Lingerie Breaks out of the Boudoir

Underwear as outerwear is huge this season with lacy lingerie detailing, vintage vixen lacing and show-stopping silk jumpsuits all adding a provocative touch of  va va voom to the s/s runways. Not to mention the rebirth of the bralette which is busy flaunting it’s way across the high street as we speak.

Topshop s/s 2010

Now, I’m not averse to flashing a bra-strap here and there but, if I’m honest, I’ve always viewed the bra over a tee look to be, well, a bit of a morning muddle to be rectified asap (preferably before a crack of dawn crisis necessitates a pop-to-the-shops…although accidents do happen). Needless to say I wasn’t exactly over the moon when I first read about this particular trend – and no I’m not sat here brazenly baring my (really rather cute) bra – but lingerie being my current raison detre I couldn’t very well sit this one out, so it’s time to get those knickers in a twist and get involved.

Channel your inner Courtney Love and go grunge a la the super-cool Just Cavalli girl. Layer-up lingerie slips over slouch tanks, throw a lacy bustier over a casual cotton tee or break out the bravado and go sheer…

Just Cavalli s/s 2010

Take a lesson from Mark Fast the master of peek-a-boo styling and flash some flesh in structured body-con cut-outs and slinky cobweb knits…

Mark Fast s/s 2010

A collection called ‘G-Spot’? It’s got to be Gaultier – and yes, the iconic cone bra is back, along with rips, slits, cutaways…think deconstruction with a hard-edged kinky  twist…

Jean Paul Gaultier s/s 2010

For something more feminine take your cue from Dior’s vampy femme fatales and work super sheer chiffon with a vintage boudoir bodice…

Christian Dior s/s 2010

So, are you ready to unleash your inner exhibitionist?

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