The NEW Cami.

It’s not just a layering piece. Maybe when you think cami, you think the fitted, undergarment that keeps you warm in the winter, right? Or the kind that keeps the muffin top in check. Or, even the 1980’s, 90’s lace, and satin body-skimming kind that I’ve encouraged dozens of clients give away over the years. That was the old cami, now I’m talking about the new cami, and diggin’ it!! In fact, when I was out of town, client shopping a few weeks ago, I picked up about a dozen or so of them for various people. Yup, they’re that current and that versatile!

Wear them on their own, OR as a layering piece. Yep, you heard it right…you can wear them on their own, because the cami rules have changed.

The NEW Rules For Wearing Camis:

Rule 1.    Cami’s are now being made to wear alone or as a layering piece. The new boxy cut of the cami allows for slouch and looseness in all the right places. Tuck it into a high waisted, wide-leg pant, and blouse it out for a sexy, I just threw this on, look. Or, top it off with a jacket for a more polished look. But remember, these new camis are loose and slightly boxy. DO NOT WEAR the super tight kind all by themselves. That’s a no no! You don’t want to give people in the supermarket PTSD!


Rule 2.    The cami’s these days are much easier to wear. You don’t have to worry about “the girls” not being supported, or the uncomfortableness of a strapless bra. Bra technology has come a long way since last time the cami was in style. It’s now also perfectly acceptable to wear a lacey bralette or bandeau and even let a bit peek thru. Worried about side effects in your new cami? (That’s the back fat that hangs over your bra.) Try a smoothing bra. They work wonders. Here are a few bras I’m partial to… this one, and this one and oh yea, this one too…

Rule 3.    You can wear 2017 camis casual or dressy. The last time the cami was “in” they were mostly made from satin and lace which meant dressy at the time. But, not anymore. Put a soft linen cami on with a pair of distressed girlfriend jeans, and a sandal and you’ll be all set for a hot summer day. You can dress a silk cami up on a Saturday night with statement earrings and an awesome shoe, and you’ll be the belle of the ball. It’ll become your Saturday night summer go-to, promise!


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Rule 4.    You can even layer today’s camis with something under it,  like a tissue turtleneck. It takes that whole corset over a blouse, fashion-forward look, and makes it much more wearable in real life (which is what it’s all about here at TWC)!

Rule 5.    THE #1, MOST IMPORTANT rule is to make sure you’re not wearing your cami with low rise, boot cut jeans. The reason…because that’s how it was done in the 90’s and this is 2020. It’s all about the update. Replace your low rise, boot cut jean with a high waisted cropped girlfriend. You’ll love them with a cami. And… the best part is the high waist serves as a kind of girdle so the jeans hold you in in all the right places.

So, check out my can’t live without cami list, and see how easy they are to wear. In fact, some of them have even made their way into my own closet. Can you guess which ones?

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The Can’t Live Without Cami List…

It’s sexy, it’s girly, it’s everything!



The Channing Silk Cami with Lace CAMI NYC

Such a pretty pattern for summer or fall.


CAMI NYC Racer Cami

An easy basic cami. Hallie has this one and it is so good. It comes up just the right amount under the armpit to hide that annoying bulge no exercise can seem to get rid of!

A light linen cami that can be dressed up with black pants, or dressed down with jeans. We love it!!

Raquel Allegra Cami in Natural Mini Check

The color makes this cami va, va, voom!


Christy Floral Lace-Trim Silk Cami

With a high waisted pant you will be on fleek in this pretty cami!


Caroline Constas Cape Tank Top




LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one with blue jeans, white jeans, cropped pants, you name it!

Equipment Layla Cami in Black



A a velvet cami so good, and on major sale too!


Lucy V-Neck Velvet Camisole Top



And…if you follow The Wardrobe Consultant on Facebook and Instagram – This week, we’re highlighting some other of our fav camis there… Go ahead, follow us, PLEASE!!!

Now that you have the rules, are you diggin’ the new cami too? Are you going to try em’ out? If so, let us know which ones you’re going to try for casual or for dressy.

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Cleveland-based personal stylist and fashion blogger.

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