Lingerie as Outerwear - our top picks for 2020

Underwear as outerwear isn’t a new trend, but it has slowly gained traction. Pay attention and you’ll see this look incorporated into streetwear, on the runway, and on models and celebrities who have helped set the trend.

Rachel Adams - Bustier with TrousersEmily Ratajkowski - Lingerie as a topChrissy Tegan - Turquoise Sheer Top with Bra

There’s a certain type of confidence that comes from wearing lingerie, and who says that feeling needs to be confined to the bedroom? Here are several ways to style your underwear as outwear. Read on, or skip to the section you’re most interested in:

  1. Bralettes
  2. Bodies
  3. Corsets and bustiers


If this is your first foray into the styling lingerie as outerwear, try incorporating a bralette into your look.

Layer your bralette with a sheer top, let it to peek through a low-cut button down shirt, or subtle glimpses at the at the top of a singlet top. This adds a feminine dimension to any look, and is demure enough to be worn in most situations. Go for a long-line bralette if you want more of a cropped-top style.

For a bolder look reduce the layers. If you’re hitting a festival pair your bralette with a pair of high-waisted shorts. For a casual-chic look throw on a blazer and pair of heels - perfect for a glam brunch or cocktails.

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Style tips:

  • Try black for a nighttime look, and brighter colours for a festival or beach occasion
  • Opt for a cropped bralette for a more subtle look


Bodies are one of the most popular options when it comes to styling lingerie as outerwear.

For a soft approach select a mesh body with solid cups. A style with low back is the perfect way to reveal a little more skin for an effortlessly sexy look. Our favourite look is a bodsuit or teddy styled with skinny jeans and a boyfriend blazer. For a style that is a little more revealing - look for a body with straps and cut-out panels.

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Style tips:

  • Make sure your body or teddy has a gusset or snap enclosure at the crotch. This will make toilet trips much less of a hassle!
  • For a little more bust support team it with a bralette
  • Conscious about a potentially slip? Invest in a pair of nipple covers or nipple tape

Corsets and basques

Quite possible the lingerie item that kicked it all off! Corsets have been incorporated into dresses since the Victorian and Tudor days. Now days you can find dresses that have boning and bustiers built into the design. However, by with a standalone corset or bustier you have a truly multi-purpose investment piece.

The right corset or bustier styled well can look truly jaw-dropping (in a good way). Opt for a corset or basque with boning, padded bust, and a hint of lace or mesh. Style this with a pencil skirt for a chic-and-sexy look. Add a red lip and big bouncy hair for a XX inspired look.

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Style tips
Go for a corset or Basque with removable clasps - if you’re not wearing stockings they’ll only get int he way
If you’re pairing your Basque or corset with a form-fitting skirt - choose a style that doesn’t have frills or large detailing at the hem to avoid weird bumps.