Underwear as outerwear has taken many forms over the years, from visible thong strings peeking out over low rise 2000s jeans, to the Kardashians layering corsets on top of oversized tees. Although she certainly didn’t invent the trend, Madonna popularized the underwear as outerwear look in the early nineties in the iconic Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra. Since then it has become increasingly popular in every day fashion and street style. Keep reading to see 4 ways to integrate the trend into your own wardrobe.
Inspiration: Kendall Jenner
The key element to styling underwear as outerwear is layering. Adding a simple block colour tee under a sheer lace bralette will enhance the detail in the lace, as well as accentuating your chest while remaining covered up. Black and white is a timeless combination, or opt for something a little more unusual and combine pastel hues for a fresh spring/summer vibe.
Inspiration: Gigi Hadid, Taylor swift
For a dressed up underwear as outerwear look, substitute a regular dress for a sheer statement piece and a coordinated, full coverage underwear set or bodysuit. Again, block colours will work best for this look in order to draw the focus to the sheer piece. To ensure this look keeps you concealed, the underwear you chose must be opaque- no lace or mesh, and high waisted styles are usually favored.
Inspiration: Kim Kardashian
The corset is one of the most popular pieces of lingerie used in underwear inspired outfits. A long line bra can also be used to the same affect. Corsets can be worn alone (a la Madonna) or for a modern twist pair with an oversized t-shirt or jumper dress. The contrast of a baggy and shapeless dress and a figure hugging corset will give the illusion of a smaller waist and give new life to old t-shirt dresses.
Inspiration: Courtney Love
The slip dress is a classic, timeless look that never goes out of style. However for nineties inspired grunge aesthetic, choose a vintage floral patterned slip dress with prairie girl ribbons and frills. Wear alone, or with oversized knitwear, for example a chunky cardigan or worn out jumper. Stockings can be worn to fully embrace the lingerie inspiration.
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