Saint Laurent, Alexander Wang, and Burberry are just a few of the major labels that sent slinky slip dresses down the runways for 2016. But long before models trotted down the catwalk in lingerie-inspired pieces, cool girls on the street were experimenting with the look.
The style can be traced back to the ’90s, when grunge ruled and Doc Martens paired perfectly with the look—and then again to the 1920s, when flappers were the ones pushing the boundaries of fashion. Today, it’s been made seriously modern through lacy details and contrasting fabrics.
What’s more: Street-style stars are also experimenting with exposed bras, from basic black ones to Nike sportswear, proving that underwear can—and should—definitely be reconsidered as outerwear. Employed as a styling trick, it’s also the perfect solution for wearing those annoying transparent blouses; just make sure it looks intentional by choosing a pretty statement piece.
To see exactly what we mean, click through the slideshow for 12 stylish ways to wear your lingerie outside of the bedroom.