How to Wear a Lace Bodysuit

A lace bodysuit is a timeless piece of lingerie and, with the right styling, it can be transformed into a bold outfit. Pick a coverage that you feel comfortable with first, before starting to style your outfit. Then choose a top to layer the lace bodysuit with, before picking the right bottoms to finish off your look. Remember that the key to wearing a lace bodysuit out is confidence!

EditChoosing the Right Coverage
Pick a bodysuit with lined cups if you want to wear minimal layers. Bodysuits often have different levels of transparency within the piece. A lace bodysuit with lined cups is great because you can enjoy wearing the transparent or sheer lace without feeling too exposed.[1]
A lace bodysuit with lined cups is great if you want to wear just 1 color. Pick a black, white, or neutral toned bodysuit if you are looking for something that can work with many different outfits, or pick a bright color such as red or blue if you want to stand out.

Wear a thin, triangular bra if the bodysuit doesn’t have lined cups. If your bodysuit already has lace detailing or patterns, stick to a plain bra so that it doesn’t clash. However, if your bodysuit is quite plain, then try a detailed or patterned bra to create a statement outfit.[2]
Avoid wearing a strappy bodysuit with a detailed bra as this may look overcrowded.

For a minimalist look, match either a black bra and bodysuit, or a white bra and bodysuit. Alternatively, pick contrasting colors for the bra and lace bodysuit, such as black and white, or red and black.

Wear a bralette underneath the bodysuit if you want more coverage. If your bodysuit is sheer or transparent, you might feel more comfortable wearing a bralette. Pick a matching color to the lace bodysuit, or pick a bold, contrasting color such as a red bralette and a black bodysuit, for a more statement look.[3]
Try a scoop neck style bralette to feel more comfortable, or opt for a v-neck style if you are happy with less coverage.

EditLayering with Tops
Pull a blazer on over the bodysuit to create a more elegant look. Match the blazer to the color of the lace bodysuit to form a chic, minimalist outfit. Wear this on a night out, and keep the blazer unbuttoned so that you can see the detailing of the lace.[4]
Alternatively, pick a blazer that contrasts the color of your lace bodysuit to create a statement outfit. For example, wear a black bodysuit with a white blazer.

Match the lace bodysuit with a denim jacket for a fun, casual look. A light denim jacket matched with a dark or black lace bodysuit goes well. This idea also works if you feel too exposed in the bodysuit, and you want to tone your look down.[5]
A cropped denim jacket works especially well if you are wearing high-waisted bottoms.

A dark-wash denim jacket contrasts nicely with a white lace bodysuit.

Wear the bodysuit under a half-buttoned shirt to add detail to your outfit. Pick a contrasting shirt and lace bodysuit, such as a white shirt and a black bodysuit. Button the shirt from the bottom up, and leave the top half of the buttons undone so that you can see the detailing of the lace.[6]
Tuck the bottom of the shirt in to make the look more tidy.

A lace bodysuit with a half-buttoned shirt looks best with high-waisted jeans.

Wear an open back sweater over the bodysuit for a casual daytime look. The back of bodysuits can often be just as stylish and detailed as the front. Pick a sweater with a deep scoop in the back to show off the detailing of the lace.[7]
This style works especially well if you don’t feel comfortable exposing the front of the lace bodysuit.

If the weather is too warm, wear a blouse with a low back instead of a sweater.

EditPicking the Bottoms
Match the lace bodysuit with leather pants for a bold, evening look. A belt and high-waisted leather pants can transform the lace bodysuit into a fierce evening outfit for a night out. A black bodysuit with black leather pants is a classic look.[8]
High-waisted leather pants and black high heels go well together to create an elegant outfit.[9]

Wear the lace bodysuit with a high-waisted skirt for a flattering look. A denim, leather, or patterned high-waisted skirt with the lace bodysuit can create many different styles depending on the occasion. Midi high-waisted skirts are the most popular to wear with bodysuits.[10]
A bright or bold patterned high-waisted skirt looks great with a plain lace bodysuit. If you have a very detailed bodysuit, try to stick to a plain skirt to avoid any clashing patterns.[11]
A denim skirt matched with a lace bodysuit creates a casual, day look, while a leather or patterned skirt is the best for making a fun, evening outfit.

