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23 Feb

You’ll Be Wearing a Bra Over Your Shirt Before You Even Know What Hit You

Image Source: IMAXTREE / Alessandro Lucioni

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
Image Source: IMAXTREE / andrea.adriani@gmail.com
Image Source: IMAXTREE / andrea.adriani@gmail.com
Metallic and Pretty at Milly
Image Source: IMAXTREE / Alessandro Lucioni
Image Source: IMAXTREE / Alessandro Lucioni
A Printed Illusion at Victoria Beckham
Image Source: IMAXTREE
Image Source: IMAXTREE
Adding Structure to Texture at Pringle of Scotland
Image Source: IMAXTREE / Matteo Volta/www.matteovolta.com
Image Source: IMAXTREE / Matteo Volta/www.matteovolta.com
Tightening Up the Volume at Joseph
Image Source: IMAXTREE / Matteo Volta/www.matteovolta.com
Image Source: IMAXTREE / Matteo Volta/www.matteovolta.com
Bringing the Color Pop Full Circle on Taylor Tomasi Hill
Image Source: IMAXTREE / vincenzo grillo
Image Source: IMAXTREE / vincenzo grillo
Polishing Off the Slouch on Aurora James
Image Source: David X Prutting/BFA.com
Image Source: David X Prutting/BFA.com
The Leather Tankini Made Luxe on Margaret Zhang
Image Source: Getty / Caroline McCredie
Image Source: Getty / Caroline McCredie

 

For the weary.

Jinseon Min
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