The Hunt: Demi Camisoles

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2019 Update: We still stand by this roundup of demi-camisoles — all links have been updated below.

Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

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I’ve always been intrigued when, amidst a discussion of great camisoles for work or what to layer under wrap dresses, numerous readers have expressed their love for the demi camisole.  There are a number of companies making these things, and the general idea is the same: you get a bit of fabric to raise the neckline of your dress or blouse for modesty, you don’t have to deal with bunchy/extra fabric around your middle, and they can even be a great way to make regular shirts more friendly to nursing/pumping moms.  Some of the brands (such as HalfTee) even make half-shirts with sleeves, which I think would be great beneath silk/cashmere tops to to extend the time between laundering.  I’ve mostly heard of women wearing them on TOP of regular bras, but every woman is different. They’re particularly perfect if you’re already wearing something around your middle (like my beloved high-waisted Spanx!) or just if you want a bit more coverage with the boxy crop tops that are trendy now (but obviously, know your office!). There are also companies that specialize in demi-camisoles for modesty, including options with sleeves and more. There’s a huge range — come check them out! I thought I’d round up a few — readers who swear by demi camisoles, which brands are your favorites?  Readers, do you prefer demi- or full camisoles?

Coobie BraletteCoobie is a brand that I first heard about when I was nursing — a lot of mothers seemed to like it to raise the neckline or even just wear around the house by itself.  I bought and returned the product, but admittedly was thinking of it more as a sleep bra than a demi camisole at the time (I also got one of the versions with removable pads, which I hated) — if I were to try it again I’d go for a wire-free, pad-free version and think of it only as an additional layer on top of a bra.  This wire-free cami bra is $ 16-$ 22 at a number of retailers, including Amazon. Coobie One Size Black Wire-Free Half Camisole Bralette
Basic Halftee ModalHalfTee is a company that specializes in demi camisoles — they have 15 different styles of halftees, in addition to maternity-friendly styles, full-length styles, and kids’ styles.  The basic modal halftee (pictured; the modal tank is pictured at top) is $ 18.99; prices range from $ 16.99-$ 45.99. There may be a store near you; the site also offers a 30-day moneyback guarantee. Basic Halftee Modal
Miss Oops Boob TubeThe bandeau style is something else to consider if you’re looking for a demi camisole — I’ve heard readers sing the praises of Miss Oops Boob Tube before, but many other brands make this style as well.  These are available at Amazon and Beauty.com for $ 14-$ 30. Miss Oops Boob Tube
Gap Racerback Pullover Bra Even though it’s marketed as a bra, I’ve heard readers swear by this racerback style from Gap as a great demi camisole.  They’re $ 21-$ 24.50 at Gap.com (which is offering 30% off your purchase today with code EARLY). Gap Racerback Pullover Bra
Second Base JanetSecond Base definitely has some of the nicest looking demi styles (as well as tanks and cardigans) — but these are also more expensive than any of the other brands listed here, with prices ranging from $ 32 to $ 44 (with sale styles as low as $ 18). I’ve heard readers mention the Janet style (pictured), but they have a ton of styles in regular and plus sizes (some with sleeves). Second Base Janet
If you want something a little bit more lux, this new bralette from Yummie “regulates your body heat, storing it when you’re hot and releasing it when you’re cold” — perfect! It’s available in black and beige at Nordstrom for $ 34. (Another great luxury pick: this Commando tank bralette, which has super high ratings and several color options.) Pictured: Kiara Bralette

This post was originally published Feb. 2014, but all links were updated and new content added in May 2019. 

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Demi Lovato Thanks Best Friends Who Were There in Her ‘Darkest Moments’

Demi Lovato dedicated an Instagram post to the best friends who were there for her in her most challenging times as she shared a photo from their recent vacation in Bora Bora on Tuesday, May 14.

“Thank you for never leaving me in my darkest moments, for always drying my tears.. even when they’re from watching Moana,” the 26-year-old added, tagging pals Sara Elizabeth Mitchell (a.k.a. hip hop artist Sirah) and Matthew Scott Montgomery.