Wear the bodysuit with high-waisted jeans for a casual, effortless look. Choose slim, high-waisted jeans for a slightly tidier look, or pick boyfriend jeans with a few small rips for a more fun, carefree outfit. Light colored jeans with a white or cream lace bodysuit go especially well. Similarly, a dark bodysuit goes well with dark jeans.[12]
Wearing high heels with this outfit can transform it into a fun, evening look.

High-waisted jeans are the best to wear with bodysuits because they prevent your hips from being exposed, which can easily happen with low rise pants.[13]

EditAdding Accessories
Wear a statement belt with your bodysuit to create a bold outfit. If you are wearing high-waisted leather pants or jeans with your bodysuit, a statement belt will help you to pull off your outfit. Choose a belt with a large, contrasting buckle that stands out.[14]
A black lace bodysuit with high-waisted leather pants works well with a black belt that has a large, silver buckle. Similarly, a white bodysuit with white jeans also works well with a statement belt. Try a silver, gold, or rose gold buckle to see what you prefer.

Create an edgy look by wearing a choker with your bodysuit. A black choker is a great accessory to wear with a black, lace bodysuit. Try this out matched with a denim or leather jacket on as well to create a fun, casual outfit.[15]

Wear a necklace with your lace bodysuit if it has a low neckline. A statement or simple necklace works well with a plunging or v-neck lace bodysuit, depending on the tone that you want your outfit to set. For example, pair a plain lace bodysuit with a statement necklace for a night out, or if you are wearing the bodysuit under a blazer, opt for a short, simple necklace instead.[16]
If your bodysuit has a halter-neck style, don’t wear a necklace as there is already enough detail in that area, and you don’t want to draw attention away from the bodysuit.

Add a bracelet to your outfit to compliment your lace bodysuit. A bold, silver or gold bracelet goes well with a lace bodysuit for a night out. For a more casual, day outfit, stick to a delicate, thinner bracelet.[17]
Bracelets go especially well with lace bodysuits that are either sleeveless or have short sleeves.

Pick high heels to help create an outfit with a lace bodysuit. High heels can really transform an ordinary outfit into something special. Wear high heels with your lace bodysuit and either a skirt, leather pants, or jeans to make a special outfit for a fun night out.[18]
If your lace bodysuit is part of an evening outfit, wear either black boots or black strappy heels. However, if you are aiming for your outfit to be more casual, experiment with high heels in bold colors.

It can feel a bit daring to start wearing a lace bodysuit as part of an outfit. Begin with styles that you feel comfortable in, and remember that confidence is key![19]
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Today in History for 14th December 2018

Historical Events

1708 – Prosper Jolyot’s “Electre” premieres in Paris
1953 – Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax
1977 – Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins to Rangers for John Poloni and cash
1978 – China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
1980 – Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24
2017 – US media regulator the Federal Communications Commission votes to end net neutrality

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Famous Birthdays

1546 – Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer (Golden nose), born in Knudstrup, Denmark (d. 1601)
1916 – Shirley Jackson, American writer (Road Through the Wall), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1965)
1926 – Frank King, West Indian cricketer (WI fast bowler in 14 Tests in 50’s, 29 wkts), born in Delamere Land, Brighton, St Michael, Barbados (d. 1990)
1932 – Étienne Tshisekedi, Congolese opposition leader, born in Luluabourg, Central Congo (d. 2017)
1934 – Petrus van Doorne, Dutch industrialist
1941 – Barry Hadlee, cricketer (bro of Dayle and Richard, NZ World Cup 1975)

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Famous Deaths

1754 – Mahmud I, Sultan of Ottoman Empire (1730-54) who fought Austria and Russia, dies at 58
1900 – Jean B A Kessler, director of oil on Dutch Indies, dies at 46
1965 – Hermann Sandby, composer, dies at 84
1980 – Elston Howard, MVP catcher (NY Yankees), dies at 59
2012 – Kenneth Kendall, British broadcaster (BBC News, Treasure Hunt), dies from a stroke at 88
2014 – Bess Myerson, 1st Jewish Miss America (1945), dies at 90

