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How to Wear Lingerie as Outerwear (Without Being Risque)


Each year, one style in particular seems to come back into play in one way or another.  Whether it’s a lace corset or a peekaboo bra, lingerie-inspired clothing is always reemerging and reinventing itself.  This year is no exception as we see it hitting the fashion headlines once again.  Celebrities from Rihanna to Victoria Beckham have been spotted stepping out all over town wearing boudoir-inspired style.

Lingerie-inspired looks have persisted on runways and red carpets for quite some time now.  Many high-end designers such as Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior continue to include lingerie-esque elements to their collections.  Last year, Vogue Paris’s cover photo from their “September Issue” also featured a gorgeous sheer black lace lingerie-esque style dress. 

There’s a fine line between wearing lingerie that’s intended to be worn underneath your clothing and wearing it as an actual fashion statement. When done correctly, incorporating lingerie-inspired trends into your wardrobe can give your everyday look a couture cutting-edge.  

Adding Lingerie-Inspired Pieces Into Everyday Fashion

Like any trend, there are tips and tricks to make it work for you.  Adding lingerie-inspired pieces into everyday fashion can be easy and give your self esteem a boost of confidence.  When wearing crop tops, bralets, and lacy camisoles it’s important to display them under a jacket to keep them daytime-friendly.  Wearing a jacket with a silky, lacy camisole, or a bustier top with pull your look together. Adding a jacket also eliminates the worry of looking like you are wearing your intimates out in public.  This also works for office or low-key settings by showing less  skin and buttoning it up a bit.

Mixing Fabrics Adds a Seductive Feel

Another way to make this look work is to mix different fabric effects like lace, ruffles, silk and sheer materials.  Wearing these fabrics, especially together, will immediately create a boudoir feel.  Together they will amplify the seductiveness of your lingerie inspired look. Remember to keep it simple and make sure your look is tasteful and not bedroom-ready.


You can be a little more experimental with lingerie-inspired pieces when attending formal events and fancy, high-profile parties.  Last year Mila Kunis wore a gorgeous sheer lilac lacy Elie Saab gown to the Oscars that included many lingerie-inspired elements.  She also made most “Best Dressed” lists.  The reason why this look worked so well was because it was done tastefully with minimal accessories.  Mila’s hair was pulled back loosely and she let her gown speak for itself.  The sheer panels were perfectly placed and the lace covered all the appropriate areas.

Which Timeless Undergarment is Always in Fashion?

Gowns that have a bustier or corset-style top create an elegant look for a dramatic evening affair.  They create a structured shape and gives you a timeless look.  Fortunately corsets have evolved over time and incorporating them into an evening dress can enhance definition and give your overall look a seductive feel.  When wearing them make sure that they are properly tailored to fit your body type and everything will fall into place.

Wearing boudoir-style clothing is all about making a statement, having confidence and wearing what feels right for your body.  Lingerie-inspired fashion may be a bit bold for your look, but there are many ways to blend pieces into your everyday wardrobe. With so many chic ways to wear this trend, your unmentionables are definitely going to be worth mentioning.