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#ThreeCourseMeal… just me and my best friends living our best lives.. Thank you for never leaving me in my darkest moments, for always drying my tears.. even when they’re from watching Moana.. thank you for being loyal, honest and so grateful for every little thing.. like crying because we swam with fish/sharks/stingray and coral reef. I’m so lucky to be best friends with two incredible souls who are so talented and creative because it inspires me daily. And you’re so supportive of me and every little thing I do.. You’ve traveled across the country to visit me and stayed with me at my house for days on end when I’m struggling to make sure I’m okay but most importantly you never abandoned me like others did when I was going through shit.. you were there to listen, without judgement and only love and I can never fully express what that means to me. You’re the greatest friends I’ve EVER had and our future together is so bright. I love you both more than you can imagine!! Thank you for this past week 💗 @sirahsays @matthew_scott_montgomery ps. I’m both yalls biggest fans 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

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“Thank you for being loyal, honest and so grateful for every little thing.. like crying because we swam with fish/sharks/stingray and coral reef,” she added. “I’m so lucky to be best friends with two incredible souls who are so talented and creative because it inspires me daily. And you’re so supportive of me and every little thing I do.”

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Demi Lovato at 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2017 held at The Forum on December 1, 2017 in Inglewood, California. David Acosta/Image Press Agency / MEGA

Lovato, who survived a drug overdose in July 2018, said that Mitchell and Montgomery are two of her most steadfast supporters. “You’ve traveled across the country to visit me and stayed with me at my house for days on end when I’m struggling to make sure I’m okay but most importantly you never abandoned me like others did when I was going through s–t,” she wrote in the post. “You were there to listen, without judgement and only love and I can never fully express what that means to me. You’re the greatest friends I’ve EVER had and our future together is so bright. I love you both more than you can imagine!”

“Thank you for this past week,” she concluded. “PS. I’m both yalls biggest fans.”

Since the overdose, the “Confident” singer has sought treatment twice and has gotten a tattoo to celebrate six months of sobriety. “Demi is determined to stay motivated and sober,” a source exclusively told Us Weekly in April. “She knows at the end of the day everything is reliant on her own decision-making process.”

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Demi Moore Opens Up About Her Recovery: ‘I Was Spiraling Down a Path of Real Self-Destruction’

Demi Moore was named woman of the year at the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House’s 29th Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday — and she took the opportunity to get candid about her own recovery.

Friendly House offers a “safe, structured and supportive home-like environment” for women recovering from substance use, according to its website. During her acceptance speech at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, the actress, 55, explained why the non-profit’s mission strikes a chord with her.

“I feel like there are defining moments in our lives that shape who we are and the direction we go, and early in my career, I was spiraling down a path of real self-destruction, and no matter what successes I had, I just never felt good enough,” explained Moore, who noted that she was “grateful” for her supportive daughters with ex Bruce Willis, Rumer, 30, Scout, 27, and Tallulah, 24.

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“I had absolutely no value for myself,” Moore continued. “And this self-destructive path, it very quickly … brought me to a real crisis point. And it wasn’t clear at the time the reason — maybe it was divine intervention — but two people who I barely knew stepped up and took a stand for me, and they presented me with an opportunity.”

“In fact, it was more like an ultimatum … unless I was dead, that I better show up,” she said. “They gave me a chance to redirect the course of my life before I destroyed everything. Clearly, they saw more of me than I saw of myself. And I’m so grateful because without that opportunity, without their belief in me, I wouldn’t be standing here today.”

Moore went to rehab for drug and alcohol addiction in the mid-1980s. In January 2012, after months of partying and drastic weight loss, Moore collapsed into convulsions at her L.A. home and was hospitalized before going to rehab for addiction and an eating disorder, sources told PEOPLE at the time.

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“I know in a moment of great struggle for me, I reached out to a wise teacher and expressed my fear that I wasn’t good enough,” Moore concluded her speech. “And she said, ‘You will never be good enough but you can know the value of your worth. Put down the measuring stick.’ So today, I put down the measuring stick and I thank you for this beautiful acknowledgment and the opportunity to know the value of my worth.”

“I think the root of what really fulfills us in life is being of service,” Moore shared with reporters at the event.

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Soleil Moon Frye gushed about the “special, brilliant, beautiful, incredible, enlightening” Moore at the luncheon.

“She listens, and she shared so much wisdom, and she’s been in every one of my birthing rooms and helped deliver every one of my babies,” the former Punky Brewster actress told reporters. “She has always shown up for me, and I love her with all my heart.”


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