I can’t stop thinking about this 1980s-inspired outfit that’s perfect for all occasions
23rd Mar 2020
Flame emoji-worthy corsets are no longer confined to just the boudoir
A recent scan through the saved outfits tab on my Instagram seemed to bring me on a veritable time traveling trip to the 1980s. Yet, thanks to thoroughly modern styling, there’s something so current about the bustier and high-waisted paper-bag pants combo that is coming at me from all angles on social media.
The underwear-as-outerwear trend has been steadily gaining momentum for seasons past, but reached fever pitch for Spring/Summer 2020. Perhaps spurred on by the viral ‘Hot Girl Summer’ moment that dominated last summer, designers like Tom Ford, Christopher Kane and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele promoted the idea of placing lingerie front and center.
Vera Wang also dabbled, with gothic, sheer bustiers paired over more structured pieces; while Dion Lee played with the idea of sculpted balconette bras, harnesses and garter belts worn confidently over fluid pants and tops.
But how to make these typically ‘NSFW’ garments work as part of your everyday wardrobe? By following the foolproof approach of offsetting the inherent sexiness of underwear with something slouchy and, perhaps even, masculine.
Instagram’s leading style innovators beat me to it, having already started pairing their strapless bustiers with high-waisted trousers in denim and leather in a 1980s-meets-Isabel Marant twist.
Pro tip: add a boyfriend blazer on top for added French girl insouciance.
Ready to heat things up? Here are some failsafe combos that are sending pulses racing:
LPA Aida top, €139.75 from Revolve
Reformation shirred bustier top, €160 from Net A Porter
Mesh frill bandeau corset top, €28 from PrettyLittleThing
De La Vali ruffled bustier top, €205 from Net A Porter
Off the shoulder corset detail top, €16.80 from Boohoo
Topshop corseted Mom jeans, €76.04 from ASOS
Belted paper bag waist trousers, €79 from & Other Stories
Pocket cargo pants, €49.99 from Mango
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