Skye Scott explains how underwear doesn’t have to remain in the bedroom
Think delicate satin, lace, tulle and contouring. These aspects of the lingerie department have now become acceptable to wear as clothing. The trend originated when stage performers such as Madonna and Lady Gaga started to wear corsets and body suits. Then underwear and more daring designs started to be worn on the red carpet. It is thought that the trend is to blame for the large increase in sales for nipple stickers and boob tape. This season is no different. Many of us have it in our wardrobes already and we quite happy to add to it for the summer season.
The Lace Slip
You may think this is something your grannie would wear under her favourite ankle skimming floral skirt, but think again. The lace slip in silk or satin has been on the catwalks this season and last season. They are available in dark, midnight hues or colourful florals for summer days.
It was popularised when Victoria Beckham wore a Louis Vuitton one out at Wimbledon. Since then, all our high street favourites have caught on. This one from ASOS has the ultimate sex appeal. It is made from a silky fabric with a peek-a-boo lace plunging neckline. It has the perfect balance of lingerie and subtle sexiness. In black, it also nods to one of this summer seasons colour trends.
The cami has been a big trend and we bet there aren’t many wardrobes without one now. In silk and lace with skinny straps that emulate bra straps they have a subtle nod to our underwear. This season, make sure that your wearing a satin or silk version for a light and sexy feel. They are perfect paired with jeans for a smart casual occasion. Look out for camisoles with little features to make them a bit different from the usual vest. This one from Topshop has a racerback with super skinny straps to flatter the body. And choose a colour for your skin tone like this rosy shade. There are plenty of floral and polka dot varieties around for summer as well.
The bralet can vary from literally just a bra, to a corset type, to a slinky lace number. It is perhaps the most daring and definitely the most revealing key item for the underwear as outerwear trend. But worn with high waisted skirts or jeans or even layered over long sleeved tees it can become instantly wearable. This H&M version has a ruffled edging for a little more coverage. With the skinny straps, triangle bra shape and little hook and eye fastenings it gives the shape and support of a bra. The colour is perfect for spring; wear it layered over a striped tee for daytime or with high waisted disco pants for night.