mainsplainer, we leave this one up to the ladies in the audience. If you’re going to do the visible undergarments thing, should those undergarments match, e.g. bra to granny panty or bra to half-slip or any other combination of lady-undie you can think of? It’s the 21st Century and undergarments are now sort-of-undergarments. A decision needs to be made as to the correct way to do it.




[Photo Credit: Marco Sagliocco/PRPhotos.com]

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  • tallgirl1204

    A nude slip that allows no undergarments to show. But then, I’m old.

    • another_laura

      Word. Nude full slip, please and thank you.

    • Lucía Gavello

      Either that or line the whole thing. She’s smoking hot though.

    • HobbitGirl

      Except on a woman of color, “nude” would be more brown or black than the beige it’s usually sold under. I say a black slip would have looked cute here, but even if she wanted to go the whole “show your undies” route they ought to match. Otherwise it doesn’t look intentional.

      • d4divine

        There are slips available in her skin tone…to me that is the only solution…

      • Mary229

        I think I would have preferred a full black slip with this as well as opposed to a bra and a bottom slip. Something one-piece?

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      I agree completely.

  • Lori

    I’m on record as being against showing the lady undies, but if you’re going to do it then yes, they need to match. Commit to the look, pick a color and go with it.

    • VioletF.

      Word, Lori.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Right, it doesn’t necessarily have to be in her skin tone. It just has to consistently match under the entire dress, not half and half.

      • Montavilla

        I agree, and dark skin is so beautiful that you could do almost any color and get away with it. Imagine a purple or orange under the dress.

  • Glam Dixie

    I think it’s pretty safe to say that this is the wrong way.

  • Trisha26

    The dress should be lined so undergarments don’t show, or as in the case above, give the lace a white or black lining for contrast then match undergarments to that color. If they “must” show they should be the same color as the sheer dress, like black granny panties under a black sheer skirt (ugh). Of course if designers would stop using tacky-ass fabric like this red lace the problem goes away.

    • TLJezebel

      Amen. Line the damn dress.

    • jen_vasm

      I think that is the dress lining, not a half-slip. The hem is exactly aligned with the red lace hem, look how it even lines up with the rouching. The lining is ‘Women of Color Unfriendly’ and should’ve been removed by a tailor for a better color, or the dress removed from consideration. Wearing a matching beige/white camisole or bra would not be acceptable.

      • ConnieBV

        This. I think that she should have asked it be lined in a hue consistent with her skin tone.

      • I just can’t figure out what this dress is supposed to be. Is it supposed to be see-through? Is it supposed to be basically a red and white dress?

  • somebody blonde

    Personally, I think if lady undergarments show, they should match the dress. It goes without saying that in that case, they would match each other.

  • nannypoo

    I don’t give a shit how famous these people are, it’s never OK for your underwear to show.

  • Denise Alden

    “Gala Tribute to Ralph Fiennes” . . . um, I don’t think so. I’m *sure* I would have been invited. Harumph.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’m right there harumphing with you-or, to channel Fiennes from his “In Bruges” character, I’ll pummel a f**king inanimate object in a fit of enraged disapppointment.

  • Emily

    Undergarments should be hidden. If they HAVE to show, they should either match the dress, or they should match (exactly) the skin tone of the wearer.

  • calimon

    It looks more like a total accident that they show if they don’t match. But I agree with others when they say, this dress, at least, should have just been lined.

  • stellamaris73

    *Is* that a slip, or is it just the lining? Because if it’s a lining, there’s no excuse for not extending it throughout the entire dress– it looks awful otherwise. But what a poor choice for a lining, if it is.

    My feeling with most sheer clothing is that undergarments should (1) match and (2) be nude-for-you, whether that’s ivory or dark beige or dark brown.

  • Synnae

    Just line the whole damn dress. Jeez. Or don’t line it at all, giving the wearer the option to pick the preferred colour slip/underwear whatever.

    Back to Dania and her partially lined dress, I would have gone with a white strapless long line bra, to make it look as if it belonged to the dress while still keeping the girls up.

  • Danielle

    I don’t even care about the undergarments, I just am SWOONING over the color on her.

    • MilaXX

      agreed. I think she is gorgeous and other than the lining/underwear issue I think she looks fab.

    • nowlo

      Agreed. This is really too bad because the color and shape are great on her and her makeup looks good.

    • True! The whole effect is just vibrant.

  • cbt22

    Oh, I didn’t recognize her at first! Pretty! (Lining–or lack thereof–issues aside.)

  • Kate4queen

    they should match or line the dress imo

  • MilaXX

    If you are showing them they need to match. On other words, add a black slip to this or line the whole thing.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    Melanin-specific nude lining.

  • NoveltyRocker

    Matching is good and I wouldn’t even mind if matching meant complimentary colors that work with the see-through factor.

  • hughman

    Just a black spaghetti-strap slip under the red lace dress would have been perfect.

  • She’s gorgeous, but that dress doesn’t work without the proper undergarments.

  • Imasewsure

    Great from the waist up (because if you are going to show your undies… make them sexy). I can’t believe that is a slip she is showing under the skirt… I thought it was just the ugly lining and intentional. Strange!

  • LaSylphide

    Wow, she is drop-dead gorgeous, but whoever let her walk out of the house with those underwear choices should be doomed to spend all eternity looking at nothing but pictures of the entire Kardashian mob.

  • MATCH!

    This didn’t get a “yea or nay” treatment?

  • Qitkat

    What a beautiful woman, in a flattering color. BUT. What should have been a stunning look turned into a double take eye twitch. How could her stylist or she, herself not possibly see the disconnect here?

    First of all a red lace dress ought never ever be lined in white, for a person of any skin color.

    Whatever is under the top half here is a good choice, it should have been continued. Never one thing on top and another on the bottom. More options: line the entire dress in red, black or chocolate to match her skin tone; or wear a black or brown full slip and matching underthingies. For a lighter-skinned person, go with the darks or find a perfect match for skin tone.

  • elirt

    It’s annoying how common it is now to wear clothes with undergarments showing and I don’t mean just straps while wearing a tank top. So many clothes have complicated backs and there are women who just dno’t care how it looks, which just seems so sloppy to me. Drives em nuts that’s it’s becoming so common.

    • Constant Reader

      It bugs me, too! When I see trends like unlined sheers or lace on runways or the RC, I think “Oh crap. Now my eyeballs are going to be assaulted by the average woman in my tragic small town showing miles of belly and a Hanes Her Way bra.” If you’re going to embrace the look, you need to be a knockout like Danai Gurira and you need to invest in sexy, satiny bras that coordinate with your outfit. Or you need to invest in camisoles and slips and show less skin. (I say this as a 50-year-old who could stand to lose 20 pounds and hit the gym twice as often as I do. But I know this about myself and I keep my undies hidden.

      ETA: My preference is for slips and camisoles, not visible underwear.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I don’t love the look of visible undergarments, but I do feel that they should match if they’re visible. A black slip would have looked much better and much more intentional.

  • mmebam

    1. Bra + granny panty
    2. Liner
    3. Full slip

    Those are your options; though, I’m not a big fan of 1.

  • boweryboy

    Just line it already and call it a day.

  • StelledelMare

    They definitely need to match. Either that or where any neutral colored full slip underneath.

  • cocohall

    Sweetie Pie, you need some better friends who would call in emergency bras/panties and help you out here. I can’t believe no one noticed. I can even go with non-nude/contrasting color foundation garments if coordinated. But you must match the drapes to the rug.

  • Chaiaiai

    Ru says in her guide to style to always wear a black bra under a white shirt. And so sayeth the Lord.

  • Sweetie, no.

  • line the whole thing in something as close as possible to your skin color. That white is so attention-pulling it’s putting out the fire that is lighting up her face.

  • martha

    It looks like the skirt is lined. Maybe if she had gone with a red bra?

    • Boulderista

      I agree that the skirt looks lined, which then makes for a tough call, do you match the bra to the lining or to your skin or to the dress? I’m not sure anything would’ve gone in this instance, maybe a white camisole, or rip out the lining and go with a matching slip and bra.

  • quiltrx

    I don’t need to see one color bra, another color slip, and your skin adding a third color. Plus the color of the dress.
    Lined would be the way to go. Next choice would be a brown/taupe full slip. Or go with a colored slip (the white looks a lttle cheap, but the lighter color does set off the pattern of the dress) to add another design element.
    But this? NO and NO and NO.

  • SewingSiren

    If had been lined in black , white, or brown it would be a work.

  • formerlyAnon

    From most acceptable to least:
    Line it. Full slip. Match your skin tone with everything that shows. Match the undies to each other.

    But, as you know or could guess, I’m old.

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    I’m with tallgirl1204 and another_laura. Nude full slip. I can’t believe that no one has come up with some breathable cling wrap that doesn’t show all your lady parts.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Oh, totally, you have to match all the way down under a dress that sheer. It doesn’t really matter which color you go with, but it needs to be consistent. And it’s a shame, because she looks amazing – the unmatched undies are her only misstep.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    I would like to go on record to say I hate the use of the color name “nude” to describe a (usually icky) beige. I find it ridiculous and borderline racist. It’s only “nude” if you’re Caucasian. There’s got to be a better name for icky pinky beige.

    • J. Preposterice

      like maybe “beige” for example. I mean, come on, fashion-color-name people.

  • guest2visits

    Since her black bra looks much nicer under this tricky fabric; I would say black full slip or black full body shaper.
    She’s absolutely stunning in this – too bad the top and bottom halves were not matched!

  • MichelleRafter

    Yes, nude-colored everything would have been perfect.

  • apollonia666

    I’m with you on the undergarments. And please feature Danai more often — she wears some really interesting dresses and is just gorgeous!

  • pop_top

    Generally I would agree that the undergarments should match if they’re going to be visible.
    However, I think the problem in this case is that the dress is only lined on the bottom because, for lack of a better way to put it, it was designed with a white girl in mind. I constantly have this problem with lace clothing.

    I do agree with someone’s earlier suggestion of a long-line bra in the same color as the slip though.

  • lobsterlen

    I will never forget the look of shock and confusion on my husbands face when I bought a new dress for a wedding we were attending and I said, “I need new matching bra and panties to wear under the new dress.” I didn’t think lady stars would be confused and forget this rule too. This would have been a WERQ had she followed this rule.

  • MissHellDial

    They HAVE to match…otherwise it looks like it’s laundry day and those were the only clean undies left….

  • “Nude” to the fashion world/white women is not going to be the nude that this actress needs to wear under this skirt. I always opt for black since I can never find the proper shade of brown.

  • Black slip, or a slip that matches *her* nude tone. …Which, stupidly, would probably have to involve someone custom-dyeing a pale “nude” slip.