How to Wear Underwear as Outerwear
It's unbelievably warm outside, even in the shade.
The second you step out of the shower, you need another one because you're already hot and sweaty.
Your make-up is running down your face and your hair either looks fried or greasy, with no happy medium.
All you want to do is walk around in your underwear all day, fanning yourself with anything you can get your hands on!
Whilst bra and panties may not be a viable option for a day in the office, you can strip down and show off with Lovehoney's fabulous range of underwear which can be worn as outerwear!
The key to wearing lingerie as clothing this July, is to go simple and classy.
Every woman is wearing strappy tops and halter-necks this summer but for something a little special that will make you stand out from the crowd, swap your 5 year old H&M vest top for a slinky and sexy camisole.
G-World have produced a fabulous range of camisoles which can be worn as dual purpose underwear and outerwear.
The G World Romantic Camisole and Shorts can be worn as a beautiful base layer under a light and airy cotton shirt or can be worn on its own with a pair of understated black trousers - gorgeous office-wear which is sure to impress!
Due to its dual opaque layers, you're not revealing too much flesh but the underwired cups and delicate mesh detailing keeps it feminine and light - ideal for stuffy offices or shop floors.
Another alternative is the brilliant Music Legs Opaque Striped Mini Dress. The nautical look is very 'in' this season, so this naughty little number is sure to match something you already own.
Despite what Trinny and Susannah tell you, horizontal stripes can be very flattering on all figures.
The stripes actually help to enhance shapely curves and minimize waistlines, whilst giving slimmer figures a boost in all the right areas.
Team the Music Legs Opaque Striped Mini Dress with a pair of skinny jeans, ballet pumps and a set of bright red beads and you've got that sexy nautical look down cold! Then in the evening, slip out of your work-friendly jeans and you have a lingerie-style dress which is sure to wow onlookers in the clubs and bars.
If you're looking for a piece of underwear to be worn as outerwear on a night out, then you need the Dreamgirl Fully Reversible Satin Basque Set.
Available in regular and plus sizes, this sensual satin set cinches you and pushes you out! Hips, love handles and tummies are all subtly hidden whilst breasts and feminine curves are emphasised due to the strong plastic boning.
This makes perfect underwear as outerwear as it's opaque yet revealing, simple yet classy and detailed but not overembelished.
It also has two very wearable and stylish sides which allow you to switch it round if you accidently spill your drink on it or fancy a change of outfit half way through the night!
So what are the key elements to pulling off wearing underwear as outerwear:
- Confidence! You know that what you're wearing is technically classed as lingerie - but no one else does. With this thought in mind, wear your outfit with pride and you'll definitely receive a compliment or two!
- Tone it down. Most work places have a dress code, so wearing nipple tassles and crotchless undies is generally a no-no. Instead, try wearing your lingerie under or over your work outfit. A simple corset such as the Cottelli Classic Satin Corset looks fabulous over a white shirt while the Dreamgirl Satin and Mesh Ruffle Trim Baby Doll Set makes for a fabulously supportive base layer on cool summer evenings.
- Day to night time. If you're planning on going out straight after work, underwear as outerwear allows you to do that with class, style and sophistication. If you don't feel comfortable wearing lingerie in the office, then simply fold it up and put in your bag for later - some pieces are small enough to fit in even the tiniest of clutch bags!