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Samantha Critchell, AP Fashion Writer, Published March 16 2013

‘Girls’ costume designer advises on lingerie

NEW YORK – The four lead characters on HBO’s “Girls” wear bras and underwear, and so do real women.

These are the few consistent items in the wardrobe of the 20-somethings that costume designer Jenn Rogien creates for the show, which follows a group of young women (Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet) in what is touted as the next-gen “Sex and the City.”

The characters seem to spend a lot of time with the audience seeing their undergarments. Some of them wear them correctly and use the foundation pieces to their very best advantage, says Rogien, and some just don’t get them at all, which is how it is with almost any group of women.

Rogien has signed on as the style and fit expert for American Eagle’s Aerie brand, which specializes in lingerie and loungewear.

As women start eyeing tank tops and sheer fabrics for summer, she shares some of her tips: