I’ve never kept my attraction to lingerie a secret. The soft colors, romantic shapes and lacy details have been a never ending source of fascination for me. Imagine my delight at finding Big Name Designers were of a like-mind for Summer 2015.
That said, you might be surprised to find that I believe a little goes a very long way with lingerie-inspired garments intended as street or office wear. There is a fine line between sexy-edgy-classy and inappropriate-desperate-slutty and this season some designers proved that they weren’t quite sure where that line lay.
Here are just two examples that illustrate the range:
In the first two photos below from designer Betsey Johnson, we see how not to work a lingerie-inspired outfit. (Don’t get me wrong, I love Betsey, it’s just that her taste level can get a bit questionable at times..)
Too much skin, too much sheer, too much cheap all in two little outfits. Nothing implied or left to be flirty. ‘Nuff said.
Lingerie Inspired dont’s and do’s
In the second two photos from designer Tracey Reese, we see lingerie-inspired done right. Note the restrained structure of the eyelet details balancing the soft shapes in the first outfit and the weight of the maxi skirt softened with sculpted lace in the second design.
They are pretty, soft, feminine and will not get you arrested in public or get too much of “that kind” of attention.
So when we want to add lingerie inspiration to our wardrobes we are really looking for a hint of a reference to undies rather than a literal interpretation.
Try these ideas for streetwear to imply lingerie style:
-Think of lace more as trim for a top or the hem of a skirt rather than an entire lace dress.
-Choose a color close to the pinky-peach shade of vintage nighties.
-Try a bias-cut maxi skirt similar to a 30’s nightgown and knit a bed jacket-style topper to wear with it.
-Knit a clingy sweater with style lines that suggest an old fashioned corset to wear over jeans or trousers.
It can be a lot of fun adding these touches to your closet, so enjoy looking cool, pretty, and feminine all summer long!
Looking to Knit some Lingerie Style?
My book, Knitting Lingerie Style, contains projects for everything you’ll need to dress yourself from the skin outward.
From panties to garter belts/stockings to camisoles/sleepwear and even an underwire bra, we’ve got foundations covered.
Then check out patterns for the outer layer – from a party dress to a jacket and skirt as well as a selection of pretty tops.
There are so many lovely projects in this book (33 to be exact-that’s about $1 each!), it will keep any knitter busy for a good long while.
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