When it comes to feeling sexy and powerful, lingerie is not a costume you put on, but rather a reflection of who you are. Whether you’re headed into the bedroom or a board room, sporting lingerie under clothes can have a powerful impact on your attitude, outlook, and confidence. Use our guide to effectively pair lingerie with outerwear, and experience the results for yourself.
Choose Compatible Fabrics
Creating great fabric combinations is key, and one of the easiest mistakes to be made in combining lingerie with outerwear is pairing incompatible fabrics. A critical aspect of wearing lingerie beneath clothing is to ensure that all fabrics will lay well, providing a smooth visual appearance and a seamless look. Here are a few tips for choosing compatible fabrics:
- If clothing fabrics are particularly sheer or thin, (for instance, silk, satin, and lightweight knits), avoid heavily textured undergarments. However, you’ll find that textured lingerie is often a fine fit for thicker, textured fabrics such as sweaters and suiting.
- Avoid bells and whistles under close-fitting fabrics. While buttons, ribbons, and clasps may create a knockout effect when worn solo, these types of accoutrements are likely to appear lumpy or uneven under clothing.
While exceptions certainly apply, a good general rule is to pair harmonious but distinct fabrics, particularly when a hint of lingerie will be visible. For instance, the Cerulean Escape Bustier Set from Escanté offers a smooth, colorful offset to textured, neutral outerwear.
Watch Your Hemline and Neckline
When it comes to lingerie, shape is everything. When sporting outfits designed to reveal a flash of thigh or a glimpse of décolletage, ensure the perfect effect with clean lines, subtle fabrics, and complementary curves. Before leaving the house, experiment by looking in a mirror as you twist, turn, and bend to gauge the effect. Parallel lines typically play well when pairing lingerie with blouses, skirts, and dresses. As indicated by the black lace Bustier and Boyshort Set from Escanté, wearing lingerie under clothes can not only equip the wearer with an exciting secret, but can also offer a fashionable underscore to V neck lines or sheer sweaters.
Consider the Occasion
Before stepping out for the night, take a moment to consider the occasion. You may look like a knockout in that Minoa Naughty Soft Bra from Cosabella beneath a sheer lace tank, but it might be a better fit for your friend’s club opening than your boss’s dinner party. If you’re attending a particular event for the first time, do your research beforehand, and ask yourself the following questions before leaving the house:
What will the weather be like? As we all know, a change in temperature can render even the most perfect ensembles uncomfortable. This is an especially important question for events that may be held outdoors, where wind can also become a factor.
Is there a dress code listed? While it may sound obvious, consult your invite (or last year’s guests) for the lowdown on whether your outfit is likely to be perfectly en pointe or inadvertently improper. Feel free to experiment, but be respectful of the occasion.
Ask someone else: Does this look alright? Trust your instincts, but don’t hesitate to recruit a trusted second opinion.
Ask yourself: Where do I hope this night will lead? Whatever your plans, dress to look and feel great at every layer. Pairing the perfect lingerie beneath your outfit will imbue you with unstoppable confidence, wherever the night takes you.
Be Mindful of Color Pairings
While it may sound obvious, avoid putting deep, rich colors under light colors, especially when outfitting a professional wardrobe. Even if clothing materials are dense, darker lingerie may still show up under different types of lighting, attracting unwanted attention (unless, of course, that’s what you’re going for). In some cases, a hint of lingerie, such as a strap or neckline, may be positioned to be seen at a certain angle. in these instances, favor analogous colors (for subtle contrast) or complementary colors (for high contrast).
For casual wear, especially in urban and coastal settings, it’s often perfectly acceptable to pair a bold piece of lingerie with simple outerwear pieces, such as tank tops, jackets, or dresses. Far from appearing tacky, the result can be sexy, grounded, and chic. To pull off the look, aim for high quality materials in monochromatic or inverted shades, such as black-and-white, navy with sky blue, or hot pink with red. By incorporating an extra layer into your wardrobe, you may be inspired to unleash your adventurous side. Of course, depending on the occasion and the lingerie (for instance, the Wicked Black Bra & Thong Set from Be Wicked), an adventurous choice may also inspire you to wear only a simple coat or nothing at all.
Go Skin Deep
If beauty is only skin deep, then we invite you to get profound with our collection of curve-hugging, shape-flattering, and sense-indulging lingerie from luxurious brands like Maison Close, Cosabella, and more. Remember that comfort comes first, and whatever look you hope to achieve, it’s best served by your own sense of ease and confidence.
Find the Perfect Pieces
We hope you’ll enjoy our curated selection of outerwear-friendly lingerie, including bra and panty sets, bustiers, and hosiery from the best brands at the best prices. At Smitten Lingerie, we’re passionate about helping women discover the perfect lingerie to feel inspired, empowered, and adored. For questions about our collection, or for help finding the best items to layer as lingerie under clothes, click here to send us a message through our site, our contact us at (760) 710-7216.