Is Wearing Underwear as Outerwear the New Fashion?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Wearing underwear as outwear might sound like something that only a superhero would do, but it’s actually becoming an increasingly popular fashion. Believe it or not, there is a historical precedent for displaying undergarments which dates back to the 16th century. Fashions are cyclical, and in recent years a visible bra strap or peeking out panty line has been seen as a sign of slack behaviour.

All that is changing, however, and the current trend is towards experimentation and expression, in both underwear and outerwear. From see-through tops to sexy stocking-style tights and bralets, this season’s big thing is making your day-to-day clothes that little it sexier by showing off what might be underneath. Several lingerie brands have embraced the idea of underwear as outerwear, with VPL even launching their own line marketed using that theme.

Lingerie Tops
Lacy lingerie can be turned into a beautiful top. This stunning outfit combines a soft and feminine skirt with a luxurious red sash and a sexy top, for a confident, sexy but not over-the-top look. There are many lacy corsets that can be worn as underwear, or simply by themselves.

A Look at What’s Underneath
If you don’t have the confidence to show off your real underwear, why not try this Parah dress which is decorated with the image of some rather racy underwear. This black and white dress is clearly designed for a slim figure, but if you can pull it off, you will definitely turn heads.

Faux Suspenders
These harness shorts have some straps added to them that look like suspenders at first glance. They’re purely cosmetic, but they add a nice rebellious touch to the outfit. Make the outfit even more risqué with a lingerie top, or bring back the 1990s with a boob tube.


The See-Through Top
Show off that beautiful black bra by wearing a lacy, see-through top. If you pick a bra that is understated and not too decorative itself this look can be smart and stylish, and exudes a powerful, youthful confidence. Depending on your tolerance for revealing clothing, you could alter this look with varying degrees of laciness, from completely transparent to just very slightly see-through, hinting at what is underneath.

Bra and Jacket
Continuing the “show off your bra” theme, show off your collar bones and your lean and toned stomach by wearing a bra and an open jacket. This isn’t a look that would work for the office, but it is certainly a great high fashion evening look.

Red Box uses the motto “Lingerie should never be boring”, and it seems that they have finally got their wish. For this season, at least, lingerie is not going to be hidden from view. Madonna brought the idea of underwear as outerwear to the mainstream in the 1980s, and since then we’ve seen Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Rhianna revive the fashion, now it’s time to claim it as our own.

About the author: 
Justine is lover of all things fashion, style and beauty. With a passion for fashion and lingerie design she writes for British lingerie brand Jolie.

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