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How to Know when Car Tires Need Replacing

Ever wonder if it’s time to replace your worn car tires? The performance of your tires is very important for maintaining the safety, performance, and efficiency of your vehicle. But at some point, your tires will start wearing out and lose their traction and braking ability. Luckily, if you’re wondering when to start looking for new tires, there are a few tips that can help keep you in the know.

EditExamining Tread Integrity
Check your state or region for tread recommendations. The primary function of tire tread is to divert water from beneath the tire to improve traction and avoid hydroplaning on wet roads. Once the tread is down to , the tire is no longer safe and illegal in most areas of the world. Look at your state or region’s tire tread requirements provided by the transportation department.[1]
Call or email your country’s department of transportation or visit their website to locate tread laws.

In some U.S. states, tires are considered to be legally worn out when they have decreased to of their remaining tread depth.

In the U.K., the minimum depth for tire tread is across the central 3/4 of the tread around the whole tire.

Replace your tires if the tread bar is flush with the tire tread. All tires sold in the U.S. and most other countries have tread wear bars—small horizontal bridges that form between your treads at a lower depth. As your tires wear, these bars become flush with the tread. When the tire tread is even with these wear bars, it means the tread is worn to and needs to be replaced immediately.[2]
When you look at your tire wear bars, be sure to look at the entire surface of the wheel and not just one isolated location.

Check the wear of your tread quickly by inserting a Lincoln penny into it. Take a Lincoln penny and place it upside down with Lincoln facing you in the center of the tread at the thickest part of the tire. If you can see the very top of Lincoln’s head or the copper above it, replace the tire immediately. If you cannot see the hair on the top of Lincoln’s head—meaning the tire tread is at least as deep as his forehead—your tire does not need replacing yet.[3]
If you have a Canadian nickel, insert it between the tread with Queen Elizabeth’s crown facing down. If the top of her crown is visible, the tire is below and needs to be replaced.

Tires do not wear evenly, so be sure to insert the coin at several points from the outside to the inside of your tires. Tires generally wear more on the inside, but over-inflated tires will wear more in the middle.

For a more accurate tread depth measurement, use a tread depth gauge.

Use a tread depth indicator for a more accurate measurement. Place the probe of the indicator in the center of one of the tire grooves on the outskirts of the tread. Remove the gauge by the barrel—taking care not to touch the probe—and note the tread depth. Continue this process for locations around the center tire grooves tire at least apart and then average the numbers. Replace the tires if the depth is less than .[4]Repeat this process for the outer and inner circumferential grooves, and then average those numbers as well.

To average numbers, divide the total by the number of individual measurements you made along the tread.

Before using the tread depth indicator, push the tread depth gauge against a flat, hard surface and be sure it hits zero when it fully compresses.

Don’t place the tread gauge onto any of the raised surfaces or molded tread wear indicators.

EditNoticing Signs of Tire Damage
Bring your car in for maintenance if you notice irregular tread wear. This could indicate wheel misalignment, improper inflation pressure, the need for tire rotation, or all of the above. Regardless of the specific reason, uneven tread wear is a sign that you need to take your car in for servicing.[5]
If uneven tire wear is extreme or if tires wear out much faster than expected, have a competent tire workshop check your suspension and correct it as necessary before replacing tires. Improper alignment or worn suspension parts can dramatically shorten a tire’s life.

Rotate your tires from front to rear in pairs to avoid irregular tread wear. Take both front tires and move them to the rear and vice versa.

Check for any abnormal bulges or bubbles in the sidewall. The sidewall is the tire surface outside the rim that faces you when the car is parked. A bulge indicates that the rigid internal frame of the tire has been damaged and cracked, allowing air pressure to reach the flexible outer layers of the tire. Any tires with sidewall bulges should be replaced immediately, regardless of the tread status.[6]Such damage could be caused by driving through a large pothole, driving over a curb, or by driving with low tire pressure.

