Spring 2010 Trends: Underwear as Outerwear

Lingerie as outerwear is a trend which does the rounds, and it’s about time it came around again! I’m not normally one to quote celebrity trends, but the likes of Rihanna and Lady Gaga have been championing this look for a while. It’s been bubbling under the surface, lace and over the knee socks have been around for a couple of seasons now. But the underwear as outerwear trend is really going to blow up this Spring, lingerie inspired looks have been all over the catwalk from Dior to Proenza Schouler.

L – R: Dolce & Gabbanna, Fendi, Felder Felder x 2, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior
          Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier x 2, Hannah Marshall, House of Holland, Proenza Schouler

It’s not all about having lots of flesh on show, bras were on show under sheer fabrics at Fendi, while House of Holland prefered bralets worn over the top. The brave amongst you can simply wear them along or with a light jacket over the top, a look seen at Gaultier which is one of my favourite looks. Of course, longline bras aren’t the only way to wear this trend. Let’s not overlook exposes suspenders and highwaisted shorts/knickers, the latter has been around for a couple of seasons now. I’m fan of the shorts/knickers, any leg lengthening tricks are very welcome by me! Exposes suspenders will be a bit trickier to wear, but I never say never. An easier way of adopting this trend are the House of Holland faux stocking tights. Rumi of Fashion Toast pulls them off absolutely effortlessly. 

Will you be wearing your underwear as outerwear this Spring?

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at fashiondaydreams.com before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. kiki
    January 11, 2010 / 9:38 pm

    A corset dress would be greaaat i think! 🙂

  2. kiki
    January 11, 2010 / 9:38 pm

    A corset dress would be greaaat I think! 🙂

  3. Sahakiel
    January 12, 2010 / 1:17 am

    Ah, great! I'm doing it right now, so I don't mind doing it again this spring! There's some underwear that is just too lovely for being just that!!Thanks for your sweet comment, I really recomend you to read the LOTR books!!

  4. Dream Sequins
    January 12, 2010 / 3:01 am

    I'm going to have to work out to make this look happen, but sure 🙂

  5. The Fashion Buzz
    January 12, 2010 / 6:56 am

    I quite fancy getting a corset top but a lot of these looks would be difficult to pull off in the town that I live.

  6. daisychain
    January 12, 2010 / 5:19 pm

    I love love love this trend.

  7. Phiephie + Minnie
    January 12, 2010 / 5:43 pm

    I love this trend! I have already had a go at peeking some frilly bras out of tops…ohlala! I hope you can check out The Fashion Smoke and follow us too, we're following you now 🙂 http://thefashionsmoke.com

    January 12, 2010 / 5:54 pm

    I can't get over Dior…

  9. Miss Eve
    January 13, 2010 / 1:10 am

    I'm very excited about the new trends…so far I adore the Gaultier creations! They are insanely sexy!Have a great week, cheers: Evi

  10. Juliet
    January 13, 2010 / 7:50 am

    I really think it looks amazing, but I think I couldn't pull it off.juliet xxx

  11. Boston bankruptcy attorney
    January 13, 2010 / 5:28 pm

    Most definitely! I've been saving these corsets for a reason 🙂 Lace and pearls are definitely on my list this season.

  12. chris
    January 21, 2010 / 7:10 pm

    I really like this trend. Besides there are underwear that look like clothes to go out

  13. Love Lingerie
    October 10, 2010 / 2:28 am

    I must agree with you. Lingerie can now be worn by women as an outerwear. I've seen a number of celebrities out there who look gorgeous wearing a corset and a pink flowing skirt or a skinny jeans.Thanks for sharing!

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