WEARING LINGERIE AS OUTERWEAR
On the list of trends that make my mother shake her head in disapproval, wearing lingerie as outerwear is probably number one. Which makes me love it, rock it and then send her the pictures. What can I say, I just take so much pleasure in annoying the people I love (Sasha would know).
The thing with wearing lingerie out in the open though, is that there are so many arguments in favour, you basically just have to pick one. Here’s a short list of reasons why I love it:
It’s sexy - Ok, so this one is obvious and unavoidable. After all, what’s sexier than lingerie? Unless you’re one of those people with a weird fetish (in which case, wtv floats your boat!), probably nothing. If you’re going on a date night, your man will look like that heart eye emoji when he sees you… And it will keep him wishing the date was over the whole night so he can go home with you, so maybe steer clear of it if you’re looking to stay out for a while ;)
It’s unexpected & it keeps people guessing - If you’re a wallflower or if you’d rather not have people staring at you all the time, maybe don’t wear this. People are gonna look for sure, and most of them will be asking themselves if you’re actually wearing lingerie or just a sexy dress. It’s also out of the ordinary, so if you’re going to an event and want to make a statement, this might be the way to go!
It takes the guesswork out of what to wear - Don’t you ever just stand there in your underwear looking at your closet and wondering what the shit you’re actually gonna wear to brunch? Why not just go without wearing clothes? Ok, to be clear, I don’t actually mean going to brunch in your bra and panties… More like a nice pair of high-waisted destroyed denim, a feminine lacy bralette and a fuzzy cardigan? It’s for sure gonna spice up those mimosas and if you want to make your man actually enjoy brunch, this might be a good strategy.
It feels like you have a full new wardrobe - If you’re a lingerie freak like me, I bet you have at least a few bodysuits, bralettes and corsets that you wouldn’t mind getting a bit of wear out of. I say just do it. Not only is it giving you a ton of new options you didn’t even know you had, but sometimes, it can be a real life-saver. I remember going on a hike in Joshua Tree National Park and it was so hot, the thought of wearing clothes just made me sweat under my eyelids. What did I end up doing? Yep, went hiking in high-waisted denim cut-offs and a satin bralette. Honestly, we didn’t see that many people, but no one could have cared less.
It’s freeing - Listen, if we can have all those movements like free the nipple and call them liberating and freeing, I don’t see what the problem is with wearing beautiful lingerie and letting people see it. Not only will it make you feel like a million bucks, but you also won’t spend the evening wondering if your bra straps are showing or pulling up your strapless bra. It’s what I call a win-win. Plus, it’s not like everyone doesn’t already know that women wear lingerie, right?
It’s so versatile - If you’re into layering, or if you love those “one dress 3 ways to style it” posts, wearing lingerie as outerwear is the trend for you. There’s so many different ways you can style it, it’s insane. Plus it forces you to get creative if you want to wear a bralette as a top without looking like you’re the main character in a modern remake of “Pretty Woman”. You can wear the same bralette with a high-waisted skirt for an evening out at a bar, you can wear it with leather pants and a structured blazer on date-night, and I could go on.
All that being said, I understand that wearing lingerie as outerwear is also a more daring style statement and it’s not for everyone. There’s a also a certain guideline I think it’s important to remember, but whatever your limits are, I think every single of them can be summed up in 3 words: Keep it classy. Be mindful of the styles your choosing to show and the circumstances (key word right there).
Basically, don’t just go out in your bra for shits and giggles. I say if it doesn’t bring anything special to your outfit, don’t do it. It’s OK to be sexy and sensual and to be making a statement, but there's a reason why we usually wear clothes in society. If you’d be embarrassed of your dad seeing you in an outfit you’re planning to wear in public, in front of tons of strangers, maybe you should change.
Also, certain settings do not call for a more daring style. Personally, I think you should never wear visible lingerie in any work-related event (unless you work at Playboy, then maybe), children’s birthday parties and funerals. I’m sure there’s many more events for which it wouldn’t be appropriate, but these are the ones that came to me off the top of my head. As an example, these pictures were taken during the day for lighting purposes and because it was a creative photoshoot, which isn't exactly a regular day-to-day-running-errands situation, but I would never wear that specific outfit for a day-time outing. At night, to a sexy event in Vegas? Sure. Getting groceries at Whole Foods? Nah...
So, how about you guys, would you wear lingerie as clothing? What are your thoughts about it? How would you style it? I’d love to know what you think and if you have great, creative ways to style it, send me pictures, I wanna see! You can leave me a comment below or DM me on Instagram @thehungarianbrunette.
Love, Jenny xx
Pictures taken by Norm Roberts (Fifth Photography)