Image Source: IMAXTREE / Alessandro Lucioni
“Hmph,” I thought, casually feeling myself up as I sat at the Milly show, models strolling by in sweaters complete with bras on top. Sure, it was a trend I’d seen on bold street style pioneers like Taylor Tomasi Hill, but the Fall ’16 variation felt fresh. Suddenly, I was more in tune with my breasts than before. I was perplexed — did I want to make a statement that highlighted my chest, drawing attention to what I usually keep covered up?
Since I do have a relatively small chest, I was drawn to last season’s braless look. But while those easy, breezy outfits inspired me to shed an article of clothing, this one asks me to add one more — and further, to swap the order in which I clothe myself.
Immediately, I began tracking the lingerie-as-outerwear trend through New York Fashion Week and now it’s sprouting up on London runways, too. But in between shows, I’m admiring the way it’s pulled off IRL: a hot-pink satin bandeau sitting atop a gingham print button-down as if to say, “I’m the boss now.” Aurora James’s floral corset covered a casual tee and jeans at her own presentation, insisting her ensemble’s fancier than you thought.
Read on to see a handful of examples pinned to the mood board inside my head and join me in drawing attention to the girls. Because after digesting my styling options — from the subtle to the superobvious — I think I’m ready to layer away with my bustier.
The One-Shoulder Wrap Effect at Baja East
Metallic and Pretty at Milly
A Printed Illusion at Victoria Beckham
Adding Structure to Texture at Pringle of Scotland
Tightening Up the Volume at Joseph
Bringing the Color Pop Full Circle on Taylor Tomasi Hill
Polishing Off the Slouch on Aurora James
The Leather Tankini Made Luxe on Margaret Zhang
For the weary.