Never continue to drive on a tire that has a sidewall bulge. This indicates that the structural integrity of the tire has been significantly reduced, which greatly increases the likelihood of a sudden failure or blowout at highway speeds.

Balance your tires if you feel steering wheel vibration. If your tires are worn unevenly, you may feel a vibration in the steering wheel when you are driving. If the vibration starts at 40 to 50 mph (64.37 to 80.47 km/h) and intensifies as you increase your speed, you probably need to balance your tires. If that doesn’t stop the vibration, the tire is most likely damaged and needs a full replacement.[7]
If you experience vibrations in the absence of tread damage, try balancing and aligning your tires’ shock absorbers.

If you notice tire vibrations along with other tire damage indicators like abnormal bulges and irregular tread wear, you probably have to replace your tire.

If you notice that your tires are cupped—meaning they have a cupped or scalloped appearance around the tire—they likely aren’t being rotated enough.

Check for dry rot and have affected tires inspected or replaced. If you see little cracks all over your tires, it means that the rubber is breaking down. Tires with dry rot can fall apart and separate from the steel belt, which causes damage to the exterior of the car. In some cases, your wheels might start rotting before the tread starts to diminish—you should still bring them in to be inspected or replaced.[8]
Inspect for dry rot before heading out on any longer trips and bring your car in for a check-up regularly.

Degrease your tires to prevent dry rot, especially if your tires are exposed to a high degree of sunlight.

Replace your tires at least every 6 years. Check the 4-digit code on the wall of the tire for its age. Regardless of your country, most governmental transportation departments place 4-digit numbers on the wall of each tire. The first 2 numbers represent the week it was made and the last 2 represent the year. For example, 12/08 means your tire was made in the 12th week of 2008. If the tire is more than 6 years old, replace it.[9]
If you’re having trouble finding the number, look for the initials DOT, followed by other letters and numbers. The code should appear following dot and will not contain any letters.

Remember that although 10 years is the maximum service life for tires—which means since the date they were manufactured—this should never be used as the maximum drive time.

Always err on the side of caution if you suspect your vehicle has tires that are over 6 years of age.

Always change your tires if the tread is below the minimum depth recommendation, which is often .

Always keep your tires properly inflated.

Tire age is dated from the date of manufacture—not sale—since tires deteriorate even in storage.

Test all of your tires and—if possible—replace them all at the same time. Mismatched tires will not provide the same safety, performance, and efficiency as a matched pair will.

On four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive cars, try to replace all 4 tires with the same type unless it is recommended otherwise in your service manual. Differences in tire diameter, even due to different states of tread wear, can permanently damage differentials.

Treadwear grades are an indication of a tire’s relative wear rate. The higher the treadwear number is, the longer it should take for the tread to wear down.

Remember that tires age faster in warmer climates.

A quarter can be substituted for an American penny—just use Washington’s head as the point instead of Lincoln’s.

Tires should never rub against your fenders or any other part of your car. If your new tires rub during turns or when going over bumps, they don’t fit and need to be fixed.

If you see wires on your tread or wear on the sidewalls of the tire, get the tire replaced immediately.

Always make sure to buy tires that are the right size and type for your vehicle and rims. Changing to low-profile tires may require you to buy larger rims so that the outer circumference of the tire remains unchanged. Incorrect tire size or mismatched tread can also cause a low tire pressure warning to activate if the vehicle is equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Be careful when rotating tires, especially when moving tires to different rims. Many modern tires have a specific rotational direction and corresponding rotation method. Refer to your tire manufacturer or car dealer for details. However, bear in mind that some sports cars have different wheel size on the front and back, which means they cannot be rotated.

EditThings You’ll Need

Tread depth indicator

EditRelated wikiHows
Get a Good Deal on Tires

Change a Tire

Fill Air in a Car’s Tires

Understand the Basics of Car Maintenance

Change the Oil in Your Car

Check Tire Tread with a Penny

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