Bare it All: Styling Underwear as Outerwear

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It all started with pajamas and slip dresses… Now the trend of wearing underwear as outerwear has reached new heights: while lacy bodysuits and silky camisoles are only gaining ground, the corset trend has engulfed fall-winter fashion and keeps riding the wave into new season. The new player in the game is a bralette: layered over tops, shirts and dresses it is reigning supreme all the way till autumn.


Made extremely popular by Prada, the white corset over the coat look for FW16 season has made waves, pushing the corset into the spotlight. Later, experimented with oversize sweaters and slouchy hoodies, this garment proved to be a great alternative to belts. In the new season you are going to see corsets paired with shirts, t-shirts and dresses – all the main players of spring-summer wardrobe. The key to wearing this piece is opting for loose fit layers, that would allow the corset do what it’s intended to do – cinch at the waist and create feminine lines.


Silk or satin fabric plus spaghetti straps, that’s what basically makes a camisole. You can also think of them as a slip dress turned into a top. Therefore the styling is very similar: over shirts and tees. However, it may also be worn on it’s own. The dainty nature of a cami makes it a perfect partner for tough pieces made of leather, denim and heritage fabrics.


Start with basics when it comes to wearing bras on the outside: begin with a simple yet classic combo of black and white. A crisp tailored shirt and a black bralette, or any cropped top for that matter, is the first step to mastering the trend.

Another option is wearing a bralette over a dress. A clean design of the dress would work in favour of this unconventional combination. Should you feel more confident, start venturing out towards colour and prints: paring block coloured bra over a printed frock, or on the contrary – a bra with a print over a solid colour dress. Clashing prints and textures is the next level you could graduate to.

Overall, the trend may sound a bit over the top, but it could be worse: think Superman’s style (trunks over tights) – let’s just hope it won’t come to that.

by Olga Permyakova

Cover photo: Pratya Jankong

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