Remember when showing your bra strap was considered outrageous? Or when showing your thong was a thing? Well, times have changed and underwear is now being embraced as outerwear (in a sophisticated, sexy, non-Superman kind of way). Here, the many reasons (and ways) to show off your lingerie collection:

1. The corset revised

Corsets are no longer strictly for transforming the shape of your waist. Think of them more like a belt on steroids. They now come in various materials and colours, and their fit has been reworked for the better.

Here are revised ways of wearing the corset:

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You can wear a corset over a suit. Transparent plastic isn’t just on trend, it’s also a clever way to ensure you still see the details of the suit.

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You can wear the corset in its traditional form but not completely fastened. Here, it’s more like a loosely fitted accessory to this grey dress. The bold print adds to the volume of this fashion statement.

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These bustiers are a creative way of freeing the nipple while maintaining support and giving both looks a feminine touch.

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Traditionally fastened, the corset is cinching the waist here, but modernly worn as outerwear.

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This look mainly accentuates the waist and drops into a peplum. It is a chic addition to a loose or structured look.

2.The harness

Part of the BDSM family, the harness is daring. However, according to these looks below, it is possible to include this piece of lingerie into an everyday look.

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In its traditional form – strappy and with multiple links – the harness can be worn over a dress to add sex appeal and edge to a casual look.

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The harness is toned down here and worn with a floral dress.

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Here, the harness is revised and adds a hard contrast to a soft look.

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With a sporty feel, the harness can be incorporated into an athleisure look over a tank top.

 

3.Peek-a-bra

Chances are you own at least one bra. Here’s how to bring it to the forefront of your look:

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A super-sexy, lacy black bralette worn under a sheer top.

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Over a button-up shirt, this bralette is working overtime as support and adding some character to a look.

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With a sublime suit, the bra serves as a top for a sexy spring summer look.

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You can simply leave your shirt unbuttoned and expose your bra.

4.The bodysuit

This piece of underwear has been trending for a while now and is probably the most accessible and easiest item of lingerie to wear as outerwear. Depending on how sexy you want to look, your bodysuit can be lacy, strappy or sheer. Black is always alluring but you can play with colour here, too.

Below Bella Hadid is wearing a super-sexy black bodysuit, which elevates an otherwise casual look for a night out.

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5.The slip dress and dressing gown

These two pieces of lingerie have seen the light of day thanks to the pyjamas-as-fashion trend. So for a less intimidating way to wear underwear as outerwear, try a slip dress and a dressing gown.

Below, Kim Kardashian-West looks sultry in both pieces together. The lace of her slip dress and the satin of her negligee amp up the boudoir feel. If you’re trying to keep it casual, wear a satin or cotton slip dress on its own and the negligee as a outerwear with a pair of jeans.

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